Selected audio segments I've produced, including radio stories, audio plays, audio walking tours, and podcast episodes. You can find all this and more at my podcast page or on iTunes.

RADIO STORIES: Segments for Studio 360, the arts program on WNYC Radio. Also available here.

"Beatles or Bieber?" (2014, rebroadcast in 2017) On the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first US visit, I spoke with fans of the Beatles and of teen superstar Justin Bieber, the subject of a new documentary film.  

"On Stage: A New Streetcar" (2012) A look at a Broadway production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," featuring a mostly African American cast. 

"The Normal Heart: The Story of AIDS for a New Generation" (2011, 71 minutes) The seminal AIDS play of the 1980 is revived on Broadway in 2011 — how do younger and older audiences see the play, and AIDS, now?

 

AUDIO PLAYS: Audio plays and stories that I wrote and produced.

"The 18-1/2 Minute Gap" (2017) Imagines what happened during the famous "gap" of the title — a period of silence on tapes secretly recorded by the late President Richard M. Nixon in the White House.   

"Love Shack" (1998, 11 minutes). A radio station is taken over by communist revolutionaries during a live call-in advice show.  

"The Long-Suffering Tree" (2010, 8 minutes). My parody of the renowned children's book "The Giving Tree," read by me.

 

AUDIO WALKING TOURS: Below are audio tours of San Francisco that I produced with the support of the San Francisco Arts Commission, 2009. 

"Harvey Milk: Out of the Bars and Into the Streets" (2009, 71 minutes). Walk from San Francisco's Castro district to City Hall and learn about the times of gay activist and politician Harvey Milk from his proteges Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg, and Daniel Nicoletta. Includes dramatizations and archival audio. 

"George Moscone's City Hall" (2009, 35 minutes). Explore San Francisco City Hall and learn about the life and times of George Moscone, the forward-thinking mayor who was killed in 1978. With archival audio and stories from his colleagues and family.

"Sex and Dogs and Rock and Roll: The Presidio Pet Cemetery" (2009, 13 minutes). Michelle Tea reads a story by Kris Kovick about her dog Thunder, whose grave marker is at the Presidio Pet Cemetery in San Francisco.   

 

THE BIG DRAMA BEHIND "THE GLASS MENAGERIE": In this three-part series, I read selections from the transcripts of a series of oral history interviews with Eddie Dowling, the producer, director, and star of the original 1945 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' breakout play 'The Glass Menagerie.' The interviews were conducted in 1963, and the contents are protected by copyright of the Columbia University Center for Oral History. 

Part 1: Eddie Dowling meets Tennessee William, falls in love with "The Glass Menagerie," and assembles a cast for the show — including Laurette Taylor, a famously difficult but talented actress in the role of a lifetime. (20 minutes)

Part 2: How a renowned New York Times theater critic upset the apple cart, the Chicago run of the show, and the edge-of-your-seat Broadway premiere in 1945. (20 minutes)

Part 3: The rocky 18-month run of the play, the fate of leading lady Laurette Taylor, and a poignant denouement about Eddie Dowling's relationship with playwright Tennessee Williams. (25 minutes)

 

"INSIDE STORIES" PODCAST EPISODES: Selected episodes of my podcast "Inside Stories," which featured conversations on the many forms of storytelling. I still add the occasional episode. Episodes are each 10-15 minutes long. See also my blog of the same name.