Re:sound #96: The Sandbox Show

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.

2008 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


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.

produced by

Noah Adams

Noah Adams worked at NPR for over thirty years, where he cohosted All Things Considered and was also National Desk reporter since 2003.

Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.

James Reston

James Reston, Jr. is an American writer and journalist.

Keith Talbot

Keith Talbot is a Peabody-award winning producer who helped influence the sound of public radio from its beginnings.

The Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning and James Beard Award-nominated NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project.

Joe Frank

Joe Frank (1938 - 2018) began his radio career in 1976 at WBAI, Pacifica's New York station, and served as co-anchor of NPR's All Things Considered in the show's early days.


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