September 24, 2005 The second of the Lost & Found Sound Memphis trilogy presents a glimpse of life through the recordings of African American photographer RA Coleman, making his living by documenting the black community in the 1950s South.
September 17, 2005 We present the first of our Lost & Found Sound Memphis trilogy with this portrait of the early years of Sam Phillips and his legendary Memphis Recording Service. This was before he recorded Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash. Interviews with Sam, his family, Ike Turner and others are interwoven with the remote recordings he made of talent shows, funerals and proms to support his passion for recording the raw unrecorded music of the 1950s South.
September 10, 2005 Jack Mudurian loves to sing. He once claimed that he knew more songs than Frank Sinatra. So David Greenberger challenged him, and recorded the results on the back porch of the Duplex Nursing Home in Boston.
September 10, 2005 A national collaboration of radio producers, artists, iron workers, bond traders, historians, widows and widowers commemorate the life and history of the World Trade Center and its neighborhood. A project of Lost and Found Sound and the Sonic Memorial Project.
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September 8, 2005 John Burnett looks at the worst natural disaster in U.S. history: a hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas in 1900, killing 6,000 people in the city alone. The great hurricane arrived on a Saturday in September, almost without warning, reducing the town to a splintered wasteland.
September 3, 2005 Thomas Edison's music room went unused since the days when he was using it to record the famous at the turn of the century. Lately, some top names have been back there in West Orange, New Jersey, making modern-day wax cylinders, which use no microphone, no electricity.
August 27, 2005 Shouting DJs and shock news were the hallmarks of radio station CKLW outside Detroit in the 1960s and 70s, where NPR's Don Gonyea grew up.
August 20, 2005 Old electric fans are the passion of listener Willard Mayes and fellow members of the American Fan Collectors Association. Mayes called our Quest for Sound phone line to tell us about his love for the machines. Quest curator Jay Allison takes us to Andover, Kansas, to hear fans hum, and sometimes, whistle.
August 15, 2005 The Kitchen Sisters explore lost and found film and the world of found footage and ephemeral films, and the people who make, archive and collect home movies and amateur films. A project of Lost and Found Sound.
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August 13, 2005 Radio dramatist Norman Corwin and producer Mary Beth Kirchner review his 1946 around the world trip which resulted in a series of 13 documentaries for CBS.
August 6, 2005 Silent film star Buster Keaton is always seen more than he is heard. But through our Quest for Sound phone line and listener Bob Borgen, we hear Keaton sing at a party. Also, NPR film critic Bob Mondello takes us back to the days of silent films and reminds us that there was a time when we weren't supposed to hear anything in the movies. July 30, 1999
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.
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