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Playlist: Snowmageddon 2015

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Stories that are good to listen to when you're trapped at home in a blizzard. Grab a blanket and a warm drink and slip on your headphones. Enjoy!

Wintry Mix

From Jake Harper | 04:48

The sounds of a Wisconsin winter.

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P1050685_small The sounds of a Wisconsin winter.

Last Man on the Moon

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Wandering Jew stories series | 02:41

Transmissions form Apollo 17 (Dec 7-19 1972), NASA's last manned moon mission; with an original music score.

Bg_moonlast_small Transmissions from the last lunar life: Apollo 17, the last manned moon mission. It launched December 7 1972, landed on the moon on the 11th, and left the moon on the 14th. We've never been back. Original music by Jeff Arntsen.

Voices: Houston Mission Control Center and Apollo 17 astronauts Ronald Evans, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison Schmitt.

Guided by Voices

From Benjamen Walker | Part of the Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything series | 31:17

Philosopher Daniel Heller-Roazen tells us the story of Pythagoras and the fifth hammer and how Kant and Kepler both tried (and failed) to record the universal harmonies Pythagoras once heard. Then your host gets the chance to record the voice in his head.

Screen_shot_2014-12-31_at_8  Philosopher Daniel Heller-Roazen tells us the story of Pythagoras and the fifth hammer and how Kant and Kepler both tried (and failed) to record the universal harmonies Pythagoras once heard. Your host sets out to make some money doing experimental medical testing, and gets the chance to record the voice in his head.

You're Not Alone

From The Truth | 17:50

Are you hearing voices? You're not alone.

You_re_not_alone_small An film without pictures, about a veteran who hears voices.

Performed by Christian Paluck, Carly Monardo, Tom Stephens, Louis Kornfeld, Jon Keller, Kerry Kastin, Nick Mykins, Aina Rapoza, and Ashley Wilson.

With special musical guest Elizabeth Ziman (of Elizabeth and the Catapult), singing "True Love Will Find You in the End" by Daniel Johnston.

Written by Louis Kornfeld and developed collaboratively by The Truth, with dialogue improvised by the actors.

Produced and directed by Jonathan Mitchell. 

Bla Pahinui: Hawaiian singer and Guitar Player

From Heidi Chang | 09:20

Hawaiian singer and guitar player, Bla Pahinui, is known for his own distinct voice and for carrying on the legacy of his father, Gabby Pahinui, one of the most important figures in the history of Hawaiian music. Bla performs with his legendary musical family. Ry Cooder, and as a solo artist.

Bla_pahinui_small Singer and guitarist, Bla Pahinui, shares what it was like to grow up in his musical family.  Early on, he was inspired by his father, Gabby Pahinui, who is regarded as a Hawaiian folk hero and the “Father of Modern Slack Key Guitar."  In the 70s, Bla joined his father and brothers in the Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band, one of the most influential groups of the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance.  Gabby inspired countless musicians not only in Hawaii, but also worldwide, including artists like Ry Cooder, who recorded with the Gabby Band. 

Since Gabby died in 1980, Bla and his brothers have been carrying on his musical legacy. In 1992, they recorded The Pahinui Bros. album.  Bla has also recorded several solo CDs.  He says the music he creates today is a tribute to his father. 

“Bla's distinctive voice and blending of styles grab listeners,” says the late Dennis Kamakahi, who's performed with both father and son.  "Gabby's the innovator between the old style and today's generation.  He brought the old style of playing, the sweet slack key sounds to us so that we can really play it.  Bla took it one step forward, into the modern generation, which is the mixture of rock, folk, and he has his own style, his own place in the Pahinui tradition."

This piece includes the following musical selections:

Hi`ilawe recorded in 1947: This is Gabby Pahinui's signature tune.  He made the world’s first slack key recordings in the 40s. 

Hi`ilawe recorded in 1972:  Gabby dreamed of someday performing and recording music with his sons, which he did, when he formed the Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band featuring his sons and other musicians.

Moonlight Lady:  This was one of the Gabby Band's biggest hits, featuring Bla singing in English with his brother, Cyril, Randy Lorenzo and Ry Cooder.

Come Go With Me: This features Bla Pahinui singing the Del Viking's hit along with his brothers, Cyril and Martin.  Ry Cooder produced The Pahinui Bros. CD and also plays guitar on the recording.

Waimanolo Blues (Nanakuli Blues):  This is one of Bla Pahinui's signature tunes recorded at a live concert near San Francisco.  It's an expression of Aloha `Aina (Love of the Land) and a lament about an old way of life being lost to development.  Liko Martin and Thor Wold wrote the song in the early 70s, a time of protest in Hawaii, when many controversial changes were taking place in the Islands.

Kauai Beauty:  Bla Pahinui sings this song in Hawaiian.  It was one of his father's favorite songs and pays tribute to the Garden Isle.  It's featured on Bla's CD called "Mana," which means spirit or soul.

Bla Pahinui: Singer and Guitar Player is an evergreen piece, great anytime of the year, including Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, or when the annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival takes place in August in Honolulu as a tribute to Gabby Pahinui and other slack key legends. 

There are two versions: 8:32 and 9:20 minutes.  The longer version has more music at the end of the piece.

http://www.pahinui.com/

In Defense of Bad Weather

From Guy Hand | 07:54

A good natured defense of bad weather.

Default-piece-image-0 Guy Hand, who frequently writes about the media and the environment, takes a humorous, first person look at bad weather and decides he likes it. Through news, film, and musical clips, Hand explains the media's love of meteorological mayhem and how that skewed focus gives the rest of us the feeling we could be flushed, freeze-dried, or fried by bad weather at any moment. This piece aired on Living On Earth in mid-February 2005.

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING (Series)

Produced by Joyride Media

Eight-part radio series features Joe Strummer from The Clash spinning his favorite tracks from around the world.

Most recent piece in this series:

JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING - EPISODE 8

From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

Strummershow_small Episode 8 begins with the last of Strummer's BBC shows that original aired on July 15, 2001. The last half is a new epilogue feature on Strummer's life, including classic songs from the Clash and Strummer's solo career.

PART 1 - JULY 15, 2001 (29:00)
Radio One - Mikey Dread
Global a Go-Go - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Good To Be On The Road Back Home Again - Cornershop
Peno - Saban Bajramovic
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Roots and Culture - Shabba Ranks
Aida Baoury - Orchestra Baobab -
N?Wolof Beat on The Brat - The Ramones

MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) Train In Vain - The Clash 

PART 2 - EPILOGUE (29:00)
London Calling - The Clash
Armagideon Time - The Clash
Washington Bullets - The Clash
The Magnificent Seven - The Clash
Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
Omotepe - Joe Strummer
Rock the Casbah - Rachid Taha
Keys to Your Heart - The 101'ers
PROMO SPOT (0:30)

Episode 14: The Fifth Suspect

From Criminal | Part of the Criminal series | 20:02

In June 2014, authorities released information about a massive child pornography ring being conducted in North Carolina. Four suspects had already been arrested, and the police were asking the public for help finding a fifth suspect. But they didn’t need to look very hard — the suspect was about to turn himself in, almost by accident.

Criminal_podcast_logo_small In June 2014, authorities released information about a massive child pornography ring being conducted in North Carolina. Four suspects had already been arrested, and the police were asking the public for help finding a fifth suspect. But they didn’t need to look very hard — the suspect was about to turn himself in, almost by accident.

Robin Williams on Masks

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 06:46

"Comedy is there to basically show us we fart, we laugh, to make us realize we still are part animal." - Robin Williams, as told to Lawrence Grobel in a previously unheard interview from 1991. Watch the animated version in our PBS series:

Robin_williams_square_small We present a special episode featuring Robin Williams. In 1991 he spoke with Lawrence Grobel on two occasions in connection with a profile that appeared in Playboy. Here we shine a light on the Robin Williams that so many of us knew: a man who could both touch your heart and make your cheeks hurt from laughter.

The Allusionist 2: Bosom Holder

From The Allusionist | 13:31

There are many synonyms for 'underwear'. There are many synonyms for the body parts you keep in your underwear. But there's only one word for 'bra'.

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Visit theallusionist.org to find out more about this episode. Tweet @allusionistshow, and convene at facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist
is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

I Knew The Magic

From The Heart | 03:06

The first time. It's terrifying the first time we do anything, because we don't know with full certainty that what we're about to do is even possible. Part of The Heart's "FIRST" Episode.

The_heart_square_bw_pinkbackground_no_type_f6989d_1500px_copy_small The first time. It's terrifying the first time we do anything, because we don't know with full certainty that what we're about to do is even possible. Part of The Heart's "FIRST" Episode.

In Defense of Captain Hook

From Eric Molinsky | Part of the Imaginary Worlds series | 22:27

Peter Pan is not supposed to grow up, but he has grown from a symbol of immaturity to an iconic inner-child. Either way Captain Hook got a raw deal. Featuring voice actor Erik Bergmann as a drunk dialing Captain Hook, and Lily Dorment reading from the JM Barrie book.

Hook_small Peter Pan is not supposed to grow up, but he has grown from a Victorian symbol of immaturity to an icon of the all-American inner-child. Either way Captain Hook got a raw deal. He told me so himself in this episode of Imaginary Worlds. Featuring the voice talents of Lily Dorment and Erik Bergmann.

Questions for Martin Luther King, Jr.

From David Green | 02:20

If given the chance to interview Dr. King, this is what a group of third graders would have asked him.

Mlk_small After learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. - and about how to be good radio reporters and interviewers -  a class of Chicago-area third graders (and one visiting student from South Korea) wrote down the most important questions they would have asked Dr. King if they could have interviewed him. The resulting audio collage captures the curiosity, empathy, wisdom and innocence of eight and nine-year old children.

Third Grade Audio
"See" the world through third grade ears



Stiff Peaks

From Jeffrey Letterly | 03:01

The first step in making cookies is to purchase a metal bike jingle bell in a western mountain town.

Stiffpeaks_small "Stiff Peaks" is a surreal story about cookies, mountains, and riding a bike. Who ever thought that these three elements were so closely linked? Selected as an official ShortDoc of the 2007 Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Songs of the Earth

From Conor Gillies | Part of the Stylus series | 59:01

What sounds and signals evoke the natural world?

Stylus_3-300_small This hour of Stylus explores the songs of our planet, from geophonies—the very first noises on earth—to the stirring, dark rumbles at our deepest depths, to ghostly sounds emanating near a small New England town. We consider human efforts to represent the whole earth through music, too, from the drumming songs of the Penobscot Nation in Maine to the composer Gustav Mahler’s epic song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde.

"Songs of the Earth" includes the voices of:

Bernie Krause, bioacoustician, sound recordist, and founder of
 Wild Sanctuary.

R. Murray Schafer, composer, author, and acoustic ecologist.

Bert Polches, musician.

Carol Dana, language master at the Cultural Preservation Center of the Penobscot Indian Nation.

Lotte Geeven, sound and multimedia artist.

Pauline Oliveros, composer and founder of the Deep Listening Institute.

Douglas Kahn, sound, media, and art historian and author of Earth Sound, Earth Signal.

Philip Erickson, space plasma physicist and principal researcher at the MIT Haystack Observatory.

Benjamin Zander, conductor and founder of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jane Struss, soprano and lecturer at the Longy School of Music.

Thomas Peattie, professor of ethnomusicology at Boston University.

Ernst Karel, field recordist and lab manager at the Sensory Ethnography Lab.

Helen Mirra, multimedia artist.

Cathy Wilson, Moodus resident.

Alison Guinness, historian.

John Ebel, seismologist at Weston Observator in Boston College.
 

Neil Ross, voice actor.

Joseph Armillas Lecuona, son of Margarita Lecuona.

Stephan Palmie, anthropologist at the University of Chicago.

Michael Atwood Mason, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Amanda Villepastour, ethnomusicologist at Cardiff University.

This hour was produced by Anna Cataldo, Ari Daniel, Zack Ezor, Conor Gillies, Qainat Khan, Emile Klein, and Lisa Tobin. It also includes an excerpt of Bones of the Earth, a documentary by Chris Brookes and Paolo Pietropaolo. Special thanks Margaret Noble, who found the 1965 earthquake recording. Thanks to Katherine Gorman and Erika Lantz for helping to edit the hour.

Our engineers are Mike Garth, Marquis Neal, James Trout, and Paul Vaitkus. Our intro music is by Ryoji Ikeda and our outro music is by Laurel Halo. Artwork by Robert Beatty.

Our executive producers are Conor Gillies and Zack Ezor and our supervising editor is Lisa Tobin. Presented by Qainat Khan.

Stylus is on Twitter and iTunes

How to Endure Winter

From Suzanne Pekow | 04:46

A winter-phobic learns to enjoy outdoor activities in one of the country's coldest climates.

Img_2241_small I decided to go on a little quest to try to find people who could teach me how to not just endure, but enjoy bein active outside in the winter. Minnesota can get downright nasty for several months of the year, and I wanted to know how to avoid the urge to hibernate during the entire season. I met up with some very cheerful outdoor enthusiasts and a specialist on "non-exercise activity thermogenesis" (NEAT) at the Mayo Clinic, who all teach me that the key to being active in the winter is to ... be active in the winter.

Listen to a Concert Cellist Play a Duet With Her Brain

From Lauren Ober | Part of the Radio Amuse-Bouche: A Social Audio Experiment series | 01:39

Ever wonder what your brainwaves sound like? Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Kleijn did so, along with composer Daniel Dehaan and sound engineer Ryan Ingebritsen, she figured out how to translate her brain's electrical signals into sound.

The result is Intelligence in the Human-Machine, a duet for cello and brainwaves. While playing the piece, Kleijn wears an EEG headset that tracks her brainwaves. Those raw recordings are then interpreted into sound in real time.

Listen as Kleijn explains what it's like to partner with her own neurons for a performance.

Cellistpic_small Ever wonder what your brainwaves sound like? Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Kleijn did so, along with composer Daniel Dehaan and sound engineer Ryan Ingebritsen, she figured out how to translate her brain's electrical signals into sound. The result is Intelligence in the Human-Machine, a duet for cello and brainwaves. While playing the piece, Kleijn wears an EEG headset that tracks her brainwaves. Those raw recordings are then interpreted into sound in real time. Listen as Kleijn explains what it's like to partner with her own neurons for a performance.