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Garbage Man-Long Version

From: Richard Paul
Series: People Who Work
Length: 09:00

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A trashman talks frankly about his life and work

Trashtrucksm_small Whenever governments -- especially local governments -- cut back, there's always a lot of talk about "essential services" .... The ones everyone expects to be performed. This is a look at someone who performs one of those "essential services." Arguably one of the most important. But not one any of us really likes to think about much. Producer Richard Paul spent the day with a man nicknamed "Motor Mouth" who collects Washington DC's trash. CLOSE: Albert M. Roe, Junior -- better known to his colleagues as "Motor Mouth" -- collects trash in Washington, DC. Our series on people who work is produced by Richard Paul.

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Whenever governments -- especially local governments -- cut back, there's always a lot of talk about "essential services" .... The ones everyone expects to be performed. This is a look at someone who performs one of those "essential services." Arguably one of the most important. But not one any of us really likes to think about much. Producer Richard Paul spent the day with a man nicknamed "Motor Mouth" who collects Washington DC's trash. CLOSE: Albert M. Roe, Junior -- better known to his colleagues as "Motor Mouth" -- collects trash in Washington, DC. Our series on people who work is produced by Richard Paul.

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Review of Garbage Man-Long Version

Reminiscent of Studs Turkel's 'Working', this piece takes you along on a garbage truck's rounds. You hear it, you see it, you smell it, you are there, and it's kind of exciting and fun. "Motor Mouth", our pungent protagonist, offers some interesting and valuable insights into the power of positive thinking. No narrator, which is nice. At first I wondered why the reporter didn't edit out his questions, but then I came to realize that by leaving them in he gives the audience a much more honest picture than they might have get otherwise.

Timing and Cues

IN: (truck beeping) "C'mon back. I got ya"

OQ: Gimme a gear Max! (gear grinding)

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http://rlpaulproductions.com