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Playlist: Halloween

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Curated Playlist

Picks for a spooky-good Halloween.

Below are picks chosen by PRX editorial staff. You can see all potential pieces for Halloween by using our search.

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The Retro Cocktail Hour Halloween Spooktacular 2014

From Kansas Public Radio | 01:58:00

From deep in the underground martini dungeon, it's another round of ghoulishly groovy tunes on the Retro Cocktail Hour Halloween Spooktacular!

Logo_hires-400x400_small Groovy ghosts and goblins abound in the 2014 edition of The Retro Cocktail Hour Halloween Spooktacular.  Live from the underground martini dungeon, host Darrell Brogdon serves up another round of crazed pop songs, TV and movie tunes and trailers for cheesy monster movies.  You'll hear everything from bizarro monster music like Cha Cha with the Zombies, Teenage Brain Surgeon and Vampire's Ball to such classic concept records as Shock: Music in Hi-Fi and Alfred Hitchcock's Music To Be Murdered By, performed by the Hollywood Flames, Vic Mizzy, Henry Mancini, TV horror host Zacherley, Ted "Lurch" Cassidy and Frankie Stein and his Ghouls.  Our Halloween Spooktacular wouldn't be complete without a hefty sampling of old radio commercials and trailers for such horror epics as Invasion of the Blood Farmers, Creature with the Atom Brain and Scream Blacula Scream.  Plus...Lon Chaney, Jr. sings!

Use it as a two-hour music special, two one-hour specials or choose the hour that works best for you as a one-hour Halloween special.  

Tunes from the Crypt More Musical Treats

From WGUC | 01:56:45

The perfect Halloween soundtrack for ghosts and goblins big and small. A two-hour classical music fright fest.

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The perfect soundtrack for Halloween listening - Offer the ghosts, goblins, vampires and princesses in your audience the perfect accompaniment for gathering up all those delicious treats or any party or spookfest. Selections from the films “War of the Worlds,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Lord of the Rings 3” join Tunes from the Crypt classics such as Danse Macabre from Camille Saint-Saens and This is Halloween by Danny Elfman (from Tim Burton’s The Night Before Christmas.) This two-hour fright fest also features music from Andrew Lloyd-Webber, John Williams, Igor Stravinsky, Giacomo Puccini, and many others, with the diabolical Mark Perzel as host.

War of the Worlds/The Lost World

From L.A. Theatre Works | Part of the L.A. Theatre Works series | 01:57:59

A Halloween double feature complete with aliens and dinosaurs.

Wofw-lost_square_small First, join Leonard Nimoy and other actors from STAR TREK and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION as they recreate the classic radio thriller. Originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air, War of the Worlds is truly the mother of all space invasions, offering a rare combination of chills, thrills and great literature. Then, Arthur Conan Doyle’s rollicking adventure tale The Lost World follows a scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle and back to the time of dinosaurs and cavemen. The broadcast includes a conversation with Leonard Nimoy and a special feature on dinosaurs. 


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War of the Welles Documentary

From KPCC | Part of the War of the Worlds 75th Anniversary: from SCPR & George Takei series | 49:28

This new documentary from R.H. Greene, "War of the Welles," telling the back-story of the production of "War of the Worlds", correcting many myths, and explaining why it works as a radio broadcast.

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Southern California Public Radio is distributing a rights-paid, radio-friendly version of the original 1938 CBS broadcast . There's also this new documentary from R.H. Greene, "War of the Welles," telling the back-story of the production, correcting many myths, and explaining why it works as a radio broadcast.

Both the 1938 rebroadcast and the new documentary are introduced by sci-fi icon George Takei, star of the "Star Trek" tv and film series. And best of all, both programs, produced by SCPR's John Rabe, are available free of charge to any station.

(Our license to air the 1938 "The War of the Worlds" expires November 4, 2013. The documentary "War of the Welles" may be run after that date.)

The Day Meat Fell from The Sky: A Halloween Special

From America's Test Kitchen Radio | Part of the America's Test Kitchen 2014 Specials series | 53:59

This week, for Halloween, we’re bringing you a scary story. On March 3rd, 1876, large chunks of red meat fell from the sky for a period of several minutes, covering land the size of a football field near Olympia Springs, Kentucky. The cause of the Kentucky Meat Shower remains a mystery to this day, so we’ll speak to experts and scientists to find out what could have caused this strange historical event. We’ll find out all about wine savers from gadget guru Lisa McManus, and we’ll speak with food writer Adam Gopnik about scary foods. Then we’ll head into the test kitchen to learn how to make perfect cherry crisp in a skillet. And of course, we’ll be taking your calls to answer all of your cooking questions.

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America's Test Kitchen Special: The Day Meat Fell from The Sky: A Halloween Special

 In this hour:

—Host Christopher Kimball investigates the Kentucky Meat Shower, a mysterious and unexplained event that occurred in 1876 in which large chunks of red meat fell from the sky for several minutes.

Hot or Not: Gadget guru Lisa McManus reviews wine savers.

Gopnik on Food: Food Writer Adam Gopnik talks with host Christopher Kimball about scary foods.

Recipe Challenge: Test cook Dan Souza uncovers the secrets to making perfect cherry crisp in a skillet.

—Call-Ins with Host Christopher Kimball and Culinary Expert Bridget Lancaster: Chris and Bridget take calls from listeners and answer their cooking questions.

The Devil You Know

From The Truth | 58:59

Just in time for Halloween and this year's Election, The Truth offers a special hour of horror stories that take place within the world of electoral politics.

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From PRX and The Truth, it's The Devil You Know, a collection of Election Horror stories. 

Just in time for Halloween and this year's Election, The Truth offers a special hour of horror stories that take place within the world of electoral politics. The Truth is a podcast that makes movies for your ears (http://www.thetruthapm.com). The stories are entirely fictional, created with rich sound and professional-level acting, from Peabody-award winning producers Jonathan Michell (Radiolab, Studio 360) and Kerrie Hillman (Fair Game, Studio 360).

The stories...

Do You Have a Minute for Equality?
A canvasser gets the donation she needs, but it will cost her.
written by Chet Siegel
produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell
performed by Chet Siegel and Tom Ligon, with Matt J. Weir, Quentin Loder, and Melanie Hoopes
with sound design help from Brendan Baker (of Love & Radio)

Third Party
Mike Coleman is an independent candidate running for Congress, and he's finally getting some attention... from a serial killer. 
written by Ed Herbstman
produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell 
performed by Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, Rick Andrews, Nick Kanellis, Louis Kornfeld, Amy Warren, and Bryn Magnus.

The Death of Poe
The last days of Edgar Allen Poe have always been shrouded in mystery. This story imagines how he may have died.
based on a true listener-submitted story from Matthew Mercier
produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell 
performed by Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, Chet Siegel, and Louis Kornfeld.

Halloween Blues 2014

From John Luttrell | Part of the Full-Time Blues Radio series | 59:00

A new selection of chilling Blues tunes for your Halloween soundtrack.

Ftbhalloween_medium_small It's that time of year again, when all of the ghouls, ghosts and goblins roam the earth...and Full-Time Blues Radio becomes the haunted home for new & independent Blues music. This week's playlist features 13 terrifying tracks fitting the Halloween theme. There's songs about ghosts, a zombie, werewolves, and the invisible man, to name a few; and they're actually all really incredible tunes that hold up any time of the year.

The featured selection from inside "Johnny's Mailbox" is "Werewolves Make Lousy Boyfriends" a single released by North Carolina-based Robert Johnson, Jr. The song was actually released in 2013, but only recently arrived here at our studios.

Full-Time Blues Radio is the home for new and independent Blues music. The weekly series is hosted by "Johnny Full-Time" and features new material by today's stars, tomorrow's legends, and self-produced indie artists. In addition, each week we dig inside "Johnny's Mailbox" to spotlight a new album that just arrived in the last seven days.

More information, archived artist interviews, and much more can be found online at http://www.fulltimeblues.com

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From Hearing Voices | Part of the Hearing Voices series | 54:00

An hour of horror for All Hallows' Eve, the first half is bloody, the second goes to hell: ESP, dreams and intuition drip "Blood on the Pulpit" by David Greenberger. La Llorona, the crying woman, is Mexico's bogeyman. ZBS adapts Cherokee writer Craig Strete's "The Bleeding Man." FM Einheit delves in Dante's DivineComedy in a "Radio Inferno." A woman narrates her found-sound trip to hell with Jesus. Shel Silverstein introduces us to "Monsters I've Met." And the 90 Second Cellphone Chillin' Theater wonders what's in "The Box."

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Host: Tom Lopez of ZBS Productions

An hour of horror for All Hallows’ Eve, the first half is bloody, the second goes to hell:

“Blood on the Pulpit” (5:03) David Greenberger

Based on a conversation with Edna Wofford about ESP, dreams and intuition. From the 2003 CD, Mayor of the Tennessee River. Artist David Greenberger of Duplex Planet has been collecting the thoughts, memories and stories from elderly Americans for more than a quarter century.

“The Bleeding Man” (12:05) ZBS

From birth, a young Native American has been bleeding from his chest. The government keeps him locked in a cell, refusing to heed his uncle’s warnings. A 3D ZBS adaptation of Cherokee writer Craig Strete’s short story from The Bleeding Man and Other Science Fiction Stories.

“La Llorona” (5:31) Ginna Allison

La Llorona — the weeping woman — is the Mexican equivalent of the bogeyman. The man she loved rejected her, in madness she drowned her children, then herself. Now she roams the night wailing “Aaay, Mis Hijos;” a scary story that keeps children from wandering at night: “La Llorona will get you.”

“I Want to Bite Your Hand” (2:03 excerpt) Gene Moss (MP3J mashup)

Gene Moss’s 1964 Beatles parody mixed w/ SFX by MP3J. Full vers at Mashuptown, “I Want to Bite Your Hand”" (2:50 mp3)

“Jesus and I Go to Hell” (6:48) found-sound

From a cassette tap found by The Professor of WFMU (mp3) & TheAudioKitchen.net.

Thunderstorms in the foothills of the Adirondacks, recorded with Fritz, the binaural microphone that captures surround-sound for headphone listening.

Cantos (7:44 excerpt from Radio Inferno) Andreas Ammer & FM Einheit

In 1993, German artist Andreas Ammer and members of Einstürzende Neubauten, with the laste-great BBC rock DJ John Peel, conspired to create a radio play based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Radio Inferno music is by Einstürzende’s FM Einheit. Blixa Bargeld plays Dante, Phil Minton is Virgil, and John Peel is “The Radio” narrator. Caspar Brotzmann played guitar, and Bootsy Collins is among the guest musicians. (MP3s at WFMU).)

“Monsters I’ve Met” (0:33) Shel Silverstein

From his collection The Best Of Shel Silverstein His Words His Songs His Friends.

“Yodeling Ghost” (2:10) Patsy Montana

A 1940s Cowgirl C&W classic, on the CD Cowboy’s Sweetheart.

“The Box” (2:03) ZBS

From their collection of tiny telephonic terrors titled: 90 Second Cellphone Chillin’ Theater.

“Halloween” (5:16) Kevin Kling

The storyteller crosses genders and religion in this Trick or Treat trip around town, from Kling’s CD Home And Away.

American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural [rebroadcast]

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

On this Halloween special, the History Guys explore Americans' relationship with ghosts, spirits, and witches throughout our nation's history. Why were colonists so fearful of New England "witches"? How is it that progressive social reformers found a home in the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century? Why do new media technologies always conjure talk of the undead? Can social upheaval help explain our history with the ineffable?

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Halloween Special: Unearthing Dracula

From WFIU | 59:00

An entertaining exploration of the eerie yet elusive character of Dracula in films, literature, music and art.

Vlad_tepes_small Dracula has captured our collective imagination for generations, from Vlad the Impaler to Bela Lugosi to Bram Stoker. But who is the real Dracula? In this hour-long special, we look at the films, literature, music and art that all attempt to construct the image of this eerie yet elusive character.

Higher Powers

From Playing on Air | Part of the Playing on Air series | 53:00

Aidan Quinn, Audra McDonald and Tonya Pinkins star in shorts by John Patrick Shanley (Oscar, Pulitzer, Tony winner) and Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer Prize winner). In Shanley's charming BANSHEE, an Irish sprite offers a teacher an out-of-this-world proposal. In Nottage's funny and powerful POOF! a woman's words prove cosmically potent.

Audra_mcdonald_grey_sweater_credit_autumn_de_wilde_small Aidan Quinn, Audra McDonald and Tonya Pinkins star in shorts by John Patrick Shanley (Oscar, Pulitzer, Tony winner) and Lynn Nottage (Pulitzer Prize winner). In Shanley's charming BANSHEE, an Irish sprite offers a teacher an out-of-this-world proposal. In Nottage's funny and powerful POOF! a woman's words prove cosmically potent. Banshee by John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck, Outside Mullingar) features Geraldine Hughes (Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa) and Aidan Quinn ("Elementary," Michael Collins, Desperately Seeking Susan). Poof! by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Intimate Apparel, By The Way Meet Vera Stark) features multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald (Porgy and Bess, 110 In The Shade, A Raisin In The Sun, Ragtime), Tony winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change, Jelly's Last Jam) and Keith Randolph Smith. 

Songs for a Haunted Holiday

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

A 'spook-tacular' Halloween special of jazz and American popular song. We're serving up songs about spells, seances, headless horsemen and so much more!

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Serving up a musical cauldron full of songs about spells, seances, glooming days in lonely towns, skeletons and ghosts, haunted houses, and headless horsemen, performed by Louis Armstrong, Mel Torme, Nat King Cole, Kurt Elling, Cassandra Wilson, and others.

Jazz Haunts for Halloween

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz series | 59:00

A 'frighteningly' awesome Halloween special!
One hour of classic jazz -- paranormal jazz encounters -- with music from Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Red Norvo, and more. Makes

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Smoke dreams, sorcerors, ghosts, and stalking monsters! We'll experience those paranormal jazz encounters with those spectors through the music of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Lenny Tristano, and Red Norvo in this hour. And we'll also recount the mysterious ends of four notable jazz musicians and hear some of their recordings.

HOB Radio: Halloween

From Ben Manilla | Part of the House of Blues Radio Hour series | 59:00

The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd). In this episode, Elwood brings out the ghosts, goblins, and demons with Halloween-ready blues from Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and many more.

Screamin-jay_lg_small The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd).  In this episode, Elwood brings out the ghosts, goblins, and demons with Halloween-ready blues from Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and many more.

Halloween Preview!

From Mississippi Public Broadcasting | Part of the Sounds Jewish series | 59:01

Though Jews don't officially celebrate Halloween, there are Jewish songs that might work at a Halloween party!

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Igor's Halloween Jazz Party

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Holiday Classics series | 53:53

Hey! It's Halloween, it's Jazz and it's a party! Join Igor as he presents Halloween Jazz classics from John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Jackie McLean, Nina Simone, Philly Joe Jones and others. "Igor's Jazz Party" is a fun and a spooky good time.

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Listening in the Dark 2: All Hallows Eve

From Icebox Radio Theater | 52:55

In the grand tradition of horror anthologies past comes a collection of three stories woven together into a tapestry of terror! The perfect feature for anyone searching for a new, original holiday treat that's family-friendly without sacrificing chills. From the opening atmospheric soundscape to the final giggle-inducing twist, LITD 2: All Hallows Eve will have everyone dying to hear it again.

Irt_halloween2012_small An old man , a hermit rumored to have done terrible things.  He lives alone in the most dilapidated house on the block, the subject of pranks and ridicule from the neighborhood kids, especially on Halloween.  What secrets does he hold as he turns to look up at the stars, his eyes filled with quiet dread?

Three teenage girls decked out in the latest in Halloween fashion stop to play a prank on an ex boyfriend.  He warned them to stay away when the moon was full.  Oh why didn't they listen?

And finally, a little girl from the house the police visit every week.  She says a ghost lives in her bedroom.  But if she's just a child with an imaginary friend, why is her father so afraid?

Listening in the Dark

From Icebox Radio Theater | 54:45

Ready for some good old-fashioned scares this Halloween? Then the Icebox Radio Theater is ready to deliver with a trio stories designed to chill you even if you don't hail from icy climes as we invite you to join us for: Listening in the Dark!

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First, when a writer researching a haunted house is warned to beware of the murderer who once lived there, he never thinks to look for danger inside his own tape recorded notes.  The IBRT's Jeffrey Adams stars in the terrifying six-minute short, 'Background', honored with an honorable mention by the Ogle Awards for excellence in Fantasy and Horror Audio.
Next, a story from the frozen world of Northern Minnesota.  When a man goes to his fishing shack, unaware of the winter storm bearing down on him, it will take all of his strength and super natural forces to save him from 'The Thing on the Ice'.  This full-legnth tale of terror was the IBRT's top rated show of 2009.
And to top things off, with Halloween nearly over, Christmas cannot be far behind.  So we thought it fitting to wrap up our night of chills with the Ogle Award winning short, 'Up on the Rooftops which simply must be heard to be believed.
Altogether, this special runs a tight 54 minutes, and is designed for those chill-loving listeners looking to add some real scares to their Halloween.  Perfect for airing after the Trick-or-Treaters go to bed, or even - dare we suggest it - At Midnight!
To learn more about the Icebox Radio Theater, our plays and our mission, click HERE.   For program information and to confirm carriage, please contact Jeffrey Adams at 218-283-5570, jeffreyamn@iceboxradio.org

Costume Party

From Liner Notes | Part of the LINER NOTES series | 59:21

Halloween is not just kids and candy. It is about masks and identity, horror, and grown-up fun.

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Costumeparty2_small Halloween is not just kids and candy. It is about masks and identity, horror as well as grown-up fun. On Costume Party, a special All Hallows Eve edition of Liner Notes, Host Paul Holdengraber and his lively Algonquin round table of guests discover Halloween in literature, theater, film and web games. Guests include: * Author, Film director and visual artist Clive Barker * Horror Novelist Peter Straub * Mythology and mask scholar Wendy Doniger * Ellen Datlow, editor of The Year's Best in Horror & Fantasy * Hampton Fancher, co-screenwriter & producer of science fiction cult favorite, BLADE RUNNER Plus Maraleen Manos-Jones will take listeners to Mexico to experience the Day of the Dead, which is not about dread but about celebration. LINER NOTES is an eight-part literary/travel series. Aboard Queen Mary 2, host and raconteur Paul Holdengraber helms roundtable gatherings exploring the many meanings of Place with notable and knowledgeable guests. Each program is appropriate to a holiday or a season, yet evergreen. Shipboard conversations are supplemented with special features recorded ashore. LINER NOTES is created by veteran public radio producers Jon Kalish and Marty Goldensohn, and underwritten by Cunard.

FRANKENSTEIN - Modern Prometheus

From Craig Wichman | 55:32

If you've only seen the movies, you do NOT know this tale of love, death, and obsession. From Quicksilver Radio Theater. Also for sale on iTunes!

Quicksfrankgammillworkprx_small (Recipient of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters' "SILVER REEL") "Excellent on all levels! Closest adaptation of the novel I've ever heard." -DON GLUT, author of "The Frankenstein Legend" ************************************************** Directed by JAY STERN (Independent Feature, "THE CHANGELING"), and faithfully adapted by Producer CRAIG WICHMAN from Mary Shelley's novel, this drama explores the story's themes of responsibility and obsession - perhaps even more relevant in our day than in the author's. JOSEPH FRANCHINI is Victor Frankenstein and MR. WICHMAN ("TWILIGHT ZONE" radio dramas) is his Monster, with (in alphabetical order), CLYDE BALDO, JODI BOTELHO, ROBERT HESS, VITO LaBELLA, SUSAN MUIR, and JOHN PRAVE. Sound by DAVID NOLAN, with effects by MR. BALDO. Music is by TONY AWARD-Winner MARK HOLLMANN. ************************************************** "Filled with deep yearning and emotion ... this Creature is the Voice of Shelley. A really amazing treat." -PROF. GRIFFIN, "The Midnight Shadow Show"/"Spike TV" QUICKSILVER RADIO THEATER has earned awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and the National Audio Theatre, and has performed by invitation at the Museum of Television and Radio (Paley Center for Media) where its shows are in the Collection.

Beware of Shortcuts!

From Peter Bochan | Part of the Shortcuts series | 54:37

A Halloween special with Fay Wray, Bela Lugosi, The Firesign Theatre, Claude Rains, Dwight Frye, Boris Karloff, Ray Bolger, Lon Chaney Jr, George Harrison, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, ELO, The Rolling Stones, and more. Recorded and mixed on a 2 track machine and originally broadcast in October of 1979 and spliced together by hand.

Images-3_small A Halloween special with Fay Wray, Bela Lugosi, The Firesign Theatre, Claude Rains, Dwight Frye, Boris Karloff, Ray Bolger, Lon Chaney Jr, George Harrison, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, ELO, The Rolling Stones, Edward Van Sloan, Helen Chandler, Robert Armstrong, Lionel Atwill, Una O'Connor, Maria Ouspenskaya, Cary Grant, Jethro Tull, Judy Garland, Humprhey Bogart, Margret Hamilton, Bert Lahr, Scott Muni, Walter Carlos, Monty Python, David Bowie, John Lennon, Chrysalis, Blue Oyster Cult, The Youngbloods, The Grateful Dead, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, the cast of "Peter Pan", Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Warren Zevon and many others... Recorded and mixed on a 2 Track machine and originally broadcast in October of 1979 and spliced together by hand--"from the bodies I took from graveyards..."I created it!" A "Mini-Cab Driver" sketch by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore was added to the original 45 minute production somewhere in the eighties, along with a transfer of John Zacherley's classic "Dinner with Drac" from the original 45 rpm single--scratches intact. Zacherley also lends his announcing talents to the production credit tag.

Halloween Special: A Dark and Lonely Night -- Haunted Love Songs for Halloween

From WFIU | Part of the Afterglow: Jazz and American Popular Song series | 59:01

An hour-long Halloween special featuring jazz and American popular song.

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Perfect for the week or weeks leading up to Halloween:  Afterglow features a different take on haunted music for Halloween, with evening laments and anguished odes to lost and longed-for love from Julie London, Kay Starr, Duke Ellington, Cassandra Wilson and more, including June Christy's performance of a song co-written by Kurt Weill and poet Langston Hughes.  Elvis Costello does "Gloomy Sunday" (aka "The Hungarian Suicide Song"--you'll get the story behind it), Charles Brown stares into a black night, Al Hibbler's got a strange feeling, Nancy Wilson's haunted by a man who doesn't exist... it's a dark and lonely night of popular song for those in love on this Halloween edition of Afterglow.

The Far Side of the Veil

From WFIU | Part of the Harmonia Early Music series | 59:01

An hour-long program of early music, exploring the boundaries between this life and beyond. Try it for a different sort of Halloween special, or works anytime!

722-misty-graves-prxedit_small Welcome to Harmonia. . . . I'm Angela Mariani, and this hour, we're exploring the boundaries between this life and beyond.  We'll hear musical laments that pass beyond the veil from the Codex Las Huelgas, as well as a musical homage by Josquin des Prez, and death's depiction in the keyboard music of Johann Jakob Froberger.  Plus, we'll follow Percival on his quest for the Holy Grail, travel along Celtic crossroads, and hear a thirteenth-century service for St. Martin of Tours. Join us.

October Dreams

From Wind and Rhythm | 58:30

The gathering place for people who love band music. We’ll head out to the pumpkin patch where not all dreams will be nightmares.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

BEAT LATINO 35: DEAD CAN DANCE! MUSIC FOR THE DAY OF THE DEAD

From Catalina Maria Johnson | 57:44

An hour of music from all over the Latin and Latino Universe to celebrate the Day of the Dead!

Beatlatino-111023-muertitos_small Yes, in the Americas, the Dead can Dance!  Día de los Muertos, celebrated on Nov. 2 in Mexico and Latin America, celebrates the good times had with the dearly departed. This special hour of Beat Latino gives you plenty of reasons to move your bones: Cumbia de los Muertos! (Cumbia for the Dead) El Muerto se va de Rumba! (The Dead Man goes partying) because to quote one of the songs, "A la memoria del muerto" (In the Deceased´s Memory): The deceased go into the ground, and the living go onto the dance floor!

Compact Discoveries 159: Musical Devils

From Fred Flaxman | Part of the Compact Discoveries series | 58:00

A devilish collection of unusual, fun pieces for Halloween.

Cdslogo2inch_small Producer/presenter Fred Flaxman discarded many devil-inspired pieces in his search for the ones that are the most enjoyable on first hearing, because most listeners will not have heard most of these "Compact Discoveries" before. They include works by Saeverud, Dompierre, Herrmann, Morricone, Cassado, Rodrigo, Tartini, Stravinsky, Schubert and Vaughan-Williams. The devil is heard dancing in The Devil's Reel, The Devil's 5-Hop, Swing Your Partner from The Devil and Daniel Webster, The Dance of the Green Devil, The Devil's Dance, Satan's Dance of Triumph and The Devil's Sequidillas. This is one Halloween program that won't scare anyone!

Compact Discoveries offers two other Halloween programs for your consideration:

17 Music for Halloween (Pledge Event)
Host Fred Flaxman attempts to scare listeners into contributing to their local public radio station during their Fall membership drives. Music includes "Fossils" from The Carnival of the Animals and Danse macabre by Saint-Saëns; A Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky;The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Dukas and a snippet of The Isle of the Dead by Rachmaninov.  Listen Now! 

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Music from the ballet by Anthony DeLorenzo, performed by Proteus 7. Listen Now!

ROT: A Gothic Comedy About Love and Monsters

From Paul Ingles | 58:59

A radio adaptation of Juli Hendren's ROT. A one-woman comic performance about a woman who channels the spirit of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley to help her face the challenges of turning 30.

Rot3_small Meet Elizabeth, a 29-year-old writer suffering from an impending birthday, heartache from countless failed relationships, regret, a devoted but nagging mother, and writer's block. Searching for her muse, Elizabeth finds and channels the immortal gothic writer, Mary Shelley, only to unleash her own monster. Shelley's creation of Frankenstein mirrors the monster within the written page and everyday life of Elizabeth. Join Elizabeth in the "lab" of Los Angeles, where she discovers that the monster she created has faithfully followed her. As she watches the events of Mary Shelley's life unfold, Elizabeth is left to unravel the mystery behind her own monster's conception. ROT features somgs by Ugly Casanova, Paul Simon, Joy Division, Tom Petty, Jani Ian, Ryan Adams, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon. Written and Performed by Juli Hendren. Directed by Byron Laurie + Elsa Menendez. Sound Design by Paul Ingles.

This piece is an uninterrupted 59 minutes. If a station is interested in airing it but can only use a 54 minute, newscast-friendly version, contact the producer at paul@paulingles.com.

"My childhood monster lived under my bed. He wasn't really a monster. He was a creepy old man with long fingernails and really gross teeth... What am I afraid of now? What am I so afraid of that I would go home and write a freakin' book?" - Elizabeth Wilson in ROT

The Hallows

From Wind and Rhythm | 58:29

Like many other holidays, this one has taken on a momentum of it’s own and really doesn’t resemble it’s humble beginning as the day or evening before a religious holiday known as All Saints Day. The amazing costumes, the dark look into the occult, the candy and the tricks have slowly grown into the main event. But it gives us chance to hear some music that balances these two days... the pagan and the holy - side by side.

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The mission of Wind & Rhythm is to build a community of individuals who love wind bands; to grow a wider audience for the music bands play; and to provide a venue for band members and directors to speak about their art.

To accomplish our mission we produce both on-air and on-line programming that invites listeners to reconnect with their roots as members of bands; encourages listeners to participate in community music-making; and provides for listeners an opportunity to hear the best bands in the world.

A Halloween Happening

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the Joe Bevilacqua Radio Theater series | 58:41

A holiday-themed radio play by Daws Butler. While en route to a Halloween party during a thunder storm, Herman and Beulah Tompkins are sidetracked by a congress of mischievous trolls.

Halloween_small While en route to a Halloween party, during a thunder storm, Herman and Beulah Tompkins are side tracked by a congress of mischievous trolls. This holiday themed radio play was written by Daws Butler (the voice of Yogi Bear) and produced and directed by Joe Bevilacqua. Cast: Herman Tompkins: William Mellilo Beulah Tompkins: Cathi Tully Martin: James Cronin Clarissa: Suzanne Gilbert Wilfred Graves: Joe Bevilacqua Lester Brindley: Joe Bevilacqua Hester Brindley: Joe Bevilacqua Fifi the poodle: Joe Bevilacqua The hour ends with a spooky monologue, "Love the Worthy," written by Daws Butler, and produced, directed and performed by Joe Bevilacqua.


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

The Scary Plan

From Hearing Voices | Part of the The Plan series | 29:03

Here's The Plan: This week it's ghouls, ghosts, and gore. A half-hour of scary stories.

0610planscary_small Here's The Plan: This week it's ghouls, ghosts, and gore. A half-hour of scary stories… PLAYLIST: ARTIST | AUDIO | ALBUM (*=PRX piece) 1. MP3J (w/ Gene Moss) | I Want to Bite Your Hand | Mashuptown.com 2. ZBS | The Bleeding Man | The Cabinet of Dr. Fritz 3. Shel Silverstein | Monsters I've Met | The Best Of Shel Silverstein 4. Lon Chaney Jr./Ronald Stein | Song From Spider Baby | Not of This Earth! The Film Music of Ronald Stein 5. David Greenberger And The Shaking Ray Levis | Blood On The Pulpit* | Mayor Of The Tennessee River 6. Alfred Hitchcock | Hitchcock 1 | Ghost Stories For Young People 7. Ginna Allison | La Llorona | Tellus #11 - The Sound of Radio 8. Marianne Faithfull | Alone | Closed On Account Of Rabies - Poems And Tales Of Edgar Allan Poe 9. David Greenberger & Terry Adams | Vampire* | The Duplex Planet Station Promo Text The Scary Plan- Here's The Plan: Ghouls, ghosts, and gore. A half-hour of scary stories; this week, for Halloween and Dios de los Muertos (the Days of the Dead), that is The Plan. Go beyond the grave, this [DAY] at [TIME] on [STATION]. For an excellent hour program combine The Scary Plan with: Jake Warga- Haunted Cabin (20:00). Hassberry Theatre Company- The Raven (9:09).

RN Documentary: Night Frights

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN Documentaries series | 29:30

The curious connection between sleep paralysis and night frights.

10645753_small It’s the middle of the night. You wake up with a start. There’s a presence in the room watching you. You sense that it is evil. But you are paralyzed and powerless. It’s your worst nightmare – Or is it? In this week’s Vox Humana Michele Ernsting explores the strange and surprisingly common condition of sleep paralysis with Dr. Al Cheyne, a leading expert on the subject and several victims of “night frights”.

Ghost Stories

From Love + Radio | 30:49

Exploring the Frankenstein Family Crypt in 1952. Paranormal observations by an eight-year-old. The haunting of an unkind kitty, a discussion of the ghost story structure, and a very scary pantry door. (Seriously.)

Monster_small Exploring the Frankenstein Family Crypt in 1952. Paranormal observations by an eight-year-old. The haunting of an unkind kitty, a discussion of the ghost story structure, and a very scary pantry door. (Seriously).

La Llorona: An Evolving Myth

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

The story of La Llorona (the weeping woman)-- a story that's been told since the time of the Spanish conquest, all over Mexico and the American Southwest. Today, wherever Mexicans and Mexican-Americans live, the myth continues.

Lloronapicfor4508_small Human beings love to tell stories. And myths are the ultimate in storytelling. A good myth has stood the test of time, and somehow, tens or even hundreds of years later, the story continues to have meaning for those who tell it. La Llorona is one such myth. The story of the weeping woman has been told since the time of the Spanish conquest, all over Mexico and the American Southwest. Today, wherever Mexicans and Mexican-Americans live, the myth continues. In a special collaboration between National Radio Project and the U-C Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, student producer Beth Hoffman brings us a look at the myth of La Llorona as told in Oakland, California today, and tells how its meaning has grown and changed over time. Featuring: Alicia Diaz, Samuel Martinez, Cecilia Rodriguez, Luz Salazar, Monica Pasqual, Florencia Luna, Cristian Luna. Program #45-08 - Begin date: 10/25/08. End date: 11/13/08. Please call us if you carry us - 510-251-1332 and we will list your station on our website. If you excerpt, please credit early and often.

"The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast"

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the Joe Bevilacqua Documentaries series | 29:34

Interviews with John Houseman and Howard Koch highlight this 1988 documentary, reissued in 2008 for the 70th anniversary of the infamous Orson Welles radio broadcast.

Orsonwelles1xtm_small In this 1988 documentary, award-winning radio producer and voice actor Joe Bevilacqua looks at how the landmark broadcast came about and examines its impact on broadcast history. The half-hour program includes rare interviews with Mercury Theater producer John Houseman and writer Howard Koch, actor Arthur Anderson and the people of Grover's Mill, NJ who lived through the "Martian Invasion.' This is a perfect program to air on the end of October, as a Halloween special (NOTE: October 30, 2008 is the 70th anniversary of the infamous Orson Welles radio broadcast.) *** CUSTOM PROMOS CAN BE MADE FOR STATIONS BY REQUEST. SUGGESTED COMPANION SHOW: "Tom Mix and the Mystery of the Bodiless Horseman" http://www.prx.org/pieces/28863 Joe Bevilacqua reads this new story written by Jim Harmon, published in the book, It's That Time Again: The New Stories of Old-Time Radio, published by Bear Manor Media. A perfect Halloween bit of story-telling. "I could not have liked it more. Wonderful! It was like getting to hear a new Tom Mix episode. You are a fine actor." - Jim Harmon, author and radio historian. For stations running the War of the Worlds special, here is a press release you can adapt and use to promote it: --- Contact: Joe Bevilacqua, joebev@joebev.com, 845-647-9475 "The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast" Marks 70th Anniversary October 30, 2008 On Public Radio Stations Nationwide Radio Documentary On Landmark Orson Welles "Martian Invasion" Features Rare Interviews With John Houseman and Howard Koch October 30, 2008 marks the 70th anniversary of the landmark broadcast of "The War of the Worlds". The 1938 Orson Welles Mercury Theater radio play panicked listeners across the United States, many of whom thought it was a real Martian invasion. In honor of this, public radio stations nationwide will be airing "The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast" on the anniversary date. In the documentary, award-winning radio producer and voice actor Joe Bevilacqua looks at how the landmark broadcast came about and examines its impact on broadcast history. The half-hour program includes rare interviews with Mercury Theater producer John Houseman and writer Howard Koch, actor Arthur Anderson and the people of Grover's Mill, NJ who lived through the "Martian Invasion.' In a review for The Public Radio Exchange, Sydney Lewis of Atlantic Public Media called "The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast" "engaging, informational, and sound rich." Lewis wrote, "Though 20 years old, this program, like the original War of the Worlds, still rates a listen. Thankfully, the producer interviewed WOW producer John Housman not long before he died (on Halloween of 1988). The story of this legendary Orson Welles broadcast is for the most part allowed to unfold through descriptions by Housman, and writer Howard Koch, along with voices recorded at Grover?s Mills 50th anniversary event. You can hear traces of amazement in the voices of people who heard that broadcast 70 years ago. Housman, reflecting 20 years ago on why the program still holds fascination, said: 'It?s history. It?s one of the great events of the new age of mass communications.' True still." "The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast" airs on public radio stations nationwide on October 30, 2008. Check your local stations for air times. Among the stations running the special are: WWUH Radio (West Hartford, CT); KRPS Public Radio (Pittsburg, KS); Yellowstone Public Radio; KEMC (Billings, MT), KBMC (Bozeman. MT), KYPR (Miles City, MT), and KPRQ (Sheridan, WY); KCAM (Glennallen, Alaska). The show can also be heard online at The Public Radio Exchange: http://www.prx.org/pieces/28807 and at http://www.joebev.com. Orson Welles seems to be haunting Joe Bevilacqua, who has played him in a number of radio shows and was featured as Welles's character in last year's 'War of the Worlds" recreation at the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, NY. This year, Bevilacqua will perform in multiple supporting roles in Ray Faiola's recreation of the infamous broadcast before an audience at the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, NY on October 31. Joe Bev, as he is also known, is busier than ever. He is writing, directing and starring in the murder mystery dinner, "The Case of the Murdering Microphone" for 90 Miles Off Broadway of New Paltz, being held at the Casa Mia Restaurant in Highland, November 7, 8, 9; editing and illustrating a book of cartoon scripts he co-wrote with Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear, for a 2009 publication; hosting an open mic night the first Friday of each month, at 10 pm, at Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville, NY, and writing a number of upcoming articles the Delaware-Hudson Canvas. Bevilacqua also has another radio special airing on public radio on October 30: "Tom Mix and the Mystery of the Bodiless Horseman," in which he reads the new story (in different voices) written by Jim Harmon, which is part of an audio book of It's That Time Again: The New Stories of Old-Time Radio, being published by Bear Manor Media in 2009. This Halloween bit of story-telling can also be heard online at: http://www.prx.org/pieces/28863. You can read an article about Joe Bevilacqua at: http://www.joebev.com/joebev-press/CANVAS-ARTICLE-Joe-Sept08-BIG.jpg. More on Joe Bevilacqua can be found at: www.joebev.com. # # #

Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home

From Will Coley | 26:26

When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never wanted to look into, until now. Includes passages on the meaningfulness of Halloween.

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When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never wanted to look into, until now.

After I decided to make a radio story about the crash, I often wondered if it was the best choice as my first big project as a new radio producer. It took far longer than I ever expected, in part because it was so personal. But I realized that if I couldn’t answer tough personal questions, how could I expect others to do the same?

The initial kernel of the story idea came back in 1997 when I stumbled on an article in the New York Times about the 20th anniversary of the Southern Flight 242 accident (my family somehow missed being invited). And then in 2012, fifteen years later, I happened to be in Georgia for a conference that was 70 miles from the crash site. The key event in those intervening years was participating in the Transom Story Workshop. In Woods Hole, I learned much of what I needed to tell the story. I learned even more along the way.

Read more on Transo.org 


Segments (9:00-23:59)

The Seance

From KCRW | Part of the UnFictional series | 19:06

On a summer night in the early 1990s a small group of friends gather for a dinner party in Los Angeles. Just for fun, someone suggests having a séance with a homemade Ouija board. By the end of the evening, perceptions of reality have been altered, relationships have been damaged, and the guests are forever changed. Three people who were there tell the shocking, funny, and hauntingly tragic story of The Séance.

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Unfictional320x350_small On a summer night in the early 1990s a small group of friends gather for a dinner party in Los Angeles. Just for fun, someone suggests having a séance with a homemade Ouija board. By the end of the evening, perceptions of reality have been altered, relationships have been damaged, and the guests are forever changed. Three people who were there tell the shocking, funny, and hauntingly tragic story of The Séance.

The Guardian of the Murder House

From Michael Paul Mason | 22:29

A riveting and haunting journey into one of America's most sensational murder mysteries.

P1170373_small The small town of Villisca, Iowa isn't the setting you would expect for one of America's most sensational murder mysteries, but listeners are immediately swept into this century-old story as they tour the town with Darwin Linn, owner of the Villisca Axe Murder House. Not only is the house the site of the grisly murders, but it's also ranked as one of the 50 most paranormal homes in America--and yes, a paranormal moment is caught on tape.

On June 10, 1912, an entire family and their two overnight guests were brutally murdered with an axe, and the crime was never solved. In this suspenseful narrative, we encounter Darwin in a sleepy storefront, and then take a ride with him through the town. We visit the homes of various suspects, including a traveling minister and an Iowa State Senator. As we approach the scene of the murders, we're pulled a hundred years back in time.

Inside the Villisca Axe Murder House, we retrace the tragic killings and its bizarre aftermath. At the same time, we develop an odd fascination with our guide, who confesses that owning the place has changed his world view. Finally, we're brought face-to-face with an eerie, supernatural moment that occurs inside the house, during the interview itself.

The Guardian of the Murder House is an unforgettable retelling of a terrible Midwestern crime, but it also acts as profile of a man whose life is intimately affected by his ownership of the home.

The Book

From Hans Anderson | 11:38

A suspenseful story about producer Hans Anderson's creepy pantry.

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Default-piece-image-2 Not broadcast, experimental fiction. I am not sure if this belongs on public radio at all. You tell me. I have found my voice heading in this direction, short fictional audio, and I find that this sounds very un-PR. I'd love to get this aired, but realistically... who could play something like this? What show exists? For more information and conversation, visit this feature on Transom.org.

I woke up from a nap one day having had a major nightmare; that doesn't usually happen but as I lay there, groggy, I thought, "hey, that'd be a great story!" and I jumped up and wrote it.  Having said that, as is usual when recounting a dream, the more I wrote the less sense my dream made.  What finished off was pretty good, made better by a friend who listened to it for me, and said right in the middle his cat jumped off the couch behind him and he whirled around in a panic.  Nice.

Haunted Cabin

From Jake Warga | 19:52

A night in a "haunted" cabin. Aired on 'This American Life'.

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Cabinweb_small This story explores why people believe in ghosts and what they're really looking for.
A full documentary in the narrative style, a fun romp with a passionate group of people, some who believe, some who want to.

Aired: "This American Life"

Halloween episode

From Diana Joy | Part of the Crazy Lady Radio series | 10:17

episode 12 of CRAZY LADY RADIO

Crazylady_reallys_small You don't want to miss this SCARY lady radio episode! Get ready to get spooked! 

Song of the week features Aunt Loretta's former band, "Satan's Fingernails."
Warning to those sensitive to gore, demons, Faustian bargains, and heavy metal.

The Legend of Rainy Lake Hollow

From Icebox Radio Theater | Part of the Icebox Radio Theater: Short Subjects series | 10:39

An Icebox Radio Short. The famous story of the headless horseman is re-imagined with a Northland twist - and this time in verse!

Harvest_party__2012_pics_-_059_small Its the Legend of Rainy Lake Hallow about the young school teacher Ichabod Olson who comes up against the manly Bjorn Bones over the favor of fair Heidi VanTassel.  When Ichabod hears the tale of a snowmobile rider searching the frozen lakes and woods for his head, he sets off for home full of fear on a cold winter's night.  Will he fare better than his Knickerbocker namesake? 

Performed live in International Falls, Minnesota by poet Jeffrey Adams with musical accompaniment by Myron Hawrylak. 

The Raven

From Emon Hassan | 09:09

Radio adaptation of the Poe poem.

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Raven_small Produced by Hassberry Theatre Company for The Big Apple Short Radio Drama Festival on WNYE FM 91.5

Radio script by: William Spear.
Narration by: Thos Shipley.
Music by: Kevin Mahonchak.

Produced, edited, and directed by: Emon Hassan

"Tom Mix and the Mystery of the Bodiless Horseman"

From Joe Bevilacqua | Part of the Joe Bevilacqua Radio Theater series | 23:42

Joe Bevilacqua performs a bit of Halloween story-telling.

Tommix61medium_small "Tom Mix and the Mystery of the Bodiless Horseman" Joe Bevilacqua reads (acting all the voices) this new story written by Jim Harmon, published in the book, It's That Time Again: The New Stories of Old-Time Radio, published by Bear Manor Media. A perfect Halloween bit of story-telling. "I could not have liked it more. Wonderful! It was like getting to hear a new Tom Mix episode. You are a fine actor. You should have a great career reading many books. I have never heard anyone do it better." - Jim Harmon, author and radio historian. SUGGESTED COMPANION SHOW: "The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast" http://www.prx.org/pieces/28807 In this 1988 documentary, Joe Bevilacqua looks at how the landmark broadcast came about and examines its impact on broadcast history. The half-hour program includes rare interviews with Mercury Theater producer John Houseman and writer Howard Koch, actor Arthur Anderson and the people of Grover's Mill, NJ who lived through the "Martian Invasion.' This is a perfect program to air on the end of October, as a Halloween special (NOTE: October 30, 2008 is the 70th anniversary of the infamous Orson Welles radio broadcast.)

The Premature Burial

From KUER | Part of the Radio Hour series | 11:19

Radio theater production of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Premature Burial."

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Radiopoehigh_small KUER's RadioWest and Salt Lake City's Plan B Theatre Company present a full radio production of Edgar Allan Poe's horror classic "The Premature Burial." The first person narration and foley sounds underscore the terror of being buried alive.

The Tell-Tale Heart

From KUER | Part of the Radio Hour series | 17:24

Radio Production of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart."

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Radiopoehigh_small KUER's RadioWest and Salt Lake City's Plan B Theatre Company present Edgar Allan Poe's horror classic "The Tell-Tale Heart." Murder -- guilt --insanity. The terror is brought to life in this full radio production.


Cutaways (5:00-8:59)

Through a Door

From Sarah Boothroyd | 07:48

A haunted and historical soundscape. This work was commissioned by CBC Radio's Outfront and the Deep Wireless Festival, a festival produced in Toronto by New Adventures in Sound Art.

Through_a_door_-_jason_barbieri_-_greyscale_crop_small The Nicholas Street Jail in Ottawa was built in 1862, shut down in the 1970s, and described by a jail inspector in 1946 as "a monstrous relic of an imperfect civilization where cells are medieval, incredibly cramped, with conditions far below the limits of human decency." How could a place like this not have a story to tell?

This work was commissioned in 2007 by CBC Radio's Outfront and the Deep Wireless Festival, a festival produced in Toronto by New Adventures in Sound Art.

Diabetic Halloween

From Johnny Plough | 05:56

What does Halloween mean to a diabetic kid when you take away the candy? A lighthearted story.

Almondjoy_small This is a short story on the way diabetics experience Halloween. It is a lighthearted look at the relationship between diabetics and candy, and the nature of Halloween pre and post-diagnosis. It aired on show #43 of Radio Anyway, a community radio program based in Traverse City, Michigan.

Walkthrough Haunted House

From Jake Warga | 05:32

Producer Jake Warga asks owners why they think their houses are haunted.

Walk_small Commentary: Halloween? Asking owners why they think their house is haunted, and concluding... Aired ATC 7-14-04

How Mulien Saves His Mother from Hades

From KCUR | 06:11

A Taiwanese story that is the basis for Ghost Month in Buddhist culture.

Default-piece-image-0 This story, "How Mulien Saves His Mother from Hades", is the Buddhist tale that is the basis for the Ghost Festival, celebrated during the 7th lunar month in Taiwan. It is told by Jean Marie Hung, and includes music by Holst, "The Planets: Saturn", and sound effects. Useful material for Halloween-related stories.

Showmen's Rest

From Shannon Heffernan | 05:13

A tragic train crash, a memorial to circus folk, and a graveyard haunted by elephants.

Thumbelephant_small Forest Park is the last stop on the Chicago?s blue line subway. Famous for its plethora of graveyards, this suburb is also the final stop for many Chicagoans. In a place with more dead residents than living ones, one particular grave site catches visitor?s attention: Showman?s Rest, a graveyard for circus performers from around the world. The story of the graveyard goes back to a tragic circus train wreck in 1918. Good for Haloween or Memorial Day (with some edits to tweak the theme).

Is Chocolate The Scariest Thing About Halloween?

From Rob Sachs | 08:59

This Halloween millions of kids will dress up in ghoulish costumes and hit up their neighbors for sugar filled sweets. A favorite among them is chocolate. And for all the spooky tales being told this holiday, what’s might freak you out the most is the story behind how all that chocolate is made.

Img_3040_small 70% of the world's cocoa supply comes from West Africa, mainly the countries of Ghana and Ivory Coast.  The UN and other ogranizations have documented that many of the cocoa farms in these countries employ child labor to harvest cocoa beans.   It's an issue that's been looked at for over a decade with laws like the Harkin Engel Protocol.  But still the problem persists.   Reporter Rob Sachs looks into the progress that's been made in stopping inhumane practices in cocoa production and observes what options consumers have in demanding change. 

The Changing (and Ghoulish) Faces of Halloween

From Jackson Braider | 06:30

How Halloween has -- and hasn't -- changed over the years.

Halloween_small Visit the Halloween Outlet of Worcester, Massachusetts, and what you'll find are incredibly realistic portrayals of very unreal things -- a one-eyed monster chained to a rock, a headless body on life support, an aged first attendent trembling as he holds a brain on a silver tray. With this as a backdrop, Lesley Bannatyne, editor of the recently published "A Halloween Reader," explains how the holiday has remained true to its, umm, spirit over the centuries.

2 Minute Film Noir

From ZBS FOUNDATION | 53:03

A compilation of a bunch of two-minute film noir audio stories.

Prxpic_small This series of two-minute stories is based on that great American art form known as Film Noir. These are stories about gangsters, bimbos, cops, cons, lovers, losers, platinum blondes, mink coats, high heels, and neon signs reflecting on rain-slicked streets. 

The Truth About Dracula

From Hillary Frank | 05:44

Suzanne Muldowney explains why her interpretation of Dracula is the most authentic. Hillary Frank talks with a woman with Asperger's Syndrome who, for the last three decades, has spent every Halloween trying to set the record straight.

Dracula3_small You know the story of Dracula, a man who lived on human blood and seduced innocent girls, turning them into the undead. But before Bram Stoker's novel came out in 1897, Dracula had a different lore. Stoker got the name from a 15th-century count in Transylvania. He was known for impaling his enemies on spikes but he wasn't a vampire. Hillary Frank talks with a woman with Asperger's Syndrome who, for the last three decades, has spent every Halloween trying to set the record straight.


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

On Halloween, some women seek alternatives to super sexy costumes

From Katherine Davis-Young | 03:34

Women's Halloween costumes are often hyper-sexualized. But not every woman wants to spend Halloween scantily clad.

Sexyhalloween_small Katherine Davis-Young speaks with Suzanne Scoggins, the creator of the website www.TakeBackHalloween.org, which is generating a lot of buzz by encouraging women to dress up as feminist heroines instead of dirty nurses or Playboy bunnies. Lisa Wade, sociologist from Occidental College, also weighs in on issues surrounding super-sexy Halloween costumes. She says sexy costumes might be a bigger societal problem than most people think.

Chloe (age 4) Loves Horror Movies

From Katy Sewall | 03:26

Chloe loves watching horror movies. The catch: She's only four years old.

How does her father feel about that? Very, very proud. Does that make him a bad parent? Judge for yourself.

Chloe's favorite color might influence your decision.

A frank and charming interview, perfect for Halloween

Photo__5__small Chloe loves watching horror movies. The catch: She's only four years old. How does her father feel about that? Very, very proud. Does that make him a bad parent? Judge for yourself. Chloe's favorite color might influence your decision. A frank and charming interview, perfect for Halloween

2012: A Year In Your Ear - How To Build A Zombie Apocalypse

From Mad Genius | Part of the 2012: A Year In Your Ear series | 03:23

Mad Genius tries to find the true source of the zombie plague gripping the nation by building a song using only news footage and YouTube videos. Grab your shotgun, board yourself in the basement and download. Do it now, before the infection spreads to your house.

Mad_genius_small_small While working on its debut album, the anonymous vérité pop collective Mad Genius decided to follow the real money with this foray into public broadcasting: "2012: A Year In Your Ear." Keeping with what we do best, we're sampling the world's news and audio culture (both professional and amateur) in an effort to tell stories in a way that would make Ira either cry in pain or throw fits of furious envy. Maybe both, come to think of it. We're taking the talking heads and turning them into pop stars, making music with the media and nothing more. The goal is to create an hour-long musical time capsule by the end of the year. That is, of course, unless the apocalypse comes first. Mad Genius proudly presents the latest song in our series: "How To Build A Zombie Apocalypse." The zombie scourge goes from a few oddball cases to a full-blown epidemic in a week... ...at least according to our news and social media. Mad Genius tries to find the true source of the zombie plague gripping the nation by building a song using only news footage and YouTube videos. Grab your shotgun, board yourself in the basement and download. Do it now, before the infection spreads to your house.

Jack-o'-lanterns and Wine Bottles

From NPR | Part of the How To Do Everything series | 04:30

How To: Keep your pumpkins plump and open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.

Rsz_pumpkin_small We tell you how to keep your pumpkins plump and open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion Has Not-So-Haunted History

From Susan Valot | 04:02

A 43-year-old haunts the grounds of Disneyland, but it's not a ghost. Walt Disney himself oversaw the beginnings of the iconic Haunted Mansion ride. But he never saw it brought to life. Reporter Susan Valot takes a look at the not-so-haunted history of the ghostly ride.

Haunted_mansion_halloweeen_valot_small A 43-year-old haunts the grounds of Disneyland, but it's not a ghost.  Walt Disney himself oversaw the beginnings of the iconic Haunted Mansion ride.  But he never saw it brought to life.  Reporter Susan Valot takes a look at the not-so-haunted history of the ghostly ride.  The story features Disney historian Tom Fitzgerald of Walt Disney Imagineering and the ghoulish ghosts of the Haunted Mansion.

Millions of people from around the world have ridden the ride, which opened August 9, 1969.  It paved the way for an afterlife, of sorts.  Imagineers eventually created similar haunted mansion rides at Walt Disney World in Florida, at Tokyo Disneyland in Japan and at Disneyland Paris in France.

Do What You Fear and Fear Disappears

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | Part of the 2006 Third Coast ShortDocs: 99 Ways To Tell a Radio Story series | 02:30

Screams, thoughts on fear, screams, spooky music, more screams.

Shortdocs06_small Screams, thoughts on fear, screams, spooky music, more screams. 

Do What You Fear and Fear Disappears was produced by Sarah Boothroyd for the 2006 Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge: 99 Ways To Tell a Radio Story. Inspired by cartoonist Matt Madden and the french literary group Oulipo, the 99 Ways Challenge invited anyone and everyone to produce short audio works following a set of rules. Each submission had to:
- start with some manifestation of "To begin with, they never got along." 
- include a pre-recorded voice, rhythmic noise and exclamation 
- last exactly 2:30 minutes
 
 

Record Bin Roulette - Halloween

From John Kessler | 03:52

Weekly 4-minute thrill ride through pop music oddities, rarities and classics. This time we get all spooky for Halloween with Fats Waller, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Warren Zevon and Lady Gaga.

Pickett_small Weekly 4 minute thrill ride through pop music oddities, rarities and classics. This time we get all spooky for Halloween with Fats Waller, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Warren Zevon and Lady Gaga.

Halloween: Trunk or Treat

From Morrigan McCarthy | 04:02

There is much debate amongst Christians in America about how to celebrate halloween. Increasingly churches are providing alternatives such as Trunk or Treating. Does it take the fun or the fright out of halloween?

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This Halloween, tiny witches and vampires will take to the neighborhoods of America demanding candy and threatening tricks. They’ll brave long driveways with spooky sound effects and polyester cobwebbed porches and run screaming from adults dressed as horror movie characters or zombies or pirates. It’s a thrilling and scary night to be a kid in America, and some would argue it’s a scary night to be a parent too.  So some Christian groups are increasingly creating alternatives to keep their kids safe and provide activities more in line with their faith. But does taking the fright out of halloween mean taking the fun out too?

Ghost Stories and Personal Narrative

From Michael Kraskin | 02:28

David Terry of UNC Chapel Hill describes the narrative structure of ghost stories and why we are drawn to them.

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Why we love a good scare

From With Good Reason | Part of the news features series | 02:48

Why we love a good scare - a look at horror films since Psycho.

Psycho_small With Halloween right around the corner, you're likely to see more horror films on TV. What is it that we love so much about a good scare?

Cemetery Expedition

From Jake Warga | 04:04

Go on a cemetery expedition at night with a group of ghost hunters. Aired on ATC.

Ir01_small Commentary: Halloween? Going on a Cemetery Expedition with a group of GHOST HUNTERS. Aired ATC 5-17-04

Martha Washington Inn

From WHRV | Part of the Halloween Haunts series | 02:02

A story about how one woman and her passion for the violin helped ease another man's pain. From a series of 24 interstitials just for Halloween: Halloween Haunts.

Halloweenhauntspodcast_small A story about how one woman and her passion for the violin helped ease another man's pain.


Interstitials (Under 2:00)

Vampire

From David Greenberger | Part of the The Duplex Planet series | 01:58

A stream-of-consciousness recitation of facts from an imagined horror film including Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, with spooky music followed by a ragtime conclusion.

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Default-piece-image-1 A stream-of-consciousness recitation of facts from an imagined horror film including Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, with spooky music, followed by a ragtime conclusion. Part of the Duplex Planet project, this is a selection from the 1998 CD, The Duplex Planet Hour, with music by pianist Terry Adams. Artist David Greenberger has been collecting thoughts, memories and stories from elderly Americans for more than a quarter century. Genuine, moving, and often funny, combined with music, the pieces explore issues of aging by revealing real characters that are in decline, but are still very much alive. They reveal the common threads of our humanity.