Ephemeral

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 Feb 4, 2020

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The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”

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Video Stores III: Vidiots
2277

We revisit our series on video stores by showcasing the iconic, LA-based Vidiots, one of the only female-owned and operated video stores in the country. Vidiots closed in 2017, but are planning a major re-opening in Eagle Rock later this year. Featuring Maggie Mackay, Executive Director of Vidiots Foundation.

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Sep 19, 2022
Movie Theaters
2819

Nothing beats seeing a good movie on the big screen. But in the age of online streaming, how do theaters survive and continue to stay relevant? Featuring Jules McLean, Director of Operations for the New Beverly Cinema.

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Aug 08, 2022
Sideshow
1484

The history of the American Sideshow with guests Robin Miniter and Taylor Hagerdorn, the team behind the podcast Grim and Mild Presents: Sideshow

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Jul 11, 2022
Loyalty Freak Music
2407

Longtime Ephemeral listeners may recognize the music of chameleon artist Rrrrrose Azerty, although it can be a little tricky. They use twenty different aliases, produce music in every genre, and have released over 200 albums in the last decade. And almost all of it has been given away for free. Further listening at LoyaltyFreakMusic.com

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Jun 06, 2022
Ed Wood II
3672

We continue our deep dive in the life and work of director Ed Wood with an exploration of Wood's later years and his posthumous rise to fame. Then the hosts of Ephemeral sit down together to geek out about their favorite Wood films.

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May 23, 2022
Ed Wood I
3360

1959's Plan 9 From Outer Space has been called "the worst film of all time," its creator Edward D. Wood Jr. "the worst director." But Plan 9 and the rest of Wood's canon have since become beloved cult classics. The first of a two-parter of the life and work of Ed Wood, featuring writers Bill Shute and Katharine Coldiron, and family-friend Bob Blackburn.

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May 09, 2022
Star Ads
3018

Audio ephemera collector Bob Purse returns to talk about more radio ads, this time from a source that remains a mystery. 

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Apr 25, 2022
Radio Ads
3424

The history of advertising over the air, featuring Cynthia B. Meyers, author of A Word from Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and the Golden Age of Radio.

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Apr 11, 2022
BONUS: Video Game Saves
999

Video games create a marvelous world for players to live in and explore. But given the ephemeral nature of video game saves, these worlds can cease to exist in the blink of an eye. In today’s episode, we explore the aftermath of that loss, featuring our friends Matt Davidson, Josh Chandler, Matt Frederick, Kevin Kuhl, Anney Reese, and Trevor Young.

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Mar 28, 2022
Video Games II
3604

We wrap our historical dive into video games with the modern age of gaming, from Playstation to Xbox to Nintendo. Then, we sit down with iHeart's nerdiest gamers to discuss why our favorite games mean so much to us. Featuring Steven L. Kent, author of The Ultimate History of Video Games Vol. I & II., Matt Frederick, host of the podcast Stuff They Don't Want You To Know, and Anney Reese from the podcasts Stuff Mom Never Told You and Savor.

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Mar 21, 2022
Video Games I
2965

From Pong to Elden Ring, video games have dominated the interactive entertainment world for over half a century. We explore gaming's humble beginnings in arcades and trace how games became a culture defining pastime. Featuring author Steven L. Kent and journalist Eddie Adlum.

 

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Mar 07, 2022
Walking and Silence
2381

In our chaotic, noisy world, how does one find silence? Not only quiet surroundings, but inner silence. The second part of our conversation with explorer, author, art collector and publisher Erling Kagge. 

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Feb 21, 2022
Exploration
1814

What draws us off the beaten path? The first of a two-parter featuring polar explorer and author Erling Kagge. 

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Feb 14, 2022
Moog Synthesizers
3075

In the 1950's, engineer Bob Moog started to tinker and build his own electronic instruments. Little did he know that his invention, the Moog Synthesizer, would revolutionize music for decades to come. Featuring Michelle Moog-Koussa, founder of the Bob Moog Foundation, and former Moog Music engineer August Worley.

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Jan 24, 2022
Trash
2508

With an unprecedented amount of new stuff being made, bought and sold everyday, we’re more likely than ever to throw things away. But where is away? Featuring historian Susan Strasser, author of Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash.

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Jan 10, 2022
Noel
1497

It's a Williams family Christmas in search of Romeo Muller's last film, 1992's Noël . https://youtu.be/BzKj4jYuG-I

 

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Dec 26, 2021
Winter Solstice
2425

Across the globe and back to antiquity, this changing of season has been recognized in ritual, story and song. Featuring Carolyn McVickar Edwards, educator and author of the collection The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice.

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Dec 20, 2021
Romeo Muller & Rankin/Bass
2045

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Frosty the Snowman. The Little Drummer Boy. All of these iconic holiday specials have something in common: they were written by Romeo Muller, the visionary mind behind nearly all the Rankin/Bass Christmas specials. We remember Muller's life and career with Rick Goldschmidt, official biographer for Rankin/Bass.

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Dec 06, 2021
Drugs
2412

This episode of Ephemeral is on drugs. Featuring Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance and host of the podcast Psychoactive.

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Nov 22, 2021
Tattoo
2705

These days, tattoos are everywhere. But no so long ago, tattoo was an underground art form. And before that, tattoo was a cultural touchstone for numerous ancient civilizations. We explore the storied history of tattooing with Chuck Eldridge, founder of the Tattoo Archive.

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Nov 08, 2021
Inside Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book
4915

An interview with author Helen Grant about M. R. James, the real village of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, and the wonders of Victorian ghost stories.

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Oct 25, 2021
Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book
1804

An English tourist looking for hidden treasures in untrodden corners of France finds more than he bargained for.

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Oct 25, 2021
Herk Harvey
3293

Herk Harvey spent decades directing educational films, but he is best remembered for his lone feature, 1962's Carnival of Souls. Featuring interviews with Dr. Bernice Murphy, Associate Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin; Skip Elsheimer, founder of the A/V Geeks educational film archive; Candace Hilligoss, star of Carnival; and Herk Harvey himself. 

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Oct 11, 2021
Drag
3242

The art of drag has seen a rapid rise in popularity since the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2009. But drag has been around for centuries; sometimes a source of entertainment, other times a means of survival. Featuring Simon Doonan, author of Drag: The Complete Story and Atlanta-based drag performer TAYLOR ALXNDR.

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Sep 27, 2021
37 Days of Peril
3269

On September 9, 1870, while surveying the Yellowstone wilderness, Truman C. Everts was separated from his party with no horse, no food and little besides the clothes on his back. This is his story told in his own words. Narrated by Ben Bowlin of Ridiculous History and Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know.

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Sep 13, 2021
Video Stores II
3939

Continuing our monthlong look at video store culture, the Ephemeral team takes a field-trip to pay their late fees. Featuring Dan Herbert, author of Videoland, Matt Booth, owner of Videodrome in Atlanta, Georgia, and hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum of the podcast Savor.

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Aug 30, 2021
Video Stores I
3134

The rise and fall of the video rental store. Featuring Daniel Herbert, associate professor at the University of Michigan and author of Videoland: Movie Culture at the American Video Store.

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Aug 16, 2021
UFOs
3520

Lights in the sky, craft in the air, and extraterrestrial encounters. Featuring author Toby Ball, host of the podcast Strange Arrivals.

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Aug 02, 2021
Alan Akaka
6372

Our musical interview with steel guitar ambassador, teacher, performer, and legend Alan Akaka. For more context on the steel guitar and its place in Hawai'ian history, listen to our episode entitled "Kika Kila."

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Jul 26, 2021
I Can Never Let You Leave Me
3341

Ten songs that skipped a generation. Featuring the music of composer and performer Lorrie Doriza and her grandfather Tony Rais.

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Jul 12, 2021
Camp Bryn Afon
3467

One Summer in 1965 frozen in time. Featuring audio ephemera collector Bob Purse.

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Jun 28, 2021
Self-Released
4058

For some artists, the only opportunity to share their work with the world is to do it all themselves. Featuring Matt Werth, proprietor of the RVNG Intl. record label, and artists Michele Mercure, Anna Homler and Pauline Anna Strom.

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Jun 21, 2021
Archival Records
2827

Reigniting music under appreciated in its day. Featuring Matt Werth, proprietor of the RVNG Intl. record label, and the music of Peter Ivers.

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Jun 14, 2021
Laughing Record
2648

There are many laughing records, but there is only one Laughing Record. Featuring music researcher Ian Nagoski of Canary Records.

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Jun 07, 2021
William Grant Still
2852

The music of William Grant Still is as versatile as it is beautiful. So why don't we hear it more often? Featuring Still's granddaughter, journalist, musician and author Celeste Headlee.

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May 31, 2021
Alice Guy
3661

The first and for seventeen years only female filmmaker was Alice Guy. Featuring her biographer, author and historian Janelle Dietrick.

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May 24, 2021
Acoustic Fossils
2473

What does this place sound like? Featuring Jacob Job, sound recordist and research associate for Colorado State University’s Sound and Light Ecology Team.

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May 17, 2021
Five Paintings
1060

The Woolsey wildfires of 2018 devastated Southern California. But some history survived, including five priceless works of art. Introducing Ephemeral producer Trevor Young, who talks with his grandmother, artist Yvonne Cherbak, about escaping that deadly fire.

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May 14, 2021
Kika Kila
3354

How an invention from the Hawai'ian islands changed the world. Featuring Hawai'ian musician and educator Alan Akaka and historian John Troutman, curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

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May 10, 2021
Trailer: Season Two
152

New episodes air on Mondays beginning May 10th. Check out the trailer for a preview of what’s to come!

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May 03, 2021
Thanksgiving Leftovers
1970

With so much to be grateful for this year, we wanted to express our thanks by sharing some of our favorite, never-before-aired clips from four interviews of the past season. Featuring Ian Nagoski, David Weinstein, Sarah Wasserman, and Elizabeth Cobbs.

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Nov 26, 2019
The Haunted Orchard
1405

A traveller seeking solitude finds it at an old farmhouse in which everything seems forgotten and yet remembered. Written by Richard Le Gallienne. Narrated by Peter Yearsley. Learn more at ephemeral.show

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Oct 28, 2019
Handmade Records
4373

Why put music on plastic in 2019? Featuring Seth Nicholas Johnson of Haunted Birthday Records and the music of Elias Mason & June Yorke, pumashock, and Undercover Monsters. 

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Sep 30, 2019
The Tallest Rock
814

A strange left turn in the story of Merigail Moreland. 

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Aug 28, 2019
Taped Over Interview: Matt Frederick
2997

A conversation with our producer Matt on family, recording, and all things ephemeral. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jul 22, 2019
Taped Over
3558

Who records your family’s history? Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jul 15, 2019
Sounds of Silence
2770

Four minutes and thirty three seconds that changed the course of music history. Featuring musicologist & composer Kyle Gann. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jul 08, 2019
Switchboard
3014

WWI, women’s suffrage, and one of the most important inventions of the 20th century: the telephone. Interview with historian Elizabeth Cobbs, author of "The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers." Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jul 01, 2019
Sketch + Puzzle
2294

How much paper is printed every day? Who's designing it and who's keeping on tabs on how much we have? Featuring interviews with crossword constructor Matt Gaffney and Steven Peterman of The Sketchbook Project. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jun 24, 2019
Reputation
2230

What if you had a song stuck in your head, but had no way to find out anything about the artist? The mystery of an unlabelled record unravels year-over-year. Featuring an interview with reel-to-reel tape collector Bob Purse of the Inches Per Second blog. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jun 17, 2019
Brothers
2410

In their four story brownstone at the corner of Fifth Avenue & 128th Street, the Collyer brothers sealed themselves up through the Great Depression, both World Wars, and as Harlem shifted from a rich white suburb to a poor black slum. In the cavernous dwelling, the pair amassed "one of the world’s legendary collections of urban junk." Two-hundred tons of junk by the end. Featuring memoirist Franz Lidz. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jun 10, 2019
DuMont
2952

At the outset of commercial television, there were just four networks. Three you’ve heard of – they are still around today. The fourth is almost entirely forgotten. Featuring an interview with media historian David Weinstein of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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Jun 03, 2019
EphemaWHAT?!?
1753

You’re telling me people actually like this old stuff? What is ephemera and why is it worth studying? Interview with Sarah Wasserman, professor of Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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May 27, 2019
Diaspora
3548

What makes American music American? If the history book is written, what chapters are missing? Featuring music researcher Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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May 20, 2019
Pilot
1107

Found objects – misplaced artifacts of mysterious origins – can be sources great of inspiration. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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May 20, 2019
Trailer: Answering Machine
487

Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past. Ephemeral debuts May 20th. Learn more at www.ephemeral.show

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May 13, 2019