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Part-time Poet {format} 8:57 Larry Massett

Sez Larry: "My neighbor Rich Keplar is a regular-guy neighbor. He's a picture framer, a Vietnam vet, his wife's a lawyer, they have two kids in college, a dog, and a lawn. But one day he mentioned he writes poetry -- strictly amateur, never published. So I asked him to read me a few, expecting… well, I don't know exacty what, but certainly not this…"

Broadcast: Mar 2 2009 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Literature

Jeff Metcalf performing his play

Prostate Diaries {format} {format} 54:00 Larry Massett & Jeff Metcalf

You don't want to think about prostate problems. What man over 50 would? Jeff Metcalf certainly didn't; until the diagnoses in 2004: prostate cancer. That's when Metcalf, an English professor at the University of Utah, began keeping a journal. His diaries open as a play this summer. The radio version is written by Jeff Metcalf (along with a list of health links), performed by Paul Kiernan, recorded by Scott Carrier, produced by Larry Massett, music by Parazitii, is titled "A Slight Discomfort: My Prostate Diaries."

Broadcast: Jun 1 2008 on HV WebworkSeries: Hearing Voices- Webworks Subjects: Health

Old photo of electroshock

Electroshock {format} 5:16 Larry Massett

A first-person accont by "Ned" of his ElectroConvulsive Therapy; followed by music from "Ned's" band Flavormaus.

Broadcast: Dec 10 2007 on HV PODCAST Subjects: Health

Tombstone, with picture of car in City of the Dead

Long Day on The Road {format} {format} {format} 13:38 Larry Massett

"I can break the law because... I am the law." Sleepless in Tbilisi. A twenty-four hour tour, from Turkish baths to Batumi beaches, through the country of Georgia. High-speed sight-seeing driven by the accidental tourguide: "a ’detective,’ or ’special police,’ or ’security force.’ It’s not clear. Sometimes he even says ’KGB,’ though that no longer exists... does it?" [transcript]

Broadcast: Jul 30 2007 on HV PODCAST; Dec 1 2002 on HV Webwork; Nov 1 2002 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Historical, Travel

Larry at 9; Larry’s mom near 90

Travels with Mom {format} {format} 13:00 Larry Massett

These days, taking mom out for a day-trip doesn’t involve going very far in distance, as it does back in time. Tybee Island, Georgia, now and in the 1920’s, as seen by Mrs. Massett. [transcript]

Broadcast: May 7 2007 on HV PODCAST; Jul 18 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Travel, Family

Dingo on piano with Larry at ivories

Dinky The Singing Dingo {format} {format} 2:39 Larry Massett

Somewhere in a bar in middle the Australian desert lives Dinky, a dingo much like the one that ate Meryl Streep's baby-only a lot more musical. [transcript]

Broadcast: Dec 27 2006 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Music, Comedy, International

Women with golliwog dolls

Camel in the Outback {format} {format} 5:10 Larry Massett & Jake Warga

Competing and eating wild camels in the Northern Australia Territories. [transcript]

Broadcast: Dec 8 2006 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: International, Travel, Food, Environment, Sports

1890s Circus Poster

Circus Blood {format} 54:00 Jay Allison, Joe Frank, Larry Massett & [Hearing Voices]

Tales from the Big Top. Emcee John Dankosky, of WNPR- Connecticut Public Radio, presents a world-class troupe of audio daredevils and media magicians: SF Chronicle journalist Jon Carroll interviews his daughter Shana as she hang upside down on her "Trapeze", ready to fly away; from the Life Stories series by Jay Allison. Joe Frank loves the lady "Lion Tamer," an excerpt from his hour "The Dictator- Part 2." Adam Rosen mixes a medley of the many versions of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Drummer Bobby Previte composes the "Music of the Moscow Circus." Elizabeth Eck returns to the circus family she ran away to join in Larry Massett's "Circus in the Blood." And Twink serves up "The Great Circus Show" from The Broken Record. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Jul 1 2006 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Specials, Spoken Word, Entertainment

Tennyson, Ginsberg, Whitman

Wordshakers {format} 54:00 Alex Caldiero, Scott Carrier, Andrei Codrescu, Barrett Golding, Larry Massett, The Professor, Marjorie Van Halteren & [Hearing Voices]

Poetry Grits Glory Verve in this (((Hearing Voices))) Poetry Month special. Host Hosted by Andrei Codrescu, of NPR and The Exquisite Corpse, featuring: Lord Alfred Tennyson bangs the podium in "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Thomas Edison waxes Walt Whitman's "America." Cheerleaders Chant" a found-poem. Host Andrei Codrescu decontructs his "Poetry." Denise Levertov knows "The Secret." Carl Sandburg wonders "What is Poetry?" (produced by Barrett Golding). Scott Carrier presents the categorical conundrum of "Alex Caldiero- Poet?" Ed Sanders poses "A Question of Fame." Host Codrescu gives a play-by-play of "Poetic Terrorism." DJ Spooky remixes Vladimir Maiakovski. Pre-teen poet Sawyer Shetfs lists "The Sound I Hear at Night." In New Orleans a hot-dog vendor, a barkeep, and a stripper get churned in the "Poetry Combine (produced by Larry Massett). "Soldiers Drill" their found-poem. Jan Kerouac responds to her father's poetry and parenting in "Jan on Jack" (produced by Marjorie Van Halteren). Allen Ginsberg runs a "Personals Ad." Marianne Faithful performs Gregory Corso's "Getting to the Poem." Another poem is found in "Double Dutch Rhymes." Alex Caldiero concludes "Poetry is Wanted Here." And a Phoebe Snow fan helps sing "Poetry Man." More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Apr 1 2006 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Specials, Literature, Historical

Traders at Chicago Board Options Exchange

Traders {format} 15:29 Larry Massett

The art of gammas, deltas, collars, butterflies, and boxes. Options traders discuss buying and selling anything, but really nothing, at their weekly social get-together over cake and coffee. [transcript]

Broadcast: Apr 26 2005 on WBEZ Chicago Matters Subjects: Business

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