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Lafayette Square protest signs

Soapbox {format} 59:00 Jesse Boggs, Joe Frank, Barrett Golding, Taylor Mali, Sarah Vowell & [Hearing Voices]

A Sampling 20th Century Political Speech in this (((Hearing Voices))) election special. Hosted by Sarah Vowell, featuring: "Lafayette Square" by Scott Carrier- Hanging with the mostly homeless protesters living in the park directly across the street from the White House. "Family Photo Opp" by Dave Eggers- On the campaign trail with Dave's brother Bill, running for State Representative as a Republican -- blood is thicker than politics. "How to Write a Political Poem" and "Totally Like Whatever" by Taylor Mali- Two poetic polemics on rhetoric, rhyme, and reason. "The Garden for Disappointed Politicians" by Sarah Vowell- Established as a conceptual public trust, based on Alexander Hamilton's observations on the good of gardening for frustrated pols. "Presidential Candidate" by Joe Frank- An excerpt from Joe's hour "Words" in which the politician shows his common roots, that he just like us -- i.e., full of repressed rage and deeply disturbed. "WMD Waltz" by Jeese Boggs- An administration speaks with one voice, dancing to the same disciplined downbeat. And excerpts from the Inaugural Addresses fo the Presidents of the United States. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Nov 1 2004 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Politics, Specials, Historical

Book cover: Future Dictionary of America

The Garden for Disappointed Politicians {format} {format} 3:27 Sarah Vowell

America is now focused on who will win the elections. But what about the losers? And why do some refuse to go away? This "Garden" provides a place for them to go. It’s an entry in a new book called The Future Dictionary of America, edited by Dave Eggers, in which American writers were asked to define words which will be coined in a future, better U.S.A.. [transcript]

Broadcast: Sep 30 2004 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Politics, Environment, Garden

Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller administers the oath of office

Prime Candidates {format} 59:00 Barrett Golding, Larry Massett, Sarah Vowell & [Hearing Voices]

Presidential Portraits of Primaries Past in this (((Hearing Voices))) Primary Season / President's Day special. Hosted by Barrett Golding, featuring: "Claremont" by Larry Massett, Art Silverman and Betty Rogers- You might not recall the names of all the 1980 presidential prospects: like California Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee, Illinois Representative John Anderson, but the story is still familiar; a classic political tale told by David Puksta, a high-school student in the small mill town of Claremont, New Hampshire. "Political People" by Barrett Golding, with songs by Greg Keeler- When so many people couldn't care less about politics, why do some people care so much. "Democracy and Things Like That" by Sarah Vowell, produced by Alex Blumberg & Ira Glass of This American Life- During the 2000 primaries, the lesson Sarah learned, while sitting in a New Hampshire classroom, was to Pay Attention. "California Recall Sans Mots" by Larry Massett- From the 2003 gubernatorial candidates, the California Recall Project presents the first political debate stripped of all the unclear, misleading elements: that is, minus the words. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Feb 16 2004 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Public Affairs, Specials, Historical Anniversaries, Historical, Politics

Living Without magazine cover

Living Without {format} 7:01 Sarah Vowell

The producer ponders the alienation and embarrassments caused by her wheat-allergies. She reveals her until now secret obsession with a magazine devoted to helping people with food allergies, a cheerful journalism of deprivation with such helpful articles as "When the Holidays Make You Sick."

Broadcast: Jan 9 2004 on PRI/WBEZ This American Life Subjects: Health, Food

Full Earth from Space, photo from NASA

An Hour of Earth {format} 59:00 Jay Allison, Scott Carrier, Andrei Codrescu, Barrett Golding, Tom Lopez, Sarah Vowell & [Hearing Voices]

An Earth Day special. Hosted by Barrett Golding, featuring: "Underground Lunchroom" by Sarah Vowell- A congressional controversy over a cave cafeteria. "Green River Stories" by Scott Carrier- floating a Rocky Mountain river. "Singing Frogs" by Tom Lopez of ZBS- a true tale of toads... or are they frogs? "Subtext: Communicating with Horses" and "Killer Whales" by Jay Allison- from his series Animals & Other Storeis. "The Environment" by Andrei Codrescu- from cowfields to fast rood in under a minute. "Blackfish" by Barrett Golding- Dr. John Ford of the Vancouver Aquariium, with music by Jeff Arntsen of Racket Ship. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Apr 20 2002 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Travel, Science, Environment, Specials

Sarah as a child wearing Indian chief headdress

PRODUCER: Sarah Vowell {format} Sarah Vowell

URL linkCONSONANT VOWELLS– A gallery of radio works, essays and books by Violet Incredible.

Broadcast: Jan 1 2002 on HV Webwork Subjects: Literature, Entertainment, Politics, Native

Carlsbad Cavern Underground Lunchroom

Underground Lunchroom {format} 15:01 Sarah Vowell

You Can Have Your Cave and Eat It Too. A national controversy implicating Carlsbad Caverns, a cafeteria, and the United States Congress.

Broadcast: Aug 1 2001 on PRI/WBEZ This American Life Subjects: Travel, Environment, Politics, Food

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