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Producer David Goren has the story of a mystery on shortwave radio. There are a number of stations which transmit nothing but numbers -- a series of numbers, read by an unidentified voice, all day, every day. We hear from several shortwave enthusiasts, and experts on international espionage, who believe that the numbers are encrypted code, delivered by government intelligence agencies to spies around the world. It is a mystery where the transmission come from, and who they are meant for. We hear the transmission of these "number stations" from the CIA , western European countries, and Russia. After the Cold War, many of the transmissions that were originating from Communist countries stopped. Many number stations today can be linked with Cuba, China, and Taiwan. Shortwave experts and code experts continue to be fascinated by the number stations -- the notion that what is coming out of your radio is meant for one person only, in a coded language only he can understand.
Lost And Found Sound: Numbers
'Lost & Found Sound': The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Cpl. Michael A. Baronowski
Lost and Found Sound: The House of Night
Lost and Found Sound Finale
LOST & FOUND SOUND: Vermont Folklore Recordings
LOST AND FOUND SOUND: Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins
LOST AND FOUND SOUND: West Virginia Steam Trains
NPR's Marika Partridge rediscovers a family treasure: reels and reels of tape recordings from her family's 1968 journey across Eurasia and Africa. That year, her dad was leaving a military assignment in the Far East. He planned a journey through Thailand, Burma, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan, Kashmir, Iran, Afghanistan and elsewhere by train, car and boat.
Lost and Found Sound: A Partridge Family Vacation
LOST AND FOUND SOUND: Aimee Semple McPherson
LOST & FOUND SOUND: That Was the Week That Was
The years just after the Second World War saw the advent of a new genre of classroom films: "social guidance" or "attitude enhancement" films -- we'll call them "mental hygiene" films. Young people in schools across America saw films with titles like "Dating Dos and Don'ts," "Mind Your Manners," "Are You Popular?" and, "Narcotics: Pit of Despair." Topics included table manners, etiquette, fitting in, posture, dating, highway safety, substance abuse, and juvenile delinquency. They were tools of social engineering, made to shape the values and attitudes of an entire generation of American kids. More than three-thousand of these films were made over nearly three decades. Now, fewer than half of them survive. Ken Smith has written a new book called "Mental Hygiene: Classroom Films, 1945-1970". He'll be our tour guide through this Lost and Found Sound report on this funny, fascinating, and largely forgotten genre of American filmmaking.
LOST AND FOUND SOUND: Mental Hygiene Films
LOST & FOUND SOUND: WHER - One Thousand Beautiful Watts
LOST & FOUND SOUND: The Transistor on the Schoolbus