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Playlist: Anything But Coronavirus

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Fun new specials and short classic pieces.

2020 Re:sound Specials from Third Coast (Series)

Produced by Third Coast International Audio Festival

Re:sound is a remix of documentaries handpicked by the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Most recent piece in this series:

Re:sound - The Chicago Show

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | Part of the 2020 Re:sound Specials from Third Coast series | 59:00

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This hour: Chicago. Hogbutcher to the world, jewel of the Midwest, and everything in-between.

Chicago, as all Chicagoans know, means wild onion. Wild, as in feral, unpredictable, fierce, blustery, lunatic. Onion, as in layered, spicy, sometimes stinky, sometimes sweet, and always tear-inducing.

Featuring:

Couple Two Tree by Sean Cole
Studs and Jimmy by Alan Hall
Riding Through the Summer by Katie Mingle
Elevated (Grand Chicago) by Aaron Ximm
Chicago's Gangster by Heather Radke
Beat Street by Chris Sewell
The Big City by Sean Hurley
I've Never Lived in Chicago by Jonathan Mitchell
Tripping the Light Fantastic with Abraham Levitan by Delaney Hall and Jacob Anderson

The Retro Cocktail Hour (Series)

Produced by Kansas Public Radio

Swinging bachelor pad music, exotica, bossa nova and groovy movie soundtracks.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Retro Cocktail Hour #978

From Kansas Public Radio | Part of the The Retro Cocktail Hour series | 01:58:00

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The music is served "shaken, not stirred" every week on The Retro Cocktail Hour.  Here you'll find vintage recordings from the dawn of the Hi-Fi Era - imaginative, light-hearted (and sometimes light headed) pop stylings designed to underscore everything from the backyard barbecue to the high-tech bachelor pad. 
Among the artists featured on The Retro Cocktail Hour are lounge legends like Frank Sinatra and Juan Esquivel; tiki gods Martin Denny and Les Baxter; swinging cocktail combos featuring The Three Suns and Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo; and mambo king Perez Prado.  The series also spotlights up and coming lounge/exotica artists, including Waitiki, Ixtahuele, the Tikiyaki Orchestra, Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, the Voodoo Organist and many more.
Each hour of the show is discrete and can be used in a variety of ways - a weekly two-hour show; a weekly one-hour show; or twice weekly one-hour shows.  Custom promos and fundraising pitches available on request.
Join host Darrell Brogdon at the underground martini bunker for the sounds of space age pop and incredibly strange music!

LBJ and the Great Society

From LBJ and the Great Society | 52:00

Before Vietnam sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled record accomplishments domestically: medicare, civil and voting rights, immigration reform, and public broadcasting. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson is today remembered largely for his failure in Vietnam. But before the war sunk his presidency, LBJ compiled a record of accomplishment on the domestic front unmatched since FDR.  Medicare, civil and voting rights, clean air and water, Head Start, immigration reform, public broadcasting — fifty years later, these programs are so deeply woven into the fabric of American life that it is difficult to imagine the country without them.  

So how did Lyndon Johnson, who made so ruinous a mess in Vietnam, pull off so extraordinary a feat at home? That’s the question we’ll be exploring through the recorded recollections of those who were there when this history was being made, and who had a hand in its making. Hosted by Melody Barnes, chief domestic policy advisor to Barack Obama and now co-head of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia.

Imaginary Worlds (Series)

Produced by Eric Molinsky

Imaginary Worlds makes us think more deeply about the real world. It's a bi-weekly podcast about sci-fi, comic books, fairy tales and other fantasy genres -- how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief. These are the backstories of our stories.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Human Touch

From Eric Molinsky | Part of the Imaginary Worlds series | 31:29

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I’ve been following parallel media stories about visual artists in two different fields. Each story is about artists who create fantastical images, but they’re worried they can no long practice their craft or earn a living. First, a visual effects artist who worked with Marvel tells me why the company is so dysfunctional, and how Marvel may be pushing the effects industry to the brink. Former VFX exec Scott Ross explains about how the system is set up to exploit visual effects companies and pit them against each other. Shifting focus from Hollywood to Silicon Valley, I talk with artist Steven Zapata about why AI image generating programs are an existential threat to artists, especially freelance fantasy illustrators. And Orbit Books creative director Lauren Panepinto discusses why she thinks AI won’t be putting her or the fantasy artists she works with out of work yet.   

Peace.

From Jenna Hammerich | 12:26

When you're raised by hippies, anything goes.

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Vectorflowers_small A child of 70s flower children, I grew up with no rules, no discipline. What awful kind of adult would I be?

Buck, Naked

From Andrew Norton | 04:45

Buck Dietz is a figure model. That means he has to stand naked and completely still for long sessions while artists sketch him. But for Buck, it's more than just standing there. He shares his surprising techniques that make his artform... sing.

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Bucksml_small Buck Dietz is a figure model. That means he has to stand naked and completely still for long sessions while artists sketch him. But for Buck, it's more than just standing there. He shares his surprising techniques that make his artform... sing.

Hope (A Three Part Series from To the Best of Our Knowledge) (Series)

Produced by Wisconsin Public Radio

You know what it feels like. But where does it come from? How do we make it? And are we really doomed? Join PRX's To the Best of Our Knowledge for a three episode journey in search of hope.

Most recent piece in this series:

Hope, Part Three: Are We Really Doomed?

From Wisconsin Public Radio | Part of the Hope (A Three Part Series from To the Best of Our Knowledge) series | 58:59

240x240_hope_small Can hope co-exist with cataclysmic realities like climate change? We conclude our "Hope" series with a look at the future.