In 1947, Tennessee Williams and his lover Pancho stepped into a recording booth at a penny arcade in New Orleans and recorded eight cardboard discs. The Kitchen Sisters unearth these forgotten Pennyland Recordings, which were lost in a trunk under a friend's bed for some 50 years, and tell the story of Tennessee's fugitive waves.
Tales from Vietnamese manicurist shops in America - a story of memory and manicuring. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese immigrants work as manicurists in the United States. Those of them who train to be manicurists not only acquire a new set of professional skills, but a new identity as well. Sound plays a part in making a new life, and preserving in memory what has been left behind. What sounds do you lose when you leave your country? What sounds teach you how to live in a new home?
Patti Smith was an aspiring poet, not yet launched into the world of rock and roll. Judy Linn was just beginning her work as a photographer. The two met through their boyfriends, Peter Barnowsky and Robert Mapplethorpe. Paging through Patti Smith 1969-1976, The Kitchen Sisters discovered that Judy not only photographed Patti, she had made little Super-8 movies too, as the two young women created a world together.
Asa Carter was a speechwriter for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He penned one of the most infamous speeches of the era.... Wallace's Segregation Now, Segregation Forever address. Forrest Carter was a Cherokee writer who grew up in Tennessee. His autobiography, The Education of Little Tree, is a beloved classic that has sold millions of copies around the world. But these two men shared a secret.
Since 1996 the Teenage Diaries series has given tape recorders to young people around the country. They conduct interviews, keep audio journals, and record the sounds of daily life - usually collecting more than 30 hours of raw tape over the course of a year, edited into documentaries airing on NPR's All Things Considered.
The Werewolf phenomenon is as old as the history of mankind. Across the world and across cultural boundaries, there are countless tales of half man, half wolf. Known in various civilizations as the wild man beast of the woods, the tales are often terrifying. So terrifying that medieval man went in search of them to slaughter and virtually wiped them out.
A Union is being developed between Canada, the United States, and Mexico in an effort to create a "new" North America. An in-depth expose on an attempt by corporate and political factions to eradicate our hard-earned freedoms and liberties in America. For years this topic has been debated in the news and in political circles as being a possible future for North America.
Paranormal activity isn't limited to graveyards, abandoned prisons, and sanitariums. Hotels, inns, and restaurants around the globe abound with ghostly activity and terrifying occurrences. While many hotels and lodges may have fine hospitality and luxurious rooms, some are also home to angry ghosts, poltergeists, residual hauntings and more, causing sleepless nights and terrifying experiences for patrons.
An exhilarating journey into the mind and spirit of a remarkable man, a legendary teacher, and a masterful storyteller, conducted by TV journalist Bill Moyers for their acclaimed PBS series.
"A series that changed my life"
The visceral impact of history's great speechmakers is at the heart of Say It Plain. This new American RadioWorks documentary highlights a selection of landmark sermons, speeches, and broadcasts by remarkable African-American speakers.
"A wonderful synapses of the best of Black leaders."
James Purefoy stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Robert M. Pirsig's multi-million best-selling philosophical novel. One of the most important and influential books of the past half-century, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells the iconic story of a father and son's motorcycle trip across America in the 1960s. Yet it also describes a personal and philosophical journey. Now dramatised for the first time by Peter Flannery and starring James Purefoy, this full-cast drama adds a new and original dimension to a true modern classic.
"Very Engaging and though provoking"
Angela Davis Speaks! Get inspired by the words of this fighter for human rights.
"Thought provoking but could be edited better..."
This essay comes from the NPR series This I Believe, which features brief personal reflections from both famous and unknown Americans. The pieces that make up the series compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
Stephen Fry presents this intriguing programme charting the history of knowledge, how technology changes our relationship with it, and how we know what we knowKnowledge. The Google generation thinks it doesn’t need to carry much of it around in its head any more. Much has already been written about the internet changing the way we think and learn. But is knowledge less valuable than it used to be?
Introducing… Ronald Reagan Live! Listen to live radio broadcast recordings of former President Ronald Reagan at his political best. Spanning several historical decades, Reagan's 1,000+ radio deliveries offered commentary on the spectrum of domestic, national, and international events that occurred throughout his lifetime, both prior to and during his unprecedented three-term presidency.
"This Audio Book is a collection of speeches."
Based on the NPR series of the same name, This I Believe features 80 Americans, from the famous to the unknown, completing the thought that begins with the audiobook's title. The pieces that make up the program will compel listeners to rethink not only what and how they have arrived at their own personal beliefs, but also the extent to which they share them with others.
"interesting and enjoyable"
Dr. Geoff Bunn presents a journey through 5,000 years of our understanding of the most complex thing in the known universe: the brain, in this major ten-part BBC Radio 4 series.Human beings have long been fascinated by the brain and how it fulfils its many functions. This groundbreaking cultural history explores the development of our ideas about the mind from Neolithic times to the present day.
"Educational and lively"
New World Order: The Conspiracy to Rule Your Mind chronicles how the ruling elite have established global domination and the ability to effect the thoughts, decisions, and world view of human beings across the globe by systematically infiltrating the media, academia, industry, military and political factions under the guise of upholding democracy. Learn how this malevolent consortium has dedicated centuries to realize an oppressive and totalitarian rule through any means necessary, not limited to drug trafficking, money laundering, terror attacks and financial crisis within the world economy.
"Gripping and Informative"
Highly detailed and accurate, you will find yourself in the middle of General Buford's skirmish line as he tries to halt the Confederate advance into Gettysburg, you will feel the anguish and hell of war - of the slaughter that took place in the wheat field. You will live the heroism of Picket’s doomed charge and hear the immortal words that President Lincoln delivered in his consecrating address some four months later. No matter your loyalties, Gettysburg will have your heart pounding with its thunderous action, high adventure and suspense.
Do the stories in the Bible and other sacred texts speak of Gods or Extraterrestrials? The history of the human race and our true origins of where we come from can be traced back through archeology and a careful study of our past. Many of the world’s ancient sites and amazing artifacts still exist, showing ancient man’s use of advanced technology - but how was this knowledge gained?
This 30-part Radio 4 series explores how our interactions with sound have shaped us over 100,000 years. These specially extended episodes, recorded on location around the world and in collaboration with curators of the British Library Sound Archive, take us from prehistory to the present, encompassing the shamanistic music of our cave-dwelling ancestors, the massacre of noisy cats in pre-revolutionary Paris, the nerve-destroying din of trench warfare, right through to the cacophony of the modern metropolis.
Three of America's most compelling presidents, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, bugged their White House offices and tapped their telephones. They left behind thousands of secretly recorded conversations, from momentous to mundane. In this documentary project, American RadioWorks eavesdrops on presidential telephone calls to hear how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history.
"Good Concept But Very Little Content"
This gifted storyteller poignantly shares the memories of those mentors and teachers who profoundly influenced her life. She speaks of her voluntary muteness as a child. Even in this silence, "Mama" (Angelou's grandmother) spoke prophetically to the child's unbelieving ears: "You'll speak about the glorious nature of the human spirit and what we can be striving for."
The complete second BBC Radio 4 series written and presented by Sir David Attenborough, featuring all 20 episodes about some of the strangest insects and creatures from around the world. One of the nation’s most popular presenters examines 20 marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences. How did Sir David track down a giant earthworm? Why does he respect rats? What was the first bribe in nature? Why do well known foods often have two names?
Drunk with the Divine, Rumi wrote 20,000 poems of mystical, ineffable love of God. "There is a ferocity in his longing that maybe we don't understand," says Barks. Listen in and understand a little better. A wondrous, exhilarating look at the exultant poetry of Jelaluddin Rumi, the 13th century Sufi poet, with Coleman Barks.
Death Valley National Park in California, is a 3.5 million acre desert preserve, boasting the hottest, driest, and lowest spot in North America. Patricia Lawrence is exploring this land of extremes with park geologists.
A fifth series from BBC Radio 4, in which Stephen Fry examines, with the help of experts, the highways and byways of the English language. In these four episodes he tells 'The Story of X': a letter holy and profane, sexy and chaste; discusses intonation, the "song" of English, and how cadence affects meaning; muses on the art and craft of conversation - and whether true conversation can happen on TV and radio - and ponders the meaning of meaning and the gap between brain and mouth that means language can never truly represent thought.
There is startling evidence that we were visited by intelligent beings in the ancient past. Why were they here and what was their agenda? Zecharia Sitchin is the author of the hugely successful book series The Earth Chronicles. Join this amazing scholar of ancient mysteries as he makes a scientific and scholarly argument for ancient alien visits to Earth.