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The Audio Signal

The Audio Signal by Dana Gerber-Margie is a weekly digest about audio: 'I am an audio archivist, which means I organize, preserve, digitize, and manage sound recordings for a large historical institution. I listen to a lot archival material, podcasts, radio shows, and audiobooks, and then curate it all for you into this little thing.'

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    The Audio Signal

    Jul 04 2016

  • Welcome to the age of Trump – audio long read

    Whether he wins the US presidency or not, his rise reveals a growing attraction to political demagogues – and points to a wider crisis of democracy

  • Science of Survival Ep06: In Too Deep

    Michael Proudfoot was SCUBA diving on a shipwreck in Baja, Mexico when his regulator broke. He survived by finding an air pocket in the wreck, where he spent two days eating sea urchins and drinking fresh water from a teakettle before rescuers arrived. It’s one of the most incredible undersea tales of all time—if it’s true.

  • 218- Remembering Stonewall

    It started with a place called the Stonewall Inn. Gay bars had been raided by police for decades. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people had been routinely arrested and subjected to harassment and beatings by the people who were meant to protect them. But one night, in this place called the Stonewall Inn, when the police stormed in to continue their abuse, the clientele fought back. "Remembering Stonewall," produced by Dave Isay of Sound Portraits and StoryCorps, was was first broadca...more

  • The All Seeing Eye Club – Joe Holmes | Episode 40

    While investigating a series of cryptic flyers, Joe realizes he might have joined a cult. The Lapse is supported by listeners like you. Keep Kyle fed and make this possible at patreon.com/thelapse. Thank you as always to this incredible support from Richard Gwirtz, Rob Holcomb, Jennifer Cherney, Cindy Crijns, Jill Galvez, Anthony Cantu, Matthew Gibson, & 802 Studios. You can see more of Joe Holmes's work on Instagram @mandiblejunker.

  • Kittens Kick The Giggly Blue Robot All Summer

    We tend to think of the Supreme Court justices as all-powerful guardians of the constitution, issuing momentous rulings from on high. They seem at once powerful, and unknowable; all lacy collars and black robes. But they haven’t always been so, you know, supreme. On this episode of More Perfect, we go all the way back to the case that, in a lot of ways, is the beginning of the court we know today. Speaking of the current court, if you need help remembering the eight justices, we've made a m...more

  • Episode 11: Golem

    Kicking it old school in Dark Age Eastern Europe this week with special guest Eric Silver! We missed out on the manischewitz, but we have lots of Jewish lore, Yiddish insults, and pop culture references for you to enjoy. Find Eric on Twitter @El_Silvero. If you like Spirits, help us grow by spreading the word! Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and review us in iTunes to help new listeners find the show. Plus, check out our ast">Patreon</a> for bonus audio content, behind-the-scenes photos, custom recipe cards, and more. Every bit helps as we get our first season off the ground! Our music is "Danger Storm" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3. ...more

  • The Imperfect Plaintiffs

    Last week, the court decided one of this term’s blockbuster cases — a case that could affect the future of affirmative action in this country. The plaintiff was Abigail Fisher, a white woman, who said she was rejected from the University of Texas because the university unfairly considered race as one of many factors when evaluating applicants. And while Fisher’s claims were the focus of the case, the story behind how she ended up in front of the Supreme Court is a lot more complicated. Ed...more

  • #20 Haves and Have-Mores

    After college, I thought everyone was on equal footing. But that’s not always the case. How do you come to terms with your own financial status when your close friends are living lives you can’t afford?

  • Who’s getting rich off your student debt?

    I’m in my 20s. I have student debt that I feel like I’ll never pay off, even as I diligently pay my income-based repayment plan every month. I hear people talk about student debt like it’s an inherent, inevitable evil, and I hear politicians talk superficially about student debt to get the vote of us 20-somethings. But this is the first time I’ve heard anyone go deep, and who better to do that than Reveal?

  • Bot For Teacher

    Host Rose Eveleth considers a future without teachers but with apps & online classes. On one hand, there’s adaptive learning for all types of kids, the chance for children & adults to pursue what actually interests them, and the ability to teach from a fancy state-of-the-art classroom to a shanty town in a war-torn nation. But then … is a school really for learning facts and skills? Or is a school there to learn about the society we live in, about the people we will meet, and about the future we...more

  • #50: Before Hillary: Women Who Fought for the White House

    Did you know that more than 35 women have run for President of the United States? Did you know that the first of them ran in 1872? Or that in 1972 a black woman ran? I did not know any of these things and this episode was equally inspirational and infuriating. Why, in 2016, 144 years after the first woman ran for president, is gender even up for discussion when it comes to the ability to rule this country? It is the first in a three part series called "Contenders" in which the hosts will present...more

  • Episode 91 (Natural Habitat)

    Nate DiMeo sent out one of my favorite producer tweets ever, letting us know the episode would be delayed “as it is currently terrible. Thank you for your patience.” I’m glad he stuck to his high bar of excellence, because it paid off. Partly a biography about a woman searching for herself in the bamboo forests of China, partly a gush about how adorable pandas are, and partly an early history of zoos, DiMeo weaves together the things we love about adventure stories and the things that make our 2...more

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    Apr 25 2016

    The Audio Signal

    Apr 18 2016

  • 44 – Black Chef, White House: African American Cooks in the President’s Kitchen

    Cooking for the founding fathers — the story of Hercules and Hemings — the enslaved chefs of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. And an interview with Zephyr Wright, President Lydon Johnson's cook who worked for the family for 27 years.

  • The Audio Signal

    Apr 11 2016

  • A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, And My Mother

    This story is an intimately personal story about a brutal crime, and the lasting scars it left on its victim -- but also the lasting scars it left for the justice system as a whole. Give this one your attention.

  • Martin O'Malley Opens Up About His Presidential Campaign

    Martin O'Malley brought an impressive resume to his 2016 White House run: a young, former governor with progressive results. But it never seemed to stick. He was overwhelmed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and overshadowed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). In his first major interview on the race, O'Malley dissects what went wrong and dishes out a bit of blame.

  • 207- Soul City

    In the late 1960s, a civil rights leader named Floyd B. McKissick, at one time the head of CORE (the Congress on Racial Equality) proposed an idea for a new town.  He would call this town Soul City and it would be a place built for and by black people—a land of black opportunity in rural North Carolina. Katie Mingle has the story.

  • Episode 89 - The House of War

    The History of Byzantium is always interesting. It is billed as an extension of Mike Duncan’s History of Rome, but it is so much more than that. Robin Pierson has brought to life a culture that, for me was about three pages in my 7th grade history book. The Byzantine Empire is fascinating beyond Justinian. Robin has three types of episodes, main narrative episodes, then he stops the narrative at the end of every century to delve deeper into various topics, including interviewing experts, and las...more

  • The Audio Signal

    Apr 10 2016

  • A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, And My Mother

    This story is an intimately personal story about a brutal crime, and the lasting scars it left on its victim -- but also the lasting scars it left for the justice system as a whole. Give this one your attention.

  • Crisis and Response

    They say people aren’t what happened to them, but how they reacted. That seems like a grey area aphorism, but this episode shows people as their darkest and brightest selves. The stories range from responding on top of one of the toughest climates of the world, to data mining text messages for those in need, to surviving in a sea full of drowned refugees. TED Radio Hour has a delicious knack for presenting us with humanity at its most dynamic moments.

  • Episode 89 - The House of War

    Calen’s Corner: The History of Byzantium is always interesting. It is billed as an extension of Mike Duncan’s History of Rome, but it is so much more than that. Robin Pierson has brought to life a culture that, for me was about three pages in my 7th grade history book. The Byzantine Empire is fascinating beyond Justinian. Robin has three types of episodes, main narrative episodes, then he stops the narrative at the end of every century to delve deeper into various topics, including interviewing ...more

  • Dead People Don't Have Any Secrets

    When Amanda’s husband Sam (not their real names) fell into a coma, Amanda picked up a call on his phone from his mistress. This bitterly painful exchange was how she found out her husband had been having an affair. Amanda was ready to confront Sam, but he died before she could. As everyone else celebrates her husband’s life, Amanda is left to deal privately with her anger, with her betrayal, and with all of her questions.

  • Cellmates

    The beauty and the mystery of that moment, that tiny, tiny moment, when life sparked.

  • #10 Circle of Fifths

    What one idea from music theory can tell us about culture, biology, math, physics and The Simpsons.

  • 4. The Most Amazing Destruction

    An aspiring voice actor talks about using jokes to help with the hard times, and explains how she frames success. Plus she asks Chris the most important question he has ever faced: if you were to be eaten by an animal of your choice, which one would...

  • The Legal History of Sexual Harassment

    The term "sexual harassment" didn't exist before the 1970s. Cristen and Caroline investigate the legal history of this occupational hazard and why it took the courts so long to criminalize it.

  • 207- Soul City

    In the late 1960s, a civil rights leader named Floyd B. McKissick, at one time the head of CORE (the Congress on Racial Equality) proposed an idea for a new town.  He would call this town Soul City and it would be a place built for and by black people—a land of black opportunity in rural North Carolina. Katie Mingle has the story.

  • #11: With a Little Helper from My Friends

    More often than not, April Fools' jokes just aren’t that funny. Especially when they’re part of a company’s branding strategy. But this year General Mills bucked that trend with the release of a five-track, Hamburger Helper-themed mixtape—cuts that the internet has deemed ‘fire.’ In this episode, John and Brian talk to some of the MCs and producers behind the mixtape to learn the story of how it was made.

  • Martin O'Malley Opens Up About His Presidential Campaign

    Martin O'Malley brought an impressive resume to his 2016 White House run: a young, former governor with progressive results. But it never seemed to stick. He was overwhelmed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and overshadowed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). In his first major interview on the race, O'Malley dissects what went wrong and dishes out a bit of blame.

  • The Audio Signal

    Apr 03 2016

  • Update: 23 Weeks 6 Days

    An updated version of a story that aired in 2013, that looks into the grey (black&white for some) legal and ethical and human waters of life in between 22 weeks and 25 weeks. The line that broke me: “What is life if not wanting to know what happens next?”

  • #60 A Simple Question

    This week, PJ helps a listener named Matt ask a very large company a simple question. Are you telling me the truth?

  • Science of Survival EP01: Frozen Alive

    New podcast Outside that follows you, the listener, as you crash your car in the middle of nowhere on a freezing cold night. Normally I hate 2nd person narratives, but this had me from the beginning: partly wondering if me, the listener, the crasher of the car, would get out alive, and the other part of me wondering “But what DOES happen to my body if I die of hypothermia?”

  • Tree Free

    Novelties: a friend bringing a notepad instead of a laptop, a tracking system at work still on paper and not in a database. Is a paperless, treeless society a possibility in the future? Rose Eveleth doesn’t think so, but that doesn’t stop her from questioning. (Includes AN ARCHIVIST! Lynda Schmitz Furig, electronic archivist at the Smithsonian. I almost can’t even imagine the undertaking of that job …)

  • Other People's Food Pt. 4: Rosie Perez ≠ Rice And Beans

    Is food racist? This is the question our legendary eater Dan Pashman sets out to explore on a rapid fire five part series, released each weekday. Excellent work that brought in a multitude of voices, cultures, and food to recognize and talk through many of our superficially-unknown assumptions about what we eat.

  • Other People's Food Pt. 5: Your Mom's Crappy Casserole

    Is food racist? This is the question our legendary eater Dan Pashman sets out to explore on a rapid fire five part series, released each weekday. Excellent work that brought in a multitude of voices, cultures, and food to recognize and talk through many of our superficially-unknown assumptions about what we eat.

  • Richard Carmona On His 2012 Senate Campaign

    This is probably how I’d run, if ever pushed into it: with absolutely no desire, and always wanting to explain the rationale or understand the other side. Carmona utters my general life motto, especially when it comes to the economy: “Goddamn it's more complicated than that!”

  • My Fair Lady – Megan Hargraves | Episode 37

    Was Megan being catfished? The simple answer is so rarely simple. Love The Lapse? Support Kyle in his quest for minimum wage at patreon.com/thelapse. Super special thanks to this month's executive patrons: Anthony Cantu, Cindy Crijns, Dan Lesser, Richard Gwirtz, Matthew Gibson, Jill Galvez, Jennifer Cherney, Patrick Freebern, Rob Holcomb & Haley Smith.  

  • Cancer cons, phoney accidents and fake deaths: meet the internet hoax buster

    After Taryn Wright exposed an elaborate fake tragedy on Facebook, she found herself leading a squad of online detectives – but on the internet, it doesn’t take long for a crowd to become a mob

  • The Internet's Weirdest Catfish is Back

    Remember the tale of the Internet's most bizarre musical catfish? Well, she's back and Katie is looking into all FIVE of the accounts this catfisher used and speaks to one of her very real victims. Catch up on the previous episode here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/how-teen-uncovered-internets/id977764092?i=348266228&mt=2

  • Zachary Taylor: War heroes and conspiracy theory

    Also check out the Presidential podcast website, which beautifully displays the episodes.

  • The House

    Meet the people inside a house at the center of an HIV outbreak in Indiana. Find Kelly McEvers on Twitter @kellymcevers. Email us at embedded@npr.org.

  • Other People's Food Pt. 1: White Chef, Mexican Food

    Is food racist? This is the question our legendary eater Dan Pashman sets out to explore on a rapid fire five part series, released each weekday. Excellent work that brought in a multitude of voices, cultures, and food to recognize and talk through many of our superficially-unknown assumptions about what we eat.

  • Other People's Food Pt. 2: What's 'Poor People's Food?'

    Is food racist? This is the question our legendary eater Dan Pashman sets out to explore on a rapid fire five part series, released each weekday. Excellent work that brought in a multitude of voices, cultures, and food to recognize and talk through many of our superficially-unknown assumptions about what we eat.

  • Other People's Food Pt. 3: The Order That Changed The World

    Is food racist? This is the question our legendary eater Dan Pashman sets out to explore on a rapid fire five part series, released each weekday. Excellent work that brought in a multitude of voices, cultures, and food to recognize and talk through many of our superficially-unknown assumptions about what we eat.

  • #9 Pigeons

    The greatest love story ever told: humans and rats with wings.

  • The Man Who Cured Everything

    Here are some things that the legendary bodybuilder Bernarr Macfadden believed in: Fasting to cure cancer. Fasting to cure asthma. Fasting to cure – here’s an interesting one – emaciation. “I mean, there’s the old idea of starve a fever, feed a cold,” said Mark Adams, who wrote a book about Macfadden called Mr. America. “For ...more

  • The Audio Signal

    Mar 13 2016

  • Why You Feel More Productive But the Economy Isn’t

    This was gold to me, and one of the first podcasts I’ve heard take such a critical look at our post-financial collapse tech scene … and I think I listen to a fair number of economy podcasts. In this episode, author Douglas Rushkoff (who wrote “Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus”) and Zomorodi talk about the incessant need for more, more, more growth in order to take the gold-plated escape hatch. Companies don’t want sustainability, they want to sell big and go home, and get ready to entice the nex...more

  • My Everything Pal

    An imagined future with the quantified self: having a disembodied friendly sounding voice telling you to get to sleep, to stop eating that, to take 2376 more steps to complete your goal. This is the longest Flash Forward episode to date, and it asks the right questions of what this kind of future looks like: the biggest one being, what dark things can companies and government do with our information?

  • 5: What's Your Worth?

    I’m still mad for Allison Behringer, host of the Intern and brave lady who spoke up for salary negotiation. I’m not mad just about the resulting wage that didn’t compare to her colleagues and other established radio producers, but the way her supervisor just seemed to laugh through the whole thing. (I can feel my blood pressure rising as I type this) For many of us, asking for a raise is equivalent to asking someone else to define your worth -- not just to a company, not just as a worker, but a...more

  • Part 1, Chapter 1: Omelet

    The new show from Welcome to Night Vale’s budding podcast network. The first episode made me lose my appetite before breakfast a little bit, but I think it’s going to be worth it: a female lead, a search and a journey, high production values, great acting (I love her voice!), and a compulsion to know who Alice is.

  • Man V. Nature

    This episode was an adapted short story first published by Diane Cook, and it worked amazingly well. Immediately you’re out there with the three characters, lost on a small life raft in the middle of a lake -- even worse, a lake that is supposed to be busy and full of traffic, but which for some inexplicable reason is completely empty. A suspenseful and compelling story, that left many questions unanswered so you can keep dreaming them up.

  • Tainted Love

    This was one of the most heartbreaking and yet-so-small, so-quiet stories I’ve heard in a while. Jean, 73, is continually harassed by her estranged husband George, who is 80 and claiming dementia for his lack of ability to follow through with instructions after 40 arrests. Forty! Folks at the Untold team follow her story while Jean waits to see if, on this latest arrest, George will finally stay in jail.