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An Oral History of Theodore Rex

Previously, we were left with unanswered questions like: Why did Whoopi agree to make this movie? Why did she want out? Why wouldn't she want out? Who would think to make a buddy cop sci-fi comedy starring a dinosaur? And for the love of God, why? Finally, we get (some of) the answers.
posted by meese on Aug 26, 2015 - 24 comments

I thought, Oh my god this is really a jail

Behind the Wire is an oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced Australian mandatory detention over the past 22 years. It seeks to bring a new perspective to the public understandings of mandatory detention by sharing the reality of the people who have lived it. [more inside]
posted by flora on Aug 20, 2015 - 5 comments

Or possibly the worst

The greatest game of women's soccer ever played. An oral history from the Globe and Mail of the US-Canada Women's Soccer match, played 3 years ago today at the London 2012 Olympics.
posted by jacquilynne on Aug 6, 2015 - 12 comments

So I lit a firecracker, went off in my eye

She's such a bitch. The Oral History of Juliana Hatfield Three’s ‘My Sister’ [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Jun 22, 2015 - 16 comments

Gone. Completely gone. Like a Chevy Chase film after one weekend.

Whatever, forever: an oral history of Clueless
posted by almostmanda on Jun 8, 2015 - 102 comments

Just rub these two wires for the doorbell.

"Yo, who remembers my episode of MTV Cribs? You remember that guy who was asleep on the floor?" An oral history of the infamous Redman episode.
posted by Metroid Baby on May 6, 2015 - 19 comments

Atari Retrospectives: myths and legends from first-hand participants

Why read lengthy articles on the history of Atari when you can hear stories first-hand? Hear Nolan Bushnell (and a few others) tell all about how a little company named Syzygy became Atari, in clips both new(ish) and old; tune in for four episodes of Once Upon Atari, featuring Atari staff reminiscing about the good times and bad; and visit Alamogordo, New Mexico, home of rocket sled land-speed records and the grave of Ham, the first chimp in space, with Zak Penn as he digs for the truth behind the legend of the buried E.T. cartridges in Atari: Game Over with fans and Howard Scott Warshaw, the man who made the Atari E.T. game in five weeks. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 29, 2015 - 11 comments

Gum is the impossible meal.

An Oral History of Radiohead's OK Computer.
posted by kenko on Apr 29, 2015 - 29 comments

Can't stay for long, just turn around and I'm gone again

An oral history of The Littlest Hobo, Canada's greatest TV show.
"My second episode was a few years later, as a DEA agent who was tracking some drug smuggling that was going on in a movie unit. So I was undercover as a vampire in this movie. And the dog was helping me unearth the bad guys."

posted by frimble on Apr 25, 2015 - 42 comments

The secret man who drinks at work

An Oral HistoryOf ‘Mad Men’ - as recounted to Clickhole by Matthew Weiner and the cast. May contain spoilers and inaccuracies.
posted by Artw on Apr 22, 2015 - 50 comments

The cockpit…what is it?

An extensive oral history of Airplane!
posted by Chrysostom on Apr 17, 2015 - 88 comments

How 'Mad Men' Came To Be

"Don Draper lived on hard drives for half a decade before anybody paid him any notice. In 1999, Matthew Weiner, then an unfulfilled writer on CBS' Ted Danson sitcom Becker, spent his every off-hour doing research on the 1960s: what people wore, how they decorated their offices, what they ate and drank -" The story of how Mad Men went from a risky pitch to an unknown network to one of the most popular and celebrated dramas of the decade. (Hollywood Reporter) Bonus: Ten Mad Men Characters we need to see again. (Vulture)
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2015 - 39 comments

"I was attending a funeral about every 12-16 days"

I kept a memory book/photo album of everyone I knew that died of AIDS. It's quite large to say the least. Who were these guys? These were the people I had planned to grow old with. They were the family I had created and wanted to spend the rest of my life with as long as humanly possible but by the time I was in my late 40's, every one of them was gone except for two dear friends of mine.
Redditors share memories of having lived through the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the early eighties. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Feb 16, 2015 - 87 comments

Chipotle: The Definitive Oral History

“So you have six years of pretty expensive schooling here, and it's going to be burritos and tacos?"
posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 2, 2015 - 44 comments

"You're in the penumbra of fear."

Terms of Service is a a graphic novella about privacy and surveillance in the Internet age, by Josh Neufeld and Michael Keller, and presented by Jazeera. It combines elements of oral history, opinion journalism, and diary comics. The comic also advertises Pulp, a free and open-source library for webcomic layouts, maintained by AJAM.
posted by grobstein on Jan 20, 2015 - 12 comments

'the Senate women are not a caucus, but a zone of civility'

The Secret History of Women in the Senate
posted by anastasiav on Jan 6, 2015 - 17 comments

Oral Histories/United States Foreign Service

The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training has an extensive archive of oral histories by and about individuals in the foreign service and also about countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
posted by josher71 on Oct 7, 2014 - 18 comments

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

Galaxy Quest: The Oral History
posted by Nimmie Amee on Jul 23, 2014 - 144 comments

Time to Tuck in Your Fig Trees

The Italian Garden Project Old world gardening know-how, traditions, recipes, memories and more... The mission of The Italian Garden Project™ is to celebrate the joy and wisdom inherent in the traditional Italian American vegetable garden, preserving this heritage and demonstrating its relevance for reconnecting to our food, our families, and the earth. For several years Mary Menniti has been documenting through video and oral history how her some of her first generation Italian immigrant neighbors have adapted traditional Old World gardening techniques and plants to Western Pennsylvania's less forgiving climates. One the gardens has even been included in the Smithsonian's Archive of American Gardens.
posted by DarthDuckie on Jun 12, 2014 - 11 comments

Pop quiz, hotshot

On the occasion of Speed's 20th anniversary, Hitfix presents an oral history of the movie, as told by the people on the bus.
posted by Rangeboy on Jun 12, 2014 - 42 comments

"We felt the riff was addictive, like a forbidden thing."

The Making of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love'. An oral history from guitarist Jimmy Page and the engineers who helped place Robert Plant's vocals at the top of the charts.
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 1, 2014 - 45 comments

An Oral History of the West Wing

'West Wing' Uncensored: Aaron Sorkin, Rob Lowe, More Look Back on Early Fears, Long Hours, Contract Battles and the Real Reason for Those Departures
posted by dirtdirt on May 14, 2014 - 39 comments

All the Kings’ Men

Hack-a-Shaq, inconsistent officiating, poisoned room service, and the road to the last NBA three-peat: Grantland's oral history of the 2002 Western Conference finals. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 8, 2014 - 11 comments

Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heathers. The hellscape of Westerburg High was the setting for a dark comedy about teenage cruelty, murder, and suicide (or rather, the media glorification of it). While the initial release was a commercial flop, critics praised the film. "Heathers may be the nastiest, cruelest fun you can have without actually having to study law or gird leather products,” wrote Desson Howe, and Janice Maslin likened the film to a “demonic sitcom.” [more inside]
posted by bibliowench on Apr 4, 2014 - 137 comments

Leonard Nimoy's Mother Tongue.

Leonard Nimoy's Mameloshn: A Yiddish Story
posted by Wordwoman on Feb 27, 2014 - 7 comments

The Secret Histories

"Anthony McIntyre made one thing clear: The project had to remain absolutely secret. If Boston College wanted him to interview former members of the Irish Republican Army, he needed that guarantee.... In those heady, early days, when talk of reconciliation dominated public discussion in Northern Ireland, no one imagined their project would get caught up in an international criminal investigation into a four-decade-old murder. How that happened is a tale of grand ambitions undermined by insular decision-making and careless oversight."
posted by Rangeboy on Jan 27, 2014 - 18 comments

Wayne Gretzky’s head bleeding was the hardest thing to shoot

So Money. An oral history of Swingers.
posted by xowie on Jan 27, 2014 - 29 comments

It's a brand new era, but it came too late

Pavement's album Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was released twenty years ago next month. Stereogum has the oral history.
posted by escabeche on Jan 16, 2014 - 61 comments

Giving You Oral

Don't fight it. It's the year of the oral history. If there hasn't yet been an oral history on your favorite pop culture phenomenon, it won't be long. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, how about starting with an oral history of Captain Marvel: The Series? Or perhaps you'd rather read about The Telluride Bluegrass Festival? If your taste runs more toward technology, check out an oral history of Apple design. More reading inside! [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 13, 2014 - 24 comments

The only thing I can compare it to was working with the Sex Pistols.

The oral history of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back."
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 20, 2013 - 73 comments

"You think you can do that to me?"

After the title character died at the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's fifth season (a season that included the death of Buffy's mom), the writers knew that the show had to be a little less dark in its sixth year. Hence the formation of The Trio, a triad of nerds who acted like they thought villains should act, got in way over their heads, and ended up, in the words of writer Drew Z. Greenberg, "tear[ing] the family apart in a way they’ve never been hurt before."
posted by Etrigan on Dec 17, 2013 - 327 comments

The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History

In 1984, Mike Lazaridis, an engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and Douglas Fregin, an engineering student at the University of Windsor, founded an electronics and computer science consulting company called Research In Motion, or RIM. For years the company tinkered in obscurity, until it focused on a breakthrough technology: an easy, secure, and effective device that allowed workers to send and receive e-mails while away from the office. They called it the BlackBerry.
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 6, 2013 - 62 comments

Hall Pass: An Oral History of Kids In The Hall

Hall Pass: An Oral History of Kids In The Hall
posted by Optamystic on Dec 5, 2013 - 47 comments

The Epicenter of Crime

The Hunt's Donuts Story Hunt’s Donuts was a thorn in the side of the police at the heart of a neighborhood that has always been a thorn in the side of the police. . [more inside]
posted by dubold on Sep 13, 2013 - 5 comments

An Oral History of the Breakfast Taco

From Texas Monthly, a brief oral history from Austin of The Most Important Taco of the Day (there is a recipe included!) At Slate, L.V. Anderson comments on the article noting, "Valera’s and Vasquez’s memories are proof that the mainstreaming of Mexican cuisine happened because Mexican immigrants worked hard in the face of racism, not in the absence of racism." The authors' website, Taco Journalism, has taco-related interviews and reviews.
posted by Area Man on Aug 12, 2013 - 83 comments

"Shoot, we have enough crap in the garage. We can build a combat robot."

An Oral History of the Birth and Death of BattleBots
posted by Copronymus on Jun 18, 2013 - 32 comments

Well I walk into the room, passing out hundred dollar bills

When We Held Kings: The oral history of the 2003 World Series of Poker, in which an amateur named Moneymaker turned $39 into $2.5 million and the poker boom was born.
posted by Horace Rumpole on May 25, 2013 - 18 comments

Observing the 80s

Joe Moran reflects on the 1980s: "We like to give decades a uniform character as they retreat into history, safely burying the past by turning it into retro kitsch. The Observing the 1980s project is valuable because it does not treat the decade like this, as a story we already know the ending to. Instead it becomes an era of still-to-be-decided tensions and possibilities - one in which people sincerely people that David Steel might be prime minister (“my pin-up!” says one Mass Observer), that Margaret Thatcher might lose an election, or that the neo-liberal economic revolution might still be reversed. How I miss that sense of earnestness – and I mean that without a trace of irony." [more inside]
posted by Gilgongo on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 comments

'Do you think you’re going to give this part to somebody else?'

The Making of 'Pulp Fiction' as told by Quentin Tarantino and the cast. Plus ephemera, a QT death chart, and Marvin.
posted by xowie on Feb 19, 2013 - 56 comments

Fringe Oral History

"TVGuide.com talked to stars John Noble (Dr. Walter Bishop), Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop), Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham), Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth), Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles), Blair Brown (Nina Sharp), Mark Valley (John Scott), series co-creator Abrams, executive producers J.H Wyman, Jeff Pinkner and Bryan Burk, Warner Bros. President Peter Roth and Fox's Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly about the bumpy road to the series finale, starting with the conception of the show. This is the first in a four-part series. Check out Part 2 and Part 3." (Part 4 is pending.)
posted by hippybear on Jan 17, 2013 - 155 comments

"From the beginning, we thought that everything about the show should be painfully, painstakingly real."

My friends and I weren’t popular in high school, we weren’t dating all the time, and we were just trying to get through our lives. It was important to me to show that side. I wanted to leave a chronicle—to make people who had gone through it laugh, but also as a primer for kids going in, to say, “Here’s what you can expect. It’s horrifying but all you should really care about is getting through it. Get your friends, have your support group. And learn to be able to laugh at it.”
The Oral History of Freaks and Geeks [more inside]
posted by mokin on Dec 6, 2012 - 75 comments

An oral history of White Men Can't Jump

An oral history of White Men Can't Jump
posted by Cloud King on Aug 21, 2012 - 27 comments

"I have never, ever, ever admitted to being a member of the I.R.A. — never — and I’ve just done it here."

As reported in this article in the Guardian, a US appeals court recently ruled that confidential oral history interviews given by former members of Northern Irish paramilitary groups to researchers from Boston College are not confidential. [more inside]
posted by naturalog on Jul 9, 2012 - 69 comments

Maxim Interrogates the Makers and Stars of The Wire

Maxim Interrogates the Makers and Stars of The Wire
posted by kirkaracha on Jun 1, 2012 - 31 comments

The Indian Memory Project

The Indian Memory Project "is an online, curated, visual and oral-history based archive that traces a personal history of the Indian Subcontinent, its people, cultures, professions, cities, development, traditions, circumstances and their consequences." See for example, Sarees, or Migration.
posted by dhruva on Jun 1, 2012 - 4 comments

What Grandma Did In The War

During WWII, nearly 6 million women joined the workforce. Metafilter's talked about "Rosie the Riveters" previously, but we've never heard from these women in their own words.
posted by ChuraChura on May 14, 2012 - 9 comments

An Oral History of The Sopranos

The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos
[single-page print version]
EDIE FALCO (Carmela Soprano): After we shot the pilot, David said, “Well, that was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, no one will ever watch this show, but you guys have been great.” And that was the end. Or so we thought.

posted by kirkaracha on Mar 16, 2012 - 61 comments

Sippin' History

Quest for the Perfect Bourbon: Voices of Buffalo Trace Distillery is a documentary from the Buffalo Trace Oral History Project, part of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.
posted by Horace Rumpole on Mar 2, 2012 - 37 comments

Kist o Riches Indeed

Tobar an Dualchais will keep you busy for awhile. It's a collection of over 26,000 oral recordings made in Scotland, from the 1930s onward. Folklore, songs, music, history, poetry, oh my. Includes some fascinating material from Belle Stewart, the McPake Sisters of Peebles and John the Bard.
posted by RedEmma on Jan 14, 2012 - 5 comments

"But you don't hire Picasso and then tell him how to paint."

When we did "Beat It," Michael came in the van with us to scout locations. I remember saying, "I'm hungry, let's stop for a pizza." Michael said, "Oh good, I've never had a pizza." This is a 25-year-old man who'd never had pizza. Now he wasn't accessible like that. He was a superstar, but then he became a deity.
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution is a hugely readable and fun new oral history of the first decade of MTV. Veteran music writers Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum interviewed many of the era's major players, putting a microscope on the biggest, weirdest, and most memorable videos of the time, and [Pitchfork is] thrilled to present the following excerpt.
posted by obscurator on Oct 27, 2011 - 28 comments

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