Happy New Year!
At Pop Up Archive, we’re collecting old sounds and making them searchable. As we watched the headlines roll in last year, we couldn’t help but notice how often sounds from the past are echoed in today’s news. So, for your listening pleasure, here are some of our favorite archival complements to the year’s biggest stories:
- In March, Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s controversial treatise on women in leadership roles, was released. In this episode of The Broad Experience, women from generations X and Y come together (with wine) for a thorough vetting of Sandberg’s advice.
- August marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In this 1975 speech, MLK Sr. reflects on civil rights and the death of his son.
- It was a year of milestones for gay rights: The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and overturned California’s Prop 8 banning gay marriage. From Pacifica Radio Archives, Jonathan Katz in 1977 on his book Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the USA.
- November 22 was the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas. Listen to an interview with lawyer Howard Willens, who supervised the Warren Commission investigation.
Nelson Mandela died at age 95 on December 5. In Mandela: An Audio History, Radio Diaries compiled rare archival audio, including a lost recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela’s life sentence.
Following Edward Snowden’s leak of classified documents, a federal judge upheld the National Security Agency’s right to collect U.S. phone data. Surveillance isn’t new: listen to a 1983 examination of technology for nationalistic purposes.
- And on a lighter note: Beyonce unexpectedly dropped a self-titled album in December that went platinum within a week. WBEZ’s Sound Opinions reviews Beyonce and closes out 2013.
Stay tuned for blog posts from Pop Up Archive in the coming months about digital audio rights issues and advances in speech-to-text technology.
See you in 2014!
The Pop Up Archive team
Photo: Beyoncé performs at the Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon. Credit: José Goulão