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Playlist: Public Radio Mix Tape, Vol. 4

Compiled By: PRX Administrator

Curated Playlist


William Utermohlen

From Eric Molinsky | 10:12

An artist paints self-portraits while battling Alzheimer's

William20utermohlen_small Painter William Utermohlen was old-fashioned -- and completely unknown for most of his career. But the self-portraits he made while he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease made him a star. Eric Molinsky traces the history of an artist who was always a little out of step with his generation.

Rip, Rift, and Panic: Earthquake Stories of Life and Death Along the Faultlines

From Susan Stone | 29:22

Earthquake stories from around the Pacific Rim

Lpeqsf_small Featured for the 20th anniversary of northern California's Loma Prieta earthquake (October 17, 1989) are stories and sounds of life, death, and rescue along the fault lines criss-crossing the Pacific Rim. Voices of Mexico City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Kobe, San Francisco, Anchorage tell of fear, flight and faith in home, and ground. Interwoven within these true tales of rescue, recovery, and disbelief is street sense about earthquake preparedeness from the American Red Cross, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, the Seismological Institute of America, NBK Television in Japan, the San Francisco Unified School District, among others. 2001 winner of the NFCB Golden Reel, Third Coast International Audio Festival Directors' Choice, and New York Festivals Grand Award for Information/Documentary Programming.

Dear Birth Mother

From Long Haul Productions | Part of the Becoming a Mom series | 28:58

After waiting for Mr. Right (who has yet to arrive) - and after years of fertility treatments - Suzanne, a single woman in her forties, decided to adopt. She chose transracial adoption.

Suz_loretta_small After waiting in vain for Mr. Right - and after years of fertility treatments - Suzanne, a single, white woman in her forties, decided to adopt. She chose transracial adoption. Long Haul Productions documented the entire process - beginning with workshops designed to "teach white people to raise kids of color," baby-shopping trips with Mom at Target, a critical rendezvous with a young mother at a pancake house, and, finally, a magical night at a suburban restaurant chain. Producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister followed Suzanne for several months as she waited to see if she would become a parent; she offered extraordinary access into her home, and really, into every aspect of her life. This piece debuted on May 9, 2005, on WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio), and subsequently aired May 10, 2005, on All Things Considered. "Dear Birth Mother" is a follow-up to "Babyquest," also available on PRX, which documents Suzanne's failed attempt to get pregnant via In Vitro fertilization.

Being Black

From Radio Rookies | 05:23

Allison Jones excels academically, but struggles with how her peers in her Brooklyn neighborhood pressure her for ?talking white.?

Being Black
Radio Rookies

Allison_small Allison spends her time in two very different Brooklyn neighborhoods: Brooklyn Heights where she works and goes to school, and Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) where she lives with her family and gets teased for "talking white." Allison's friends at school accept her and her academic goals, but Allison feels the black people in her neighborhood conform to negative stereotypes and expect her to do the same. Before leaving both neighborhoods to go to Haverford College, Allison explores what it means to be black like her.