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2000 X
james_nicoll

In April 2000, NPR, in partnership with the Hollywood Theater of the Ear, launches the most ambitious radio drama since Star Wars. 2000X unites the best futuristic fiction with superb acting talents and top-notch sound production. These audio plays celebrate the new millennium, looking to the future for adventure, satire, suspense, philosophy, comedy, and, of course, romance.

The 26 programs that make up 2000X cast an ear to the social, political, and technological possibilities of the next millennium. All plays take place totally or substantially in a time after 2000 AD. These ambitious new dramas are based on works by such science-fiction stalwarts as H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, and Ursula K. Le Guin, along with the fiction of mainstream luminaries such as Mark Twain, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Kurt Vonnegut, and E. M. Forster. The award winning author and broadcast personality Harlan Ellison is the series host. Productions feature a who's who among actors: Robin Williams, Richard Dreyfuss, Samantha Eggar, Charles Durning, and some 100 others. The 2000X production team includes a Grammy winner and a Peabody Award winner.


There are some interesting titles in the series but alas, the link to the show's site 404s. Was there an archive made of this?

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I did find three on the Radio Program Revival podcast:

http://www.radiodramarevival.com/tag/beyond-2000/

They used to be available on Audible, but only RUR is the only one now.

Here's another: Tomorrow, Tomorrow And Tomorrow by Kurt Vonnegut (linked from here)

One more: this pay site claims to have 28 episodes. Their credit system is $5 per gigabyte, or $20 for 5 gigabytes. Their EULA mentions penalties: "Any files identified as from our collection found on newsgroups, BitTorrents, Forums, or hubs will be grounds for immediate suspension of access to The Collection, forfeiture of any remaining credit balance, and zero balance applied to the subscriber account."

The total of all 28 episodes is about half a gigabyte, so even with overhead $5 should be sufficient to download them all. But FTP is required.

Edited at 2012-12-28 08:01 pm (UTC)

In flipping through pages on archive.org, I don't see anywhere that the shows could be downloaded. They offered CDs and cassettes from Audible.com, which makes sense given this was in 2000. The one RealPlayer preview of an episode called "Knock" isn't available anymore.

If you're interested, here's the link for the old home page of the show:

http://web.archive.org/web/20000620104509/http://www.irasov.com/page0002.htm

You might want to check links within this NPR set-up:

http://www.mninter.net/~jstearns/nprPH.html

They seem to have folded 2000X into the NPR Playhouse series: PLAYHOUSE III: Sci fi / Mystery / Adventure.

In any case, whatever it was / is called, it never broadcast here on the public radio stations. Stations kinda pick and choose what they want to carry in their own localities. WNYC, for instance, tends to run other kinds of 'fiction' series, including reading series by writers of their own works from programs hosted in theaters and other venues.

Love, C.

I've generally been pleased by NPR-related SF radio shows, fwiw.