30 episodes

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?”

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    • 4.7 • 602 Ratings

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?”

    Alan Akaka

    Alan Akaka

    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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    • 1 hr 54 min
    I Can Never Let You Leave Me

    I Can Never Let You Leave Me

    Ten songs that skipped a generation. Featuring the music of composer and performer Lorrie Doriza and her grandfather Tony Rais.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Camp Bryn Afon

    Camp Bryn Afon

    One Summer in 1965 frozen in time. Featuring audio ephemera collector Bob Purse.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Self-Released

    Self-Released

    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 Intl. record label, and artists Michele Mercure, Anna Homler and Pauline Anna Strom.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Archival Records

    Archival Records

    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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    • 52 min
    Laughing Record

    Laughing Record

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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
602 Ratings

602 Ratings

MissElla02 ,

Achingly beautiful

This is hands-down one of the most gorgeously written and produced podcasts I’ve ever heard in over a decade of listening. It’s a journey for the imagination and the mind, and each story is lovingly told over a beautiful, high-quality soundscape of audio. I absolutely recommend this to every curious romantic for hours of emotionally-stimulating and educational listening.

Jconway1002 ,

The best kept secret in podcasting

I just can’t say enough about how much I love this show. From the very first episode I was hooked.

The vintage 1950’s home video which is so mundane was suddenly brought to life for me in a way I didn’t even know was possible.

It’s made me so much more appreciate the ephemera in my life.

The production value is beyond anything else I’ve heard and I’ve been listening to podcast almost every day since 2012!

This is such a gem and I can’t tell you how many things I’ve come love because of this show.

Top three episodes to date are: “self release” “acoustic fossils” and of course, episode 1 “Pilot”

Do yourself a favor: put on some good headphones, grab a drink, sit on your porch and let this show transport you and inform you!

SideDishLongmont ,

Excellent stories

I rarely (which is to say never) write reviews but I feel so strongly about how great this podcast is that I finally felt compelled to rate and review. I’ve listened to this pod since its first year and love the theme and host. The stories are excellent and the host allows the story to be told, rather than dominate the dialogue and/or over production. The most recent pods about Archival records are truly amazing and helped me appreciate some lost music and style that would otherwise go unnoticed. Keep up the amazing work and I’ll keep sharing this pod with friends.

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