found 75 audio documents tagged with Interview

NY Times: 82% of Job Losses Are Men, Women to Overtake Men in the Workforce

Check out the audio interview of the NY times's CATHERINE RAMPELL that accompanies the article.

 

New Yorker Audio: Africans moving to China's "Chocolate City." One is Obama's Half Brother.

This is a fascinating interview from the New Yorker Out Loud about African immigrants in China and the impact of that - intermarriage etc.  They also mention that one of the them - married to a Chinese women - is Obama's half brother.

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Program: New Yorker
Date: February, 2009

BBC: David Attenborough Interview

BBC interview with David Attenborough legendary host and voice of British nature programs [er, programmes].

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Producer: BBC
Program: The Interview
Playtime: 25 minutes 30 seconds

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More Lesbian Separatists

A couple weeks ago we linked to the NY Times audio slide show about a lesbian-only community.  This week the New Yorker takes on the the lesbian separatists of the 70's.  I guess covering radical dykes is suddenly en vogue in the New York press??

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Producer: Ariel Levy
Program: New Yorker
Playtime: 11 minutes 35 seconds
Date: March, 2009

NPR Interview with Obama

Obama: "Don't put words in my mouth.  Especially not in the White House."

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Date: June, 2009

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Planet Money Controversy

This is audio of part of an interview Planet Money's Adam Davidson did with TARP watchdog Elizabeth Warren.  It features Warren and Davidson going at it pretty heatedly about what Warren's role should be.  The interview subsequently illicited this apology (at about 1:50) in which someone hinted that Davidson's interview was sexist ( he wouldn't have spoken with Tim Geithner like that) and then this scolding by NPR's Ombudsman.  All of which made the interview all that much more interesting and people.  I am sure it is the most even listened to Podcast from Planet money.

 

Cheap Diamonds

Marketplace talks to a 89 year old inventor who is making diamonds bigger and cheaper.

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Date: June, 2009

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Iranians debate on BBC

This is a really fascinating dialogue from the BBC between a group of Iranians -- both inside and outside Iran -- about the election "protests" going on there.

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Playtime: 7 minutes 40 seconds

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Boise Voices

A cool clickable map with audio from the Portland Oral History Project -- "Boise Voices" -- that focuses on a specific neighborhood.  Lots of new residents interviewing older one.  Hyper local!


Heard about this from the Portland Sentinel.

 

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History, Interview, Race

New Yorker on Savage

New Yorker audio interview with Kelefa Sanneh, who profiled the bombastic, enigmatic talk show host Micheal Savage for the magizine.  This piece is unique for the New Yorker in that it uses multiple clips from Savage's radio show.

 

How Are You Doing Project

Thanks to Third Coast international Audio Festival for turning us on to this.  With appoligies to Daniel Johnston, an audio project that simply asks the question.  Anyone can call and contribute.  They have a podcast on iTunes and a Facebook page, too.

 

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Mike Seeger Interview

Interview with Dylan hero and Pete half-brother who passed away Aug. 7.

Here is the NPR rememberance.

 

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Interview, History, Music

Story Corps: Guy who desinged the 50 state flag

He did it as a high school project.  His teacher gave him a B- ...until the president called.  It's a 2 minute story with four minutes of music after it.  Weird.

 

Mike Judge on Fresh Air

Hey Beavis, this like a really funny interview and stuff.  Mike Judge has a new movie out.

 

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Pychograph!

Did you know there is a podcast called This Week in the History of Psychology?  Well there is.  It's out of York Univsersity. This episode is about the psychograph (pictutred).  The psychograph was based on the idea of phrenology.

You'll have to get past the intro and the overview of the weeks psychology history to get to the discussion of the psychograph.

 

Studio 360 goes to Theremin School

 

Gator Hater

From the Duke Center for Documentary Studies, a cautionary tale about exotic pets.

 

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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.

 

This American Life #388: Rest Stop

TAL sends 9 producers to interview people at a single rest stop in New York State.

 

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In Verse

Troy, New York used to be the richest city in America. But industrial decay has take a toll and the city is now impoverished. Men are scarce and single-mothers the norm.

In Verse: Women of Troy from InVerse on Vimeo.

An MQ2 project receiving funding from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB),  "In Verse is a collaboration between poets, photographers and radio producers to create a new model of storytelling in journalism. "

The project will be  featured in  Virginia Quarterly Review and on Studio 360. 

Here is an audio slide show sneak peak.  It's one of three that can be found here.

 

 

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Studs Terkel

Apropos to nothing, really.  I like this 2000 Transom interview with the late Studs Terkel. 
"I'd gone to law school and it was a bleak horrendous experience.  Under no circumstances would I ever practice law."

 

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Ira Glass Talks about the "Free" Internet

Search Engine with Jesse Brown with a unique interview of Ira Glass about the internet and public radio.  Search Engine is from TVO "Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and stimulates curiosity and thought."

 

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WUNC's "The Story"

This is a great show from WUNC.  This episode features a story (about 3/5 of the way through) from a son who witnessed his father, in order to support the family, getting the heck beat out him, in a carnival boxing match, for $25.  Talk about hard times.

 

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Death Diminishes Me

Six men who have become islands of loss, guilt, and illness, also live as islands of hope. Over twenty years, they've lost lovers and friends to HIV and AIDS. A beautifully crafted and engaging documentary in the 2009 Global Perspectives series. 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 28 minutes 8 seconds

New Orleans – Alfred Koch

A short experimental feature on New Orleans, by Alfred Koch. Made for the International Features Conference, and symmetrically bi-lingual, English-German.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau.

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Playtime: 3 minutes 46 seconds

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The Girl at the Window

Producer Anna Yaedell remembers a painting from her childhood, and through it discovers a story exemplifying 20th century Europe. The people of today meet a strong woman who lived through the second world war and far beyond, in Potsdam. A Classic Dox from Radio Netherlands, originally broadcast in 2004.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 29 minutes 30 seconds

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Beam Me Up Darling

Get to know avid Star Trek fans – who also happen to be both Irish and gay.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 23 minutes 48 seconds

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BBC Environmental Road Trip

The BBC's weekly environmental programme, One Planet, goes on an American road-trip. The Englishmen see big cars, generous people, and the inventor of lithium-ion batteries. All on the road to Copenhagen.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 27 minutes 2 seconds
Date: November, 2009

The Perfect Job

Oleg Kalugin was a KGB agent in Washington DC. And he really lived the life.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 11 minutes 30 seconds

Grand Art

Taking performance art to the level of a stunt, as much as a project. Ronan Kelly details provocative arts works that caused a public stir, in Sweden, Ireland, and the UK.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 16 minutes 18 seconds

The Drill Sergeant's Karma

A Radio New Zealand tale of motorcycles, romance, and reflexology. Plus ghosts. 

The weekly documentary Spectrum profiles a woman who moved from a trailer in Australia and and her corporate job, to New Zealand and a life in alternative therapies. 

This story goes many places – all via one woman.

 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 23 minutes 30 seconds

Piers Plowright

An interview with the renowned BBC radio features producer, Piers Plowright. From the Radio Radio series, by PennSound at the University of Pennsylvania and Ubu. A masterclass, and insight into the mind of the man who forms the programmes.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau 

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Playtime: 44 minutes 58 seconds

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In His Sights

A revealing and upsetting interview with a woman who has been stalked by one man for fifteen years. The story, which includes aggression and threat, starts in June 1994, and continues up to today. 

 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau 

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Playtime: 18 minutes 30 seconds

My Own Private Twillingate

The successful struggle of an immigrant doctor to the town of Twillingate, New Foundland. Dr. Mohamed Iqbal Ravalia is profiled delightfully by the CBC.

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Playtime: 19 minutes 15 seconds

26 July – Revolt in Cuba

An old-school radio feature, with actorly presentation and interviews with Fidel Castro, from 1958. Brought to us by CBC's archive programme, Rewind.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 51 minutes 3 seconds

Mighty Mac

An old sofa, and an upholsterer who is a powerlifting world champion. Mighty Mac won a Special Award at the Prix Europa in 2009. An engaging, endearing and vivid documentary, with strong accents.

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 42 minutes 15 seconds

My Mom Wants to Get a Haitian

Lots in the news about the controversial adoption of Haitian children.  AD listener Kevin Bolger sent this really "on-the-ground" personal story from a 25 year-old whose mom really wants a couple Hatian kids.

"brief interview with my friend about a possible change to his family. His mother is considering adopting children from Haiti."

 

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St Patrick was a Mayoman

Local traditions about St Patrick abound in Ireland, and this RTÉ documentary looked at one, in 1981, with the first visit to a rocky island by humans for hundreds of years.

 

- Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Producer: Dick Warner
Program: Documentary On One
Playtime: 39 minutes 29 seconds

A Simpler Time

An American artist goes to Ireland to fight time. From the classic Radiolab Beyond Time, starting 10 minutes in.

 

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Playtime: 10 minutes 10 seconds

Radio and Beer [Explicit]

Devin Katayama produces an independant audio project in which he drinks beer with people and records their conversations.

 

"This is meant to be the rebel relative to public radio. It's meant to capture an audience that public radio doesn't reach and to bring the dirty lives we live to the ears of those who are interested."

 

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Street Cred

And indie podcast out of Montreal submitted by an AD user.

 

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BBC Pick of the Week

Every Sunday, BBC Radio 4 presents a 45 minute selection of the week's best speech output. Most of it comes from three of the domestic networks, so provides a snapshot of BBC content largely unknown to listeners outside the UK. The usual mix includes factual, music documentary, comedy, and drama. For contractual reasons, each episode stays online for just one week. 

 

– Audio Documentary London Bureau.

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Playtime: 45 minutes

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Choosing Castration

An extraordinary series of interview about men who've volunteered for chemical castration. In one possibly upsetting interview, a sex offender discusses how he chose it, and life now. Also, a man who was not a sex offender but physically castrated himself to reduce his testosterone fuelled aggression.  

 

– Audio Documentary London Bureau

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Playtime: 52 minutes 12 seconds

AD Exclusive! Up The Cally audio and interview

Francesca Panetta talks to AudioDocumentary.Org

A sound rich journey down one of London's arterial roads, Caledonian Road, from The Guardian. Up The Cally is an engaging mix of local characters, narrator, music and sound. Plus it's available as a clickable map and audio slideshow

In an exclusive interview with AudioDocumentary.org, the producer, Francesca Panetta tells how making the piece has affected her.

Since this interview was recorded, Francesca has won Britain's highest award for audio, the Sony Gold Award, for Best Internet Programme

AudioDocumentary.org Europe

 

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Playtime: 40 minutes 29 seconds

Third Ear International

Danish features go North American – the Third Coast International Festival's Julie Shapiro guides a listening event in Denmark, with a selection of engaging radio from the USA and Canada. 

Third Ear is a Danish features project, and this is their first instalment entirely in English, under the banner of Third Ear International

 

Audio Documentary Europe.

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Playtime: 57 minutes 49 seconds
Date: May, 2010

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The kids today have it easy…

The age old story – young versus old. An up-front and considerate look at teens and the elderly not quite getting along in South London.

From Reprezent's Radio Peckham's youth radio project.

 

Audio Documentary Europe

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Playtime: 19 minutes 33 seconds

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Flower War

A World War II veteran, Gerald Flower, recalls candidly and vividly his time as a tail-gunner. The facts and emotions of bombing raids, and of falling behind the German lines.

From RTÉ's The Curious Ear.

 

Audio Documentary Europe

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Playtime: 15 minutes 4 seconds

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

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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

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Playtime: 26 minutes 29 seconds

Not so slick PR

A girl of Mexican origin in New Zealand is less than impressed with BPs public relations efforts, and phones up Mikey Havoc on Auckland radio station 95 bFM to find out more.  

 

Audio Documentary Europe

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Playtime: 7 minutes 11 seconds
Date: August, 2010

How they saw the radio

Frequencies is a four part series that celebrates the power of sound, as represented by radio, in the arts. 

 

Audio Documentary Europe.

 

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.

 

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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

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Playtime: 11 minutes 44 seconds

Heard long ago, and never heard

A man describes having a cochlear implant and hearing birdsong for the first time; another recalls the sounds of Britain during World War II. Two items in BBC Radio 4's take on citizen journalism, iPM. 

 

Audio Documentary Europe

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Playtime: 24 minutes
Date: September, 2010

chick/lit + AD Exclusive Interview

chick/lit examines fan fiction – a particular type called Slash Fiction. It's a genre best known for bringing Harry Potter and his rivals… together.

AudioDocumentary.org spoke to the producer, Inez Tan, from Singapore. She says chick/lit is unlikely to get broadcast on the radio there, because of the homesexual inferences of Slash Fiction. Listen to the interview by clicking here

Music: Kämmerer A Final Year Project for the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ©  Inez Tan, 2010

 

Connor Walsh, for AD, London

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Producer: Inez Tan
Playtime: 31 minutes 38 seconds

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Cyclone Yasi hits Australia

Tropical Cyclone Yasi has hit Australia. The build-up was nerve-wracking, as could be heard on local radio ABC Brisbane – listen to them recovering in real-time here. Not long after it had passed, ABC News Radio interviewed this man in his home. It's a picture of Australia weathering the storm.  

Image: NASA Goddard Photo and Video.

Connor Walsh, AD, London.

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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.

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Playtime: 26 minutes 41 seconds

When Wells met Welles

Two years after Orson Welles adapted H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds for radio, causing panic across the United States, the two men met, on the radio.

The result was short, charming, and discussed two of the most influential radio and film dramas ever.

Connor Walsh, AD, London.

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Playtime: 7 minutes 27 seconds

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A Woman of No Consequence

Marking International Woman's Day, "A Woman of No Consequence" from the CBC. Told in a simple manner, this story is at times sad, at times reaffirming. The ordinarly-extraordinary story and sonic qualities of the protagonist's voice lift it above a straightforward interview, to something musical and moving.

 

Connor Walsh, AD, London. 

 

Long Form for Short Attention Spans

Some of the masters of long form story telling were on hand at The New School in NYC for a panel hosted by Pro Publica. I watched the first 45 seconds. It was okay. Just kidding. They promise to have the whole video posted today sometime. So put down your smart phone, get off facebook, stop your tweeting and listen, whippersnappers. In the mean time I found it here:

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Date: March, 2011

All About Sound

Week in week out, Definitely Not the Opera on CBC Radio 1 engages with two hours of stories and music. This episode is particularly strong. It's all about… sound. Sound sound sound. And no music! You'll hear some familiar voices and names from AudioDocumentary.org entries too. The stories told vary from funny though to quite upsetting. 

Connor Walsh, AD, London

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Playtime: 1 hour 11 minutes 16 seconds

Listening in on Yoko and Sean

From the StoryCorps series, Sean Lennon asks his mom questions about her life beyond John.

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Playtime: 3 minutes 33 seconds

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Listen to Raymond Carver

From the site: Listen to a 1983 interview with Raymond Carver (30 minutes) or a1986 interview (35 minutes), both conducted by radio broadcaster Don Swaim, courtesy of Wired For Books.

Listen to Raymond Carver reading seven poems ("In a Marine Light near Sequim, Washington", "The Meadow", "Venice", "The Fishing Pole of the Drowned Man", "Cadillacs and Poetry", "Luck" and "Alcohol", 10 minutes) in London, 1987, courtesy of The Bedside Crow.

 

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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. 

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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

 

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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.

 

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Stephen Glass on This American Life

 

TAL does not have audio of Glass's work for them online because Glass made up so much of his work whole clothe. But here one is on Youtube.

Hindsight is 20/20 so it's impossible to listen and not feel like you can sense that Glass (Stephen, not Ira. No relation) is lying. In his pauses and his bursts of details, his seemingly affected emotions...

Despite the fact -- or maybe because of the fact -- that we are probably hearing unadulterted bullshit, this is really compelling audio.

[quality is not great, sorry. email or tweet if you find something better]

 

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the Scared is scared

the Scared is scared from Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.

Bianca Giaever asks a kid what she should make a movie about. [Via Transom.org]

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Playtime: 7 minutes 52 seconds

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Blank On Blank

@blankonblank. Great series from PBS. Repurposing lost audio interviews with simple animation. Awesome.

 

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Ebert On Dylan

via John Barth @PRX

 

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@PRX Kurt Cobain the Lost Interview

 

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Podcast Future: Driving With Strangers

AD recently reached out to Sam Harnett, creator of the brand new podcast Driving With Strangers in which Sam interviews strangers while participating in San Francisco ride share. Sam talked with us via email about his inspiration for the podcast, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and what he hopes for the future of audio in the age of meme. And he sent some great audio clips along with his words. That's below. [Interview edited for brevity].

But first, maybe check out DWS Episode 1:

AD: What podcasts do you listen to?
SH: Aside from the usual podcast suspects—This American Life, Radiolab, and 99 Percent Invisible—I follow Love + Radio, the Memory Palace, and Unfictional. Whenever I am looking for a new show, I go to the Third Coast Audio International Festival website and listen to whatever they are featuring.

It's an exciting time to be in radio because great new shows are popping up all the time. That being said, finding these programs is harder than it should be. Someone needs to fix podcast distribution, and make tuning into them as easy as turning on a radio. Listeners shouldn't have to scrounge around in the corners of the Internet to find programs. I am excited to see the appearance of networks like Radiotopia, and I hope they can help emerging shows more easily reach new ears.

AD: Who were your influences in creating DWS?
SH: When I started working on Driving With Strangers, I envisioned the show as some kind of This American Life on wheels, or a stranger-meets-stranger version of StoryCorps. As I edited the first episodes, I focused on the idea of micro-stories instead of the longer narrative arc of existing non-fiction radio. Some of the segments on Driving With Strangers are only fifteen or twenty seconds long. Sometimes they are driven by traditional story-telling, but other times they are motivated by the emotion of the telling or the interaction between me and the passenger.

In Driving With Strangers, and in all my reporting now, I am thinking about how to make audio clips that have the potential to [...] move efficiently in that sharing, caring, social media kind of way. I want each passenger story to develop the theme of the episode, but also to function as its own independent piece of media. So for each episode I am separating out the micro-stories and packaging them as stand-alone, sharable content.

Right now we as radio producers are doing little to isolate the golden moments of radio and curate them for 21st century platforms, and that's a shame. Not only does this short format audio have potential all by itself, but it can help bring new listeners to the long-form content that we do so well.

AD: What gave you the idea to interview rideshare passengers?
SH: I've always wanted to have my own show, I just never had the resources to go out and gather material for it while paying rent and, you know, eating and all that. So when I heard about these new rideshare companies in San Francisco, I thought, this is perfect. I can gather audio, get paid a little, and manage it around my freelance radio work. Plus, I get to fulfill my secret fantasy of driving a taxi.

One of the first times I went out on a test ride for the show, I recorded a conversation with a passenger that convinced me of the format's viability. It was late at night, and I picked the passenger up close to downtown. He told me about how he grew up with Alice in Wonderland syndrome—a rare condition where the world occasionally goes haywire, like it does in Lewis Carroll's book.

Alice in Wonderland syndrome:
We went on to have this intense conversation about what it felt like, the triggers, and how his parents thought it was just a nightmare. When I went to drop him off, he said he had never shared that story with anyone else in such detail. It was a really powerful moment. Then, instead of getting out of the car, he asked if we could keep driving, with the meter running, so he could answer more questions. We drove for an hour up around Twin Peaks and out to the edges of San Francisco. He told me about his parents' divorce, his problems with women, and disturbing videos he'd watched as a kid online. I had never been in a situation where I could reach that level of intimacy with complete strangers in such a short amount of time. It was exhilarating.

AD: What unique features of that environment (and its people) impact the kind of stories you get?
SH: Basically what I am doing is taking a series of passengers hostage in my car for ten minutes at the point of a microphone. So, from a production stand-point, it's not a bad gig. The first time I went out, I thought, people are just going to be like, you want to what? Let me out at the nearest corner please. But just the opposite has been true. One of my biggest concerns was that people wouldn't open up to a stranger. But that's precisely why they do open up. [But i]n just a couple of minutes, the experience can get very personal and intense. In the first few weeks, a passenger explained how he found out his father had a mistress and how the discovery destroyed his family. I picked up another passenger late at night who told me how her boyfriend tried to strangle her to death on a camping trip. Afterward, I had to pull over just to gather myself before I could keep on driving.

The clip about woman being strangled: My other concern was timing. How could I get deep into a story when I had, at best, fifteen minutes to meet a passenger, explain the premise, make them comfortable, and then tease out their tale? In the end, this compressed nature generates a kind of intensity that's hard to recreate in a programmed interview. People don't have time to get nervous about telling their story. There's this palpable excitement from both them and me. I have no idea who is getting into the car or what they are going to say. And they have no idea they are stepping into an interview. In the first episode about odd jobs, I picked up three women who worked as dominatricies.

Dominatricies:

On a technical level, I was worried that the audio would be compromised by all the background sound—passing cars, blinkers, honking, etc. When I started editing, I discovered that all this bothersome noise actually provided a range of sound effects to punctuate the passengers' stories. I never thought I would spend so many hours editing the grumble of trucks, or that the sound of a blinker could make such a handy narrative device.

AD: You've done a lot of freelancing in public radio. What are some of the obvious or less obvious advantages of doing a podcast versus freelancing?

SH: Freelancing has been a great fit for my process. I am not burdened by the daily news cycle and have the luxury of going deep into the stories I pursue. [That] has let me experiment with various writing, voicing, and reporting styles. Now that I am making my own show, I have lots of tools at my disposal. But the exciting part is, no one is telling me what to make.

I think the biggest advantage of producing my own show is the creative independence. I don't have to fit material to an exact second or target a particular audience. That's really been liberating. The terrifying part is that there is no one signing off on the final product. Whatever gets put out there is all me.

AD: I suppose some percentage of the human race is pathological liars. Do you ever feel like someone is just bullshitting? Does it matter?
SH: If anything, I feel like the show is often deeply confessional, especially when passengers ride alone. In groups, people definitely ham it up and tell more crafted stories. Is everything they say one hundred percent true? Ultimately, that's up to the listener.

AD: I imagine that you'd see the same people on the same route every day couldn't you potentially kind of run out of people to interview after awhile?
SH: Thankfully for the show, the rideshare business is booming in San Francisco. I basically act like a cab service, so I drive all over the city and at all different times, which means I am always picking up new passengers. In the last five months, I have only had one repeat pick-up. It was a great moment actually.

 

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