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The Spot: Stories from the Groove

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A rendered image of the etched grooves of a record. IRENE software converts these squiggles to sound.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


"Technology Brings Long-Silent Voices Of 20th Century Poets Back To Life," produced by Reporter Curt Nickisch. Originally aired in November 2014.

Today on the show, we’re going to meet the folks who hunt for audio recordings that predate digital recording techniques. And we’ll also learn about the latest technologies they’re using to bring these rare, and mostly never-before-heard sounds back to life. 

In our first story, Boston-based Reporter, Curt Nickisch, learns about a new technology that makes it possible to listen to sounds on a record, without ever needing to place a needle to the groove.

You can listen to more of Curt's stories, up now on PRX.org.


"Tennessee Williams: The Lost Pennyland Recordings," produced by the Kitchen Sisters. Originally released in May 1999.

In 1947, playwright and author Tennessee Williams, along with his lover Pancho Rodriguez, stepped into a recording booth at a penny arcade in New Orleans and recorded eight acetate discs of audio content, which were considered lost... until now.

From their podcast Fugitive Waves, Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, bring you the story of Tennessee Williams’ forgotten Pennyland recordings.

Fugitive Waves is part of Radiotopia, an independent network of story-driven podcasts and radio shows. You can find more stories from Fugitive Waves, as well as a link to subscribe to the podcast, online now at radiotopia.fm.


This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Super Extra Bonus Party, F*ck Buttons, The Ink Spots, and The Four Tops.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for a whole new episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.