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Ephemeral

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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 answe… read more

53 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Loyalty Freak Music

June 6th, 2022

40:07

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 …

Ed Wood II

May 23rd, 2022

1:01:12

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 …

Ed Wood I

May 9th, 2022

56:00

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 …

Star Ads

April 25th, 2022

50:18

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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Radio Ads

April 11th, 2022

57:04

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 …

BONUS: Video Game Saves

March 28th, 2022

16:39

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 …

Video Games II

March 21st, 2022

1:00:04

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. …

Video Games I

March 7th, 2022

49:25

From Pong to Elden Ring, video games have dominated the interactive entertainment world for over half a century. We explore gaming's humble …

Walking and Silence

February 21st, 2022

39:41

In our chaotic, noisy world, how does one find silence? Not only quiet surroundings, but inner silence. The second part of our conversation with …

Exploration

February 14th, 2022

30:14

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

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Moog Synthesizers

January 24th, 2022

51:15

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 …

Trash

January 10th, 2022

41:48

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? …

Noel

December 26th, 2021

24:57

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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Winter Solstice

December 20th, 2021

40:25

Across the globe and back to antiquity, this changing of season has been recognized in ritual, story and song. Featuring Carolyn McVickar Edwards, …

Romeo Muller & Rankin/Bass

December 6th, 2021

34:05

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Frosty the Snowman. The Little Drummer Boy. All of these iconic holiday specials have something in common: they were …

Drugs

November 22nd, 2021

40:12

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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Tattoo

November 8th, 2021

45:05

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 …

Inside Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book

October 25th, 2021

1:21:55

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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Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

October 25th, 2021

30:04

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

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Herk Harvey

October 11th, 2021

54:53

Herk Harvey spent decades directing educational films, but he is best remembered for his lone feature, 1962's Carnival of Souls. Featuring interviews …

Drag

September 27th, 2021

54:02

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; …

37 Days of Peril

September 13th, 2021

54:29

On September 9, 1870, while surveying the Yellowstone wilderness, Truman C. Everts was separated from his party with no horse, no food and little …

Video Stores II

August 30th, 2021

1:05:39

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

Video Stores I

August 16th, 2021

52:14

The rise and fall of the video rental store. Featuring Daniel Herbert, associate professor at the University of Michigan and author of Videoland: …

UFOs

August 2nd, 2021

58:40

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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Alan Akaka

July 26th, 2021

1:46:12

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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I Can Never Let You Leave Me

July 12th, 2021

55:41

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

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Camp Bryn Afon

June 28th, 2021

57:47

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

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Self-Released

June 21st, 2021

1:07:38

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 …

Archival Records

June 14th, 2021

47:07

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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Laughing Record

June 7th, 2021

44:08

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

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William Grant Still

May 31st, 2021

47:32

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, …

Alice Guy

May 24th, 2021

1:01:01

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

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Acoustic Fossils

May 17th, 2021

41:13

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

Five Paintings

May 14th, 2021

17:40

The Woolsey wildfires of 2018 devastated Southern California. But some history survived, including five priceless works of art. Introducing Ephemeral

Kika Kila

May 10th, 2021

55:54

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 …

Trailer: Season Two

May 3rd, 2021

2:32

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

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 26th, 2019

32:50

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 …

The Haunted Orchard

October 28th, 2019

23:25

A traveller seeking solitude finds it at an old farmhouse in which everything seems forgotten and yet remembered. Written by Richard Le Gallienne. …

Handmade Records

September 30th, 2019

1:12:53

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

The Tallest Rock

August 28th, 2019

13:34

A strange left turn in the story of Merigail Moreland. 

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Taped Over Interview: Matt Frederick

July 22nd, 2019

49:57

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

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Taped Over

July 15th, 2019

59:18

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

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Sounds of Silence

July 8th, 2019

46:10

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

Switchboard

July 1st, 2019

50:14

WWI, women’s suffrage, and one of the most important inventions of the 20th century: the telephone. Interview with historian Elizabeth Cobbs, author …

Sketch + Puzzle

June 24th, 2019

38:14

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 …

Reputation

June 17th, 2019

37:10

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 …

Brothers

June 10th, 2019

40:10

In their four story brownstone at the corner of Fifth Avenue & 128th Street, the Collyer brothers sealed themselves up through the Great …

DuMont

June 3rd, 2019

49:12

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 …

EphemaWHAT?!?

May 27th, 2019

29:13

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 …

Diaspora

May 20th, 2019

59:08

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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Pilot

May 20th, 2019

18:27

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

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Trailer: Answering Machine

May 13th, 2019

8:07

Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and …

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