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Bouncing Girl {format} 4:00 Todd Melby

The St. Paul Winter Carnival is happening this week. One quirky tradition called the St. Paul Bouncing Team: Fourteen guys hold tight a round, canvas blanket. A young woman rolls on. Then they rocket her into the air, 25-35 feet high. If she's good she sdoes an aerial gymnastic move. Then they catch her in the blanket. The Winter Carnival started in 1886, and so did the Bouncing Team: they've been tossing woman skyward ever since-- not one dropped yet.

Broadcast: Jan 31 2008 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Sports

Musher and dogs, photo by Kit Larson

Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon {format} 6:22 Curt Olson

A sound-portrait of the The John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. The race commemorates the son of a Chippewa chief who delivered mail by dog sled along Lake Superior's rugged North Shore in the late 19th century. The Beargrease draws world-class sled dog teams from around the world. (Photo: Kit Larson).

Broadcast: Jan 26 2008 on APM Weekend America Subjects: Sports, Environment

The Rabbi and the Reverend

Dr. King at Temple Israel {format} {format} {format} 7:55 Queena Kim

In 1965 Martin Luther King. Jr. delivered a sermon at Temple Israel in Hollywood. King was invited to the temple by Rabbi Max Nussbaum, who himself used the pulpit to rail against injustices in Nazi Germany. King's sermon was recorded on an old-fashioned reel-to-reel audio tape and buried in a pile in the Rabbi's home. His widow Ruth, now 95-years-old, tells the story of that day. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jan 21 2008 on HV PODCAST; Jan 15 2007 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Historical, African American, Religious

Pastor Mike outside school gates

Pastor Mike at Jordan High {format} {format} {format} 4:06 Queena Kim

When the last school bell rings, Pastor Mike Cummings stands in front of Jordan High School in Watts, Los Angeles. Jordan High is next door to the gang-ridden Jordan Downs projects, which students have to pass through to go home -- sometimes with Pastor Mike at their side. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jan 7 2008 on HV PODCAST; Sep 5 2006 on NPR Day to DaySeries: Pacific Drift Subjects: Youth, Education, African American

Sunset over tree, photo by Jake Warga

Hike Australia {format} {format} {format} 7:50 Jake Warga

A travel writer's upside-down Australian dilemma of drop bears and hoop snakes, swag and snores, knee-clicks and star clusters.

Broadcast: Jan 1 2008 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: International, Environment, Sports, Travel logo collage

Countdown {format} 2:36 Joe Frank

An HV/ collaboration: For New Year’s weekend, a sobering look at the passage of time.

Broadcast: Dec 31 2007 on HV PODCAST; Jan 1 2005 on APM Weekend America Subjects: Spoken Word, Senior

South African kids in doorway

Zulu Kids Xmas {format} {format} {format} 1:10 Jake Warga

A Christmas audio postcard sung by Zulu children in a South African orphanage. [transcript]

Broadcast: Dec 24 2007 on HV PODCAST; Dec 24 2004 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Youth, Children, International, Holidays

Salvation Army logo

Singing Salvation Army Bellringer {format} 3:28 Todd Melby

Arthur Jackson, former crack addict, finds Jesus, stays off drugs, sings and rings bells for the Salvation Army at the Mall of America in Minneapolis.

Broadcast: Dec 19 2007 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Holidays, Religious

Rockefeller Center ice rink

A Winter Love Story {format} {format} 7:50 Joe Frank

An HV/ collaboration: Joe returns to radio with a passionate love affair, complete with champagne, ice-skating, and an ambulance crash. Created in collaboration with David Rapkin.

Broadcast: Dec 17 2007 on HV PODCAST; Dec 17 2004 on PRI/WNYC The Next Big Thing Subjects: Spoken Word, Sports

Old photo of electroshock

Electroshock {format} 5:16 Larry Massett

A first-person accont by "Ned" of his ElectroConvulsive Therapy; followed by music from "Ned's" band Flavormaus.

Broadcast: Dec 10 2007 on HV PODCAST Subjects: Health