29 July 2015

Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - Airs July 29th

The Deadly Debt Matter from Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar 
This week we bring you a classic radio drama from "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar!" 
Johnny was a smart enough insurance investigator but, at making out his expense account, he was a genius. A fella who could pad said expense account with the very best of them. It is hard to believe this premise made for great radio - but apparently it did. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar had a stunning stretch; airing for over 12 years on the CBS Radio network. There were 811 episodes created, of which a remarkable 720 still exist. In our program, Johnny Dollar is played by Bob Bailey and co-stars Sam Edwards and Virginia Gregg. It was written, directed, and produced by Jack Johnstone of Buck Rogers and The Adventures of Superman fame. The Deadly Debt Matter was originally broadcast on August 28th, 1960. 


21 July 2015

Sherlock Holmes - Airs July 22nd

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans from The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
We open to a smothering fog and the great detective lamenting the current lack of crime in London. But happily the game is soon afoot! In a very rare appearance, Sherlock's brother, Mycroft, begs help with a dire case that threatens the very security of England. It is the mysterious death - an apparent suicide - of government employee Cadogan West. His body found in the dark tunnels of the Underground and alarmingly in possession of stolen top secret documents, of which three essential pages are missing! 
This production stars the quintessential acting team of Basil Rathbone with Nigel Bruce and is based on the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in 1908; later appearing in Doyle's 1917 book "His Last Bow." Program originally broadcast November 6th, 1939.

14 July 2015

Vulnerable Adult - Airs July 15th

Vulnerable Adult by Amy Salloway
Very special guest host Kevin Allison brings us a true tale boldly told at RISK! Live's last appearance here in the Twin Cities. Local performer Amy Salloway tells us about the time she was asked to write a stage musical regarding traumatic brain injuries. Along the way she reveals her own struggles with failure and self-loathing. This was recorded at the Brave New Workshop on December 4, 2014. RISK! is a podcast where folks share their most personal experiences - intimate moments from their lives which they thought they'd never dare to share - often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking. 
RISK! LIVE returns to Minneapolis this Friday night at 7:30. You can find out more information & get your tickets here. The theme for the evening is Shock.

08 July 2015

Noise, Pt. 6 - Airs July 8th

Tuning the Body from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the Middle Ages sound played a key role in the battle between Good and Evil. There were horrible sins of the tongue - idle words, boasting, flattery, lying, and blaspheming – as well as sins of the ear: eavesdropping and the seduction of devilish words. The ears were the gateway not just to the body, but also the soul. Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the importance of noise to Medieval morality.

Heavenly Sounds from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Worshippers in the Middle Ages would have been struck not just by the visual spectacle of great churches and grand cathedrals, but also their sound. Medieval churches in the west had very different acoustics to the low-roofed, wattle and daub homes where most of their congregation lived. David explores how preachers and singers created sounds that fitted these holy spaces beautifully, from Romanesque churches, to the musical pillars of Hampi, and an extraordinary 16th century experiment in stereo in St Mark's in Venice.