26 November 2014

The Persistence of Desire - Airs Nov 26th

The Persistence of Desire by John Updike
Written in July of '58 and originally published in The New Yorker on July 11th the following year, the short story is read here by the author in 1969. Triumphantly known as a cataloger of civilizationMr. Updike describes writing his early stories in a small, rented, musty office in Ipswitch by saying, "I felt that I was packaging something as delicately pervasive as smoke, one box after another, in that room, where my only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me -- to give the mundane its beautiful due." We'll listen intently as Updike itemizes the human experience through a character who is eventually "dismissed into a tainted world where things evaded his focus."
Clyde lived in Massachusetts with his wife and 2 children. He was visiting his home town in Pennsylvania and had arranged an appointment with Dr. Pennypacker because he had an annoying twitch in his eye. In the doctor's waiting room he saw Janet, a girl he had wooed in high school. She was married now too. He found that his former feeling for her still existed. She did not know how to react to his attentions. Just before they parted she gave him a note and then went off to meet her husband. He could not read the note because of the drops that had been put in his eyes, but just her familiar handwriting brought her close to him.

19 November 2014

Leaving a Mark - Airs Nov. 19

Some people buy stuff on CraigsList. Other people sell stuff on Craigslist. Then there's radio producer Emily Hsiao. She prowls CraigsList for story ideas. And what she found is essential listening. Hsiao met Bruce, a middle-aged man who was looking for a tattoo artist to cover up the offensive ink on his arm. Turns out Bruce spent a lot of his life doing heroin and robbing drug dealers. Also: We hear stories about a man who loses his voice to illness and a woman who buys too, too much. It's our pre-Black Friday tale for Listening Lounge listeners.
More here: Leaving a Mark by Emily Hsiao, winner of a 2014 Third Coast International Audio Festival award. Parts of Speech by Emily Kwong, winner of a 2013 Third Coast International Audio Festival award. Consuming Desire, excerpt from a 2005 documentary by Diane Richard and Todd Melby.

12 November 2014

This is Crohn's Disease - Airs Nov. 12th

What happens when you can get a horrifying, rare disease and there's no real cure? And the best medicine has to offer isn't enough? That's what happened to Jack Rodolico's wife. In "This is Crohn's Disease," Jack chronicles her illness and their efforts to make her life better. The microphone and recorder are there during doctor's visitors and painful treatments. This is a touching story that also gives listeners insights into how doctors think and treat disease. The story is one of several science stories produced as part of the Public Radio Exchange's STEM series. Reporter Jack Rodolico works at New Hampshire Public Radio.

Also on the program, a story from Eric Molinsky titled, "Take Me To Your Leader." It explores how some Native Americans see a similarity between alien invasion movies and the European-American invasion of their homeland.

05 November 2014

Capturing Noise - Airs Nov 5th

Life in the City from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Professor David Hendy considers the comforts and irritations of next-door's noise. As cities grew, neighbor's hullabaloo became increasingly hard to escape. We will explore the writer Thomas Carlyle’s grumpy attempts at soundproofing, before travelling to New York to imagine the teaming, boisterous world of the Lower East Side tenements in the early twentieth century.

Capturing Sound from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Sounds were ephemeral until recording technology made it possible to capture them. Professor Hendy of the University of Sussex introduces bottled moments from the past, including the voices of Robert Browning and Florence Nightingale as well as 9/11 answerphone messages.