2016 Re:sound – The Imposter Show

What do we really know about other people’s lives? Double lives, double binds, double trouble.  This hour on Re:sound, imposters.

Chook In Memorium

by Mike Ladd (360 Documentaries, ABC Radio National, 2014) 

The Australian lyrebird is a remarkable creature, able to mimic almost every man made and natural sound; sirens, car engines, other birds. Chook was very popular with visitors at the Adealaide Zoo until he died in 2011 at the age of 32. In this audio tribute to Chook we hear him mimic innumberable sounds. 

The Two Lives of Asa Carter

by Joe Richman & Samara Freemark (Radio Diaries, 2012) 

Asa Carter was a speechwriter for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He penned one of the most infamous speeches of the era… Wallace’s 'Segregation Now, Segregation Forever' address. Forrest Carter was a Cherokee writer who lived in Texas. His autobiography, The Education of Little Tree, is a beloved classic that has sold millions of copies around the world. But these two men shared a secret. 

45s at 33

by Steve Urquhart (Radiotonic, ABC Radio National, 2015)

It started with Dolly Parton's song ‘Jolene'. Someone uploaded a slowed-down version to YouTube – and the reaction was extraordinary. But ‘Jolene’ was just the beginning. Search for 'slowed down to 33', and you’ll find hundreds of examples of old 7-inch singles playing at 33rpm, rather than 45rpm. As he turns 40 — and perhaps a bit preoccupied with the idea of “slowing down time” — radio producer Steve Urquhart discovers some unexpected gems. 

The Mysterious James Tiptree

by Eric Molinsky (Unfictional, KCRW, 2015)

James Tiptree Jr. was a science fiction writer in the late 60's and early 70's. His books and stories had a loyal following, and were notable for the way he handled gender issues and male/female relationships in an era when science fiction featured almost only male heroes. Tiptree was a mysterious figure and only communicated to a few friends and fans. That's because his career hinged on a very big secret. 

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