May 7, 2000 Annie Cheney reports from New York on a legendary elevator operator, who's outfitted his place of work with plants, mood lighting and a sound system. His goal? To encourage passengers to start up a conversation.
February 13, 2000 Actor Christopher Walken talks about starring in a Broadway musical adaptation of The Dead, which is based on the James Joyce story. The actor also talks about portraying one disturbing character after another.
December 31, 1999 Quest For Sound Curator Jay Allison brings down the curtain on our year-long series, Lost and Found Sound, by playing examples of some of the listener calls that came in this year answering our plea for hidden audio artifacts. He laments that we never heard the talking seal, but then plays a short example. Allison takes us on a walk through the various kinds of sounds we learned about: ancestors passing messages to their descendants, voices of youth returning on record in old age, and many more. And, we hear the sound that initiated the series: a mysterious record made to a World War Two solider by his lover or wife back home.
November 19, 1999 Our year-long series visits a man obsessed with the sound of TV. Phil Gries started recording audio from his television set in the 1950s. He still has over 10-thousand items, and has turned his hobby into a business -- supplying audio from old TV shows to other collectors and museums. He says he was motivated by the ethereal nature of live TV to preserve broadcasts of all sorts.
October 8, 1999 Eighty-five-year-old Don Hunter plays us a few of his acoustic "trophies" from a lifetime of recording the sounds of his Pacific Northwest. The Eugene, Oregon man has been making stereo recordings of his region since the late 1950s -- and has been interested in sound since he was a boy. We hear a "planer," fog horns and a Douglas Fir being cut down.
June 25, 1999 In another installment of our year-long series, "Lost and Found Sound," Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison takes us behind the scenes, to hear old recordings sent to us by listeners. We learn of the difficulties of finding equipment to play some rare audio formats, and how an expert, Steve Smolian, takes a defective item and tries to extract sounds from it. We hear some home recordings by relatives of listeners who have since passed away. Smolian warns laypeople against trying to listen to old formatted items themselves, for fear the original will be destroyed.
February 26, 1999 As part of the year-long collaboration between independent producers Jay Allison, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) and NPR, we present this Friday's installment of the series about recorded sound this century.
February 18, 1999 After many poignant roles, Dustin Hoffman receives the annual American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award. Hoffman discusses what the award means to him.
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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