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In Good Hands (part 1)

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

A pair of urban explorers goes underground, in the first part of a continuing story. Starring Emily Tarver, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Ed Herbstman, Christian Paluck, and Amy Warren. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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The Takeaway

Preserving Endangered Sounds

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Where do sounds go when they die? The Museum of Endangered Sounds has archived sounds that will soon die: sounds like modems connecting, Tetris, Windows 95 startup chime, Nokia ringtone and more. John Hockenberry reflects on sounds lost and found in this audio essay.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked listeners: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris? We compiled the responses into an audio essay.

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The Takeaway

Twitter Responds: What Sounds Are Going Extinct?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today we asked our twitter followers: What sounds from your childhood are going extinct? Rotary phones? Dial-up connections? Tetris?

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The Truth

Total Transparency & Eye Contact

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Two different approaches to making stories that combine improvisation with the recording studio. Total Transparency is a brand new piece, it was completely improvised and recorded in one take, and then edited. It was made up on the spot by Chet...

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The Truth

People Beat

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

High school sophomore Samantha O'Connell has just won a math award, and Gary Vosot is on the story. Performed by India Kotis, Matt Evans, Melanie Hoopes, Carmen Berkeley, Matt J. Weir, Bryn Magnus, Christian Paluck, Ed Herbstman, and Amy Warren....

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The Takeaway

Archives Theft and the Uniqueness of Audio

Monday, May 07, 2012

While browsing for archival audio on the internet one night, radio historian J. David Goldin noticed a 1937 radio interview of baseball great Babe Ruth for sale on eBay. Goldin was startled; it looked almost exactly like the master copy he had donated to the National Archives more than 30 years ago. Goldin started sleuthing. His detective work set in motion an investigation that revealed one of the most serious thefts in the history of the National Archives. In stealing those master copies, the culprit stole history, a trove of mind-blowing audio recordings spanning decades of American culture. These audio recordings mark an age before television and the Internet, when only sound connected you to the rest of the world. Host John Hockenberry wonders, how does audio transport you back in time better than a photo?

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The Truth

Tape Delay

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The recording doesn't lie. Performed by Ed Herbstman & Tami Sagher, with Libby Geroge & Christian Paluck. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, written by Jonathan Mitchell, Ed Herbstman, & Melanie Hoopes. Originally produced for This American...

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The Truth

Everybody SCREAM!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spin class gets personal. Performed by Chet Siegel, Emily Tarver, and Ed Herbstman. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell, written by Chet Siegel & The Truth.

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The Truth

They're Made Out of Meat

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Terry Bisson's classic short story "They're Made Out of Meat" originally appeared in Omni Magazine in 1991, and our audio version was produced for WNYC's Studio 360 in November 2011. We've re-mixed the story especially for this podcast, and it's...

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The Truth

Interruptible

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A taxi driver is working on his anniversary, and gets more than he expected when he picks up a couple in Lower Manhattan. Featuring: Christian Paluck as The Driver, Chet Siegel as Mary, Louis Kornfeld as Frank, and Amy Warren as Morgan. With Ed...

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The Truth

Moon Graffiti

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Episode #1: Moon Graffiti. In our pilot episode, we imagine what may have happened if the Apollo 11 mission ended in tragedy. Featuring performances by Matt Evans, Ed Herbsman, and John Ottavino. Inspired by a real contingency speech written in 1969...

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Transportation Nation

LISTEN: Subway Platform as Musical Instrument

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Christopher Janney's "Reach," in the 34th Street N/R subway station (photo by Kate Hinds)

Manhattan's 34th Street/Herald Square subway station is not among this TN correspondent's favorites -- the platforms are narrow and it's usually crowded (hello, Macy's shoppers). Until last week.

While waiting for the N/R train, I decided to investigate the compelling burbling sounds pouring out of a green metal box suspended above the platform.

Reach New York: An Urban Musical Instrument is an audio installation by artist/architect/composer Christopher Janney. It was permanently installed in the station in 1996. Located on both the uptown and downtown platforms, when people put their hands in front of the instrument: "a burst of musical notes are released on the opposite side, playing to the person on the other side. The hand motions elicit an outpouring of sounds that evoke urban life and bring about duets between strangers waiting for their respective trains."

We had a lot of fun with it last week. You can listen to some audio of "Reach" below. (The sound gets really interesting about 30 seconds in.)

 

(photo by Kate Hinds)

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

AES 2011 Recap

Monday, December 05, 2011

Formats have continued to multiply since the 1970s, and the digital world has brought a whole new set of issues that we are only beginning to grapple with.
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Radio Rookies

Till Next Year ... NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival

Monday, August 01, 2011

After months of preparation for the NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival, it finally arrived on Saturday July 30th - as it quickly came it also quickly passed. I miss the festival already. But maybe it was part of the appeal so we would hunger more for next year! Even as someone who planned this event I didn't feel like, "finally it's done now move on," (maybe a tiny bit), but I want more.

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Transportation Nation

Weekend Listening: Six Transportation Stories of the Week

Saturday, April 16, 2011

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) It's been a busy week on the radio side of Transportation Nation. So we thought we'd assemble the great reporting work our partners have been doing from around the country into one ad-hoc podcast for your weekend listening pleasure.

It's about half an hour long, just right to keep you company making that Sunday brunch, or driving home from visiting mom.

What's in the Transportation Nation ad-hoc podcast you ask?

WNYC had reporters in New York City and in Denmark compare the copacetic world of cycling in Europe with the contentious attempts to build a bike lane network back home.

The Takeaway tackled the details of the latest budget deal that appear to have derailed high-speed rail funding in many ways.

KALW introduces us to the most dangerous mile of public transit in the San Francisco area, gun shots, on-board assaults and all.

Marketplace checks in on the trend of cash-strapped cities trying to privatize their parking spots. Hint: it looks like you'll be paying more for meters.

The Takeaway also looked into the latest spat over sleeping air traffic controllers. Just how overworked are they? And hasn't this always happened occasionally on the night shift?

WNYC tried to find out what regulations need to change to improve bus safety after a series of crashes left 17 dead. Here, the former head of the NTSB says he doesn't need to wait for the official report, the whole industry needs to change. (TN version of the story)

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Radio Rookies

Bristol Palin PSA

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This one time, I skipped school. When my mom found out (the school actually called...) she slapped me.  I was shocked.  It was the only time she’s ever done that, and the rest of the day was pretty awkward because she was so mad.

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Radio Rookies

Rookies: On Your Marks, Get Set, GO!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This fall, we began a new broadcast workshop in Flushing, Queens in partnership with the Flushing YMCA. During the past month, the Rookies have started to roll through their lessons, putting their new skills to practice. They are well on their way to making their radio documentaries.

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Radio Rookies

I Stand Corrected...

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I felt like such a hypocrite. Here I am in Queens, challenging the teens to find a sense of connection to their community, possibly eradicate their assumptions, and change their views about the place, while I think to myself 'me? Start a radio workshop in Queens? How dreadful! Love the kids, just not Queens - it's my least favorite borough.' Come on! Can Queens really be anyone's favorite borough? But after the 5 weeks long workshop, these kids and their stories about flushing made me reevaluate.

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Radio Rookies

Radio Rookies Short Wave Queens Mapping Main Street Project

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The third round of Short Wave Rookies comes from Queens, NY. We collaborated with Mapping Main Street, a documentary project that set out to tell the stories of all the Main Streets in the United States.

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