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Playlist: Happy New Year & Year in Review

Compiled By: PRX Editors

Curated Playlist

Resolutions, reflections, and more.

Welcome in the New Year with these Editors' Picks.

Below are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff. You can find other options for the New Year by using our search.

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Sound Opinions Presents: Best Albums of 2016

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 59:00

If you're a music fanatic, the end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their favorite albums of the year. And Sound Opinions listeners weigh-in with what they think was the best of 2016.

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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot love putting together a list of their favorite music of the year, and 2016 is no different. The critics share highlights from their lists. Plus, some listeners tell us about their favorite albums of the year. Featured artists include Solange, Nick Cave, Savages and more.

A Shortcut Through 2016

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 59:14

An immersive retrospective of one of the most turbulent years in history, with political upheavals, worldwide economic meltdowns, racist confrontations, terrorist attacks coupled with threats of religious persecution amid the playing out of the incredibly toxic presidential election and an endless parade of those who left big holes in the fabric of our common culture in 2016. Mixed with the music and sounds of the year Shortcuts features no narration, it's message evolves from the careful juxtaposition of the various elements.

Ali_sm_small Described by many as possibly the "Worst Year Ever" ,   A Shortcut Through 2016 features the American Presidential election, and the various battles for good & evil waged around the world including stops at Standing Rock, Brexit, Mosul, Nice, Orlando, Baton Rouge, Oakland, Chicago, Cleveland, Russia, WestWorld and Downton Abbey with music from Agnes Obel, Paul Simon & Nico Segal, Thievery Corporation, Johann Johannsson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Radiohead, Blood Orange, Jim James, Ramid Djawad, Nouvelle Vague, The Hamilton Mixtape (K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Reodente), Neil Young, Florence & The Machine, Hans Zimmer, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Kelsey Lu, Was (Not Was), The George Martin Orchestra, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and more with commentary from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, David Cameron, Paul Ryan, Barack and Michelle Obama, Chris Hayes, Daniel Craig, Ben Carson, D.L Hughley, Ice Cube, Cedric The Entertainer, Common, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Dave Chappell, Stephen Cobert, Conan O'Brien, John Oliver, Spike Lee, George Clooney, James Corden, Whoopie Goldberg, Nancy Pelosi, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Kit Harrington, Richard White, Saginaw Grant,  Ray Goulding, Samiri Wiley, The Firesign Theater, Benedict Cumberbatch, LeBron James, Amy Schumer, William Shatner, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Kristian Nairn (Hodor), Brian & Violet Bochan and tributes to David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Muhammad Ali, Fidel Castro, John Glenn, Leon Russell, Prince, Bill Nunn, Arnold Palmer, Garry Shandling, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Young, Bill Cunningham, Paul Kantner, Mose Allison, Ralph Stanley, Noel Neill, Gene Wilder, Frank Sinatra Jr,  George Martin, Greg Lake & Keith Emerson, Maurice White, Earl Hamner Jr, Harper Lee, Edward Albee, Nancy Reagan, Toots Thielemans, Dan Hicks, Abe Vigoda, Peter Vaughan, Shimon Peres, Andrew Sacks, Lonnie Mack, John Zachele, Bob Elliot, and dedicated to my father Peter J. Bochan (1920-2016)

Political Junkie 2016 Remembrances Special

From Ken Rudin's Political Junkie | Part of the Political Junkie (Specials) series | 53:58

As 2016 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and the journalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments. Join us for the Political Junkie 2016 Remembrances Special, as we recount these individuals’ contributions to political history, and honor their commitments to public service.

2016_remembrances_special_small As 2016 draws to a close, Political Junkie Ken Rudin remembers the lawmakers and newsmakers from the world of politics who passed away this year. Ken interviews their colleagues, friends and the journalists who covered them, to reflect on their passions and chronicle their accomplishments. Join us for the Political Junkie 2016 Remembrances Special, as we recount these individuals’ contributions to political history, and honor their commitments to public service.

Ken's guests include:

  • Stu Rothenberg, founding editor and publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report
  • Jill Lawrence, commentary editor for USA Today
  • Amy Howe, editor of SCOTUSblog, remembering Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
  • Janine Parry, professor of political science at the University of Arkansas, remembering former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator Dale Bumpers
  • Howard Wilkinson, political reporter for WVXU (Cincinnati, Ohio), remembering former Ohio Governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich
  • Plus, an archival interview with former California state Senator and political activist Tom Hayden 
Additional information about this special is available on our website.

The New Year’s Eve Jam

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:01

An hour-long special featuring jazz music and spoken-word performances for the coming New Year from Charlie Parker, Lenny Bruce, Slim Gaillard, Ken Nordine, and more.

New_year_s_eve_show_small "The New Year's Eve Jam" ushers in the coming year in radio nightclub style, with music from Slim Gaillard, Harry the Hipster Gibson, Charlie Parker, Big John Patton, and more, as well as spoken-word pieces from Ken Nordine, Lenny Bruce, and Gregory Corso... an evening for hipsters, flipsters, and time-trippin' daddies.

Life In 2030

From Spectrum Radio | Part of the Engineers of the New Millennium series | 59:06

Life in 2030, a one-hour special from The Engineers of the New Millennium, explores the latest advances in science and technology to give listeners a glimpse of what life may be like in the not-too-distant future.

Life_in_2030_logo_small Robots that fight fires, cars that drive themselves, clothes that prevent illness the stuff of science fiction novels? Or, are they closer than we think?

Life in 2030, a one-hour special from The Engineers of the New Millennium, explores the latest advances in science and technology to give listeners a glimpse of what life may be like in the not-too-distant future.  

Juke In The Back #033 - Christmas Leftovers & New Year's Resolutions

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:02

Matt The Cat has dug up some more R&B Christmas treasures and added a few tunes about New Years for this week’s continuation of the “Juke In The Back” R&B Christmas Special.

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Matt The Cat has dug up some more R&B Christmas treasures and added a few tunes about New Years for this week’s continuation of the “Juke In The Back” R&B Christmas Special.  The holiday juke is jumpin’ with cool tunes by Big John Greer, Champion Jack Dupree, Lowell Fulson, The Moonglows, Marvin & Johnny and many more.  The range of topics is wide, from dancing Santas to lonely Christmases to making up with your baby on New Year’s Eve.  So get hungry for some Christmas leftovers and plan your New Year’s resolutions this week with Matt The Cat on the “Juke In The Back.”

Professor Mikey's New Year's Revolution

From Mike Flanagan | 59:58

The perfect New Year's mixtape, complete with rarities, standards, surprises, blatant nostalgia, sincere resolutions, unashamed hope, and serious parties! From the Great Depression to the Great Recession, New Year's music from all genres for all tastes.

Lombardonewyear_small Professor Mikey is off on another holiday musical expedition, this time to discover the heart of everybody's favorite midnight party.  What is a Lang Syne?  And how Auld is it?  What do Bing Crosby, Death Cab for Cutie, and Blind Lemon Jefferson have in common?  Do New Year's Resolutions really work?  Is the best New Year's duet of all time sung by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas?  And what's Carl Sagan doing in here?  These and other timely questions are answered in this full hour celebration of New Year's music.  Old blues classics like Smokey Hogg's "New Year's Eve Blues" from 1948, a New Year's Eve 1970 appearance by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, an absolute wacko resolution romp with Spike Jones and the City Slickers and much much more.  The genres melt into each other, the human condition gets a good going over, and we all resolve to be better next year!

New Years: A Reflection

From Western Folklife Center Media | 57:03

A meditation on New Year's as a time of reflection and healing.

Default-piece-image-0 Join in a New Year journey with host Hal Cannon to an ancient Gaelic ritual of bringing in the year with fiddler Alasdair Frazier. Then join Jean Redpath for the original ?Auld Lang Syne.? From the Isles back to the States we travel to delve into the Native American way of marking time with a heartfelt story from Lakota elder, Leonard Littlefinger telling how ritual can help us transform a brutal history into a new story of hope. We end with the hope of a healthy land from the Grand Canyon. Join us

Notes On Winter - A Seasonal Music Special

From Charlie Warren | Part of the "Notes On" - Seasonal Specials series | 58:58

A warm smooth-flowing mix of intriguing facts, gentle humor, and a variety of pop, soft-rock, classical, alternative, film, and show tunes, current and classic. For airing December through February.

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Mostly warm winter songs from Sara Bareilles, Antonio Vivaldi, Enya, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLaughlin, Simon & Garfunkel, John Barry film score (not-so-warm), John Denver (cold), Frank Loesser show tunes, and many more.



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Fallen Heroes of 2016

From Making Contact | Part of the Making Contact series | 29:00

Thousands of social justice workers and scholars passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2016.

Z_headphones-globe_small Thousands of social justice workers and scholars passed away this year. People doing crucial work in their communities, whose deaths didn’t make the headlines.  On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear about some of the fallen heroes of 2016.

All In Time

From Sarah Boothroyd | 25:01

Guided by science and science fiction, All In Time traverses the timeless mystery of time itself. This work won a Gold World Medal for Best Sound at the New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards.

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The clock ticks; the moon waxes; the autumn leaves turn crimson. Time is as ubiquitous as it is elusive. Guided by science and science fiction, All In Time traverses the timeless mystery of time itself.

This 25-minute work won the 2011 Luc Ferrari International Broadcast Arts Competition, won a 2011 Gold World Medal for Best Sound at the New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2011 Phonurgia Nova Prize.

All In Time was commissioned by La Muse En Circuit in Paris (Centre National de Création Musicale), with the support of Radio Suisse Romande, Deutschlandradio Kultur, RTBF Musiq 3, Groupe de Recherches Musicales, and Radio-France.

In 2011 All In Time was broadcast on Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland; on Deutschlandradio Kultur in Germany; on Swedish Radio Channel 2; on TIK ArtRadio Days in Slovakia; on The Radius (New York), WKXR (New York), WMUA (Massachusetts), KUT (Texas), and KFAI (Minnesota) in the U.S.A.; and on over 40 radio stations around the world, thanks to the Radiophonic Creation Day Festival and the Future Places Festival.

This independent production was also published on two CDs – Deep Wireless VIII and Concours d'art radiophonique Luc Ferrari: Composer Le Réel – and was featured in several online publications; including Transom.org, Public Radio Remix Blog, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Syntone, InStereoPress, Girrlsound, and Infinity's Kitchen.

In 2011, All In Time was also presented in spatialized, octophonic format at the Archipel Contemporary Music Festival in Switzerland; at Festival Extension XI and the Prix Phonurgia Nova Concert in France; at Netaudio London in the U.K.; at the Ohrenhoch Sound Art Gallery in Germany; at the Deep Wireless Festival (Toronto) and Canadian Electroacoustic Community Anniversary Concert (Vancouver) in Canada; and at the PNEM Festival in The Netherlands.

Written, recorded, edited and mixed by Sarah Boothroyd, special thanks are extended to physics maven Peter Watson; to antique clock collector Georges Royer; to Travis Morgan and Dokashiteru for providing Creative Commons samples; and to Himan and Melina Brown for permitting the use of CBS Radio Mystery Theatre clips.



To read more about this production please visit
http://transom.org/?p=16802,
http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1009-all-in-time?closed=true, and
http://publicradioremix.org/2011/09/pressing-play-may-stop-time

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Fast Food: What and Why

From Barry Vogel | 29:00

Fast food: What it is, how it is sold, and what it does to us.

Default-piece-image-2 Fast food is what many people eat in America, and increasingly so in other countries. It is advertised to be fun, tasty and easily available. We Americans spend more money on fast food annually than on higher education. Eric Schlosser, the author of ?Fast Food Nation, the Dark Side of the All-American Meal? writes that it is not only what is served for human consumption that is the problem, but the art of mass marketing to children, through organized promotions and ads for it products in school buses, hallways and even bathroom stalls, have serious side effects in society. Further, the working conditions for employees of meat packing plants, and the resulting contamination of their products, resulting as of July 2002 in the recall of 19 million pounds of beef. In addition to the acute health hazard of contamination, a fast food meal often contains more fat in one meal that the average person needs in a day. This conversation with Eric Schlosser begins with his description of the problem of an excess of fat in fast food.

Toxic Living

From Voices of Our World | 28:00

Deirdre Imus explains the connection between household chemical cleaning agents and pediatric cancers.

Toxic_small Part One: TOXIC LIVING: They say ?what you don?t know can?t hurt you?. While there is some truth to that, being informed allows us to make better choices. From formaldehyde to methyl-mercury to dioxins, there are a wide variety of hazardous chemicals in our furnishings, clothing, cleaning and grooming products, our food, water and air. Kathy Golden speaks with Deirdre Imus, founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology, a foundation committed to promoting non-toxic alternatives to the more harmful products we may be using everyday. OPTIONAL CUTAWAY CUE: ?That?s 1-8-7-7 M-A-R-Y-K-N-O-L-L" at 14:00. Part Two: MERCURY RISING: Most of us have been exposed to mercury, a poisonous metallic element and neuro-toxin, in several of its various forms, either in the fish we eat or even as an ingredient in a vaccine we received. The mercury preservative in inoculations is thimerosal, and Deirdre Imus advises that parents simply request thimerosal-free vaccines. Then we talk with Nat Mund, Senior Washington Representative for the Sierra Club about the latest relaxations in emission standards for coal burning power plants and the resulting rise in environmental mercury contamination. End Cue: ?And please be sure to join us next time for more Voices of Our World.? At 28:00. Can be broadcast at 14:00 or 28:00 minutes. Format fits well into either time slot.


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Happy New Year

From The Truth | 12:18

Walt Avery is throwing a New Year's Eve party. He's invited all his friends, and expects a big crowd. Who will show up? And who won't? In this short story, we spend an evening with a man coming to terms with the death of his wife, and the choices he has made to preserve her memory.

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Newyear_icon_2_small Walt Avery is throwing a New Year's Eve party. He's invited all his friends, and expects a big crowd. Who will show up? And who won't? In this short story, we spend an evening with a man coming to terms with the death of his wife, and the choices he has made to preserve her memory.

Performed by Ben Jones and Tom Ligon.

Written and directed by Jonathan Mitchell. 

Finding My Place

From Judah Bruce Leblang | 22:00

A memoir piece about overcoming depression and finding hope.

Default-piece-image-2 "Finding My Place" is a 'This American Life" style piece, the story of a turning point in the author's life, the ties of family that bind and sometime unwind, and the humor and hope that come when one rises out of a period of depression and moves toward hope.

Distillations Episode 137: Cocktail Chemistry

From Distillations Podcast | Part of the Distillations series | 13:20

Cheers! On today's episode of Distillations we belly up to the bar to learn about distilled spirits. Then we look ahead to the next morning to determine if our tried-and-true hangover cures have any scientific merit.

Asset_upload_file8_74802_thumbnail_small Join us in a toast! On today's episode ofDistillations we're celebrating the holiday season with a couple of drinks—and a side of aspirin. First, producer Catherine Girardeau heads to St. George Spirits, a distillery in California, to find out how the most potent ingredients in our favorite cocktails are made. Then we check in the morning after to reveal what hangover cures actually work. (Hint: Not many.)

Everybody SCREAM!!!

From The Truth | 10:32

New Year's resolution to head to the gym more often? Watch out for these people! Spin class gets personal.

Disco_ball_purple_small On this episode of The Truth, we're going to spin class. Warm up that saddle and pick up the pace, as we go inside the imaginations of two very competitive women.

Chet Siegel as Sam
Emily Tarver as Lisa
Ed Herbstman as Kirk
Produced by Jonathan Mitchell
written collaboratively by The Truth, from a story by Chet Siegel

Special thanks: Peter Clowney, Kerrie Hillman, Madeline Sparer and Chris Bannon. Recorded at WNYC and on location in New York City

Clever Apes: First memories

From WBEZ | Part of the WBEZ's Clever Apes series | 08:22

Our childhood memories may not always be reliable, but they have a lot to teach us about how we think, learn, and build an identity. In this episode, Gabriel Spitzer explores what science has to say about our first memories.

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I’m sitting at a picnic table in our screened-in porch. It’s my third birthday party, and I’m opening presents. I unwrap a Tonka truck, and drop to the floor to start playing with it.

That’s been my earliest memory ever since I can, well, remember. But as the years wore on, something weird started happening. I started to feel less attached to the person in that memory. Now, I feel like I’m seeing the memory through someone else’s eyes, watching myself push that truck on the green astroturf carpet. I’m not even sure it’s a real memory anymore.

This has been on my mind because my own son recently had his third birthday. It got me wondering what his first memory will be, and more broadly, what is the nature of early memories? How reliable might they be, and how important to the construction of our identities?

On the latest installment of Clever Apes, we dig into what science has to say about early memory. Young kids actually have lots of memories that don’t make it into long-term storage. The phenomenon, called “childhood amnesia,” is not very well understood. But it seems to have something to do with the lens through which we see the world, and how it changes from early childhood (say, age three) to the more verbal period starting around age five or six. It’s tough to bridge that divide, and that may explain why I’m having a hard time connecting with my three-year old self.

And there’s another reason: memories are made from networks of neurons in our brains. That wiring gets used for lots of things, and so with each new memory, the networks change a little. When we remember something, we effectively rewrite it. That means that in some sense, each time we reflect on a memory, we’re putting a little more distance between ourselves and the actual event. Recent research suggests we’re even doing this in our sleep.

It’s enough to give a fellow a dose of existential distress. But there’s an upside too: A Chicago researcher has demonstrated ways that parents can reinforce and help solidify a child’s memories.If you listen to the show, you can hear me trying this out on my son, Ezra. I bribed him with M&Ms to get him to sit still.


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The Kindness of Strangers

From Kirsty McQuire | 06:15

A lovely mission and an aspiration for the new year. One woman's philanthropic mission comes full circle.

Kindness_4th-sept-2011_small During the leap year of 2012, Bernadette Russell embarked on a mission to complete 366 Days of Kindness. Her efforts were prompted by the riots that spread through her adopted home town of London and across English towns and cities, between 6th and 10th August 2011.

Bernadette has left sweets in phone boxes, books on trains, £5 notes on buses. She has given away balloons, cakes, flowers and lottery tickets, written letters to a soldier returned from Afghanistan and offered her socks to the homeless. She practiced ‘targeted’ rather than ‘random’ acts of kindness but she says she ‘expected nothing in return.’

Bernadette is now turning her 366 philanthropic experiences into a stage play, in collaboration with Jacksons Lane Theatre in London and with support from Birmingham Rep and Forkbeard Fantasy.


Good Morning!

From Sara Brooke Curtis | 05:00

A collection of remixed "Good Morning" voicemail messages from friends all over the world. A nice way to start a morning -- or a year!

Img_0715_small A friend of mine gave me an assignment to answer my telephone at 7:30 am on December 7th. She gave my phone number to one of her writing mentors and told her to call me. My only guidelines were to answer the telephone and share something with her. So..I created a Google Voice account and asked my friends and family to leave Good Morning messages. I edited a handfull of my favorites together, mixed them with some music, and layered in a recording of my Grandfather singing one of his favorite songs. At 7:30 am I shared this piece with the stranger. She emailed me today and told me that she's taken to playing it every monring as part of her daily ritual.

Stress Test

From Hans Anderson | 07:20

I took a stress test that seemed to include testing my stress level on getting to the stress test.

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Mockumentary1s_small I took a stress test that seemed to include testing my stress level on getting to the stress test. Experimental sound. Kind of annoying. Public radio! Ha! I laugh at you for that thought! Of course not Public Radio. Not unless I ran the show. Be glad I don't. For more information and conversation, visit this feature on Transom.org.

Time in Film

From Jonathan Mitchell | 06:45

Three film critics dissect how directors have twisted time.

Timecode_small In the movies, a single cut can jump several decades. Bullets stop and linger onscreen. In this piece, three film critics dissect how directors have twisted time in recent movies. Orginally aired on Studio 360 in May, 2002 NOTE: Because this piece was produced in 2002, the film examples are probably a bit dated. Included are examples from Memento, Run Lola Run, and Timecode. We hear from: Holly Willis, editor of Res magazine Michael Fox, film journalist for San Francisco Weekly David Laderman, professor of film at the College of San Mateo


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Program 17: A New Year's Recitation

From Vermont Folklife Center Media | Part of the Journey's End: The Memories and Traditions of Daisy Turner and her Family series | 04:56

By the turn of the century the Turner household had become a kind of community social center. This program explores the texture of these gatherings.

Daisyturner_small By the turn of the century the Turner household had become a kind of community social center. For parties they would hire a fiddler and Daisy would call the dances. The highlight of the evening would sometimes be a poetry recitation. This program features Daisy reciting one of these poems.

Praying for Peace in The New Year

From Paul McDonald | 02:27

What might really happen if every warrior on the planet beat his sword into a plowshare?

Peace_small Broadcast on WFPL, December 22, 2005.

Ask the Librarian: Will green tea treat my high blood pressure?

From Jackson Braider | Part of the Ask the Librarian series | 04:23

Does green tea help with high blood pressure?

Marthastone_small In libraries as in life, there are specialties and specialists of all stripes. Martha Stone is Coordinator for Reference Services at Treadwell Library at the celebrated Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. As you might expect, given where she works, people tend to ask Martha health-related questions. Beyond dealing with the question -- will green tea help my high blood pressure? -- Martha provides insights into the uses of the web and the power of the printed word.
Picked up in a previous version by WYSO.
Two versions offered following Dmae Roberts' comments: Segment 1 contains music; Segment 2 is music-free.

Breaking Up Christmas

From With Good Reason | Part of the Folklife FieldNotes series | 03:30

When Christmas is over, the fun is just getting started for many in Southern Appalachia.

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Folklorsit Jon Lohman shares the background of  little-known tradition of "Breaking Up Christmas," a series of gatherings the week between Christmas and New Year's, where people get together in each other's homes and jam until the wee hours of the morning. Many generations participate, and it's a really wonderful way for the community to come together and wind down the holiday season.


How do you sabrage in France?

From Rachel Louise Snyder | Part of the Global Guru Radio series | 03:00

Everyone will be drinking champagne on New Year's Eve, but will everyone be opening the champagne with a sword? Learn how the French sabrage.

Champagne-bottles-post-sabrage_small The Global Guru is a weekly public radio spot that celebrates the oddities, the curiosities, the unknowns of global culture, particularly in countries where Americans have either single narrative story lines, like Afghanistan (war), Thailand (sex tourism), Rwanda, (genocide), or perhaps no story lines at all, like East Timor, Moldova, Malta, Lesotho, etc. Engaging and rich in sound, the 3:00 interstitial helps us connect to the vastness of human experience. Presenting station is WAMU in Washington, DC and sponsored by American University in DC. Some of our favorite past shows include: How do Cambodians predict the harvest each year? What messages do cigarettes send in Chinese business dealings? How did Tanzania become the capitol of barbershops? How and why does Thailand categorize food? What is Iceland’s most feared culinary delight? How do you track a Tasmanian devil? What are the hidden messages in Zulu beadwork? 

StoryCorps: Scott Wall and Isabel Sobozinsky-Wall

From StoryCorps | 02:28

Scott Wall and his wife, Isabel Sobozinsky-Wall, talk about their long-distance courtship that began on New Year's Eve.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

From Paul McDonald | 02:12

What if this is as good as it gets?

Sad_small Two minutes twelve seconds. Broadcast on WFPL 12/15/05


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Is Your Desk Trying to Kill You?

From Merle Kessler | 01:46

A new study reveals that a messy desk can make you sick. Ian examines his own desk/health ratio, and reaches some conclusions.

Default-piece-image-1 A new study reveals that a messy desk can make you sick. Ian examines his own desk/health ratio, and reaches some conclusions.