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Couple in period dress dancing on Henley-on-Mersey, Bells Parade, Latrobe, Tasmania

Australia Day, Tasmania {format} 3:02 Jake Warga

On January 26 1788, a British fleet carrying hundreds of convicts from England arrived in what became the colony of New South Wales. Australia Day is celebrates the founding with great gusto in Tasmania. In the town of Latrobe, the day is filled competitive wood chopping, whip-cracking and ferret racing (photos).

Broadcast: Jan 26 2010 on PRI/WGBH/BBC The World Subjects: Travel, Historical Anniversaries, Entertainment


Woman with crystal ball and painted face

Rainbow Family {format} {format} 10:42 Barrett Golding

The Gathering of the Tribes: the annual migration of The Rainbow Family of Living Light. Each year, twenty thousand people camp for a week in a the national forest. They come together first week of July; the Fourth of July is their day of prayer, a prayer for peace. Also see: Rainbow Family web presentation, audio collage, and Chad Harder photos. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jun 28 2008 on APM Weekend America; Jul 1 2002 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Politics, Cultural, Historical Anniversaries, Environment


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Presidential Inaugurations {format} 10:08 Barrett Golding

Excerpts from: Calvin Coolidge, Inaugural Address, Wednesday, March 4, 1925. (No inaugural recording exists of Herbert Hoover.) Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, Saturday, March 4, 1933. Harry S. Truman, Inaugural Address, Thursday, January 20, 1949. Dwight D. Eisenhower, First Inaugural Address, Tuesday, January 20, 1953. John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Friday, January 20, 1961. Lyndon B. Johnson, Inaugural Address, Wednesday, January 20, 1965. Richard M. Nixon, Second Inaugural Address, Saturday, January 20, 1973. Gerald Ford, Remarks On Taking The Oath Of Office, Friday Aug. 9, 1974. Jimmy Carter, Inaugural Address, Thursday, January 20, 1977. Ronald Reagan, Second Inaugural Address, Monday, January 21, 1985. George H. W. Bush, Inaugural Address, Friday, January 20, 1989. Bill Clinton, First Inaugural Address, Thursday, January 20, 1993. George W. Bush, Inaugural Address, Saturday, January 20, 2001.

Broadcast: Feb 18 2008 on HV PODCAST Subjects: Historical, Historical Anniversaries, Public Affairs, Politics


Harry John Roland Harry at WTC site

Ground Zero Man {format} {format} 4:08 Kelly McEvers

Harry John Roland is a self-appointed tour guide at the World Trade Center. He calls himself the Ground Zero Man, and he's hauled himself down there almost every single day -- for the last five years. He worked as a tour guide in the South Tower. Then, it was his job. Now, it's his obsession. (photo Andrew Hetherington) [transcript]

Broadcast: Sep 11 2006 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Historical Anniversaries, Education


1906 photo of street and trolley tracks ripped by quake

City Will Rise 2 {format} {format} 8:51 Jesse Boggs

April 18 marks the centennial of one of America's greatest catastrophes, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. In the second of a two-part report on the legacy of the quake and its fiery aftermath, we look at the almost-immediate campaign to put a positive spin on the disaster. [transcript]

Broadcast: Apr 18 2006 on NPR Day to DaySeries: San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Subjects: Public Affairs, Environment, Historical, Historical Anniversaries


1906 photo of street and trolley tracks ripped by quake

City Will Rise 1 {format} {format} 8:59 Jesse Boggs

April 18 marks the centennial of one of America's greatest catastrophes, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. In part one of our two-part re-examination of the events following the quake, we look at how bad luck and human error exacerbated the disaster. [transcript]

Broadcast: Apr 17 2006 on NPR Day to DaySeries: San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Subjects: Public Affairs, Environment, Historical, Historical Anniversaries


Shoah {format} 59:00 Jay Allison, Barrett Golding & [Hearing Voices]

A Holocaust Memorial in this (((Hearing Voices))) Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) special. Hosted by Barrett Golding, featuring: "Descended from the Holocaust" - Dr. Alan Berkenwald's parents never talked to him about their experience in the concentration camps. Last summer, at age 41, when Alan found out that his parents and their survivor friends had rented a bus to visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, he asked if he could come along and bring a tape recorder. Produced by Jay Allison with Christina Eggloff, from their series Life Stories. Also, "Yom Hashoah 1994" combines music and prayers from Shoah services (Congregations Beth Aaron- Billings MT & B'nai Jeshuran- Cleveland OH) with survivor interviews. And it documents the Billings communities united, emphatic "Not in Our Town" response that stopped a series of anti-Jewish crimes. Cleveland recordist was NPR's Rick Karr. Billings recordist and story producer was Barrett Golding. And "Death Marches and Liberation" produced by David Notowitz as part of "Voices of the Shoah: Remembrances of the Holocaust," a project of Richard Foos, President of Rhino Records, narrated by Elliot Gould; drawn from interviews with 180 survivors; available as a 4-CD box set, with a 100-page book of photos, interviews and historical perspectives. Also live May 1945 BBC reports "From Belsen Concentration Camp" by Patrick Gordon Walker. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: May 6 2005 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Historical Anniversaries, Historical, Specials, War, Justice


Stars & Bars {format} 59:00 Ben Adair, Scott Carrier, Joe Frank, Barrett Golding, Larry Massett & [Hearing Voices]

Celebrating America with Flags and Festivals in this (((Hearing Voices))) Independence Day special. Hosted by Larry Massett, featuring: "The Pledge" from (((HearingVoices)))- recitations and reflections on our anthem of allegiance. "War vs. Peace" by Joe Frank- praising the glories of war and the futility of peace. "Rainbow Family" by Barrett Golding- the annual migration of The Rainbow Family of Living Light to the forest on July Fourth -- their day of prayer for peace. "Armpit of America" by Larry Massett- Few towns would appreciate being called the armpit of America; fewer still would covet the title-- Welcome to Battle Mountain. "Otha Turner's Afrosippi Picnic" by Ben Adair- Mississippi moonshine, barbecued goat and old-time Fife & Drum. "Ocean City" by Scott Carrier- A visit to the Maryland shore, from the serenity of the old-time beach residents to the insanity of the young weekend warriors in the clubs and on the streets. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Jul 4 2004 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Public Affairs, Specials, Holidays, Historical Anniversaries


Lewis and Clark go mod

200 Years Later {format} 59:00 Barrett Golding, Larry Massett & [Hearing Voices]

Biking & Mic-ing Today's Trail in this (((Hearing Voices))) Lewis & Clark Bicentennial (2003-2006) special. Hosted by Josef Verbanac of AIRmedia.org, featuring: "Great Pains & Accuracy Tour"- Barrett Golding and Josef Verbanac, a radio producer and an English professor, a Jew and a Souix, bicycle beside the Missouri River from St. Louis to Fort Mandan, North Dakota. And "On the Trail of Lewis & Clark"- Larry Massett and Barrett Golding pedal over the Rocky Mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, interviewing whoever they find on the path: wind surfers, church organists, forest service employees, and "we've been talking to as many loggers as we can, to try and find out if they don't see bicyclists, or they just hate us." More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: May 15 2004 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Historical, Historical Anniversaries, Travel, Specials


Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administers the oath of office

Prime Candidates {format} 59:00 Barrett Golding, Larry Massett, Sarah Vowell & [Hearing Voices]

Presidential Portraits of Primaries Past in this (((Hearing Voices))) Primary Season / President's Day special. Hosted by Barrett Golding, featuring: "Claremont" by Larry Massett, Art Silverman and Betty Rogers- You might not recall the names of all the 1980 presidential prospects: like California Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee, Illinois Representative John Anderson, but the story is still familiar; a classic political tale told by David Puksta, a high-school student in the small mill town of Claremont, New Hampshire. "Political People" by Barrett Golding, with songs by Greg Keeler- When so many people couldn't care less about politics, why do some people care so much. "Democracy and Things Like That" by Sarah Vowell, produced by Alex Blumberg & Ira Glass of This American Life- During the 2000 primaries, the lesson Sarah learned, while sitting in a New Hampshire classroom, was to Pay Attention. "California Recall Sans Mots" by Larry Massett- From the 2003 gubernatorial candidates, the California Recall Project presents the first political debate stripped of all the unclear, misleading elements: that is, minus the words. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Feb 16 2004 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Public Affairs, Specials, Historical Anniversaries, Historical, Politics





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