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The Liar's Table

From: Scott Gurian
Length: 06:50

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Fishermen in the tiny village of Jonesport, Maine gather every morning to swap tall tales about fish and just about everything else.

Tallbarneys_small Tall Barney's in Jonesport, Maine is a lot like most other small-town restaurants in New England, but Tall Barney's has something that distinguishes it from other eateries in the area: tall tales. At Tall Barney's, exaggerations and white lies are as common as scrambled eggs. Originally produced as part of a radio documentary course at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Aired on Maine Public Radio 5/13/02. A shorter version of this piece aired on All Things Considered on 8/12/02. If you like this piece, listen also to "Crazy Avery Goes to New York City" at http://www.prx.org/piece/806

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Tall Barney's in Jonesport, Maine is a lot like most other small-town restaurants in New England, but Tall Barney's has something that distinguishes it from other eateries in the area: tall tales. At Tall Barney's, exaggerations and white lies are as common as scrambled eggs. Originally produced as part of a radio documentary course at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Aired on Maine Public Radio 5/13/02. A shorter version of this piece aired on All Things Considered on 8/12/02. If you like this piece, listen also to "Crazy Avery Goes to New York City" at http://www.prx.org/piece/806

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Review of The Liar's Table

This piece offers a rich and personal introduction into an entire community and way of life, from a simple yet highly entertaining perspective (a popular hang-out). It is a tale that may be re-invented/produced in small towns accross the US, yet is delightfully effective in conveying the unique flavors of its particular location. The textures and cadence of the piece make for a very enjoyable listening experience.

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Review of The Liar's Table

Very well put together. The piece has a sweetness about it, I guess because it reminds me of the characters in the small town where I grew up. Just the right length.

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Tall Barney's in Jonesport, Maine is a lot like most other small-town restaurants in New England, but Tall Barney's has something that distinguishes it from other eateries in the area: tall tales. At Tall Barney's, exaggerations and white lies are as common as scrambled eggs. Independent radio producer Scott Gurian paid a visit to Tall Barney's recently.

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