31 December 2014

New Year's Eve Blues- Airs Dec 31st

Happy New Year from The Truth
Walt Avery is throwing a New Year's Eve party. He's invited all his friends, and expects a big crowd. Who will show up? Who won't? In this short story, we spend an evening with a man coming to terms with the perseverance of friendships, the death of his wife, keeping her memory, and perpetuating their traditions.

Clandestine Recording of My Parents at New Year's by Laura Kwerel
A secret recording of some late night gaiety. Laura was alone in her room when her parents and some neighbors began to celebrate the coming new year. They started making these unbelievable sounds with their noisemakers, like some kind of strange, bizarre -- sad geese -- and she knew she simply had to catch it on tape.

Dec 31st, 1995 from Random Tape
Kenneth and Miriam ring in the New Year... perhaps their last. Random Tape is a radio show that features odd voice messages, rants, poetry, music, any and all found recordings -- even some other random sounds. 

19 December 2014

Risky Stories for the Holidays - Airs Dec 24th

True Stories for the Holidays from RISK!
RISK! is the podcast "where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share." Writers, actors and ordinary folks tell their most intimate secrets -- the most loaded moments of their lives. It's hilarious, heartbreaking and often, just plain wonderful. Some stories are told on stage at RISK! live shows while others may include music and sound design. 
This is a special holiday episode features author Elna Baker on the time she managed "adoptions" of baby dolls at toy store FAO Schwartz; author Michele Carlo on her first kiss in a Christmastime snowstorm; Steve Spatucci on his childhood quest to find Santa Claus; and Scott Whitehair on his teenage quest to make sure his baby brother continued to believe in Old St. Nick.

17 December 2014

Stories of Hanukkah - Airs Dec 17th

The War on Hanukkah from Eric Molinsky
Hanukkah has become the pinnacle of assimilation for American Jews. Dreidels and Menorahs hang in holiday displays alongside Christmas trees and wreaths. But the real history of Hanukkah is sometimes forgotten. The ancient war that Hanukkah celebrates was very much a civil war between religious and secular Jews. While cooking latkes, a former Orthodox Jew explains how this 2,000 year old struggle over assimilation has affected her life. 

La Nona Kanta by Julie Subrin
Flory Jagoda grew up in a family of singers. Her childhood, in a mountain village outside of Sarajevo, was filled with songs sung in Ladino - the language passed down by Jews expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. After the horrors of World War II, she and her parents were the only survivors of the 42-member Altaras family. Since then, Jagoda, winner of a NEA National Heritage fellowship, has dedicated her professional life to composing, performing and teaching songs that preserve her memories of that lost life. Jagoda is perhaps best known for what has now become something of a Hanukkah standard, her original composition, "Ocho Kandelikas."

Chanukah with Byron by Terin Mayer
A student at Carleton College in Northfield finds herself working on campus during the winter break rather than heading home. Chanukah is a particularly important holiday to Emma - she enjoys her parent's traditions and rituals. But this year Emma can't be with her family; so instead she spends the festival of lights with Byron. He's a big personality on campus, the kind of guy who's friends with everyone, but that nobody really knows. This is the story of their dorm-lounge holiday, and how they got to know each other.

10 December 2014

Typewriter and Extractors, Oh My!

If you love typewriters, this isn't the show for you. On this episode of the Listening Lounge, the reporting team of The Kitchen Sisters takes us inside the studio of a sculptor who makes it his mission to disassemble those antique writing machines.

"I destroy typewriters," says Jeremy Mayer of Oakland, California. Mayer turns those keys and pieces of metal into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures. 

Also on the show: The Extractor from The TruthProducer Jonathon Mitchell spins whole worlds in his radio stories for The Truth. In the  "The Extractor," we start with some startling "what if"'s and spiral out from there: what if the sounds we make don't just fade away? What if they're embedded in the wood around us? What if someone invented a device that could retrieve these sounds from hours, years or even centuries ago?

By the way, if you really love typewriters, check out Clickety-Clack: A Visit to Vale Typewriters from The Listening Lounge's Todd Melby, a senior producer at 2 below zero.

03 December 2014

Noise War - Airs Dec 3rd

Shell Shock from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The rumble of artillery bombardment in Northern France could be heard as far away as Kent during the First World War. Up close in the trenches soldiers experienced a sonic onslaught that continued night and day: howling shells, the machine gun’s rattle, and the screams of injured men. Professor Hendy of the University of Sussex visits Flanders to relay echoes from the Front. 

Radio Everywhere from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Radio seemed like magic to begin with... then the Nazis exploited its darker powersIn the early days, listening to radio was an uncanny, miraculous experience. Amazingly, voices arrived out of thin air from hundreds of miles away. In time, the radio became a trusted part of family life - and by the 1930s and 40s, it was the perfect medium for propaganda, as Joseph Goebbels recognized. In this thrilling chapter, we consider the seductive power of the disembodied voice.