Stories

Our vast - and ever growing - collection contains thousands of carefully curated audio stories of all stripes.


Cognitive Dissonance: Lightning in a Bottle

What was the earliest sound ever recorded, or "bottled"? The First Sounds (FS) project, organized by a group of audio historians, scientists, and archivists, is dedicated to exploring these pioneering sounds, and sharing them with the world.

The Letters Show

This hour: letters. To yourself, to your city, lost letters, found letters... and a love letterto letters.

Dallas, Pitiless Universe

Dallas, the 1980s prime-time soap opera, may have disappeared from American television 20 years ago, but like J.R. Ewing, the show never really died.

Signal to Noise

What happens when you work with sound everyday -- listening to it, recording it, manipulating it -- and then one day, one of those sounds sticks around for good?

The Pigeon Race

We may be a bit biased subject-wise, but here's a delightful, sound-rich exploration of an endangered sport and community in Maine that's got it all: history, suspense, expertise and devoted participants both human and winged.

The Hunter

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure... Well, in Darren Atkinson's case, it's also his job.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Everyone knows the riddle: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? And the answer: Practice, practice, practice. But what if you practice, practice, practice, and still don't get there?

Downtown Avant Garde

Composer, label owner and multi-instrumentalist John Zorn is one of the most beloved (and provocative) American masters of free jazz, improvisation, and musical innovation.

Basement Story

When his mother decided to sell his childhood home, Austin Bunn returned to help clean out the basement and rediscovered traces of a childhood game that never really ended.

Finding Miles

A few years ago, radio producer Sarah Reynolds was privy to an intimate confession: her friend Megan told her that she was about to undergo a transition in gender from female to male.

Lucia's Letter

Slavery in America still exists. In southwest Florida, for example, women and girls from Central America arrive everyday looking for a better life.

Dear Z,

By way of a love letter, Julie Shapiro recounts the incredible racing history of the astonishing, record-breaking mare named Zenyatta. Zenyatta captured the hearts and imaginations of millions and shined a bright spotlight on the American horse racing industry in 2009-10.

Runner

One of the most remarkable marathon finishes in recent history was recorded in 2009 in Boston. There, Kenyan runner, Salina Kosgei had her sights set on the finish line, having traveled half way around the world to get there.

The Artangel Podcast: Memory

Inspired by three art works from the London-based art organization Artangel, producer Francesca Panetta offers an immersive sonic exploration through the subject of memory: personal, geographical, musical, architectural...

The Auctioneer

More than 20 years ago, musicologist Ned Sublette attended the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City, and brought along his tape recorder.