"All Mom Radio"
A (((HearingVoices))) radio special

Mother's Day: Shows | History

For the week Mother's Day, May 12, 2002, HearingVoices.com presents the sixty-minute public radio special "All Mom Radio," a collection of motherly stories from producers around the country:

Larry at 9
Larry at 9 & his...
Larry's mom near 90
...Mom near 90.
soundfiles Travels with Mom by Larry Massett
(13:10) These days, taking mom for out for a day-trip doesn't involve going very far in distance, as it does back in time. Tybee Island, Georgia, now and in the 1920's, as seen by Mrs. Massett. Premiered on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler.

soundfiles Thursday Night Bingo by Beverly Donofrio
(5:06) Girl's Night Out with writer Beverly Donofrio at her mother's weekly bingo night at the Polish American Hall, Wallingford, CT. Produced by David Isay for Sound Portraits.

Melissa and Isiah Rodriguez
Missy at 18 &...
Melissa and Isiah Rodriguez at one-year-old
...Isiah at 1.
soundfiles Melissa, Teen Mom by Joe Richman
(13:10) Melissa Rodriguez didn't mean to get pregnant. But now, after 12 years of living in the foster care system, she's trying to build the family she never had. "The funny thing about having a baby, especially a boy, is that he always pisses on me. Always. Any time I change him, he's always peeing on me. I don't know why. He's marking his territory. Like he says, 'This is mine.'" Part of the NPR series Radio Diaries.

soundfiles Mubarak and Margy by Nancy Updike
(20:21) A gay man returns home to care for his mom, and to the "cure" his family wants for his homosexuality. A tale of role-reversals, Middle-Eastern values, an ailing mother, and a devoted son ("I'm so scared all the time..."). Premiered on "Sissies," PRI This American Life.

Amy's Mom
Mrs. Borkowsky &...

Amy Borkowsky
...daughter Amy.
soundfiles Messages from Mom by Amy Borkowsky
(0:36) For more than a decade, New York City comedian Amy Borkowsky has been saving phone messages from her mom. Some of the choicest of these mom-comms are collected on her CD "Amy's Answering Machine."

Two Millennia of Mom's Days

Goddess Cybele250 BC Hilaria Matris Deûm, a Roman celebration honoring Cybele, the mother of the gods, held the first day after the vernal equinox (Spring). Games, masquerades, and a solemn procession, carrying a statue of the goddess, were among the day's festivities.

Simnell Cake1600 AD Mothering Sunday, celebrated in England on the fourth Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter). Servants were given the day off to return to their families. Flowers and the Simnel Cake have become part of this break in the Lent fast.

Julia Word Howe1870 AD Julia Word Howe, abolitionist, suffragette, and lyricist of "Battle Hymn of the Republic, calls before the World's Congress of Women for a Mother's Day "in behalf of International Peace tradition."

Anna Jarvis1908 AD Anna Jarvis, "to revive the gratitude we owe to those who gave us birth," holds the first Mother's Day service at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, now the International Mothers Day Shrine.

Seal of the President1914 AD Presidential Proclamation, first from Woodrow Wilson, and since announced annually by official writ from the Office of the Chief Executive of the United States, establishes the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

Whistler's Mother1934 AD Whistler's Mother's Stamp, issued by Postmaster General James A. Farley to commemorate Mother's Day, with the painting by English artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler titled "Arrangement in Grey and Black," also known as "Whistler's Mother."

2002 AD (((Hearing Voices))) Mother's Day Radio Special, "All Mom Radio." for the week Mother's Day, May 12, 2002, a one-hour collection of motherly stories from producers around the country.

HearingVoices.com specials are crafted from new and classic radio shows. Fundors include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowment for the Arts. HearingVoices.com is a project of Tundra Club, a non-profit corporation that supports independent production for public broadcasting, film and web.