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Learning to Live: James' Story

From Long Haul Productions | Part of the Waiting it Out Series series | 28:47

The story of an ex-felon's transition from prison to the free world. James, who narrates, is 38 and has been in and out of prison all his adult life (Winner: the Edward R. Murrow Award; the Third Coast International Audio Festival Public Service Award; and the 2002 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award)

James_small "Learning to Live: James' Story" is the story of an ex-felon's transition from prison to the free world. James, who narrates, is 38 and has been in and out of prison all his adult life. After completing a seven-year prison term for burglary, James comes to live at St. Leonard's halfway house for ex-offenders on Chicago's West side. Over three months, James goes through a rigorous education process that includes job training, drug counseling and twelve-step support meetings. His recovery is tested when his eighteen-year-old son, whom he hadn't seen in fourteen years, is arrested on a drug charge. After landing his "dream job" in customer service for a cable company, James leaves the halfway house having begun to "learn how to live." "Learning to Live: James' Story" won the Edward R. Murrow Award; the Third Coast International Audio Festival Public Service Award; and the 2002 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. Judges in the latter competition called it "a tightly straightforward report that skillfully wove actuality and narration, James telling his story as only he could. It was clear, concise and remarkably comprehensive." The story was originally broadcast on Chicago Public Radio and All Things Considered in 2001.

The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

From Jay Allison | 19:17

Award-winning documentary from Lost & Found Sound

Mikeprx_small In 1966, a young marine took a reel-to reel tape recorder with him into the Vietnam War. For two months, until he was killed in action, Michael Baronowski made tapes of his friends, of life in fighting holes, of combat. 34 years later, his comrade Tim Duffie brought Baronowski's three-inch reels to Lost & Found Sound. The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Corporal Michael A. Baronowski aired on NPR's All Things Considered on the 25th anniversary of America's withdrawal from the Vietnam. The documentary shed light on the experience of that war, and, in some measure, of all wars. It used the power of radio to reveal the heart through the voice and to see in the dark. It combined the rare talent of the late Baronowski as a "correspondent" from the front, the compassion of his dedicated platoon mate Duffie. This program struck a universal chord with listeners--with those who fought the war, those who protested it, and those who weren't even born at the time. It generated perhaps the greatest outpouring of response in the history of NPR's All Things Considered to date. The documentary won the first Gold Award in the Third Coast Audio Festival competition. Produced by Christina Egloff with Jay Allison.

Paul Pena's Kargyraa Moan

From Jonathan Mitchell | 05:24

** Listen through this - there is a graphic bathroom moment. **
a blues singer discovers a new voice

Pena_small UPDATE from www.paulpena.com: We're sad to report that Paul passed away Saturday October 1, 2005 in the early evening at his apartment in San Francisco. He'd been through a long battle with Pancreatitis and Diabetes. This is a huge loss for all of us. During the the past 8 years, Paul's health has been on the decline and his quality of life was greatly diminished by the nearly constant state of pain that he was in. We can take comfort in knowing that he's no longer suffering. October 2, 2005 San Francisco Please be aware of Paul's passing if this piece is aired on your station. HOST IN: Songwriter Paul Pena (PAY-nuh) wrote the 70s-rock classic "Jet Airliner" (made popular when it was recorded by the Steve Miller Band), and he's been singing the blues since he was a kid. But after an unexpected encounter with the throat-singing tradition of Tuva (TOO-vuh), the blind blues singer recharted his musical life. He studied, practiced, and then flew all the way to Central Asia to compete in a Tuvan throat singing competition. Pena's full-throated rumble did very well. In this piece, Pena tells the story of how he discovered Tuvan throat singing, and how he learned the technique. HOST OUT: The singer Paul Pena, performing in Tuva at the Khomei (KOH-may) Symposium and Contest a few years ago. He won in his division, and the film "Genghis Blues" chronicles Pena's visit to Tuva. Jonathan Mitchell produced our story. This piece orginally aired on Studio 360 in July, 2003.

The Time Traveler: a Man, a Dream, a Machine

From Emily Corwin | 09:35

A boy's grief led him to an extraordinary discovery...

Ron When Ronald Mallett was 10 years old, his father died of a heart attack.  Ron was devastated, and wanted to see his father again. He set out to build a time machine from junk he found in his basement.  50 years later, Theoretical Physicist Dr. Ronald Mallett has developed the equations to build a real time machine. 

This is a narrated story taken from an interview with the scientist about his memoir, Time Traveler.  Spike Lee is directing a feature length film adapted from Dr. Mallett's memoir; the film is currently in production.

I'm Relatively Human

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 07:47

Marty Hagglund had it all. He had a loving wife, a beautiful home, and a great job. Then, Marty threw it all to the wind to realize a deep-seated, life-long desire — to become a woman.

Marty2_small Marty Hagglund had it all. He had a loving wife, a beautiful home, and a great job. Then, Marty threw it all to the wind to realize a deep-seated, life-long desire — to become a woman. Her story is not about transitioning between genders. It’s about what happens after you’ve arrived at your destination, and are forced to consider what you gained, and what you lost.

How Are You Who You Are?

From Eric Winick | 21:13

A disinhibited love story.

62003_small In 1995, Douglas A. Nadeau of Marblehead, Massachusetts underwent a pallidotomy at Mass. General Hospital, an operation designed to eradicate neurons in his brain that no longer responded to dopamine, the naturally-created chemical that facilitates movement. Nine years earlier, while on a business trip, Doug had been bitten by an insect and developed strange Parkinsonian symptoms, such as the inability to keep his eyes open while talking. These caused numerous problems for Doug, a high-powered corporate lawyer in Boston. Over time, the symptoms worsened until Doug lost his mobility at night and was reduced to a hospital bed. Following the procedure, in which Doug practically walked off the operating table, he found he was unable to inhibit certain antisocial tendencies that, prior to the surgery, he'd kept repressed. To make matters worse, his surgery turned out to be a failure, and his symptoms returned one by one. The next nine years tested the boundaries and limits of love, marriage, and tolerance, both within the family and in the Nadeaus' wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

The Hitchhike Plan

From Hearing Voices | Part of the The Plan series | 29:01

Hittin? the Road, Thumbs Out

0608planhitchhke_small This week we stick out our thumbs and catch a ride... PLAYLIST: ARTIST | AUDIO | ALBUM (*=PRX piece) 1. Belgium | All Happy Right Now | Nachtfahrt 2. Jonathan Mitchell | A Beginner's Guide to Hitchhiking | 3. Red Sovine | Phantom 309 | Phantom 309 4. Belgium | All Happy Right Now | Nachtfahrt 5. Scott Carrier | New Shoes | HearingVoices.com 6. Lemon Jelly | Ramblin? Man | Lost Horizons

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This [broadcast day] join us for a half-hour of hitchhiking. We hear stories of freedom and isolation on the open road, using your thumb to move you down the highway. Catch a ride with The Hitchhike Plan, this [broadcast day] on [station]. 

Lost and Found at the Border: A Special Report by KUT Radio and Latino USA

From KUT | 58:59

an exploration of immigration and our understanding of what?s gained when people cross an international border... and what?s lost with every journey.

Thebridgebetweenmexicoandu This program looks at illegal immigration from the eyes of the immigrants. It puts faces on those people who chose to settle or stop in the United States and their stories--who these people are, what situations in their own countries encourage them to leave for America, their contributions to the economy (real and underground), who they interact with, how they affect local communities. This program uses Texas and the issues found in the state as a lens through which to view the national debate on illegal immigration.

Letter to My Mom: You Haven't Lost Me

From Curie Youth Radio | 02:21

A letter from daughter to mom about love, hope, and Chuck E. Cheese

Images_small Curie Youth Radio is a writing and radio production class at Curie High School on Chicago's Southwest side. Here, students create their own stories: fresh takes on everything from snowball fights to gang warfare. They see their stories as a way for teenagers in one Chicago high school to reach out to the rest of the world.

Leaving the Mountains

From Appalachian Media Institute | 01:36

Growing up in rural Appalachia Machlyn Blair didn't think he would have much in common with teenagers from other places. But the current immigration debate has made him realize just how central the experience of economic migration has been for him and his family. In this essay Machlyn shares his personal experiences and family history with economic migration, and talks about what making a choice to leave home really means to him.

Machlynsfamilysmall_small There are many parts of the country where illegal immigration is not a pressing issue... Places far from any U.S. border; places where the economy isn?t strong enough to attract workers. But some Americans in these places see a direct link between their experiences and the experiences of the millions of immigrants who cross the border illegally for economic reasons. Nineteen-year-old Machlyn Blair lives in rural Kentucky and finds the current immigration debate relevant to his life, and the history of his family.

Cortez, Montezuma & Abraham: Discovering Jewish Roots

From Rebecca Sheir | 03:50

At 72, a Spanish-descended Catholic discovers the real reason she's never liked eating pork.

Jewishroots_small Imelda Jacques has been researching her family tree for 40 years. She's found Spanish forebears, Portuguese forebears, even French ones. But two years ago, she found out something else: She's Jewish. Imelda is descended from "conversos," Jews forced to convert to Catholicism during the Spanish Inquisition. Some converso descendants, unaware of their Jewish roots, still practice Jewish rituals -- like lighting candles on Friday nights and not mixing milk and meat -- but don't realize these customs are Jewish. While Imelda grew up in a strict Catholic household, she's now trying to unravel the mystery of her Jewish past: When did it all begin? Why didn't anyone tell her? ...And, most of all, could this be the real reason she's never really liked eating pork?

Trans-Identities: A Community Comes Out in Western New England (Series)

Produced by Tina Antolini

A series profiling the personal stories of transgender residents of Western New England, and their civil rights efforts.

Most recent piece in this series:

Trans-Identites Part 3: Legislating Civil Rights

From Tina Antolini | Part of the Trans-Identities: A Community Comes Out in Western New England series | 06:35

Transpridemarchersinnorthamptonmajune2008_small More than one bill languished in Massachusetts last legislative session, including a bill that would have added "gender identity and gender expression" to the state's anti-discrimination and hate crimes laws. The bill is aimed at protecting people who identify with a gender other than the one on their birth certificate. The transgender community maintains that current laws regarding sexual orientation don't protect them. Legislation providing similar protections in Connecticut passed the senate, but didn't clear the house. In the final part of a series on the region's transgender community, Tina Antolini reports on the debate over these bills, and why advocates think they stalled in the legislature

the memory palace (Series)

Produced by Nate DiMeo

the memory palace is a series of short, surprising history stories from veteran producer, Nate DiMeo. Each episode tells the story of a forgotten moment or figure from the past or asks us to remember the reality behind history's more familiar facts and faces. New episodes posted every ten days or so here, on iTunes, and at thememorypalace.us

Most recent piece in this series:


From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 09:14

Nate DiMeo

Chavez_small "Peregrinar" is about a march led by Cesar Chavez.

Lost & Found Sound (Series)

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters

Lost & Found Sound is an eclectic gathering of stories both historical and entertaining, woven together with lyrical sonic transitions, surprising audio artifacts and musings by the likes of Sun Records producer Sam Phillips.

Most recent piece in this series:

Introduction to Lost & Found Sound

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the Lost & Found Sound series | 13:11

L_fsound_logo_blue-copy_small On January 1, 1999 we began a series on sounds of the century called Lost & Found Sound, a national collaboration of radio producers, artists, sound collectors, and public radio listeners. Sounds were recorded throughout the 20th century, and during the final year of the century we brought those sounds to NPR’s All Things Considered: archival sounds, tape from people's attics and basements, lost sounds, the voices of family, of people at work, at play, growing up, growing old, at war, sounds of indelible historic moments, and of the everyday. This first story in the series is a sampling through the decades: sounds of presidents, of fishmongers, of telephone answering machines, public address systems, and more.