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Playlist: Happy New Year

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.


Humankind: The Search for Well-Being

From Humankind | 01:57:59

A powerful two-hour documentary about how treating the whole person fits into the new health care era. In this sound-rich program, doctors, nurses, patients and health advocates describe this emerging medical movement.


The clash over who gets health care coverage and who pays — which resulted in the 2013 government shutdown — is just part of the story.

According to the CDC, more than three-fourths of U.S. medical costs are attributed to largely-preventable illnesses related to our lifestyle behaviors (what we eat, whether we exercise, how we manage stress, if we smoke).

Mind-Body-SPiritYet visits to the doctor are often too brief to get a handle on these complicated problems. An NPR/Robert Wood Johnson/Harvard poll shows about 3 in 5 patients are unhappy with the rushed pace. Frequently they come away with prescriptions to treat symptoms, rather than a solution to underlying causes. And it's increasingly hard for time-stressed physicians and nurses.

To get to the root of this, The Search for Well-Being examines the emergence of "integrative medicine," for which clinics are now widespread at major hospitals throughout the United States, including parts of the Veterans Administration, which operates the nation’s largest health care system.

The aim is to provide effective, low-tech care for the whole person: mind/body/spirit. Many integrative clinics offer acupuncture, teach meditation skills for stress reduction and provide health counseling. Some of these services are newly covered by the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.

To explore this fascinating trend, we've talked in depth with health care providers, patients and others around the country. The sound-rich stories are powerful. Hour 1 explains this approach to health care and how it is transforming the relationship between patients and their doctors and nurses. Hour 2 looks at new developments in medical and nursing education to prepare a new wave of professionals for integrative practice.

Hour (49:00-1:00:00)

Sound Opinions Presents The Best Albums of 2013

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

Available for FREE to all stations, even if you don't take Sound Opinions weekly!

Music fans and critics love making lists: Top 5 Driving Songs, Top 5 Bass Lines, and so on. But this is the list that really counts: The Best Albums of the Year.
What did 2013 sound like? What are the albums you need to know about? And what records can you safely put under the tree? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give you the answers during this special free hour of Sound Opinions.



Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present the best albums of 2013. They talk about favorite releases by Savages, Chance the Rapper, Upset and more. Listeners from Willowbrook, IL, Minneapolis, MN and Denver, CO call in to share their number one albums.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.

Jimmy Tingle: Making Comic Sense

From Jimmy Tingle | 53:53

Making Comic Sense of 2013

(Audio piece is a SAMPLE of Jimmy's show recorded before a small but very appreciative audience on Dec 19, 2013. FULL ONE-HOUR PROGRAM recorded at the sold-out 500 seat Regent Theater in Arlington, MA to be uploaded Dec. 30, 2013)

From the crack-smoking Mayor of Toronto to the new Pope, comedian Jimmy Tingle (60 Minutes II, MSNBC) will ring in the New Year with a hilarious look at the past year that will have your listeners laughing all the way to Memorial Day.

Ellen_low_res_tingle_0790_lr_small UPDATED 1/21/14 -- now more evergreen.  Stations that licensed the original version get the new version for free.

Jimmy Tingle's Making Comic Sense features an evergreen version for 2014 and beyond.
It's the perfect way to make your listeners laugh and think throughout the year.  Jimmy says: " Making Comic Sense will make you look back at the past year, laugh, think and be grateful you made it through."
Tingle's year-end performances are a tradition for Bostonians who enjoy some "comic sense" with their news and politics.  This year's show was recorded live on December 28, 2013 and is available to public radio stations nationally.

EVERGREEN Version for 2014 and Beyond
The laughs are just as loud; the insights, just as perceptive.

Humor for Humanity
 * The NSA
 * Running for President
 * Sharks and My Strategy for 2016

Family & Getting Older
 * My Son's Music
 * Working Clean
 * Getting Older
 * Depends
 * We're Living Longer

Lincoln, the Movie
 * History & Hollywood

The Pope(s)
 * Benedict Resigns
 * Francis is Following Me
 * Gays
 * Capitalism
 * The Church on Social Issues

 * Snowden
 * Putin
 * Assange
 * Obama

 * George Zimmerman
 * Whitey Bulger
 * Supreme Court & Gay Marriage

 * Healthcare.gov
 * Drones
 * Selfies
 * Texting
 * 2 Clickers for 1 TV

Football & Congress
 * NFL
 * Brain Research
 * Congressional Airlines
 * Ted Cruz

The Tea Party
 * Walk Free
 * Obama Won't Negotiate
 * IRS Scandal
 * Healthcare Alternative
 * Lack of Experience as an Asset
 * Extra Fees
 * Reading on the Plane

 * Strange Bedfellows
 * Conservative Peace Movement
 * Refugees
 * Bipartisanship

Marathon bombing
 * Boston
 * Washingtom, D.C.

 * Guns and Starbucks
 * Sharks and Guns
 * Arm the Teachers?

Baseball & Politics
 * Boston Red Sox 2013 / 1972
 * Big Papi
 * Mayor of Toronto
 * Weiner

 * From Prison to the Presidency
 * Partners in Progress

Things are Better Then We Think
 * The Wind Chill Factor & Crime

You can find out more about Jimmy Tingle at
www.jimmytingle.com .

See sample of show on YouTube

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbIWrKKJ6wg&feature=youtu.be

Jimmy's 2010 Harvard Commencement address

  - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiUFgEd2MSU

About Jimmy Tingle:

The Cambridge, MA-born Tingle has a career spanning three decades, as a comedian, writer, actor, activist and entrepreneur. He rose up from the Boston comedy boom of the '80s, the scene that spawned Steven Wright, Denis Leary, and Paula Poundstone.
He did two seasons of "60 Minutes II" on CBS in the "Andy Rooney" spot.
Tingle also worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, "Larry King's Weekend," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The American Comedy Awards," as well as his own HBO half-hour comedy special. He has also been a guest on NPR's "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" and appeared regularly on "Heat" with John Hockenberry.
He also wrote, produced and starred in his documentary film "Jimmy Tingle's American Dream" which aired on over 60 PBS affiliates.
Tingle continues to tour the country, performing in theaters and for colleges, non-profit organizations, private parties and corporate clients. 

The New Year’s Eve Jam

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz 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.

The Fireside Afterglow

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow: Jazz and American Popular Song series | 59:00

An hour-long, laidback, seasonal program of jazz and popular song, featuring music that evokes love, reflection, and peace and the warm moods of winter--a sort of secular musical Yule-log offering. Perfect for any time in December, and especially for the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The_fireplace-rs_small "The Fireside Afterglow" provides a laidback seasonal theme, featuring music that evokes love, reflection, and peace and the warm moods of winter--a sort of secular musical Yule-log offering.  Performers include Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Norah Jones, and Louis Armstrong, doing songs such as "Violets for Your Furs," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Peace," and "Snowbound."  Perfect for any time in December, and especially for the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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.  

What Are You Doing This New Year's Eve?

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow: Jazz and American Popular Song series | 58:59

An hour-long festive and varied music mix good for the days or evenings leading up to New Year’s Day, and for New Year’s Day itself, with some songs that directly refer to the holiday and others that fit into its spirit. Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Helen Merrill are some of the featured performers. Songs include some familiar staples and some lesser-known New Year’s holiday recordings, as well as a set commemorating songwriter and New Year’s Eve baby Jule Styne (born Dec. 31, 1905). A diverse, laid-back and mood-nuanced popular-song celebration of the New Year holiday.

New_year_s_eve_small The New Year holiday is upon us, with all of its festivity, its resolutions, and its high-and sometimes low-spirits.  We'll be celebrating and reflecting with music from Dean Martin, June Christy, Louis Jordan, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan, and a host of other artists, all as part of Afterglow's standard mix of jazz, ballads, and American popular song.  We'll feature a birthday  salute to New Year's Eve baby songwriter Jule Styne  (born Dec. 31, 1905) with a set of New Year's-appropriate Styne songs such as "Time After Time," "Three Coins in the Fountain," and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" (we'll also talk about how the last song came to be written).  Other songs include some lesser-known and interesting tunes such as Bing Crosby's "Let's Start the New Year Right" (written by Irving Berlin for the film HOLIDAY INN, it was the B-side to "White Christmas!") and Nat King Cole's melancholic performance of Gordon Jenkins' "Happy New Year."  The program concludes with a rousing, vintage big-band-era recording of Vaughn Monroe doing "Auld Lang Syne." 

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.


Christmas Leftovers & New Year's ResolutionsChristmas Leftovers & New Year's Resolutions

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-2 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.


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.

Half-Hour (24:00-30:00)

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.

All_in_time_-_credit_paulo_martel_small NOTE: you can listen to the stereo .wav version of this piece at: http://sarahboothroyd.com/artwork/2053112_ALL_IN_TIME.html


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://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1009-all-in-time?closed=true, and

Copyright: All Rights Reserved

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-1 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.

Happy New Year
The Truth

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-1 "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 Chemical Heritage Foundation | Part of the Distillations - Stories of Science & Culture 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.


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.

Cutaways (5:00-8:59)

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 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!

Good Morning!
Sara Curtis

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.

Stress Test
Hans Anderson

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

Drop-Ins (2:00-4:59)

My New Year's Eve LAN Party

From Blunt Youth Radio Project | 03:11

Delve deep into the world of teen geeks gone wild on energy drinks and networked gaming.

Default-piece-image-1 What did you do on New Year's eve? Youth reporter and self-described geek, Ethan Jud, takes listeners on a lively, sound-rich voyage to the world of a LAN (Local Area Network) party Delve deep into the world of teen geeks gone wild on energy drinks, junk food, and networked gaming. This piece originally aired on the Blunt episode, "Geeks", at WMPG in Portland, ME.

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.


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.

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

Seasonal Affective Disorder

From Paul McDonald | 02:12

What if this is as good as it gets?

Default-piece-image-2 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-0 A new study reveals that a messy desk can make you sick. Ian examines his own desk/health ratio, and reaches some conclusions.