30 July 2014

Master, Servant, Slavery, Rebellion - Airs July 30th

Master and Servant from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Grand town houses in the eighteenth century seemed to promise privacy. But in fact they offered anything but – the family home often included not just parents and children, but also elderly relatives, unmarried sisters, paying lodgers, and the nosiest neighbors of the lot… the servants. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex eavesdrops on the whispers, gossip and scandal of the eighteenth century house, and tells the salacious tale of John Burt, a navy captain from Canterbury, who took his young wife Harriet to court for impropriety - on the evidence of his cook.  

Slavery and Rebellion from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Many slaves would have heard the sounds of home for the last time as they waited at Ghana’s Gate of No Return for a ship to the new world. Far away on the Carolina plantations they were expected to be quiet or to sing to demonstrate contentment with their lot. But in 1739, one of the largest and most violent revolts in American history took place – and for a brief time the slaves were anything but silent. Professor Hendy tells us the story of the Stono River revolt. 

22 July 2014

Stories from Beyond the Border - Airs July 23rd

Stories from Beyond the Border by Claes Andreasson
In June of 1987, President Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall, saying: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Today, the United States continues to build its own walls along our southern border. The boundary between California and Mexico remains one of the most popular places to cross. Despite two fences, heat sensors, plus an increased number of patrol officers, hundreds of people still try to make it across every day. We will hear the stories of some who have lived their entire lives here in the U.S. yet were deported, failed border crossers, and the Mexican Border Patrol, Grupo Beta, as they go looking for migrants and trying to help them on their way.

16 July 2014

The Hospital Always Wins - Airs July 16th

The Hospital Always Wins by Laura Starecheski
A special hour-long program this week!!! We will be presenting an award-winning documentary from Al Letson's State of the Re:Union which takes a close-up look at love, guilt and forgiveness. Back in 2004, producer Laura visited a mental hospital in Queens, NY. While there she met a handsome artist named Issa Ibrahim who seemed to have no perceptible symptoms of mental illness. He was talented, charismatic, funny, engaging -- but he’d already been at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center for more than a decade, and had little hope of getting out. So, why was Issa still stuck in this hospital? Laura’s quest to uncover the story took years to unfold and revealed both the brightest and the darkest parts of human nature.

09 July 2014

The Walker - Airs July 9th

The Walker from Radio Netherlands
In the space of seven years, Jan Visser walked 40,000 kilometers, the equivalent of the earth's equator. Producer Laura Durnford joins Jan for a wander through one of his favorite national parks, to find out why he has made pedestrianism part of his life's philosophy, and to step into the realms where walking connects with human health and cultural history. We will also hear quotes from Rebecca Solnit's book, Wanderlust, which argues for preserving the time and space in which to walk in our ever more car-dependent, accelerated world.

02 July 2014

Bogart's Bold Venture - Airs July 2nd

The Kuan Yin Statue from Bold Venture
To honor Christmas baby Humphrey Bogart's 114th-and-a-half birthday, we will be airing an episode of his cult-classic radio program, Bold Venture. The show was a hugely popular syndicated serial which aired thrice-weekly from 1951 to 1952 on over 400 stations. It was recorded just prior to Bogart's departure from the United States to film The African Queen and was later adapted into a television series. In each chapter, the captain's ship, Bold Venture, set sail for "adventure, intrigue, mystery, and romance." Also, despite being a "quick-paced adventure story for the entire family," according to the star, "...we usually kill-off someone every night." In this episode, Slate Shannon (Humphrey Bogart) and his sultry sidekick Sailor Duval (Lauren Bacall) become involved with a deadly quest for a rare Chinese statue of Kuan Yin which is thought to have been smuggled aboard.