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  1. 10.5 hrs • 5/30/2016 • Unabridged

    From Archibald MacLeish to David Sedaris, radio storytelling has long borrowed from the world of literature, yet the narrative radio work of well-known writers and others is a story that has not been told before. And when the literary aspects of specific programs such as The War of the Worlds or Sorry, Wrong Number were considered, scrutiny was superficial. In Lost Sound, Jeff Porter examines the vital interplay between acoustic techniques and modernist practices in the growth of radio. Concentrating on the 1930s through the 1970s, but also speaking to the rising popularity of today’s narrative broadcasts such as This American Life, Radiolab, Serial, and The Organist, Porter’s close readings of key radio programs show how writers adapted literary techniques to an acoustic medium with great effect. Addressing avant-garde sound poetry and experimental literature on the air, alongside industry policy and network economics, Porter identifies the ways radio challenged the conventional distinctions between highbrow and lowbrow cultural content to produce a dynamic popular culture.

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    Lost Sound by Jeff Porter

    Lost Sound

    10.5 hrs • 5/30/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 22.1 hrs • 9/22/2015 • Unabridged

    Radio Pro is several books in one, covering every aspect of personality radio—from the history of pioneer broadcasters to how to become a successful personality. Forty-one-year radio pro Joe Martelle also brings together a richly varied selection of candid comments on the subject from over 150 of America’s best broadcasters—seasoned pros who tell it like it is and what it takes to be a successful air and online personality. Radio Pro is enlightening, informative, and thought provoking for both the radio student and those interested in personality radio.

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    Radio Pro by Joe Martelle

    Radio Pro

    22.1 hrs • 9/22/15 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.2 hrs • 5/5/2015 • Unabridged

    In Broadcast Hysteria, A. Brad Schwartz examines the history behind the infamous War of the Worlds radio play. Did it really spawn a wave of mass hysteria? Schwartz is the first to examine the hundreds of letters sent directly to Orson Welles after the broadcast. He draws upon them—and hundreds more sent to the FCC—to recapture the roiling emotions of a bygone era, and his findings challenge conventional wisdom. Relatively few listeners believed an actual attack was underway. But even so, Schwartz shows that Welles’ broadcast prompted a different kind of “mass panic” as Americans debated the bewitching power of the radio and the country’s vulnerabilities in a time of crisis. Schwartz’s original research, gifted storytelling, and thoughtful analysis make Broadcast Hysteria a groundbreaking work of media history.

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    Broadcast Hysteria

    10.2 hrs • 5/5/15 • Unabridged
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  4. 2.4 hrs • 5/20/2014

    Nationally known NPR on-air personalities—including Melissa Block, David Greene, Rachel Martin, Guy Raz, Scott Simon, Susan Stamberg, and many more—share the lasting impressions made during interviews with a wide variety of exceptional individuals. Each story is introduced by the NPR host and offers a candid account of how the encounter was particularly meaningful to them. These are thought-provoking and emotionally resonant interviews with both the famous and the nearly anonymous, who reveal themselves over the course of a conversation in delightful, moving, and surprising ways.

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  5. 3.4 hrs • 4/22/2014 • Unabridged

    Famously referred to by US president Woodrow Wilson as “the war to end all wars,” the first world war eclipsed all previous wars with its scale of destruction. With over twenty-seven nations involved, the battlefield horrors and political outcomes of the first truly global military conflict had repercussions that are still felt today. NPR presents a vivid portrait of what most experts consider the first modern war, including profiles of America’s flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, unlikely savior of war-torn Belgium Herbert Hoover, and the last surviving doughboy Frank Buckles.

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  6. 2.4 hrs • 1/24/2014 • Unabridged

    Broadcast weekly through 1999, continuing monthly through 2000, Lost & Found Sound chronicles, reflects, and celebrates the human experience in rare recordings and “sonic snapshots” submitted by listeners. Blending the historic with the everyday, the monumental with the personal, this is evocative, haunting, eclectic listening—endangered sounds, shifting accents, vanishing voices, home recordings, and audio artifacts that reveal a sense of place and mark the passage of time. Contents include: Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later Quest for Sound: Gettysburg Eyewitness Fishman, Fishman Cigar Stories, narrated by Andy Garcia Carnival Talkers LBJ and the Helium-Filled Astronauts Listening to the Northern Lights West Virginia Steam Trains Tennessee Williams: The Pennyland Recordings Sound Restoration The Partridge Family Grand Tour

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    Lost and Found Sound, Vol I

    2.4 hrs • 1/24/14 • Unabridged
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  7. 0.5 hrs • 5/1/2013 • Audio Theater

    In this 1988 documentary, award-winning NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua looks at how the landmark broadcast came about and examines its impact on broadcast history. The half-hour program includes rare interviews with Mercury Theater producer John Houseman, writer Howard Koch, actor Arthur Anderson, and the people of Grover’s Mill, NJ, who lived through the “Martian Invasion.”

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    We Take You Now to Grover’s Mill

    0.5 hrs • 5/1/13 • Audio Theater
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  8. 3.6 hrs • 1/12/2012 • Unabridged

    This book tells a group of intertwining stories that culminate in the historic 1947 collision of the Superman radio show and the Ku Klux Klan. It is the story of the two Cleveland teenagers who invented Superman as a defender of the little guy and the New York wheeler-dealers who made him a major media force. It is the story Ku Klux Klan’s development from a club to a huge money-making machine powered by the fear and hate and of the folklorist who—along with many other activists—took on the Klan by wielding the power of words. Above all, it tells the story of Superman himself—a modern mythical hero and an embodiment of the cultural reality of his times—from the Great Depression to the present day.

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    Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan

    3.6 hrs • 1/12/12 • Unabridged
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