By Pop Up Archive
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Found sound fanatics: rejoice! In Popcast, Pop Up Archive's house podcast, we excavate gems from Pop Up Archive's public audio. Recordings range from 1904 wax cylinder songs to NASA's interstellar rumbles. Listen as we resurface and reexamine forgotten sounds in this series of intimate micro-podcasts.
||CleanThe Case of the Missing Checks||"High is a different thing for different folks. I don’t smoke pot but I’m awful high tonight." Community organizer Elsie Easley said this about the state of welfare to students at University of Illinois in 1972. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, w...||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZero Mostel and the truth of the absurd||When Zero Mostel was under trial by the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in 1955, the committee asked what he was doing at an anti-HUAC meeting. Mostel replied: "What if I did an imitation of a butterfly at rest? There is no crime in making a...||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen the Negro was in vogue||At the Cotton Club, Harlem's premier nightclub of the 1920s and 30s, 16-year-old Lena Horne performed as a chorus girl alongside legends like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. The only catch? The audience was whites-only. In Popcast, hear Horne...||9/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeamus Heaney and the Long Dead||How do you write a love poem to a 2,000 year old stranger? On Popcast, hear about Northern Irish poet Seamus Heaney's obsession with "bog bodies." These centuries-old human remains were found in boglands of Northern Europe, and were ofte...||8/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Womanhouse||The rooms were full of menstrual blood and Kotex, rubber breasts and stumbling brides, fragmented bodies in linen closets and simulacra of babies being born. It was 1972, and this was Womanhouse: a rickety Victorian house turned into a home for radical...||8/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Freedom Singers, and the three simple words that gave strength to a movement||It was the early days of the civil rights movement. Across the South, black students staged sit-ins, marches, demonstrations and protests that were violently repressed. In this podcast, two voices from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNC...||7/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFreud in the Night Kitchen||When Maurice Sendak’s now classic children’s book In the Night Kitchen was released in 1970, it caused a scandal. Its protagonist, a young boy, is bare naked throughout the book, amidst a landscape phallic milk bottles and free-flowing liquids. Parent||5/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Song Banned by NASA||Astronauts don’t have days and nights like we do on earth, so they need some help regulating their sleep. Turns out, it takes a whole team of engineers down on earth to rouse NASA’s elite from their slumbers. In this Popcast, hear about the NASA tradi||4/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBob Hope and Atomic Bill||It was 1950, just five years after the US dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Soviet Union had just built their own bomb. And what did Americans, huddled around their radios, most want to hear? Comedian Bob Hope, joking about the world ...||3/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFolksong and Potboilers||In the early 1900s, journalist and renaissance man Charles Lummis set out to capture and preserve the Spanish folk songs of California, including the voice of one talent in particular: Manuela García. Listen to the story behind the Charles Fletcher Lum..||3/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnd of course, she was a Scorpio||Describing Sylvia Plath in 1972, Plath's editor Fran McCullough says: "instances of her bitchiness and snobbery [were] quite astonishing. And of course she was a Scorpio." Jumping off from there, host Eliza Smith uses the lens of astrol...||3/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanO my Homunculus: The proto-podcast about Sylvia Plath||With all the talk of a "golden age" of audio, it can be easy to forget that producers have been putting together intimate, conversational audio pieces for decades. In this Popcast, hear about the surprising podcast-like feel of a 1972 radio d...||2/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Super fun archival audio
I love these little glimpses into the past. The episode with Sylvia Plath, in particular, is amazing. She has a very haughty, old-school-socialite accent.