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December

2009-12-30 031 The Stamberg Files: Essays, Audio-tours, and Interviews

Susan pulls some pieces she’s most proud of from the NPR audio archives: She knits her way though history, takes us on a personal tour of DC, and tries to interest her colleagues in resurrecting her infamous relish recipe. She talks with economist Milton Friedman, actor Judi Dench, writer Nora Ephron, and pianist Leon Fleisher. In pursuit of patriotism, Ms. Stamberg de-France-ifies popular culture, then ends in a Parisian park, chatting with a world-class conversationalist. Listen…

2009-12-23 079 Sacred Places: Maps to Heaven

Host Alex Chadwick charts “The Geography of Heaven” from the holy Hindu city of Vrindavan, India. Barrett Golding finds “Sacred Spaces” around Montana in a Buddhist woman’s home, a Methodist prairie church, a Soiux Sundance, and a sculptor’s ranch. Dmae Roberts climbs to a “Temple in Taiwan” with 100 people singing. Judith Sloan gathers “Incantations” in Queens, New York, prayers from churches, mosques, synagogues, apartments, and public gatherings. And Hammad Ahmed get’s “Lost in Ritual” with American Muslims searching for places to pray and ways to find Mecca five times daily. Listen…

2009-12-16 042 Yes to God: Mother Mary & Thomas Merton

At the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, NPR’s Noah Adams talks to those who know Thomas Merton, the Catholic writer and Trappist monk. Host Beverly Donofrio, reads from her book, Riding in Cars with Boys; then goes on a cross-country quest, “Looking for Mary” in those who see visions of the Virgin, a Sound Portraits production. Listen…

2009-12-09 078 Shopping for Santa: A Season’s Greeting

Holiday spirits and communal consumption: We go shopping at “City X,” a history of America’s malls and their creator, architect Victor Gruen, told by producer Jonathan Mitchell. And “T’is Season” is home recordings, a woman homesteader remembering brutal North Dakota 1920s winters, blues legend Brownie McGhee describing homemade Christmas presents, a father recounting St. Nick’s the fire escape entry, and an grandfather employing a snow machine to enhance a plastic Christmas tree; from Ginna Allison’s series, A Gathering of Days. Listen…

2009-12-02 036 Paintbrush: Lives of the Artists

Susan Stamberg enlists elementary school kids to evaluate the paintings of “Picasso.” Poet Gertrude Stein paints “A Completed Portrait of Picasso.” Singer Jonathan Richman believes “No One Was Like Vermeer” but “Pablo Picasso” was never called an @#%hole. And a history of injuries and inspiration unfolds in “Frida Kahlo: Viva La Vida,” an audio biography produced by Katie Davis. Listen…

November

2009-11-25 077 AIDS Diaries: For AIDS Awareness Day

Documenting a disease: “Thembi’s Diary” follows a South African teenager as she records her life with AIDS, produced by Radio Diaries. In “LiveHopeLove” poet Kwame Dawes travels Jamaica talking to the many HIV/AIDS sufferers on his small island, produced by Outer Voices for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Barbara and Dori Bryon are a “Family with AIDS,” the mother unknowingly passed the virus to her daughter in the womb. African children orphaned by AIDS store keepsakes of their parents in a “Memory Box.” produced by the Africa Learning Channel. And artists declare AIDS Awareness Day a “Day without Art.” Listen…

2009-11-18 034 To War: Getting In and Getting Out

We get out of one conflict and into another: “Goodbye to Saigon” chronicles the day of the last US flights out of the Vietnam War, narrated by Noah Adams and produced by Art Silverman. And Scott Carrier travels the post-9/11 country in early October 2001 asking people “Are You Ready?” for war in Afghanistan. Listen…

2009-11-11 076 Small Town: Rural Routes

Spending time in some shrinking rural American townships: The postmistress of “Tomato, Arkansas” describes her community’s dwindling population. “X-Town” is four former Massachusetts municipalities, now flooded to make room for a reservoir. “Slab City” in California never did exist, though it’s full of folk who live there. And little Talcott, West Virginia has a big claim to fame as home of “The Legend of John Henry: Steel Drivin’ Man.” Listen…

2009-11-04 075 Veteran’s Day: Iraq and Afghanistan Vets

Voices from the Armed Forces: “Project Healing Waters” teaches wounded warriors, including amputees, to fly-fish; we spend a day catching trout at Rose River Farm in Virginia. “Operation Homecoming” is an NEA book project featuring writings and readings by vets returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. “Winter Soldiers” is testimony by soldiers and marines at the Iraq Veterans Against the War hearings. “Sword to Ploughshare” follows a member of the Farmer-Veteran Coalition: farmers helping veterans helping farmers. And the last Vet we hear is from Afghanistan; he’s a former Taliban. Listen…

October

2009-10-28 074 Bloody Hell: For Halloween

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 Silverstien introduces us to “Monsters I’ve Met.” And the 90 Second Cellphone Chillin’ Theater wonders what’s in “The Box.” Listen…

2009-10-21 073 Home Team: For World Series Season

For the weeks leading to the World Series, baseball stories from the Public Radio Hall of Fame: Host Gwen Macsai takes a swing at singing the National Anthem. Composer Phillip Kent Bimstein plays ball with the St. Louis Cardinals’ “Bushy Wushy Beer Man.” Barrett Golding spends a season with the Rookie League. Singer/playwright Terry Allen defines the many meanings of Dug-Out, amid the emerging early 1890s sport of professional baseball. Listen…

2009-10-14 072 Predator: Hunter and Hunted

For hunting season: Hillary Frank’s tale of a teenage babysitter who’s siblings think he’s a werewolf. Mark Allen fears a toy poodle — the most evil entity known to man. Matmos mixes music with North American Mammals. Long Haul Productions witness a PA Spillway, where tourists toss bread, and the carp amass so thickly that ducks walk the fish’s backs for a slice. Norman Strung demonstrates the shrill sound and thrill found in calling for elk. A father and son provide a hunter’s perspective of the annual deer breeding cycle. And Alex Chadwick visits hunts wildlife and the wild life in Idaho. Listen…

2009-10-07 021 Tony Schwartz: Documenting Life in Sound

Tony Schwartz, media pioneer, audio documentarian, and the most famous radio person you probably never heard of, died June 2008. We hear The Kitchen Sisters’ Lost and Found Sound-portrait, “Tony Schwartz, 30,000 Recordings Later,” and the Tony Schwartz-inspired verite documentary of the town he lived in and loved, “New York City: 24 Hours in Public Places.” Listen…

September

2009-09-30 024 Caregiver: Taking Care, Taking Heart

Health caretakers: “Bad Teeth at King Drew Dental Clinic” by Ayala Ben-Yehuda: the Dental Divide, South L.A.’s clinic of last resort. “The Breast Cancer Monologues- Three Woman” by Dmae Roberts: surviving breast cancer, perspectives of a Chicana, African-American and Romanian immigrant. “A Square Meal, Regardless” by Jennifer Nathan: Two old friends caring for each other into old age. “Dialysis” by Joe Frank: kidney failure and a friend indeed. “Hospice Chronicles” (excerpt) by Long Haul Productions: Volunteer Bettie’s first patient. “The Person I Admire Most” by Jake Warga: A day with Jenafir in Ethiopia, trying to save the world. Listen…

2009-09-23 071 Vietnam Vets: Coming Home

The sounds of Saigon, 1972: in combat, on the radio, in the streets, were recorded by Claude Johner for the Folkways recording “Good Morning, Vietnam. Doug Peacock, former Green Beret medic, deals with the PTSD of vets, including himself (interviewed by Scott Carrier). Rich Kepler’s war experiences were bottled up and about to burst, until he released them in his poetry (producer: Larry Massett). And producer Katie Davis talks with African American vets, a sound-portrait based on the book Bloods: Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History by Wallace Terry. Listen…

2009-09-16 027 Poland: A Ghost Story

Poland battles against the Germans and then the Russians at the start of the Second World War. A German foot soldier and Polish townspeople recall, differently, the first days of the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and Poland’s later battle to fight years of environmental poisoning during the Soviet era. All in a series of stories written by NPR’s Alex Chadwick and produced by host Art Silverman. Listen…

2009-09-09 070 Shortcuts Thru 1969 : From the Moon to Woodstock

A 40th anniversary survey of the year in an hour: the Moon landing, Woodstock, Altamont, Stonewall, Vietnam. The year 1969 in speeches songs and soundbites. With comments and clips from John and Yoko, Iggy Pop, the Smothers Brothers, The Firesign Theater, Monty Python, Richard Pryor, Jagger and Richards, Roman Polanski, Richard Nixon, JFK, Buzz Aldren, Neil Armstrong, Walter Cronkite, Ted Kennedy, Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Arlo Guthrie, Harry Reasoner, and The Black Panthers. Listen…

2009-09-02 030 Nine to Five: The Working Week

For Labor Day: The work we do, from Wall Street traders to taxi cab drivers. People who work with brassieres, with dead bodies, and off-the-books in an underground economy. A tone-poem by Ken Nordine, a podcast from Love and Radio, and sound-portraits from Radio Diaries, Toni Schwartz, Ben Rubin, David Greenberger, and hosts Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler. Listen…

August

2009-08-26 069 Pen to Paper: Writers Charles Bowden & Isak Dinesen

Writer Charles Bowden reports from the US-Mexico border about the drug wars, the poverty, and the environment. His writing is harsh but unflinchingly accurate. Host Scott Carrier has a sound-portrait of Bowden, told by the people he has written about. Then Susan Stamberg revisits the world of Karen Blixen, aka, Isak Dinesen, when she wrote “Out of Africa.” And poet Alex Caldiero ponders the writing and sounding of words, with music by Theta Naught. Listen…

2009-08-19 068 Jean Shepherd 2: A Voice in the Night

Part two of this two-hour tribute to Jean Shepherd, “A Voice in the Night.” Marshall McLuhan called him “the first radio novelist.” From 1956-1977 Shep spun his late night stories over WOR radio, New York City. PBS gave him a TV series, “Jean Shepherd’s America.” In 1983 he co-wrote and narrated the film version of his “A Christmas Story.” He inspired a new generation of spoken narrative artists who tap into the American psyche. Among them was Harry Shearer, who hosts this two part tribute, from KCRW and NPR. Listen…

2009-08-12 067 Jean Shepherd 1: A Voice in the Night

Jean Shepherd used words like a jazz musician uses notes, winding around a theme, playing with variations, sending fresh self-reflective storylines out into the night. Marshall McLuhan called Shepherd “the first radio novelist.” From 1956-1977 Shep spun his late night stories over WOR radio, New York City. PBS gave him a TV series, “Jean Shepherd’s America.” In 1983 he co-wrote and narrated the film version of his “A Christmas Story.” He inspired a new generation of spoken narrative artists who tap into the American psyche. Among them was Harry Shearer, who hosts this two part tribute. Listen…

2009-08-05 066 Desert Air: Audio from the Arid Regions

Hot & dry Summer soundscapes: Coyotes, owls, frogs and songbirds are part of “Desert Solitudes,” recorded by Bernie Krause and Ruth Happel. Host Ben Adair (APM Global Climate Change Initiative) heads to the ghost towns, abandoned mines, and billion-year old boulders along Death Valley’s “Mojave Road.” Kraut-rockers Faust dial in “Long Distance Calls in the Desert.” The Quiet American sound-captures a nuclear Nevada Test Site warning sign rattling in a “Desert Sun.” In the early 1990s, SLC producer Scott Carrier found Nevada”s “Battle Mountain” full of sagebrush, solace and stories. Listen…

July

2009-07-29 020 The Old Country: The Homeland

Three hearts searching for home: Going back to Vietnam makes Nguyen Qui Duc realize “Home is Always Somewhere Else;” host Neenah Ellis goes looking for her family in Croatia, where “The Old Country is Gone.” And Andrei Codrescu returns to his Romanian home town and stares into the “Eyes of Sibiu.” Listen…

2009-07-22 065 Cowboy: Cheyenne Frontier Days

Host Josh Darsa of NPR spends nine days with rodeo riders in a rural Western town at Cheyenne Frontier Days (“The Daddy of ‘em All”), underscored by the history of the “Cowboy” and the wild-west symphonies of Aaron Copland.

2009-07-15 064 Outer Space: Moon and Beyond

For the anniversary of Apollo 11, the first moon man, launched July 16, landed July 20 1969: Astronauts communicate from beyond earth in “Zero G, & I Feel Fine” and “Last Man on the Moon.” President LBJ and Commander Scott Carpenter have a helium-infused confusing phone conversation. Sonic transmissions from deep in our solar system are sent back by Voyager I and II. The Sun and “space weather” emit “Natural Radio” sounds. Christine Lavine laments the loss of planetary status of “planet X.” And Laurie Anderson relates a “Night Flight from Houston.”

2009-07-08 017 No Place Like Home: Shifts in Time and Towns

Scott Carrier has a cultural history of the Great Salt Lake’s “West Desert,” a land of polygymists, bombing ranges, and toxic waste incinerators. There’s chlorine gas in the air, anthrax stored underground, and people who call the place home. Sarah Vowell’s childhood move from rural Oklahoma to small-town Montana was, for her, a change from the middle ages to a modern metropolis. And two Stories from the Heart of the Land: NYC native Natalie Edwards hates grass, bugs, dirt, and trees, but attempts a walk thru Brooklyn’s Prospect Park; and Carmen Delzell tells why she moved to and has stayed in Mexico. Listen…

2009-07-01 063 Lincoln Monument: A Civil War

For Lincoln’s birthday bicentennial year and Independence Day, Old Abe, the Civil War, and its still-present aftermath: NPR recreates the “Gettysburg Address.” An archival recording of Walter Rathvon, who heard that speech live. Musings by poets Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg. In the 1950s Tony Schwartz recorded an NYC voxpop “Portrait of Lincoln.” Radio Diaries of the last “Civil War Widows,” one Union, one Confederate. Producer Jake Warga goes to battle with “Civil War Re-enacters.” Performance artist damali ayo sits on our city sidewalks collecting “Reparations.” Listen…

June

2009-06-24 016 Bugs and Birds: Sounds of Summer

Jeff Rice of the Western Soundscape Archive hosts an hour of sounds for the start of Summer: an extinct woodpecker revives an Arkansas town, car alarms made from bird calls, breeding moths for their music, a morning walk with poet Jim Harrison, dancing with gnats, the seismic underground sounds of spiders, and the perspective of a pest controller. Stories by Long Haul Productions, M’Iou Zahner Ollswang, host Jeff Rice, and Scott Carrier; and recordings by Nina Katchadourian, Lang Elliot, and Dr. Rex Cocroft. Listen…

2009-06-17 062 Talking Dads: For Father’s Day

Sons, daughters, and dads: Storyteller Kevin Kling shares pancakes with his “Dad.” Sarah Vowell is a gunsmith’s daughter, in “Shooting Dad.” Joe Frank lets us eavesdrop on a father-son phone call between Larry and Zachary Block. Host Larry Massett and several other sons try to get to know their “Lost and Found Fathers.” Listen…

2009-06-10 061 Educating Esme: A Teacher’s Diary

While teaching fifth grade in a Chicago public school, Esme Codell kept a journal. This radio hour is based on her book Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher’s First Year, produced by Jay Allison and Christina Egloff for their Life Stories series and Chicago Public Radio. Listen…

2009-06-03 060 Getting Out: The Education of Jesse Jean

Go to school, keep your grades up, go to college. That’s what we tell kids — over and over. What if just leaving your apartment, and walking up the block is risky? What if it feels safer to stay home, keep a low profile. When you do go out, head somewhere safe, like the teen center. That was the world of African American teenager, Jesse Jean. He lived a half block from host Katie Davis in their DC neighborhood. Jesse was lucky enough to get a scholarship to a private boarding school. Katie kept in touch with him. We hear three stories covering seven years. Listen…

May

2009-05-27 011 Road Trip: Travelers’ Tales

Host Larry Massett spends a “Long Day on the Road” with ex-KGB in the Republic of Georgia. Scott Carrier starts in Salt Lake and ends on the Atlantic in this cross-country “Hitchhike.” Lemon Jelly adds beats to the life of a “Ramblin’ Man.” The band Richmond Fontaine sends musical postcards from the flight of “Walter On the Lam.” And Mark Allen tells a tale of a tryst with a “Kinko’s Crackhead.” Listen…

2009-05-20 059 War Memorial: Return to Vietnam

For Memorial Day, two stories recorded in Vietnam: In 1966, a young Lance Corporal carried a reel-to reel tape recorder with him. He made tapes of his friends, of life in fighting holes, of combat, until, two months later, when he was killed in action. His friend and fellow marine remembers him in “The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski” (by Jay Allison for Lost & Found Sound). And host Alex Chadwick’s first trip to Southeast Asia was as a soldier in the Sixties. Two decades later, as a journalist, he makes a “Return to Vietnam” to find what has and hasn’t changed since the war. Listen…

2009-05-13 014 Fans and Bands: Groupies, Gravediggers & Rock Singers

Host Ian Svenonius, of the band Weird War, introduces “The Groupies,” a 1969 album of interviews by producer Alan Lorber. We visit with the pilgrims at Pere LaChaise cemetery, who’ve come to see “Jim Morrison’s Grave” (a sound-portrait by Mark Neumann and Barrett Golding). John Denver’s anti-Christian conspiracy is exposed in the series “Song and Memory” from producers Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler. And Bo Diddley blows up his mom’s radio in David Schulman’s series “Musicians in Their Own Words.” Listen…

2009-05-06 058 Motherly Love: Moms, Young and Old

For Mother’s Day: The Radio Diaries of “Melissa, Teen Mom” move her from foster home to starting her own family. Muriel & Walter Murch compose “A Mother’s Symphony” from womb sounds. Amy Jo, single mother of two toddlers, is “Surrounded by Lights” (producer: Erin Mishkin). Myra Dean tells StoryCorps of the day her son was killed. Ben Adair takes his mom in search of “Family Baggage.” Toronto musician Charles Spearin with his neighbor “Mrs. Morris,” in The Happiness Project. Katie Davis admits “I Live with My Mother.” And Jake Warga’s “Far Side” calendars make metaphor and memories of his mother’s life and death. Listen…

April

2009-04-29 057 Roof of the World: In the Himalayas

Tibet and Nepal: Walking a circuit alongside pilgrims, yaks and yogis, host Scott Carrier treks one of the world’s most venerated — and least visited — holy sites, “Mount Kailash: Cricling the Center of Creation.” And we climb to the Nepalese town of “Siklis,” going up a mountain and back in time, produced by Larry Massett, narrated by Joe Frank. Listen…

2009-04-22 008 About Aging: I Thought You’d Never Ask

Host David Greenberger of Duplex Planet presents glorious moments and observations from people in the last years of their lives: Dave Alvin discusses the song he wrote about his dying father, “Man in the Bed,” from the Western Folklife Center’s “What’s in a Song?” series. Comedians Bob & Ray are “The Whirleys”. From StoryCorps comes a remembrance from Richard Craig of his days as a dance host on cruise ships. In Sound Portraits’ “The Ground We Live On” journalist Adrian Nicole LeBlanc faces mortality in recordings she made during her father’s last months alive. And host David Greenberger shares some stories told him over the years by the elderly, including “Growing Old in East L.A.” Listen…

2009-04-15 056 An Hour of Earth: For Earth Day

For Earth Day, Sounds from the Ground. Walk on the wild side with earthly tales of animals, environments, and outdoor adventure: We canoe Wyoming’s “Green River” with Scott Carrier. Tom Lopez of ZBS records some samba “Singing Frogs” in Brazil, or are they toads? “Subtext: Communicating with Horses: is Jay Allison’s inter-species conversation. Sarah Vowell has subterranean supper in the Carlsbad Caverns’ “Underground Lunchroom.”. And poet Andrei Codrescu composes a microcosmic “Environment” based on burgers. Listen…

2009-04-08 004 Comedy with a Beat: Comic Bits with Music Beats

Host David Ossman of Firesign Theatre presents mixes comic bits with music beats, from Wally Cox yodeling to Peter Sellers singing while shaving, from Jack Kerouac crooning “Ain’t We Got Fun” to Charles Mingus jazzing up Jean Shepherd’s “The Clown” to comedian Greg Giraldo layered over Lazyboy. “Lenny Bruce Gets Busted” in Jonathan Mitchell’s documentary. And we hear rare and classic bits from host David Ossman’s Firesign Theatre. Listen…

2009-04-01 055 Wordshakers: For Poetry Month

Host Andrei Codrescu’s “Poetry” redux. Lord Alfred Tennyson leads “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” Thomas Edison waxes Walt Whitman’s “America.” Denise Levertov knows “The Secret.” Carl Sandburg wonders “What is Poetry?” (by Barrett Golding). Scott Carrier wonders about “Alex Caldiero- Poet?” Ed Sanders (fmr Fugs) poses “A Question of Fame.” In New Orleans a hot-dog vendor, barkeep, and stripper are in the “Poetry Combine (by Larry Massett). Jan Kerouac responds to her father’s poetry and parenting in “Jan on Jack” (by Marjorie Van Halteren). Allen Ginsberg runs a “Personals Ad.” Listen…

March

2009-03-25 054 Food Fight: The Dark Side of the Muffin

A Chinese student shares his recipe for cooking “Carp” and escaping communism. Young Palestinian-American Rocky Tayeh fights food in “My Struggle with Obesity;” and later, surgically, he is “Saying Goobye To Food” (from WNYC Radio Rookies). And Louisiana State Penitentiary inmates prepare “King’s Candy: A Prison Kitchen Vision” and concessions for “The Angola Prison Rodeo” (part of the Kitchen Sisters series Hidden Kitchens). Listen…

2009-03-18 053 Ranchers: Life, Death, Land, Livestock

Life, Death, Land, and Livestock: We spend a year on a sheep ranch, lambing, shearing, selling and “Counting Sheep.” Musician Phillip Bimstien bases his classical composition, “Garland Hirschi’s Cows,” on the voice of a Rockville, Utah cattle-man. And 97-year-old rancher is “Holding His Ground” (produced by Jesikah Maria Ross for Stories from Heart of the Land and Saving the Sierra). Listen…

2009-03-11 002 Visiting Hours: In Hospital

Host Ceil Muller of KQED presents “The Kiss and the Dying,” her etiquette list for the dying and soon-to-be survivors. “Fire and Ice Cream” is from Brent Runyan’s book “The Burn Journals.” Brian Brophy documents the death of “Our Father.” Carmen Delzell helps heal her “Grandmother”s Hip.” And patients pass time with TV in Nancy Updike’s “Channeling Health.” Listen…

2009-03-04 001 Street Map: The People Next Door

Scott Carrier walks around his Salt Lake City “The Neighborhood.” Host Katie Davis of Neighborhood Stories contemplates decades of changes at the “Corner Store” on her DC street. Larry Massett’s friend bids “Goodbye, Batumi” to his Republic of Georgia hometown. And Romeo and Juliet plays out in “Oakland Scenes: Snapshots of a Community” by Youth Radio and poet Ise Lyfe. Listen…

February

2009-02-25 052 Circus Blood: Under the Big Top

A world-class troupe of audio daredevils and media magicians: SF Chronicle journalist Jon Carroll interviews his daughter Shana as she swings thru the air on her flying “Trapeze”, from the Life Stories series by Jay Allison. Joe Frank loves the lady “Lion Tamer,” an excerpt from his hour “The Dictator.” Adam Rosen mixes a medley of the many versions of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” And Elizabeth Eck returns to the circus family she ran away to join, in Larry Massett’s “Circus in the Blood.” Listen…

2009-02-18 051 Dog Tales: Barks, Bites, Best Friends

Tony Schwartz documents the entire first year in “A Dog’s Life.” Lawrence Ferlinghetti performs his poem “Dog.” Scott Carrier encounters a frisbee-catching “Blind Dog.” “Dogs in the Yard” is musician Steven Vitiello’s multi-bark composition. Jay Allison collects some possible “Dog Dreams.” A man and his dog, “John & Nippy,” share a rancher’s life, and musical duets. Laura Silverman (Sarah’s sister) calls about her canine into Jonathan Katz’s talk show, “Seeing is Believing.” And we end with this doggie treat: an on-air “Cat Bath” from producer Dmae Roberts. Listen…

2009-02-11 050 Love’s Labors: For Valentine’s Day

Lovelorn letters to an advice columnist. Women’s tales of true but tainted “Cringe Love,” from producer Nancy Updike. A “Valentine” from Kevin Kling. “Love & Marriage Atop the Towers,” stories of weddings at the World Trade Center, collected by The Kitchen Sisters. Host Amy Dickinson and hundreds of other “Leftover Brides,” lining up for mass Moonie marriages. And a “Parent and Child” discussion between Jessica and Scott Carrier on what makes a good marriage. Listen…

2009-02-04 049 Palestinian Dreaming: Arabs and Jews

“Waking Up” from a nightmare in a city split by three religions, as dreamt by an Jewish soldier, an Arab bomber, and a Mississippi minister; from Joe Frank’s hour Time’s Arrow. And “The Lemon Tree,” on the property of the same family home, in the same family homeland, shared by an Israeli and an Palestinian family; from Sandy Tolan of Homelands Productions. Listen…

January 2009

2009-01-28 048 Juarez, Mexico: City on the Edge

Four years of reports on life in the Mexican border-town of Ciudad Juarez, with poverty and corruption, with daily drug-cartel murders and military violence. Told by photographer & Juarez resident Julian Cardona, along with author Charles Bowden, and host Scott Carrier. Listen…

2009-01-21 047 Snow and Ice: Winter Weather Advisory

Gliding, sliding, and speed: NPR’s Alex Chadwick invites America to share their stories of Flexible Flyers and downhill runs in this cross-USA audio “Sledding Party” (produced by Katie Davis). Seven skiers go into the back-country, only six return in this “Avalanche” survivors’ story (told to producer Scott Carrier). And host Barrett Golding documents a training day in the life of three women “Olympic Speed-Skaters.” Listen…

2009-01-14 046 All Happy Families: Love and Loss

Tolstoy wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” But sometimes it’s hard to tell who is and isn’t happy: After decades together, the Nadeaus find their husband/father is a “Crossdressing Family Man” (told by family friend Eric Winick). “After the Forgetting” (produced by Erica Heilman) is an evolution of relationships revealed in conversations between Greg Sharrow, his mother Marjorie, and Greg’s husband Bob Hooker, as Marjorie’s dementia progresses. Steve Fugate roams the roads of America, walking thousands of miles with a sign stuck over his middle-aged head that reads “Love Life” — because of what happened to his son (produced by Larry Massett). Listen…

2009-01-07 045 Shortcut Thru 2008: In Speeches, Songs, & Soundbites

An audio scan of Year 2008, from the the Olympics to oil prices, from the elections to the economy. A memorial to those who passed, including Studs Turkel, Eartha Kitt, George Carlin, Bo Diddley, and Paul Newman. And a tribute to the changing of the presidential guard. (Produced by Peter Bochan of MixedUp.com). Listen…

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