Kafka’s Famous Character Gregor Samsa Meets Dr. Seuss in a Great Radio Play

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If you don’t have enough existential angst in your life — and if you’re operating on the theory that there’s no such thing as too much Kafka (see our post from earlier today) — then check out this radio play called Samsa & Seuss, which aired originally on the CBC show Wiretap before appearing on This American Life

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Ira Glass’ Advice on Achieving Creative Excellence Presented in Two Artful, Typographic Videos

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”All of us who do creative work,” says Ira Glass, creator This American Life, quite possibly the most respected program on public radio, “we get into it because we have good taste.

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Sir Patrick Stewart Demonstrates How Cows Moo in Different English Accents

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Having spent the fall lounging in the bath dressed as a lobster, and gamboling around New York City with Waiting for Godot cast mate Ian McKellen, the irrepressible Patrick Stewart brought 2013 to a close by indulging a curious fan of NPR’s How To Do Everything podcast.
Her question? What do English cows sound like when they moo.

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Studs Terkel Interviews Bob Dylan, Shel Silverstein, Maya Angelou & More in New Audio Trove

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The recently-launched digitization project PopUp Archive hosts a great selection of Studs Terkel audio. The site’s archive of interviews comes from Terkel’s 1952-1997 radio show, “The Studs Terkel Program,” on the Chicago station WFMT.

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Hear King Edward VIII Explain Why He Abdicated The Crown For Love, 77 Years Ago Today

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Seventy-seven years ago, in a move unprecedented since the Glorious Revolution of 1688, King-Emperor Edward VIII abdicated the throne.

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Hear Vintage Episodes of Buck Rogers, the Sci-Fi Radio Show That First Aired on This Day in 1932

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(echo) Buck… Rogers… in… the… 25th… Century!
On this day in 1932, the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century radio program hit the airwaves. Following the success of the character in the comic strip format, it was natural to adapt Rogers for the nation’s latest craze: radio.

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Revisit Orson Welles’ Iconic ‘War of the Worlds’ Broadcast That Aired 75 Years Ago Today

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On this day, in 1938, listeners tuned in to CBS radio to hear a piece of radio theater (listen below or here) so frightening and, for its time, realistic, that people across New England and eastern Canada fled their homes to escape danger.

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Free: Listen to 298 Episodes of the Vintage Crime Radio Series, Dragnet

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Before it was a film, and before it became a classic television series, Dragnet started out as a long-running radio show, airing from June 3, 1949, to February 26, 1957.

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Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon Turned Into a Radio Play

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We told you all about it last Friday. The BBC planned to air a radio play written by Sir Tom Stoppard based on The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd’s classic album released 40 years ago. The play aired Monday night, and if you missed it, you have a few scant days to stream the production for free online. Don’t dilly-dally.

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New Archive Makes Available 800,000 Pages Documenting the History of Film, Television & Radio

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Film buffs and scholars have a new cache at their fingertips. The Media History Digital Library has made hundreds of thousands of pages of film and broadcasting history available in a searchable digital archive they’ve called Lantern, an open access, interactive library.

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