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Soul Roots (Series)

Produced by Howard Burchette

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Teen Soul (The Doo-Wop Years)

From Howard Burchette | Part of the Soul Roots series | 01:01:38

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Teen Soul (The Doo-Wop Years) is part a limited series of one hour programs dedicated to the sound of the R&B and Soul acts from the 1950s through the 1980s. This program contains some of the best teen doo-wop groups from the 1950s and early 1960s . Many of the groups were created in high schools from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Jersey City, Newark, Cincinnati, Louisville and others areas of the country. This was a time in the record business when every label wanted a hit group like Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers . This is rhythm and Blues and doo-wop at its finest. The Schoolboys


Independent Minds (Series)

Produced by Murray Street Productions

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Harvey Pekar: American Splendor

From Murray Street Productions | Part of the Independent Minds series | 36:07

Harvey_pekar_small Originally released in 2003 in conjunction with the release of American Splendor a film about Harvey Pekar's life.

Give your listeners a look at life's unpredictable pageant through the eyes of the engagingly grumpy comic book author Harvey Pekar.

Four different options to fit any of your programming needs:
 - 27 minute Interview Doc.
 - Module I (3:00) -- Introduction to Harvey and the beginnings of the comic
 - Module II (3:30) -- 1970's and publication of comic and Harvey's experiences working at the VA Hospital
 - Module III (2:15) -- 1980's fame and making of American Splendor

The Moth Radio Hour Fall 2011 Season (Series)

Produced by The Moth

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The Hidden World of Girls (Series)

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters

Most recent piece in this series:

The Hidden World of Girls with Host Tina Fey (Hour 2)

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the The Hidden World of Girls series | 54:00

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The Hidden World of Girls
Two New Hours from The Kitchen Sisters and NPR

With Host Tina Fey

The Hidden World of Girls, two new hour-long Specials hosted by Emmy Award-winning writer and actress, Tina Fey. Stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities—of women who crossed a line, broke a trail, changed the tide. 

Host Tina Fey, star of 30 Rock, author of Bossypants and Saturday Night Live alumna, takes listeners around the world into the secret life of girls—from the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah—and reveals some of her own hidden worlds.  

These two new specials are produced by the Peabody Award-winning Kitchen Sisters, in collaboration with NPR and independent producers from around the world.  Inspired by “The Hidden World of Girls” series heard on Morning Edition and “All Things Considered”, these specials feature the best stories from that series as well as new, never before heard features, interviews and music.  

Lively, sound-rich, evocative, “The Hidden World of Girls” is two hours of stories and more. Stories of girls and the women they become. 

As part of this international collaboration, The Kitchen Sisters opened up The Hidden World of Girls NPR phone line and invited listeners to share their stories of groundbreaking girls and pioneering women. Calls poured in from around the world and these stories and messages thread throughout the hours. Stories in this hour include:

  • Horses, Unicorns and Dolphins—a story of girlhood fantasy and aspiration.
  • From Afghanistan we enter The Hidden World of Kandahar Girls—girls and young women going to school, working towards careers, standing up to the threats of the Taliban.
  • We explore the mysterious universe of women’s bodies in the story, Chicken Pills: The Hidden World of Jamaican Girls where homegrown cosmetic treatments and changing ideals of beauty are part of a national debate going on in the music, in the dancehalls and on the streets.
  • Nigerian writer, Chris Abani tells the story of his English-born mother, Daphne Mae Hunt, who enlists him at age 8 to be her translator in rural Nigeria as she goes door-to-door into the villages teaching women the Billings Ovulation Method of birth control.
  • In San Francisco, we step inside the secret identity of Theresa Sparks.
  • We visit Tiina Urm, a young Estonian environmental activist who spearheaded a one-day clean up of her entire country.
  • We meet Amira Al-Sharif from Yemen who came to New York City to document the lives of young American women.
  • We go back stage with singer Janelle Monae and hear about her songwriting process.

Major Funding for The Hidden World of Girls comes from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art. And from listener contributions to The Kitchen Sisters Productions.

BILLBOARD :59
Incue: We call it the garbage map of Estonia.
Outcue: I’m your host Tina Fey.

NEWS HOLE: 1:00-6:00

SEGMENT A: 12:29
Incue: From The Kitchen Sisters and NPR, Welcome to the Hidden World of Girls.
Outcue: Back in a moment.

BREAK: 19:00-20:00

SEGMENT B (18:59)
Incue: You’re listening to The Hidden World of Girls.
Outcue: Back in a moment with stories from Yemen, the Fillmore and Kingston, Jamaica.

BREAK: 39:00-40:00 

SEGMENT C (18:59)
Incue: NPR’s Hidden World of Girls continues.
Outcue: With The Kitchen Sisters, I’m Tina Fey

The Nerve - Music and the Human Experience (Series)

Produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Most recent piece in this series:

In the Key of DNA: Music & Evolution

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the The Nerve - Music and the Human Experience series | 53:40

Thenerve-240x240_small Episode 2 of The Nerve asks the question why? Why did music evolve in the first place? Some people think music is merely an evolutionary frill, a by-product - delicious cheesecake for our ears that has no evolutionary purpose. Darwin himself was puzzled by music. Observing songbirds, he suggested music's role was in sexual selection (which may explain why rock stars from Franz Liszt to Tommy Lee have had such busy sex lives). Others believe music's origins may be found in the mother-infant interactions we call baby talk, and others consider the importance of the lullaby - a need to pacify infants. Others theorize that music developed in tandem with the social cohesion necessary to the survival of bands of early humans, critical to them through its power to strengthen social bonds.

Cheesecake? Or sex, baby talk, and social interaction? Set in the Key of DNA, The Nerve 2 examines what the purpose of music is and has been, yesterday and today.

Moyers & Company (Series)

Produced by Moyers & Company

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Moyers & Company Show 352: The Children’s Climate Crusade

From Moyers & Company | Part of the Moyers & Company series | 23:59

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With so many in Congress and state legislatures in denial or simply missing in action, and with the very agencies created to protect our environment hijacked by the polluting industries they were meant to regulate, it may turn out that the judicial system, our children and their children will save us from ourselves.

The new legal framework for this crusade against global warming is called atmospheric trust litigation. It takes the fate of the Earth into the courts, arguing that the planet’s atmosphere – its air, water, land, plants and animals -- are the responsibility of government, held in its trust to insure the survival of all generations to come.

It’s the brainchild of Bill Moyers’ guest this week on the final broadcast of the series Moyers & Company (Note that the BillMoyers.com website will continue). Mary Christina Wood is a legal scholar who wrote the book, “Nature’s Trust,” tracing this public trust doctrine all the way back to ancient Rome. It is, she writes, “a robust set of legal footholds by which citizens can hold their government officials accountable.”

Wood tells Bill Moyers, “If this nation relies on a stable climate system, and the very habitability of this nation and all of the liberties of young people and their survival interests are at stake, the courts need to force the agencies and the legislatures to simply do their job.”

“Climate is not just an environmental issue,” she continues.  “This is a civilization issue.  This is the biggest case that courts will get in terms of the potential harm and in terms of the urgency.” 

Mary Christina Wood teaches law at the University of Oregon and is founding director of that school’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. Her theories are being used in several legal suits filed by the advocacy group Our Children’s Trust.

The Wire (Series)

Produced by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Most recent piece in this series:

The Wire Episode 8: The Digital Democracy of Sound

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the The Wire series | 52:55

Thewire8_small Digital technology has changed how we find, how we make and how we listen to music. Sometimes it's easier to get a hold of your favourite track than it is to get a good cup of coffee. Sounds are sampled, mmixed, and shared on a scale that eclipses our wildest dreams from even a decade ago. This has created wonderful and terrible consequences, opening the door to pirates but also to a new world of music - the fourth world, where anything is possible.