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Playlist: Brain Factory Samples

Compiled By: Miles Mowry

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Who dressed you this morning?

From KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media | Part of the KUOW's RadioActive Youth Media Podcasts series | 09:59

Did you dress yourself this morning, or did an entire industry?


Did you dress yourself this morning, or did an entire industry?

Today, RadioActive's Surya Hendry and Natalie Newcomb phone fashion professors, scroll through statistics, and get an inside view on the future of fashion, trying to answer one big question: Do teenagers control trends, or does the fashion industry control what teenagers wear?

This podcast was produced in RadioActive's Intro to Journalism Workshop for 16-18-year-olds. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.

HV043- Go By Train

From Hearing Voices | Part of the Hearing Voices series | 54:00

Musician Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, K Records) hosts train tales: An existential interaction with an automated Amtrak voice. The Kronos Quartet plays Steve Reich's "Different Trains." Singer Jules Shear recalls an on-board performance. A Sound Portrait of a Pullman Porter. A track-hopping hobo named Short Stop. Circus performer Little Jack Horton and poet Charles Bukowski stolen engine car. Segregated train-travel from StoryCorps. The world's largest model railroad. And Calvin's Great Aunt Grace's 1891 train trip.


Host: Calvin Johnson of K Records

Musician Calvin Johnson (of the band Beat Happening, and owner of K Records) hosts train tales:

"Julie the Amtrak God" (2:17) Jenny Asarnow.

An existential interaction with an automated Amtrak voice.

"Aunt Grace's Train Trip" (3:00)

Calvin reads from his Great Aunt Grace's diary of a 1891 train ride from Boston to San Francisco.

The Kronos Quartet performs the first movement of Steve Reich's Different Trains.

"Jules Shear's Train Song" (5:07) Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler

In the Song & Memory series, musician Jules Shear recalls singing for a school principal while riding the rails as a kid.

"Happy Davis: Pullman Porter" (3:51) Sound Portraits

From Holding On: Dreamers, Visionaries, Eccentrics And Other American Heroes, a portrait of a pullman porter.

"Hobo Confessions" (8:06) Ben Adair

Short Stop tells some track-hopping traveling tales.

"Hotwalker" (4:08) Tom Russell

Circus performer Little Jack Horton and poet Charles Bukowski steal a train, from Tom Russell's Hotwalker: Charles Bukowski And A Ballad For Gone America.

"Jim McFarland" (1:52) StoryCorps:

Segregated train-travel from the Jim Crow days.

"Northlandz" (2:45) Sound-Portraits

Another Sound-Portraits production, this one on the world's largest model railroad.

Other music: "Mr Train" Phil Bo and the Vikings, "Morning Train Blues" Peter Warfield, "The Rambler" Cisco Houston, 900 Miles and other R.R. Songs, "Alphabet Route" Chessie Manifest. Train Sounds: Thunder on the Steel. Photo by W.H. Jackson, from the Library of Congress.


From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 13:00

"Promise" is about Hazel Scott.

Nate DiMeo

Promise_small "Promise" is about Hazel Scott.

Just Another Fish Story

From Salt Institute for Documentary Studies | 08:28

A small town in rural Maine recalls the impact of a beached whale on their community.

Default-piece-image-1 Ten years ago, a whale washed ashore on the beach of Lubec in the poorest county in Maine. The people in town had to make a decision quickly—how would they get rid of a 60-ton dead whale?