Sounds of Summer
Symptoms of heat fatigue: A sound-poem for “Dead of Summer” in the city by Marjorie van Halteren & Lou Giansante. Tuscon residents reflect the desert “Heat,” with author Charles Bowden, poet Ofelia Zepeda, and music by Steve Roach; produced by Jeff Rice. The perfection of family, a crippled man on a blind man’s back, and a collective scream of “I’m not dead,” sweat it out in Joe Franks’s “Summer Notes.” Cats pulling pianos are “The Little Heroes” in John Rieger’s Dance on Warning series. And host Scott Carrier takes a long hot cross-country drive down “Highway 50,” the loneliest road in America.
Crow Fair I (HV-096)
A century ago the six Crow Reservation Districts came together for a cultural gathering with other Great Plains tribes. The Crow Fair honors that tradition with a “giant family reunion under the Big Sky.” Every third weekend of August the Apsaalooke Nation puts on a five-day festival in southeastern Montana, with a parade, Pow Wow, rodeo, and traditional and fancy dancing. In 1977 a team of NPR producers and recordists spent a week collecting sounds and interviewing people at this annual event. This early ambient sound-portrait breathes with the arts and activities of the Crow people. Part one of two.
Crow Fair II (HV-097)
The final part of this two-hour special: A century ago the six Crow Reservation Districts came together for a cultural gathering with other Great Plains tribes. The Crow Fair honors that tradition with a “giant family reunion under the Big Sky.” Every August is now Crow Fair in southeastern Montana, with a parade, a Pow Wow, and a rodeo. In 1977 a team of NPR producers and recordists spent a week collecting sounds and interviewing people at this annual event with the Crow people: the Apsaalooke Nation.
Mushroom Cloud (HV-022)
In “Enola Alone” Antenna Theater interviews bomber pilots, bombing victims, and Colonel Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay. Political speeches and popular songs chart our changing attitudes towards the “Atomic Age.” Residents recall the 1950s Nevada and Utah nuclear bomb tests in Claes Andreasson series “Downwinder Diaries.” Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti has “Wild Dreams of a New Beginning.” Americans across the country answer Scott Carrier’s question: “What Are You Afraid Of?” The band Lemon Jelly presents “Page One,” presents the Big Bang with a beat. And we select some “Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security” compiled by CONELRAD.com.