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Gopal Daas
Gopal Daas

Gopal Daas always felt he had a personal relationship with God, but it took a winding road filled with dating services, dietary changes, and a chance encounter at the Raleigh-Durham Airport, to help him better understand that relationship. With that understanding came a new name and a choice between commitment or freedom. Audio Coming Soon!

Abdullah Antepli
Abdullah Antepli

Abdullah Antepli has had three families in his life: the family into which he was born, the family of faith he first sought out as a child, and the family he now has with his own wife and children.  In this story, Abdullah talks about his search for connection with all three families and the […]

Dana Trent
Dana Trent

Dana Trent and husband Fred Eaker have your typical girl-meets-boy story, but with a theological twist.  Listen as Dana describes how she and Fred met and the lessons they are learning together about faith and spirituality.  Learn more about Dana and her memoir, Saffron Cross, on The Recollective Blog.   Music by Agnideva dasa.    

Secretly Sober
Secretly Sober

The Recollective went behind the scenes at New York City’s fine dining establishments to find out what waiters, waitresses and bartenders think about their patrons.  Some of the stories we heard were just too good not to draw out. “Secretly Sober” is Jenna’s account of one customer’s particularly strange behavior on a slow Tuesday night. […]

The Dish
The Dish

The Recollective went behind the scenes at New York City’s fine dining establishments to find out what waiters, waitresses and bartenders think about their patrons. “The Dish” is a PSA to those restaurant patrons presented by Rex Collective, the game-show id of our storytelling collaborative and featuring Janine, Jacob and Jenna. Music credits: “Hola Hola Bossa […]

4th & 1: Mt. Pleasant, Texas
4th & 1: Mt. Pleasant, Texas

Listen to these stories from east Texas. This is football country and the sport is more than just a game it’s a rite of passage.  We spent the week recording that rite of passage for this audio postcard. In addition, some of the student athletes stories were featured on Cowbird.com a multimedia storytelling platform.

Treece, Kansas: Ghost Town in the Making
Highway sign in Treece

Treece, Kansas was a heavy supplier of lead and zinc ore during World War I & II. After the 1950′s, ore production declined rapidly turning the once booming mining town into an environmental wasteland and now a ghost town. The Recollective went to Treece in 2009 when Congress passed a bill authorizing funding for a voluntary […]

4th & 1: East Lansing, Michigan
4th & 1: East Lansing, Michigan

  4th & 1 from The Recollective on Vimeo. Check out these stories from over fifty high school football players from communities in and around Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Detroit.  This audio postcard appeared on the Center for Documentary Studies’ Porch Blog and Huffington Post /Youth Radio.  

Rock N Roll Hotel
Rock N Roll Hotel

Producer Whitney Henry-Lester introduces us to Susan Tanner and husband Marty Boratin who love music so much they’ve opened their home in Hamburg to touring bands who need a good night’s sleep—and maybe a little breakfast in the morning.  Musical house guests over the years have included Anders Parker, Tyvek, Arrington De Dionyso, Erin McKeown, […]

Blues Run the Game
Blues Run the Game

Buffalo native Jillian Mertz talks about how the songs of Jackson C. Frank, a little known folk musician from her hometown, helped her understand her complex relationship with her father, magician Ray Mertz.

Mr. Polka Radio
Mr. Polka Radio

Legendary radio broadcaster Stan “Stas” Jasinski was a fixture of Buffalo’s Polish community for decades before his passing in 2005.  His longtime co-host, Mark Wozniak is joined by writer/musician Mark Kohan, retired WBFO News Director Mark Scott and his mother Sylvia Scott as they remember the man behind the title: Mr. Polka Radio.

Gail & Emile
Gail & Emile

In the 1970′s, dancer Gail Lyons and drummer Emile Latimer discovered love in Buffalo, New York through West African music.  After all these years, they find that the beat still goes on.

Casa Rico
Casa Rico

Lenny Rico and wife Cindy talk about inheriting the longest running Italian-American radio show from Lenny’s parents, Emelino and Mary Rico.  Their show, Casa Rico is the heir to Neapolitan Serenade that began broadcasting to Buffalo in 1935.

Colored Musicians Club
Colored Musicians Club

The Colored Musicians Club is one of Buffalo’s oldest music venues. Jazz giants from Count Basie to Billie Holiday played there, but even with the grandeur of its star-studded guest list the club remains as down home and friendly as a backyard barbecue.  Listen as club regulars Les Davis, Charlie Reedy, Shirley Reeves and George […]

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