Re:sound #187 The Matt Power Show

This hour, we celebrate the work of a great journalist — Matt Power, who died March 10, 2014 while on assignment in Uganda.

2014 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour, we celebrate the work of a great journalist — Matt Power, who died March 10, 2014 while on assignment in Uganda.

Holy Soul
by Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2002)
For many teens coming of age in the 1970s, the Beat poets served as rebel heroes. Matt Power was no different. Then he met Allen Ginsberg. In the flesh. Power's recollections first appeared in an essay in the magazine Heeb.

Dumpster Diving
by Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2003)
Every day of the year, New York City generates 26-thousand tons of garbage. As your mother would say, the amount of food thrown away could feed an army. And come closing time every day, that's exactly what happens.

Flying Pumpkins
by Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2002)
Every year in Millsboro, Delaware, on the first Saturday after Halloween, a fierce competition gets underway, involving powerful instruments of propulsion and... some very hearty produce.

Drive-in, Drive Out
by Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2003)
Ever wonder what it would be like to spend the whole night at the drive-in? Matt Power did. He went to the movies, and to bed, at the Fairlee Motel and Drive-In Theater in Fairlee, VT.

A Free Ride
by Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2006)
Over the tool shed, under the elm tree, and around the rose bushes - all in 30 seconds. It's the "Blue Flash," a homemade roller coaster John Ivers constructed in his backyard. Matt Power visits Ivers in rural Indiana to find out what kind of man builds his own roller coaster.

Indian Traffic [excerpt]
by Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2003)
An audio postcard from Matt Power, who finds enlightenment in the chaotic choreography of New Delhi's perpetual traffic jam.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

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Matthew Power

Matthew Power was a freelance print and radio journalist and a contributing editor at Harper's magazine and National Geographic Adventure.


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