found 42 audio documents tagged with Death

Army Suicides Outpace Combat Deaths.

NPR reports that Army suicides in January were the highest since they started counting (1980).


Program: All Things Considered

Crazed Chimp Audio

Here is the audio of that 911 call to the police in North Stamford Connecticut.  A disturbing, profound clip and an historic moment in audio documentary history.



Death, Crime, Animals

New Radio Lab Podcast: Is Dying optional?

Radio Lab asks the question and finds that yes, sometimes (in some ways) it is...  Think about CPR for starters.


Playtime: 15 minutes 50 seconds


Science, Death

Female Punk Thai Forensic Scientist Takes on the System

Her "spiky red hair" - done by Thailand's top hair dresser - protects her.   She says the Thai police hate her after she took them on in some high profile cases - even implicating the police themselves in some cases.


Playtime: 22 minutes 34 seconds
Date: June, 2009


Science, Politics, Death, Crime

Wisconsin Death Trip on BackStory (sensitive images)

The newish history show from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities put together this slide show to accompany it's most recent episode.  [Please note they slide show contains pictures of dead people (including children) -- albiet from a very long time ago.]



History, Death

Talking to the Dead

Story of Lily Dale, NY - a town of mediums who communicate with the dead. This is mostly a nonjudgmental portrait but one of my favorite moments is when a young medium gets a message from the dead that there is a prank being played on someone right now - and that the person might not be aware a prank is being played on them... Sounds about right.


Playtime: 28 minutes 30 seconds


Religion, Death, Weird

New Radio Lab: After Life

New Radio Lab is about the moment of death - when, how, what...

From the website:  "[I]n a slight departure from our regular format, we bring you eleven meditations on how, when, and even if we die."



Religion, Death, Science

Dolphin killing in Japan

How Flipper spured an international obsession with dolphins, swimming with dolphins, and places like Seaworld which, in turn, supports a multi-million dollar industry that slaughters dolphins.


Radiolab Afterlife Extras

Radiolab's latest episode was 11 meditations on the after life.  Now, their website features additional meditations 12, 13, 14, 15, and number 16 is this YouTube video



Science, Death

WaPo Slide Show on Teddy

Washington Post Slide Audio Slide show on the late Edward Moore (Ted) Kennedy.


On the Train With Another Fallen Kennedy

NYTimes audio slide show about Paul Fusco's "RFK Funeral Train" project.  Fusco was a photog for Look Magazine on  board the train carrying Robert Kennedy from L.A. to D.C.  Found as part of Benjamin Chesterton's "Mulitmedia of the Month" series on Resolve: "A collaborative online community that brings together photographers and photo industry professionals of every kind to find ways to keep photography relevant, respected, and profitable."


AP Audio Slideshow: Death of a Marine

An Ap audio slideshow of a Marine battle in Afgantistan.  The audio componant makes one think of what a good photographer she is.  But the images are gripping, nontheless.



Death, Violence

Did Texas Execute an Innocent Man?

There has never been a proven case of an innocent person getting the death penalty.  The case of Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in Texas in 2004, may become the first.


New York is Safer Now. What's a Crime Writer to do?

To find what remains of the gritty New York, NPR takes the Ikea ferry to Red Hook?  Maybe they can find one of those gritty French fusion restaurants that make their own cheese - Chez Gritte?
Kidding aside, a cool story about the history of Red Hook, Brooklyn -- and a broad look at the direction of present Brooklyn.



New York, History, Death, Crime

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out...

The green burial movement:  featuring a 34-year-old woman who would like to have her body composted by worms.

Winner of Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Documentary, from the Radio & Television News Directors Association, 2009. Winner of PRNDI Award for Best Documentary from Public Radio News Directors Inc., 2009.



Science, Environment, Death

Freedom From Fear

Aung San Suu Kyi has turned 65, still under house arrest, 20 years after being elected Prime Minister of Burma. This profile of her captures her symbolism, strength and beauty, in both content and form.


Audio Documentary Europe


Playtime: 22 minutes 41 seconds

Ageing, living

The book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives gets a radio reprieve with a new story specially commissioned for the BBC's One Planet programme about ageing. But this episode is most noteworthy as the one where the host makes an old lady cry.


Audio Documentary Europe


Playtime: 26 minutes 29 seconds

UK Today

While the furrowed brows of the BBC World Service are on holidays, they've let the creatives loose, with great effect. Two engaging documentaries about UK citizens who have been put somewhere difficult. Philip McTaggart's son committed suicide, changing his life. Mary Thida Lun's mom fled the Khmer Rouge, and now has a daughter serving in war zones as a British civil servant. Big topics, in a manner more full of human contradiction and personality than we usually hear on the BBC World Service.


Audio Documentary Europe





Playtime: 22 minutes 29 seconds

Mine rescue, 1936

As the world's media watches the rescue of trapped miners in Chile, we look back to 1936, when the Canadian Radio Commission reported for six days the attempts to rescue three men trapped in a mine at Moose River, Nova Scotia. A selection of the reports, from the CBC Archives. 


Audio Documentary Europe


Playtime: 11 minutes 44 seconds

Life as a crime scene cleaner-upper

After detectives pick up clues, who picks up all the, uh...other stuff? It's not a job for the faint of heart.


Playtime: 16 minutes 55 seconds


Sound Rich, Death, Violence, Crime, Weird

My Father Takes a Vacation

A young man tells the story of another, his father, who upped and left his kids in Sweden while he travelled to Ireland. This documentary features two physical and emotional journeys, that will move probably anyone who's been a young man. The video is an English transcript of the bi-lingual original, while this longer all-English version was also produced. 


Audio Documentary Europe


Playtime: 29 minutes 51 seconds

A Matter of Life and Death

What happens when a philosophy professor is suddenly confronted with questions about his own life and death? The third in a series from the Duke Center for Documentary Studies summer workshop.


Playtime: 18 minutes 40 seconds


Death, Bad News

Radio the night John Lennon died

WFMU in New Jersey posts this recording of a sweep across the FM dial in New York, on the night John Lennon died there in 1980.


Rolling Stone magazine has also released audio of an interview with John Lennon, three days before. Listen here. Includes strong language.


Connor Walsh for AD, Brussels



Playtime: 6 minutes


Radio, Music, History, Death


Audio from Cairo, charting how the authorities have clamped down on the hundreds of thousands of people calling for political change. Linked in the title, a vivid Audioboo from a woman watching molotov cocktails being thrown at Tahrir Square (via Jan25Voices on Twitter); and here, recordings made over a few days by Heba Morayef, a local expert with Human Right's Watch.

Image: Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository 

Connor Walsh, AD, London.


Date: February, 2011

A Workin' on the Whalin' O

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

A Poet Born on St Valentine's Day

Born on St Valentines day in 1940s Ireland, Flan O'Connor lived a life that fitted in with the romantic ideas of both the day and the grim era of his birth. A combination of drama, poetry, and the voices of family and artists.

Connor Walsh, AD, London


Playtime: 41 minutes 18 seconds


poetry, History, Death

Lost Voices

An insight into throat cancer that could only be portrayed in audio. From London-based science and medicine producer, Elizabeth Hauke. Don't listen if you have a cough!

Connor Walsh, AD, London


Playtime: 6 minutes 55 seconds

Awaiting the Royal Wedding

As London prepares for the Royal Wedding on Friday, we look to coverage of another royal event that brought crowds to the streets. In 1992 BBC Radio 4's top-fronted newsarama On The Hour reported on the beheading of Prince Edward, the commemoration, and the news that Prince Harry had split up.  

Note: It's satire. 



Violence, History, Death

Forest to Desert

Forest to Desert by Sarah Boothroyd

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

Frogs of a Different Nature

Week-in, week-out, Moncrieff on Newstalk from Dublin features engaging stories – all told in live interviews. No editing, all real-time, over three hours each weekday. This Highlights podcast features the story of a book written by a ten year old girl to explain to her classmates what it's like to have cystic fibrosis. You might never have heard accents like them, but these two fathers talking to each other may well still move you. 


Playtime: 13 minutes 6 seconds

The Dialogue Project

The Dialogue Project does what it says on the tin – dialogues, usually between the producer Karl James and one interviewee, on personal, passionate, or intimate topics. The results are beautiful, and span a range of topics from this French astronaut talking about our world, to two people's very different expereince of being caned, to the death of a child



Sex, Interview, Environment, Death

Slate: Audio Horror Resurgence

"These days, radio drama is as dead as disco, kept on life support mostly by the BBC. But it shouldn’t be this way. Sound has a way of slithering into our ears and burrowing deep down into the folds and wrinkles of our brains in ways that sight does not."



Radio, History, Hearing, Death

Last Lennon Interview

December 5, 1980, John Lennon did a radio interview for RKO. It aired three days later, hours before he he was shot and killed outside the Dakota. Here are excerpts from what is said to be Lennon's last interview.


RIP Christopher Hitchens

The indomitable contrarian Christopher Hitchens said "This profane marriage between tawdry media hype and medieval superstition gave birth to an icon which few have since had the poor taste to question," about MOTHER TERESA.  About his own cancer: "All of the cheer-up stories I'm afraid have made me an esophageal cancer snob."

Hitchens died yesterday at 62. Here is last year's All Things Considered interview.



Politics, Interview, Death, Bad News

Death At Christmas

Winter's Rest by eprosser

"It's just what I do: it's who I am" says Dr Stuart Hamilton in the mortury. Christmas is a busy time at work for him. 

Winter's Rest is a excerpt from The D-Word, by London producer Ed Prosser, about death – in this case at Christmas. It's rather pretty. 


Playtime: 2 minutes 24 seconds

Interactive Documentary: Pine Point

From the Canadian National Film Board and included on the Association of Independants in Radio's (AIR) list of top transmedia projects of 2011, Pine Point is hard to catagorize -- video, photos, sound, text, both temopral and not... It is interactive documentary.


Alice Springs is Drowning in Alcohol

Why does a small town in the heart of Australia's outback have that nation's highest rate of alcohol-related death? Tragic for hundreds of families, though tavern owners and undertakers aren't complaining.




Clearing The Killing Fields

An Irishman rejects a conventional life to save lives and limbs in the most mined country in the world.


Playtime: 39 minutes 8 seconds


Death, History, Asia

Raise the Wreck of the OBL


It's Friday afternoon. You've had a tooth abscess, are on two types of medication, and are presenting a national talk show in Ireland. And your team gives you an interview with the man who wants $200,000 so he can quickly pop out to the Indian Ocean, pull up Osama Bin Laden's body, and get a $20, 000,000 reward. How do you react?



Playtime: 10 minutes 7 seconds
Date: May, 2012


Weird, Death

Splash! AD Contributor Wins Edward R. Murrow Award curator, contributor, co-editor Rich Halten has won an Edward R. Murrow award for his haunting documentary Splash (renamed for broadcast). This proves that Rich is just as talented at producing radio as he is at finding great stuff to share on AD. Congrats Rich!



Death, Sound Rich, Crime

Raw Audio Of Aurora Shooting Police/Fire Dispatch


Listen to Nuclear Proliferation

This is not new but I want to include it based on it's elegant use of audio to paint a striking picture.



Multimedia, History, Death