26 November 2013

More Noise - Airs Nov 27th

A Ritual Soundscape from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Humans have learned to control sound for rituals with impressive monuments. Prof. David Hendy travels to the Orkney Islands in Scotland to hear the bizarre effect of beating a drum while standing in one of Orkney’s Neolithic sites. The space feels like a theater stage, made for performance. When these literal sound effects were discovered -- they were exploited for use in magnificent rituals. These are the kind of places where our ancestors came to make a spectacular racket. But we'll also explore the places where they came in search of silence and sensory deprivation.

The Rise of the Shamans from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Around the world charismatic individuals claim the ability to talk to spirits, heal illness and help crops grow. Proffessor Hendy will explain how sound - and its manipulation - is so central to the shaman's power. We'll travel all the way from the eerie rituals of Siberian reindeer herders as they summon spirits to a very mysterious singing angel located high in the facade of Wells Cathedral.

20 November 2013

Musicians In Their Own Words - Airs Nov. 20

What do musicians think about when they're composing? Or better yet: What do musicians think when they walk inside a Cabela's store and hear bird calls? That's the topic David Schulman explores in "Musicians In Their Own Words," a series of profiles on cellists, punkers, blues legends and all kinds of musicians.

On this program, we go into the studios and homes of bluesman Corey Harris, drummer
Cyro Baptista, Kathleen Harris of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, and harmonica player Howard Levy. 

13 November 2013

War and Memory - Airs Nov 13th

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: War and Memory by Dheera Sujan 
War brings horror, brutality, and grief - but inevitably there is also intense comradeship. Many veterans talk about the wars they participated in even 50 years ago as the shaping event of their lives. Across the U.S. and all over Europe, memorials of war are everywhere. In this program, Professor Jay Winter from Yale University and 3 war veterans talk of how war has shaped individual and national identity and how different wars are remembered in the collective memory.

05 November 2013

Third Party - Airs Nov 6th

Third Party from The Truth
In honor of the 35 mayoral candidates on the ballot this year, we'll be airing an audio drama that rivals this politically thrilling election for danger and excitement!
Mike Coleman is an independent candidate running for Congress, and he's finally getting some attention. Unfortunately, it's from a serial killer. Now, he needs to decide if he'll leave the race or help the FBI catch the killer. Stars Chet SeigelRick Andrews, Nick Kanellis, and Louis KornfeldWritten by Ed HerbstmanProduced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell.