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Playlist: Fall Specials 2014

Compiled By: PRX Editors

 Credit: D. Sharon Pruitt
Image by: D. Sharon Pruitt 
Curated Playlist

Hour-long specials from favorite series and producers.

Best of the Best: The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast and Promo

From Third Coast International Audio Festival | 01:58:00

The winter holiday tradition continues as the Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in "Best of the Best," hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist Gwen Macsai.

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Hidden Kitchens World

From The Kitchen Sisters | 53:57

The Kitchen Sisters and PRX present Hidden Kitchens World, a new hour of kitchen stories that travel the world. A broadcast special rich with great stories, music, sound, host and guest stars – Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand, Gael Garcia Bernal (star of Motorcycle Diaries and Jon Stewart’s new film, Rosewater), Werner Herzog, Salman Rushdie and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Stories of Mafia wine from Sicily, Dissident Kitchens from Russia, the seldom-heard saga of the Turnspit Dog from Medieval England, Atomic Wine from France and from the Coachella Valley, The Romance and Sex Life of the Date. An evocative hour of beautifully-crafted radio that chronicles little-known kitchen rituals and traditions, inspired by The Kitchen Sisters series heard on NPR's Morning Edition. Hidden Kitchens – how communities come together through food.


Hidden Kitchen host Frances McDormand leads us through this rich international collection of stories of land, community and food. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal takes us to his grandmother's Sinoloa kitchen in Mexico.  And Salman Rushdie takes us to Chocolate Town.   Werner Herzog eats his shoe and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti gives us his recipe for happiness along with a new hour of Kitchen Sisters stories that travel the globe.  

From the organic olive groves and vineyards being grown on confiscated Mafia land in Sicily to secret night clubs embedded in Soviet dissident kitchens.  From tales of cooking dogs in Medieval England to the little-known tale of Agricultural Explorers "The Indiana Jones of the Plant World" who introduced exotic dates from the Middle East to the Coachella Valley.  And in France and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello we go underground into the world of wine, war and counterfeiting.  

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) in collaboration with listeners around the world. Stories rich in food, family, music, and sound. A new hour special perfect for the Fall and the holidays.  A little audio egg nog. Perfect also for cold nights of Winter, balmy days of Spring and the sweltering heat of Summer when radios are blasting.       
Like the Hidden Kitchens project?  Here’s a suggestion.  You can air Hidden Kitchens World, and 4 reprised Hidden Kitchen specials as a Thanksgiving or winter holiday marathon, or as a M-F strip.
Hidden Kitchens: The Raw & the Cooked with host Frances McDormand and special guest Alice Waters
Hidden Kitchens Texas with hosts Willie Nelson and Robin Wright 
Hidden Kitchens Calling (Hour 1 &2) – with host Frances McDormand and special guest George Foreman

About The Kitchen Sisters:  
The Kitchen Sisters, Peabody Award winning producers, Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, have been creating media projects together for over 25 years. They are the producers of the du-Pont Award-winning NPR series, Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project, and The Making Of...  Nikki and Davia are also the authors of the James Beard-nominated, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More from NPR's Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and have produced 3 Audie-Award winning CD compilation.  Their Lost & Found Sound website received a Webby Award and their collaborative interactive website sonicmemorial.org received a Peabody Award. The Kitchen Sisters teach at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.  Most recently, they have joined the Radiotopia collective and have launched a new Podcast ~ Fugitive Waves~.  Along with Hidden Kitchens World, they are currently working on a Broadway musical based on their story WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, the story of the first all-girl radio station in the nation.  

The Hidden Kitchens series has had a powerful resonance with audiences across the United States, and across the world.  The series has been awarded the du-Pont-Columbia Award and was nominated for three James Beard Awards.  In its first season NPR's Hidden Kitchens Listener Hotline received 2,789 minutes of messages from people with stories to share from around the world.   Five years later, the stories keep pouring in.  Live Hidden Kitchen events have been held in  England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Alabama, and across the United States and at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC.


Political Junkie 10-29-14 - 2014 Midterm Election Special

From Ken Rudin's Political Junkie | Part of the Political Junkie (Specials) series | 53:59

Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg and Republican analyst and former Congressman Vin Weber talk about the national stakes of this year's midterms. Bloomberg Politics' Greg Giroux, KCUR's Steve Kraske, Lapolitics.com's Jeremy Alford, and the Des Moines Register's Kathie Obradovich talk about must-watch Senate battles. The Washington Post's Reid Wilson, Illinois Public Media's Amanda Vinicky, the Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith, and the Dallas Morning News' Wayne Slater discuss some key governor's races. And we remember the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's "A Time to Choose" speech and answer last week's trivia question.


We’re here. It’s time for the 2014 midterm elections. And so, we have a show for the ages.

We start off with Republican Vin Weber and Democrat Anna Greenberg laying out what’s at stake on November 4th, and what it might mean for the final two years of the Obama presidency.

And we go back 50 years, to a critical moment in the conservative movement. It was the speech given in Los Angeles, by an actor named Ronald Reagan, on behalf of the presidential candidacy of Sen. Barry Goldwater. But Reagan spoke on issues near and dear to conservatives, from intrusive governments to fighting communism to protecting liberties. The speech didn’t elect Goldwater that year — he got routed by President Lyndon Johnson — but it alerted voters about Reagan, who two years later was elected governor of California in a landslide and by 1980, he unseated Jimmy Carter, the president of the United States.

And then we go into the specific races. Greg Giroux of Bloomberg Politics helps walk us through the key Senate battles at stake on Tuesday, aided by on-the-scene reports by Jeremy Alford (of LaPolitics.com) in Louisiana, Kathie Obradovich (of the Des Moines Register) on Iowa, andSteve Kraske (of KCUR) on Kansas.

After that, we head to the three dozen gubernatorial races on the ballot, shepherded by Reid Wilson of the Washington Post. And we head out to Florida, to hear from Adam Smith of theTampa Bay Times; Illinois, with Amanda Vinicky of WUIS; and Texas, with Wayne Slater of theDallas Morning News.

Carriage Information: The recommended air window for this special is October 31-November 4. There is no long-term commitment to Political Junkie required to purchase and air this episode. Please refer to the attached document for a full show rundown and live-read promo copy. Contact Douglas Bell, Coordinating Producer at dbell@krpoliticaljunkie.com with any carriage questions.

Right on Target, So Direct: Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" (2 hour and 1 hour non-newscast versions)

From Paul Ingles | 01:58:00

A 40th anniversary celebration and exploration of "Blood on the Tracks," the Bob Dylan album voted his best in a Rolling Stone magazine fan survey. Music writers, musicians, and fans offer comments about Dylan's 1975 release and host Paul Ingles talks with several of the studio musicians who worked with Dylan to re-record half of the album in the last days of 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

NOTE TO PROGRAM DIRECTORS: Other lengthed versions of this program will be posted in the days ahead. A two-hour newscast friendly version. Also a one-hour version and a one-hour newscast friendly version.

Bob-dylan-blood-on-the-trac-210141_small Musicians, music writers and fans recall what made Bob Dylan’s fifteenth studio album the #1 favorite in a 2012 Rolling Stone Magazine fan poll of all of Dylan’s albums.  We’re also hearing from some of the Minneapolis studio musicians who were surprised to be called in to work with Bob Dylan in the last week of December 1974 – re-recording half of an album that Dylan had recorded in New York three months earlier – an album that seemed finished and was ready to be pressed, shipped and sent to stores.  But Dylan wanted to make some changes so his brother David assembled a local studio band in Minnesota.

Host Paul Ingles talks with
Kevin Odegard, Billy Peterson, and Bill Berg - three of the session musicians on Blood on the Tracks .  Our other commentators are musicians Shawn Colvin, Mary Gauthier, Peter Mulvey, and Jon Spurney.  Also music writers Anthony DeCurthis, Ann Powers, Paul Zollo, Ross Altman, Ashley Kahn and Harvey Kubernik.   Music journalist Jeff Slate talks a bit about the 2018 release of virtually all of the studio outtakes from the sessions, More Blood, More Tracks.