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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"My singing… I’ll just say it simple as possible: it’s just godly." - Michael Jackson at 21. We uncovered a rare interview MJ gave in 1980 before h...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 19, 2014
  • Length: 07:28
  • Purchases: 2
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""I think men have got to change an awful lot. They still prefer the little woman." - Bette Davis, 1963. Interview by Shirley Eder. Bette Davis w...

Bought by WABE, Troy Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 06, 2014
  • Length: 07:13
  • Purchases: 3
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"Anyone that dares begrudge what i have today, just better get off their duff and do something about it" - Liberace in 1968, as told to Jay Kent Ha...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 29, 2014
  • Length: 06:23
  • Purchases: 2
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"The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you’re greedy, you’re set up." - Maya Angelou, as told to Studs Terkel in ...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and WABE


  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 06:42
  • Purchases: 2
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"Comedy is there to basically show us we fart, we laugh, to make us realize we still are part animal." - Robin Williams, as told to Lawrence Grobel...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 12, 2014
  • Length: 06:46
  • Purchases: 1
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"I’m pouring my guts out so they can feel like your guts at the same time" - Wayne Coyne, as told to Jennifer Van Evra by phone in 2002. The Flamin...

Bought by WOUB and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 05:50
  • Purchases: 2
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"A lot of people are kind of depressed. I'm happy some of the time, and some of the time I'm not." - Elliott Smith, as told to Barney Hoskyns in 19...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 23, 2015
  • Length: 06:14
  • Purchases: 2
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"I never liked the Beatles. I thought they were garbage." - Lou Reed, as told to Joe Smith in 1987.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:13
  • Purchases: 1
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"I must reorganize the environment of man by which then greater numbers of men can prosper" - Buckminster Fuller as told to Studs Terkel during int...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 17, 2015
  • Length: 07:24
  • Purchases: 1
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"Animals were my passion from even before I could speak apparently. When I was about 10, 11 I fell in love with Tarzan" - Jane Goodall, as told to ...

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


  • Added: Mar 24, 2015
  • Length: 06:42
  • Purchases: 5
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"The key was somehow to know what was important and what was not important, what was exciting, because I can’t learn everything" - Richard Feynman ...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, KVSC, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 02, 2015
  • Length: 08:33
  • Purchases: 3
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"Mama just always said, ‘you be what you are and you don’t have to worry about nothing.’" - Dolly Parton in a previously unheard interview from 1978.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, KALW, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, KVNF, WMMT and more


  • Added: May 04, 2015
  • Length: 06:38
  • Purchases: 6
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A few years ago Lisa Potts was looking behind her dresser when she saw a cassette tape. She’d forgotten about the tape--a recording of an interview...

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


  • Added: May 26, 2015
  • Length: 05:55
  • Purchases: 4
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"I want to be the force which is truly for good." - John Coltrane in one of his final interviews. In the fall of 1966, John Coltrane was living on ...

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


  • Added: Jun 02, 2015
  • Length: 05:48
  • Purchases: 4
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"I was young for my age. Not as naïve as they expected. I don’t know why I seem to bring that out in people." - Joni Mitchell as told to Joe Smith ...

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


  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 07:14
  • Purchases: 3
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"I carried a knife taped to my leg. I never used it but it was there." - Dustin Hoffman, 1971, from the Pacifica Radio Archives. Listening to this ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 14, 2015
  • Length: 09:31
  • Purchases: 1
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"I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward.” - Hunter S. Thompson, as told to Studs Terkel in 1967.

Bought by KFCF FM


  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 17:15
  • Purchases: 1
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“I‘m a coward, I didn’t want to die” - Patty Hearst in 1982, as told to Larry Grobel. Larry Grobel told us the story about a time back in the earl...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 11:27
  • Purchases: 1
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“My family was shocked when I came home with a volume of Hemingway … There was a price to be paid for being interested in fiction.” - Garrison Keil...

Bought by WOUB, Troy Public Radio, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 15, 2015
  • Length: 08:25
  • Purchases: 3
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“I wish that there had been another woman on my flight. I think it would have been a lot easier.” - Sally Ride in 1983. Interviewed by Gloria Steinem.

Bought by WLRH, KVSC, KBUT, WTIP, KSFR and more


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 11:59
  • Purchases: 10