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  • Mending the Hoop: Native American Culture and Spirit Rituals | Alex Van Oss,Dick Brooks,Dale Looks Twice

    Mending the Hoop: Native American Culture and Spirit Rituals

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    • By Alex Van Oss, Dick Brooks, Dale Looks Twice
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Dale Looks Twice
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    In 1990, a group of horseback riders completed a journey from Cheyenne River Reservation in Bridger, South Dakota to Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The 191 mile journey was a commemoration of the ride of Chief Big Foot and the Minneconjou Lakota in 1890, a ride that culminated in a massacre of most of the riders by the U.S. 7th Calvary. The commemorative ride was designed to teach the next generation about their history, to reflect upon what happened and to mend the hoop.

  • Speaking With One Heart: The Mayan Languages of Mexico | Katie Davis

    Speaking With One Heart: The Mayan Languages of Mexico

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    • By Katie Davis
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Katie Davis
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    Over one million Mayan Indians live and work in Southern Mexico, and six Mayan languages continue to thrive there—languages more than 3,000 years old. In the 1950s, anthropologist Robert Laughlin and his wife Mimi arrived in Chiapas, where Laughlin planned to conduct his linguistic research. At that time, he expected to learn the Tzotzil language without too much trouble, and be welcomed into the indigenous culture.

  • The New Generation in Russia | Brooke Gladstone

    The New Generation in Russia

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    • By Brooke Gladstone
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Brooke Gladstone
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    In 1992, all hopes in Russia were pinned to the new generation: the generation that stood outside of the Russian White House in August of 1991 and turned back the putsch. A year later, a very different battle was being waged. One for economic survival. Producer Brooke Gladstone paints a portrait of a changing landscape: from hawking popcorn and Pepsi on the streets to starting nightclubs at universities, the young generation in Russia started to redefine business.

  • David Duke's New Profile | Gary Covino

    David Duke's New Profile

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    • By Gary Covino
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Gary Covino
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    David Duke was a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was elected to a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1989. He received more than 43% of the vote in a race for the U.S. Senate in 1990 and in 1991 ran for Governor of Louisiana. Award winning producer Gary Covino covered that campaign. It was a campaign where the candidate lost, but the issues remain very much alive.

  • Washington D.C. Riots: Then and Now | Dan Collison

    Washington D.C. Riots: Then and Now

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    • By Dan Collison
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Debra Morris
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    The 1968 Washington, D.C. riots and the federal government's response altered the social and political climate of the nation's capitol. Producer Dan Collison presents a portrait of Washington, D.C. in 1988 against a backdrop of history, drawn from the perspectives of a variety of individuals.

  • Neglected Ape | Neenah Ellis

    Neglected Ape

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    • By Neenah Ellis
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Neenah Ellis
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    Among the great apes, orangutans are the mystery primates. People are familiar with chimpanzees and gorillas, but the reclusive orangutan is far less well known or understood. Zoos, however, are directing more attention to orangutan captive management. In fact, the zoos in North America consider their captive orangutans one population and have developed a species survival plan.

  • In the Long Run | John Burnett

    In the Long Run

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    • By John Burnett
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, John Burnett
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    The Tarahumara Indians are one of the only unconquered indigenous groups in Mexico. Renowned as long distance endurance runners, they live in isolated villages in the rugged Sierra Madre of the state of Chihuahua. The Tarahumara have survived various threats for over 500 years. Today, they find themselves caught between poverty, drought, corrupt timber exploitation and drug traffickers.

  • Gramma Elsie | Gary Johnson

    Gramma Elsie

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    • By Gary Johnson
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Gary Johnson
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    Listeners eavesdrop on a family crisis triggered by the sudden need for 24 hour health care for eighty six year old Gramma Elsie Fay Johnson. Using his family as a model, through candid interviews and personal narration, Elsie's eldest grandson and producer Gary Johnson describes the dynamics of caring for Gramma Elsie.

  • The Old Country Is Gone | Neenah Ellis

    The Old Country Is Gone

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    • By Neenah Ellis
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Neenah Ellis
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    Producer Neenah Ellis grew up listening to stories and songs about Croatia told by her grandparents and her father. The family came to the U.S. from the island of Šolta, and Ellis's childhood was full of romantic tales about the "Old Country" and the beauty of the island that her relatives missed so much. Her grandfather had been sent to the United States after World War I, to find work that could help support his family back home. In the 1990s, Ellis and her father traveled to Šolta together to visit the family.

  • When the Rainforest Burns: Part 2 | Cecilia Vaisman

    When the Rainforest Burns: Part 2

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    • By Cecilia Vaisman
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Cecilia Vaisman
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    The most outspoken proponents of saving the rainforest in Brazil were initially the region’s indigenous tribes, particularly the Kayapo tribe. Producer Cecilia Vaisman visits the town of Gorotire, where chiefs discuss their fight against ranchers, and how they are making accommodations, including mining and logging concessions. Some were looking at the immediate benefits, such as electricity, solid homes, and even airplanes.

  • Death at the Door | Chris Brookes

    Death at the Door

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    • By Chris Brookes
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Chris Brookes
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    The Salvadoran Civil War was a conflict between the military-led government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), a coalition of five left-wing guerrilla groups. Lasting 13 years from 1979-1992, the war saw extreme violence from both sides and according to the United Nations over 75,000 people were killed during this time. Producer Chris Brookes takes us in and around the capital city of San Salvador, talking to both Salvadoran citizens and government officials about the conflict.

  • A Zoo in Your Backyard | Loretta Williams

    A Zoo in Your Backyard

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    • By Loretta Williams
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Loretta Williams
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    Mountain lions are viewed as a charismatic symbol of the West, but when human populations expand closer and closer to the natural habitat of these big cats, life can get complicated for both humans and animals. Similarly, growing populations of Giant Canada Geese in Minnesota and deer in the Northeast are having an impact on communities in those areas.

  • Deadly Evolution | Loretta Williams,Marjorie Centofanti

    Deadly Evolution

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    • By Loretta Williams, Marjorie Centofanti
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Loretta Williams
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    By looking at disease from the perspective of a microorganism, scientists have found that the main goal of any virus or other type of bug is to reproduce. Illness is just a side effect of the microorganism's efforts to multiply as much as it possibly can. Whether a virus is carried by water, air, or by other creatures, the way it spreads is a numbers game; the more hosts that are infected, the more it can reproduce, and the more it reproduces, the stronger it can become.

  • When the Rainforest Burns: Part 1 | Cecilia Vaisman

    When the Rainforest Burns: Part 1

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    • By Cecilia Vaisman
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Cecilia Vaisman
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    The 1960s saw the Brazilian Amazon rainforest go from wretched jungle to the future of the country. Government policy encouraged widespread de-forestation, gold mining using industrial methods. The government proposed the first hydro-electrical plant based at the Tucurui Dam in the North Eastern State of Pará, Brazil. Producer Cecilia Vaisman traveled to the south western state of Acra, where she speaks with Ilzamar Mendes, widow of Chico Mendes.

  • Kitchen Table Talk | Jude Thilman,Julie Drizen

    Kitchen Table Talk

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    • By Jude Thilman, Julie Drizen
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Julie Drizen
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    In a frank series of interviews, Soviet women, from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia talk to producers Julie Drizen and Jude Thilman about managing their birth control. It was October of 1990, a time when the government policy of openness, glasnost, was fraying. The time when abortion was the primary form of birth control was coming to an end, but contraceptives were not readily available. Women used tampons, lemons, or tried to convince their partners to use condoms.

  • Side by Side | Miriam Graham,Jill Lawrence,Jo Ann Marr

    Side by Side

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    • By Miriam Graham, Jill Lawrence, Jo Ann Marr
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Miriam Graham, Jill Lawrence, and others
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    The intricacies of friendship, the complexities of love and trust — we learn and relearn as we grow from child to adult. Producers Miriam Graham, Jo Ann Mar, and Jill Lawrence bring us three pictures of friendship.

    The Soundprint documentary series features the best work of top radio producers. The award winning documentaries are renowned for drawing the listener into the story with compelling interviews, authentic voices and rich sound.

  • Nationalism | Mike Schuster

    Nationalism

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    • By Mike Schuster
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Mike Schuster
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    1992 was a year of astounding change for those states that used to make up the Soviet Union. Where once there was a state of superpower proportions, now there were 15 states, most of them small and powerless. The force that drove the Soviet Union apart was nationalism, and nationalism threatened to engulf the whole region in armed conflict.

  • Plastics: Here Today, Here Tomorrow | Howard Kohn,Vicki Monks

    Plastics: Here Today, Here Tomorrow

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    • By Howard Kohn, Vicki Monks
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Vicki Monks
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    “Plastics,” said the character in the movie The Graduate. “There’s a great future in plastics.” Today we understand how plastics degrade the environment. However, in 1988, research was just beginning to show the damage plastics could bring, from plastics bags and six-pack rings in the ocean to bottles clogging drainage areas and sea animals ingesting bits of plastic.

  • Reaching the Power Through Pain | Njemile Rollins

    Reaching the Power Through Pain

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    • By Njemile Rollins
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Njemile Rollins
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    When poet, writer and lesbian Audrey Lorde was diagnosed with breast cancer, she immediately began to chronicle her experience with the disease. She began to raise awareness about the risks for African-American women, and for lesbians. In interviews with Lorde and other women, producer Njemile Rollins explores what it means for minority women to live with breast cancer. Reaching for Power Through Pain received the Ohio State Award for Outstanding Documentary in 1992.

  • Journey to the Other Side: Adolescent Rites of Passage | Njemile Rollins

    Journey to the Other Side: Adolescent Rites of Passage

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    • By Njemile Rollins
    • Narrated By Larry Massett, Njemile Rollins, Bobby Hill
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    Producer Njemile Rollins follows two teens coming of age in two different African-American communities. We meet Camilla, a vivacious and head-strong African-American 13-year-old, and follow her through a church-led retreat and a naming ceremony. Rodney, a thoughtful 16–year-old single father, is in a first time offenders program where he’s getting direction and support.

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