The Duplex Planet

Series produced by David Greenberger

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For more than a quarter century David Greenberger has been talking with old people in nursing homes, mealsites and senior centers, collecting conversations and stories. His radio pieces are genuine, moving, and often funny, exploring issues of aging through real characters that are in decline, but are still very much alive.

For more than a quarter century David Greenberger has been talking with old people in nursing homes, mealsites and senior centers, collecting conversations and stories. He has been publishing The Duplex Planet since 1979 and has released more than a dozen CDs of monologues with music performances audio verit? documentaries and a range of other books and audio works.

The radio pieces are very much an audio version of Greenberger?s Duplex Planet magazine. Genuine, moving, and often funny, frequently combined with music, the pieces explore issues of aging by revealing real characters that are in decline, but are still very much alive. They reveal the common threads of our humanity.


94 Pieces

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There is more to life than work.

Bought by Hearing Voices and KGLT


  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: 01:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Whistle while you work but when you retire...

Bought by WBEZ


  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :28
  • Purchases: 1
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Relearning how to walk can be the hardest thing to do as an adult.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: 01:04
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Two soldiers make a lasting agreement of friendship.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :57
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A gentle snake charmer always has one on hand to show.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :58
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A wife comes first

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :52
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Learning through life?s experiences including the hurdles of recovering from a stroke.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :54
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The kangaroo is her favored animal for possible reincarnation.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :59
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When you pare down a household to move to smaller quarters sometimes you give up things you love.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :37
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Four in One Year

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: 01:28
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A handyman at a girl's school is called upon for some unusual tasks.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: 01:47
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Trying and failing to fulfill a father?s expectations.

Bought by Hearing Voices


  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: 02:09
  • Purchases: 1
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A tale of a beloved pet with a hat trick.

Bought by KGLT


  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: 01:01
  • Purchases: 1
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A recounting of a partly imagined, partly remembered cinematic thriller.

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: :41
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Wanting to make a mother happy

  • Added: Jun 20, 2006
  • Length: 01:10
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A tale of a happy childhood, thinking like a cowboy and making inventions.

  • Added: Jun 19, 2006
  • Length: 04:25
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Greenberger's monologue introduces his work with the Duplex Planet, interviews with the elderly that began at a Boston nursing home. Here he tells ...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2006
  • Length: 02:09
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A recounting of an imagined classic Western.

  • Added: Jun 19, 2006
  • Length: 02:40
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An unconventional and wrong-headed telling of European history (Napoleon and Hitler) and the space race.

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Jun 19, 2006
  • Length: 02:06
  • Purchases: 1
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A sore throat named for Quincy, Massachusetts; other ailments and unrelated tangents.

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Jun 19, 2006
  • Length: 02:58
  • Purchases: 1