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Wayside Motel sign

Route 66 Postcard {format} 8:20 Jake Warga

A road trip along historic route 66 in New Mexico, exploring America's past and present. Tour includes a Santa Fe cooking class, a hot air balloon ride above Albuquerque, Acoma tribal traditions, a mining museum in Grants and a historic hotel in Gallup.

Broadcast: Oct 13 2009 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Travel, Historical

Tourists snap photos

Norfolk Island {format} 5:04 Jake Warga

Captain Cook gave Norfolk Island its first tourist slogan when he spotted it in 1774: "Jewell of the Pacific". In 1825 it became "Hell on Earth," the most feared of England's penal colonies in Australia, designed as, "a place of the extremist punishment short of death." Later, it was given to the decedents of the Mutiny on the Bounty to settle. Now, the tourism slogan is: "Norfolk Island... be surprised" -- and the island has become completely dependent on tourism. (Check Jake's Norfolk photo gallery.)

Broadcast: Sep 1 2009 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Travel, Historical

Tasmanian Devil photo

Tasmanian Devil Endangered {format} 7:07 Jake Warga

A deadly cancer threatens to wipe out Tasmania's most famous resident: the Tasmanian devil. Australia has the worst record of mammal extinctions in the world over the last 300 to 400 years. A quarter of all mammal extinctions worldwide since 1600 have occurred in Australia. Scientists say that without intervention, the rare Tasmanian Devil will disappear within 20 years. (Jake's Tasmanian Flickr photos).

Broadcast: Jun 9 2009 on PRI/WGBH/BBC The World Subjects: International, Environment

Civil War re-enacters in uniform and armaments

Civil War Re-Enacters Reflections {format} 2:56 Jake Warga

Re-enacters Harold Slavik and Col. Steve Betchart with the "Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War" reflect on our United States, as they are re-dedicated a Union veteran's grave in Springfield, Oregon.

Broadcast: May 25 2009 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Historical, War

Man in a small cell

Solitary Confinement {format} 7:19 Claire Schoen

Nine former prisoners describe their experiences in solitary confinement. Produced for the STOPMAX project and video, working to end cruel treatment of prisoners. (Voices: Robert Dellelo, Munirah El-Bomani, Tommy Escarcega, Ray Luc Levasseur, King Arch Angel, Hakeem Shaheed, Bilal Sunni-Ali, Laura Whitehorn, Robert King Wilkerson.)

Broadcast: Mar 9 2009 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Justice

Part-time Poet {format} 8:57 Larry Massett

Sez Larry: "My neighbor Rich Keplar is a regular-guy neighbor. He's a picture framer, a Vietnam vet, his wife's a lawyer, they have two kids in college, a dog, and a lawn. But one day he mentioned he writes poetry -- strictly amateur, never published. So I asked him to read me a few, expecting… well, I don't know exacty what, but certainly not this…"

Broadcast: Mar 2 2009 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Literature

Outside prison high brick walls

Ghostly Prison- Tasmania {format} 2:49 Jake Warga

Guide Jane Mills take us on a night tour inside the walls of Port Arthur, Tasmania's former convict settlement and notorious 19th century penitentiary, now one of Australia's top tourist attractions.

Broadcast: Feb 27 2009 on PRI/WGBH/BBC The World Subjects: Justice

Miracle siting on a bench

Miracle on the Streets {format} 2:27 Dmae Roberts

Miracle Draven was a homeless girl on the streets of Portland, Oregon. She recounts a day in her life as a crystal meth addict. Excerpted from a longer work at

Broadcast: Feb 26 2009 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Spoken Word, Public Affairs

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2 Minute Noir: Angelina, Angel of Death {format} 2:39 Tom Lopez

Another 2 Minute Film Noir from ZBS: Any guy will gladly give up his life for her.

Broadcast: Feb 11 2009 on NPR Day to DaySeries: 2 Minute Film Noir Subjects: Comedy, Drama

Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes administering oath of office to Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1933

Presidential Inaugurations {format} 8:57 Barrett Golding

The first sound-recording of a presidential inauguration was made in 1925, Calvin Coolidge's ceremony. It was one of the first electrical recordings, using not acoustical horns, but microphones and amplifiers to to capture audio. The inaugural speech of Coolidge's sucessor, Herbert Hoover, was not recorded. President Ford did not have an Inauguration Day, but had memorable moments during his "Remarks On Taking the Oath of Office." So, from their inaugural addresses: Ladies the Gentlemen, the Presidents of the United States…

Broadcast: Jan 19 2009 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Politics, Public Affairs

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