HV045- Shortcut Thru 2008

George CarlinHearing Voices from NPR®:
045 Shortcut Thru 2008—
The Year in Speeches, Songs, and Soundbites
Host— Peter Bochan of WBAI-FM
Airs week of— 1/07/200901-07

“Shortcut Thru 2008” (52:00 mp3):

An hour-long audio scan of Year 2008, from the the Olympics to oil prices, from the elections to the economy. A memorial to those who passed, including Studs Turkel, Eartha Kitt, George Carlin, Bo Diddley, and Paul Newman. And a tribute to the changing of the presidential guard. (Produced by Peter Bochan of All Mixed Up).

The retrospective includes the collapse of Wall Street, financial and political scandals, the wild fires, the ice storms, and one of most memorable political campaigns in history, ending with a personal tour of the White House (conducted by past, present and future Presidents) all mixed up with answers to the question… “What will you remember about 2008?”

Rest In Peace 2008: Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Levi Stubbs (Four Tops), Bernie Mac, George Carlin Paul Newman, Charlton Heston, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Buddy Miles, Jerry Wexler, Ira Tucker (Dixie Hummingbirds), Odetta, Cyd Charisse, Suzanne Pleshette Sydney Pollack, Jules Dassin, Studs Terkel, Yma Sumac, Eartha Kitt, Neal Hefti, Arthur C. Clarke, David Foster Wallace, Thomas M. Disch, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Hiram Bullock, Pervis Jackson (The Spinners), Al Wilson, Norman Whitfield Merl Saunders, Erik Darling (The Weavers), John Stewart & Nick Reynolds (Kingston Trio) Heath Ledger, Richard Widmark, Jimmy Slyde, Robert Prosky, Jesse Helms, Harvey Korman, Nappy Brown, Dick Martin, Ivan Dixon, Van Johnson Mike Smith (Dave Clark 5), Robert Hazard, Les Crane, John Leonard, Clive Barnes Alan Gordon (The Magicians), Artie Traum, Utah Phillip, Ronnie Drew (Dubliners) Connie Haines, Jo Stafford, Edie Adams, Ruth Wallis, Bettie Page, Nina Foch Margaret Truman, William F. Buckley Jr., Tony Hillerman, Michael Crichton Yves Saint Laurent, Tim Russert, Robert Rauschenberg, Clay Felker Jr, Ollie Johnston, Bill Melendez, Lou Dorfsman, Tony Schwartz, Don LaFontaine Jimmy McGriff, Lou Teicher (pianist), Lee Young (pianist), Joe Beck (guitarist) Estelle Getty, Lois Nettleton, Larry Harmon (Bozo), Dennis Yost (the Classics IV) Cachao, Miriam Makeba, Henri Salvador, Andy Palacio (Garifuno Music), Surarto Johnny Griffin (sax), Jimmy Giuffre, Rudy Mae Moore, Sunny von Bülow Paul Scofield, Mel Ferrer, Roy Scheider, Herb Score, Preacher Roe, Bill Drake Jim McKay, Bobby Murcer, Tom Tresh, Johnny Podres, Walter (Killer) Kowalski, Danny Federici (E-Street), Rick Wright (Pink Floyd), Neil Aspinall (Apple), Bernie Brillstein, Eddy Arnold, , Jerry Wallace, Jerry Reed, Earl Palmer, &, Buddy Harman (Drummers) Mildred “Connie” Bettelheim, Dody Goodman, Earle Hagen (Andy Griffith Theme) Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, Tony Coggi, Davy Graham, W. Mark Felt (Deep Throat).

Features comments from Barack Obama, Studs Terkel, George Carlin, Hillary and Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Tim Russert, Heath Ledger, David Letterman, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Harvey Korman, Mel Brooks, Elliot Spitzer, John Edwards, Katie Couric, Tom Cruise, Christian Bale, Arthur C. Clark, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, John Dean, Stephen Colbert, Michael Phelps, Derek Jeter, Charles Gibson, Bernard Madoff, James Taylor, Josh Brolin, Ted Kennedy, Brad Pitt, Mike Meyers, Bill Maher, Colin Powell, Jimmy Stewart, Chico & Groucho Marx, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich, Morgan Freeman, John F. Kennedy and many others.

Music from Brazilian Girls, Coldplay, John Legend, N.E.R.D., Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco, A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire), Bruce Springsteen, The Real Tuesday Weld, Was (Not Was), Clint Mansell (The Wrestler), Quiet Village, Mr. Scruff, Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard, Neal Hefti, Mitch Mitchell, Barry Adamson, Danny Elfman (Milk), Peter Gabriel, Alexandre Desplat (Benjamin Button), Nina Simone, Alex Wurman, Malcolm Lockyer, Roy Budd and more. Tributes to Odetta, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Bernie Mac, George Carlin, Paul Newman, Levi Stubbs(Four Tops), Charlton Heston, Miriam Makeba, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Mitch Mitchell, Bettie Page, Yma Sumac, Eartha Kitt, Arthur C. Clarke, John Stewart & Nick Reynolds (Kingston Trio), Jerry Wexler, Ira Tucker (Dixie Hummingbirds), Sydney Pollack, Richard Widmark, Ivan Dixon, Bobby Murcer, Utah Phillips, Harold Pinter, William F. Buckley Jr., Michael Crichton, Yves Saint Laurent, Lou Dorfsman, Tony Schwartz, Don LaFontaine, Jimmy McGriff, Lou Teicher(pianist), Cachao, Jimmy Giuffre, Walter (Killer) Kowalski, Eddy Arnold, Earl Palmer & Buddy Harman (legendary drummers), Earle Hagen (Andy Griffith Theme), Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, Jim McKay, W. Mark Felt (Deep Throat) and many more.

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Comments (13)

what is the name of the S. African group that performed during the program. Beautiful.

Comment added by robert on 01.10.09

How does one obtain a playlist of the music (songs & artists) used in podcast “Shortcut Back to 2008”?
The program was so enjoyable.
Thank you.

Comment added by arleen on 01.11.09

I woke up this morning and started listening to this for about the last 20 minutes. Amazing. Brought me to tears, which is not easy. I want to listen to the rest and post a link on facebook but couldn’t find it here yet. Thank You!

Comment added by Alysha on 01.11.09

i don’t know that i’ve ever exerpienced a more evocative hour. my heartfelt thanks for reminding me just how powerful the memory of sound is.

Comment added by Susan on 01.11.09

I heard the tail end of this show and loved it, where can I get the whole thing?

Comment added by julie on 01.11.09

I loved the show you aired on Saturday 1/10th. Is there any way to get it on a CD?


Comment added by Wendy Feldman on 01.12.09

The mp3 link is broke : (
But I’m sure it’s as good as every other episode I’ve heard : )

Comment added by Nate on 01.14.09

audio fixed. thanks for the heads-up.

mp3 should work now for play and download above.

as to the other questions here, i’ll ask the producer, Peter Bochan, to check in and answer. thanks for all your comments.

Comment added by BG on 01.14.09

contact peter through his link above or through here:


he’ll send you a copy of any year you want on CD and i make it a policy to pay him for these every year. his work is just fantastic and i can’t believe he doesn’t have a wider audience yet.

happy listening!

Comment added by jb on 01.14.09

mp3 link works perfectly now, thanks so much : )

Comment added by Nate on 01.15.09

I loved this show so much, I linked it on my blog:


Comment added by Dan Strasser on 01.15.09

Hearing voices is my very favorite Podcast and this one was number one. I also would like to
get a playlist of the music.
Keep up the good work.

I love you,

Comment added by Sharon Kilmer on 02.01.09

to Robert who posted a question on 01 10 09: The African singer is the incredible Miriam Makeba sing Pata Pata

Comment added by Laura on 03.06.09

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