Sunday, January 05, 2014

NPR picks up the story...

NPR's 'All Things Considered' picks up the wonderful story of Margaret Ann Harris hearing her father's voice for the first time in her adult life.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

1943 Christmas Show

This was perhaps the most fun and gratification I've ever had in working on a project. Our librarian, Paul McCardell, found a box on a shelf that contained recordings of a Christmas Day radio broadcast produced in England by The Sun's World War II correspondents in 1943. The show featured holiday greetings and music from area soldiers sent to loved ones back home. We rebroadcast the show for the first time in 70 years on Dec. 20, 2013 on Dan Rodricks' "Midday" show on WYPR FM and the response was phenomenal. The videos below include the show in its entirety (with photos of and information about soldiers and Red Cross workers who were on the show), interviews with a couple of people who were on the broadcast 70 years ago, and families of others who were on the program. Also included is an interview with a woman we heard from the day after the rebroadcast. Her father was killed in action a couple of weeks following the original broadcast. She was a year and a half old when he died and is now 71. She had never heard his voice until now.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 1 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 2 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

1943 Sunpapers Christmas Radio Show - Part 3 of 3 from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Charles Irwin talks about singing on the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Day Radio Show from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sarah Sadler Woods, 97, talks about the 1943 Sunpapers Christmas Day Radio Show and the Red Cross in World War II from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Hears her father's voice for first time from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Daughters remember Martin Willen from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sons remember Walter Ives from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Nephew remembers Katherine Heuisler from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Grandsons remember correspondent Lee McCardell from Baltimore Sun's The Darkroom on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Thick hair long sideburns Future bright but hazy. Bell bottoms with low-slung waist flowered shirts with big collars and full sleeves. Sneaking smokes of both kinds, beer, wine too. Parties in the woods in the car on the beach. Summers up late Tv until High Flight signed off. Sleep in Eat whatever you want it was all bad but you worked it off. Phones in this room, in that room only in the house. Driving just to drive. Music sounding tinny at night you could hear WLS in and out. Sitting on the porch on a swing talking listening to Simon and Garfunkel in the other room playing same two songs over and over Her mother yelling, drinking. Singing to the same two songs over and over. When am I going Where am I going Why am I going Do I have to go What will happen I'm afraid, sad, angry, confused, hurt. Life is bad good about to change but change is okay not good bad just change. Things work out but you don't know at the time. 1973.

Friday, November 09, 2012

'The Effect'

I had the pleasure today of interviewing Linda Hoy, author of a terrifically entertaining and thought provoking book called The Effect.  The book explains how spirituality and science not only can co-exist, the principles of one can actually help support those of the other. 

Ms. Hoy takes readers on a bit of an intellectual roller coaster, exploring issues of life, death, afterlife, time and multiple universes.  The ride includes Aboriginal philosophy, research into near-death experiences, quotes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the art of Salvador Dali, a primer on quantum physics and lessons learned from the movie, Groundhog's Day.  It's written in an fun and accessible way that is sensitive to the inevitable questions the topic raises from both the scientific and religious communities.

I'll have much more on this book soon.  Stay tuned...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Curious choices

I'm at work on a day when one of the worst storms on record is about to come on shore.  They're predicting all sorts of doom and destruction.  A co-worker was kind enough to bring in two boxes of donuts for those of us who came in early. 

In the boxes was an assortment of donuts - glazed, cake, frosted, sprinkled, cream filled.  I normally would have passed altogether, but using the far-fetched rationalization that if the storm is as bad as predicted, this could be the last donut I'll ever eat, I took one.  But I was very curious about the choice I made for this last-ever donut.  It was some sort of weird-colored cake donut.  Not one I would have picked if I had gone to the store myself. 

Hate to think that I'll spend my last day on earth obsessing on why I picked this particular donut.

Sunday, January 29, 2012


A collaboration with my colleague and fellow Kentuckian, John McIntyre. He voiced the original "Grammarnoir" scripts that were written starting in 2009 to celebrate the National Grammar Day. I added a little audio sweetening.