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Comment on piece: Confessions of Teen Stripper

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Review of Confessions of Teen Stripper

By the end of the story I really wanted to get to know this person, to protect her, to ask her how she got through it. I felt that she had so much more to say than she could tell me.

Her casual tone helped to make this an effective piece. You could tell that she had been numbed by the experience.

I would recommend this program to others.

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Review of Clarence Fountain: In his own words (deleted)

I'm using this along with the American Radio Works Thurgood Marshall documentary -- there's a news hole but we don't have a newscast, so I needed something "sympathetic" to make up the time. This is a nice addition to the hour, and the non-narrated way that the story is told makes it seamless. Fountain's words are illustrated nicely by the musical excerpts. The supporting materials also make it easy to use.

Comment on piece: RN Documentary: "Pure Wickedness" Bertrand Russell and the People's Tribunal

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Review of RN Documentary: "Pure Wickedness" Bertrand Russell and the People's Tribunal

In Brussels, US policy in Iraq is examined through a “people’s tribunal.” The model for this experiment is Bertrand Russell’s tribunal that he assembled in 1967 to gather evidence of war crimes in Vietnam. This time around, the forum is inspired by a feeling that a real sense of the human suffering brought on by the war is not being addressed. The tribunal is made up of legal experts, authors and regular citizens who are opposed to the war. They bring with them eye witness accounts, poems, photos and legal precedents. While this is not a legal tribunal with a binding final judgment, its point is still to prove that certain acts are illegal from an international point of view. It’s point is also to give people a feeling of empowerment, that there’s something they can do rather than sit idly by. The People’s Tribunal is well structured and packed with clear information. It is difficult radio, in that it demands your attention, but if you chose to do the work, your efforts will be well rewarded. It’s lucid, well done and, in light of the recent photos of prisoner abuse, you especially feel like the quietly common sensical voices of the people within might offer us some perspective and guidance. This could be a nice addition to your war reportage.

Comment on piece: Office Artist

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Review of Office Artist

I love listening to people tell their own stories. Every time I'm on an airplane landing in a big city (I'm an Alaskan) I look at the itty-bitty cars on the freeways and feel an overwhelming sense of how many people there are in this world. And so few of them I meet. That's why getting to meet someone like Larissa in the manner Dmae introduces me to her is so special. It expands my personal experiences. I thought the pacing was spot-on. Our narrator took us effortlessly from one topic to the next. I liked the amibient sounds - the phone ringing in the background reminding us that offices are busy places. I liked the visuals I created imaging an office product quilt. I was jolted a bit at the end when she went poof and was gone. Maybe a little ambient alone would have smoothed the transistion.

Comment on piece: Amy's Graduation

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Review of Amy's Graduation

I really enjoyed hearing from Amy. I don't know her, yet I'm proud of her accomplishment. Graduation is no small achievement - regardless of circumstances. And Amy had many difficulties to overcome. I thought the music used throughout the piece had the right tone and feel. Well done.

Comment on piece: Office Artist

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Review of Office Artist

I like pieces like this in small doses. It breaks up the "normal" voices heard on PR. A station that spices up their day with pieces like this here and there will be remembered for it.

I had to listen to this twice because the first time I had people interrupting me. This is a piece you need to pay attention to, but that's okay because it does grab your attention. It's played as a conversation that you came into late. I don't think pieces like this would work if strung endlessly together. But, as a break from the day, this piece, or pieces like this are the frosting, the dessert, that people remember. I'd love it if my local station would play this right after ME or between classical music pieces. I think people would sit up and listen.

Comment on piece: Amy's Graduation

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Review of Amy's Graduation

Well produced, a nice story. Coming from Youth Radio, it's obviously aimed at people about half my age, and I think it will mean more to people in that position. I would have liked to hear what other people think Amy and her efforts (she talks about how she thinks people might be inspired by her and her diploma). It would also be fun to learn how she's going about becoming a dolphin trainer, or how she got to want to be a dolphin trainer, or if that's just something she wanted as a kid, but doesn't really want to be now. I would have liked to hear more information, less of an outline and more details about some aspect of the story.

For a PD aiming for teens or young adults, this piece would fit perfectly.

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Review of Roll call of the dead (es#60) (deleted)

Any program seeking to examine media coverage of the war, could make use of this piece examining the effect of reading the names of dead soldiers on the air.

I would like to hear this commentary on the air, more for what it says than for the production value - which is a little flat.

The fact that this topic is even an issue in our country is, quite frankly, embarrassing. I hope that this piece will reach a broad audience.

Comment on piece: Office Artist

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Review of Office Artist

The first two minutes of this piece are totally groovy and sensuous ... it's great to have those full two-minutes to just sense and feel and be charmed before getting told directly what the piece is about. The office artist/narrator is delightful. And check out the "use of music" in this piece - it's a nice reminder that you can do cool and quirky first-person piece without relying on music to carry you between thoughts. In this piece, the wild sound and the shape of the ideas do that work.

Comment on piece: The Valentine 1955

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Review of The Valentine 1955

This is very effective radio. Simply done, a story told with just enough ambience to set the scene. It could have been much longer but the producer was smart enough to make it short and devastating.

Comment on piece: At Home with Ani DiFranco

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Review of At Home with Ani DiFranco

Been a fan of Ani for nearly ten years, and i loved the entire show. i learned some news things about Ani, as well as more details about older things i've been familiar with (the Church's status). Overall i highly recommend this for old fans, as well as folks who have only heard the name but not the music.

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Review of Pop Vultures #13: Award Shows & Beyonce (deleted)

I really like the concept here. The show has a lot of energy, not only in terms of the delivery of the host, but the guests were upbeat as was some of the music excerpts.

The content was interesting and informative in the way of 'things you never knew.' This particular piece was sort of an unveiling of what goes on w/awards shows.

I enjoyed the way the piece was packaged. It was sound rich w/music bites and natural sound.

Since I work at a college radio station, this would work well for us since a good portion of our listening audience, college students, are interested in pop culture and could stand to learn a thing or two by listening to this show (and other shows, I presume). But the show is not focused solely on current pop sensations and that gives it some depth.

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Review of Your Neighbor's Radio - Nancy 3. Hoffman (deleted)

An impressively well-produced and interesting program examining Klezmer music performed by residents of southern Maine. The program takes the right perspective towards its audience: it welcomes the listener without insulting their intelligence or requiring a certain level of musical proclivity.

Both the interview segments and musical performances are expertly recorded and edited. The producer mixes the elements together, moving from one element to another—offering a delicate mix of spoken word and music. The listener won't get frustrated or bored with too much of either element.

The program does run out of steam after the first eighteen minutes, with very few surprises in its second half. It might have been better to edit this down and pair it with another shorter profile/performance.

The program could fit on its own or as a recurring element (with the other episodes of this series) on a station’s broadcast schedule.

Comment on piece: The Fair

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Review of The Fair

A lovely piece, available in numerous formats. Each one can be considered in its own right, but each has its own particular strengths. Regardless of the medium (audio or A/V) the producer's narration is a wonder.

Maybe stations can make a deal: use the audio version to knock out tiresome stretches in WESAT or WESUN and mention that listeners can catch the A/V at http:www.wxyz.org

Comment on piece: A Trip to the Dentist

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Review of A Trip to the Dentist [Larry Massett]

It is an uneven mix of light and dark, starting slowly, growing to a chilling middle, and ending with a somewhat silly finish. On the whole, I enjoyed it and empathized with the narrator. The special effects were far stronger than the story, however. I would listen to it again if I heard the rerun on the radio, but it wouldn't occur to me to recommend it to others.

Comment on piece: Pain & Anxiety Management

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Review of Pain & Anxiety Management

A good solid report. Useful update on the benefits of self-hypnosis. Part of a longer series so stations could air this one by itself or as a three part series for news magazines, health shows or as a starter for an interview program about hypnosis. Kinda long though as features so wouldn't work on all magazine shows.

Comment on piece: The Story of the Peat Bog Soldiers

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Review of The Story of the Peat Bog Soldiers

Great production values and creative use of music, archival sound and actualities. Difficult subject to pull off - the story of one song written in the concentration camp era and its impact on the world. But several obstacles here to getting airplay in America. The narrator has a strong accent that I found difficult to follow while listening in the car. Not so hard to follow on the internet but a good majority of people listen in their cars or kitchen radios and that has to be considered. The piece is at an odd length - 38 minutes - and might be a challenge to program. But the material is just not that accessible for American audiences. The significance of this song is just that clear here. I doubt if most people have heard of it. That would be difficult to program and to promote.

Comment on piece: Lili Day at the Farm

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Review of Lili Day at the Farm

Lili Day at the farm features such great lines as “Goodbye pigs,” “he’s got a curly tail,” “look at the mama cows,” and the excellent “baby cows don’t wear diapers. ”You take a walk around a farm with two year-old Lili as your tour guide, and you really feel like you’re there. It also sort of makes you feel like a kid, in much the way playing with a little kid will always do. It’s very good-natured and joyful and it would be really interesting to hear this alongside some other more conventional children’s programming, which isn’t to say this one isn’t for adults, too.

Comment on piece: Turnstyles 002 Hour 2

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Review of Turnstyles 002 Hour 2

Sam Fuqua spins the tunes and it’s a lot of music that your average Joe will not have heard of, but Fuqua gives a pretty nice and easy intro into the stuff. There are songs with titles like “Snoopy with a Haircut,” but the music never gets so crazy that if your dad was listening he’d say the world was going down the toilet. Turn Styles isn’t like one of those college radio shows where they throw anything in just to be different. By the end of the hour, I felt like I trusted Fuqua’s taste implicitly and would want to hear more broadcasts. I felt guided by a sure hand and that there was an underlying aesthetic governing the hour’s journey. All the music flows seamlessly—in terms of the mix and the mood-- one song into the other, and Fuqua is a nice host. He’s funny, and he doesn’t inundate you with too much trivia and stuff sometimes better left to album liner notes. I came away learning about a lot of great new music. I now love Beth Orton. This would be a lovely addition to any late night line up.

Comment on piece: RN Documentary: Six Ways to Vermeer

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Review of RN Documentary: Six Ways to Vermeer

I'm a fan of Radio Netherland's documentary work and I really looked forward to this piece after reading The Girl With The Pearl Earring. But here's the deal...you have to KNOW the paintings to appreciate this doc. There are three featured paintings and the producer moves through a discussion of the works with beautiful music and articulate historians. So I liked the The Girl segment because I could picture the painting in my mind. The other two segments discussing paintings I didn't know left me a bit...well...clueless. I don't know that most public radio listeners would have more of a reference point so it's difficult to recommend to stations unless programmers are certain that their listeners would know all three paintings. If this were TV, no problem. If this piece was audio for a web stream with the paintings posted on the site, great. But as a radio documentary for an American audience, I think it would be difficult to program.