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.
October 16, 1998 Film Critic Pat Dowell reports on Beloved, the new movie by Jonathan Demme based on the Toni Morrison novel. The movie was produced by and stars Oprah Winfrey.
April 17, 1998 Country music's Rose Maddox, who at age 11 embarked on a decades-long singing career, has died. Maddox became a big hit after World War II, touring with her four brothers. Their band was called, Maddox Brothers and Rose. She won a Grammy in 1996 for her CD, $35 And A Dream. Maddox died yesterday of kidney failure. She was 71 years old. NPR's Linda Wertheimer has this remembrance.
January 2, 1998 NPR's Vertamae Grosvenor reflects on how experiences of the past play out in present day relationships among black women. Her observations came during the filming of Beloved. Grosvenor portrays one of 30 formerly enslaved women who live in a small Ohio town. The film, due for release later this year, stars Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey and is directed by Jonathan Demme. It's based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison.
October 22, 1996 NPR's Andy Bowers reports on Ulitsa Sezam, the Russian Courtyard that's home to Zeliboba and his friends - Vlas and Yenick, and Aunt Dashe. If this sounds familiar, it is. The Russian version of Sesame Street premiered today, brought to you by the letter Bukva. There was concern before the show made it to Russian airwaves that it might be just another unwanted import of American culture, although it's too soon to tell what public reaction is to the show.
October 3, 1996 Junot Diaz is a young writer who was born in the Dominican Republic. He was raised there, but also in New Jersey, and he has just published a collection of stories about growing up on his old home island and in the U.S. The book is called Drown.
June 18, 1995 Marcie Sillman of member station KUOW in Seattle about the rock group Pearl Jam and the end of its suit against "Ticketmaster." Pearl Jam last year announced a boycott of venues run by Ticketmaster. This past week the group said it was giving up its suit.
September 23, 1991 Etta Baker is credited with helping to spark the folk music revival of the 1960s -- no small feat for someone who didn't become a professional musician until she was in her 60s. Now, at the age of 78, Etta Baker has released her first solo recording, and this Thursday the National Endowment for the Arts will honor Baker and other artists as living national treasures for contributions made to America's folk heritage. Dean Olsher visited Baker at her home and has this profile.
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