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Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

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Salt will be celebrating it's 40th anniversary year in 2013! Students from around the world (but mostly from around the US) attend Salt for a fifteen week, intensive semester in documentary photography, writing, or radio while at the same time studying and practicing multimedia production. Please check out our website for information about the program, application process, student housing, exhibitions, events etc. Many of the pieces here have been broadcast on Maine Public Radio and Maine's community radio stations WMPG and WERU. A few have made it to National Public Radio. We hope the excellent work of our students will now find room in your broadcast schedule.

Pieces

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Mount Pleasant Cemetery has two of the last true gravediggers in the state of Maine.

Bought by SALTcast Podcast and WORLDcompass.org


  • Added: May 26, 2011
  • Length: 06:37
  • Purchases: 2
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Paul Schipper is trapped by his world record -- skiing the most consecutive days.

Bought by WMPG and SALTcast Podcast


  • Added: Apr 18, 2011
  • Length: 09:27
  • Purchases: 2
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Dog overpopulation is a continual problem in much of the American South, where shelters often euthanize more animals than they can save. This is th...

Bought by WRVO Public Media, WMPG, and KUOW


  • Added: Apr 14, 2011
  • Length: 06:15
  • Purchases: 3
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Formerly a chaplain at Maine State Prison, Reverend Stan Moody is on a crusade to change the way we treat our criminals. Some of his parishioners ...

Bought by PRX Remix, WMPG, KUOW, and WAMC


  • Added: Feb 10, 2011
  • Length: 07:45
  • Purchases: 4
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Like many Americans today, Chris Thompson can’t find a job. But unlike most people struggling in this economy, Chris faces the added challenge of b...

Bought by WMPG and KFAI


  • Added: Feb 10, 2011
  • Length: 09:37
  • Purchases: 2
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Benuel Esch grew up Amish in Lancaster Pennsylvania, but twenty years ago he started asking questions. Though he left to explore other paths, he fi...

Bought by PRX Remix, WMPG, KUT, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 13, 2011
  • Length: 07:44
  • Purchases: 4
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In early 2010, Elaine McGillicuddy lost her husband to bone cancer. Elaine has created her own grieving process rooted in daily rituals. She is e...

Bought by WMPG, WAMC, Interfaith Voices, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 13, 2011
  • Length: 07:58
  • Purchases: 5
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It's one thing to make it to living in your nineties, and another to get to that age and still live independently at home. Bob and Terry Rohe have ...

Bought by WNPR, WMPG, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 13, 2011
  • Length: 06:54
  • Purchases: 4
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Geoffrey is a guy with his feet in a couple places. He attends school full time, works two jobs, takes care of six siblings and a daughter, and ha...

Bought by WMPG and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 05:50
  • Purchases: 2
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A story about a family...and pretzels.

Bought by WMPG, PRX Remix, and KUOW


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 06:28
  • Purchases: 3
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In Portland, a small community exists around the public performance of Middle Eastern music and dance. Portland is also home to an Iraqi community ...

Bought by WMPG, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 08:26
  • Purchases: 3
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Bob Crowley calls himself a typical Mainer, but there’s nothing typical about becoming a reality TV star at age 57.

Bought by WMPG and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 11, 2011
  • Length: 08:27
  • Purchases: 2
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Coastal Studies for Girls is a hands-on marine science and leadership program for sophomores in high school. But for 15-year-old Laura, it’s more ...

Bought by WAMC, WMPG, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 10, 2011
  • Length: 06:03
  • Purchases: 4
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The art of tattooing was not fully legalized in all fifty states until the second half of the twentieth century. One of the last states was Maine. ...

Bought by WMPG and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 10, 2011
  • Length: 05:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Musicians often have trademarks. Elvis had a snarl, Michael Jackson had a glove, and Bret Michaels has bandanas. For Dan Knudsen, it’s a fanny pack...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KUOW, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 10, 2011
  • Length: 07:07
  • Purchases: 4
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Portland is Maine’s largest city and busiest hub for travel and immigration. However, in recent years it’s become a haven for a new visitor: the be...

Bought by SALTcast Podcast, WMPG, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 06:11
  • Purchases: 3
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Language and songwriting are bringing teenagers together from all over the world. The Young Writers and Leaders Program is the latest project from ...

Bought by WAMC, KUT, KUOW, WMPG, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 07:14
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Mae Savage Home, Credit: Dead River Area Historical Society
Many Mainers come to Flagstaff Lake to kayak, hunt or snowmobile. But the story of the lake is largely untold. Sixty years ago this spring, three s...

Bought by WMPG and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 06, 2011
  • Length: 08:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Libby St. Pierre knew since she was a young girl that she wanted only a few simple things in life: a career, which she has as a nurse in Auburn, Ma...

Bought by PRX Remix, KUOW, and WMPG


  • Added: Jan 05, 2011
  • Length: 05:50
  • Purchases: 3
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Major cities like Boston and New York are known for their theater, comedy and improv troupes. But further north, Maine also has a thriving improv ...

Bought by WMPG


  • Added: Jan 05, 2011
  • Length: 06:29
  • Purchases: 1