October 20, 2000 Executive Producer Rip Rense and the inspiration for the album
October 20, 2000 The a cappella group The Persuasions decided to do an album of Grateful Dead songs. As "The Dead" have been icons of sub-culture since the mid 60's, and have inspired more than one generation of devotees (Deadheads), they knew that covering the harmonies would not suffice. They would have to rediscover AND reinvent the music - both for themselves, and the audience.
October 6, 2000 Eddie McCoy is an unlikely historian. He grew up and has lived his whole life in Oxford, North Carolina — a tobacco town of some 10,000 people. When he was injured in a car accident and couldn’t keep working, he found a tape recorder and started interviewing people. His work is a unique window on small town life in the South.
September 8, 2000 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.
July 28, 2000 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.
June 30, 2000 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.
May 26, 2000 For at least 40 years, shortwave listeners have been stumbling across the eerie sound of unidentified stations transmitting only voices chanting numbers. Speculation on their purpose has ranged from UFO landing coordinates to international espionage. We explore the mystery of the shortwave numbers stations through the recordings compiled by hardcore numbers monitors.