Gregory Whitehead

Gregory Whitehead is the award-winning playwright, director and producer of more than one hundred radio plays, documentary essays and acoustic adventures for the BBC, Radio France, Australia’s ABC, NPR and other broadcasters.

Often interweaving documentary and fictive materials into playfully unresolved narratives, his works are distinguished by their philosophical commitment to radio as a medium of poetic navigation and free association.

Whitehead is co-editor, with Douglas Kahn, of the influential anthology of writings on the history of radio and audio art, Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio and the Avant-garde. He is also the author of numerous performance texts and speculative fictions that explore the intricate aesthetics of radiophonic space, as well as critical essays relating to memory, violence and American identity. A collection of his writings has been published in French under the title, Almanach des plaies insensées.


Brain Mash

How to create a human brain -- from a bowl of mashed potatoes.

Marinade a la Tete

A cerebral yet refreshing exploration into the question "where do creative ideas come from?"

Ice Music

What if sounds could be frozen into ice cubes, then released upon their melting? Everyday movements and actions might become rich musical performances...

Mind, Body, Soul

An interview with a performance artist, whose "art" consists of consuming entire copies of the Oxford English Dictionary, Gray's Anatomy, and the King James Bible.

This week: an aural trip to one of the oldest cities in the world, an unconventional love affair, and a man who eats up all the books he reads (literally).

This hour: phone solicitors, bottle evangelists, a mysterious cassette tape unearthed in the attic, and more.


Longtime proponent of radio as a fluid and flexible medium, Gregory Whitehead plays a variety of work from around the world and gives a philosophical and pragmatic talk on the role of imaginative radio in an increasingly congested media landscape.