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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.'


06/28/2016 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. Edward Blum is the director of the Project on Fair Representation (AEI) On this episode, we visit Edward Blum, a 64-year-old “legal entrepreneur” and former stockbroker who has become something of a Supreme Court matchmaker — He takes an issue, finds the perfect plaintiff, matches them with lawyers, and works his way to the highest court in the land. He’s had remarkable success, with 6 cases heard before the Supreme Court, including that of Abigail Fisher. We also head to Houston, Texas, where in 1998, an unusual 911 call led to one of the most important LGBT rights decisions in the Supreme Court’s history. John Lawrence (L) and Tyron Garner (R) at the 2004 Pride Parade in Houston (J.D. Doyle/Houston LGBT History) Mitchell Katine (L) introduces Tyron Garner (Middle) and John Lawrence (R) at a rally celebrating the court's decision (J.D. Doyle/Houston LGBT History) The key links: - The website Edward Blum is using to find plaintiffs for a case he is building against Harvard University - Susan Carle's book on the history of legal ethics - An obituary for Tyron Garner when he died in 2006 - An obituary for John Lawrence when he died in 2011 - Dale Carpenter's book on the history of Lawrence v. Texas - A Lambda Legal documentary on the story of Lawrence v. Texas The key voices: - Edward Blum, director of the Project on Fair Representation - Susan Carle, professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law - Dale Carpenter, professor of Law at the SMU Dedman School of Law - Mitchell Katine, lawyer at Katine & Nechman L.L.P.  - Lane Lewis, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party The key cases: - 1896: Plessy v. Ferguson - 1917: Buchanan v. Warley - 1962: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Button - 1986: Bowers v. Hardwick - 1996: Bush v. Vera - 2003: Lawrence v. Texas - 2009: Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder - 2013: Shelby County v. Holder - 2013: Fisher v. University of Texas (1) - 2016: Evenwel v. Abbott - 2016: Fisher v. University of Texas (2) Special thanks to Ari Berman. His book Give Us the Ballot, and his reporting for The Nation, were hugely helpful in reporting this episode.   More Perfect is funded in part by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation. Supreme Court archival audio comes from Oyez®, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.
07/01/2016Abandon all hope, ye who startup here.
Every town, every city has a cursed spot, a place that no business -- regardless of the idea -- can seem to survive. In Cincinnati, that place is 2680 Madison Road, and StartUp takes us there.
06/29/2016It 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 broadcast in 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the uprising. It was the first documentary, in any medium, to explore what happened that night, and it weaves together the perspectives of survivors, historians, and people who were deeply affected by the events that night.
06/22/2016 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 Patreon 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.
06/30/2016 I never thought a bathroom bill - the kind they passed in North Carolina - would come to my home state.  But it did.  They're trying to pass one where I live, and this is the story of my fight (so far) against it.  (You can see more photos related to this story on my blog, gendermom.com.) Music credits: "Heartache" by Broke For Free, "Golden" by Little Glass Men, "A void" by johnny_ripper, "Pure Attitude" by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com), "The Tallest Man in Idaho" by Michael Howard, "Blessed Instant" by Oilvia chaney. Thank you to my new supporters on Patreon.com:  Cindy McGahee, Amanda Minor, Rene Justin Dado, Nanette Fok, Kristen Albright, Molly Tanner, Rae-Louise Enno, Lazbreath, Gina Trapani, Katelen Michelle Kellogg, Caitlin Pierce, William Shafer, Allison Lefrak  
Not to get all into Godwin’s law, but I was surprised that a message in this episode reminded me so much of Martin Niemöller’s “First they came …” speech. Marlo never thought a bill like the one brought forth in North Carolina could ever come to her state of Washington, a liberal state. The bill we’re talking about here is, of course, the one that requires a person to use the bathroom that indicates the biological sex he or she or they was born with. And so the bill that did come to her state asks her 8-year-old daughter to use the men’s bathroom at school, in locker rooms, at restaurants, at big public events. So, she fights.
07/01/2016We are naturally drawn to finding solutions. But are there ever problems we shouldn't try to solve? Lulu Miller visits a town in Belgium with a completely different approach to dealing with mental illness. Families in the town board people – strangers - with severe mental illnesses in their homes, sometimes for decades. And it works, because they are not looking to cure them.
I’ve been enjoying the new season just fine, but this is the episode when I finally got the hype. As an American, I enjoy solutions. I consider it a point of pride, to be a solution-oriented person, who wants to move away from the grumbling and into the letter writing. I want to fix. We like to fix. This is an episode about trying to cure mental illness, when really the solution might be to let go, and to accept.
06/28/2016Today a future without schools. Instead of gathering students into a room and teaching them, everybody learns on their own time, on tablets and guided by artificial intelligence. We talk to a computer scientist who developed an artificially intelligent TA, folks who build learning apps, and critics who wonder if all the promises being made are too good to be true. What do we gain when we let students choose their own paths? What do we lose when we get rid of schools?
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 want to create? What is education, really? And why the push for investment in technology, instead of an investment in teachers?
06/28/2016Michael 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.
06/27/2016While 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.
07/01/2016 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 mnemonic device (and song) to help you out. Listen and share below!  Tweet // <![CDATA[ !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); // ]]> The key links: - Akhil Reed Amar's forthcoming book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era - Linda Monk's book, The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution The key voices: - Linda Monk, author and constitutional scholar - Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale - Ari J. Savitzky, lawyer at WilmerHale The key cases: - 1803: Marbury v. Madison - 1832: Worcester v. Georgia - 1954: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1) - 1955: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (2)
06/24/2016 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
06/24/2016Portraits of some of the most unusual female presidential candidates -- who never won 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 portraits of some of the lesser known presidential candidates.
07/02/2016 The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm <> Notes and Reading: * I came to this story the old fashioned way (for me): I saw Su Lin at the Field Museum and needed to know more. That led me inevitably to Vicki Croke’s The Lady and the Panda from 2006. It’s a terrific read. If you have any interest at all in learning more about Ruth Harkness, that’s the place to go. I’ve got a few quibbles here and there, but, for real, it’s delightful. * Quentin Young’s (slightly strange and contested) version of events is told inChasing the Panda by Michael Kiefer. * If you’ve got a few hundred bucks (or a library with more liberal lending policies with old books than mine), why not read Ruth’s own book, The Baby Giant Panda? * If you’re interested in zoos writ large, I’m a fan of Animal Attractions: Nature on Display in American Zoos by Elizabeth Hansen. Music: * We start with Hush-Maker by Moon Ate the Dark. * Roll on with Freudian Slippers by Chilly Gonzales. * Hear Bibio’s Cherry Blossom Road a couple of times. * Hit up Nice Dream by radio.string.quartet.vienna * Hear Don Redman and his Orchestra play Blue Eyed Baby from Memphis. * The centerpiece of the middle section is Snow Again by Lambert. * We hear a couple of pieces by Dan Romer: An Old Fashioned Man and End of the World. * We finish up on Lullatone’s Falling Asleep With a Book on Your Chest.
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 21st centuries cringe. He let us recognize a good story, uncomfortable aspects and all.
07/02/2016Just about everyone involved in the student loan industry these days – banks, private investors and even the federal government – makes money off the borrowers. On this episode of Reveal, we explore how this happened and who’s profiting from 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?
06/22/2016 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?