The Ernie Pyle Experiment!

Series produced by WFIU

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"Produced in the style of a modern cinematic full-cast audio play, The Ernie Pyle Experiment! is a thirteen-episode radio program/podcast chronicling Ernie Pyle’s pre-war work as a travelling columnist for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper syndicate from 1935-1942."

The Ernie Pyle Experiment! was created from the archives of the Ernie Pyle collection at the Lilly Library of Indiana University. It is a thirteen-episode program chronicling Ernie Pyle’s pre-war work as a travelling columnist for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper syndicate. Ernie and his wife, Jerry, travelled America from 1935-1942, in quest of interesting stories for his column, and its never-ending deadline. The Ernie Pyle Experiment! explores how it was done. Through fact and fiction—brought to life through dramatic performance—each episode examines the circumstances surrounding an actual Ernie Pyle column from this pre-WWII era—the body of which is made up from ‘recently discovered’ wire-recordings that give us a view into their everyday lives on the road, and what led to the creation of the column. It culminates in a reading of Pyle’s actual column in question at the end of each installment.

Each hour contains two episodes and a music suite.
52 minutes of content.

Breakdown

00:00:00 Billboard
01:00:00 Newshole (empty)
06:00:00 Episode 1 (length varies)
[:90 Local break]
Episode 2 (length varies)
Music Suite (length varies)
[:90 Local break]

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The Ernie Pyle Experiment! was created from the archives of the Ernie Pyle collection at the Lilly Library of Indiana University. It is a thirteen-episode program chronicling Ernie Pyle’s pre-war work as a travelling columnist for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper syndicate. Ernie and his wife, Jerry, travelled America from 1935-1942, in quest of interesting stories for his column, and its never-ending deadline. The Ernie Pyle Experiment! explores how it was done. Through fact and fiction—brought to life through dramatic performance—each episode examines the circumstances surrounding an actual Ernie Pyle column from this pre-WWII era—the body of which is made up from ‘recently discovered’ wire-recordings that give us a view into their everyday lives on the road, and what led to the... Show full description


Additional Files

7 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Episode 13: Gone With The Wind It is three weeks since Ernie dropped Jerry off back at their home in Washington DC. Jerry has been in the care of...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 52:00
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Episode 11: A Bed of Coals Ernie pays a visit to the home office for a meeting with his editor, Lee Miller. Miller, an old friend, knows about Je...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 52:00
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Episode 9: A Desolate Corporation Ernie’s first writing job was as an aviation columnist in The Washington Daily News. Amelia Earhart once said, ...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 52:00
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Episode 7: Not The Washington Post March Finally back on the road, Ernie and Jerry stop into a favorite haunt for the night. However, it is in Oh...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 52:00
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Episode 5: Perhaps You've Heard Of My Father Ernie discovers that his father drove his car through the front plate-glass window of the Dana dry-g...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 52:00
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Episode 3: The Snake Story Ernie’s parents are enjoying Ernie and Jerry’s visit home, but his mother just can’t seem to accept what her son has b...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 52:00
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Episode 1: The Bourgeois Standard As pressure mounts from the home office, Ernie is forced to use a voice recorder for his work in interviewing t...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2020
  • Length: 52:00
  • Purchases: 1