January Audio

A collection of Hearing Voices new year audio hours, for Elvis’ birthday, winter weather, and the Tahrir Square uprising.

Elvis Aaron Presley (HV-80)

Elvis Presley signing autographs for young women fans, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 1956

Elvis and fans, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 1956

Elvis Presley (Jan 8 1935 – Aug 16 1977), a Birthday Party for the King: Long Haul Productions rides the bus to Graceland, talking to the EP pilgrims. Producer Adam Allington rides along with a policeman and Elvis impersonator. The Residents storytell the allegorical “Baby King.” Knonos Quartet performs “Elvis Everywhere”. Gillian Welch expounds her biographical song “Elvis Presley Blues”. Go Home Productions mashes up a “Strung-Out King” on-stage meltdown. And from Joyride Media & Sony’s Elvis 75 project, we hear Elvis’ friends and bandmates recall his righteous faith in both religion and rockin’. Elvis Aaron Presley[more…]

Elvis Aaron Presley: Birthday Party (52:00 mp3):

Snow and Ice (HV-47)

Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland, 2015, by Anjali Kiggal

Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland, 2015, by CC BY-SA 4.0: Anjali Kiggal (Wikimedia Commons)

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.” Snow and Ice[more…]

Snow and Ice: Winter Weather Advisory (52:00 mp3):

Voices from Tahrir (HV-131)

Tahrir Square protesters, rerunning to Tahrir Square, April 1, 2011, photographed  by Platon

Tahrir Square protesters, by Platon (2011)

A revolution began in Cairo’s Tahir Square on January 25, 2011. For the next eighteen days, millions of Egyptians across the country would demonstrate in the streets, demanding the end of their 30-year dictatorship. They were inspired by Tunisians, whose protests, that same month, had forced out the authoritarian regime of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Now it was time for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to go.

A few weeks after the protests, the advocacy group Human Rights Watch interviewed some of the organizers of the January uprising: union leaders, civil rights workers, and young social media activists. These Human Rights Watch interviews provide a rare, eyewitness account of a revolution, told by the Egyptian people, the activists, human rights defenders, and bloggers who persevered during those eighteen days. These are the “Voices from Tahrir. Voices from Tahrir[more…]

Voices from Tahrir: Portrait of a Revolution (52:00 mp3):

Tahrir Revolutionaries by Platon

Photos © 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch