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The Emergence of Bob Dylan (1 or 2 hour special)

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:55

THE EMERGENCE OF BOB DYLAN traces the incomparable artist's rise to the world stage. First hour can stand alone.

61cropped2_small Scores of great stations across the U.S. have already aired THE EMERGENCE OF BOB DYLAN and the good reviews are rolling in. "Well told, well crafted, well produced. The story telling is exquisite..." "No doubt the best documentary on Dylan, certainly of his early years..." "Insightful interviews, interesting choice of songs and a good narrative thread runs through both hours..." "What a fine tribute to one of the best singer-songwriters... I thought the song choice was exceptional..." "Being too young to have been around when Bob Dylan changed the world, I've always known that his contribution was great, but never really understood it in context. Your radio program really helped to put it into perspective" This two hour special from Paul Ingles ("The Beatles In America - 1964") and Public Radio International is still available for air. Two separate 59 minute segments, newscast compatible, one 30 second break in each. BROADCAST RIGHTS: Any Public Radio station may now carry this program. The program must be carried in its entirety or as just the first hour. Otherwise, no excerpting is permitted. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Hosted and produced by Paul Ingles, THE EMERGENCE OF BOB DYLAN traces the incomparable artist's rise to the world stage. Ingles examines the confluence of Dylan's career and that remarkable time in the American pop music landscape. In the first hour, he takes listeners on an exclusive tour of the Experience Music Project's Dylan retrospective with curator Jason Emmons and EMP Artistic Director Bob Santelli. Both hours feature several artists who crossed paths with Dylan early on. Listeners hear from Robbie Robertson of The Band, John Cohen and Mike Seeger of the New Lost City Ramblers, folk music expert Izzy Young, and others from Dylan's nascent years. Both hours contain a healthy mix of Dylan's music from this period, including both well-known and lesser-known tracks.

The Beatles In America - 1964 (2 Hours @ 59:00 or 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:56

A lively two-hour montage of rare archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews on The Beatles' first U.S. grand tour. Hour 1 focuses on January-February 1964 / Hour 2 focuses on the Beatles summer tour of the US in August/September 1964.

Beatleslogo_small When The Beatles arrived in the United States in February of 1964, no one could have anticipated the tremendous impact the band would have on the development of American popular music and pop culture. Paul Ingles hosts The Beatles in America - 1964 and takes listeners back to when The Beatles and America first got to know one another. This lively two-hour montage features rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and new interviews with fans and reporters who were swept into The Beatles frenzy. Some of the recordings featured in this program haven't been played publicly in 40 years. They are available here because of Larry Kane and Art Schreiber, two reporters who made almost every stop of The Beatle's 1964 tour and had remarkable access to the band. Their interviews capture the boys'wonder, humor, and thoughtful analysis of the madness that was swirling around them and enveloping the nation. Ingles talks with historians and authors whose enthusiasm and excitement also reflects that phenomenal time. Naturally, The Beatles in America - 1964 includes plenty of hits from that year, but in true public radio form, it also showcases lesser-heard gems from early Beatle's albums that fans wore through. Join Paul Ingles for a thrilling walk down musical memory lane. Offered to PRI affiliates only in 2004. Now available to all public radio stations. Although produced for 40th anniversary of Beatles arrival in America, no specific mention of the anniversary is made so it plays as an evergreen of that remarkable first year of America's experience with the Beatles.

Each hour has an optional 5 minute "Segment 2" which can be deleted if you need a newscast friendly hour.

The Two Sides of Sgt. Pepper: An Honest Appraisal of The Beatles' Classic

From Paul Ingles | 01:57:48

Musicians, writers and fans explore the lore and speak their minds on the Beatles' landmark album SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

Dsc00835_small For decades, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has ranked highly on many All-Time Best Album lists. Celebrated as the first quasi-concept album in rock, fans and critics have long lauded the songcraft, the pioneering production sounds, and its colorful, now iconic, cover art. Some say it both reflected and drove the burgeoning youth culture through the "Summer of Love" in 1967. In more recent years, some critics have tried to cut through the mythology of the album and reconsider it in every way. Some have ranked other Beatle albums as superior to Pepper and feel the record has been over-hyped. In this two-hour special, producer and host Paul Ingles ("Everything was Right: The Beatles' Revolver" and "The Beatles in America-1964") presents a lively ride that functions as both a celebration of a landmark recording and a balanced survey of critical opinion about "Sgt. Pepper." Listeners will experience this music in a new way as they'll hear both the stories behind the creation of these memorable tracks as well as thoughtful perspectives that place the work in context. The "Pepper Panel" assembled for the show includes musicians, writers, fans and critics. Some still love Pepper. Some "have issues." It features Steve Turner, Ashley Kahn, Anthony DeCurtis, Jim DeRogatis, Greg Kot, Scott MacNicholl, Ann Powers, Deborah Holland, Richard Goldman, Jim Fusilli, Douglas Grant, Leslie Healy, Stuart Madow, Paul Zollo, Jon Spurney, David Gans, Richie Unterberger, and Howard Massey.



The White Album Listening Party: Revisiting The Beatles' Top-Seller (3-Hour / Non-Newscast Version)

From Paul Ingles | 02:57:04

Beatle fans and musicians gather to re-experience The Beatles' top-selling album, which came to be known as The White Album.

Whitealbum02_small NOTE: THIS IS THE THREE HOUR VERSION OF THIS SPECIAL. IF YOUR STATION CAN CLEAR THE TIME, WE FEEL THIS IS THE BEST EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR LISTENERS AS IT RECREATES THE EXPERIENCE OF LISTENING TO THE WHOLE ALBUM. IF YOU CAN ONLY ACCOMMODATE A TWO-HOUR SLOT, THERE IS A TWO-HOUR VERSION AVAILABLE NOW AT PRX.  THERE IS ALSO A NEWCAST LENGTHED VERSION OF THIS THREE PART SHOW ON PRX.
http://www.prx.org/pieces/29926


November 22, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of one of The Beatles' most remarkable releases. The two-album set was officially called THE BEATLES, but it became known forever after as The White Album. It was the top-selling of all The Beatles' albums and ranks #11 on the all-time album sales list.

Emerging from what many called their three-album psychedelic period that produced Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine, The Beatles' White Album was a wildly diverse collection that included instant classics ("Back in the U.S.S.R", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Dear Prudence", "Blackbird"), gentle ballads ("Mother Nature's Son", "I Will", "Julia"), raucous electric rock ("Helter Skelter", "Yer Blues") amusing ditties ("Honey Pie", "Savoy Truffle", "Rocky Raccoon"), and surprising experimental tracks ("Revolution #9"). The writing and performing styles of the four individual Beatles became distinct. Many Beatle fans and historians point to the White Album as the beginning of the break-up of the Beatles. In little over a year, the band would be dissolved.

Join award-winning producer Paul Ingles for another one of his in-depth explorations of The Beatles' experience by airing THE WHITE ALBUM LISTENING PARTY. Ingles recalls being 12 years old in 1968 and listening with his best friend to this challenging and, at times, disturbing collection in the basement of his suburban Maryland home. "I knew I couldn't play this one on the family stereo upstairs," says Ingles. "A lot of the music seemed naughty, tortured and edgy." In an effort to re-create that listening experience, Ingles invited about a dozen Beatle fans into the studio to listen through to the album again and share both their memories and more current observations about the landmark music.

Among the guests are Beatle author Steve Turner who shares the stories behind each of the White Album tracks. Also, a panel of musicians help listeners tune into the musicality of The Beatles, calling attention to a certain bass line here, a drum lick there, a production trick over there. Other friends share stories of dancing to "Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da", dropping acid to "Glass Onion", or being scared to death by "Helter Skelter" and wishing for a return of the ol' mop-tops. Hour 3 even includes a special combination of both versions of "Revolution" - the fast single and the slower White Album version, mixed and mashed together, courtesy of engineer Douglas Grant. In addition to Steve Turner, Paul's guest list includes musicians Jon Spurney, David Gans, Kristy Kruger, Douglas Grant, and Rob Martinez. KUNM radio personalities Scott MacNicholl, Luciano Urbano, Suzanne Kryder, and Travis Parkin join in as well.

The program will be offered in several formats to suit your needs. They will be scripted to allow for them to run either consecutively on one hour at a time over multiple days or weeks. - A three-hour version will include full plays of nearly every song on the two albums for the complete White Album experience. - A two-hour version will include most of the best-known tracks in full and excerpts of the rest. - Both versions will be offered at 54:00 lengths to accommodate hourly newscasts. -----

Programming Suggestions:
  • November 22 marking the 50th anniversary of the UK release of the album.
  • November 25 marking the 50th anniversary of the US release of the album.
  • November 22-25 - Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • November 29 - 17th anniversary of George Harrison's Death.
  • December 8 - 38th anniversary of John Lennon's Death.
  • Throughout the November/December/New Year's Holiday Season.
  • In a Holiday or Fundraising Beatles' Marathon with Paul Ingles' other Beatles Documentaries.

A Spin Down Abbey Road (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:59

Music writers, musicians and Beatles fans weigh in on The Beatles' Abbey Road, the album that turned out to have the last songs the band ever recorded together. It was released in September of 1969.

Beatles_abbey-road_small Award-Winning producer Paul Ingles adds another installment to his series of programs spotlighting The Beatles album releases with A Spin Down Abbey Road.  A panel of music writers, musicians and Beatles fans offer historical background on the tracks and their own personal feelings about this landmark album.  Their comments are woven through the music of Abbey Road.

Featured guests are music writers Anthony DeCurtis, Steve Turner, Ann Powers, Richie Unterberger, Jim Derogatis and Greg Kot.  Musician guests include Shawn Colvin, Glen Phillips, Richard Goldman, David Gans, Phil & Tim Hanseroth and Jon Spurney.


The Last Year In The Life of The Beatles - 1969/1970

From Paul Ingles | 01:58:01

A two-hour special that chronologically follows The Beatles through 1969 and 1970 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.

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Although their fans didn't know it, the music The Beatles were making in 1969 turned out to be the last recordings they would ever make as a four-some.  When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr gathered in the studio the day after New Year's that year, the last chapter of their remarkable journey began with the sometimes contentious Get Back / Let It Be sessions.  The band's business affairs began to unravel soon after and several members' minds started drifting toward getting off The Beatles' merry-go-round.  Still they managed to pull off one final masterpiece, Abbey Road, before being photographed together for the last time in August and formally closing the book on the Beatles early in 1970.
 
Award-winning producer Paul Ingles continues his documentation of The Beatles' story with The Last Year in the Life of The Beatles, a two-hour special that chronologically follows the band through 1969 as they record their final tracks, struggle with their company, squabble with each other, pursue other interests, and ultimately split apart.  Listeners will hear behind the scenes studio chatter, rehearsal takes of songs, and finished classics, mixed with informed commentary from a host of music writers, musicians and fans.  Clips from news events and other classic music from the tumultuous year that ended the 1960's will also be blended in.
 
Commentators include writers Steve Turner, Anthony DeCurtis, Mikal Gilmore, Richie Unterberger, Greg Kot, and Ann Powers, and musicians Shawn Colvin, Richard Goldman, Jon Spurney, and David Gans.

(Song List Will Be Posted Shortly)
 
Ingles has produced programs spotlighting many Beatles albums as well as documentaries on Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin and Bob Dylan.  More information about his work is at www.paulingles.com.

The Beatles Finale: Let It Be (59:00 / 54:00)

From Paul Ingles | 58:59

Music writers, musicians and fans offer a track-by-track assessment of the 12th and last official Beatles album, LET IT BE, released in May of 1970.

Let_it_be_small The word had been out for about a month that the legendary Beatles were splitting up, when fans were able to buy what would be their 12th and last official release.  The cover featured an individual photo of each Beatle, bordered by black under just three words, Let It Be.  While few would consider it one of the Beatles' best, there are still some undeniable classics, good rockers and some clues to the dissolution of the most famous band in music history.

In this program, producer Paul Ingles presents the 5th in his series of programs deconstructing great Beatles albums.  His panel of musicians, music writers and Beatle fans includes: Anthony DeCurtis- writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, Los Angeles Times Critic Ann Powers, Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Beatle book authors Steve Turner and Richie Unterberger, and musicians David Gans, Jon Spurney, Richard Goldman and (in the 59:00 version only) Shawn Colvin.

THE BO DIDDLEY BEAT: The Music of Bo Diddley and His Disciples

From Paul Ingles | 59:01

To mark the passing of rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, Paul Ingles hosts an hour of music from Bo's songbook as well as music from some of the many rock and pop stars who borrowed his famous beat.

Bodiddley_small This is a brand new special produced June 3, 2008. To mark the passing of rock 'n' roll pioneer Bo Diddley, Paul Ingles hosts a music-intensive hour of cuts from Bo's songbook as well as songs from some of the many rock and pop stars who borrowed his famous beat. Along with many of Bo Diddley's signature tunes, Ingles showcases music from The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, George Thorogood, Shawn Colvin, Pete Townshend, Joe Jackson, U2 and others - all who crafted songs based on Bo Diddley's famous synchopated beat. This program can be run as 59:00 or at a newscast-friendly 54 minute length. Segment A and Segment B both end with 60 second Bo Diddley music beds that can be dumped to accomodate local announcements. If no announcements, the beds can bridge to the next segment. Also available as a bonus is a 6:30 musical montage that takes the listener from the clapping Bo Diddley beat through several songs that made use of his signature rhythm. Suggested copy for 6:30 feature: INTRO: Rock and Roll Pioneer Bo Diddley died Monday, June 3 of heart failure. He was 79. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, many of his hits were characterized by an infectious beat that had its roots in West Africa but was modernized and popularized in Bo Diddley's music. Scores of musicians emulated it through the years. Many wrote and performed tunes with the familiar rhythm promiinently heard. Producer Paul Ingles collected a bunch of them into this montage to honor Bo Diddley's on-going impact on rock and pop music. OUTRO: We heard the music of Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Jackson, U2, Bow Wow Wow, George Michael and Shawn Colvin - all utilizing the famous Bo Diddley rhythmic beat. Bo Diddley died Monday, June 3 at the age of 79. SONG LIST for Feature: Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley Not Fade Away - Rolling Stones Magic Bus - Pete Townshend She's The One - Bruce Springsteen Sunday Papers - Joe Jackson Desire - U2 I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow Faith - George Michael Object of My Affection - Shawn Colvin (plays out piece)

Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat (Series)

Produced by Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode #458 - Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams

From Matt "The Cat" Baldassarri | Part of the Juke In The Back With Matt The Cat series | 59:01

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This week, "Juke In The Back" presents one of the architects of the "honkin'" sax, Paul Williams. Many people associate that "honkin'" sax sound with West Coast Jump Blues, but it actually originated in 1947 with Paul Williams in Detroit. Savoy Records dug Williams' style as it was very different than their other sax great at the time, Charlie Parker. Williams' Sextette released some moderately successful instrumentals early on, before they hit paydirt with "The Huckle-Buck" in 1949. It was at a show in late 1948 that Williams and his group played a slowed down version of Parker's "Now's The Time" and saw the kids going crazy doing a new dance called The Hucklebuck. He knew he was on to something and rushed into the studio to cut "The Huckle-Buck." The record sparked a national dance craze and hit #1 on the R&B chart, where it remained for 14 week. "The Huckle-Buck" was the best selling record of 1949. From then on out, Paul Williams was known as Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams and the rest is history. Matt The Cat digs deep into Williams' catalog for a plethora of killer R&B jump tunes that deserve more exposure on this week's "Juke In The Back."

Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Beyond a Song: Reed Foehl

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Prx_reed_foehll_240x240_small REED FOEHL: PUBLISHED ON PRX  2 / 15 / 2019 - BEYOND A SONG originates in BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA and is sponsored by: THE BLUEBIRD NIGHTCLUBAIRTIME RECORDING STUDIO ,  and  VISIT BLOOMINGTON.COM

Host Rich Reardin talks with singer/songwriter Reed Foehl about his life and music.

Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Reed Foehl first made his name as a musician while working with the jam band Acoustic Junction, and subsequently went on to a solo career that found him blurring the lines between rock, folk, bluegrass, and improvisational music. Born and raised in Boston, Foehl relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 1989, and he soon teamed up with fellow musicians Tim Roper, Curtis Thompson, and Matt Coconis to form the group Acoustic Junction. Like many acts on the jam band scene, Acoustic Junction found an audience for their eclectic music through extensive live work, and in 1991 they released their first album, Love It for What It Is. Acoustic Junction would release four more albums (including one issued under the name Fool's Progress due to pressure from their record company) before the group folded in 2000; Foehl chalked up the breakup to the stresses of ten years on the road. During his days with Acoustic Junction, Foehl first began writing material for himself, releasing a low-key collection of solo performances titled Leo's Song in 1995 (and reissuing it in 2005). After a few years of focusing on his songwriting and spending more time with his son, Foehl officially launched his solo career in 2004 with the album Spark, and soon renewed his commitment to playing live. In 2005, Foehl was invited to join Vince Herman, formerly of Leftover Salmon, in a new band he was forming for a benefit concert, Great American Taxi. While Foehl considered Herman to be a good friend and a talented collaborator, he decided his solo career was where his loyalties lay when Herman opted to make the new group a going concern, and he left Great American Taxi before they released their first album in 2007, instead putting out his third album, Stoned Beautiful, the same year. Foehl's album Once an Ocean arrived in 2009, and in 2014 he joined forces with the roots music label Immersive Records to release Lost in the West. 

With the release of Reed Foehl’s fifth solo album, Lucky Enough, fans will get a dose of powerfulmedicine, a cathartic collection of 10 songs that Foehl recorded with help from a mighty musical force, The Band of Heathens, produced by Ed Jurdi and Gordy Quist at their Finishing School studio in Austin, TX. It’s an album that will undoubtedly solidify his standing as one of the most compelling and vital Americana artists around. On Lucky Enough, Foehl touches on a range of Americana styles, all with emotionally charged lyrics and can’t-get- out-of-your-head choruses, from somber folk elegies (“Stealing Starlight” and “American Miles”) and gospel-tinged tunes (“Carousel Horses”) to barroom country singalongs (“Long Time to Make Old Friends”) and jaunty calypso-flavored, country-infused pop (“Wish I Knew”). These are deeply personal songs for Foehl, and while they were written during some dark days, there’s a sense of optimism and gratitude, an overriding feeling that the hope outshines the heartbreak. In 2017 Foehl was making a big move, heading to Nashville to continue his craft as an artist and a songwriter. That made sense after co-writing the leadoff song (“Fly”) with up-and-coming country singer/songwriter Brent Cobb on Lee Ann Womack’s 2014 Grammy-nominated album, The Way I’m Livin’. On the way, he got a call from his mother, Linda. She had lymphoma, and she needed him. He didn’t hesitate, ditching his fully loaded car in Nashville and flying straight home to Massachusetts. In that year and a half taking care of his mom, he wrote most of the songs you will hear on Lucky Enough.

Musical selections include: Hello My Dear, Takes A Long Time To Make Old Friends, Wish I Knew, Stealing Starlight, Color Me In, Carousel Horses, Running Out of You, If It Rains, American Miles

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Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye To Kerouac (EDITED language version w/ ID break)

From Sue Zizza | 59:00

Takes place August 1964 as Keroauc is packing to move to Florida ( edited language version ) ----- for unedited explicit language version go to --- http://www.prx.org/pieces/24856

Jackcoverforprx_small Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac written by Patrick Fenton, is directed by award winning audio dramatist Sue Zizza, and takes place at the end of summer 1964. Based on a recording that was made in Kerouac's Northport, Long Island living room, as he and his mother, Memere, pack to leave for St. Petersburg, Florida - the place where he would finally end his many road journeys - this play blends the reality of that last night with other moments in Kerouac's life to create an image of an artist in transition. On this last night in New York, as Jack hosts a going away party for himself, he thinks back to the America he saw, riding alongside Neal Cassady, as they drove back and forth across the US. Throughout the beer-soaked night, Jack reflects back on fame, the fame he tried unsuccessfully to hide from in Northport, and a cultural shift taking place in America that has him worried that his time has come and gone. As the memories play through his mind, Jack also receives a series of soul-searching phone calls from his daughter, Jan, who is desperate to connect with the man she believes is her father. Scenes from Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac were recorded on location at Gunther's Tap Room in Northport, NY - one of Jack's favorite haunts - and features music by Composer David Amram, who scored the 1959 Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Neal Cassady film "Pull My Daisy". Narrated by Len Cariou, Jack's Last Call is an honest portrayal of, and an elegy to, the man who wrote On the Road, which helped to shape a generation and a nation. "Great writing, excellent audio mix and effects...a superb piece of work." ~ Tom Lopez - ZBS Foundation. "This play shows Jack at a difficult time in his life, and it does it with a rare understanding of how he tried to deal with the dilemma of unwanted celebrity while finding a way to continue pursuing his goals as an author. Fenton has created a moving portrait of a unique artist, rather than another dreary "Beat" stereotype. Bravo!" ~ David Amram, Composer.

The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 (Series)

Produced by 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station

Most recent piece in this series:

The Beat Goes On - part 5

From 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station | Part of the The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 series | 09:09

Default-piece-image-0 Fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the definitive novel of the Beat Generation still enthralls readers with its call to the road. Charles Sennott of The Boston Globe heard the invitation for the second time in his life, and took it. In this five-part series he retraces the path of "On the Road's" Sal Paradise across America. Arriving in San Francisco for the final part of our series, Sennott is unexpectedly introduced to Carolyn Cassady, an intimate of Kerouac, and the widow of Neal Cassady, upon whom the character Dean Moriarty was based. In a rare interview, Cassady, herself the model for the character Camille in "On the Road," offers revealing glimpses into Kerouac's life and work. Each segment is designed as a drop-in to NPR's Morning Edition segment E. Included here are scripts for suggested host intros and tags. The total duration of each piece with intro and tag is ~7:15 and there is plenty of great music to fill under the rest of the segment.

Jan On Jack

From Marjorie Van Halteren | 06:34

Jan Kerouac delivering her own poem to Jack over his own poem 30 years previously.

Jan_small This piece brings together a poem the late Jan Kerouac recorded late one night at WNYC in the mid-1980's - it's a response to the poem read by Jack from the WNYC archives recorded in 1959.Two rare pieces of tape that were made for each other. Produced for Hearing Voices, originally aired on Studio 360.

Two Wheels to Nowhere - Episode 1

From Aengus Anderson | Part of the Two Wheels to Nowhere series | 30:20

From San Francisco, California to Kanab, Utah by way of the Salton Sea.

Two Wheels to Nowhere is a seven-part series that weaves together the story of one man's motorcycle journey around the United States with the voices of people he met along the way. It is a conversation about people's greatest sources of excitement and concern—a conversation that ultimately explores how different Americans face the unknown.

Ep1_copy_small This is a story of America told through snapshots of excitement and fear. Over the course of three months, Aengus Anderson rode his motorcycle around the United States and asked 166 random Americans the same two questions: what is the most exciting thing in your life? What is the most concerning thing? From beauty shop owners in Cairo, IL to contractors in rural South Carolina, a common theme emerged, one that spanned a cultural divide. From the left to the right, Americans expressed an uncomfortable feeling that something fundamental was off balance. Some worried about an environmental collapse, others a spiritual one, but their underlying disquiet was the same.

Two Wheels to Nowhere is a mix of interviews with a first-person travel narrative, a story that winds its way across American landscapes, both physical and cultural. It explores ideas through counterpoint and finds common ground in unlikely places. It is a story of choices, changes, and facing the unknown.

Artist Profile Charlie Sexton

From KUT | 02:28

In another installment of the series ‘Austin Aces’ featuring Austin artists making a mark on the "world stage", Texas Music Matters’ David Brown profiles Charlie Sexton-- a former child prodigy who’s gone from recording hit singles, to helping others make music.

Charlie_sexton_small Charlie Sexton, son of the Austin music scene, learned how to play guitar in the shadow of some of the city's most beloved players and by age 13 he was considered a local prodigy. Soon he was making his major label debut and went from being a successful solo artist to one of Rock & Roll's most-wanted "Guns for hire" working with artists from David Bowie to Bob Dylan. He's recently re-joined Dylans' band, and continues to produce CDs for many artists.

This short piece offers a glimpse into the extraordinary career of this Austin musician making a mark on the "world stage". Produced by the Texas Music Matters journalism unit at KUT Austin.

Black Vocal Harmony Groups of the 1930s & 40s

From WFIU | Part of the Night Lights Classic Jazz: Specials series | 59:01

A hour-long program of jazz music, exploring the music of African-American singing ensembles in the decades of the Great Depression and the Second World War.

Black-vocal-harmony-image_small The highly successful Mills Brothers inspired a large number of African-American singing ensembles in the decades of the Great Depression and the Second World War. Using only their voices and sometimes sparse instrumentation (guitars or tipples, which were a 10-stringed kind of ukulele), these groups combined jazz, pop, and gospel to produce recordings and styles that anticipated the rise of R & B, rock ‘n roll, and doo-wop in the 1950s.

We’ll hear the Spirits of Rhythm (featuring legendary hipster and scatter Leo Watson), the Golden Gate Quartet (who helped pioneer the “jubilee” gospel sound), the Four Vagabonds (an important transitional group between the jazz-jive vocal groups of the late 1930s and the black R & B groups of the 1950s), Cats and the Fiddle, the Ravens (their 1947 recording of “Ol’ Man River,” which included a bass vocal lead by Jimmy Ricks that served as a harbinger of the doo-wop movement to come), and more.

The R&B Chronicles - Jerry Butler

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:34

Historical look at R&B Music

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Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The R&B Chronicles -Valentines Day Special featuring The Delfonics & The Dells

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:27

Historical look at R&B Music

Chronicles1_small Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The R&B Chronilces - The Temptations

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:57

Exploration of R&B Music

Temptations_small Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The R&B Chronicles - New Birth

From WHRV | Part of the The R&B Chronicles series | 59:33

Historical look at R&B Music

Newbirthindexpic_small Perhaps more than any other genre of popular American music culture, soul music is the result of the combination and merging of previous styles and sub-styles in the 50's and 60's. At it's inception soul music combined the African American concepts of gospel and blues sensibilities in creating a passionate, soulful and musical presentation of the African American spirit. Rhythm and Blues is itself a combination of blues and jazz and developed in the 40's as small groups of predominately African American musicians built upon the blues tradition which morphed itself into soul music coming into the 50's. "The R&B Chronicles" is a weekly musical biography that will focus on classic R&B and soul music and feature many of the great artists and groups.... such as Otis Redding, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. "The R&B Chronicles" airs Friday evenings at 7pm on 89.5 WHRV-FM. Hosted and produced by Jae Sinnett.

The Beat Goes On - part 1

From 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station | Part of the The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 series | 07:46

Part 1 of 5

Default-piece-image-1 More than fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the definitive novel of the Beat Generation still enthralls readers with its call to the road. In this five-part series Charles Sennott of The Boston Globe retraces the path of "On the Road's" Sal Paradise across America. Part one finds Sennott in Lowell, Massachusetts, which has come to hold Kerouac in the same high regard as the author had for the city of his birth. It is here in Lowell that Sennott hears the invitation fto the road for the second time in his life, and takes it. Each segment is designed as a drop-in to NPR's Morning Edition segment E. Included here are scripts for suggested host intros and tags. The total duration of each piece with intro and tag is ~7:15 and there is plenty of great music to fill under the rest of the segment.

The Beat Goes On - part 2

From 90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR News Station | Part of the The Beat Goes On - "On the Road" at 50 series | 08:32

part 2 of 5

Default-piece-image-1 Fifty years after the publication of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," the definitive novel of the Beat Generation still enthralls readers with its call to the road. Charles Sennott of The Boston Globe heard the invitation for the second time in his life, and took it. In this five-part series he retraces the path of "On the Road's" Sal Paradise across America. In part two, Sennott begins his trek across the heartland in Des Moines, Iowa, where he finds out how "On the Road" speaks to today's generations. Each segment is designed as a drop-in to NPR's Morning Edition segment E. Included here are scripts for suggested host intros and tags. The total duration of each piece with intro and tag is ~7:15 and there is plenty of great music to fill under the rest of the segment.

An Angel-headed Hipster's Howl

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the RN Documentaries series | 29:30

Fifty year's after the publication of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" and its subsequent obscenity trial, poets and friends look back at its origins, impact and relevance today.

12962017_small In early October 1957, American poet Allen Ginsberg was hanging out in Amsterdam jazz cafes. At the same time in San Francisco, a Federal Court judge ruled that his poem "Howl" was not obscene. The work became a rallying cry for the movement known as the Beat Generation with it's famous opening line: "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness...". Fifty years later, with more than a million copies in print, Howl continues to inspire artists and activists. David Swatling explores the origins of one of the most celebrated and controversial poems of the 20th century and discovers it?s striking relevance to the world today?

Quirks & Quarks: Episode March 28

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the Quirks & Quarks series | 53:00

Canada's weekly national science program

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9½ Technologies That Could Change the World.

Fifty years ago, we could hardly imagine the technologies that have shaped our world today. Things like passenger jet travel, personal computers and the Internet, the cell phone, the communications satellite, gene sequencing, the pacemaker - just to name a few. Well, on Quirks & Quarks, we're going to try to extend this list into the next fifty years. We're looking at nine-and-a-half technologies that could change the world. Technologies such as nuclear fusion, intelligent batteries, sustainable agriculture, solar power, humanoid robots and quantum computers, among others.

"Mutabaruka: Jamaica's Original Dub Poet "

From Dred-Scott Keyes | 59:14

Dred-Scott Keyes and Bernard White interview Jamaican poet Mutabaruka.

Outcry_small While African-Americans are credited with inventing rap music, it was Jamaican artists like U Roy and I Roy who began that musical phenomena. A dub poet is a  poet  who has set his or  her words to music, Jamaican  style. Dred-Scott Keyes and Bernard White  interview Mutabaruka, Jamaica's original dub poet.

 

"Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae"

From Dred-Scott Keyes | 57:21

Producer Dred-Scott Keyes converses with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker and her husband, writer Jeff Walker about their collaboration in producing the new book "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, 1975-1976"

Bob_prx_photo_small Producer Dred-Scott Keyes converses with photographer Kim Gottlieb-Walker and her husband, writer Jeff Walker about their collaboration in producing the new book "Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae, 1975-1976"