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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 logo collage

Countdown {format} 2:36 Joe Frank

An HV/ collaboration: For New Yearís 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

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

Scott Carrier's kids

Father Figures {format} 54:00 Jay Allison, Scott Carrier, Viki Merrick, Sound Portraits & [Hearing Voices]

For Father's Day, hosted by Jay Allison, stories of paternal praise, pride, disappointment and love: Scott Carrier gives his son Milo a "Ski Lesson." From Animals and Other Stories, we hear "Reflections of Fathers," aka, Bugs & Dads. Comic strip artist Lynda Barry wishes her divorced dad a "Happy Father's Day." A doctor tells his daughter about her granddad in "Story Corps- Dr. William Weaver." Jay Allison describes his daughter's questions about his love life as "Grilling Me Softly". Dan Robb's family remembers the day "Dad's Moving Out," from Life Stories. "Doc Merrick" and daughter Viki go through some girl problems. David Greenberger tells David Cobb's story "Because of Dad." Deirdre Sullivan's father advises "Always Go to the Funeral," a This I Believe essay. And from producer by Viki Merrick, Dave Masch wants to be "A Better Father" (

Broadcast: Jun 17 2007 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Spoken Word, Holidays, Family

Oddio Art {format} Eli 5 Stone

URL linkODDIO ART- Create your own dream-themed audio art automatically, interactively and instantly.

Broadcast: Aug 1 2006 on HV Webwork Subjects: Art, Spoken Word, Music

1890s Circus Poster

Circus Blood {format} 54:00 Jay Allison, Joe Frank, Larry Massett & [Hearing Voices]

Tales from the Big Top. Emcee John Dankosky, of WNPR- Connecticut Public Radio, presents a world-class troupe of audio daredevils and media magicians: SF Chronicle journalist Jon Carroll interviews his daughter Shana as she hang upside down on her "Trapeze", ready to fly away; from the Life Stories series by Jay Allison. Joe Frank loves the lady "Lion Tamer," an excerpt from his hour "The Dictator- Part 2." Adam Rosen mixes a medley of the many versions of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Drummer Bobby Previte composes the "Music of the Moscow Circus." Elizabeth Eck returns to the circus family she ran away to join in Larry Massett's "Circus in the Blood." And Twink serves up "The Great Circus Show" from The Broken Record. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Jul 1 2006 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Specials, Spoken Word, Entertainment

Chruch sing with The Plan letters

SERIES: The Plan {format} Barrett Golding

URL linkTHE PLAN- A weekly half-hour transmitting all human knowledge on a single subject via a series of rhythmic radio bursts. Produced by KGLT-FM (Bozeman MT) and The Wandering Jew. Funding from, the Public Radio Exchange.

Broadcast: Nov 1 2005 on HV Webwork Subjects: Entertainment, Spoken Word, Music

Mushroom Cloud {format} 59:00 Claus Andreasson, Scott Carrier, Barrett Golding & [Hearing Voices]

Tales of the Atomic Age in this (((Hearing Voices))) Hiroshima anniversary special. Hosted by Larry Massett, featuring: "Enola Alone" by Antenna Theater. The air war from the perspecitive of World War II bomber pilots, Japanese and English bombing survivors, and Colonel Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay mission over Hiroshima. "Atomic Age" by (((HearingVoices))). An audio document in political speeches and popular songs of our changing attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction; starting with the bombing of Hiroshima, August 6 1945. "Downwinder Diaries" by Claes Andreasson. Personal accounts of people downwind from the Nevada and Utah nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s, when the big red clouds drifted across the desert and into their towns. "Wild Dreams of a New Beginning" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "A Pacific tidal wave a mile high sweeps in. Los Angeles breathes its last gas> A poem produced for radio by Erik Bauersfeld (Bay Area Radio Drama), with sound design by Jim McKee (Earwax), and original music by Wieslaw Pogorzelski. "What Are You Afraid Of?" by Scott Carrier. Americans across the country answer the question: What do you fear? "Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security" compiled by Selections for the CD/DVD set including Slim Galliard's "Atomic Cocktail" (1945), versions of "Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb" by Lowell Blanchard & The Valley Trio (1949) and by The Pilgrim Travelers. "Old Man Atom" by The Sons of the Pioneers (1951), and 1950-60s Civil Defense public service announcements. "Page One" by Lemon Jelly. The story of the Big Bang, with a beat. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Aug 6 2005 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Spoken Word, Entertainment, Specials, Specials, War, Historical

Sonia Sanchez performing a poem

Poetry Month: Totally Like Whatever {format} {format} 3:16 Taylor Mali

From the CD Conviction. [transcript]

Broadcast: Apr 20 2005 on NPR Day to DaySeries: Poetry Month Subjects: Literature, Youth, Spoken Word

Sonia Sanchez performing a poem

Poetry Month: Song No.2 {format} {format} 2:40 Steve Rowland

Sonia Sanchez performs her poem "To all you youndg girls." Produced by Steve Rowland and mixed by Joe Waters (a commission from WXPN with funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts) with original music by Jamaaladeen Tacuma. [transcript]

Broadcast: Apr 14 2005 on NPR Day to DaySeries: Poetry Month Subjects: Spoken Word, Literature, African American, Women

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