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.
April 30, 2005 The telephone answering machine is each person's own domestic preservation device -- a virtual cedar chest of treasured messages -- collections of monologues and small self portraits, that when listened to closely add up to an informal oral history of our lives.
April 23, 2005 The telegraph served generations as a communications device this century, but now it's nearly extinct. NPR's Jonathan Kern recalls how the device and its Morse Code were an important part of his childhood -- a language that united him with his father. And producer Gregory Whitehead of Nantucket, Massachusetts remembers his grandfather, a professional telegrapher.
April 21, 2005 In 1966, a young Marine took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him into the Vietnam War. For two months, until he was killed in action, Michael Baronowski made tapes of his friends, of life in foxholes, of combat. And he sent those audio letters home to Norristown, Pennsylvania. More than 30 years later a comrade brought those tapes to Lost amd Found Sound.
April 16, 2005 NPR's Art Silverman, as part of our year-long collaborative venture between NPR and independent producers, explores the sonic landscape saved by the AT&T archives. Among the artifacts at the Warren, New Jersey site are thousands of hours of movies, radio shows, and other sound that what was once our nation's near-monopoly telephone company made to portray itself. The strong, confident image of what came to be called Ma Bell was supported by dramatic rendering of service and community service. AT&T Historian Sheldon Hochheiser serves as tour guide.
April 9, 2005 Those guys at carnivals who try to lure you into the freak shows call themselves Carnival Talkers - never "barkers." Their pitches are carefully structured attempts to part you from your money. Independent producers Jay Allison and Rachel Day bring us into the world of the people who get you to pay good money to see The Lobster Boy and the Geeks.
March 26, 2005 We experience the sounds of the Aurora Borealis through the ears of sound recorder Steve McGreevy. Very low radio frequencies accompany the Northern Lights and at the equinoxes, when the signals are strongest, McGreevy heads north to listen. He hears the chirps, pops and choruses that play out when the Earth's Magnetic Field interacts with the Sun.
March 24, 2005 Producer Yair Reiner introduces Jack Foley, the man behind movie sound effects.
March 12, 2005 All Things Considered host Robert Siegel visits University of Pennsylvania linguist William Labov. Labov studies regional accents in the United States to see how they change over time and over class. We focus on his 40-year study of the various accents of New York City.
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March 5, 2005 As a child, listener Jonathan Mitchell received a cassette sent to him by his grandfather. He never knew his grandfather very well, and listening to the tape evoked some mixed feelings for Jonathan.
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