Hearing Voices

Saturday, noon - 1:00 p.m. on KUOW2

Hearing Voices from NPR is an hour of the best of public radio: a stream of "driveway moments" connected by a theme, with the help of a guest host. Each episode mixes broadcasts, podcasts, sound portraits, slam poets, documentaries, radio dramas, features and found sound. Hearing Voices is independently produced.


  • Sunday, September 30, 2012 9:38pm

    The Life and Times of Solidod Woods, the last remaining member of her village of Mescalero Apache who lived on the edge of Death Valley.

  • Monday, September 24, 2012 12:25am

    The voices of people who were or are homeless: Carmen Delzell takes "Crazy John" into her home. Scott Carrier spends a night in DC "Gospel Mission" shelter. The "Land of 10,000 Homeless" is a Minneapolis music/audio documentary project. Dmae Roberts interviews a young homeless girl in "Miracle on the Streets." The Homeless Writers Coalition performs poetry put to music. Homeless people tell their stories to StoryCorps. And the Kitchen Sisters visit with street and low-income people whose main cooking utensil is the the "George Foreman Grill."

  • Sunday, September 16, 2012 9:36pm

    In December 1944 the Allies were closing in on Germany. HHitler had a desperate plan to save the Third Reich, a massive assault he believed would so demoralize that the Allies, they would seek a separate peace, leaving only the Russian army on the eastern front. On December 16 the Germans unleashed an offensive that would become the most brutal battle of the European war: the Battle of the Bulge. Nineteen thousand Americans were killed, about the same number were taken prisoner. We hear from four Americans soldiers about their time — before, during and after — in a German POW camp.

  • Monday, September 10, 2012 10:34am

    In May 2012, Soundwalk Collective traveled into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon to document the ancient chanting rituals of the Ayahuasquero, the Master Shaman and practitioner of plant medicine. The shaman consumes a potent brew made from the Ayahuasca, a sacred vine of the Amazonian jungle, the "vine of the souls". The brew induces a powerful psychedelic experience that causes visual and auditory hallucinations. This hour we present a radio essay by anthropologist Jeremy Narby, a impressionistic mix of the recordings of the Collective's time with this plant and these people.

  • Sunday, September 2, 2012 9:12pm
    A tribute to the composer on his 100th birthday: We listen in on a 1942 John Cage radio play, "The City Wears a Slouch Hat." We have a vox-pop asking "Who's John Cage?"; an audio illustration by Jay Allison of a "John Cage and Merce Cunningham" collaboration; an excerpt from the film "John Cage: Ecoute (Listen)"; and, from the series Echoes, "Thoughts in Sound: John Cage- Imaginary Landscapes." Laurie Anderson and Ken Nordine offer homages to the composer. And we hear Cage's "In a Landscape," Suite for Toy Piano, and "Variations IV."