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Murray Street PRODUCTION:
Additional Program Archive


In alphabetical order:

American Splendor  

Module 1: Low | High; Module 2: Low | High; Module 3: Low | High

A revealing look at life’s unpredictable pageant – through the eyes of the curmudgeonly comic book author (and Murrow Award-winning broadcaster) Harvey Pekar. Even if you didn’t see last summer’s film, Harvey Pekar might be familiar to you. You might be one of the devotees of his comic chronicle American Splendor  or have seen an earlier play about his life. For a time, he was a semi-regular guest with David Letterman. Pekar is also an independent radio producer honored by both PRNDI and RTNDA for his segments on WKSU. From Pekar’s life, his music and HBO Films/Fine Line Features film American Splendor, Murray Street made a program for every format in this documentary special heard across the US in Summer 2003.

American Splendor Interview/Documentary

David D'Arcy hosts a 27:00 interview with first-class curmudgeon and American Splendor subject Harvey Pekar, his wife and collaborator Joyce Brabner and refreshingly ordinary daughter Danielle. Their struggles with life: proliferating books and records, marriage, money and cancer bring a revealing perspective to "everyday."

1. Interview

American Splendor Modules
An 8-minute module can be broken into 3 shorter pieces, each with music, actuality and audio clips from the film. These can run self-contained or with an optional local lead.

American Splendor Music
For music stations or musical moments, we offer six tasty jazz tunes from American Splendor on our CD, ranging from R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders to Dizzy Gillespie, and a great new version of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" by Chocolate Genius. All are introduced with inimitable style by jazz columnist and aficionado Harvey Pekar.


Annie Sprinkle / In My Dreams   

1. Clip 1

This 1986 segment, produced on commission from New Wilderness Foundation, profiled porn star cum performance artist Annie Sprinkle in a sea of her own words. Produced by Steve Rathe and Leslie Peters.

Broadway Baby: Stephen Sondheim at 75   

1. Broadway Baby with Susan Stamberg, disc 1
2. Broadway Baby with Susan Stamberg, disc 2

Hosted by Susan Stamberg, this two-hour special produced by Murray Street with Jeffrey Lunden for NPR featured highlights from the 12-hour Wall-to-Wall Stephen Sondheim marathon that took place at Symphony Space on March 19, 2005.

Angela Lansbury, Patti LuPone, Elaine Stritch, Neal Patrick Harris, and Ivy Austin are just a few of the performers gathered to wish Stephen Sondheim well on his 75th year. Selections from Sondheim classics Sweeny Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, Follies, Sunday in the Park with George and more.


Future Forward  

1. Cathy Larkin
2. Nancy Shear
3. Neil Tesser

Three weekly three minute modules looking at contemporary music, arts and
style, carried by more than 100 stations. Commentators included Jon Pareles, Gary Giddins, Neal Tesser, Nancy Shear and Deborah Sale. Produced in Association with WNYC. (1986-1989)


Heard Fresh with Fred Hersch   

1. Full Pilot Program (58:00)

Fred Hersch, the acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and educator in spontanesous and informed encounters with some of the today liveliest musicians. This pilot program features Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson and the violin virtuoso Midori. Fred plays masterwork recordings and new pieces too, and asks "What do you hear?" The resulting conversation brings the listener not just "behind the scenes," but "between the ears" of some of our greatest musical artists. Hersch’s passion for a wide range of music comes out in down-to-earth talk that puts musicians and listeners at ease.

Produced at Murray Street by Steve Rathe with Carol Yaple, Fred Hersch and A T Michael MacDonald. (2006)

Miles Davis / Gil Evans   

1. Miles and Gil
2. Miles Ahead
3. The Duke
4. Porgy and Bess
5. Summertime
6. Sketches of Spain
7. The Pan Piper
8. Quiet Nights and More
9. Falling Water

Another Face of Jazz
(documentary segments)
1. Gil Evans & Lee Konitz
2. Jaki Byard

Rare interviews with the participants and short documentary segments
highlighting this extraordinary collaboration, a radio production later offered as a companion CD to Columbia Record's Grammy Award winning Miles Davis/Gil Evans reissue. (1997-1998)


One People, Many Voices:   

1. One People, Many Voices, Program II of III
2. One People, Many Voices, Program III of III

Three radio specials hosted by Theodore Bikel tell the story of Jewish musical migration from old countries and old ways to the US, with new traditions and new revolutions. Directed by Elisabeth Perez Luna, the series was produced for the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Program one: The Transmigration of melody focused on the roots of Jewish music, and how Jews influenced, and were influenced by the peoples with whom they lived and made music. Program two, Downtown/Uptown, picks up on American Jewish music at the turn of the century, as immigration soared and Jews entered the mainstream of American cultural life. Part three American Jewish Music Comes of Age, looks at Jewish music as Jews entered the core of American life in the 1960s and beyond.

One People, Many Voices: Jewish Music in America received the public radio’s highest program award – the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) 1987 Award for Arts and Humanities. The six-hour series, first heard on NPR stations, is now available for pleasure or study in the Museum of Television and Radio – New York and Los Angeles. (1987)


Network for Learning / Warner Audio Publishing   

1. Clip 1

Murray Street worked with Jeffrey Hollender and Network for Learning to create Waldentapes, the first mass market books on tape, with learning, spoken word and dramatic programs. We recorded, produced, and directed programs, and developed quality control procedures still in use. Acquired by Warner and renamed Warner Audio Publishing in 1986, became unit of Random House Audio, 1988. (1982-1989)


So Many Stars  

1. Clips 1

In a remarkable union of American musical traditions, soprano Kathleen Battle joins Wynton Marsalis and other top names in jazz to deliver stirring interpretations of lullabies, love songs and spirituals in concert at Lincoln Center. The late soprano saxophonist Grover Washington Jr. hosted this hour-long performance documentary that evolved from her Sony Music CD. Her musical colleagues Cyrus Chestnut on piano, saxophonist James Carter, bassist Christian McBride, and the trumpet of Jazz At Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, offer resonant performances. Battle's soprano ranges from familiar lullabies to the spiritual Hush, and from an exuberant Every Time I Feel the Spirit to a deeply moving rendition of Duke Ellington's Come Sunday.


The Territory of Art   

1. 16 promos
2. Paul Bob Town

Thirteen half hours hosted by Eric Bogosian.
Thirteen half hours hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.
Radio documentaries and commissioned works presenting contemporary artists,
performance art, dancers and audio, including John Adams, Lucinda Childs, Frank Gehry, Frank Stella, John Baldessari, et al. Produced with The Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA Los Angeles, Distributed by (APR) PRI. (1984-1986)


This Week in Jazz  

1. Clip 1
2. Clip 2

A moment in jazz history, one week at a time! Renowned writer and critic Stanley Crouch hosts this award-winning three-minute weekly module. Sifting through over 100 years of jazz history, we found stories that occurred over a spectrum of years, but all in the same week. Produced by Ave Carrillo at Murray Street. Winner of a 2002 Communicator Award for Writing! (2001-2002)

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