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Blank on Blank

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Blank on Blank is building and broadcasting an archive of journalists' lost interviews.

Interviews gathering dust on tapes and hard drives are transformed for new audiences online, on mobile devices, and on the radio.

Listen to unexpected stories from famous names and universal tales from everyday Americans. They're all sprinkled with music and storytelling.

Why should journalists record interviews only to help write a story? They should also be heard.


86 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Alvin Toffler and Margaret Mead: an author and an anthropologist who endeavored to understand the impact of scientific invention. In this episode o...

Bought by KVSC and KSFR


  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 16:07
  • Purchases: 2
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Peanuts, Atlantis, and Colorblindness. It's our latest episode in The Experimenters miniseries featuring icons of science and innovation. Oliver Sa...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
  • Length: 20:44
  • Purchases: 1
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"That’s inevitable that humans would project their hopes and fears upon the cosmos" - Carl Sagan on October 4, 1985, as told to Studs Terkel. The p...

Bought by Moab Public Radio, PRX Remix, and KHNS


  • Added: Apr 14, 2016
  • Length: 12:53
  • Purchases: 3
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"I have to make my life worth saving, and each day you spend as if it would be your last" - Dame Stephanie Shirley in 2010 from an oral history at ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Mar 28, 2016
  • Length: 16:33
  • Purchases: 1
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" If you got rid of all of the genes that cause autism, you’d be rid of Carl Sagan, you’d be rid of Mozart. Einstein, today, would be labeled autis...

Bought by Moab Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 09, 2016
  • Length: 11:46
  • Purchases: 1
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“Any man who really has faith in himself will be dubbed arrogant by his fellows” - Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957, as told to Mike Wallace

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 16, 2016
  • Length: 11:10
  • Purchases: 1
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“I wish that there had been another woman on my flight. I think it would have been a lot easier.” - Sally Ride in 1983. Interviewed by Gloria Steinem.

Bought by Moab Public Radio, KPIK-LP, WABE, and KALW


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 11:59
  • Purchases: 4
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“My family was shocked when I came home with a volume of Hemingway … There was a price to be paid for being interested in fiction.” - Garrison Keil...

Bought by WOUB, Troy Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 15, 2015
  • Length: 08:25
  • Purchases: 3
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“I‘m a coward, I didn’t want to die” - Patty Hearst in 1982, as told to Larry Grobel. Larry Grobel told us the story about a time back in the earl...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 11:27
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"I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward.” - Hunter S. Thompson, as told to Studs Terkel in 1967.

  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 17:15
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"I carried a knife taped to my leg. I never used it but it was there." - Dustin Hoffman, 1971, from the Pacifica Radio Archives. Listening to this ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 14, 2015
  • Length: 09:31
  • Purchases: 1
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"I was young for my age. Not as naïve as they expected. I don’t know why I seem to bring that out in people." - Joni Mitchell as told to Joe Smith ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 07:14
  • Purchases: 2
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"I want to be the force which is truly for good." - John Coltrane in one of his final interviews. In the fall of 1966, John Coltrane was living on ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 02, 2015
  • Length: 05:48
  • Purchases: 2
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A few years ago Lisa Potts was looking behind her dresser when she saw a cassette tape. She’d forgotten about the tape--a recording of an interview...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, WABE, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 26, 2015
  • Length: 05:55
  • Purchases: 3
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"Mama just always said, ‘you be what you are and you don’t have to worry about nothing.’" - Dolly Parton in a previously unheard interview from 1978.

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, KVNF, WMMT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:38
  • Purchases: 4
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"The key was somehow to know what was important and what was not important, what was exciting, because I can’t learn everything" - Richard Feynman ...

Bought by KVSC and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 02, 2015
  • Length: 08:33
  • Purchases: 2
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"Animals were my passion from even before I could speak apparently. When I was about 10, 11 I fell in love with Tarzan" - Jane Goodall, as told to ...

Bought by KSFR, Troy Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 24, 2015
  • Length: 06:42
  • Purchases: 3
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"I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper" - Buckminster Fuller as told to Studs Terkel during int...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 17, 2015
  • Length: 07:24
  • Purchases: 1
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"I never liked the Beatles. I thought they were garbage." - Lou Reed, as told to Joe Smith in 1987.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:13
  • Purchases: 1
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"A lot of people are kind of depressed. I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not." - Elliott Smith, as told to Barney Hoskyns in 19...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 23, 2015
  • Length: 06:14
  • Purchases: 1