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Shades of Gray

From: Jonathan Mitchell
Length: 58:27

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an hour-long audio mosaic about abortion in America

2_small Pro-choice. Pro-life. Most people have already chosen sides in the ongoing debate, so why revisit the issue? Shades of Gray shares a range of stories told by people young and old who have been directly affected by abortion, instead of the polemics of irreconcilable extremes. It's a carefully crafted audio mosaic and a stark portrayal of the intensely personal nature of our relationship with abortion. Originally distributed nationally by PRI in January, 2003 Winner of the 2004 Golden Reel for National Documentary.

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Pro-choice. Pro-life. Most people have already chosen sides in the ongoing debate, so why revisit the issue? Shades of Gray shares a range of stories told by people young and old who have been directly affected by abortion, instead of the polemics of irreconcilable extremes. It's a carefully crafted audio mosaic and a stark portrayal of the intensely personal nature of our relationship with abortion. Originally distributed nationally by PRI in January, 2003 Winner of the 2004 Golden Reel for National Documentary.

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Review of Shades of Gray

If you're an innovative programmer, you must license "Shades of Gray." This is an expertly woven documentary on a topic I thought I'd never want to read or listen to again: Abortion. Unlike many piece of journalism on this divisive topic, "Shades of Gray" avoids the usual pro-choice, pro-life dynamic by focusing on the stories of individual women (and some men). And it does it without the usual Voice-of-God narrator. In addition to editing this piece, Mitchell composed the music. Give it a listen. Better yet, expand the ears of public radio listeners by airing this unusual piece.

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This is impressive work - and very careful - it's artistic AND balanced. This piece does not promote abortion. It does not condemn it. But it does provide some very precise information - for example, part one includes a beautifully produced experiential moment of what an abortion might be like - totally unromanticized - just the sound. Unembellished. It's not horrific - just factual and radiophonic at the same time. Also: a young woman calling a clinic and asking questions - like many are probably afraid to do. I imagine there are people that need to know about that. And more. The religious side gets its say, too - but doesn't overwhelm. Stations should be brave and air this. And talk it through. Anyone who would be offended by this program just simply doesn't want to listen to anyone else.

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Broadcast History

Distributed by PRI in January 2003

Timing and Cues

Segment A 19:59
Segment B 19:59
Segment C 18:29

Segments B & C include a one minute music break at the beginning of both segments, for breaks at :20 and :40.