The Duplex Planet

Series produced by David Greenberger

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For more than a quarter century David Greenberger has been talking with old people in nursing homes, mealsites and senior centers, collecting conversations and stories. His radio pieces are genuine, moving, and often funny, exploring issues of aging through real characters that are in decline, but are still very much alive.

For more than a quarter century David Greenberger has been talking with old people in nursing homes, mealsites and senior centers, collecting conversations and stories. He has been publishing The Duplex Planet since 1979 and has released more than a dozen CDs of monologues with music performances audio verit? documentaries and a range of other books and audio works.

The radio pieces are very much an audio version of Greenberger?s Duplex Planet magazine. Genuine, moving, and often funny, frequently combined with music, the pieces explore issues of aging by revealing real characters that are in decline, but are still very much alive. They reveal the common threads of our humanity.


94 Pieces

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Music, dollhouses, and an adaptable life philosophy.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:10
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Want Ad seeking a new pet companion for a lasting relationship

Bought by WYBC and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:16
  • Purchases: 2
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Talking about thinking about talking to Einstein.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:36
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The kangaroo is a favorite animal for reincarnation.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:09
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Thoughts about the inevitable losses of old age and the value of a positive perspective in life.

Bought by WBEZ


  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:46
  • Purchases: 1
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A tale of a beloved pet with a hat trick.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 02:53
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A compelling march through a list of personal effects.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:23
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The simple pleasures of reflecting on the passage of the day.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:10
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Wanting to make mother happy.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 02:02
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Discovering life can be renewed at any age.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:08
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The mind tries to make sense of the jumbled memories resulting from a stroke.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 02:12
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A story about resisting class differences to build a happy life.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 02:15
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A healthy life philosophy can see you through hard times and good.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:42
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A dog without a tail is ruined.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: :58
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A story of childhood risks and hazards

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: :24
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Keeping pace with the family pet.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:34
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Cornelia Richardson survives the sudden loss of her husband, moving on with life, and then faces recovery from her own stroke.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:15
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The importance of rain and international good manners.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 01:36
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In Holland it's legal.

  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: :45
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Reflecting on aging, the illness and death of his wife, his own decline, then renewed social life by joining a retirement community.

Bought by WBEZ and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jun 18, 2006
  • Length: 08:19
  • Purchases: 2