This hour: we're diving into the archives and rewinding our way to the 1970s and 80s, sampling some of the fascinating, strange, and hilarious work that was produced when public radio was a medium without a real template.
Subtext: Communicating with Horses
by Jay Allison (NPR, 1985)
An animal psychologist searches for the source of one horse's ennui. The horse responds with his story of dislocation and lost youth.
Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown (excerpt)
by Noah Adams, Deborah Amos, and James Reston, Jr. (NPR, 1981)
In November of 1978, over 900 followers of Jim Jones committed suicide by drinking Flavor-Aid laced with cyanide. Unlike many other cult leaders, Jones began his career with the support of lots of mainstream politicians in California, where his career blossomed. And throughout his rise to power (and eventual infamy) Jones recorded himself for hours on end, preaching, pontificating, and proselytizing.
Ocean Hour (excerpt)
by Keith Talbot (NPR, 1979)
Two friends sit on a dock, meandering through a variety of ocean stories (some true and some not) : oceanographer Dr. Fish collects and catalogues the sounds of sea life for a top secret government project, a man constructs an amusement park in honor of the sea, a scuba diver becomes immersed in his hobby, and more.
The Legend of Ernest Morgan: The World's Champion One-Handed Pool Player
by Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, the Kitchen Sisters (NPR, 1980)
Ernie Morgan traveled the pool halls of America shooting exhibition pool nightly, telling his life story.
Arthur and Eleanor
Joe Frank (Rent-a-Family, 1987)
Eleanor needs a family -- but the only family she had, her ex-husband Arthur, doesn't really need her anymore.
This episode of Re:sound was produced by Delaney Hall.
Listen to all of Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown and learn more.
Read an interview with Keith Talbot about the making of the Ocean Hour.
Hear the Sonic Memorial Project by the Kitchen Sisters.
Listen to more audio goodness from Joe Frank.
Melodium, "Untitled 3," Hum Hum & Bla Bla EP (Autres Directions in Music, 2005)
Chihei Hatakeyama, "Bonfire on the Field," Minima Moralia (Kranky, 2006)
Chihei Hatakeyama, "Towards a Tranquil Marsh," Minima Moralia (Kranky, 2006)
E*Rock, "Them What Do," Conscious (Audio Dregs Records, 2003)
Can (U.N.K.L.E Mix), "Vitamin C," Sacrilege: The Remixes (Mute U.S., 1997)
Thomas Belhom, "Piano Viva," No Border (Ici D'ailleurs/Darla, 2008)
Melodium, "Untitled 6," Hum Hum & Bla Bla EP (Autres Directions in Music, 2005)
Andrew Coleman, "Pi Two," Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt (Thrill Jockey, 2001)