30 May 2014

In Good Hands - Aired May 28th

In Good Hands from The Truth
We here at The Listening Lounge are big fans of producer Jonathan Mitchell's work -- and this week we're gladly featuring another audio adventure from his series, The Truth. The folks at The Truth develop stories as a collective, often improvising the dialog on location. The recordings are then taken to the studio for editing, sound design, & score. They are yielding extraordinary results thus far and tonight, they will be taking us urban spelunking. If you're not already out doing it yourself, Urban Exploration is the risky hobby of infiltrating private areas barred from public-access or poking around long forgotten ruins. In this story (which stars another Listening Lounge favorite, Emily Tarver,) a pair of explores sneak into an abandoned subway tunnel and stumble onto... you'll just have to tune-in and hear.

19 May 2014

Oh Coqui! - Airs May 21st

Oh Coqui! from Long Haul Productions
The Coqui, a tiny, but very vociferous tree frog, is the national symbol of Puerto Rico. It is beloved in folklore and in song. But while the coqui’s lusty “croak” is a cherished part of the Puerto Rican soundscape, lulling residents to sleep every night, it’s a different story on the big island of Hawaii. Coquis showed up on the island as stowaways a few years back. And because the frog has no natural predator there, they’re proliferating like crazy -- 'taking over' some locals would say. Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister bring us the story of Hawaii’s reaction to the coqui’s invasion.

14 May 2014

Noise Cancelling - Airs May 14th

Carnival from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Feast days in Medieval Europe were noisy affairs – the streets filled with processions, animal baiting, games and mystery plays. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex tells the story of a Somerset town where a ‘church ale’ got out of hand and the party went on for eight weeks. Then, as now, being raucous in the streets was a way for the dispossessed to literally make themselves heard – and revelry could easily tip into revolt.

Restraint from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries brought a new emphasis on self-discipline in every day life – and with it a revulsion against noise of every kind. City authorities banned singing and feasting from public squares and tore down maypoles, while town-dwellers raised petitions against noisy neighbors. Spitting, snorting and breaking wind – once part of everyday life – were now a cause for wrinkled noses and dismay.

07 May 2014

Talking With The Wind - Airs May 7th

The Mystery of Opal Whiteley by Dmae Roberts and Dorthy Velasco
Opal Whiteley was a naturist, writer, and dreamer who lived in a fantasy world of kindness and magical creatures in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. At age six, writing with colored pencils on scraps of butcher paper, she began a secret diary about her time in the woods, talking with the wind, and her love of natureOpal was long considered by her family as an odd child; what they didn't know was that Opal was schizophrenic. The illness seemed to manifest itself in a heightened sense of awareness of the sights and sounds around her. Her heightened sensibilities and her genius for expressing herself combined to create the most fascinating diary ever written. It became wildly popular -- but due to it's sophistication was later condemned as a hoax. The controversy took a toll on Opal and eventually led to a further decline in her mental health.