World Theater Day (Radio Dramas)

Radio theater is theater of the mind.

You have to construct symbols in your mind as you eavesdrop on the story from your safe remote location on the receiving side of the transmission.

Let’s open the time capsule to the 30s and 40s and explore the classic Radio Drama from the period.

In honor of World Theater Day, we have collected two extremely rare programs.

These two classic suspense thrillers survived only as air-check tapes. Alex Velocity, your host, will talk about how these programs were obtained during the podcast, so tune in! But first, dim the lights and find a quiet corner alone.

We’ve made an attempt to sonically improve them to make them easier to listen to, without taking away from the characteristic sound of old time radio which was done with primitive monophonic equipment.

Program 1 – The Halls of Fantasy – “The Jewels of Kali”
Ancient Hindu legend predicts certain death to anyone who defiles the lost temple of Kali. Do you think there is anything to those old stories? And if they are true, exactly who or what carries out the curse?

Program 2 – The Haunting Hour – “The Hands of Mister Smith”
Its a creepy tail of uncontrollable urges to do unspeakable things with your hands. Enter the mind of a confused criminal.

Further Exploration:
World Theater Day, The Halls of Fantasy, The Haunting Hour, YesterdayUSA, Dr Mabuse

Sixteen Inches Of Radio


16 inch Transcription Disk

Sean visits old school audio collector Randy Riddle in his Mebane, N.C. home.

They listen to selections from his massive collection of sixteen-inch transcription discs, a recording format from the 1930s.

His collection preserves moments in time, like World War II and the period when America was worried about socialism.

[ produced by: Lauren Spohrer, from The Story ]


International Women’s Day

Rose Love

Join guest host Rose Love as BANGWAVE celebrates International Women’s Day.

We’ll share plenty of music and some spoken word from influential female artists. We’ll hear from Rosa Parks, Tina Turner, Yoko Ono, Indigo Girls, Bessie Smith and more!

We’ll share a poem by Audre Lorde and discuss the book War is a Bad Idea with the author herself.

And we’ll hear all about how Esperanza Spalding emerged as Best New Artist of 2011, in her own words!

And while you are listening, consider donating to one of your favorite causes that promote the Women’s health and human rights. We really appreciate the efforts of two great organizations, Women Against Military Madness and Planned Parenthood.

Further Exploration:
International Women’s Day, Bessie Smith, Yoko Ono, Rosa Parks, Women Against Military Madness, Planned Parenthood, Endless Blue, The Gossip, Esperanza SpaldingEleanor Roosevelt , Aichlee’s YouTube Channel