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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

damali ayo panhandling for reparations payments

Living Flag {format} {format} 10:06 damali ayo & Dmae Roberts

A woman sits cross-legged, panhandling on a busy city sidewalk. She takes money only from white folks, and gives it to blacks who pass by. Her sign reads: "200 Years of Slavery in the United States. Reparation payments accepted here." damali ayo is a street performance artist. "I offer people a convenient opportunity to pay for the unpaid labor of African Americans." This piece is part of her "living flag."

Broadcast: Nov 13 2007 on HV PODCAST; Nov 7 2004 on PRI/WNYC Studio 360 Subjects: Art, Historical, African American, Justice

Temple in Taipei, Taiwan

White Temple {format} {format} 2:05 Dmae Roberts

A womanís song on the streets of Taipei, Taiwan, leads the producer to the outskirts of town, to climb the rock steps of the White Temple. There, high in the clouds, one hundred voices are singing a salutation to the Buddha.

Broadcast: May 14 2007 on HV PODCAST; Dec 1 2002 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Music, Travel, Religious, Asian

Brownís scuplture made from pink envelop clasps

Office Art {format} 7:13 Dmae Roberts

A towering curve of yellow interoffice envelopes sits in the lobby of a Portland office building. Itís the work of visual artist Larissa Brown. After this office worker took a sculpture class, she became inspired to make art pieces from the supplies at work -- shipping tags, staplers, and typewriter ribbon.

Broadcast: Jan 7 2005 on PRI/WNYC Studio 360 Subjects: Business, Labor, Art

Breast Cancer Monologs CD cover

Breast Cancer Monologs {format} {format} 8:20 Dmae Roberts

(8:20) Three women, a Chicana, African American and Romanian immigrant, describe their different approaches to surviving breast cancer. Produced as part of the Breast Cancer Project, with Miae Kim, Anca Micheti, and music by Maria Esteves, as part of the Breast Cancer Project; a collaboration with [transcript]

Broadcast: Oct 19 2004 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Women, Health

damali reflecting in mirrors

Paintmixers {format} {format} 5:57 damali ayo & Dmae Roberts

Performance artist damali ayo heads to hardware stores looking for paint in some shades of dark brown... her own: face, inner thigh, left breast. "I asked him if he could match any color. He said yes, and then I pointed to my skin. He said (and continued to repeat), 'I've never done a flesh tone' which I liked, because it was the first time my skin was referred to as a flesh tone." (Paint-scripts at Re-aired on "The Nude," WNYC Studio 360. [transcript]

Broadcast: Jun 4 2004 on PRI/WNYC Studio 360 Subjects: Art, African American

Earth from space, by NASA

The Earth Sings {format} 59:00 Jay Allison, Gregg McVicar, Jeff Rice, Dmae Roberts & [Hearing Voices]

Sounds for and from Mother Earth in this (((Hearing Voices))) Earth Day special. Hosted by Dmae Roberts of, featuring: "Annapurna Circuit" in Nepal's Himalayan Mountains by Quiet American (Aaron & Bronwyn Ximm). " Traveling Middle Earth" and " Maori Singers, New Zealand" culture and country by Dmae Roberts of Portraits of Alaskan singers/dancers Pamyua and of Sioux soprano opera Bonnie Jo Hunt singing with Robbie Robertson and crickets, produced by Gregg McVicar of Ant sounds from Dr. Hayword Spangler of Tuscon's Carl Hayden Bee Research Center, recorded by Jeff Rice. "Hide And Seek" with animal trainer Ken Decroo and Dar the Chimp, part of Jay Allison's Animals & Other Stories. And Cosmic Background Radiation, Lava Flow, River Drumming, Leafhoppers and Elephants from the Pulse of the Planet CD "Extraordinary Sounds From the Natural World" by Jim Metzner. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Apr 20 2004 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Travel, Environment, Specials

Tamaki Village men in Rotorua

Traveling Middle Earth {format} 10:23 Dmae Roberts

Maori meets Mordor, as the premiere of "Lord of the Rings" put New Zealand in the spotlight. A series of audio snapshots of the country and culture. [transcript]

Broadcast: Dec 16 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Travel, Music, Environment, International

Tamaki Village

Maori Singers, New Zealand {format} 1:43 Dmae Roberts

Sound Travels takes us to New Zealand for one more taste of the ancient culture. A walk in the night woods with campfies going and music ringing through the trees.

Broadcast: Dec 16 2003 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Music, International

Wu Man playing the Pipa

Wu Man, Master of the Pipa {format} 5:14 Dmae Roberts

Musician Wu Man plays an instrument that is 2000 years old and is often compared to the lute. She is credited for bringing the sound of the pipa to American audiences, but often, she doesnít play traditional music. On her current nationwide tour, she performs works by contemporary composers like Philip Glass and Tan Dun. [transcript]

Broadcast: Sep 4 2003 on KQED Pacific Time Subjects: International, Classical, Music

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