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Ephemeral
<p>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 answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”</p>
History
Society & Culture
Documentary
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Introducing: The Second Oil Age
17 min
2
The Haunted Orchard
A traveller seeking solitude finds it at an old farmhouse in which everything seems forgotten and yet remembered. Written by Richard Le Gallienne. Narrated by Peter Yearsley.
23 min
3
Handmade Records
Why put music on plastic in 2019? Featuring Seth Nicholas Johnson of Haunted Birthday Records and the music of Elias Mason & June Yorke, pumashock, and Undercover Monsters.
72 min
4
The Tallest Rock
A strange left turn in the story of Merigail Moreland.
13 min
5
Taped Over Interview: Matt Frederick
A conversation with our producer Matt on family, recording, and all things ephemeral.
49 min
6
Taped Over
Who records your family’s history?
59 min
7
Sounds of Silence
Four minutes and thirty-three seconds that changed the course of music history.
46 min
8
Switchboard
WWI, women’s suffrage, and one of the most important inventions of the 20th century: the telephone.
50 min
9
Sketch + Puzzle
How much paper is printed every day? Who's designing it and who's keeping on tabs on how much we have?
38 min
10
Reputation
What if you had a song stuck in your head, but had no way to find out anything about the artist?
37 min
11
Brothers
The tragic and bizarre tale of New York’s greatest hoarders. Featuring memoirist Franz Lidz.
40 min
12
DuMont
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 Weinstein of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
49 min
13
EphemaWHAT?!?
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 Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware.
29 min
14
Diaspora
What makes American music American? If the history book is written, what chapters are missing? Featuring music researcher Ian Nagoski of Canary Records.
59 min
15
Pilot
Found objects – misplaced artifacts of mysterious origins – can be sources great of inspiration.
18 min
16
Trailer: Answering Machine
Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and intangible, that you wish you could take just one more look at before they vanish into the past.
8 min