They are among the largest mammals on earth, but also among the most invisible: humpback whales are an enigma to scientists who can't observe much of their underwater activities. To unlock the secrets of humpback behavior, researchers have turned to sound to hear what they cannot see. Join us on an underwater visit to the whales on their feeding grounds near Sitka, Alaska. The remarkable sounds discovered there are causing scientists to forge new theories about whales and why they sing.
Producer Judith Kampfner is on her own journey to be, if not the perfect mother-in-law, then at least one that breaks stereotypes and avoids common pitfalls. In the process, she interviews other mother-in-laws, many from different backgrounds and asks them what mistakes they made and how they work to establish a comfortable relationship with their offspring’s spouse. And is it important or even possible to become friends?
Have you taken a reality check lately? And just what is reality? Take a journey inside your brain (scientists now call it 'wetware') with producer Adi Gevins and reporter John Hockenberry, and with the help of scientists at brain research labs and your radio, join in some participatory experiments in perception. The dangling question: do we really perceive an existing outer world, or is it all internal -- does the world we live in exist only in our own senses and perceptions?
Have you taken a reality check lately? And just what is reality? Take a journey inside your brain (scientists now call it "wetware") with producer Adi Gevins and reporter John Hockenberry, and with the help of scientists at brain research labs and your radio, join in some participatory experiments in perception.
In the weeks and months leading from the 9-11 attack, what was life like around the perimeter of Ground Zero? A snapshot of history, 24 Hours on the Edge of Ground Zero explores the landscape that is disaster area, tourist attraction and shrine.
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King led the March on Washington and spoke the famous words "I have a dream." Then 18-year-old Producer Askia Muhammad was, as he recalls, "sleeping through the dream." Growing up in Los Angeles, Muhammad was far away from the civil rights uproar and any self-proclaimed political consciousness.
In 1942, a US Navy destroyer was shipwrecked off Newfoundland. Of the few who survived, one man, Lanier Phillips, was black. The rescuers, never having seen a black man before, tried to scrub his skin clean and white. This is a story about growing up with fear in segregated Georgia, enlisting in a segregated navy, facing death in the icy North Atlantic, and a rescue which galvanized a man to fight racial discrimination.
A documentary about the poignant moment in the life of producer Tim Wilson's own mother, a daunting figure and a once-accomplished pianist, now diagnosed with Alzheimer's, when she is forced to leave her apartment, her pearls, and her "upright grand" to enter "a home". Upright Grand is a searching examination of the often ambiguous relationship between a mother and son.
How many stars and how many stripes and what do they mean? You need to know this and many more flag questions to pass the US Naturalization test. Producer Judith Kampfner recorded an audio diary about the process of becoming an American citizen, and about what it was like taking on a second identity. Was it a betrayal of her British roots? Or was it a very logical step to take for someone who thinks of herself as in internationalist?
After waiting for Mr. Right (who has yet to arrive) - and after years of fertility treatments - Suzanne, a single woman in her forties, decided to adopt. She chose transracial adoption. Follow Suzanne through workshops designed to "teach white people how to raise kids of color," baby-shopping trips with Mom at Target, a critical rendezvous with a young mother at a pancake house, and, finally, a magical night at a suburban restaurant chain.
There's a proverb in Korea: sharing your sorrows cuts them half. In the hills outside of Seoul, Korea, there is a home that some elderly women share. They are women who were commandeered during World War II by the Japanese military, to serve as sex slaves. The soldiers called them comfort women. The women in the Korean Sharing House share their past, their grief, and their anger.
Writer David Stewart has a collection of valuable paintings by the impressionist painter Claude Monet. And he has a team of international curators taking care of them. That's because they're stored not in Stewart's private gallery, but in museums all over the world. Wherever he travels, he visits one of "his Monets", personal favorites that he makes a point of spending time with on each trip. That way, he comes to know them intimately, in his gallery of the mind.
Take a tour of the tunnels of New York City with the Sand Hogs. As part of his American Workers series, veteran producer Dan Collison follows these construction workers, whose tradition goes back 100 years, as they build the tunnels that crisscross in the city. Their work is grueling and dangerous. Their survival depends on an unflagging brotherhood.
June 16, 1976 - Hector Petersen, a 13-year-old South African student is shot and killed during a massive demonstration to protest apartheid laws in South Africa. The photograph of the fatally wounded Petersen being carried from the scene appeared throughout the world and he became a symbol of the anti-apartheid movement. A generation later, June 16 is still a day of remembrance, particularly in Soweto, where Petersen was killed.