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Compiled By: Micah Whetstone

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"Tea and Wireless"

From Margaret Evans | 28:01

Before the Internet, before television, there was the radio. That's how people heard the news and enjoyed their favorite shows. This story is part one of a series, "Tea and Wireless," about the early days of radio serials and soapies in Australia. It is an oral history in which we hear excerpts of the old broadcasts, and interviews with the people who produced and acted in them.

Default-piece-image-1 Before the Internet, before television, there was the radio. That's how people heard the news and enjoyed their favorite shows. This story is part one of a series, "Tea and Wireless," about the early days of radio serials and soapies in Australia. It is an oral history in which we hear excerpts of the old broadcasts, and interviews with the people who produced and acted in them.

A Conversation with Pete Seeger [about Woody Guthrie]

From National Endowment for the Arts | Part of the Art Works Podcast series | 21:18

Pete Seeger remembers his friend, Woody Guthrie. [21:13]

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EarthTones

From Claire Schoen | 26:03

Sound is a vital though invisible aspect of human existence. “EarthTones” gives its audience the opportunity to experience the natural world through sound.

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Earthtones_small A series of 10 short radio features about the environment, highlighting rich soundscapes of the natural world. Sound is a vital though invisible aspect of human existence. “EarthTones” gives its audience the opportunity to experience the natural world through sound. The rhythm of ocean waves, the awesome crack of thunder, a volcanic explosion are some of the sounds that will open listeners’ minds and senses to a realm that sustains and encompasses the human world.

Bessarabia Ghost Tapes

From Soundwalk Collective | 53:09

Bessarabia Ghost Tapes is a haunting soundscape that weaves the voices of Holocaust survivor oral histories from the Centropa Foundation with 1940s era ’78s collected in a free market in Bessarabia and field recordings, to create a meditative and hypnotic reflection on the indifference of nature towards our barbarianism and cruelty, and the never-ending cycle of inflicting pain on one another.

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In Bessarabia Ghost Tapes, Soundwalk collaborated with Centropa - the interactive database of Jewish memory - to collect hundreds of recorded tapes of the Holocaust survivors of Bessarabia. Soundwalk then traveled through the region to conduct field recordings of the 27 towns where these communities existed to place the sound sources in context with their historical environment, from Kishinev in Moldova to Tiraspol in Transnistria to Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi along the Black Sea to Chernovtsy in the Carpathian Mountains of Ukraine. 

The sound piece is a reflection on the contrast between the permanence of nature sounds, bound to a territory, and the disintegration of the human sounds that populated these places in a time and space, creating a meditative and hypnotic reflection on the indifference of nature towards our barbarianism and cruelty, and our never-ending cycle of inflicting pain on each other.

Another Planet

From The Organist | 33:21

The true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles' Skid Row in the 1980's before he relocated to Another Planet.

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Clyde Casey was a street performer in the 1980's who would often perform in the parking lot of LA's Wallenboyd, the experimental theater space where John Cusak, Tim Robbins and many others got their start. One night the theater's security guard didn't show up, so they asked Casey if he could keep an eye on their patrons' cars before and during the plays. He agreed, but only if he could stay in character. Festooned with toys and musical instruments and homemade chrome-painted sculpture, he metamorphosed himself into a surrealist crime fighter, keeping Skid Row safe using only the powers of art. That night, Clyde Casey became The Avant Guardian.

But this is only where Casey's story begins: he soon commandeered an abandoned gas station across the street from the Wallenboyd and converted it into a remarkable unprecedented (and unrepeated) project called Another Planet, a place beloved and fondly remembered by the hundreds of homeless men and women who frequented it, along with high-ranking city officials, movie stars, and artists.

For over 20 years, no one in LA knew what happened to Casey. Radio producer David Weinberg finally tracked him down, and the Organist is thrilled to present his incredible story on our season-two premiere.

A collaboration between the Organist and Love and Radio from Radiotopia, Another Planet was produced by David Weinberg, Nick van der Kolk and Brendan Baker, with special thanks to Tina Antolini and Austin Hines. The Organist is produced by Andrew Leland, Ross Simonini, and Jenna Weiss-Berman. Thanks also to Shelby El-Otmani, Gary Scott, Jenny Radelet, Mario Diaz and the staff of the Believer and McSweeney's. Daniel Handler wrote the thing at the top of the show about the acorn.

Castles in the Air

From Sarah Boothroyd | 31:11

Castles in the Air explores Albert Einstein's supposition that “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

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Death and reason. Dark matter and dreams. Black holes and belief. Fear and infinity.

Generously supported bythe Canada Council for the Arts, Castles in the Air explores Albert Einstein's supposition that “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

Featuring excerpts from David Eagleman's book, “Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives,” as read by Steve Urquhart, Janna Graham, Paolo Pietropaolo, Dinah Bird, Erin Flynn, Roman Mars, Chris Brookes, Ed Prosser, Ian Jarvis, and Dominique Ferraton.