Playlist: Scooby Doo's Favorites
Compiled By: Scooby Doo
Dmae Roberts, Dheera Sujan, Radio Lab, Theory of Everything, and more, including pieces you may have heard on This American Life.
"Confessions" is a series of interconnected stories about growing up in the South and participating in child beauty pageants.
A. H. Weatherman's "Confessions of a Child Beauty Queen" encompasses almost everything that make zines great. It's a personal narrative about the trauma of being in beauty pageants during the elementary years, and the aftermath. It's moving, sad and funny, often, all at the same time. "Confessions" was a 2004 NFCB Award finalist and was a feature on the Third Coast Audio Festival website. This episode was orignally broadcast as Invisible Ink #22 on KALW in San Francisco on 6/1/03. It also was played on WBEZ's Re:sound program on 6/20/04.
From Dmae Roberts | 26:35
Winner of the Peabody award, MEI MEI, A DAUGHTER'S SONG is the personal story of cross-cultural and cross-generational conflict produced by Dmae Roberts.
"Mei Mei" is a 25 minute documentary that chronicles Dmae and her mother, Chu-Yin, as they travel to Taiwan together. Mei Mei is Chinese for "little sister" -- a term of endearment for any younger girl. First produced in 1989, Mei Mei was highly personal and groundbreaking for its time--interweaving interviews and dramatizations to tell the story of a conflicted daughter and her mother who suffered abuse, starvation and the horrors of World War Two. MEI MEI has been broadcast on NPR, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
A personal odyssey into the producer’s childhood in Bombay India, where she remembers her ayah (nanny) Josephine.
Producer Dheera Sujan remembers Josephine Fernandez, the horsy faced, bow legged 20 something Goan ayah (nanny) who looked after her and her sister when they were very small children growing up in India. The programme is an essay in memory. The smells, sounds and tastes of childhood are all evoked in these memories of Josephine: her card games, the way she combed her knee length hair, her unforgettable fiery fish curries. It is an essay of love and thanks. A musing over being a child, about being a mother, but most of all, about childhood, which lasts a lifetime.
From Dmae Roberts | 56:43
A mythological and personal documentary about Kuan Yin, the Asian Goddess of Mercy and Compassion
"The Journey of Lady Buddha" is a personal and historical exploration of cultural conflicts in spirituality and the search for the Asian Goddess of compassion and mercy, Kuan Yin, by Amerasian Radio Producer Dmae Roberts, creator of the Peabody-award-winning "Mei Mei: A Daughter's Song." With commentary by Dr. Chu-Fang Yu and readings by Actress Elaine Low, Giang Pham, Yuquin Wang and Ping Khaw-Sutherland and music by Composer Stephen Hoyt. Winner of the Heart of America award. This has been independently distributed to about 100 stations as part of the three-part series Legacies: Faith, Hope and Peace. "Lady Buddha" would work for Asian New Year (Feb. 9th), Women's History Month (March) and Asian Pacific American Heritage Monthe (May). Credits are included at the end of the piece and are read by former Oregon Symphony Conductor James DePriest.
From Jonathan Menjivar | 15:10
The story of one man in desperate need of a job.
Charles Johnson was living in St. Louis, married with a young daughter, and he needed a job. He looked around, and decided he'd try trucking. This company was offering to train and hire drivers, so he signed up. They trained him and put him on the road. The only problem was, he couldn't read. Jonathan Menjivar reports on how Charles traveled all across the country making deliveries, without ever consulting a map. And without ever telling anyone – even his own wife and brothers – that he couldn't read. Originally aired on This American Life.
From 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station | 06:44
The Musical Tradition of New Orleans' Black Indians
On Mardi Gras Day, tourists line New Orleans' wide avenues to watch the grand parade floats. The celebration tourists rarely see takes place on the strrets and stoops of the Treme, Black Pearl and the Ninth Ward, some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Those are the parade grounds of New Orleans Black or Mardi Gras Indians. The Wild Magnolias, the Fi Yi Yi, altogether about 40 tribes march in elaborate costumes inspired by the noble Native Americans who were not enslaved by whites. , Some say the tradition reflects West African masking and dance rituals. While their numbers have diminished since Katrina, a number of tribes have recorded music through the years. Producer Virginia Prescott dusts off the stacks to hear the music of the Mardi Gras Indians.
From Radio Diaries | 12:59
Alberta Martin and Daisy Anderson are the last living Civil War Widows.
More than 135 years ago, Union troops clashed with Confederates at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle marked the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. At that same battlefield in 1997, Daisy Anderson and Alberta Martin first met. They had come to Gettysburg to be honored as the last known living Civil War widows. If the notion of a living Civil War widow seems confusing, we should explain that both women married in their early 20's. Their husbands were near 80. Alberta Martin and Daisy Anderson?of course?were not alive during the Civil War. But for many people they are the closest thing we've got.
One woman is running a very unusual court of justice in a small Indian village where she uses folk tales, religious stories and her own common sense to bring justice to people who can?t find it any other way.
Shabnam Ramaswamy runs an informal court of law in a small village in India. For the illiterate and the poor, India?s unwieldly, corrupt and slow justice system is inaccessible, so she has started her own court on the verandah of her home. There she arbitrates on cases ranging from murder and torture of women to dowrty negotiations and land arbitration. Shabnam is totally untrained in the law, but she uses folk stories, the different law structures in the area and her own common sense as guidelines.
From Rebecca Sheir | 04:07
In this job, money isn't the greatest reward.
In Alaska, the fastest growing profession is the home health aide. And Gladys Espinoza is a 38-year-old home health aide from the Dominican Republic who's finally living her dream of assisting the elderly. In this sound-rich piece, Gladys takes us through her typical day at Mr. Mangus' house in Anchorage, as she helps the 82-year-old diabetic recover from double-knee-replacement surgery. In addition to telling us about her job, Gladys tells us why she loves it so much: i.e. how rewarding it is working with older people, people who often feel neglected or lonely. Gladys seeks to change all that with, in her words, "a little bit of love."
A personal journey of an Indian born producer of a widow to look at the situation of widows in India.
There are more than 40 million widows in India, a country that has a long culture of marginalizing them from society. Women are no longer being burnt on their husband?s funeral pyres, but for some of them, their life is a living sati. A woman?s diet, dress, and even sexuality all suddenly become part of the public realm the moment her husband dies.
From Sound Portraits | 27:38
Louisiana State Penitentiary inmate Wilbert Rideau's report on fellow inmates who are serving life terms without the possibility of parole.
CURRENT DATE PEG: In the early morning of January 9, 2005 acclaimed prison journalist Wilbert Rideau was granted freedom after 44 years behind bars. Rideau co-produced and narrated this documentary in 1988; Dave Isay has written new sample intro text to make it easy for stations to feature the documentary in recognition of Rideau's release. The Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola Prison, is a sprawling old plantation on the Mississippi River. It was named, long ago, for the birthplace of the slaves who were brought here to work the land. Now, Angola holds more than five-thousand prisoners, mostly African Americans. It still has the look of another time: long straight lines of black men march to work along the levees with shovels over their shoulders. They are trailed by guards on horseback, shotguns resting in their laps. It used to be that a life sentence in Louisiana meant a maximum of ten years and six months behind bars. But, in the 1970s, the state's politicians changed the definition. A life sentence in Louisiana now means just that. Unless they're pardoned by the Governor, inmates today know they will never again see the outside world -- that they will die inside Angola prison. Tossing Away the Keys is their story.
From Sarah Elzas | 05:05
The French voice behind the image onscreen
The capital of the movie industry is Hollywood. Its language is English. But the rest of the world doesn't necessarily understand the language of that capital, and they don't always want to read subtitles. Enter: voiceover actors. France has one of the most advanced voiceover dubbing industries in the world. And when a Hollywood actor gets famous enough, he or she begins to be dubbed by the same person each time. This piece is a portrait of Thierry Desroses, the French voice of Samuel L. Jackson (among others).
From Radio Diaries | 50:37
A year in the life of a South African teenager.
South Africa has the largest number of people with HIV/AIDS in the world. More than five million South Africans are HIV positive. Thembi is one of them. For the past year, she has been carrying a tape recorder and keeping an audio diary of her struggle to live with AIDS. For photographs, background information, and the AIDS Action Toolkit, visit: http://www.radiodiaries.org/?p=319
From Phyllis Fletcher | 28:57
A man has 14 children with 13 different women, dies young, and leaves them to learn about him through each other, and through the letters he wrote from prison.
"It hurts me to have left so many kids out there in this world. But believe me, at the rate that I was going, if somebody were to have to go, it was always best for the kid and the mother that I was the one to go." My father wrote me these words, and many more, from prison. Before we were reunited, he died, leaving behind 14 children with 13 different mothers. In Sweet Phil from Sugar Hill, I seek out my siblings and their mothers, and draw from their voices a portrait of the father we never knew. My dad speaks for himself in excerpts from his letters, read throughout the piece by his first-born son. Featured on Transom.org. For more information and conversation, visit "Sweet Phil from Sugar Hill" on Transom.
A well-known Turkish novelist confronts her country's modern history on a nondescript street in Istanbul.
Turkish novelist Elif Shafak, who was prosecuted and acquitted in 2006 for "insulting Turkishness" in her novel The Bastard of Istanbul, takes us on a tour of the steep, narrow street where she once lived and wrote. Shafak sees Kazanci Yokushu, the "Street of the Cauldron Makers," as a metaphor for Turkey's modern history -- a place where the nation's battles over identity, modernity, ethnicity and minority rights have played out in miniature over the decades. The piece was produced by Sandy Tolan with help from Melissa Robbins.
From Radio Diaries | 26:41
A 26-year-old Los Angeles resident gets deported to his parents' home country of El Salvador, which he has not seen since age five.
When he was five years old, William - aka Weazel - moved from El Salvador to Los Angeles, California, with his family. For more than two decades, he lived a pretty typical American childhood in Los Angeles. Until he got in trouble with the police. Under current US law, legal residents who are convicted of crimes may be deported to the country of their birth. That's what happened to Weazel. This audio diary follows Weazel as he struggles to reinvent his life - and relearn Spanish - alone, in a new country. "I've been banished from the U.S. you know. Like they used to do in the medieval days. They used to ban fools. I went to kindergarten in L.A., elementary school, junior high school, high school. I grew up singing, you know, My Country 'Tis of Thee, that little song America the Beautiful, pledging allegiance to the flag. I grew up with all that. You know? And here they are, 27 years later, kicking me out." -- Weazel Broadcast on This American Life 05/99
From Jake Warga | 06:47
Life on Mississippi Porches
From Jackson Braider | 11:08
Harry Nilsson: The Beatles called him their favorite group, and though he died 12 years ago, there's resurging interest in the artist and his work.
He's been dead since 1994; yet, between a new documentary film (Who Is Harry Nilsson and Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) and a welter of CD re-issues, Harry Nilsson lives on. He's even survived on a much used old cassette that independent producer Jackson Braider recently found in his filing cabinet -- a recording of an interview Braider did with Nilsson in the fall of 1979. Why it took the producer 27 years to get the story out -- who cares? Here's an unusual introduction to the singer/songwriter the Beatles called "their favorite group."
One hour radio documentary highlights the gospel music Elvis recorded throughout his career.
HE TOUCHED ME: ELVIS' GOSPEL MUSIC One-hour radio documentary about Elvis Presley's love for Gospel music, his roots in the church, and the stories behind his greatest Gospel recordings and performances. "Religion always played an important part of Elvis' life and quest of his purpose in life. He was a searcher of knowledge and is a much more intelligent person than has been documented in history so far." - Jerry Schilling MANY OF THE CLASSIC IMAGES OF ELVIS PRESLEY INVOLVE SOME SORT OF HIP SHAKING AND KNEE WOBBLING. AFTER ALL, HE WAS THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL, AND WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED IN HIS SHORT LIFE CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER. BUT ALL THROUGH HIS CAREER, THERE WAS A SECOND TRACK. ELVIS WON THREE GRAMMYS IN HIS LIFE, AND NONE OF THEM FOR ROCK AND ROLL. ALL THREE WERE FOR RELIGIOUS RECORDINGS. ELVIS SANG A LOT OF GOSPEL MUSIC, AND IN THE NEXT HOUR, WE'RE GOING TO HEAR HOW DEEP THOSE GOSPEL ROOTS RAN. WE'RE JOINED BY LIFELONG FRIEND AND ASSOCIATE JERRY SCHILLING, JOE MOSCHEO OF THE IMPERIALS QUARTET AND GORDON STOKER OF THE JORDANAIRES. Broadcast window begins on Friday April 6, in time for Easter weekend, and continues throughout the year in honor of the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death. Throughout this special, you will hear 20 of Elvis' best gospel recordings from all stages of his career. Songs are listed below (* = music bed or excerpt). *So High *Crying in the Chapel Swing Low, Sweet Chariot If the Lord Wasn't Walking By My Side *I, John Where Could I Go But To The Lord Milky White Way *His Hand in Mine Run On *Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho Take My Hand, Precious Lord Peace in the Valley *In My Father's House He Touched Me *Mansion on the Hill Amazing Grace You'll Never Walk Alone *Somebody Bigger Than You and I Bosom of Abraham *How Great Thou Art *So High All music is also featured on the new 2-CD set "Elvis Presley: Ultimate Gospel" in stores now from Sony BMG Music.
From Andy Raskin | 08:22
Greatness awaits at the front of the line.
When I tell people about what goes on at the Tokyo noodle-soup restaurant called Ramen Jiro, they sometimes say, "What is this, like the soup nazi?" And I say, no, it's not like the soup nazi. The soup Nazi can't teach you how to become a man. This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on January 19, 2004.
From Paul Ingles | 01:57:56
A lively two-hour montage of rare archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews on The Beatles' first U.S. grand tour. (Hour 1 can stand alone without second hour if you can't possibly place both). Originally distributed by PRI, now available to all stations.
When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February of 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. Paul Ingles hosts The Beatles in America - 1964 and takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another. This lively two-hour montage features rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews with fans and reporters who were swept into The Beatles frenzy. Some of the recordings featured in this program haven't been played publicly in 40 years. They are available here because of Larry Kane and Art Schreiber, two reporters who made almost every stop of The Beatle's 1964 tour and had remarkable access to the band. Their interviews capture the boys'wonder, humor, and thoughtful analysis of the madness that was swirling around them and enveloping the nation. Ingles talks with historians and authors whose enthusiasm and excitement also reflects that phenomenal time. Naturally, The Beatles in America - 1964 includes plenty of hits from that year, but in true public radio form, it also showcases lesser-heard gems from early Beatle's albums that fans wore through. Join Paul Ingles for a thrilling walk down musical memory lane. Offered to PRI affiliates only in 2004. Now available to all public radio stations. Although produced for 40th anniversary of Beatles arrival in America, no specific mention of the anniversary is made so it plays as an evergreen of that remarkable first year of America's experience with the Beatles.
Each hour has an optional 5 minute "Segment 2" which can be deleted if you need a newscast friendly hour.
From Paul Ingles | 01:58:00
One, two-hour program in which musicians, writers, and Beatle fans explore what made Revolver one of the top rock albums of all time.
NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL OF PUBLIC RADIO. "AWESOME! BEST PIECE OF RADIO I HAVE HEARD in ages. A must listen for any Beatles fan." PRX REVIEW by Jonathan Fahey When rock music critics and fans are asked to rank the top rock albums of all time, The Beatles' 1966 release Revolver either heads the list or falls into the top tier. To mark the 40th anniversary year of the album's release, award-winning producer and host Paul Ingles presents Everything Was Right: The Beatles' "Revolver" Ingles explores the landmark album's story and influence in depth, talking with historians, musicians, music critics, and fans and spotlighting each Revolver track (along with the 1966 single "Paperback Writer and Rain") The Beatles experimented with new sounds and subject matter on Revolver, pioneering psychedelic rock on some tracks and exhibiting extraordinary song-craft on others. Listeners learn about the sources for the tunes, the studio experiments The Beatles used to get their ground-breaking sounds, and the lasting impact of the collection on the pop/rock music scene. Among the guest commentators is Mark Lewisohn, author of The Beatles Recording Sessions. The only journalist to have listened to every second of the Beatles' studio recordings, Lewisohn is a major authority on the band's history. Everything Was Right also features music writers Jim Derogatis, Steve Turner, Jeff Sobul, and Stuart Maddow. Musicians Shawn Colvin, Mark Erelli, John Leventhal, Deborah Holland, Richard Goldman, David Gans, Kristy Kruger, and Jon Spurney join other Beatle fans to talk about their favorite tracks on what is arguably the greatest album by the greatest band of all time. "...it does do a solid job of dissecting the psychology, backstory and musicianship of each song note for delicious note. This is the kind of program that makes musical pedants like myself pant with delight...this documentary does offer solid journalism, excellent production values and a style that leaves most of the talking to the interviewees. Highly recommended." PRX REVIEW by Jonathan Groubert Program is not available for sale on CD but it is available to hear again online at www.coolstreams.com. "...relentless, meticulous work on the part of the producer and host, with a rich overflow of excellent interviews. Finally, once each song has been perfectly framed, they actually let you hear it in its entirety, or nearly. And it's like you're hearing it for the first time." PRX REVIEW by Marjorie Van Halteren
From Dmae Roberts | 05:51
Every 100 days, Roberts saves the phone messages of her mom who passed away two years ago as a living memorial.
What's left after someone passes on? Photographs and phone messages. The reality of death hits hardest when the loved one no longer calls you on the phone. Every 100 days, Roberts saves the phone messages of her mom who passed away five years ago as a living memorial and as a way to still get a phone call from her mom. Memorial follows the caretaking and illness of Chu-Yin Roberts through the phone messages. This piece can be aired on Mother's Day or Memorial Day. Could also be appropriately during holidays for those who have lost loved ones. Also appropriate for Asian History Month in May. There is one minute of music tail to read credits to close a magazine show with.
Hour version of Mandela: An Audio History
Credits/Back anounce: Our story was produced by Joe Richman of Radio Diaries. Mandela: An Audio History is has just been released as a CD, hosted by Desmond Tutu with an introduction by Nelson Mandela. To find the CD, search for "Mandela: An Audio History" on Amazon or visit: www.mandelahistory.org Notes: This is a one hour version of the series, Mandela: An Audio History, which was originally broadcast as a 5-part series on All Things Considered. The host introducton is by Desmond Tutu. For more information visit the project website: www.mandelahistory.org or email the producer, Joe Richman, firstname.lastname@example.org There are a few different options for stations: Version One: no news hole (2 floating breaks) Version Two: newscast compatible (2 floating breaks) Version ThreeA: first half hour (with no host intro, ids or credits) Version ThreeB: second half hour (with no host intro, ids or credits) 15 and 30 second promos also available. Timings and Cues provided.
From Nicole Haldeman | 48:21
Michael Palin presents a radio special about the Beatles? second movie Help!, which was first released in 1965.
Michael Palin presents a radio special about the Beatles? second movie Help!, which was first released in 1965. The film will be re-issued on DVD in November 2007 in a version that has fully restored the print to its original visual quality and with a soundtrack that has been upgraded with a surround sound mix. In this special programme, we hear comments from the Beatles recorded in 1965 plus director Richard Lester and actors Eleanor Bron and Victor Spinetti recall working with them. There are also amusing stories about the unusual circumstances of filming in the Bahamas and Austria from the group?s then road manager and later head of Apple, Neil Aspinall and the movie?s Costume Designer Julie Harris. The plot of the film revolves around members of an Eastern cult who chase after the bulbous red ring worn by Ringo, because without it they cannot make a human sacrifice to the goddess Kaili. With a nod to the popularity of the James Bond movies, a couple of eccentric scientists are also trying to steal it. As Michael Palin points out, the surreal dialogue and visual gags in the film were the kind of things that the Monty Python team later played with. All seven songs featured in the movie are heard in the radio show: ?Help!?, ?You?re Going To Lose That Girl?, ?You?ve Got To Hide Your Love Away?, ?Another Girl?, ?I Need You?, ?The Night Before? and ?Ticket To Ride?. Most songs are mimed performances in the film - with the group playing their instruments - but for ?Ticket To Ride?, the Beatles are shown fooling about on snow-covered mountains as they skied, curled and fell over! That startling sequence, in particular, has led to Richard Lester?s work with the Beatles being viewed as an inspiration for the style of music videos that caught the eye during the early days of MTV in the 1980s. Director Steve Barron, who first made his name with a succession of videos for artists such as Culture Club, The Human League and A-Ha confirms that influence in this programme. As we hear in the radio show, for all those involved in making Help! it was a remarkable experience; with the film?s new lease of life on DVD, their work with the Beatles now seems guaranteed to entertain generation after generation. There will be a commercial hour version, and a break-free hour for online or other use. Preferred broadcast window is weekend before release through weekend after release, November 2nd - 11th. If you plan to broadcast this special, or would like to receive the radio special on CD, please email to Nicole.Haldeman@emicap.com with air date and time. Product for on-air giveaways is also available.
One-hour music intensive radio documentary about Sly & the Family Stone, their music, their turbulent history, and the indelible marks they left behind.
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE: FAMILY AFFAIR. One-hour music intensive radio documentary about Sly & the Family Stone, their music, their turbulent history, and the indelible marks they left behind. Seven musicians walked on the stage, some were black, some white, some were men, some women, and all of them were dressed in bright, colorful outfits.
That was Sly and the Family Stone, and for seven wild years (1967-1974), they left a mark on music and culture that continues to inspire countless musicians - both black and white. Members changed, times got rough, but Sly and the Family Stone's sound and message of love and unity still speaks to the world today.
FAMILY AFFAIR is hosted by Ben Fong-Torres, and includes a wide range of Sly & the Family Stone tracks - from the big hits ("Dance to the Music," Everyday People," and others) to deep cuts from all their albums. Some songs accentuate the points made by the many interview subjects, others speak for themselves. All of them stand up as examples of Sly Stone's "watershed point in the development of rhythm and blues," as detailed by biographer and journalist Joel Selvin.
Band members Rose Stone, Larry Graham, Greg Errico and Andy Newmark provide rarely-heard, first-hand accounts of the zeniths and nadirs of Sly Stone's universe, taking us from their family roots to their mainstream success to later sessions "surrounded by really crazy people...out there in the twilight zone."
Musicians Isaac Hayes and Chuck D, however, break down how music from all those episodes influenced Sly's contemporaries as well as future generations of musicians.
Host: Ben Fong-Torres. Producer: Paul Chuffo & Joshua Jackson, Joyride Media. Terms: Available to all USA-based broadcasters at no cost. Contacts: Eric Molk, 212-833-5389, email@example.com Andy Cahn, 212-833-6279, firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Sound Portraits | 31:06
The audio diaries of LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman, two young boys living in one of the most notorious public housing projects in America.
In March, 1993, LeAlan Jones, thirteen, and Lloyd Newman, fourteen, collaborated with public radio producer David Isay to create the radio documentary Ghetto Life 101, their audio diaries of life on Chicago's South Side. The boys taped for ten days, walking listeners through their daily lives: to school, to an overpass to throw rocks at cars, to a bus ride that takes them out of the ghetto, and to friends and family members in the community. The candor in Jones and Newman's diaries brought listeners face to face with a portrait of poverty and danger and their effects on childhood in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. Like Vietnam War veterans in the bodies of young boys, Jones and Newman described the bitter truth about the sounds of machine guns at night and the effects of a thriving drug world on a community. Ghetto Life 101 became one of the most acclaimed programs in public radio history, winning almost all of the major awards in American broadcasting, including: the Sigma Delta Chi Award, the Ohio State Award, the Livingston Award, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Excellence in Documentary Radio and Special Achievement in Radio Programming, and others. Ghetto Life 101 was also awarded the Prix Italia, Europe's oldest and most prestigious broadcasting award. It has been translated into a dozen languages and has been broadcast worldwide. A study guide, for teachers who want to share Ghetto Life 101 with their class, is available at: http://soundportraits.org/data/ghetto_life_study_guide.pdf
Alva Maxey-Boyd, now in her nineties, defied race covenants, urban renewal bulldozers, and two Mayor Daleys in a seven-decade battle to get and keep her gorgeous 19th-century mansion. Now, she's left as the last resident on her block of Chicago's South Prairie Avenue.
"Dr. Maxey," as she's known to her friends, is an African-American educator now in her nineties. Her beautiful red-brick home stands on what was once an elite Chicago street, formerly crowded with magnificent mansions. But these days her house stands amid urban devastation - only vacant lots and the local police station remain. The story of how this all came to be parallels the sagas of racism and urban renewal that drew Chicago's South Side over the last 100 years Dr. Maxey and her husband, Charles Boyd, bought the mansion from a wealthy white aristocrat and stuck it out for more than half-a-century -- while the city of Chicago demolished everything around them, twice. In doing so, the Boyds managed to successfully fight city hall -- twice. Her epic story suggests, once again, that the more things change, the more they stay the same. While this story is set in Chicago, it garnered fantastic nationwide response when aired in 2003's "Whose Democracy Is It" series. Maxey is an original, and her story proved inspirational to listeners across the country.
At the turn of the century until the 1930s in the cigar factories of Tampa and Ybor City, a well dressed man in a panama hat with a loud and beautiful voice sat atop a platform and read to the cigar workers as they rolled.
At the turn of the century until the 1930s in the cigar factories of Tampa and Ybor City, a well dressed man in a panama hat with a loud and beautiful voice sat atop a platform and read to the cigar workers as they rolled. These readers, known as Lectores de Tabaqueres, read Cervantes, Zola, Victor Hugo, Karl Marx, Jules Verne... It was the voices and words of these lectores - before radio and mechanization, who informed, organized, and incited the cigar workers, who labored by hand 'til the 1930s, when both the rollers and readers were replaced by mechanization. A lost tradition of story and smoke.
From Julie Subrin | 16:28
Cooking and chatting with London-based Middle Eastern and Jewish food expert and raconteur Claudia Roden.
Claudia Roden's education started at an early age. Raised in Cairo, she grew up watching the women of her family pound lamb and wheat into kibbeh, and wrap sheets of pastry around mashed dates. Over the years, she's made her way into countless kitchens, from Turkey to Poland, Lebanon to Spain, and written several histories of Mediterranean cuisine, most recently, Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. In 1996, after 15 years of research, she wrote the book on Jewish food, literally. Her genre-busting The Book of Jewish Food weaves 800 recipes into a vast narrative of the Diaspora, from the chicken dumplings created by the Jews of Tibet to the almond cake favored by Jews of Italy. In this piece, we make our way into Claudia's kitchen in London. She talks with reporter Hugh Levinson about her search for "melokheya," the truth behind British take-out, and the culinary acrobatics of today's most innovative chefs. This piece was created for the weekly Nextbook.org podcast. Nextbook.org is an online Jewish culture magazine.
From Joyride Media | 59:05
One-hour documentary details the life and music of Sam Cooke.
One-hour documentary details the life and music of Sam Cooke through his own recordings and commentary his friends, family and friends. This program features music from throughout his career that displays the great bredth of his talent before his tragic death in 1964 at the age of 33 - from his gospel roots to his upbeat classic hits, and from his high energy live concerts to his recordings of late-night mood pieces. Interview subjects include R&B legend Bobby Womack, Sam's brother L.C. Cooke, and drummer Hal Blaine. Host: Joann Allen Producer: Paul Chuffo, Joyride Media Contact: Andy Cahn, 201-386-1736, email@example.com Length: One hour with top/bottom of hour breaks Distribution: On CD with no built-in spots Broadcast Window: Nov 20 to Dec 31, 2005 Terms: Available to all stations at no cost Public Radio Satellite System Feed Details Program Number: 05-000-00964 Date: Tue, Nov 22, 2005 Time: 15:00 EST Length: 00:59 Uplink: WA Channel: A72.7 Mode: Stereo Contact: Andy Cahn - firstname.lastname@example.org, 201-386-1736
From David Freudberg | 59:02
Explorations on the non-violence philosophies shared by King and Gandhi
SEGMENT 1: More than an advocate of racial equality, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a practitioner of peaceful resistance to prejudice, and in this documentary we explore the philosophical and historical roots of King's non-violent movement. SEGMENT 2: Further explorations of non-violence with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Dr. Arun Gandhi (now in his 70s) who as a troubled teenager was tutored daily by the spiritual / political leader, gaining an intimate glimpse into the life and beliefs of a remarkable twentieth century figure.
A Washington Post journalist examines the health care issue.
- The Intersection Of Health Care Policy And Politics
Washington Post journalist, Ceci Connolly, explores the healthcare reform issue based on what she's learned from covering congress for 12 years.
From Shana Sheehy | 06:04
Hairdresser converts to Islam and discusses the dilemma of "covering up her moneymaker."
Independent producer Shana Sheehy is surprised when her new hairdresser turns out to be a devout Muslim who completely covers herself - including her hair. Sitting in the swivel chair with scissors clipping away, Shana wonders which came first - Alice's profession or her faith. Alice answers this question and more in a sound-rich audio collage.
From Holly Kernan | 15:50
interview with Gurinder Ghadha, film maker of "Bend it like Beckham"
British film maker Gurinder Chadha talks with Sandip Roy about her international blockbuster "Bend it Like Beckham". The film tells the story of a young Indian-British woman in England who dreams of playing soccer, while her traditional family wants her to learn to cook.
From Adam Allington | 04:53
Davy Rothbart founder of "Found" Magazine describes some of his favorite finds
I produced this piece from interview material as well as "live" tape from one of Davy's recent "Found Events" in Portland, Maine. Davy Rothbart and his brother are currently on a 50 state tour of the the country to promote his new book as well as help people understand how interesting found objects can be.
A trapeze star of the 1920s, his present-day counterpart and a colorful supporting cast reveal the heartbreak and gritty reality behind the tinsel: a story of death and daring under the Big Top.
A trapeze star of the 1920s, his present-day counterpart and a colorful supporting cast reveal the heartbreak and gritty reality behind the tinsel: a story of death and daring under the Big Top. One :30 promo (click "listen" page, promo labeled "Segment 2")
How the dangerous skill of high steel became a rite of passage for a Mohawk tribe.
For over a hundred years the Mohawks of Akwesasne, a reservation on the New York-Canada border, pursued the occupation of ironworkers, one of the most dangerous jobs in construction. Mohawks were on the high steel crews of every bridge and skyscraper in Manhattan, commuting between job and their 12-hour-distant home every weekend, and became famous for their skill, daring and major contribution to the skyline of New York. This is the story of men plying a difficult craft in the modern world while cleaving to tribal customs in an ancient world -- a balancing act that has taken its toll in lives and relationships. An honest, intimate and informative portrait of an unusual occupation and the Native Americans who made it their own.