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"
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.
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."
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"
For decades, the United States has been the dominant exporter of pop culture. In the 21st century, it has a powerful new competitor: Japan. Young people across the globe watch anime, read manga comic books from right to left, listen to J-pop, and play with Japanese toys and video games. What's so cool about Japan? Will the ancient nation rise again, this time as the world's leading exporter of fantasy? An entertaining journey, from Tokyo to middle America.
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.
Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4.
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.
This compilation of Mark Tully's acclaimed reports from India includes his specially recorded observations. Sir Mark Tully was the BBC's Foreign Correspondent in India from 1972 to 1994. He has become familiar to listeners around the world for his incisive and thought-provoking reports. On this special recording, he looks back at his career, which coincided with a remarkable period in Indian history.
"less colorful than the dust jacket"
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"
An engrossing BBC Radio 4 series spanning the history of the home and domestic relationships over the past 500 years, presented by Amanda Vickery. Professor Vickery is one of the most charismatic historians in Britain today. In 'A History of Private Life' she reveals the intimate secrets of life at home, from the Tudor mansion to the modern bedsit.Through letters, diaries and other first-person accounts, we hear the voices of men and women from very different backgrounds telling their stories.
"An intimate look at family life long ago."
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.
Stephen Fry traces the evolution of the mobile phone, from hefty executive bricks that required a separate briefcase to carry the battery, to the smartphones available today. There are more mobile phones in the world than there are people on the planet. Stephen Fry talks to the backroom boys who made it all possible, and here’s how the technology succeeded in ways that the geeks had not necessarily intended.
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?
Angela Davis Speaks! Get inspired by the words of this fighter for human rights.
"Thought provoking but could be edited better..."
Visiting the Hebridean island of Mull today, it's not long before someone mentions the steep decline in population that the Scottish highlands and islands suffered 150 to 200 years ago. And it was a depopulation that the crofters were powerless to do anything about - in a phrase that sounds a knell almost as chilling as today's 'ethnic cleansing', the Highland Clearances are still talked of as one of the most harsh pieces of social manipulation in Britain's history. A long-drawn-out lament mourned in song and poetry ever since.
"Helpful historical background"
Project: Who? goes exclusively behind the scenes of Doctor Who to discover how the action-packed new BBC1 series was made, with award-winning writer and executive producer Russell T Davies at the helm.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince present a witty, irreverent look at the world according to science. The Infinite Monkey Cage has become one of BBC Radio 4’s most popular science-based programmes. In each episode physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince delve into a particular field of science, with the help of guests from the worlds of science, academia, and entertainment.