January 29, 1999 Thomas Alva Edison founded recorded sound. He invented the repeating telegraph and the phonograph, among others. He was known as "The Wizard of Menlo Park," his hometown in New Jersey.
January 29, 1999 We invited listeners to phone us at 202-408-0300 and tell us about recordings they have saved, from their families, friends, public figures. Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison tells us how we might use their material and why we care.
January 29, 1999 PART 1 -- Independent producers The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) continue our year-long series (which airs every Friday in 1999 on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED) with part one of a profile of the work of Thomas Alva Edison in the realm of recorded sound. We learn that the inventor of the phonograph intended his instrument to be used to capture speeches and office dictation. Only later did he record music for the public. Skeptics were in disbelief of the phonograph when it first appeared, that they suspected Edison of hiring ventriloquists to copy voices. Edison, the "Wizard of Menlo Park" (named after the site of his first New Jersey laboratory), was a huge public figure of his day. He held over a thousand patents, but considered the phonograph his most important invention. Part Two, next Friday, continues the story with how Edison faced competition in the record industry.
January 1, 1999 Today we begin a year-long series on sounds of the century. It's called Lost and Found Sound, and it is a national collaboration of radio producers, artists, sound collectors, and public radio listeners.
December 2, 1998 Researchers have found the strongest evidence yet that aviator Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan crashed-landed in the South Pacific in 1937 and died waiting for rescue.
August 12, 1998 NPR's Bob Edwards talks with Charles Haas, a historian on the Titanic expedition, which raised a 20-ton section of the hull of the ship.
February 16, 1998 In 1959, Carl Sandburg delivered a speech about Abraham Lincoln before a joint session of Congress. Hear an excerpt from the speech by the poet and historian, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography Abraham Lincoln: The War Years.
August 1, 1997 Frank Maimone sells his South Philly pizzeria, by holding a contest for the best essay. After years in the business, Maimone developed a flour allergy. Instead of selling Vito's Pizza, he decided to make sure it went to a deserving pizza lover.
December 24, 1994 Tom Chapman was in the trenches with the 101st Airborne Division, in the midst of the Battle of the Bulge. He says the Germans had captured the U.S. supply trucks, so he and his fellow soldiers had no coats, no gloves, no blankets, just their regular uniforms.
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