This podcast will play and discuss old phone answering machine messages. In the late 1980s, while living in Chicago, I selected certain messages to be duplicated using a double cassette recorder. Playing them back leads me to explore the intersection of personal history and the larger social and cultural context through the lens of an outdated technology.
New episodes will be posted Sundays.
I feel better today
Spring Break in Florida is not always hot young bodies partying on the beach.
The House of James
The 1964 Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health dramatically increased public awareness of tobacco's deadly consequences. But over two decades later, smoking at the University of Chicago remained popular, especially at the Regenstein library.
Going to Look
When it opened in 1926 The Shoreland advertised itself as The World's Finest Residential Hotel. From 1976 to 2008, the University of Chicago used it as a dormitory.
Late Night Snack
From 1962 to 2000, Ciral's House of Tiki was a popular late night hangout in Hyde Park. Its former location is now occupied by a luxury apartment tower.
The Longest Beep
Prank calls continue to be popular even though most of us have the ability to filter unwanted solicitors with caller ID and voicemail.
Secretly at Home
In November of 1988, Grant Hart visited Chicago to see an exhibition of William S. Burroughs' Shotgun Paintings at the Klein Gallery and Prop Theater's adaptation of The Last Words of Dutch Schultz.
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