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

Caption: Make way for Tom Witkowski, the dean of delivery at Pizza Time, Portland, Maine. , Credit: Rebeca Beeman
Mark Kramer, founder of the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, says if a story doesn't have an obvious narrative hook, it needs a strong ch...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2010
  • Length: 08:53
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Caption: Hillary Hebert takes a break after talking about motherhood and bi-polar disorder. , Credit: Keith Lane
We don’t teach “sound art” at Salt, but we do wonder from time-to-time how a feature might benefit from using sound art to tell a story. In particu...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2010
  • Length: 11:41
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Caption: Have tape deck, will diary.  Josh Cutler, the subject of Joe Richman’s “Josh: Growing Up With Tourrette’s.”
Joe Richman has made some of the best documentaries on public radio. His work is stellar — sound rich, dramatic, personal. On this Saltcast, Joe jo...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2010
  • Length: 36:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Watch a video tape as a prompt during an interview.
Get people moving and using senses other than their ears during an interview.

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2010
  • Length: 11:14
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Caption: Sound healer Sandra Chausse., Credit: Rebecca Beeman courtesy of the Salt archive
In the radio track at Salt, we use Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Franklin’s definition of story: a sequence of events where a sympathetic chara...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2010
  • Length: 12:40
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Caption: Robert King Wilkerson spent twenty-nine years in solitary confinement., Credit: Terry Foss
When is the sound of a slamming door not a slamming door? When it’s designed. On this Saltcast, we feature Claire Schoen’s story "Survivors: Soli...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2010
  • Length: 39:23
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Caption: Rabbi Amita Jarmon lights a menorah., Credit: Hannah Fox courtesy of the Salt archive
Humor ain’t easy. And, on the radio, I think it’s particularly difficult. You have only your voice to make the point. And, on top of that, the audi...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 14:14
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Caption: Dining at the swingers party. , Credit: Jessica Sheldon courtesy of the Salt archive
I just shake my head sometimes. At least once a semester, usually more, Salt students find themselves in the most out-of-the-ordinary places. It bo...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 11:47
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Breakfast with Margery Richard and her “flat son” Jarod. , Credit: Kristin Wright courtesy of the Salt archive
How close to a story can you get? When should you take yourself off a story? When should your editor? How emotional can you get — with your class, ...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 13:04
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This may seem a bit obvious, but timing is really important to reporting a story. You can have the best story in the world, full access to sources,...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 12:45
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Caption: “When this modern monster talks through the loudspeaker installed in its chest, its lips move in time with its speech.”
On this Saltcast, it’s all about narration. I offer a few tips for improving narration and we listen to two pieces.

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 13:42
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Caption: Bill Buffard races across the court in a game of quadriplegic rugby., Credit: Judy Beedle courtesy of the Salt archive
On this Saltcast, producer and former Salt student Sarah Reynolds offers up a few interviewing tips to help with the production of non-narrated sto...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 12:51
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: How do they do it? The Rolling Diamonds. , Credit: Stephanie Ewens
What if, to get the best sound, you have to hand your recording gear over to a circus act who’s roller skating ten feet off the ground on a six-foo...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 10:41
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How do you say to someone “I’d like to interview you about a traumatic, horrendous event from your past”?

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 11:52
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Caption: Dmae Roberts and her mom during their trip to Taiwan in 1989.
Independent producer Dmae Roberts produced “Mei Mei, A Daughter’s Song” in 1989. It was cutting edge then and it is, unfortunately, cutting edge now.

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 30:41
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Caption: Duane Lewis (foreground) and his twin brother Dwight operate Barter’s Island Bridge, Boothbay, Maine., Credit: Rebecca Stewart courtesy of the Salt archive
Amanda Davis produced “Tending the Barter’s Island Bridge” in two weeks. That’s close to the shortest production time of any Salt piece.

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2010
  • Length: 10:47
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Hope you enjoy this startling piece about a moose hunt gone sour — “Dyana, Goddess of the Moose Hunt.”

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2010
  • Length: 17:43
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One of the ways good radio stories paint pictures is with ambient sound and active tape. Ambient sound is the general, background sound of a place....

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2010
  • Length: 11:23
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Caption: The girls not sleeping at the sleepover., Credit: Maureen Wellner
Producers Hillary Frank and Jonathan Menjivar knock the rust off some pre-teen memories with "Sleepover!" On this Saltcast we talk with Hillary and...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2010
  • Length: 18:36
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Radio producer Joe Richman says when producing a radio story you “cast” for characters. Here’s one thing to look for when “casting” your story: a c...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2010
  • Length: 12:49
  • Purchases: 3