Playlist: PRX First Person
Compiled By: WFPL News
WFPL's new weekly series focusing on personal narrative, to debut in September 2010. Pieces chosen for this playlist will air on the series.
If you happen upon this playlist and would like to recommend pieces, please feel free to do so. Thanks! -- Todd Mundt
From Down to Earth Productions | 58:30
When a battered woman resorts to violence against her abuser, is she guilty of a crime? Or do her actions qualify as justifiable self-defense? In the Peabody Award-winning documentary Sisters in Pain, three formerly battered women share their riveting, intimate and honest stories of abuse, arrest, imprisonment, and, finally, freedom. These women are among the “sisters in pain,” 13 battered women in Kentucky who, in the 1980s and early 1990s, stood up to their brutally abusive husbands and boyfriends, and were subsequently found guilty of violent crimes. When Kentucky’s Governor Brereton Jones learned of the “sisters in pain” and their stories, he became convinced the women had acted in self-defense. In a controversial move, Jones granted all of the women clemency on his last day in office. This was only the third mass clemency for battered women in U.S. history.
From Capital Public Radio | 54:03
Two weeks before Thanksgiving Day 2005, Dina Howard was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over the ensuing months, the 39-year-old mother of two faced agonizing decisions about surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. At the time of her diagnosis, Dina, a former actress and arts administrator, was starting work as a freelance arts reporter for public radio station KXJZ in Sacramento. Despite having no radio experience, she had reporter-like instincts and lots of enthusiasm. But after she got the devastating news, her new vocation would have to wait. Or would it? While still dealing with the shock of the diagnosis, Dina had an idea: maybe she should keep the equipment she borrowed from the station and document her own battle with cancer. It would give her a task to focus on, she reasoned. And maybe the finished product would be helpful to others someday. And so, for one year between Thanksgivings, Dina kept an audio diary. But she didn't just record end-of-the-day reflections about her ordeal. She recorded her raw reactions during the most crucial moments of treatment: while she was in the pre-op waiting room before mastectomy surgery, in the infusion lounge during chemotherapy, and during radiation treatments with a giant machine hovering overhead. "Dina's Diary" is a powerful and emotional distillation of those experiences. It includes other important voices as well: Dina's family and friends, her doctors and nurses, even the owner of a wig shop she visited. Since its original airing on KXJZ in December, 2006, "Dina's Diary" has won awards from AP, PRNDI and PRPD. More importantly it has touched the lives of a great many listeners who have gone through, are going through, or will soon be starting cancer treatment. Here are a few of their comments: "I listened to Dina's Diary in the car last week and had to pull over in the rain to hear the whole thing. And I was crying, because it was so fresh in my memory. 2006 was my cancer year... Thank you Dina for taking this thing out of its private, polite world and giving it a voice. The emotions are overwhelming and we don't have a good way to handle them although family and friends are the most wonderful blessing of all." "My wife has finished 4 of 8 chemos by Christmas. We also read the comic-style book 'Cancer-Vixen' -Both your diary and that book have given us the roadmap that the doctors don't seem to have laid out well. She has a team of doctors, each a specialist in their part of the treatment, and so trying to get a roadmap is like pulling teeth. Only the cancer-victors who've been through can speak to our need, Thank you, thank you, thank you." "Listening to Dina's Diary tonight was the most powerful story I have ever heard on talk radio. It stopped me in my tracks. I am a 31 year old mother of two small children. As I cooked dinner and listened to Dina's story, tears streamed down my face. What would I do if I were diagnosed with breast cancer? My husband sat down and listened as well. Dina's words were honest and real. You could feel her fear. You could feel her will to survive. Thank you Dina for revealing the reality of such a frightening situation. I admire her determination to stay strong and to never give up. How beautiful to come out of this with humility and a renewed love for life."
From Conrad Bishop | 56:15
The voices of fourteen men and women who served in the military during times of war. What got you into the service? What did you do there? How were you different when you came home? The program includes veterans from the Spanish Civil War through Vietnam ? a perspective that allows them to look back on how their extremely diverse experiences affected the whole span of their lives. It includes infantrymen, nurses, mechanics, a pilot, a medic, and people just sitting behind a desk. It's interspersed with musical settings of quotes (both pro- and anti-war) from literature and history. The program was originally broadcast as a Veterans' Day feature on KPFA-FM, Berkeley, and five other stations in Northern California.
Two people talk about their own personal transformation. Finding Miles is the story of a person named Megan who began a slow and difficult transition into manhood. Running from Myself is the story of of boy who used to rob people and decided to stop.
From American Public Media | 54:00
Award-winning former American RadioWorks’ producer Sasha Aslanian explores the "divorce revolution" of the 1970s through the perspective of kids--like herself--who lived through it, and experts who have had three decades to make sense of it.
This program debuted on Minnesota Public Radio and received a torrent of positive listener calls and comments, and earned the top hits on the station’s web site. Listeners connected deeply with the topic and voices and wanted to contribute their own stories. Highly listenable, engaging and at times, humorous, consider airing “Divorced Kid” over the holiday season as families get together, or anytime in 2010. Newscast compatible and audio promos available. Full web build-out at www.americanpublicmedia.org/divorcedkid
Using a lively blend of first-person storytelling, (surprising scenes like playing the reel-to-reel audio of her own parents' wedding vows back to them), interviews with Avery Corman, the author of Kramer vs. Kramer, and revisiting the now-grown kids who wrote "The Kids Book of Divorce" in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1979, the first half of the documentary reports on the lessons learned from the 1970s.
The second half of the program examines how the experience of divorce has changed for kids since the 70s. We hear the voices of 4th and 5th graders in a court-mandated class for kids in Minneapolis as they learn how to avoid “divorce traps” kids can fall into. Aslanian follows one of the kids in the class, 10-year-old Lizzy, as she gets a new stepmom, half-brother and stepbrother, and enters adolescence. The program also features judicial reforms to improve divorce.
Note: Promos need tags. :23 + :06 music tails.
From KJZZ | 58:59
The history of professional baseball is checkered with can't miss prospects who never made it to the big leagues. But most guys quit trying after five, six, 10, 15 years. Not Adam Hyzdu. The first round draft pick tried for 16 seasons to get his big break. He still holds his Cincinnati area high school's home run record, passing Ken Griffey, Jr. He took a tape recorder with him to spring training for several years in a row. You'll never guess where he's playing now.
You may have noticed that every time you print from your computer, you are faced with a choice: Portrait or Landscape. That can represent a way of looking at the world. One or the other: The head and shoulders of the human form vs. the broad spread of the world we occupy. Or maybe not. Maybe we actually find ourselves, each of us, as portraits within landscapes. Pieces by Elizabeth Arnold, Jonathan Goldstein, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), Chris Brookes, Kelly McEvers, Jesikah Maria Ross 1. Out in the Great Bear Rainforest, Elizabeth Arnold discovers that, though she may be ready for the "Great", and for the "Rainforest", she is not so ready for the "Bear." 2. Armed only with a tent, a pack of hot dogs, and a twelve-year old, Jonathan Goldstein confronts his fear of the woods. 3. The Kitchen Sisters' portrait of activist Mark DuBois and his dramatic effort to save a wild river in the west. 4. What is it like to be exiled from a landscape that you can see from your window? When his legs fail him, Chris Brookes finds out. 5. The story of one man's prairie, and his work to let it flourish, even after he dies. Kelly McEvers visits Bob's Prairie in Illinois. 6. Through every season, 97-year-old rancher Attilio Genasci tends to his cattle and his alpine valley in California. A portrait of a man in his landscape by Jesikah Maria Ross. Original Music for the series was composed and performed by Bill Frisell NB: ALL PROMOS INTERCHANGEABLE (even those with titles) you can pick and choose. :15 promos need "...Join host Jay Allison for Stories from the heart of the Land" tag. Funding: Supported by The Nature Conservancy and Visa. Contact: Deborah Blakeley - email@example.com 612-377-1207
DEPENDING ON NATURE We're all dependent on the land, although some people feel that connection more keenly than others. Those are the people we'll hear from in the next hour. We hear from people planting stones for posterity and gathering peace from emptiness, people who commit to a patch of land, invest their energy, and hope for a harvest but not necessarily in any way you'd expect. 1. Wild Crafting Vermont For more than 25 years, Nova Kim and Les Hook have made a living by foraging the woods of Northern Vermont. Produced by Emily Botein. 2. Graun em i Laif Papua New Guinea After a rootless childhood and a hopscotch youth, Skye Rohde settles down in Papua New Guinea and discovers what it's like to belong to the land. 3. Stone by Stone Lake District, United Kingdom For twenty years, rain or shine, Andrew Loudon has been building stone walls in the Lake District. Produced by Kim Normanton. 4. Faith in Fishermen Stonington, Maine These things are clear about Maine fishermen: They keep secrets. And they distrust scientists. Unless, of course, you're Ted Ames, who is both fisherman and scientist. Produced by Neenah Ellis. 5. Desert Blooms Arizona Charles Bowden on the ecstasy of Selenicereus plerantus, which offers its bloom on just one night - the hottest and blackest of the year. Produced by Jeff Rice. 6. Elbow Room Alaska, China and Mongolia How much land does a person need? Elizabeth Arnold, who lives in Alaska, goes in search of even more wide-open space and ends up with a case of claustrophobia in Outer Mongolia. Original Music for the series was composed and performed by Bill Frisell NB: ALL PROMOS INTERCHANGEABLE (even those with titles) you can pick and choose. :15 promos need "...Join host Jay Allison for Stories from the heart of the Land" tag. Funding: Supported by The Nature Conservancy and Visa. Contact: Deborah Blakeley - firstname.lastname@example.org 612-377-1207
Public Historian Joey Plaster spent over a year gathering more than 70 interviews from people experiencing Polk Street's transition from a working class queer neighborhood to an upscale entertainment district. This hour contains stories from the alleys and bars, churches, shelters and clubs. It is an oral history of a place invented by those who had no other home.
"I came to San Francisco in part to figure out what it means to be queer – I came to what my uncle called the land of fruit and nuts. If the famous gay Castro neighborhood was scrubbed clean and glossy, I was always more attracted to its black sheep sister, the queer world of Polk Street. It was a whole world to itself, just about ten blocks of low rent hotels, bars and liquor stores, all sandwiched in between the gritty Tenderloin, City Hall, and the upscale Nob Hill. But by the time I got there, that scene was receding, and luxury condos and posh clubs were taking its place. People said gentrification was displacing the down and out folks who had long made Polk Street their home. Young queer activist groups held protests. Drag queens led take back the Polk marches. The press chimed in – some called it a death, some a renaissance.
This hour (newscast compatible) has special guest David Isay(Storycorps and SoundPortraits) in conversation with host Jay Allison discussing the ways of recording family. Works include excerpts from Isay's work Ghetto Life 101 and StoryCorps as well as Transom pieces, "The Day My Mother's Head Exploded" from Hanna Palin and "Family Sentence" produced by Jeanine Cornillot and Viki Merrick. The Transom Radio Hour grows out of the web site Transom.org which is devoted to the art and practise of public radio. It's the first and only stand-alone website ever to win the Peabody Award. It's an open master class for story-telling in sound. Like the site, the radio series has a practical and instructional tone, encouraging people to do it themselves.
This is an episode in the series Hearing Voices from NPR now being offered as a standalone special.
Host: Larry Massett of Hearing Voices
Summary: Host Larry Massett spends a "Long Day on the Road" with ex-KGB in the Republic of Georgia. Scott Carrier starts in Salt Lake and ends on the Atlantic in this cross-country "Hitchhike." Lemon Jelly adds beats to the life of a "Ramblin' Man." The band Richmond Fontaine sends musical postcards from the flight of "Walter On the Lam." And Mark Allen tells a tale of a tryst with a "Kinko's Crackhead."
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0:15 On-Air Promo Text: This week on Hearing Voices: "Road Trip," Travelers’ Tales, it's a Road Trip, with ex-KGB in the Republic of Georgia, and a cross-county hitchhike.
The Amazing Dr. Buzz produced by Steve Wadhams
Buzz the cat, a large, spirited and perceptive creature, lived for many years with Shannon Quinn in her various Toronto apartments. Buzz helped Shannon through some very tough times. And as soon as Shannon got her life back together what did Buzz do? He moved out and took his therapeutic talents elsewhere.
On the Backstretch produced by Yvonne Gall, Paolo Pietropaolo & Neil Sandell
Asmat Khan used to be a top-winning jockey in Mumbai. Now he’s 50, and a little heavier than he used to be, but he’s still one of the top exercise riders at Hastings Racecourse. And his nickname, Osama bin Gallop, doesn’t bother him a bit.
Silence of the Lambs produced by Kent Hoffman
Iain Reid is house sitting by himself for a week at his parents hobby farm. But he may not be alone for long. It's lambing season and all of the ewes are due to give birth. Is Iain ready to be a farmer and a midwife?
Memo to Oreo produced by Steve Wadhams
Dave Martin is a reluctant dog owner. Oreo is the expensive Portuguese Water dog which his wife and daughter insisted on getting and who quickly replaced Dave as head of the household. Outvoted and overshadowed, Dave wants Oreo to hear his side of the story.
From 2 below zero | 59:30
In an attempt to protect the public from sexual violence, the U.S. has enacted get-tough laws targeting released sex offenders. Many were inspired by high-profile cases in which children were raped and killed by strangers, a heinous albeit rare crime. Federal law now requires states to register all sex offenders online, including those committed of consensual teen sex and of public urination and indecent exposure. Dozens of states and municipalities have created buffer zones that prevent offenders from living near schools, playgrounds and parks. And about 20 states—including California, New York, Minnesota and Washington—indefinitely confine the worst offenders to mental hospitals.
Proponents contend that these laws make society safer. Opponents say they’re often ineffective and violate civil liberties.
Since 2006, award-winning producers Diane Richard and Todd Melby interviewed leading experts and victims’ advocates about the impact of these laws. They've also spent time getting to know four Minnesotans convicted of sex crimes, in prison and since their release. In many ways, these men represent the complexity of the issue. Their crimes span a spectrum of sexual violence. All are felons. Each completed a sex offender treatment program.
These men’s stories put a candid human face on the highly politicized issue of sex crimes, the damage they cause and some of their common roots. Together, the documentary provides a nuanced examination of issues surrounding online registration laws, residency restrictions, Romeo and Juliet laws and the growing use of civil commitment.
Produced with dual narrators, “No Brother of Mine” combines audio-rich storytelling that puts the listener in the scene with expert interviews to propel the narrative forward. The result is a probing look from many different perspectives at a nation grappling with how to handle the sensational yet banal reality of sexual violence and at the struggles released offenders face in a society that no longer wants them.
The Cause of Thunder produced by Stewart Young
A glimpse into the remarkable world of Eliot Grant...a five year old from Prospect, Nova Scotia with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. Eliot's mother, Carla, shares the joys and frustration of living with her brilliant, but challenging son. This documentary won the Grand Award at the New York Festivals in 2006.
Flanking on the Far Day produced by Kent Hoffman
Kelly McCarthy has always known the significance of her Dad's yearly ritual of preparing his Harley Davidson motorcycle for the first ride of Spring. But this year the ritual means even more.Her Dad had a heart attack in the winter and his recovery has focused on just one thing: getting back on his Harley. And this time Kelly is along for the ride.
Childstar Goes to Hollywood produced by Geoff Siskind
For nine year old Niamph Wilson, just being cast as one of the leads in a movie of the week was thrilling. But when she found out that she had been nominated for a Young Artist's Award for that same role, her thrill suddenly ballooned into an exciting mother/daughter adventure all the way down to Hollywood, California. Follow Niamph and Leslie's adventure as they travel down to Tinseltown with hopes of coming home with the gold.
No Use Worrying About It produced by Marie Wadden & Neil Sandell
Cherie Wheeler lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Her Dad is a reservist in Afghanistan. In this audio diary, she says she knows worrying about him isn't going to do her any good. But, then, she says, how can you not?
The Rookie and the Veteran produced by Gillian Rutherford & Carma Jolly
Two Mounties, two different views of policing. Constable Alex Smith started his R-C-M-P training just one week after four officers were murdered in Mayerthorpe, Alberta. Then he landed his first posting - in rural Alberta at the Lac la Biche detachment, the hometown of one the slain officers. Meanwhile, his superviser, Staff-Sergeant Colin White has been on the force for 25 years.
Falling for Niagara produced by Kent Hoffman
Niagara Falls was once known as the honeymoon capital of the world, which inspired Oscar Wilde to call it "the second greatest disappointment" of married life.
So what's it like to grow up in Niagara Falls? Sarah Armenia always felt a bit embarrassed that one of the natural wonders of the world was overshadowed by tacky tourist attractions. Sarah returns to the Falls to see if she can finally separate the candy-floss tackiness from what she actually wants to call home.
Goodbye Glenavon produced by Sean Prpick & Neil Sandell
Nichole Huck grew up in the village of Glenavon, Saskatchewan.
Though she now lives in the city of Regina, her home town is alive and well in her heart. So when she hears that the only local school is closing, what else can she do but see it one last time.
Hallway Confidential produced by Carma Jolly, Jean Kim & Neil Sandell
Listen in on what's going on in the lives of some of the students of Stayner Collegiate High School.
Michael Morrey says there isn't much to do in a small town - he plays guitar, plays sports - and breaks windows. Vandalism isn't something he plans to do forever. Why does he feel compelled to do it in the first place?
The Chubs produced by Lindsay Michael
We visit a teen band called The Chubs in Plamondon, Alberta. It’s not easy playing alternative rock in a land where country is king.
CBC Radio's Outfront presents five stories that are all about obsessions- magnificent and otherwise.
Barenaked in America produced by Kent Hoffman
When Joanne Faryon first moved to a California suburb with her family, she felt like she left her career and Canadian identity behind. But one day on a San Diego freeway she heard a song on the radio by Canada's Barenaked Ladies. Her sense of home returned. After that she ended up becoming a fan of the band - a huge fan. But before long she finds out the naked truth about life as a superfan.
Perfectionista produced by Neil Sandell
Self improvement is one thing, but it's quite another when you make yourself miserable trying to be perfect. As long as she can remember, Hannah Cheesman has been a perfectionist. Now in her early 20's, she's trying to kick the habit.
Rust Bucket Love prodiced by Janna Graham & Neil Sandell
Janna Graham and her beloved car, Spry, have got into scrapes together, traveled the country, and shared adventures. She's known her car longer than she's known her partner, Tom. Now Janna faces a decision. What to do with a car that's on life support? For Devin Slater the simple act of ironing a shirt is no chore. It's a meditation, a dance, and a sensual experience.
Taking a Flyer produced by Neil Sandell and Lindsay Michael
Tara Barrows had always used sales flyers to shop for groceries. She loved them so much, she looked forward to coming home on Fridays, opening up the flyers and figuring out what foods to buy. So why does she decide to go cold turkey and shop without knowing the bargains?
CBC Radio's Outfront presents four stories that are all about fields and ponds, love and loss. In short- the great outdoors.
Poetry of the Woods produced by Steve Wadhams
Until they went on a hike in the woods, many of Julie Berry's grade six students in St. Thomas, Ontario, had never seen tadpoles or toads -- nor had they written poetry about flowers, rickety bridges, "vicious frogs," and "birds that fly up to heaven".
Stormy Weather produced by Steve Wadhams
One person is terrified of thunder and lightning. Another finds comfort in endless heavy rain. And a woman remembers driving across the prairies many years ago under dark purple skies on a journey of escape, elation and despair.
One Blue Canoe produced by Carma Jolly
A blue canoe is hidden in a shed in Ontario cottage country. It was used once in June 1978 and then forgotten by most. But Barbara Greaney remembers. Her son Davie was in the canoe when tragedy struck. An accident on Lake Timiskaming took his life along with 12 others. Now after more than 25 years, Barbara Greaney is taking the canoe out of the shed and paddling in it for herself.
One Step and Then Another produced by Lindsay Michael
Ever since piKe krpan left her home in Alberta as a teenager, her mom Helen has written her special letters. Like a secret code, piKe always finds newspaper clippings about local bear attacks and sightings folded inside.After hiking in the Rockies with her mom for years, piKe finally begins to understand what the clippings might mean about long-distance mothering.
From Long Haul Productions | 58:59
An hour-long special about starting over late in life.
Whether they are forced to, or whether they plan to, each year more and more seniors move into retirement homes. In the year 2000, Peg Collison was one of them. Peg left the town of San Mateo, California - where she'd been living for almost 35 years - and moved two hours away into a newly built retirement community in Davis, California. These transitions are often difficult not just for the person who's actually moving but for family members and for friends left behind. Peg's son, Dan, gave his Mom a tape recorder and asked her document her transition. Together, Peg and Dan produced a three-part series in 2000 on Peg's move and what it meant to her and her family. In 2005, Dan updated Peg's situation. This documentary is a hour-long special combining all four stories.
Vietnam Veteran and drug therapist Woody Curry returns to Vietnam forty years later.
This episode is a profile of Wynwood Curry better known as Woody. Host Marc Steiner often says if you married Deepak Chopra and Richard Pryor you would have Woody Curry ˇ Woody joined our group of eight on a journey to Vietnam. A Baltimore native and Vietnam Veteran, with Masters degrees in psychology, Woody runs one of the most successful drug recovery programs in the country, something he knows from the inside out, having been addicted to alcohol and drugs for many years after his return from ?Nam. He knew what it was like to recover and relapse, and recover and relapse again. Woody?s been clean and sober now for more than 15 years, having been through the program he now runs. Woody was trained as a translator, one of the few African-Americans trained to speak it, and helicopter gunner. His ability to speak Vietnamese, gave him an insight and empathy for the Vietnamese, that caused him conflicted emotional problems in Vietnam, but especially after returning stateside, where he suffered through years of post traumatic stress disorder and addiction. This trip provide Woody with a chance to rekindle his love affair with the Vietnamese people, and put some old demons to rest. Join us on Woody's Journey.
One of 6 hour-long programs on the art and craft of radio with host Jay Allison, creator of the website Transom.org. This hour focuses on the audio diary with special guest Joe Richman. ( newscast compatible)
This hour ( newscast compatible) has special guest Joe Richman ( Radio Diaries) in conversation with host Jay Allison discussing the ways of making engaging radio diaries. Works include excerpts from Joe Richman's work as well as other pieces: Jake Warga's "Home from Africa" and David Sommerstein's "A Survivor of Cutting." The Transom Radio Hour grows out of the web site Transom.org which is devoted to the art and practise of public radio. It's the first and only stand-alone website ever to win the Peabody Award. It's an open master class for story-telling in sound. Like the site, the radio series has a practical and instructional tone, encouraging people to do it themselves.
CBC Radio's Outfront presents four stories that are all about love and longing, hope and despair.
Paradise Lost produced by Neil Sandell
Emelia Symington Fedy and her partner found paradise on the tropical island of Maevo, Vanuatu. The locals embraced them. And while the lifestyle was rough by North American standards, it made Emelia feel alive. They left the island with every intention of returning to live. At least that was the plan.
Peace of Mind produced by Kent Hoffman
J.V. Dixon was born in Charleston, South Carolina and began his career as a trumpet player when he was just 16. After years on the road, he eventually made his way to Toronto to settle down and raise a family.
Now after a very difficult year, he's returned to music to find peace of mind.
Taking the Long Way produced by Lindsay Micheal
Meg Whitton has a job she loves, great friends and an exciting life. But when some of her high-school friends get together, she realizes she is the only one without a husband and a house. With her Birthday fast approaching, she decides to turn around in her dating life and get over her fear of rejection...with surprising results.
Love in the House produced by Yvonne Gall
Shana Myara is making a calendar. A personal calendar. 365 pages. One new word for every day of the year. The calendar has only one purpose, and one audience. It's a love letter to her partner.