Blank on Blank

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Blank on Blank is building and broadcasting an archive of journalists' lost interviews.

Interviews gathering dust on tapes and hard drives are transformed for new audiences online, on mobile devices, and on the radio.

Listen to unexpected stories from famous names and universal tales from everyday Americans. They're all sprinkled with music and storytelling.

Why should journalists record interviews only to help write a story? They should also be heard.


86 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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87-year old Zelda Kaplan:"I am very interested in fashion. I like to look nice. I still love to dance. My friends are dead. ... So with whom should...

Bought by KALW, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 02, 2010
  • Length: 05:09
  • Purchases: 3
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Famed Pop Photographer Terry O'Neill: "We used to laugh behind his (Mick Jagger's) back saying: 'Can you imagine Mick singing at 40?' And he's bloo...

Bought by KUT and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 03, 2010
  • Length: 06:38
  • Purchases: 2
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How do you reconcile being downright scared of people and crowds if you’re always on stage? Actor and Singer Cynthia Hopkins has an answer: "I am...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 03, 2010
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 1
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Who knew that fashion deacon Tim Gunn's father was J. Edgar Hoover's right hand man? Gunn: "He was Hoover's ghostwriter. ... I was not the son he w...

Bought by KJZZ and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 14, 2010
  • Length: 04:22
  • Purchases: 2
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Folk music legend Pete Seeger explains the history behind the civil rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome", and why this famous song has many brothers ...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, Troy Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, XRAY.fm, KWEMradio.com/KWEM LP and more


  • Added: Feb 01, 2011
  • Length: 06:34
  • Purchases: 17
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Soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been singing since the 1960s. Now as her career enters its sixth decade, she has just won her first Grammy...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 16, 2011
  • Length: 06:09
  • Purchases: 1
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"I can remember trying to impress my dad with my sense of humor. Sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing." - Chris Elliott with his dad, Ray Elliott.

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KSFR, XRAY.fm, KJZZ, KUFM - Montana Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 23, 2011
  • Length: 06:53
  • Purchases: 7
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This lost interview with Bono comes to us from a conversation recorded back in 2001, just weeks after 9-11. Bono was speaking with Anthony Bozza--t...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 29, 2011
  • Length: 04:43
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bob Marley on Tour in Dublin July 6, 1980, Credit: Eddie Mallin via Flickr
Rona Steinberg recalls the time a cancer-stricken Bob Marley came into her hospital and her life.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 22, 2011
  • Length: 05:05
  • Purchases: 1
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"I’d go and usually have a pint of Guinness and a chaser to steady my nerves. Then I'd go to the hospital and I'd sleep beside my father." - Bono. ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 01, 2011
  • Length: 04:22
  • Purchases: 1
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"I’ll do email and work until 1:30, 2 because at two is the holy hour when I must watch 'One Life to Live.' My Soap." - Horror Author Peter Straub...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: May 08, 2012
  • Length: 05:38
  • Purchases: 1
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"I’m driving down the street in the French Quarter and there was a sign that said “Opening Soon: Clyde’s Comedy Corner" ... But at Clyde’s there wa...

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  • Added: May 08, 2012
  • Length: 04:52
  • Purchases: 1
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Comedian Ricky Gervais:"So what I’m really wishing for is justice in the world, honor really and wishing that every one gets their reward, which cl...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: May 08, 2012
  • Length: 06:40
  • Purchases: 1
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"I think it’s fair to say that helped to create the Teabaggers." - President Barack Obama during an interview with Jonathan Alter

Bought by WABE, KFAI, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 09, 2012
  • Length: 07:16
  • Purchases: 3
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Dave Brubeck took the stage at the Litchfield Jazz Festival in 2008 and during a conversation with John Dankosky, the host of Where We Live on WNPR...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio, PRX Remix, and WEKU


  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 05:11
  • Purchases: 3
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"Funny things happen at funerals. Very funny, comical, human things. You may not laugh, but it’s all mixed up together. " - Thomas Bradshaw. Interv...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: May 25, 2012
  • Length: 05:07
  • Purchases: 1
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Writer James Sullivan got to do something that millions of kids have dreamed about doing–he got to go to Sesame Street. And when he was there, Jame...

Bought by KPIK-LP, KJZZ, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 01, 2012
  • Length: 05:42
  • Purchases: 3
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Thom Yorke, lead singer and songwriter for the band Radiohead, tackles the challenges that just about everyone faces: confronting who you are and ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 08, 2012
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 1
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We came across an amazing tape that was just uncovered in a box in New York City. On tape: legendary Beat Generation poet, Allen Ginsberg. Ginsber...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2012
  • Length: 10:05
  • Purchases: 1
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"It surprised me when I saw [Fidel]’s not tall, but he came into the room and seemed bigger than life, because he’s got the uniform and that presen...

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  • Added: Jul 23, 2012
  • Length: 06:57
  • Purchases: 1