18 December 2004

Spoken Word

Radio DiariesSpoken Word CDs are a nice break on long road trips. It gives folks something to think about and discuss as those miles roll past. If you are heading out for the holidays, you might enjoy stories from these archives.

:: Radio Diaries
mission: to find extraordinary stories in ordinary places, plus a how-to manual to make your own; recommend: Audio Portraits of a Vanishing City, The WASPs: Women Pilots of WWII, The Last Place: Diary of a Retirement Home, Gibtown, and the fabulous Conrad's Garage

:: Old Time Radio
large collection of classic American radio shows

:: Democracy Now
daily American radio show of independent and unembedded news reporting with many special reports, check their Archive.org collection

:: Archive.org
numerous spoken archives, including Presidential Recordings, Other Minds Archive, Conference Proceedings, Naropa Audio Archives, GenderTalk, and Berkeley Groks Science Radio

:: Talking History
30-minute weekly radio program produced by the Org of Amer Historians [lower bitrate], recommend: Lenny Bruce

:: Jean Shepherd
legendary beatnik poet and satirist, only new site requires registration

:: Gerry Mulligan
hear the oral autobiography of this brilliant jazz mastermind at the American Library of Congress

:: James Patrick Kelly
fiction writer reads his works

:: Robert Munsch
famous, prolific author of children's books reads his books for kids of all ages [thanks to Zero Transmission for this link!]

What are some others you can recommend for the next road trip?

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