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Playlist: Recommended

Compiled By: Louisville Public Media


pieces auditioned and recommended for use on WFPL.

Inside the Glore

From Michael Paul Mason | 13:48

An otherworldly visit to one of America's most bizarre museums, the Glore Psychiatric Museum in St. Joseph, MO.

Tranquilizerchair_small It's been called "one of the 50 most unusual museums in the country," but the word unusual doesn't cut it. The Glore Psychiatric Museum is a testament to man's failed attempts to understand mental illness.

Inside the Glore, we're taken on a bizarre yet vivid ride into the history of psychiatric treatment. We bear witness to unusual treatment protocols, ranging from restraint cages to human-sized gerbil wheels. In the terrible contraptions, we also sense an oddly persistent theme--man's terrible failure to adequately care for the mentally ill.

After venturing into the Glore, we meet Rolf Gainer, a psychologist, who discusses our current system of mental health treatment, and speculates about the future of treating mental disorders.

Southern Slices: Summer Institute Stories from CDS

From The Center for Documentary Studies | 54:00

A collection of student pieces from CDS "audio camp," 2003 - 2007.

P1020775_small Radio-making isn't just for professionals. Every summer, several dozen people from across the country converge on the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University to learn the skills of audio documentary work -- recording, shaping and crafting a piece, and mixing it on the computer. They get guidance and inspiration from seasoned producers. (They also tend to eat good barbecue and see a Durham Bulls baseball game.) This show pulls together seven of the best works made by those students -- many of them first-time producers. "Southern Slices" is hosted by CDS audio program director John Biewen.

Fake City, Real Dreams

From Zak Rosen | 17:51

A fake city comes to life to prove that dialogue and ideas can transform a region.

Map1_small Neil Greenberg is always thinking about cities. Specifically, the way in which transit has the ability to bring people together, or pull them apart. He works days as a route scheduler for a Metro Detroit bus system. For the last 5 years, Neil has been creating his own metro region, one street name at a time. The map is drawn to scale and it's excruciatingly detailed. It takes up 17 huge poster boards that fit together like a big geographical puzzle. The maps focus a lot on transit. But Neil knows that that's just one of many layers to creating a viable and well-ran city. So he and I took his imagined world and brought into the real world we live in...Detroit. We talked to people in the city and suburbs working on other pressing issues like education, civic engagement, and jobs to fill project their vision for a better future onto the Neil's world. We also made some characters up. What follows is an audio rendering of a collective vision, of a city that could be real but isn't...at least not yet.

He'll Always Get the Last Word In

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 05:31

Paul DiMatteo is the last in a long line of gravestone carvers.

Default-piece-image-0 In 1919 his grandfather founded Maine Memorial Company in South Portland and the business has been in the family ever since.  Paul used to be a banker, and both he and his father never had any desire for him to take over the business.  But eventually Paul decided he needed a change and left the banking world behind to pick up his tools and begin carving.  Today he sees himself as an artist, transforming people’s memories of their loved ones into portraits on stone. 

Action Speaks! - What Now? 1937: The Flint, Michigan United Auto Workers Sit-In

From Action Speaks Radio | 58:58

Action Speaks!-Underappreciated Dates that Changed America presents What Now? a series of 8 one hour programs suitable for individual or serial airplay.

Banks, Auto and Insurance Companies bailed out, lay-offs abound and yet...Where's the anger of the past? The Auto Industry, unions and the drive to protest; has it stalled and are union's pot-holes on the road to recovery?

Flintsit-in_small Action Speaks! is a series of contemporary topic-driven panel discussions framed by the theme "Underappreciated Dates that Changed America."  Each panel draws three or four experts, academics, creatives, and other relevant guests into an open-ended discussion with the larger community in the casual atmosphere of the downtown Providence arts organization, AS220.  Action Speaks! has partnered with RI's NPR station, WRNI, since 1995, and holds the honor of being been the first locally generated show aired on the station. Now you can tune in nationwide to Action Speaks! to hear host Marc Levitt and an endless parade of perceptive intellects and insightful audience members!

The spring season of Action Speaks: Underappreciated Dates that Changed America is organized around the theme ‘What Now?’ With our country mired in its worst economic collapse since the great depression, history can be a guide for what actions our nation should or shouldn’t take to provide for its citizens and whether or not it is time to re-set our priorities.

Featured Guests:

Richard McIntyre, PhD is Professor of Economics and Director of the University of Rhode Island Honors Program at The University of Rhode Island. He has written and published extensively in the fields of international and comparative political economy and labor relations. McIntyre is the author Are Worker Rights Human Rights? (University of Michigan Press, 2008) and editor of the New Political Economy book series for Routledge Press.

Travis James Rowley is a conservative republican and native of the state recently named the most democratic in our nation, Rhode Island (Gallup, 2009). A 2002 Brown University graduate, Rowley co-founded the Foundation for Intellectual Diversity at Brown University, an independent 501(c)3 committed to the promotion of underrepresented ideas, beliefs, and perspectives through lectures, conferences, publications, and academic programs at academic institutions in southern New England, including his liberal alma mater. Rowley is the chair if the RI Young Republicans and works as an independent financial advisor for New York Life Insurance Company. Rowley is the author of Out of Ivy: How a Liberal Ivy Created a Committed Conservative (BookSurge Publishing, 2006) and a frequent contributor to the Providence Journal.

Rachel Miller serves as the Rhode Island director of Jobs with Justice, a strongly pro-union non-profit organization with a national presence of around 40 local coalitions. These coalitions bring together labor unions, community organizations, religious groups, and student groups in their fight for economic and social progress in workplaces and communities. Jobs with Justice works on the direct concerns of the labor movement, such as first contract campaigns and organizing, as well as broader economic issues, including affordable housing and health care.



Action Speaks!, a co-production of AS220 and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, would like to thank The National Endowment for the Humanities who provided major funding to our program; our Media Partners: WRNI, RIPBS & the Providence Phoenix.  Thanks to The What Cheer? Brigade for our intro music.

Find out more at http://actionspeaksradio.org/ 

Contact the production crew at actionspeaksradio@as220.org with any feedback, ideas for future shows for press info or to request a personalized ID. You can also write to us at Action Speaks! c/o AS220 Main Office, 95 Mathewson St. Dreyfus #204, Providence RI 02903. If you are a radio station and wish to receive a CD of Action Speaks! please visit Creative PR's website: creativepr.org to make a request or contact them at info@creativepr.org / 1-888-233-5650. After December 2009, please contact actionspeaksradio@as220.org with any CD requests.

Small Town Life

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the CBC Radio's Outfront series | 53:29

CBC Radio's Outfront presents five stories about life in a small town.


The Rookie and the Veteran produced by Gillian Rutherford & Carma Jolly

Two Mounties, two different views of policing. Constable Alex Smith started his R-C-M-P training just one week after four officers were murdered in Mayerthorpe, Alberta. Then he landed his first posting - in rural Alberta at the Lac la Biche detachment, the hometown of one the slain officers. Meanwhile, his superviser, Staff-Sergeant Colin White has been on the force for 25 years.

Falling for Niagara produced by Kent Hoffman

Niagara Falls was once known as the honeymoon capital of the world, which inspired Oscar Wilde to call it "the second greatest disappointment" of married life.

So what's it like to grow up in Niagara Falls? Sarah Armenia always felt a bit embarrassed that one of the natural wonders of the world was overshadowed by tacky tourist attractions. Sarah returns to the Falls to see if she can finally separate the candy-floss tackiness from what she actually wants to call home.

Goodbye Glenavon produced by Sean Prpick & Neil Sandell
Nichole Huck grew up in the village of Glenavon, Saskatchewan.

Though she now lives in the city of Regina, her home town is alive and well in her heart. So when she hears that the only local school is closing, what else can she do but see it one last time.

Hallway Confidential produced by Carma Jolly, Jean Kim & Neil Sandell

Listen in on what's going on in the lives of some of the students of Stayner Collegiate High School.

Michael Morrey says there isn't much to do in a small town - he plays guitar, plays sports - and breaks windows. Vandalism isn't something he plans to do forever. Why does he feel compelled to do it in the first place?

The Chubs produced by Lindsay Michael

We visit a teen band called The Chubs in Plamondon, Alberta. It’s not easy playing alternative rock in a land where country is king.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr- A Documentary from 1962

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr- a Rewind series series | 54:59

A documentary from 1962 about Martin Luther King Jr. It presents a compelling portrait of a young Baptist preacher who was determined to change the world through non-violent tactics.

Masssey-king-book_small A documentary from 1962 about Martin Luther King Jr. It presents a compelling portrait of a young Baptist preacher who was determined to change the world through non-violent tactics. This is the first of six programs that reflect on Dr. King's legacy.

Fresh Greens: Teens and the Environment

From New Hampshire Public Radio | 51:29

Tells the stories of how American youth think about their daily impact on our planet.

Freshgreenslogo2_small NHPR, in partnership with Generation PRX and the Terrascope Youth Radio group at MIT teamed up to produce a one-hour special program. We invited youth radio groups from across the country to submit pieces for inclusion, and the following youth radio groups are featured in our program:

Terrascope Youth Radio – Cambridge, MA
Youth Radio – Oakland, CA
Youth Spin – Austin, TX
Blunt Youth Radio – Portland, ME
OutLoud Radio – San Francisco, CA
Alaska Teen Media Institute – Anchorage, AK

In one piece, Antony Jaureguí from Youth Radio in Oakland, California considers his personal energy consumption through the prism of his immigrant parents’ experiences and his own concerns about the environment.   In another piece, Libby Donovan from Blunt Youth Radio in Portland, Maine explores the pervasive nature of corn syrup in food ingredients and its impact on the environment.  Other pieces consider what it means to be “green” in the context of race, reflect on the public’s perception of environmental activism and contemplate a community garden’s impact.   

Other groups also submitted pieces, including Radiojojo Children’s Radio Network in Berlin, Germany and Curie Youth Radio in Chicago, IL.  Some of them will end up on the website for the show.  Members of the Terrascope Youth Radio group are hosts for this special and all the kids have had a hands-on role in writing the script and editing the audio.  NHPR finalized the hour-long show and distributed the program through PRX to public radio stations all over the country.  

Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students (54:00 and 59:00)

From Nancy Solomon | 59:01

This documentary won a 2010 Peabody Award. Nationwide, suburban schools are doing a good job educating white students, but those schools are not getting the same results with black and Latino students. This documentary tells the story of a suburban high school with lots of resources and a diverse student body that is struggling to close the minority achievement gap.


Award-winning NPR Reporter Nancy Solomon
takes you inside a school to hear a discussion on race in the classroom.  Listen as students try to explain what went wrong with their education. Join her at the kitchen table with black middle-class parents who thought that a move to the suburbs would ensure school success. Find out how the school's best teachers motivate their students. Be a fly on the wall in the busy dean's office where where kids with discipline problems land.

Two versions are available. The 54-minute version has a music-filled news hole and one-minute music breaks at :19 and :39 for station cutaways. The 59-minute version has additional content to cover the news hole (not music), and the same station breaks at :19 and 39.  The promos have 6-sec music tails for station tag.

A digital media package is available free to all stations that includes a call to action, audio slideshows and links for more information. To preview or to link to: www.nancycsolomon.com

Funded by the Spencer Fellowship in Education Reporting and free to all stations.

News 2.0: The Future of News in the Age of Social Media- Part One

From Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | Part of the The Future of News in an Age of Social Media series | 52:14

Two one-hour CBC Radio programs about changes to our understanding of 'journalism' now that anyone can create, report and publish news.


For more than a hundred years, the tools of journalistic production – the ability to report, photograph and record events and distribute that material to a mass audience – have resided in the hands of a small group of people who, by convention and by law, have been called journalists.

But in this 21st century the tools of production now belong to just about everyone. Thanks to "Web 2.0" technology – blogs, wikis, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and video sharing sites like YouTube – billions of people can transmit text, photos, and video instantly to a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. The tools of journalism are no longer the exclusive preserve of journalists.

Web 2.0 has made the creation of highly interactive online communities both easy and inexpensive. And these online communities have become important reference points in many people's lives, often replacing more traditional sources of influence, including journalists.

What is now called the "mainstream media" has lost its control over the tools of its trade, and its importance as a centre of social and political influence. The business and philosophical model both appear to be broken, perhaps irrevocably.

There is much to celebrate about this democratization of the media, but there are also reasons to be concerned about the loss of an independent, professional journalistic filter at a time when everyone can be their own media. Can online communities of "citizen journalists" be counted on to help us make informed choices as citizens and consumers? What's lost, and what's gained when "News 1.0" gives way to "News 2.0?"