For Valentines Day, this funny take on love. Starts by pondering the (unfair?) disarming effect of those three little words.
Also meet a woman with a very deep love for her parrot. But her kids hate, and are terrified by the menacing bird.
Program: This American Life
Date: January, 2003
"Darwin has never had a majority."
At no time has a majority of the American public believed in the theory of evolution. Darwin says we are animals. People don't like that.
This is a fantastic podcast.
Playtime: 27 minutes 28 seconds
Britain's most renowned natural sound recordist, Chris Watson, has been to Antarctica. In this enhanced podcast, he provides just enough details to set the scene – and then lets the sounds bring you there. Some of the most engrossing audio you'll hear.
– Audio Documentary London Bureau
Playtime: 50 minutes 21 seconds
The artist Marcus Coates recorded the dawn chorus in English woodlands; he then slowed down the recordings, and filmed human singers perform the newly approachable songs in everyday English settings. Then, he speeded the footage back up again. The sound is extraordianary – and in this case, so is the video.
Audio Documentary Europe
Playtime: 5 minutes 40 seconds
An engaging insight into the grim world of rural life and whaling in the mid-20th century. In the late 1980s, New Zealander Dan Bergin recounted his tough working life, to producer Jack Perkins. Perkins has himself recently retired, and this story is part of a retrospective on his work.
Connor Walsh, AD, London.
Playtime: 26 minutes 41 seconds
James Aldred is on a mission, in the jungles of Brazil, with a catapult. It's him, a tree, and a very big, very strong, very protective eagle. The result is an almost real-time adventure to install a TV camera in the eagle's nest. James and the Giant Eagle is a sound-rich, vivid and engaging BBC Radio 4 programme.
Photo: Michael Schamis on Flickr.
Playtime: 28 minutes
Forest to Desert is described best by the producer Sarah Boothroyd: 'An audio doodle about this phrase: "Humankind is preceded by forest, and followed by desert."' Great use of natural, found and sampled sound, composed together to clearly follow that brief. Produced for and featured in the Third Coast Festival's Short Docs Radio Ephemera Challenge in 2008.
Playtime: 2 minutes 35 seconds
During the late 19th Century, New York tycoons created the first U.S. polo club in their Newport, Rhode Island summer retreat. Today the sport endures, steeped in tradition -- with one noticeable exception. Produced by Jim Pontarelli and another in a series from the 2011 summer audio retreat at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Playtime: 5 minutes 25 seconds