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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"You've got to be good or as bad as the devil." - Louis Armstrong In 1964 two high school students interviewed "Pops" in his dressing room after a...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Troy Public Radio, Louisville Public Media, KJZZ and more


  • Added: Jun 27, 2013
  • Length: 04:51
  • Purchases: 6
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"I've got on these stiletto heels aimed for his face." - Farrah Fawcett was stuck in the rain on the corner of 51st and 5th Avenue in Manhattan. It...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 12, 2013
  • Length: 05:30
  • Purchases: 1
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"If this Revolution falls, what we will have here in Cuba is a hell. Hell itself." - Fidel Castro in 1959. Havana.

Bought by KUOW and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 23, 2013
  • Length: 08:55
  • Purchases: 2
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"In my insides, it really hurts if someone doesn't like me. It's silly." - Janis Joplin. Interview by Howard Smith. This was the last interview she...

Bought by KALW, XRAY.fm, KZMU Moab Community Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, KJZZ and more


  • Added: Sep 25, 2013
  • Length: 04:31
  • Purchases: 8
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"I can’t be anything other than what I am…. If somebody don’t like something that I do, that’s his or her prerogative. Just like it’s mine." - Ray...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, WABE, KVNF, KJZZ, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 21, 2013
  • Length: 05:23
  • Purchases: 5
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"I even thought that I was gay. I thought that might be the solution to my problem." - Kurt Cobain. Interview by Jon Savage in New York City on Jul...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, KZMU Moab Community Radio, KALW, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Oct 24, 2013
  • Length: 06:18
  • Purchases: 5
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"When we fell in with the Acid Tests we a started having the most fun we had ever had" - Jerry Garcia in a previously unheard interview.

Bought by KALW, KVNF, KZYX, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 06, 2013
  • Length: 05:58
  • Purchases: 5
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"He turned to me suddenly and asked: 'Is that a Givenchy you’re wearing?' And I said, 'why how clever of you, Mr. President! However did you kno...

Bought by WABE, Troy Public Radio, WSLR, PRX Remix, and KZYX


  • Added: Nov 14, 2013
  • Length: 06:21
  • Purchases: 5
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"I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play" - Tupac Shakur in 1994. From an unheard interview recorded by Benjamin Svetkey, then a writer for...

Bought by KVNF, KJZZ, PRX Remix, and KALW


  • Added: Dec 04, 2013
  • Length: 06:15
  • Purchases: 4
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"There is the fear that you somehow neglected to say what was really yours to say" - John Updike. The iconic author on how he discovered himself by...

  • Added: Dec 18, 2013
  • Length: 05:45
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"When a man's making love, the last thing he thinks about is war" - Barry White. A lost interview with Joe Smith. April 3, 1987, Los Angeles. Reco...

Bought by KALW, New Hampshire Public Radio, KJZZ, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 10, 2014
  • Length: 05:15
  • Purchases: 4
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On September 11, 1970, Jimi Hendrix gave an interview to Keith Altham. A week later Hendrix was dead. This was his final interview. It's Hendrix on...

Bought by CI Dolphin Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KUOW, KZMU Moab Community Radio, KBGA 89.9 FM and more


  • Added: Feb 04, 2014
  • Length: 07:12
  • Purchases: 7
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"My nervous energy is usually the easiest form of energy to tap into." - Heath Ledger. One afternoon back in the fall of 2005, the actor, Heath Le...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, Troy Public Radio, KJZZ, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 06, 2014
  • Length: 06:24
  • Purchases: 4
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Stan Getz, the legendary saxophonist, was one of jazz music’s most well known musicians. And a few years before he died of liver cancer at age 64, ...

Bought by KALW, KJZZ, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 24, 2014
  • Length: 10:38
  • Purchases: 3
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"I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on" - Johnny Cash in a previously unheard interview recorded in 1996. The man in black covers sidebur...

Bought by KZYX, WABE, KVNF, Troy Public Radio, KALW and more


  • Added: Apr 09, 2014
  • Length: 06:40
  • Purchases: 7
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"It's all true folks; all you need is love" - John Lennon. From 1969 - 1971, the journalist Howard Smith interviewed Lennon and Yoko Ono five times...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 06:28
  • Purchases: 1
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"ON STAGE OR IN THE MOVIES I COULD DO WHATEVER I WANTED TO. I WAS FREE." - Gene Wilder, 2007. The man synonymous with Willy Wonka doesn’t do many i...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, KHNS, KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA, KVNF, Troy Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 23, 2014
  • Length: 06:08
  • Purchases: 6
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"Learning how to die ... is learning how to live” - Philip Seymour Hoffman. What is happiness? Can we ever truly be happy? Or does the past alway...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, WABE, Troy Public Radio, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 10, 2014
  • Length: 07:07
  • Purchases: 5
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"AUDIENCE APPRECIATION IS ONLY GOING TO BE PERIODIC AT THE BEST OF TIMES. YOU WILL FALL IN AND OUT OF FAVOR CONTINUALLY." - David Bowie. How can yo...

Bought by CI Dolphin Radio, WXAV 88.3FM, KZMU Moab Community Radio, WDCB, KFAI and more


  • Added: Jun 11, 2014
  • Length: 06:16
  • Purchases: 12
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"The thing that was relentless for me here was how you look… I couldn’t put up with it." - Meryl Streep. In our new episode, Meryl Streep is called...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 08, 2014
  • Length: 06:18
  • Purchases: 2