An additional year of the WUSB radio show "Brain Damage" is now available for downloading or streaming here. These episodes (39 in all) are from 1991.
1991 was a particularly interesting year which began with preparations for the Gulf War and ended with the fall of the Soviet Union. The program became a focal point for talk of the anti-war movement and a place to question everything from organized religion to the patriotic fervor spreading across the nation. But it wasn't all serious talk - a good deal of humor can be heard with such features as "Confuse The Operator," "Stupid Questions," "The Tripod Family," and "What's For Lunch?" Local controversies involving a pet cemetery and the administration at the State University of New York at Stony Brook were focused on with as much attention as national and international issues. A timeslot change towards the middle of the year separates the "old" Brain Damage episodes from the newer ones which had more callers and less features like the weekly edition of "Moscow Mailbag" and other programs that came straight from shortwave radio. Throughout the year - and the show's entire history from 1988-1995 - there is emphasis on the magic of telephones and the adventure of international dialing - listen for the famous appearances of "the screaming operator of Bhutan." These shows also offer a time capsule of what the nation's phone system used to be like - a mere 11 years ago.
In addition to these episodes of "Brain Damage," we've recovered a missing section of a WBAI program from January 3, 1991.