Lost & Found Sound

Our Peabody Award-winning series heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, explores American life through recorded sound. Richly layered tales chronicling people possessed by sound who shaped the sonic landscape of the nation. Home recordings and historic broadcasts, unusual archival audio artifacts, endangered sounds, sounds on the verge of extinction, vanishing voices, the merging of languages — how sound shapes history, and history has been shaped by sound.

Created in 1999 by The Kitchen Sisters with Jay Allison, this Peabody, Clarion and Webby award-winning series brought together some of the most respected producers and storytellers in public radio with artists and NPR to create this imaginative series. Liberace & the Trinidad Tripoli Steel BandFrench Manicure: Tales from Vietnamese Nail Shops in America; Cigar Stories, WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts; Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later — more than 80 stories make up this series. Lost & Found Sound was supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“An astounding documentary series.” —The Washington Post

“Lost & Found Sound is beyond description.” —Tom Waits

Select stories from Lost & Found Sound