26 March 2014

Ring the Noise - Airs March 26th

The Ecstatic Underground from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The sound-world of the first Christians was filled with the subdued voices, measured singing and solemn prayers that would later echo through the medieval churches and cathedrals of Western Europe. Early Christians needed to be quiet to avoid persecution - but they often weren't. David Hendy explores the ecstatic sounds of the underground in ancient Rome.

The Bells from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the Middle Ages the peal of the church bell was one of the most dominant features of the soundscape. Every time it rang out, religion’s hold over the secular world was signaled loud and clear. Professor Hendy of the University of Sussex visits one of the oldest church bells in the UK and explains that the sound’s power lay in ancient, pagan associations. Inscriptions written on bells were understood to function as spells: when a bell rang out it was believed any words on it would also be sent flying through the air..

14 March 2014

Into Eternity - Airs March 19th

Into Eternity from Making Contact
Every day, the world over, large amounts of high-level radioactive waste created by nuclear power plants is placed in interim storage, which is vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters, as well as societal changes. The nation of Finland is about to establish a massive underground cave to hold thousands of tons of nuclear waste. Our world’s first permanent repository is being cleaved out of solid rock to create a huge storehouse of tunnels which must last at least 100,000 years -- how long the waste will remain hazardousWe will hear excerpts of the film, “Into Eternity,” which explores the logistical and philosophical quandaries around the construction of something that if it works, might very well outlast the entire human race.

12 March 2014

Fine Dining - Airs March 12th

Fine Dining from The Truth
Johnathan Mitchell's fantastic powerhouse radio project returns to our airwaves with another brilliant audio adventure. The folks at The Truth develop these gripping stories as a collective, often improvising the dialog on location. The recordings are then taken to the studio for editing, sound design, and scoring. This installment was written by Louis Kornfeld and features performances from Elana Fishbein, Nick Jaramillo, Tom Ligon, Kevin Cragg, Kerry Kastin, Brian Frange, and Bob Kern.
"The art of cooking is more than just a meal; it's a dialogue spoken in that universal language beyond words. It's a communion between souls. It's an act of love..."

05 March 2014

Five Stories of War - Airs March 5

"I like to set up explosives. I like big booms. I mean, who doesn't?" Those are the words of Specialist Lackey, a 21-year-old U.S. soldier who served in Afghanistan. It's one of "Five Stories of War" airing on this show. Three of those stories feature reporter Jake Warga asking soldiers about the things they carry into battle. The inspiration, of course, is Tim O'Brien's novel, "The Things They Carried."

Also: We feature "The Fighter Pilot," a highly praised story from Kathy Tu, a producer who isn't even sure she'll pursue radio. According to the HowSound podcast, Tu is studying to be a lawyer. Listen to the show, then go behind-the-scenes with Tu and HowSound host Rob Rosenthal to find out how Tu made this impressive, sound-rich piece.