HV/Series/Episode/ Work by: Jenny Asarnow · Ann Heppermann · Calvin Johnson · Kara Oehler · Sound Portraits · StoryCorps
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043 Go By Train: Riding the Rails
Host: Calvin Johnson of K Records
Airs week of: 2010-06-30 (Originally: 2008-12-24)
“Go By Train” (52:00 mp3):
Musician Calvin Johnson (of the band Beat Happening, and owner of K Records) hosts train tales:
An existential interaction with an automated Amtrak voice.
Calvin reads from his Great Aunt Grace’s diary of a 1891 train ride from Boston to San Francisco.
In the Song & Memory series, musician Jules Shear recalls singing for a school principal while riding the rails as a kid.
From Holding On: Dreamers, Visionaries, Eccentrics And Other American Heroes, a portrait of a pullman porter.
Short Stop tells some track-hopping traveling tales.
Circus performer Little Jack Horton and poet Charles Bukowski steal a train, from Tom Russell‘s Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski And A Ballad For Gone America.
Segregated train-travel from the Jim Crow days.
Another Sound-Portraits production, this one on the world’s largest model railroad.
Other music: “Mr Train” Phil Bo and the Vikings, “Morning Train Blues” Peter Warfield, “The Rambler” Cisco Houston, 900 Miles and other R.R. Songs, “Alphabet Route” Chessie Manifest. Train Sounds: Thunder on the Steel. Photo by W.H. Jackson, from the Library of Congress.