PRX - Pieces for Tone: Engaging

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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
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After he died, John Glanton's photo negatives were forgotten. But then a relative unearthed those images from a trash bag in a garage. The result: ...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 03:02
Caption: Denise "Seven" Bailey and Tristan Al-Haddad, Credit: Kathy M Helgeson/Dunwoody College of Technology
Designing Nimbus—a giant, donut-shaped sculpture for Nicollet Mall—was just the beginning. Artist Tristan Al-Haddad also needed a talented crew to ...

  • Added: Dec 21, 2018
  • Length: 04:21
Caption: Heather McGhee, Credit: Hardy Wilson
By around 2044, the U.S. will become a majority-minority nation. This seismic demographic shift has triggered a cultural earthquake, provoking a ra...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2018
  • Length: 28:30
Caption: Hip-hop superstar Nas at the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard, Credit: Courtesy of The Hiphop Archive at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center
A journey to The Hiphop Archive and Research Institute at Harvard. whose mission is to “facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, cul...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


  • Added: Oct 30, 2018
  • Length: 31:22
  • Purchases: 1
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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A tiny Minnesota company tried to make a business out of selling spicy, beef pastries to local Somalis. But folks in that community wanted to make ...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2018
  • Length: 04:10
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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
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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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HOUR ONE: "Hip Hop Future" - "Straight Outta Compton" turns 30 this year and hip hop has more influence than ever. What will it change next? HOUR...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:59
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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
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A doctoral student in education seeks to discover solutions to health inequities in the St. Louis region and beyond.

  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 12:15
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HOUR ONE: "Why Make Art?" - Most of us stop making art around middle school. What can we learn from the people who never stopped? HOUR TWO: "Gate...

  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 01:58:58
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Playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton explores the education of famous artists John Biggers and Samella Lewis.

  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 50:20