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Playlist: Winter Specials 2014-'15

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

One- or two-hour specials from favorite shows and producers.

What Gives: Generosity in America

From BackStory with the American History Guys | Part of the BackStory with the American History Guys: Full Episodes series | 54:00

’Tis the season for giving. And on this episode, BackStory will give you history exploring how ideas about charity, philanthropy and generosity have changed over the centuries. Sometimes, it paid to be poor — but not too poor. In earlier days, philanthropy had humble aims: to foster community and put the idea of charity out of business.

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Guests include:


  • Sheila Moeschen, author of the book Acts of Conspicuous Compassion: Performance Culture and American Charity Practices, on charity theater.


  • Johann Neem, Western Washington University, on ideas of charitable foundations in the early republic.

Kevin Rozario, Smith College, on compassion fatigue and sensationalist chartiy marketing during WWI

Political Junkie 2014 Remembrances Special

From Ken Rudin's Political Junkie | Part of the Political Junkie (Specials) series | 53:59

As 2014 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 2014 Remembrances Special, as we recount their key moments in political history, and honor these individuals’ commitments to public service.

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As 2014 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 2014 Remembrances Special, as we recount their key moments in political history, and honor these individuals’ commitments to public service.

Ken’s guests include:
Janet Hook, Political Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Alan Ehrenhalt, Contributing Editor, Governing Magazine
Sam Donaldson, former ABC News White House Correspondent, remembering White House Press Secretary James Brady
Tom Griscom, former Press Secretary to Sen. Howard Baker (R-Tenn.), remembering Baker
Paul Sracic, Professor of Political Science at Youngstown State University, remembering Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio)
David Keene, former Chairman of the American Conservative Union, remembering Rep. Phil Crane (R-Ill.)
Eugene Stearns, Attorney in Miami, remembering Gov. Reubin Askew (D-Fla.)
Mike DeBonis, Reporter for the Washington Post, remembering D.C. Mayor Marion Barry
Bob Kinzel, Reporter for Vermont Public Radio, remembering Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-Vt.)
Lucy Mondale, remembering her aunt, and former Second Lady, Joan Mondale

Carriage Details:
The recommended air window for this special is December 26-January 4, although stations are welcome to air the special before December 26 if they prefer. The cost of this special is 270 PRX points. Attached files include the rundown and promo copy for the special, the show's clock, and a promo image.

Please let us know when your station will air the special so we can cross-promote your airing(s) on our website. You can contact Douglas Bell, Coordinating Producer at dbell@krpoliticaljunkie.com.

Best of the Best: The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast and Promo

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | 01:58:00

The winter holiday tradition continues as the Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in "Best of the Best," hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist Gwen Macsai.

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Sound Opinions Presents The Best Albums of 2014

From Sound Opinions | 59:00

The end of the year is nigh! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at The Best Albums of 2014. What did 2014 sound like? What are the albums you need to know about? And what albums should you put under the tree? Find out during this special FREE hour of Sound Opinions. Available to all stations.

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FEATURE:

Hosts and music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot countdown their Top 5 albums of 2014. Winners include former Sound Opinions guests Benjamin Booker, Protomartyr and Kelis.

Jim and Greg also hear year-end favorites from listeners in St. Paul, MN, Chicago and Bowling Green, KY.

The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular: Holiday Pop Parade

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

In this FREE one-hour program, Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by avid music collector Andy Cirzan for the annual Holiday Spectacular featuring seasonal pop tunes you won't hear anywhere else. FREE TO ALL STATIONS, even those without current PRX memberships.

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This is a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan scours record stores, dustbins and basements to find the best and most unique tunes for the season. And each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music and a free mix to download. This year is Holiday Pop Parade -- fun and joyous selections from the 1960's and 1970's, including tracks by Miles Davis, Claudine Longet and The Free Design.
 
*As a special bonus, listeners are invited to download Andy Cirzan's complete holiday compilation for FREE at christmas.soundopinions.org. The mix will only be up until the end of 2014, so get it while the yule log is hot!

Right on Target, So Direct: Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" (2 hour and 1 hour non-newscast versions)

From Paul Ingles | 01:58:43

A 40th anniversary celebration and exploration of "Blood on the Tracks," the Bob Dylan album voted his best in a Rolling Stone magazine fan survey. Music writers, musicians, and fans offer comments about Dylan's 1975 release and host Paul Ingles talks with several of the studio musicians who worked with Dylan to re-record half of the album in the last days of 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

(NOTE TO PROGRAM DIRECTORS: Especially Timely between Christmas and New Years 2014 marking the 40th anniversary of the album being finished in the studio. Or on or near January 20, 2015 - 40th anniversary of album's release. Other lengthed versions of this program are available at PRX. A two-hour newscast friendly version. Also a one-hour newscast friendly version. If you can possibly carry the two-hour version, please do. Hearing the complete versions of the songs makes the commentary all the more powerful and the experience all the more satisfying for your listeners. The ONLINE LISTENING version is just that and it has NO BREAKS for station announcements or IDs.)

Bob-dylan-blood-on-the-trac-210141_small Musicians, music writers and fans recall what made Bob Dylan’s fifteenth studio album the #1 favorite in a 2012 Rolling Stone Magazine fan poll of all of Dylan’s albums.  We’re also hearing from some of the Minneapolis studio musicians who were surprised to be called in to work with Bob Dylan in the last week of December 1974 – re-recording half of an album that Dylan had recorded in New York three months earlier – an album that seemed finished and was ready to be pressed, shipped and sent to stores.  But Dylan wanted to make some changes so his brother David assembled a local studio band in Minnesota.

Host Paul Ingles talks with
Kevin Odegard, Billy Peterson, and Bill Berg - three of the session musicians on Blood on the Tracks .  Our other commentators are musicians Shawn Colvin, Mary Gauthier, Peter Mulvey, and Jon Spurney.  Also music writers Anthony DeCurthis, Ann Powers, Paul Zollo, Ross Altman, Ashley Kahn and Harvey Kubernik.