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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 g...Show More

14:19 | Aug 28th

A strange left turn in the story of Merigail Moreland.  Learn more about your ad-choices at

49:57 | Jul 22nd

A conversation with our producer Matt on family, recording, and all things ephemeral. Learn more at Learn more about your ad-choices at
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1:01:47 | Jul 15th

Who records your family’s history? Learn more at

48:55 | Jul 8th

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

52:59 | Jul 1st

WWI, women’s suffrage, and one of the most important inventions of the 20th century: the telephone. Interview with historian Elizabeth Cobbs, author of "The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers." Learn more at

40:59 | Jun 24th

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 more at

39:54 | Jun 17th

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 year-over-year. Featuring an interview with reel-to-reel tape collector Bob Purse of the Inches Per Second b...Show More

42:55 | Jun 10th

In their four story brownstone at the corner of Fifth Avenue & 128th Street, the Collyer brothers sealed themselves up through the Great Depression, both World Wars, and as Harlem shifted from a rich white suburb to a poor black slum. In the cavernou...Show More

51:57 | Jun 3rd

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...Show More

31:58 | May 27th

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. Learn more at

1:01:53 | May 20th

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

18:41 | May 20th

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

08:07 | May 13th

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. Ephemeral debu...Show More