Re:sound #78: The Just Good Radio Show

This hour: a chronicle of European history through the sound of bells and a bizarre spectacle of endurance.

2007 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: a chronicle of European history through the sound of bells and a bizarre spectacle of endurance.

Bells in Europe
by Peter Leonhard Braun (adaptation by Steve Wadhams) (CBC)
A chronicle of European history through the sound of bells. It investigates what bells were used for: to call communities together, to warn people of coming disasters, to celebrate weddings, and mourn funerals. And it also looks at the darker history of how bells were melted down for munitions during European wars.

Artist Crawls to Canterbury
by Conor Lennon (BBC, 2007)
British performance artist Mark McGowan specializes in bizarre spectacles of endurance. Like standing outside 10 Downing St. and kissing a photograph of Tony Blair 100,000 times. Or sitting for two weeks in a bath of baked beans, with two french fries stuffed up his nose and 48 sausages strapped to his head, to promote the much maligned traditional British breakfast. Or, as documented in this story by Conor Lennon, crawling for 60 miles from Southwark to Canterbury in search of love.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Steve Wadhams

Born in England, Steve Wadhams was a producer at the BBC before moving to Canada in 1974 to join the CBC program As it Happens.

Peter Leonhard Braun

Peter Leonhard Braun is a widely esteemed radio producer, writer, teacher, and mentor who developed the European "radio feature" as a distinct form, and by doing so influenced generations of radio producers around the globe.

Conor Lennon

Conor Lennon is a broadcast journalist, content producer & presenter at BBC and SRG SSR.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.


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