Blank on Blank

Series produced by Blank on Blank

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Blank on Blank is building and broadcasting an archive of journalists' lost interviews.

Interviews gathering dust on tapes and hard drives are transformed for new audiences online, on mobile devices, and on the radio.

Listen to unexpected stories from famous names and universal tales from everyday Americans. They're all sprinkled with music and storytelling.

Why should journalists record interviews only to help write a story? They should also be heard.


86 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been singing since the 1960s. Now as her career enters its sixth decade, she has just won her first Grammy...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 16, 2011
  • Length: 06:09
  • Purchases: 1
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Folk music legend Pete Seeger explains the history behind the civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome", and why this famous song has many brothers ...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, Troy Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, XRAY.fm, KWEMradio.com/KWEM LP and more


  • Added: Feb 01, 2011
  • Length: 06:34
  • Purchases: 17
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Who knew that fashion deacon Tim Gunn's father was J. Edgar Hoover's right hand man? Gunn: "He was Hoover's ghostwriter. ... I was not the son he w...

Bought by KJZZ and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 14, 2010
  • Length: 04:22
  • Purchases: 2
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How do you reconcile being downright scared of people and crowds if you’re always on stage? Actor and Singer Cynthia Hopkins has an answer: "I am...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 03, 2010
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 1
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Famed Pop Photographer Terry O'Neill: "We used to laugh behind his (Mick Jagger's) back saying: 'Can you imagine Mick singing at 40?' And he's bloo...

Bought by KUT and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 03, 2010
  • Length: 06:38
  • Purchases: 2
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87-year old Zelda Kaplan:"I am very interested in fashion. I like to look nice. I still love to dance. My friends are dead. ... So with whom should...

Bought by KALW, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 02, 2010
  • Length: 05:09
  • Purchases: 3
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Champion Surfer Kelly Slater: "My life was getting worse, not better, and it should have been getting better, because I’ve done all the things, met...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 02, 2010
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 2
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It was the summer of 1966 when a persistent 17-year-old with a high school radio show near Chicago got the interview of lifetime: Muhammad Ali. But...

Bought by KFAI, WABE, KJZZ, KZMU Moab Community Radio, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Sep 20, 2012
  • Length: 07:20
  • Purchases: 6
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"What better way to mask who you really are than wearing a mullet, right?" - Andre Agassi Interview by James Sullivan // By phone in 2011 // Digit...

Bought by KJZZ and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 19, 2012
  • Length: 06:08
  • Purchases: 2
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"It’s easier to deal with a woman who is compliant and sweet and sunny and nice and non-confrontational." Interview by Jason Feifer // NYC hotel i...

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 19, 2012
  • Length: 06:46
  • Purchases: 2
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"I have been challenged to fight for saying 'can't we all get along.' I’ve had people say I want to kick your ass for saying that." - Rodney King I...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 14, 2012
  • Length: 06:48
  • Purchases: 2
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"So I bought the postcard, memorized it and sent it off to a friend. And I never thought about God again after that." - Brian Selznick Brian Selzn...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 14, 2012
  • Length: 06:36
  • Purchases: 1
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"People would come and defecate on the floor of the dressing room. So I just thought that was his Gap, but I came to find out that it happens in al...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 04, 2012
  • Length: 07:42
  • Purchases: 2
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"I looked in the mirror the other day and I said: My God, what happened to that handsome young man? Who is this grizzled b-a-s-t-a-r-d staring at m...

Bought by WABE, KJZZ, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 02, 2013
  • Length: 07:01
  • Purchases: 3
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"I’m playing these records. The phone rings and I pick it up: 'WAHR'. And this lady’s voice--I can still hear her voice--she goes: 'I want you.'" ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KJZZ, and KFAI


  • Added: Mar 19, 2013
  • Length: 04:48
  • Purchases: 3
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"What's wrong with being fat? That's what I want to know. Why is it so onerous to be fat?" - Jim Morrison Interview by Howard Smith | TheSmithTape...

Bought by KVNF, KALW, KVMR, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 02, 2013
  • Length: 04:39
  • Purchases: 4
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"There’s a way we talk and it includes profanity. We never figured we’d be arrested for it." - Mike "Mike D" Diamond. Back in May 1985, the Beasti...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KFAI, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 01, 2013
  • Length: 05:56
  • Purchases: 3
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"Can you imagine going through America at that time, a man of color, a little boy, 14 years old, that height? You know, I was looked upon as a frea...

Bought by Louisville Public Media and KJZZ


  • Added: May 16, 2013
  • Length: 04:50
  • Purchases: 2
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"Black is not a color; it's an attitude. It's the attitude of independence, respect and dignity." - James Brown Interview by Rocci Fisch 1984. Wa...

Bought by WJFF, KVNF, KJZZ, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 29, 2013
  • Length: 05:38
  • Purchases: 4
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"I still think the same way I thought as a child. I still worry. I'm still frightened... Nothing changes." - Maurice Sendak In 2009 Newsweek's And...

Bought by WABE, KALW, KJZZ, WCAI / WNAN, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Jun 11, 2013
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 7