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Curated Playlist

Just the cute. Picked by your PRX editorial team.

Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever

From Jeff Cohen | 02:57

My five year old cut off my three year old's hair. A few weeks later, I decided to interview them and get their explanations. Here's what they told me.

Imag0242a_small Happy to say that this little radio story has taken another life. In the summer of 2014, it will be a children's book released by HarperCollins Children's Books. Take a look!

I Don't Know

From Andy Mills | 04:11

A child's Christmas thoughts spring into song.

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Winterformusic_small This piece was produced by Andy Mills in collaboration with the musicians Matt and Jacob Boll, Corey and Cobey Bienert and Enoch Kim.

We were looking for new ways to play with sound and story.

The album that we released can be downloaded for free here:

http://dogsontour.co.cc/?p=676

Faisdodo's Stomach

From David Weinberg | Part of the Random Tape series | :41

I was sitting in bed reading one night when I heard the strangest sound...

Drool_necklace_cropped_small I was sitting in bed reading one night when I heard the strangest sound...

Gleeful Barbarians

From Sarah Boothroyd | 05:42

Gleeful Barbarians features very silly noises, nearly-indecipherable toddler chitchat, and 27 different ways a two-year-old can say 'no.'

Gleeful_barbarians_1_small Gleeful Barbarians is an audio postcard from the often joyful, sometimes exasperating, and always busy world of early parenthood.

Featuring very silly noises, nearly-indecipherable toddler chitchat, and 27 different ways a two-year-old can say 'no.' 

Creative Commons music provided by Travis Morgan and Mortisville.

Recipient of a Gold Medal for Best Editing at the 2013 New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards.

Auditorium

From David Green | 02:49

A third grader recalls an unusual problem he had during an assembly when he was in first grade. He had a magnet stuck in his nose.

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Default-piece-image-2 Chris recalls the complications which ensue when a seven-year-old's curiosity and impulsiveness combine with an inclination to follow the rules. Ultimately, a bit of first grade ingenuity solves the problem. This story was originally part of a site-specific audio tour of our school written and recorded by third graders. The stories recount school memories ranging from kindergarten to third grade which reference specific locations, landmarks and objects on campus. While these pieces were originally created to be listened to on-site, they can be enjoyed on their own as well. We also recommend that you listen using headphones.

Kindergarten v. First Grade

From Jesse Rhodes | 06:27

Will a kindergartner and a first grader find the same thing funny?

A school librarian in San Francisco teamed up with his Kindergartners to write a children's book. Now it's time to test it out... on the first graders.

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There was a man who stopped eating. Not because of his health or weight or spirituality. He was saving his appetite. A large feast was one week away.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, a couple years ago, I was a librarian at a K-8 school here in San Francisco. The week of Halloween arrived, and my kids and I, running on a sugar rush, decided that instead of our usual reading a book on the carpet, we’d make up our own story.

And that’s where he came from. The man who stopped eating. We called him Mr. Porksmith.

And what happens next is devastating. He eats and he eats and he eats, including the underwear he’s wearing, until he’s so full he’s ready to pop. You can guess what happens next. The explosion is heard from miles around, and food rains down for hours.

Morose, I know. But they loved it.

We decided that it was the funniest story ever told. So I went home and wrote it down. And then it occurred to me: what if they thought it was hilarious only because they were, you know, in kindergarten? I decided we needed to broaden our audience, so I called in the upper-brass. I called in the 1st graders.

And so we set out to answer a simple question, that as far as we know, no one has ever answered: do Kindergartners and first graders find the same thing funny?

The Return of the Childhood Crush

From JP Davidson | 28:08

The funny and touching love story of Konstantine and Salina. They met in 1st grade, and parted ways in 8th grade - just another childhood crush. But nearly a decade later, feelings had lingered - and with a little help from Facebook - they were able to parlay that crush into a grownup relationship.

Kssquare4_small The funny and touching love story of Konstantine and Salina. They met in 1st grade, and parted ways in 8th grade - just another childhood crush. But nearly a decade later, feelings had lingered - and with a little help from Facebook - they were able to parlay that crush into a grownup relationship.

Eat Cake

From The Truth | 10:35

Can coconut cake + random phone calls = love? Find out, when these two Valentine's Day traditions collide.

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Valentines2_small Elizabeth and Brian are strangers. It's Valentine's Day. They're lonely, as usual. But things will be different this year, when one random call from the phone book and a slice of coconut cake collide. This fictional romantic comedy was originally produced for Weekend America's final broadcast in January 2009.

Original music composed and performed by the producer specifically for this piece.

Cat Bath

From Dmae Roberts | 03:23

Ever try to give your cat a bath?

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769_small Dmae records a friend giving two cats a bath during flea season some years ago. When it aired on NPR in the late 80s, cats across America cried out in sympathy....all set to the tune of "Talk to the Animals" from Dr. Doolittle. This piece is a how "not" to instruction on the unpopular art of bathing cats. No animals were harmed in the making of this piece. But it is still cringe-worthy....

Scared

From John Biewen | 03:00

A (very) short story of love and anxiety. A child grows to age 13 in three minutes while a father muses on parental fears.

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Scared
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Harper-john-small_small This essay/montage was produced for the Third Coast Audio Festival's 2008 Audio Challenge, Radio Ephemera.  The challenge was to produce a piece of no more than three minutes based on any two of five books selected from the Prelinger Library of San Francisco -- and to include the voice of a stranger.  "Scared" is based on the books, "Control of Mind and Body," and "The Stork Didn't Bring You!: The Facts of Life for Teenagers."  The stranger is the voicemail lady.  

Dog Talk (Series)

Produced by Bailey Kalafarski

This is Dog Talk.

Most recent piece in this series:

Dog Talk: Episode 6

From Bailey Kalafarski | Part of the Dog Talk series | 01:00

Untitled-1_small After an Instagram of Bailey licking the bottom of a peanut butter jar goes viral, the host of Dog Talk discusses the unwanted impacts of social media in pets' lives. This show was originally produced for 99% Dogvisible. Dog Talk is now a member of Puppyotopia.