August 20, 1999 As part of our series Lost & Found Sound, Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison introduces us to a collector of old electric fans. We are treated to solo performances of individual old fans, and an orchestra of fans blowing at once, and learn that in days gone by, a good electric fan was a blessing -- and expensive. Some models cost the average American worker two months pay.
July 23, 1999 In our weekly series, Lost and Found Sound, a collaboration between NPR and independent producers, we learn about Eric Byron, a self-appointed disc-jockey of sorts who sets up in the corner of a New York City park on Sundays. He uses a home-made phonograph with a four-foot horn made from a heating duct to play old 78-rpm records, many recorded before 1930.
June 30, 1999 Noah and Linda escort us through a series of recordings of weddings from the 40s, 50s and 70s. Not many people put their weddings on wire, tape or record -- but some of our "Quest For Sound" callers did. We hear a professionally narrated wedding from Manhattan, a "flower power" wedding from Ohio in the 1970s, a traditional church wedding in Mississippi, and even a wedding on the radio. This story is part of our series LOST & FOUND SOUND, a collaboration between independent producers and NPR.
April 9, 1999 As part of ALL THINGS CONSIDERED's year-long Friday series, we travel to the world of the Carnival Talker. Many call them "Barkers," but they dislike that term. There's a talent and skill that these sideshow pitchmen use as they try to lure people into shows to spend their money. The Talkers use language to amuse and raise curiosity; but they never give their audience time to think. We learn that the pitches are carefully constructed, and made up of distinct sections, designed to catch people's attention. (12:30).
September 23, 1997 A retired New Jersey man wants to help people quit smoking by giving them something other than tobacco to puff. Dr. Puzant Torigian is ready to begin producing cigarettes made from lettuce.
May 19, 1997 Scott Adams, creator of the popular Dilbert comic strip talks about his book, The Dilbert Future. The forward-thinking tome offers a graphic vision of the future in which newly-developed gadgets help workers goof off and still get paid.
March 20, 1997 Vegetarians, along with environmental and animal protection advocates, urge Americans to cut meat out of their diets for one day. Their view is that vegetarianism is a healthier lifestyle and also better for natural resources and animals.
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