Compiled By: PRX Editors
From Lu Olkowski | 08:47
A father and son have a contest to take the best pictures of their dying grandpa, the result is an up-close portrait of death.
How do we deal with dying? Most of us look away. But in the case of the Zagar family, they look closer. A father and son have a contest to take the best photos of their dying grandpa, and the result is an up-close portrait of death. Winner of a Bronze Award at the 2007 Third Coast Festivals Competition. Judges at Third Coast called the piece, “tense, loving, risky, provocative and profound. The pacing, story craft and character development make this a truly moving and memorable story."
Does competition create character and excellence or, more often. conflict and disillusionment? Or a bit of both? A provocative discussion this time on Peace Talks Radio. (29 Minute Version)
Peace Talks Radio, the series on Peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution. On this edition, we invite you to do some critical thinking about competition. Does competition create character and excellence, or more often conflict and disillusionment? Or a bit of both? The flood of competition-based entertainment on television suggests our fascination with winners and losers, but is there a cost? What's behind our desire to see our favorite sports teams do well? What's the impact of competition on academics, workplaces and politics? Host Paul Ingles talks with author Alfie Kohn, who has pondered these and similar questions in his many provocative books. For another perspective, we talk with someone whose life has been a nearly unbroken string of competitions, college basketball coach Steve Alford. We also visit with a couple of teens to get their take on competition. A 54 and 59 minute version of this program is posted elsewhere at PRX (http://www.prx.org/pieces/19441).
Does competition create character and excellence or, more often. conflict and disillusionment? Or a bit of both? A provocative discussion this time on Peace Talks Radio.
Peace Talks Radio, the series on Peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution. On this edition, we invite you to do some critical thinking about competition. Does competition create character and excellence, or more often conflict and disillusionment? Or a bit of both? The flood of competition-based entertainment on television suggests our fascination with winners and losers, but is there a cost? What's behind our desire to see our favorite sports teams do well. What's the impact of competition on academics, workplaces and politics? Host Paul Ingles talks with author Alfie Kohn, who has pondered these and similar questions in his many provocative books. For another perspective, we talk with someone whose life has been a nearly unbroken string of competitions, college basketball coach Steve Alford. We also visit with a couple of teens to get their take on competition. Program is formatted to allow for a news window. For newscast stations use the opening billboard, then parts 1, 2 and 3 in order for a total of 54 minutes. For non-newscast stations, you can add the optional Part 4 to fill out to 59 minutes. A 29 minute version of this program is posted elsewhere at PRX.
An original production of the Savannah Music Festival, Battle Royale put two rhythm sections on stage (Marcus Roberts Trio and the Clayton Brothers), inviting various instrumentalists to the stage throughout the night for a good-natured cutting contest.
Original air date: week of August 10, 2009
The tradition of instrumental competition on the bandstand in jazz goes back to the origins of the music. By the early 1930s, such competitive on-stage battles became known as "cutting contests," and they almost always produced some terrific entertainment for the audience in attendance. In this episode of SMF Live, we listen to a concert we produced at the 2009 Savannah Music Festival entitled Battle Royale. It featued a variety of instrumentalists squaring off against one another, but the purpose was completely musical. Driven by the creative conception of Marcus Roberts to put two rhythm sections on stage side by side, The Clayton Brothers and the Marcus Roberts Trio provided the foundation for an explosive display of musicality featuring such artists as Wycliffe Gordon, Andre Heyward, Terrell Stafford, Scotty Barnhardt and many others.
From WAMU | 03:22
When Josue arrived in the US he was surprised to find that some of the Latino students in his school weren't as welcoming as he thought they'd be.
A report released last month by the Census Bureau reveals that Hispanics accounted for almost half of the country’s population growth over the last four years. And for the first time, that growth has more to do with children being born here than with new immigrants coming into the country. Youth Voices reporter Josue Melgar is himself a fairly recent arrival from El Salvador. He says the distinction between these first and second generation Latino immigrants is more obvious than people might think.
From Susan Stone | 23:41
"IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK: Inside Youth Speak Out" is a poetry series drawn from testimonial writings by the youngest members of America's prison system.
While in Juvenile Hall, detained and incarcerated youth are invited to participate in weekly writing and conversation workshops which encourage them to dig deep, and seek meaningful insights through thought-provoking topics.
These young men, women, girls and boys reveal childhoods and teen years so often defeated by aspects of the lives they have lived so far. They address things, people, or events that are critical to acknowledge during rehabilitation before returning to their homes, schools, and communities.
Living out loud through rap, rhyme, and essay, these youth see the web as a portal --a way to let loose their stories in hopes others might put an ear to the wall and hear who they really are. Here, 20 writers read their own works, sometimes lending a voice to one another's.
Produced by Susan Stone with the boys and girls of San Francisco's Juvenile Justice Center, and the support of Malcolm Marshall, Youth Speaks, and the inspiration of David Inocencio and The Beat Within.
From Susan Stone | 26:35
A portrait of the long, dark tunnel of the suicidal mind
A college student leaps from a bridge, a young mother walks into a lake, a widow clings to a ledge. Impulse. Depression. Illness. Grief. “Here There Is No Moon” is a portrait of the suicidal mind from the perspective of those who have survived the bullet, the bottle, the jump --and those who have helped in rescue and intervention. There is the limbo in which some live: Why am I still here? Will I try again? Can I resume the life I almost left? For others, there is relief in having a second chance at life. And then there are the doctors, philosophers, counselors, and poets who grapple with suicide as epidemic, violence, and siren song. But the fundamental question remains: Why does one commit suicide, while another does not? No one really knows the answer. True stories from those who might. This piece was featured on Transom.org. For more information visit the above "Website" link.
From Julie Shapiro | 20:00
An unknown pastime to most, competitive model horse collecting is a serious passion for girls and women of all ages. But why?
While some lucky girls spend their weekends at the barn brushing their ponies and galloping around paddocks, others are devoted to serious indoor competition - with their plastic model horses. Either way, one thing's certain: Girls love horses. Producer Julie Shapiro spends some time at the stable and at the show ring, talking with riders and collectors of all ages about the timeless bond between them and their beloved animals - both the living and breathing ones and the mass-produced, painted ponies.
From Aaron Henkin | 49:27
A look at Baltimore's preeminent M.C. competition, Style Warz, from the perspective of the rappers who square off in front of a live audience to do lyrical battle, with cash and bragging rights on the line.
This one-hour documentary takes listeners inside Baltimore?s pre-eminent underground MC competition, Style Warz, a Baltimore hip hop event where up-and-coming rappers go toe-to-toe in front of a live audience, competing one-on-one in a battle royal, with cash and bragging rights on the line. During the hour, listeners will meet seven contenders: Gatasheist, Abrock, Symphony, Haz, Fire Armz, Midas, and EJ. Listeners will also hear from Style Warz co-organizers, host C Love and DJ P Funk, as well as celebrity judge Bilal Bahar of the hip hop promotions organization Krushforce. (PROGRAM DIRECTORS: This is a 48-minute-and-30-second talk-clock-formatted program: billboard: 1:00 segment a: 21:10 segment b: 11:20 segment c: 16:00 It took me a solid month of editing to put this juggernaut together. I started out with more than 15 hours of raw audio and interviews, and I ended up with a story that's pretty much unlike anything most public radio listeners have ever heard before. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you might consider sharing it with your listeners.)
When a local eating contest goes major league and professional "gurgitators" step up to the plate, can the local lay-eaters hold their own?
Cambridge, Massachusetts has been home to the annual Garlicky Greens Eating Championship since 2004. Hitherto an amateur event, this year the contest was sanctioned by Major League Eating, the national organization that supervises all professional competitive eating events.
So with a handful of professional gurgitators stepping up to the plate, can the local competitors hold their own? Rebecca Sheir swung by the contest to find out.
From Rebecca Sheir | 04:40
Going chin to chin with the reigning beard and mustache champ of Alaska - and now, the world.
"Face it -- beards and Alaska just go together." ... Or so says the website of the Southcentral Alaska Beard and Mustache Club, a group promoting comradery and competition amongst Alaskans with, yes, beards and mustaches. The Club's president is David Traver, who nabbed the world-champ title at the 2009 World Beard and Mustache Championships. Rebecca Sheir caught up with the so-called "Mr. Fur Face" before the Championships, while he was getting his prized whiskers professionally trimmed to perfection.
From Long Haul Productions | 08:27
American Singer Canaries battle it out for best-song-in-show in the Canary Song Trials in Livonia, Detroit.
Back in 1934, a group of eight women in Milton, Massachussetts gathered with a goal: to create an uniquely tuneful pet canary for American homes. The result of their breeding experiments was the American Singer Canary, specially-built to produce the sweetest song imaginable. Today, there are 41 chapters of the American Singer club throughout the United States and Canada, many of which hold ?song trials? to determine the breed?s best avian soloists. One of the biggest competitions takes place each year in Livonia, Michigan, just outside Detroit. Long Haul Productions presents a short portrait of the recent song trials, as hundreds of green, yellow and variegated canaries assembled in identical cages in a church gymnasium, waiting for their turn to battle it out.