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What were you doing 25 years ago? Immerse yourself in the sounds of the past and reacquaint yourself with history. Join host Kerry Thompson on Playback, a monthly podcast bringing a fresh perspective to classic stories from the vault.More from Playback »

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NPR Playback: February 1989

This is the dawning of the last year of the 80's!  So sit back and relax as Terry Gross talks to the original Norweigan bachelor farmer and public radio phenomenon, Garrison Keiller. We also feature an entertaining interview with dialect coach Robert Easton and hear about the future of the BOOK.  

 

 

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NPR Playback: January 1989

Get on the January '89 Playback train!  Terry Gross chats with the not quite famous rock duo “They Might Be Giants,” reporter Alex Chadwick reviews the Reagan years, Molly Ivins looks for real Texans at the inauguration of George H.W. Bush, and Scott Simon chats with comedian Stan Freburg. 

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NPR Playback: December 1988

 If you haven’t heard a frog chorus lately, this is the podcast for you.  It’s December 1988 and the folks at NPR are getting festive.  We hear an atmospheric retrospective of the year that was, go behind the scenes to witness the writing of "The Christmas Song "and we’re entertained by “Wizard Crystal” an original radio play produced by Ira Glass.

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NPR Playback: November 1988

If you feel the ground shifting under your feet it's because on this month's Playback we break from the time honored tradition of celebrating round numbers with a special nod to the 28th anniversary of "Weekend Edition Saturday."  Scott Simon takes us behind the scenes to witness the thrill of missed cues and the drudgery of endless tape editing.  Also on this Playback, Susan Stamberg examines the legacy of John F. Kennedy, and composer Steven Sondheim has some critical words about his early musicals. 

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NPR Playback: October 1988

It's a fall spectacular on this month's Playback: We revisit the '88 Presidential race, take a trip up the North Face of Mount Everest, get a glimpse of the panic caused by the radio drama "War of the Worlds" and hear from actor Tom Hanks about his 15 minutes of fame. 

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