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In Preparation for Sleep

From: Sarah Lawrence College Radio
Length: 02:19

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Daily routines can become monotonous, but when dealing with mental illness these tasks can feel insurmountable. Student producer Alanna Duncan takes us into the mind of someone struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder as they attempt just such a task. Read the full description.

Mercury_medium_medium_small Daily routines can become monotonous, but when dealing with mental illness these tasks can feel insurmountable. Student producer Alanna Duncan takes us into the mind of someone struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder as they attempt just such a task.

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Review of In Preparation for Sleep

This powerful piece delves into the mind of someone struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and provides incredible insight through its intriguing simplicity. At first, I didn't quite realize what was going on, but then I figured it out and it clicked for me, making this piece a unique one. The cacophony of the sounds from the routine creates a chaotic yet oddly systematic background and sets the tone for this piece well. This is one of the more artistic podcasts I have heard and is a great example of how something with minimal dialogue can have such an impact on listeners. This piece would fit brilliantly in a series of other podcasts that address other mental illnesses or struggles in this intriguing portrayal of the person's mind.

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Duncan: "If I mess up I have to start over again."

((Sounds of bedtime routine – jewelry in dish, drawers opening and closing, door opening, door closing, toilet, shower, door, drawers, chap stick, lotion, lights off))

Duncan: "If I mess up I have to start over again."

((Montage of voices describing their bedtime routine. “Before bed I…”))

Duncan: "If I mess up I have to start over again."

"If I mess up I have to start over again."

((Sounds of routine – jewelry in dish, drawers opening and closing, door opening, door closing, toilet, shower, door, drawers, chap stick, lotion, lights off))

Duncan: "If I mess up I have to start over again."

((Sounds repeat))

Duncan: "If I mess up I have to start over again." [Sounds of a quarter of routine.]

Duncan: "If I mess up I have to start over again." [Sounds of an eighth of routine.]

Duncan: "If I mess up I have to start over agai...
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Additional Credits

Producer Alanna Duncan, editor: Sally Herships