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“Passages: Treasures of the Bible,” currently is in Springfield, Mo, the fifth stop on a national tour. Learn more about the traveling exhibit here...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2014
  • Length: 08:16
Caption: Jazz poet Langston Hughes
What do Langston Hughes, the fifties Beat writers, and jazz critics all have in common? They all like to write about jazz. This week, we'll take a ...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, WOUB, WNMU-FM, Interlochen Public Radio, and KZYX


  • Added: Sep 29, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Oscar Pettiford
(Air Dates: Sept 29 - Oct 5) This week on 12th Street Jump we celebrate the birthday of Oscar Pettiford with our special guest Tyrone Clark. We pla...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Trying to get settled.

Bought by Delmarva Public Radio, WOUB, WLPR, KSRQ, WXXI and more


  • Added: Sep 29, 2014
  • Length: 01:58:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Eddie Lang
Guitarist Eddie Lang is well known for his artistry. He’s credited for bringing the guitar out of the rhythm section, and creating a solo instrumen...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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XPRESSIONS is a series of short, light-hearted features about the origin of popular phrases & sayings of every sort.

  • Added: Sep 28, 2014
  • Length: 01:46
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Often imitated, but never duplicated, the "Jucy Lucy" is a Minneapolis food favorite. In this piece, learn the backstory and true mark of this icon...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2014
  • Length: 03:58
Caption: Academic Gowns, American Usage,” chromolithographic print by Julius Bien & Co., 1903.
Fall's here, and all across the country, college students are returning to campus - and so is BackStory. Last year, President Obama proposed sweepi...

Bought by WRIR and WYAP


  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: “Academic Gowns, American Usage,” chromolithographic print by Julius Bien & Co., 1903.
Fall's here, and all across the country, college students are returning to campus - and so is BackStory. Last year, President Obama proposed sweepi...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
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This week on "A Way with Words": Modern language with very old origins. If you're on tenterhooks, it means you're in a state of anxious anticipatio...

Bought by WSLR, WEZU, WUIS, and WYAP


  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 4
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A family living in Idaho during the early 20th Century test the limits of the Postal Service, when they send a very special parcel through the Post.

  • Added: Sep 26, 2014
  • Length: 06:09
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In his plays, Shakespeare alluded to songs his audience would know. Today we don't know those songs so we don't get a lot of the references.

  • Added: Sep 25, 2014
  • Length: 20:56
Caption: Illustration of a nose., Credit: Wikimedia Commons
If you asked people which of their senses they most feared losing, they'd probably say sight or hearing. But what about the ability to smell? We ex...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2014
  • Length: 43:58
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Travel to Metropolis, IL., the official hometown of Superman, the Man of Steel.

  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 06:35
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We celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Martin Espada's triple award-winning collection, THE TROUBLE BALL. In this public reading for Pa...

Bought by WNJR and XRAY.fm


  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2
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What is bee-bop and how did it get that way?

  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 13:12
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Finding Blue Note jazz in hip-hop

  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 12:03
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The history of Blue Note Records

  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 17:42
Caption: The police in Gary, Ind., 1908, Credit: Library of Congress
Brian Balogh speaks with former Senator Fred Harris about the commission convened by President Lyndon Johnson in the dark days of the 1967 Detroit ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 10:24
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The police in Gary, Ind., 1908, Credit: Library of Congress
Legal scholar Alasdair Roberts talks with Peter Onuf about the beginnings of municipal police departments in the U.S., which were organized not to ...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 07:40
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The police in Gary, Ind., 1908, Credit: Library of Congress
Producer Nina Earnest explores how the professionalization of the Los Angeles Police Department -intended to free the police from municipal corrupt...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 10:46
  • Purchases: 1
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Thousands of miles from Edinburgh in the heart of Kolkata there remains a piece of land that is indisputably Scottish. Sandip Roy takes us there.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Hosts Doug Storm and Trish Kerle' are joined by historian Jim Madison to discuss the Hoosier through history. Madison has just published a new book...

  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: 01:01:02
Caption: Academic Gowns, American Usage,” chromolithographic print by Julius Bien & Co., 1903.
30-second promo for BackStory episode, "Degrees of Freedom: Higher Education in America," with 5-second music bed at end for station-specific time/...

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: :30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: King of the timbales, Tito Puente
Tito Puente is the undisputed king of Latin music in the hearts of most Americans. But beyond that public persona, he was also a prolific composer,...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KSRQ, KPVL, KMUN, 90.5 WSNC and more


  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15