In a world of ubiquitous cell phone cameras, the idea of preserving audio without pictures is almost quaint. And yet, as all devoted radio listeners know, the absence of visual information often allows a closer connection. Your mind’s eye beats HDTV every time. Since 2002, the Library of Congress has identified important audio recordings and added them to the National Recording Registry. Gene DeAnna joins Bob to talk about a few of the recordings from the most recent inductees of 2008 — and they discuss plans to archive and preserve thousands of other recordings in a digital vault.
Here is the most recent list, from 2008.