July 30, 2005 A singing trio in Chicago in the 1920s, NPR's Kathy Schalch recently discovered her grandmother Gay was Wynken and her Aunt Lu was Blynken to a series of Nods.
July 29, 2005 The Port Authority visionary behind the building of the Twin Towers, had an inspiration: "construction guides" -- friendly co-eds in mini-skirted uniforms, posted at corner kiosks on the site to inform an inquiring public and put a pretty face on a controversial issue.
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July 28, 2005 In 1940, Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin were hired by the Library of Congress to travel around California and record the lives, stories and music of Dust Bowl refugees. They traveled around the state’s central valley, lugging a 50-pound recording machine. The two men created an oral history of refugees from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas who had left their draught and depression-ravaged homelands to look for jobs in the west.
July 23, 2005 Walk through Washington Square Park in New York City one summer Sunday and you'll hear songs of another time. Eric Byron plays them on his phonograph with a homemade horn.
July 16, 2005 In the late 1960s and early 1970s young, mostly left-wing students and radicals found a voice on FM community radio across the country. Ken Sleeman was the general manager of one such station, WGTB-FM in Washington DC. He shares some of his recordings from that time.
July 9, 2005 When CBS closed its main news studio -- Studio 9 -- 35 years ago veteran broadcaster Robert Trout went on the air to recall some of the biggest stories that were anchored from there. Now he recalls that farewell program and the fellow broadcasters who worked with him.
July 2, 2005 A tribute to Jack Mullin, the engineer who introduced German tape recorders to America after World War II. Soon thereafter Bing Crosby started using them to pre-tape his radio show on ABC.
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.
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