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May Audio

A selection of Hearing Voices audio hours, with specials for Yom HaShoah: (Holocaust Remembrance Day: 27th of Nisan / May 1 2019), Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom HaShoah (HV-009)

March of the Living, survivors at Auschwitz, April 2014

March of the Living, Auschwitz, April 2014 (CC)

Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanuel, Tucson and Too Jewish Radio, presents stories of survivors, for Holocaust Remembrance Day (27th of Nisan / May 1 2019): In “Descended from the Holocaust” Dr. Alan Berkenwald records his trip with his parents to the Holocaust Museum — it was first time they talked openly about their experience in the concentration camps; this audio diary is of Jay Allison’s Life Stories. “Yom Hashoah 1994” is Shoah services in Billings MT and Cleveland OH, survivor interviews, and the story of the Billings communities united “Not in Our Town” response that stopped a series of anti-Jewish crimes. The Rhino Records documentary project “Voices of the Shoah: Remembrances of the Holocaust” is drawn from interviews with 180 survivors. Also survivors sing Hebrew, for the first time in years, in a live May 1945 BBC report by Patrick Gordon Walker from the just liberated “Belsen Concentration Camp.” [more…]

Yom HaShoah (52:00 mp3):


Mothers Day

All Mom Radio (HV-010)

Whistler's Mother, painting by James Abbott McNeill Whistler,

Whistler’s Mother: Anna McNeill Whistler painting by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Musée d’Orsay

Maternal tales from producers around the country: “Travels with Mom” follows Larry Massett and his mother to the Tybee Island, Georgia of today and of the 1920’s, as recalled by Mrs. Massett. Writer Beverly Donofrio joins her mom for “Thursday Night Bingo,” produced by Dave Isay of Sound Portraits. In Nancy Updike’s “Mubarak and Margy,” a gay man returns home to care for his mom, and to the “cure” his family plans for his homosexuality. And comedian Amy Borkowsky shares her hilarious phone “Messages from Mom.” [more…]

All Mom Radio (52:00 mp3):


Motherly Love (HV-058)

Melissa Rodriguez, in 1996, with her son Issaiah and, in 2013, with sons Issaiah and Tyron

Melissa Rodriguez, in 1996, with her son Issaiah and, in 2013, with sons Issaiah and Tyron (photos: Radio Diaries and David Gilkey/NPR)

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. [more…]

Motherly Love (52:00 mp3):


Memorial Day

For the Fallen (HV-012)

World War Two U.S. Coast Guardsmen saluting the grave of a fellow Guardsmen who died in action in the Ryukyu Islands. Benrud

World War Two Coast Guardsmen saluting the grave of a fellow Guardsmen who died in action in the Ryukyu Islands. Benrud, ca. 1945

Green Beret and poet, Major Robert Schaefer, US Army, hosts the voices of veterans remembering their comrades: We talk with troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, reading their emails, poems, and journals, as part of the NEA project: “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.” We hear interviews from StoryCorps, an essay from This I Believe, and the sounds of a Military Honor Guard, recorded by Charles Lane. And we attend the daily “Last Post” ceremony by Belgian veterans honoring the WWI British soldiers who died defending a small town in western Belgium (produced by Marjorie Van Halteren). [more…]

For the Fallen (52:00 mp3):


War Memorial (HV-059)

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. [more…]

War Memorial (52:00 mp3):