Re:Sound :: Tsunami Song
The true and complicated story of the Confederate anthem, “Dixie.” Also, tsunamis & migraines, and Romeo and Juliet texting in the afterlife.
Fresh Air :: Documenting Hate in America
Journalist A.C. Thompson’s investigative work into the white supremacist organizations of America.
The Truth :: Bonus: Everything is Alive
This is actually a preview of a new podcast where inanimate objects get interviewed, in this case a can of generic cola. This sounded like a one-note joke, but the story went into some very odd places.
Hub History :: Boston’s Pickwick Disaster and the Dance of Death
A building collapse at a popular Boston nightclub in 1925 causes the death of 44 people and leads moral crusaders to campaign against the dangers of dancing the Charleston.
Hit Parade :: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now Edition
The history of the “featured artist” credit on number one singles.
To The Best of Our Knowledge :: Jeff Kripal at the Edge of Belief
Unconventional thoughts about religion, science, and the paranormal. Not that I necessarily endorse this, but it’s interesting to hear something outside of the typical.
Back Story :: Elementary, Mr. President
Robert Bork, Benjamin Spock, and Sherlock Holmes and their ties to American history.
Planet Money :: Yes in My Backyard
The radical and controversial solution to America’s housing crisis: building new housing in existing neighborhoods!
Hit Parade :: The Deadbeat Club, Part 2
This examination of the late 80s output of the two great bands of Athens, GA – R.E.M. and B-52s – fills me with painful nostalgia.
Have You Heard? :: The Problem with Fear-Based School Reform
Do schools work better when they’re “run like a business” and teachers and administrators are forced to work in a culture of fear where they’re expected to get results or else? Or do we recognize the nurturing mission of schools and support reforms lead by educators who know the children best? And how much of so-called “education reform” is rooted in anti-labor sentiment anyway? These questions and more are discussed on “Have You Heard?”
WBUR News :: Faneuil Hall, School Assignments
Boston’s ongoing history of inequality and racism are addressed in two current stories about Faneuil Hall, a building named for a slaveholder, and the lack of quality education for the city’s most vulnerable communities.
BackStory :: The Melting Pot
Stories of assimilation of immigrants, Native Americans, and hyphenated-Americans throughout our history.
99% Invisible :: Interrobang
The story of not one but two punctuation marks!
BackStory :: Saving American History
The stories of people who save the things that make American history.
Decoder Ring :: Clown Panic
A history of clowns and how they’ve gone from funny to terrifying.
Hidden Brain :: Looking Back: Reflecting On The Past To Understand The Present
There are times when a song, book, or tv show I loved leaves me with a feeling of crippling nostalgia, so I was interested in this examination on how our brains reflect on the past.
To The Best of Our Knowledge :: Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion?
Speaking of reflecting on the past, how about an unhealthy dose of regret and guilt.
The Sounds in My Head :: “Hey, the 80’s called…”
A podcast full of current music that sounds like it was made in the 1980s. But the good New Wave sounds of the 80s, not the crumby songs that actually made the top 40 in the 80s.
HUB History :: Immigration in Boston
Present day anti-immigrant prejudice and hysteria has long historical roots as seen in these three stories from Boston history: the Sacco and Vanzetti case, Chinese tongs in Chinatown, and the destruction of the Ursuline Convent in Charlestown.
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: ASMR
Oh my goodness, this podcast made my head tingle!
Hidden Brain :: Emma, Carrie, Vivian
A scary story of American eugenics, racism, and misogony. And not as far removed from today as you’d want it to be.
All Songs Considered :: At 70, Smithsonian Folkways Is An Antidote To Music Algorithms
A history of one the most important record labels.
Hit Parade :: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition
I’m not much a fan of “hair metal” but Chris Molanphy does a fair job of evaluating Bon Jovi’s role in pop music history even as he admits how much he hates them.
Hub History :: Tent City
In 1968, Boston residents fought to stop luxury development and parking in the South End, winning community-informed affordable housing instead. Something we need to do again.
99% Invisible :: The Laff Track
I always hated the laff track on tv sitcoms, but this show made me appreciate why it exists, how it’s done, the artistry of syncing the right laugh, and why laff tracks have vanished today.
The Memory Palace :: Junk Room
An examination of the the National Statuary Hall in the US Capitol: who is there and why?
Hub History :: Original Sin: The Roots of Slavery in Boston
The reality of unfree labor in 17th and 18th century Massachusetts.
Code Switch :: The Road to the Promised Land, 50 Years Later
The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years after his assassination.
A good crop of podcasts this week featuring Parliament and owls, but not a parliament of owls.
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Six O’Clock Soundtrack
I always liked tv news music as a child too, particularly the Action News theme. Here’s the story of how news music is made.
Sound Opinions :: New Wave & Alison Moyet
Another defining musical style of my childhood, New Wave, is examined along with an interview with New Wave musical great Alison Moyet.
Code Switch :: The ‘R-Word’ In The Age Of Trump
An exploration of when it’s appropriate to describe someone or something as racist and why some journalists are hesitant to do so.
All Songs Considered :: George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars
Parliament Funkadelic are back and as funky as ever.
LeVar Burton Reads :: “The Truth About Owls” by Amal El-Mohtar
A sweet story about a girl from Lebanon who immigrates to England and finds her place through the study of owls and Welsh mythology.
Snap Judgement :: Senior Year Mixtape
The touching and heartbreaking of three students at a San Francisco high school over the course of their senior year.
Hit Parade :: The B-Sides Edition
The first live-audience Hit Parade episode features pub trivia questions about b-sides that became bigger hits than their a-sides and a performance by Ted Leo, “the nicest guy in punk.”
Re:sound :: The Meet the Composer Show
Is there a difference between a producer and a composer in modern music? This question and more are explored in this enlightening episode.
60-Second Science :: Salmon Sex Changes Entire Landscape
Come for the intriguing headline, stay for the fascinating geographical science!
Hidden Brain :: An American Secret: The Untold Story Of Native American Enslavement
A history of Native Americans being held as slaves even when that practice was technically illegal.
99% Invisible :: Money Makers
Filmmakers hoping to depict large amounts of U.S. currency on screen run into a problem that if their prop money looks too realistic they could be found guilty of counterfeiting, leading to many improvisations, including using old Mexican pesos.
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