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Father’s Day {format} 6:22 Jake Warga

Remembering a father with a pile of old recorded tapes. Winner of a 2005 NFCB Golden Reel.

Broadcast: Jun 19 2004 on APM Weekend America Subjects: Family, Holidays

Cabin in woods

Haunted Cabin {format} 17:46 Jake Warga

A night in the woods in an allegedly haunted cabin with a group of ghost hunters, with many reasons to look for the dead: AGHOST- Amateur Ghost Hunters of Seattle Tacoma

Broadcast: May 21 2004 on PRI/WBEZ This American LifeSeries: Ghost Hunters Subjects: Technology


Ghosts Monthly Meet {format} {format} 3:02 Jake Warga

More tall tales of ghost hunters. The producer follows fellow AGHOST members to their monthly meeeting at the regular time and place: late at night in a cemetery. (Take the Ghost Hunter’s Quiz.) [transcript]

Broadcast: May 17 2004 on NPR All Things ConsideredSeries: Ghost Hunters Subjects: Technology, Science

Gary Larson cow cartoon

Far Side {format} {format} 4:31 Jake Warga

Holiday calendars of comic strips as metaphor and memories of a life and a death. [transcript]

Broadcast: Dec 29 2003 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Holidays, Health, Comedy

American Idol Holiday CD cover

Let the People Decide {format} 7:20 Jake Warga

A trip to the auditions for the American Idol TV series to examine the merging of aestetics and democracy in the United States. It’s the latest trend: using the popular vote to create music, art, and celebrity.

Broadcast: Nov 8 2003 on PRI/WNYC Studio 360 Subjects: Entertainment, Music

Housekeepers’s POV {format} 5:18 Jake Warga

Fran Peters, Director of Housekeeping, Paramount Hotel- Seattle: "I mean it takes a lot of labor to pick up a sofa, take it through a sliding glass door, and throw it over a balcony into a swimming pool." Rock star’s rooms, toilet-seat sanity seals, and that hotel sheet smell.

Broadcast: Sep 26 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Labor, Business, Travel

Rain icon from weather report

Seattle Weather {format} {format} 1:50 Jake Warga

Two Seattle residents, sitting on a park bench, discuss the effects of weather on their Northwestern town. [transcript]

Broadcast: Sep 16 2003 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Environment

Jake in Goofy’s parking lot

Lost and Found Department, Disneyland {format} 6:26 Jake Warga

The items left behind by the tens of thousands of visitors to the Happiest Place On Earth. In the back, behind two security doors: a day with the workers that tend time in the underbelly of Disneyland: the lost and found office. Remember the last scene from "Raiders of the Lost Ark"? It’s kind of like that, but with rows and rows of Tupperware.

Broadcast: Jun 13 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Entertainment, Travel, Cultural

Greyhound Bus sign

West Coast Road Trip {format} 15:14 Jake Warga

"I’ve noticed, talking with people, that it seems the less you pay for transportation, the closer you get to Jesus." Public transport travellers, ridin’ the rails, and living on the dog. "Next day, it’s greyhound time. Our driver’s retired Air Force: hearing aid, glasses, fake teeth. ‘I’m bionic man!’ he says when I ask him, ’What time do we get to Grant’s Pass?’ He doesn’t wear his seatbelt. He keeps sticking his finger in his ear adjusting his hearing aid thinking it’s feedback he’s hearing. I hear it too, a squealing sound."

Broadcast: Apr 25 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Travel

A woman surrounded by leaves

Her Stories {format} 59:00 Jay Allison, Kitchen Sisters, Ginger Miles, Dmae Roberts, Steve Rowland, Jake Warga & [Hearing Voices]

URL linkHER STORIES- a (((Hearing Voices))) Women's History Month special. Hosted by Dmae Roberts of, featuring: "Tupperware®" by the Kitchen Sisters- the one-time staple of American housewifery: the Tupperware® party. "Donna Checks Out Her Life" by Tom Lopez / ZBS- Asupermarket checker, scans the items in her existence. "Home From Africa" by Jake Warga, edited by Jay Allison- Jenifir returns from Benin with all 13 Symptoms of Chronic Peace Corps Withdrawal. "Sisters" by Dmae Roberts- A montaged discussion what it's like to have and be a sister. "Ruby" by Susan Stone- A new syntax of whispers and words tells the story of a woman and her husbands. "Sooner or Later" by Ginger Miles- A sound-portrait of the producer's friend, Anna Lee, a jazz photographer in lower Manhattan, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Poems by Sonia Sanchez produced for radio by Steve Rowland and mixed by Joe Waters with original music by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Joe Waters. And poems by spoken-word artists Tracie Morris, Jill Battson and Meryn Cadell. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Mar 1 2003 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: International, Family, Literature, Specials, Women

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