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Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

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Nick Drake was a British singer songwriter from the early 1970s. His music has attracted a passionate, loyal following and influenced countless musicians. He’s often called a musician’s musician. But during his brief musical career he had little commercial success. Shy and private, Nick was never great on stage – but his guitar playing was brilliant and his songs were beautiful, melancholy, compelling. For years, he suffered from serious depression, and on November 25, 1974 he overdosed on anti-depressants. Thirty years after his death, Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd, gathered a group of musicians to pay tribute to Drake in a series of concerts and an accompanying record.

In this episode of Fugitive Waves we go behind the scenes with Joe Boyd and a cast of artists including Robyn Hitchcock, Lisa Hannigan, Green Gartside, Krystle Warren, Vashti Bunyan, and Nick’s sister, Gabrielle Drake, for The Making of Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake.

Fugitive Waves Episode 34 – The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

Fugitive Waves Episode 34 – The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

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Michael Baronowski was a 19-year-old Marine when he landed in Vietnam in 1966. He brought with him a reel-to-reel tape recorder and used it to record audio letters for his family back in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was killed in action in 1967. Produced by Jay Allison and Christina Egloff as part of Lost & Found Sound.

Twentieth Century Wars on Tape

Twentieth Century Wars on Tape


The Sullivan Brothers at the U.S. Navy yard, 1942.

In this week’s episode of Fugitive Waves we hear the story The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski from Lost & Found Sound produced by Jay Allison and Christina Egloff.

Here’s another story from Lost & Found Sound, Twentieth Century Wars on Tape, also produced by Jay Allison along with Art Silverman.

Jay was the curator of the Lost & Found Sound “Quest for Sound” phone line. He and his team went through more than 1,500 calls. People called in with snippets of sound or stories – often in recordings that had been kept for decades. Many of the voices on the recordings came from American servicemen. Some recorded messages when far from home. Others told stories long after they returned.

Twentieth Century Wars on Tape features highlights of some of those recordings. One is the only known recording of the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo, Iowa. All of them were posted to the same navy ship – the USS Juneau – and died when the ship was sunk by a torpedo in 1942. (The tragedy led the armed forces to change policies about posting family members to the same ship.) There is a helicopter pilot in Vietnam corresponding with his family by cassette; testimony from a former prisoner during the Korean War; a Gulf War conversation between two brothers that was interrupted by a missile attack; and a veteran of World War I telling how he survived five days spent trapped in “no man’s land” between the German and Allied lines.


Twentieth Century Wars on Tape

Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women?


This week on our podcast Fugitive Waves, we hear the story of WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, the first all-girl radio station in the nation. (Listen to Part 1 and Part 2).

Our current intern, Emma Nobel, from Melbourne, Australia, produced a story earlier this year called “Where Are the Women?” about the lack of women’s voices on the air in Australia.

Emma, an emerging (and very talented) radio producer, “started to wonder if there would be room for her on the airwaves.”

Take a listen:
Where Are the Women?

Image Credit: Andréanne Germain

Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 2

Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 2

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LISTEN: WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 2

An all-girl radio station in Memphis—set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, Vietnam, and the death of Martin Luther King—the story of WHER continues following the women who pioneered in broadcasting as they head into one of the most dramatic and volatile times in the nation’s history.

Listen to Part 1 here.

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Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 1

Fugitive Waves – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 1

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When Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract in 1955 he used the money to start an all girl radio station in Memphis, TN. Set in a pink, plush studio in the nationss third Holiday Inn, it was a novelty—but not for long. He hired models, beauty queens, actresses, telephone operators. Some were young mothers who just needed a job. WHER was the first radio station to feature women as more than novelties and sidekicks. The WHER girls were broadcasting pioneers. From 1955 into the mid-1970s they ruled the airwaves with style, wit and imagination. “WHER was the embryo of the egg,” said Sam Phillips. “We broke a barrier. There was nothing like it in the world.”

Notes from The Kitchen Sisterhood

Notes from The Kitchen Sisterhood

Dear Friends,

Sometimes we find the story. Sometimes the story finds us. Here are some projects, events, and collaborations our friends and colleagues are taking on that we want you to know about.

Here’s to a creative and disruptive Fall,    

Davia & Nikki

Projects we’re supporting:

Prison Yoga Project: A volunteer-run Hatha Yoga Program in San Quentin working towards restorative justice. Indiegogo.

Omnivore Salt Limone: Forger and Forager Angelo Garro introduces another small Sicilian miracle. Kickstarter.

Feed Your People: Big Batch cooking for your community. Kickstarter.

Books we’re reading:

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll by Peter Guralnick

Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio by Jessica Abel

Almost Her: The Strange Dilemma of being Nearly Famous by Caroline Paul

A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation by Randy Fertel

Weirding the War: Stories from the Civil War’s Ragged Edges by Stephen Berry

Events we’re attending (or wish we were):

Laurie Anderson’s Habeas Corpus installation at Park Avenue Armory (Oct 2-4) 

“Gradually, the truth about Guantánamo has come out. Most of them knew less about Al Qaeda than I did. They were taxi drivers, students, photographers, journalists, and goat herders.”

Terra Madre Youth: A gathering of young farmers, artisans, nomads, indigenous peoples on hunger and the future of food at The World Expo in Milan (Oct 3-6)

Zen Hospice Project’s benefit, One Night One Heart “Story + Spirit” – Terra Gallery, SF (Oct 7)

Smithsonian Food History Weekend, Washington DC (Oct 22-24)

Center for Documentary Studies 25th Anniversary Celebration – Duke Univ, Durham (Nov 20-22)

Films we hope you see:

Ixcanul (“Volcano”), directed by Jayro Bustamante. A beautiful, harrowing story on a coffee plantation in Guatemala

Taxi by Iranian director Jafar Panahi

Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron, with Carey Mulligan & Meryl Streep. The story of the women’s voting rights movement in England.

Best of Enemies: Buckley vs Vidal. Two men, ten debates. Directed by Morgan Neville & Robert Gordon

Heart of a Dog, directed by Laurie Anderson

What we’re listening to:

“Hamilton” the cast recording of the Broadway musical, on NPR Music’s First Listen.

“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”

Passerby by Luluc (on tour now)

69 Love Songs by Magnetic Fields

Hat’s Off:

Alice Waters receives the National Humanities Medal from President Obama along with Larry McMurtry, Annie Dillard, Jhumpa Lahiri, and others.

Podcasts we’re producing:

Fugitive Waves / Episode 31: Waiting for Joe DiMaggio

Wall Street: San Quentin’s Stock Market Wizard

The Secret and Not So Secret Life of Theresa Sparks

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Fugitive Waves – Waiting for Joe DiMaggio

Fugitive Waves – Waiting for Joe DiMaggio

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April 1993: A small village in Sicily prepares for the first visit of 78-year-old baseball legend Joe DiMaggio to the town where his parents were born and raised. Flags are strung, feasts prepared, nearly the entire annual budget of the town is spent preparing for the homecoming of the Yankee Clipper. Hundreds gather at the airport in Palermo waiting to greet their “native son.” But he never comes.

Fugitive Waves – The Building Stewardesses: Construction Guides at the World Trade Center 1968-70

Fugitive Waves – The Building Stewardesses: Construction Guides at the World Trade Center 1968-70

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As construction commenced on the largest building project since the pyramids, questions and controversies swirled around Lower Manhattan. How tall? Why two? What’s a slurry wall? A kangaroo crane? Where are the small businessmen going to go? What’s a world trade center, and who needs it anyway? Guy Tozzoli, the Port Authority visionary behind the building of the Twin Towers, had an inspiration—”Construction Guides.” Friendly co-eds in mini-skirt uniforms were posted at corner kiosks on the site to inform an inquiring public and put a pretty face on a controversial issue.

This story is part of the Peabody Award winning Sonic Memorial Project, an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of The World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare recordings, voicemail messages and interviews. The Sonic Memorial Project was produced by The Kitchen Sisters in collaboration with NPR, independent radio producers, artists, writers, archivists, historians and public radio listeners throughout the country.

The Sonic Memorial Project began in October 2001 as part of the Lost & Found Sound series. We opened a phone line on NPR for listeners to call in with their stories and audio artifacts relating to the Sept. 11 attacks and the history of the World Trade Center. Hundreds of people called with testimonies and remembrances, music and small shards of sounds.

Combining interviews, voicemail messages, audio contributions from listeners, oral histories, home videos and recorded sounds of all kinds, the Sonic Memorial Project team created a series of stories for broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered.

These stories and contributions from listeners across the country can be heard at the Peabody Award-winning website where you can explore the archive, contribute your own sounds and stories, and immerse yourself in the Sonic Browser, an interactive soundscape of stories and audio fragments.