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.

15 March 2016

Noise, Pt. 13 - Airs March 16th

Shell Shock from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
The rumble of artillery bombardment in Northern France could be heard as far away as Kent during the First World War. Up close in the trenches soldiers experienced a sonic onslaught that continued night and day: howling shells, the machine gun’s rattle, and the screams of injured men. Professor Hendy of the University of Sussex visits Flanders to relay echoes from the Front. 

Radio Everywhere from Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening
Radio seemed like magic to begin with... then the Nazis exploited its darker powersIn the early days, listening to radio was an uncanny, miraculous experience. Amazingly, voices arrived out of thin air from hundreds of miles away. In time, the radio became a trusted part of family life - and by the 1930s and 40s, it was the perfect medium for propaganda, as Joseph Goebbels recognized. In this thrilling chapter, we consider the seductive power of the disembodied voice. 

09 March 2016

Spotlight on Maria Yudina - Airs March 9th

Maria, Lena and Me by Karla Murthy
Maria Yudina was perhaps the greatest, most provocative Russian musician of the 20th century, though she was hidden behind the iron curtain from the Western world. Not only was her interpretation of classical music highly unorthodox, she performed fearlessly and lived as a maverick and eccentric rebel in all aspects of her life. Yudina became a symbol of freedom during the most repressive years of the Soviet regime. Ironically, despite constantly challenging government authorities, she is now most famously known as Stalin’s favorite pianist. In this radio documentary, you’ll hear recordings of her as well as the legendary stories that have elevated Yudina to mythic status.

02 March 2016

Seussian Celebration - Airs March 2nd

Happy Birthday, Ted! Seuss stories read by Marvin Miller
Today is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904. To celebrate the 112th birthday of the good "doctor," we'll air a selection of his dramatized stories including Gertrude McFuzz, The Sneeches, Horton Hatches the Egg, and more. These tales are read by the famed Marvin Miller with accompaniment by Marty Gold and His Orchestra - each is from a series of LPs released on Camden Records in the late 60s. So, gather the family around the wireless for these timeless classics and enjoy yourselves. If you never did - you should! These things are fun and fun is good!