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Sound Opinions Presents The Best Albums of 2013

From Sound Opinions | 59:00

Music fans and critics love making lists: Top 5 Driving Songs, Top 5 Bass Lines, and so on.
But this is the list that really counts: The Best Albums of the Year.
What did 2013 sound like? What are the albums you need to know about? And what records can you safely put under the tree?
Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give you the answers during this special free hour of Sound Opinions.
Available for FREE to all stations December 6th.



Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present the best albums of 2013. They talk about favorite releases by Savages, Chance the Rapper, Upset and more. Listeners from Willowbrook, IL, Minneapolis, MN and Denver, CO call in to share their number one albums.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.

Humankind: The Search for Well-Being

From Humankind | 01:57:59

A powerful documentary about how treating the whole person fits into the new health care era. In this sound-rich program, doctors, nurses, patients and health advocates describe this emerging medical movement.


The clash over who gets health care coverage and who pays — which resulted in the 2013 government shutdown — is just part of the story.

According to the CDC, more than three-fourths of U.S. medical costs are attributed to largely-preventable illnesses related to our lifestyle behaviors (what we eat, whether we exercise, how we manage stress, if we smoke).

Mind-Body-SPiritYet visits to the doctor are often too brief to get a handle on these complicated problems. An NPR/Robert Wood Johnson/Harvard poll shows about 3 in 5 patients are unhappy with the rushed pace. Frequently they come away with prescriptions to treat symptoms, rather than a solution to underlying causes. And it's increasingly hard for time-stressed physicians and nurses.

To get to the root of this, The Search for Well-Being examines the emergence of "integrative medicine," for which clinics are now widespread at major hospitals throughout the United States, including parts of the Veterans Administration, which operates the nation’s largest health care system.

The aim is to provide effective, low-tech care for the whole person: mind/body/spirit. Many integrative clinics offer acupuncture, teach meditation skills for stress reduction and provide health counseling. Some of these services are newly covered by the Affordable Care Act and Medicare.

To explore this fascinating trend, we've talked in depth with health care providers, patients and others around the country. The sound-rich stories are powerful. Hour 1 explains this approach to health care and how it is transforming the relationship between patients and their doctors and nurses. Hour 2 looks at new developments in medical and nursing education to prepare a new wave of professionals for integrative practice.

Teenage Diaries Revisited (Hour Special)

From Radio Diaries | Part of the The Radio Diaries Podcast series | 01:55:15

Hour-long special of Teenage Diaries Revisited.

Back in the 1990s, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a handful of teens and asked them to report on their own lives. Now, almost 20 years later, Joe has checked back in with them.


A lot of life happens in two decades. 

Back in the 1990s, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman gave tape recorders to a handful of teens and asked them to report on their own lives.

Now, almost 20 years later, Joe has checked back in... With Josh, still struggling with Tourette syndrome as an adult; Melissa, who was a teen mom and is now the mom of a teenager; and Juan, a Mexican immigrant who is now a father and husband...and still undocumented. 

Teenage Diaries Revisited is presented by Radio Diaries, in collaboration with NPR and PRX
For more information visit www.radiodiaries.org or email Joe Richman joe@radiodiaries.org 

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The Future of Us

From Guy Rathbun | Part of the Turning Pages: Authors and Their Words series | 21:14

The new novel by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler poses the question of how a person would live their life if they had a window to their future selves.

Future_small The novel is set in 1996. Two teenagers, Emma and Josh, are startled to discover the new America Oline CD-ROM allows them access to Facebook. The problem is they've never heard of Facebook.  At first they think it's a hoax, however, in time, they begin to discover a great deal more.  
Two leading voices of youth books, bestselling author Jay Asher, and Printz Honor-winner Carolyn Mackler, tackle this conundrum with humor, levity, and insight into what makes life worth living. 

WTF Episode 305 with Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston

From WTF with Marc Maron | Part of the WTF with Marc Maron series | 54:00

Listen in for two surprising conversations with the stars of two AMC dramas: Mad Men and Breaking Bad

Jon-hamm-and-bryan-cranston-together-in-costume-18914-1311109316-56_small Despite Marc’s wishes to the contrary, Jon Hamm is not much like Don Draper at all. In a Cat Ranch chat, Jon reveals what it was like to grow up in St. Louis, why he hung around a lot of alternative comedy shows in the 90s, and why a role on Mad Men saved his career.

Then Bryan Cranston talks to Marc about what led him to the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad. Along the way he almost became a cop, worked alongside some carnies, and was briefly wanted for murder.

WTF Episode 106 with Robin Williams

From WTF with Marc Maron | Part of the WTF with Marc Maron series | 58:59

Yeah, Marc's sitting down with Robin Williams for an hour. No big deal. Both news hole and 59 minute versions are provided.

Robin500_small Yeah, Marc's sitting down with Robin Williams for an hour. No big deal. So what do you talk about with an international comedy superstar? How about alcoholism, cocaine, divorce, joke stealing, heart surgery, fame, Richard Pryor, jealousy, and Twitter? Yeah. That should do it.

Divorced Kid

From American Public Media | 54:00

America's divorce rate soared in the 1970s. Thirty years later, kids who grew up in the divorce revolution look back at that experience, and describe how it shaped them as adults. The 1970s also offered some lessons on how to improve divorce for kids today.


Award-winning former American RadioWorks’ producer Sasha Aslanian explores the "divorce revolution" of the 1970s through the perspective of kids--like herself--who lived through it, and experts who have had three decades to make sense of it.

This program debuted on Minnesota Public Radio and received a torrent of positive listener calls and comments, and earned the top hits on the station’s web site. Listeners connected deeply with the topic and voices and wanted to contribute their own stories. Highly listenable, engaging and at times, humorous, consider airing “Divorced Kid” over the holiday season as families get together, or anytime in 2010. Newscast compatible and audio promos available.  Full web build-out at www.americanpublicmedia.org/divorcedkid



Using a lively blend of first-person storytelling, (surprising scenes like playing the reel-to-reel audio of her own parents' wedding vows back to them), interviews with Avery Corman, the author of Kramer vs. Kramer, and revisiting the now-grown kids who wrote "The Kids Book of Divorce" in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1979, the first half of the documentary reports on the lessons learned from the 1970s.

The second half of the program examines how the experience of divorce has changed for kids since the 70s. We hear the voices of 4th and 5th graders in a court-mandated class for kids in Minneapolis as they learn how to avoid “divorce traps” kids can fall into. Aslanian follows one of the kids in the class, 10-year-old Lizzy, as she gets a new stepmom, half-brother and stepbrother, and enters adolescence. The program also features judicial reforms to improve divorce.


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What's Divorce Like for You?

From Vermont Folklife Center Media | Part of the Youth Radio Vermont series | 02:55

This is a vox pop I made about divorce.

Jerry1 My parents have been divorced for 11 years and it's been an ongoing struggle for me. I wanted to know what it was like for other kids, so I walked around Montpelier, Vermont and talked with kids about divorce. Here's what they said....


From Colleen Kelly | 22:22

Sealed explores divorce and its lingering effects. Nearly two decades after their parents’ separation, four siblings reflect on its aftermath.

Colleen Kelly

Sibsimageforprx_small This 22-minute piece explores divorce and its lingering effects. It is the same story told through four different voices and perspectives: my own and that of my three older siblings (David, Crys, and Derek). They all stayed with Dad, experiencing a fairly quick re-marriage and relocation in the midst of their high school years. I alone moved with Mom. 

Psychological research shows that there are a number of long-term effects that children of divorced parents experience, many of which are common across family circumstance. As such, the piece proves relatable and potentially cathartic for a wide-ranging listening audience. 

My primary content sources are long-form narrative interviews with each of my siblings, supplemented by audio from old cassette tapes and conversations with my parents. Audio-only work provides an intimacy especially suited for this topic as listeners can internalize whatever image best suits their own schema—allowing for deeper connection and identification. 

Sealing: An ordinance performed in the temple eternally uniting a husband and wife, or children and their parents
Glossary, www.mormon.org 

Maurice Sendak on Being a Kid

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 06:00

"I still think the same way I thought as a child. I still worry. I'm still frightened... Nothing changes." - Maurice Sendak

In 2009 Newsweek's Andrew Romano and Ramin Seetodeh interviewed Sendak. They wrote a great article. But no one had ever heard the poignant conversation. Until now.

Maurice_sendak_square_small "I still think the same way I thought as a child. I still worry. I'm still frightened... Nothing changes." - Maurice Sendak In 2009 Newsweek's Andrew Romano and Ramin Seetodeh interviewed Sendak. They wrote a great article. But no one had ever heard the poignant conversation. Until now.

The Poison Squad: A Chemist’s Quest for Pure Food

From Sruthi Pinnamaneni | 08:03

Meet Harvey Washington Wiley, the mastermind behind this experiment where young government employees were fed poison-laced foods months on end. He's also the founding father of the Food and Drug Administration.

Prx_1_small In the winter of 1902, twelve robust, young men in suits gather in the basement of a government building in Washington DC.  Waiters serve them dinner prepared by chefs, courses like chipped beef and applesauce, served on fine china. The room and board is free.  The men eat what is served, though they know each course has been spiked with a dose of some unnamed poison.  They do this every day, three square meals a day, for the next six months.

The press named the group of men the “Poison Squad.”  Harvey Washington Wiley, the chemist who conceived this experiment, would go on to become the founding father of the FDA and the "Watchdog of America's Kitchens". A moral man, his heart with filled with righteous anger when confronted with tomatoes preserved in salicylic acid and eggs sprayed with formaldehyde.  His fight for "pure food" would span three vigorous decades, and he would take on tough opponents like Coca Cola or sodium benzoate, losing more often than he won.

This short radio documentary tells the story of Wiley and a colorful human experiment--one that began in a basement dining room and continues on our dinner plates today.

Editor and engineer: Brendan Baker

The Kindness of Strangers

From Kirsty McQuire | 06:15

One woman's philanthropic mission comes full circle.

Kindness_4th-sept-2011_small During the leap year of 2012, Bernadette Russell embarked on a mission to complete 366 Days of Kindness. Her efforts were prompted by the riots that spread through her adopted home town of London and across English towns and cities, between 6th and 10th August 2011.

Bernadette has left sweets in phone boxes, books on trains, £5 notes on buses. She has given away balloons, cakes, flowers and lottery tickets, written letters to a soldier returned from Afghanistan and offered her socks to the homeless. She practiced ‘targeted’ rather than ‘random’ acts of kindness but she says she ‘expected nothing in return.’

Bernadette is now turning her 366 philanthropic experiences into a stage play, in collaboration with Jacksons Lane Theatre in London and with support from Birmingham Rep and Forkbeard Fantasy.

Kurt Cobain the Lost Interview

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 06:18

"I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem." - Kurt Cobain. Interview by Jon Savage in New York City on July 22, 1993.

Kurt_cobain_square_small Jon Savage interviewed Kurt Cobain in 1993 for a profile that ran in The Observer. This interview has rarely been heard until now.

It's all here. Drinking tea with his mom. Realizing he was Irish. Wondering if he was gay. Dealing with his mom's homophobia. Hating on Zeppelin and Aerosmith. His stomach pain and anger that fed into his singing. And finding peace after his daughter was born.

The extended interview is available at RocksBackPages.com 

Random Tape (Series)

Produced by David Weinberg

Most recent piece in this series:

Dec 31, 1995

From David Weinberg | Part of the Random Tape series | 05:59

Random_tape_logo_600x600_small Kenneth and Miriam ring in the New Year.

Hidden Kitchens: The Raw & The Cooked

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the Hidden Kitchens series | 54:56

An hour-long journey into the world of clandestine cooking, kitchen rituals and traditions. Tales of kitchens that suddenly pop up, kitchens that stay underground to survive, kitchens that are the keepers of a culture. Cooking traditions that spring from the most unlikely moments of history. Hosted by Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand.

Hk-raw_cooked-weenieroyale_small We travel the country and we travel in time in search of hidden kitchens and little-known corners of American food culture. From the Crossroads in Mississippi to the Birth of Rice-a-Roni in San Francisco. From the Sheepherder's Ball in the Basque Country in Boise to the Breadbasket of California's Central Valley. We hear kitchen stories and music from Michael Pollan, Rosemary Clooney, Robert Johnson, Super Chikan and more.

Entertaining, surprising, and soulful, a Kitchen Sisters' portrait of American life through food.

Some of the stories that are heard in this richly-layered documentary hour include: 

Kibbe at the Crossroads: A Delta Kitchen Vision: A story from the crossroads, in Clarksdale, Mississippi where barbeque, the blues and a kind of Lebanese meatloaf, meet.

Weenie Royale: Many hidden kitchen traditions come out of dark times, when surviving means adapting. We peer into a corner of America's not-too-distant past—the internment camps of World War II, where more than 100,000 people of Japanese descent—most American citizens—were incarcerated without trial for the duration of the war. Their homes, livelihoods, traditions and food taken from them. The Kitchen Sisters explore the impact of the internment on Japanese cooking and culture in America.  

The Sheepherder's Ball: Basque people fleeing Francisco Franco's dictatorship in Spain flocked to America. Many took jobs herding sheep across the West. We explore the world of Basque sheepherders and their outdoor, below-the-ground, Dutch oven cooking traditions.

Hidden Kitchen Mama: Kitchens and mothers. The food they cooked, or didn't. The stories they told, or couldn't.   

Breadbasket Blues: Travel down Interstate 5, straight into the agricultural heart of the California Central Valley, the nation's breadbasket, where the rates of juvenile obesity, type 2 diabetes and malnutrition are some of the highest in the country. The Kitchen Sisters explore some of the hidden causes of this epidemic and the local kitchen visionaries grappling with it.      

The Birth of Rice-a-Roni: Sometimes we find the story. Sometimes the story finds us. Nikki sat down next to this one at an NPR event in the Napa Valley. We were onstage interviewing Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma. The topic was corn, and we played a little excerpt from our Hidden Kitchen story on the 1930s kitchen visionary who invented the Frito. Over dinner, the 80-year-old woman seated by Nikki confided that she too had a hidden kitchen, and began to tell the complicated saga of the birth of Rice-a-Roni.

And we take a little detour to visit Mozart's Hidden Kitchen.

Hidden Kitchens: The Raw & The Cooked. Stories from across America about the transformative power of food. With host, Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand.