PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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Caption: Ed Peeples
Edward Harden Peeples V was born to be a racist. It almost seemed preordained. One of his ancestors had owned 250 slaves and his father loathed bla...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 25:37
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The love of Ricardo and Georgiana Montalban: Star Trek meets Corinthian leather on Fantasy Island; Foreplay chardonnay or“wining” about winter in t...

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 38:43
Caption: The Clarys on the front porch of their home in Blackwell., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Anthony Clary grew up in the bricks. Buildings linear as Legos, lining block after block of city streets, stretching from Porter to Dinwiddie, from...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 26:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Chris Peace with his mother's shingle., Credit: Rebecca D'Angelo
Christopher Kilian Peace is a classical conservative informed by Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Edmund Burke and other great thinkers of the Enlightenm...

  • Added: Sep 30, 2018
  • Length: 27:46
Caption: Jones Mountain cabin
It started with the red wolves at Alligator River, took me out to the Blue Ridge Mountains, then down to a tribal gathering of the Chickahominy in ...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2018
  • Length: 26:43
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This time, we profile the March 1932 recording sessions held by Vocalion in New York City, as the nation was in the grips of the Great Depression.

  • Added: Aug 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Rocket 88,” by Jackie Brenston — widely considered to be one of the archetypal records of rock ‘n’ roll.

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Baby Scratch My Back” by Slim Harpo — the only number one hit on the Excello label during its 23 year run.

  • Added: Aug 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile “Key to the Highway” — one of the enduring classics of the blues, first recorded by pianist Charlie Segar in 1940.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Stick McGhee’s 1949 anthem to good times and cheap booze — a big hit that saved a fledgling Atlantic Records from bankruptcy.

  • Added: Aug 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Ida Valley, Credit: Charles McGuigan
It all started with the red wolves who now live, for the most part, in eastern North Carolina at Alligator River. These wolves had once numbered in...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 24:33
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This time, we profile B.B. King, who hit the number one spot on the Billboard R&B charts with “Three O’Clock Blues,” this week in 1952.

  • Added: Aug 18, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Katrina Powell, Credit: Charles McGuigan
Just as the red wolves were dispossessed of their homes so too were the people who had inhabited the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia for many gene...

  • Added: Aug 13, 2018
  • Length: 25:06
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This time, we profile Guitar Slim, who — much to everyone’s surprise — hit the top of the R&B charts with “The Things That I Used To Do,” in 1954.

  • Added: Jul 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Red wolf howling.
Kim Wheeler is the Wolf Lady. She knows more about red wolves than just about anybody in the world. And the more I learn about these remarkable ani...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2018
  • Length: 24:51
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January 1953 was a busy month for recording in Chicago, involving sessions, this week, with “Homesick” James Williamson and Johnny Shines.

  • Added: Jul 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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January 1953 was a busy month for recording in Chicago, involving sessions, this week, with Elmore James, Arthur Spires, and Johnny Williams.

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Red wolf howling.
Red wolves used to roam free across most of the eastern United States, from Maine to Florida, from Missouri to Texas, one of the top dogs in the fo...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2018
  • Length: 24:08
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This time we profile “Open the Door, Richard” — a 1947 novelty record that quickly embedded itself into the American consciousness.

  • Added: May 15, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time we profile Son House and B.B. King, who both made historic live appearances in Chicago the Saturday night before Thanksgiving, 1964.

  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Tip McClure of the Estate Experts., Credit: Charles McGuigan
this is the conclusion of 2828 Story of a House. It’s about a man named Leroy Basham who hoarded for several decades, and the people who dug throug...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2018
  • Length: 22:09
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This time we profile James “Beale Street” Clark — barely a footnote in blues history — who recorded an enduring classic, this week in 1945.

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Windy City keyboard legend Little Johnny Jones, who was in the studio with Muddy Waters and Leroy Foster in 1949.

  • Added: Apr 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
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This time, we profile Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, who recorded an iconic slice of down home blues, "That's All Right," this week in 1946.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: Our distinctive logo comes from a rare poster for the 1977 Beale Street Music Festival.
This time, we profile Mississippi guitarist Tommy Johnson, who cut one of the prophetic masterpieces of the blues, this week in 1928.

  • Added: Apr 03, 2018
  • Length: 03:29