July 1, 2005 For more than 120 years, six generations of Mohawk Indian ironworkers, known for their ability to work high steel, have helped shape New York City's skyline. The Sonic Memorial Project talks to the children and nephews of those who built the World Trade Center. In the fall of 2001, many of them had to dismantle what their elders helped to build.
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June 30, 2005 In celebration of the Spring marriage season, an audio album of weddings curated from the Quest for Sound project at Lost and Found Sound. The brides and grooms are wed in ceremonies reflecting their different times, lives, traditions and the recording mediums of the era.
June 30, 2005 In 1993, writer Tracy Johnston went to northern Nigeria to research a book. What she recorded were the sounds of village women greeting a relative on his return to the village. It's a sound she's returned to again and again.
June 25, 2005 We learn about what old sounds can and can't be restored. Sound restorer Steve Smolian demonstrates how he goes about his job using materials provided by Quest for Sound line callers as part of Lost and Found Sound. From listener Laurie Baker's little sister singing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" to listener Martha Platt's grandmother speaking in Swedish - Smolian uses his talent and specialized equipment to bring back long lost voices.
June 18, 2005 Since his death 30 years ago, NPR's Susan Stamberg hadn't heard her father's voice. She knew it was on a record somewhere in her home, so she went searching for it and found a reminder of her childhood.
June 11, 2005 There are over 6,000 languages in the world today. Some experts say the majority are on the verge of disappearance. NPR's Dean Olsher considers the rapid deaths of many of the world's languages -- like Papua New Guinea's Arapesh -- and reports on the debate in the linguistic community over the need to intervene and save them.
June 4, 2005 A story of two children with different accents: one British, one Spanish. Now they are adults who are engaged to be married, and have lost their accents. But they each discovered tapes of themselves as children, each singing "Old MacDonald Had A Farm."
June 4, 2005 Mark Twain was more than one of America's literary legends. According Hank Risan he was also a passionate guitarist and singer, playing gospel, blues, love songs and political satire. Risan believes that the guitar was built by the legendary guitar maker C.F. Martin.
June 3, 2005 A look at the neighborhood around the World Trade Center before the buildings were built. A six-block area contained the largest collection of radio and electronics stores in the world.
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May 28, 2005 One night Tennessee Williams and his buddy Pancho walked down to 131 Royal Street in New Orleans to the Pennyland Arcade, sat in a Voice-O-Graph recording booth and made eight cardboard acetate discs. These 1947 recordings are intertwined with a return to the Penny Arcade today, as well as conversations with actress Kim Hunter, the original Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire", Tennessee's brother Dakin, and his biographer Lyle Leverich among others.
May 21, 2005 On May 21, 1927, Minnesotan Xandra Kalman and her husband Collie were on vacation in Paris. It was her wish to be at Le Bourget Field when Charles Lindbergh landed there that day...and she was. She later told the story to her children and grandchildren and recorded it on audio cassette. Her step-grandson, Mark Orton submitted it to our Quest for Sound™.
May 21, 2005 The Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University houses recorded speeches, performances, lectures, interviews, and broadcasts by over 50,000 persons over the last 100 years. NPR's Don Gonyea took a tour of the library and talked to its collector.
May 14, 2005 Actor Andy Garcia narrates a story about the "readers" who made life in cigar factories tolerable. This story, produced by The Kitchen Sisters -- Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva -- in collaboration with Laura Folger and Tina Pacheco, tells the story of the men who were paid to read aloud to men and women rolling cigars in Tampa and Ybor City, Florida at the beginning of the century and into the 1930s. Listener Henry Cordova brought it to our attention through the Quest for Sound.
May 8, 2005 In August 1964 at the age of 19, Judy Vulliet and her friend met the Beatles. They reported on the Beatles American tour for a Washington, DC radio station. But they recorded and saved only one interview, which Ms. Vulliet told us about on our Quest for Sound™ phone line.
May 7, 2005 Two pieces from our Quest For Sound™ phone line trace this day in history for two different groups of men in uniform. Boy Scout Troop 3 performs its annual Gang Show - a compilation of skits and songs from the 1920s right through the nineties. And on the 54th anniversary of VE-Day, NPR listener Ken Dunn shares a recording of his mother's feelings on the event.
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