A cabinet of auditory wonders for the 21st century.
Mississippi River Barge

This is the song of the barge, bobbing on the river near Hopeville.

Direct download: RT-Miss_River_Barge.mp3
Category:Sound -- posted at: 5:48pm EST


I wore a wire for several years and secretly recorded my life. I recently produced a story about this period in my life for the radio show Wiretap. One of my ideas for the piece was to record myself calling up people from my past to explain that I had recorded them without their knowledge. This is a recording of one of those conversations.

You can hear the Wiretap story here: http://www.cbc.ca/wiretap/episode/2012/01/20/man-vs-machine/

Direct download: RT_Podcast-Posterity.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 1:34am EST


"Nothing can stop us. Not even if they try. Not even if they want to, or ask the question why. Mr. Torino, why did you lie to me in seventh grade?" -Mark Excelle Mercer IV

Direct download: RT_Podcast-Organtics.mp3
Category:Mark Excelle Mercer IV -- posted at: 4:39am EST

Useless Evidence

Sometimes you wish audio had pictures.

Direct download: RT_Podcast-Useless_Evidence.mp3
Category:Argument -- posted at: 2:19am EST

Sellin the Dream

Most days you can find Tim Raines playing guitar on the corner of Ninth and Olive in downtown St. Louis. He's the electric guitar player with a stuffed bear dressed in prison garb perched on the lip of his guitar case.

Direct download: SSL-Tim_Raines_St_Musician.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:28am EST

In Praise of Noise

James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Narrative. He has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Poetry Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, and a Discovery/The Nation Prize. Charms Against Lightning, his debut poetry collection, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. During 2012 he will be in residence at the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Photo by: Sean Hill

Direct download: In_Praise_of_Npise.mp3
Category:Poetry -- posted at: 1:21am EST

Clown Doll

When I was a kid I had this clown doll that would laugh when you pushed a button in its chest. It was terrifying. It's more the cackle of a chain-smoking maniac than the laughter of a clown but then again some clowns are heavy smokers.

Direct download: RT_Podcast-Clown_Doll_Final.mp3
Category:Sound -- posted at: 12:10am EST

Get on Fire!

I recorded this fiery sermon that I heard on the radio in West Virginia.

Direct download: RT_Podcast-Get_on_Fire.mp3
Category:radio -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

Another Successful Meal by Captain Tom

After a successful meal Captain Tom has no trouble patting himself on the back for a job well done.

Direct download: RT_Podast-Toms_Meal.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 6:39pm EST

Captain Tom Wins a Ham

Back when I was a deckhand on the M.V. Ptarmigan, a glacier tour boat in Alaska, I used to hang out in the wheelhouse and listen to Captain Tom tell stories. I called him up recently and asked him to tell me the one about about the time he won a ham in a furthest listening contest.

Direct download: RT_Podcast-Free_Ham.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 7:21pm EST