22 December 2016

It's a Wonderful Life - Airs Dec 28th

It's a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra
This December marks the 70th anniversary of the making of this classic film. Lux Radio Theatre broadcast their own radio adaptation just months after the film's opening, with James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Victor Moore as "Clarence" reprising their roles. Originally aired March 10th, 1947.
We'll hear the story of George Bailey, a despairingly frustrated husband, father, and citizen of Bedford Falls. George wanted more than anything under the sun to see the world. The wonderful, exciting world that lay somewhere beyond the limits of his hometown. But George has spent his entire life giving all of himself to the people of Bedford Falls, overwhelmed by family obligations and a sense of civic responsibility. Now, he's come to feel tied down to a job he never had interest in, a life he never wanted to live, and a wish to have never been born. Through the help of an angel, this man, tired of life on Earth, finds out what the fate of his loved ones and the world would be, had he never existed.

20 December 2016

Christmas Curiosities - Airs Dec 21st

Christmas Curiosities from Various Artists
This week we'll air a wide weird selection of dusty old, oddball 45s from Christmases of yore. Who could forget "Jingle-o the Brownie" -- oh really, everyone?  Well, we'll also be hearing Spike Jones murdering the classics, a song about a reindeer with measles, several selections from Dick "Two-Ton" Baker, a holiday-drama Dragnet-spoof that reached 13 on the singles charts, and an odd instructional record aimed at babies on what to expect when you're expecting Christmas.

12 December 2016

The Story of the Empire Strikes Back - Airs Dec 14th

The Story of the Empire Strikes Back from Bantha Music
It is a dark time for the Rebellion. Although the Death Star has been destroyed, Imperial troops have driven the Rebel forces from their hidden base and pursued them across the galaxy. Evading the dreaded Imperial Starfleet, a group of freedom fighters led by Luke Skywalker has established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth. The evil lord Darth Vader, obsessed with finding young Skywalker, has dispatched thousands of remote probes into the far reaches of space....
Veteran television star Malachi Throne narrates a masterfully adapted, edited, and condensed version of this chapter of the Star Wars saga with dialogue, sound effects, and John Williams' score from the theatrical release. Narration written by Cheryl Gard-Wornson and E. Jack Kaplan. Produced by Pat Glasser, engineered by Rudolph A. Hill, mastered by Brian Gardner, and released in 1980 on RSO Records.

02 December 2016

Charlie Parr on Stage and in Conversation - Airs Dec 7th

Charlie Parr from Minneculture
Although Charlie Parr calls Duluth home, the legendary Minnesota folk singer rarely lays his head there. He's more often touring, sleeping in his car, and singing at bars, county fairs, and in this "Live from Minnesota" performance, at the historic Paramount Theatre in Austin, Minnesota. Along the way, we’ll hear Mr. Parr speak about his songwriting process, his technique and instruments of choice, and of life on the road. Concert recorded by Tom Garneau and produced by Dan Zamzow.

30 November 2016

Paying Respects to Leonard Cohen - Airs Nov 30th

Old Ideas With New Friends from Joyride Media
Leonard Cohen was well known for the careful attention he gives to his songwriting. Every word the result of a lot of thinking and hard work. That’s one of the many reasons for the deep respect given to him by musicians of all stripes. In this one hour radio special, you’ll hear how Leonard has influenced a new generation of artists such as Nicole Atkins, Bradford Cox, Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, John Darnielle, Rhett Miller, AC Newman, amoung others. You’ll also hear a few ideas from Mr. Cohen himself.

22 November 2016

The Sweetgrass Road - Airs Nov 23rd

The Sweetgrass Road by David Kattenburg
Industrialized societies have much to learn from the First Nations of the world. In this episode from the Earth Chronicles documentary series, Aboriginal people share their wisdom and perspectives on life and on what it means to be on - and a part of - this earth. Stop and listen and try to learn to look at the earth as a bible, at the woods as full of spirits, at animals as your brethren, at time as a circular phenomenon...

16 November 2016

Stolen Childhoods - Airs Nov 16th

Stolen Childhoods by Melissa Olson
America's attempt to separate Native children from their families didn't end with boarding schools. In the decades after World War II, the U.S. government created the Indian Adoption Project, an effort designed to place Native kids with white parents. In this one-hour documentary, KFAI producer Melissa Olson explores the personal and historical impact of this policy. Her Ojibwe mother, Judy Olson, was raised by a white family as were the mothers of several friends. We will hear and explore how the emotional impact of the Indian Adoption Project — and similar state projects — still continues today.


Photo by John Other Medicine

07 November 2016

Finding Common Ground - Airs Nov 9th

An Unlikely Friendship Transforms the Gun Debate from Reckonings
In the mid-90’s, Dr. Mark Rosenberg was leading gun violence research at the CDC. Republican Arkansas Congressman Jay Dickey, the NRA’s so-called "point man on the Hill," spearheaded legislation to defund it. Dickey and Rosenberg were on diametrically opposed sides of the gun debate, but fate took a twist. Producer Stephanie Lepp explains how through unexpected experiences, they managed to become friends, create common ground, and are now jointly calling on Congress to restore CDC funding for gun violence research. Their story is a rare source of hope within one of America’s most polarizing issues: guns.

A Red State Gun Owner Who's Not so Red from Making Contact
We go to Montana, where Making Contact producer Amy Martin spent some time with a guy that you might think of as the stereotypical American gun owner. Listen closely to this audio portrait, though, and you might find some views that don’t quite fit the mold.

01 November 2016

Barbara Jean / The Last Revel - Airs Nov 2nd

Barbara Jean from Minneculture
Both the rugged and softer side of Minnesota’s North Shore are apparent in Barbara Jean's music. She is a fiddle and banjo player as well as a singer and accomplished songwriter with accolades from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest and Big Top Chautauqua. This show was recorded live at the Icehouse in Minneapolis by Alex Proctor. Mixed and Produced by KFAI's Tom Garneau.

The Last Revel from Minneculture
Blending traditional folk harmonies with rocking' up-tempo bluegrass, The Last Revel is a three-piece band that began playing a weekly gig at a dive bar in southern Minnesota. Their wild performances spread by word of mouth until the bar was at maximum capacity -- and when the dance floor was full, folks danced on tables. This show was produced and recorded by Tom Garneau live at the historic Kato Ballroom in Mankato.

25 October 2016

Strange Tales - Airs Oct 26th

The Halloween Blizzard of '91: A Mix Tape in 6 Songs and 2 Feet of Snow from Minneculture
How can you forget that one Halloween in your life which came with two feet of snow? Marylander Britt Aamodt was studying biology at Gustavus Adolphus College when a record snowstorm blasted its way into her life. She wasn't alone in experiencing the legendary Halloween Blizzard of 1991, a storm that closed schools, shuttered stores and workplaces and left an indelible memory on those who endured it.

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
A dark, renowned short story about a nameless little village which shows, in microcosm, how the forces of belligerence, persecution, and vindictiveness are, in mankind, endless and traditional and that their targets are chosen without reason. Jackson was sharply criticized upon its publication in 1948 -- even by her mother: "Dad and I did not care at all for your story in The New Yorker, it does seem, dear, that this gloomy kind of story is what all you young people think about these days. Why don't you write something to cheer people up?" Our strange tale is - read by the author - recorded for Folkways Records in 1960.

19 October 2016

Apocalypse Now? Pt. 3 - Airs Oct 19th

So Far, So Good? from Open Source
This is the final episode in a three-part series dwelling on the seemingly inevitable apocalypse, because when you look long enough at all the turbulence of the last century, it becomes kind of a miracle that we made it to this one. Investor / environmentalist Jeremy Grantham suggests stepping up technological development in order to convert our civilization into something sustainable, harmonious, equal and fair. He only gives us a 50-50 shot of making it to the next century. Activist-turned-novelist Paul Kingsnorth preaches repair, if not quite retreat: working land, baking bread, unlearning dependencies and relearning skills. He believes the answer to the problem of apocalyptic risk in our society lives somewhere between the technological crusade and moral revolution. We'll also examine solutions for climate change, ending growth, and ask whether there's a technological solution to a spiritual problem in interviews with Ambassador Charles Freeman and author Terry Tempest Williams.


10 October 2016

Celebrating August Wilson - Airs Oct 12th

Jitney: A Conversation with Lou Bellamy and T. Mychael Rambo by Will Wright
Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul is one of America's best known African-American playhouses. This month, "Jitney"  -- a play by the great August Wilson -- returns to the Penumbra stage. In this conversation with KFAI's Will Wright, director Lou Bellamy and actor T. Mychael Rambo discuss this American classic, which follows the lives of car service drivers and their struggle to make a living.

Filmmaker Sam Pollard on August Wilson from NEA's Art Works
Emmy and Peabody Award winning Director Sam Pollard discusses his documentary "August Wilson: The Ground on which I Stand" with Josephine Reed. The film explores the life and legacy of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright  August Wilson -- the man some call America's Shakespeare -- from his roots as a Pittsburgh activist and poet to his indelible mark on Broadway.

05 October 2016

Remembering Andrew - Airs Oct 5th

Remembering Andrew from WLRN
24 years ago Hurricane Andrew turned South Florida upside down. In this hour-long documentary, WLRN uses home videos, archival news footage, 911 calls, personal recollections and even a bureaucratic document from the British consul general in Miami to tell the harrowing story. We will follow two residents who were each changed by the storm in their own profound way: Jenny Del Campo, a typical teenager living in southern Dade County and Bryan Norcross, a TV weatherman. Hosted by Kenny Malone and Alicia Zuckerman, with production help from Sammy Mack and Trina Sargalski.

27 September 2016

We Don't Talk Like That - Airs Sept 28th

'Fargo' and the Midwest Psyche by 2 Below Zero
The 1996 movie "Fargo" stirred widespread curiosity about snowy winters, funny accents, and bloody mayhem on the frozen tundra of North Dakota and Minnesota. The film won two Oscars and inspired a popular television series of the same name. But how well did it actually capture and reflect the region? In this documentary, producers Diane Richard and Todd Melby unravel the mystery behind the parkas, prowlers, and wood chippers in interviews with actors William H. Macy, John Carroll Lynch, Stephen Park, Tony Denman, dialect coach Liz Himelstein, women in law enforcement, and many more. Narrated by Bruce Bohne (Deputy Lou). Essential listening for diehard fans of "Fargo."

20 September 2016

Dalmar Yare & Bob's Band - Airs Sept 21st

Dalmar Yare & Bob's Band recorded for Live from Minnesota
In this "Live from Minnesota" performance, Somali singer Dalmar Yare and Bob’s Band perform at the Cedar Cultural Center. The show concluded the 2016 Somali Week festival in Minneapolis. Both Dalmar and bandleader Bob Stacke spoke with KFAI producer Daniel Zamzow about their collaboration, the stories in their songs, and the dynamics of this one-of-a-kind band in the Twin Cities. The beginning of this program features their performance of the Somali national anthem.
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13 September 2016

Apocalypse Now? Pt. 2 - Airs Sept 14th

A Remade Man from Open Source
Our second episode in the series deals with the incredible pace with which gene-editing technology is progressing in labs across the globe. But there is also some fretting about what the unlocking of the genome might do. Hooray for ridding the world of malarial mosquitoes, reversing aging, maybe even rescuing the woolly mammoth from extinction -- but perhaps we'll be faced with a man-made superbug biopocalypse doomsday. Tomorrow’s biotechnology will have an almost unimaginable capacity to surprise but there may be Oppenheimers among the Edisons. This episode features Siddhartha Mukherjee, Harvard innovator George Church, philosopher Michael Sandel, and infectious-diseases researcher Pardis Sabeti.

05 September 2016

24 Hours - Airs Sept 7th

A Day in the Working Life from Bending Borders
We'll hear about twelve workers who might otherwise go unnoticed – including a stripper, deli waitress, bus driver, metal scrapper and bathroom attendant – they take us inside their places of work to show us what they do, why they do it, and what it takes to get through a shift.

His Name Is Lance from Minneculture
Some people get joy from making other people happy. Lance Wileman makes animal-shaped balloons at Minneapolis farmers markets. And boy, does that bring smiles and giggles to children. Even so, some parents haven't bothered to learn his name. Produced by Nancy Rosenbaum.

30 August 2016

Apocalypse Now? Pt. 1 - Airs Aug 31st

The Rise of the Machines from Open Source
It was a year of dread. A plague of degeneration, catastrophe, anger, fear, and killer robots was sweeping the globe. Well, not entirely -- but the panic about politics, economics, terrorism, and temperature is most certainly here. And there are indeed world-changing, life-threatening, real developments happening all around us. Hence, we are going to hear a 3 part series about the end of the world with futurists and scientists; beginning with a look into the future threat of AI and robotics.Christopher Lydon considers the rise and the meaning of intelligent machines -- from the deep-learning Alpha Go computer to autonomous cars. He asks guests Nicholson Baker, Elaine Scarry, Nick Bostrom, Anders Sandberg, Lord Martin Rees, Maria Bustillos, and Mark O’Connell the life-or-death question: Is the robot apocalypse already upon us?

19 August 2016

Live from Minnesota and the World Live - Airs Aug 24th

Chris Bruhn and Kyle Fosburgh from Live from Minnesota
Performing at the Warming House in Minneapolis, Christoph Bruhn and Kyle Fosburgh showcase their original blend of folk and Americana styles. You'll hear a variety of guitar picking techniques as these songwriting composers trading tunes throughout the performance. KFAI's Daniel Zamzow produced the show, which includes interviews with the performers as well as Brianna Lane, manager of the Warming House.

Other Country Quartet from The World Live!
How would you like to travel around the world and never leave Minnesota? The James J. Hill Center and KFAI teamed up to help you do just that. This recording of "The World Live!" concert series features Other Country Quartet, a group that offers an eclectic mix of styles on traditional Middle Eastern acoustic instruments. Other Country Quartet features David Stenshoel, Scott Nieman, Greg Herriges, and Stephen Spaise. KFAI's Tom Garneau produced and mixed this concert.

12 August 2016

Walk in the Park - Airs Aug 17th

Walk in the Park from Hearing Voices
The National Park Service turns 100 this August! Our hour-long celebration immerses listeners into America's national and local parks. We will embark on a bike trip through snow-bound Yellowstone, a hike up the Grotto trailhead to Angel's Landing in Zion Canyon, spend a night in the Everglades tracking the Florida Panther, and visit community gatherings at William Pierce Park in the middle of Washington DC. Hosted by Barrett Golding and featuring producers Scott Carrier, Katie Davis, Christina Eggloff, and Jay Allison.

Wolf Howls and Bison Bellows by Jennifer Jerrett
We'll also be hearing a pair of audio postcards from Yellowstone National Park. First, Biological Technician Rick McIntyre tells us about the complex history of wolf calls within the park. Then, at the close of the show, Jennifer brings us on a listening safari for a signature sound of midsummer in Yellowstone - bison rutting season.

08 August 2016

Campaign '68 - Airs August 10th

Campaign '68 from American RadioWorks
Many see similarities between this 2016 election campaign and one almost half a century earlier. The 1968 presidential race was one of the most dramatic and significant contests for the White House in the 20th century. It was a close, bitterly-fought campaign in a raucous, bloody year. Ultimately, the Democratic Party lost its decades-long grip on national power, making way for the rise of Republican conservatism that profoundly reshaped American public policy for the next 40 years.

Voting by Remote from Eric Molinsky
Have you ever come across a TV show and wondered, who watches this stuff? Who are these people? You might find the answer in a report by a consumer research group on the TV viewing habits of liberals and conservatives. The study doesn’t factor in race, gender or class, just people who self identify as very liberal or very conservative. But some very clear trends emerge. We'll learn what makes a show appeal to one side of the political spectrum, even when there’s no politics on the surface.

02 August 2016

Out of the Blue - Airs Aug 3rd

Out of the Blue from The Texas Standard
It’s been 50 years since the University of Texas Tower shooting – long considered to be the first modern mass shooting of its kind. On August 1st, 1966, a sniper made his way to the top of the UT clock tower. He killed 16 people, wounded dozens, and left many scarred by the events of that day. Though decades have passed, the people who experienced that event have not forgotten it. Close to 100 will share their memories in this oral history; including those who were injured and the Austin Police officers who helped bring the shooting to an end.



27 July 2016

The Opioid Crisis - Airs July 27th

Responding to the Opioid Crisis in MN Native Communities by Melissa Townsend
For over a decade, the prescription pain killer and heroin abuse crisis has had a hold on communities across the U.S. Opioid overdoses tripled between 2000 and 2015. In 2015, Minnesota had more American Indians dying from overdoses than any other state. Many American Indians in Minnesota are still wrestling with how best to help people heal from the addiction and the historical trauma at the root of this crisis. In this special report froMinnesota Native News, reporter Melissa Townsend explores the unique nature of addiction in Native communities, and how it is - or is not - shaping a response to the current crisis.

20 July 2016

Deadly Force - Airs July 20th

Deadly Force: Police Shootings in Black and White from Making Contact 
Why are so many of those killed by police young people of color? A recent ProPublica investigation found that a young black male is at twenty one times greater risk of being shot dead by police than his white counterparts. We’ll hear from one of the reporters who analyzed the data on police killings to come up with that startling conclusion, as well as stories of family and community members who say the justice system itself needs to be put on trial. This documentary also features audio segments from the film Arresting Power.

18 July 2016

Noise, Pt. 15 - Aired July 13th

The Search for Silence from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
In the noisy modern world, silence has become an ever more desirable – and fashionable – state. We read books about it; go on retreats to find it; and soundproof our living and working spaces in its name. But when we have it is it what we want? In the final episode of the series, Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex considers the modern quest for quiet and asks whether what really makes us humans happy is a little noise.

Noise Retold by Matthew Herbert 
We will close our program with an epic sound-effect sound-scape. Mr. Herberthead of the New Radiophonic Workshopretells the story of the Noise: A Human History by remixing the entire series using only the sounds themselves - sans narration. Matthew is an electronic musician who is perhaps most famous for his controversial sound-art album 'One Pig.' 

07 July 2016

The Art of Listening - Aired July 6th

The Unusual Sound on Your Radio by Delaney Hall
Resonance 104.4 FM is the world’s first radio art station, established by the London Musicians’ Collective. Its mission? To provide a radical alternative to the universal formula of mainstream broadcasting. You might tune in and hear Vietnamese pop music or machine noises or a man calling operators all over the world and trying to track down a phone number for the local zoo. Whatever you hear, station manager Richard Thomas hopes you'll be surprised. Or shocked. Or delighted. Or all three.

The Sonic World of Nancy Scott by Sam Greenspan
With the help of her mentor Alyce Ornella at Spindle Works Co-Op, Nancy has begun to express her talents aurally. There is an art to listening and sound artist Nancy Scott's ears are tuned to the sounds most of us overlookSpindleworks is a non profit art center for adults with disabilities in Brunswick, Maine. While there Nancy spends her time there exploring the tonality of the everyday world -- the scraping, the humming and buzzing, the creaking and clicking noises that we usually filter out.  

Signal To Noise by Paolo Pietropaolo
Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) is becoming one of the most common medical conditions in North America and Paolo has wrestled with it since 2004. Sometimes, noise can be his ally, especially at night -- but at other times -- it is his enemy. The lines between noise, silence, and music has greatly blurred for him and it’s led him to believe that we are all suffering from a sort of societal tinnitus.

23 June 2016

The Ghosts of Fire Island - Airs June 29th

The Ghosts of Fire Island from Myke Dodge Weiskopf
For most of the 20th Century, New York's Fire Island was virtually a gay mecca; the only place on Earth where homosexual men and lesbians felt safe to live and to love freely. But at the dawn of the 1980's, an entire culture changed irrevocably, as the populace began falling prey to a mysterious and lethal new illness. What happened over the next decade is a haunting story about emotional and physical transformation in the midst of a pandemic. 

21 June 2016

Man Divided - Airs June 22nd

Man Divided from Everything Is Stories
The story of hot chrome motorcycles, leather, and a journey into the wilderness. At age 60, Jay Byrd lives off the grid and by himself in northern Arizona where he often meditates and reads theology. He's trying to leave his past behind him. In this episode, Jay recounts his experiences with the law, prison, addiction, violence, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, and gun-toting girlfriends. Now, after escaping this personal chaos, he’s eager to describe his philosophies concerning beauty and nothingness.
“I became a biker, an outlaw, or whatever you want to call it, and tried to be a good one. I had morals. Respect. I wasn’t a rat. I didn’t break anybody’s finger who didn’t need it.”

15 June 2016

The Greatest Mega Mix - Airs June 15th

Muhammad Ali All Mixed Up by Peter Bochan
An impressionistic hour-long mix of sound and song dedicated to "The Greatest" fighter in and out of the ring. We'll hear from Daniel Berrigan, Jorge Ben, Congo Sanchez, Dennis Alcapone, George Carlin, George W. Bush, Johnny Wakelin, Joe Frazier, Ernie Terrell, Howard Cosell, The Rolling Stones, Huey P. Newton, and many more. Find more from Peter - whose work we have featured here several times before - at mixedup.com

08 June 2016

The Greatest of All Time - Airs June 8th

My Name is Ali by Ken Girardey
A salute to a man who could walk among the nations and peoples of the world and be considered a hero by all. He may have walked alone with that respect.

Interview with Muhammad Ali from The Studs Terkel Radio Archive 
Studs Terkel was a champion of a working folk and icons alike, and sometimes, he even managed to bring the two together. In this 1975 interview with Muhammad Ali, Studs asks him about how racism can be defeated by the power of outsiders coming to work together. Muhammad Ali also reads excerpts from his book – The Greatest: My Own Story – and discusses his life, touching on his childhood in St. Louis, not being served at a restaurant in his hometown after winning the 1964 Olympic gold medal, why people root for and against him, and fighting for what you believe.

Ali Goes to Mars from Blank on Blank
It was the summer of 1966 when a persistent 17-year-old with a high school radio show near Chicago got the interview of lifetime: Muhammad Ali. But only a handful of people ever got to hear this time capsule from Michael Aisner. Until now. 

I Am Still The Greatest by Muhammad Ali
Throughout my entire boxing career, my belief in my abilities triumphed over the skill of an opponent. My will was stronger than their skills. What I didn't know was that my will would be tested even more when I retired. Recorded for This I Believe in 2009.

The War of the Gods by Matthew Cowley
Poet Laureate James Tokley heard there were no more epic poems because there were no more epic heroes; Tokley disagreed. Had they not heard about the Thriller in Manila? He felt Muhammad Ali certainly was one, and so he wrote this epic poem about the mythological Ali-Frazier fight. 





01 June 2016

Theme, Bond Theme - Aired June 1st

The Origins of the James Bond Theme by Dave Roberts
Please present your ticket to the usher, purchase all your concessions, and grab a seat because the show is about to start! Tonight's documentary explores the origins of one of the most iconic movie themes of all time - The James Bond Theme. We will discover how the unlikely combination of composer Monty Norman and arranger John Barry created that signature tune for Agent 007; and in doing so, practically invented a whole new genre of music.


25 May 2016

Bob Dylan Birthday Bash - Aired May 25th

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man from Joyride Media 
Bob Dylan celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. This man didn't just alter the course of folk music, he changed the way the music business worked. Dylan achieved this by merely doing what he does best - writing and singing his own songs; the popularity of his music took care of the rest. In this one-hour radio special, we'll hear some of Bob Dylan's early demo recordings as well as his songs as they were first heard on AM radio - in Mono! Plus, interviews with his first manager Roy Silver, music publisher Artie Mogull, journalist Colin Escott and record producer Steve Berkowitz. Cake will be served.

18 May 2016

The Orphan Train - Airs May 18th

The Orphan Train by Annie Wu
In September, 1854, the first "orphan train" carried 46 homeless children from New York City to far off homes to become laborers in the pioneer West. It was the first step in what was to become the emigration of as many as 250,000 orphan children to new homes throughout the entire United States. Widely duplicated throughout its 75 year history, the original orphan train was the creation and life project of Charles Loring Brace, a now largely forgotten man who became the father of American child welfare policy. In this one-hour documentary we will hear interviews from surviving orphan train riders as well as readings from period newspapers, letters, and journals about one of the least known, yet most significant social experiments in American history.

11 May 2016

Outsiders In - Airs May 11th

Outsiders In from State of the Re:Union
Baltimore is a city of many diverse neighborhoods, some as long as only a few blocks. It's also a place of intense divides - racial, class, and otherwise - not easily overcome. It’s a city bogged down by a reputation for crime, poverty and dysfunction - a reputation not entirely undeserved but even more complex than the version presented in "The Wire." However, all of that often overshadows the passion and dedication many Baltimoreans have for their city, and for taking on what’s wrong with it in ways small and large.

04 May 2016

Let's Talk Native - Airs May 4th


Let's Talk Native with John Kane
KFAI's annual day to celebrate the voices of indigenous people is here! Turtle Island: Voices Rising 2016 takes to the airwaves in lieu of the Listening Lounge this Wednesday night. From 6pm to 8pm John Kane will be hosting his program "Let's Talk Native" from New York. He will be speaking with KFAI’s Laura Waterman Wittstock and Navajo/Yankton Dakota activist and writer Jacqueline Keeler about native media. They will be exploring questions of overall media access to the coverage of native issues in the mainstream media.



27 April 2016

The Epicenter of Unrest - Airs April 27th

The Epicenter of Unrest from The Signal
Producer Aaron Henkin creates an audio-portrait of the neighborhood that became the epicenter of civil unrest in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody. These are the voices of Baltimore’s Penn North community just two days after the city was ravaged by arsons and looting last year. And this is just one chapter of WYPR's award-winning documentary series, Out of the Blocks. By sonically mapping one block at a time Mr. Henkin and musician Wendel Patrick are sharing the stories of their city in a way that's never been heard before.



20 April 2016

Wordshakers - Airs April 20th

Wordshakers from Hearing Voices
Andrei Codrescu of The Exquisite Corpse takes us on an hour-long odyssey for National Poetry Month. Featuring stories by Scott Carrier, Barrett Golding, Larry Massett, Marjorie Van Halteren, among many more. We'll hear Thomas Edison's wax recordings of a speaker believed to be Walt Whitman, Lord Alfred Tennyson banging the podium, and Allen Ginsberg placing a personal ad. Then stick around as Jan Kerouac responds to her father's poetry and parenting style in "Jan on Jack." Plus, Marianne Faithful recites Gregory Corso, DJ Spooky remixes Vladimir Maiakovski, and Carl Sandburg answers, "What is Poetry?"
A special episode which is not to be missed.


13 April 2016

Noise, Pt. 14 - Airs April 13th

Music While You Shop, Music While You Work from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
What if history had a sound track? What would it tell us about ourselves? Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex demonstrates how it has been used to soothe us, to cheer us, and even make us productive over the past hundred years. We'll also hear extremely rare recordings from wartime episodes of the much-loved BBC series, 'Music While You Work.' 

An Ever Noisier World from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The twentieth century brought attempts to distinguish between 'necessary' and 'unnecessary’ noise.' In New York, the authorities tried to clean up Coney Island fairground, banning barkers from using megaphones and targeting street sellers, newspaper boys, and buskers. But the volume of modern life has risen inexorably. We will travel to Ghana’s capital, Accra, a city so loud that visitors describe its streets as a visceral shock, and introduces an elegiac recording of the wild soundscape we’ve lost, captured by the celebrated naturalist, Bernie Krause.

EXTENDED EPISODE BONUS CONTENT! 

The Music Boat Man by Dheera Sujan
After the show, stick around to meet Reinier Sijpkens, the Music Boat Man of Amsterdam. An eccentric man who travels the canals of his city playing the barrel organ, trumpet and conch. Reinier says his day job is "developing his soul." Find out if he succeeds by coming along for a ride with producer Dheera Sujan of Radio Netherlands as she discovers the musical wonders of this elusive, magical character.

06 April 2016

Pledge Drive - Airs April 6th


It's pledge drive at our radio home! 
To celebrate we're airing some of our favorite stories from the past year. Tonight's episode will include fantastic pieces by Abby Wendle, Paolo Pietropaolo, Karla Murthy, David Gerlach, and many more! 
Tune in, enjoy the show, and please make a donation to great storytelling and public radio. Thanks!

30 March 2016

A Life Sentence - Airs March 30th

A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, and My Mother by Samantha Broun
This is a story about a terrible crime and everything that followed. It’s an intensely personal documentary, but it extends into public life and into the heart of our political and correctional systems. Some stories take a long time. This one is an hour long and took two and a half years to produce, after twenty years of living with it.
In 1994, producer Samantha Broun's 55 year old mother was the victim of a violent crime. On the evening of September 21st a stranger came into her backyard and attacked her. Five hours later, he left her lying on her bed. Hands and feet bound with tape. Alive. We now know the stranger was a serial killer and Samantha's mother was his only surviving victim.

22 March 2016

Message in a Bottle - Airs March 23rd

Message in a Bottle by Megan Williams
We are introduced to the music and lives of two lost composers: Viktor Ullmann and Gideon Klein. Both men were imprisoned in Terezin, a "model ghetto" created by the Nazis. This is where many of Europe's greatest artists, musicians, and writers were held, and expected to continue to create and perform during the Holocaust. Now, more than 70 years later, some of Ullmann and Klein's music is being re-discovered in attics, under beds, and hidden in libraries around the world.