HV043- Go By Train

Mexico - Railroad scenes: Train crossing bridge at Crucitas, Photo by W.H. JacksonHearing Voices from NPR®
043 Go By Train: Riding the Rails
Host: Calvin Johnson of K Records
Airs week of: 2010-06-30 (Originally: 2008-12-24)

“Go By Train” (52:00 mp3):

Musician Calvin Johnson (of the band Beat Happening, and owner of K Records) hosts train tales:

“Julie the Amtrak God” (2:17) Jenny Asarnow.

An existential interaction with an automated Amtrak voice.

“Aunt Grace’s Train Trip” (3:00)

Calvin reads from his Great Aunt Grace’s diary of a 1891 train ride from Boston to San Francisco.

The Kronos Quartet performs the first movement of Steve Reich‘s Different Trains.

“Jules Shear’s Train Song” (5:07) Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler

In the Song & Memory series, musician Jules Shear recalls singing for a school principal while riding the rails as a kid.

“Happy Davis: Pullman Porter” (3:51) Sound Portraits

From Holding On: Dreamers, Visionaries, Eccentrics And Other American Heroes, a portrait of a pullman porter.

“Hobo Confessions” (8:06) Ben Adair

Short Stop tells some track-hopping traveling tales.

“Hotwalker” (4:08) Tom Russell

Circus performer Little Jack Horton and poet Charles Bukowski steal a train, from Tom Russell‘s Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski And A Ballad For Gone America.

“Jim McFarland” (1:52) StoryCorps:

Segregated train-travel from the Jim Crow days.

“Northlandz” (2:45) Sound-Portraits

Another Sound-Portraits production, this one on the world’s largest model railroad.

Other music: “Mr Train” Phil Bo and the Vikings, “Morning Train Blues” Peter Warfield, “The Rambler” Cisco Houston, 900 Miles and other R.R. Songs, “Alphabet Route” Chessie Manifest. Train Sounds: Thunder on the Steel. Photo by W.H. Jackson, from the Library of Congress.

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