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Playlist: PRX 7 and 7

Compiled By: PRX Editors

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Curated Playlist

Pieces from producers who will presenting at our PRX 7 and 7 webinars on May 25 and June 7. Not all of the programs are produced yet, so below is just a sample of some of the work by some of the producers attending the webinar.

The full list of producers and programs presenting:
Ken Mills for American Routes - Going Down the Road with Woody Guthrie
David Gerlach - Blank on Blank
Kerrie Hillman/Jonathan Mitchell - The Truth
John Biewen - Groundwork (available June 15)
Jessica Partnow - Generation Putin (available Jan. 2013)
Robin Linn/Jason Saldanha - Sound Opinions 1977 (available Sept.)
Marianne McCune/Sue Johnson - Go For It (available June 19)

Station staff can register for the June 7 webinar here!

Bono on His Dad's Final Days Before He Died of Cancer

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 04:22

Blank on Blank brings lost interviews back to life by asking reporters to submit cutting-room-floor recordings.

Founder David Gerlach will join us for the webinar.


This interview is with Bono of U2. It’s Bono talking about what it was like to be by his father’s side in the months and final weeks before he died. Pretty remarkable interview. It comes to us from Anthony Bozza. Anthony is an author and writer and back in 2001 he was working at Rolling Stone. And the magazine, they were doing one of those “look backs at the year that was.” So Anthony jumped on the phone. He plugged in his recorder and he called Bono. They talked about a number of things including what it was like to perform right after 9-11. Anthony also posed a question: he asked Bono what was his most memorable personal encounter of the year. And that’s when Bono opened up about this dad.

- The Date: October 2001
- The Scene: By phone
- The Source: Minidisc recorder
- Anthony recorded this interview while writing for Rolling Stone

Watch the animated version of this interview @ Blankonblank.org.

Moon Graffiti

From The Truth | 15:21

The Truth is movies for your ears. Producers Kerrie Hillman and Jonathan Mitchell will join us for the webinar.

This episode asks, What if Apollo 11 had crashed?

Moon Graffiti
The Truth

Moongrafitti_prx_image_small “That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.” We all know the quote, the triumphant story. It seems written in stone. But Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came within inches of tragedy when they landed Apollo 11. Moon Grafitti imagines what it might have sounded like if things had gone a little differently. Based on a contingency speech written by William Safire for Richard Nixon titled “In the Event of Moon Disaster.”

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Sound Opinions Presents: 1967 – Rock & Roll Comes of Age

From Sound Opinions | Part of the Sound Opinions Specials series | 59:00

In this FREE one-hour program, Sound Opinions marks the 45th anniversary of one of the most significant years in rock and roll.

Sound Opinions will be pitching the next installment, 1977.

1967_logo_square_small If rock and roll was born in the 1950s, then by 1967-for better or worse-it had grown up. Sound Opinions celebrates this influential year in a one hour special: 1967: Rock & Roll Comes of Age.  Perhaps no year saw more pivotal changes that continue to resonate today. 1967 was the year that the recording studio as an instrument changed the way music is created; that the album as a united concept changed the way it is heard; that the festival experience remade the way music is celebrated live. Pop music became big business.

Tune in as Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore landmark releases by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Love and the Velvet Underground. Out went the teen-driven single...in came the album as art. They also look back at the historic Monterey International Pop Festival-a coming out party for Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding that said to the world, "Rock and roll is here to stay." It's two renowned critics talking about one of the most important years in music. Guests include Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, British invasion producer Joe Boyd and Monterey historian Harvey Kubernick.

So whether you are a casual music fan who remembers this era fondly, or an underground maven who wants to understand where it all started, join us for 1967: Rock & Roll Comes of Age.

This Sound Opinions EVERGREEN special is available free to all stations with current PRX memberships, even if they aren't signed up to get the show weekly. Learn how to get the show weekly at prx.org/soundopinions.

Children of Refugees

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Refugees in Puget Sound series | 07:54

Jessica Partnow will be presenting Generation Putin at the webinar. Here is one of her other excellent documentaries.


When a refugee family comes to Washington state, it is often easier for the children to pick up the new language and adapt to the cultural changes. But for their parents, this shift can be a lot harder. Once a refugee family has been here for a while, the children often become the ambassadors to the outside world. It's the kids who have to translate for their parents and deal with all the bureaucracy of life, from hospitals to schools to immigration offices.

For the final segment in our series about refugees in Puget Sound, reporter Jessica Partnow looks into what the refugee experience is like for the children.

Living Nine Eleven

From WNYC | Part of the WNYC 9/11 Anniversary Programming series | 59:00

Award-winning Living 9/11 producer Marianne McCune will be joining us for the webinar and discussing the upcoming special "Go For It: Life Lessons from Girl Boxers".

Living Nine Eleven

Wtc_jurfon_small Ten years after the terrorist attacks of September 11th,  as part of WNYC's "Decade: 9/11" coverage, this special explores New Yorkers' most visceral and immediate emotional reactions to the attack on the World Trade Center and how they are - and are not -- still with us today.

Fear and shock, grief and guilt, anger, gratitude and solidarity -- these emotions overwhelmed many New Yorkers along with the billowing cloud of smoke and debris after the Towers collapsed.

WNYC's award-winning news team spent days, months, and then years reporting on the attacks and their aftermath. Through a mix of their recordings at the time and interviews with people ten years later, WNYC reporter Marianne McCune guides us through the stories of people who were directly impacted by what happened and have been struggling for a decade to make sense of it.

For more on WNYC's "Decade Nine Eleven" project, please visit our website:

Groundwork: Democracy Close to Home

From The Center for Documentary Studies | 54:01

THIS PREVIEW IS NOT FOR AIR. A timely one-hour special, hosted by Scott Simon, that tells stories of American democracy at the local level. We listen in as people wrestle with issues alongside -- and in opposition to -- their neighbors. Episodes in Upstate New York, North Carolina, the Texas border, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Alaska. Ideal for the 4th of July and good through the election and beyond. Full piece available June 15.

Img_5061_small At a time of political gridlick and polarization at the national level, Groundwork explores the tone and flavor of democratic action in towns and cities, where one’s antagonist is not an opposing talking head or a politician from a state of a different “color,” but a neighbor.
The one-hour special includes these stories:

Energy: The people of Caroline, New York wrestle over the controversial gas drilling method known as fracking. Producer: Jonathan Miller

Civil Rights / Values: The debate over North Carolina’s Marriage Amendment in an African American church in Hickory, NC. Producer: John Biewen. [A version of this story aired on Weekend Edition on May 6. That segment is expanded in this special.]

Immigration: In San Juan, Texas, the debate over how aggressively to police the border. Producer: Maria Martin

Citizen control of government spending: The “participatory budgeting” experiment in Chicago’s 49th Ward. Producer: John Biewen [This story aired on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 26.]

Young people and democracy: A look at how young people are engaging in politics and social action four years after the Obama Wave. Producer: Karen Michel in Los Angeles.

Environment: Fishermen in Kodiak, Alaska, their livelihoods threatened by ocean acidification, take steps to make their voices heard on carbon emissions. Producer: John Biewen