Playlist: Sandy tolan and homeland productions
Compiled By: David Boyer
A single mother and her two teenage daughters tell the harrowing story of the girls' descent into an underworld of drugs and homelessness.
A chronicle of a family that unraveled. Debra Gwartney loved her two oldest daughters like she loved herself. And they loved her in return. But Debra got a divorce, moved the family from Arizona to Oregon, and relations with her daughters got worse and worse. Finally, at the ages of thirteen and fourteen, they ran away. In this evergreen, unnarrated story, accompanied by haunting music, Debra and her daughters try to retrace what, exactly, went wrong.
An award-winning documentary that explores the roots of the Arab-Israeli conflict through the intertwined stories of an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. As up-to-date today as it was when it was produced.
Bashir Al-Khairi (buh-SHEER al-HAY-ree), an Arab, was six when his family was driven out of his stone home in Ramle, in old Palestine, during the war with Israel in July 1948. Dalia Eshkenazi, a Jew, was ten months old when her family arrived from Bulgaria in November 1948, and moved into an old stone home in Ramle. Nineteen years later, after the Six Day War, Bashir went to visit his old home. He rang the bell. Dalia answered. The Lemon Tree is part of the World Views series, produced by Homelands Productions. World Views is a series of international first-person documentaries revealing the human truths beneath the surface of daily events. The Lemon Tree was first broadcast on Fresh Air on April 24, 1998. It won the Overseas Press Club's Lowell Thomas Award for best radio news or interpretation of international affairs. It is the subject of Tolan's book of the same title, published in 2006 and republished in paperback in May 2007. The book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was named best nonfiction book of 2006 by Booklist.
Produced by Homelands Productions
Most recent piece in this series:
Ismael "Babu" Hussein works as an assistant in one of Bangladesh's shipbreaking yards, where armies of laborers dismantle old vessels the way ants devour a carcass. The work is perilous, the bosses abusive, the hours exhausting. Babu's reward? Just over two dollars a day, and nightmares about being crushed by giant sheets of steel. Pretty heavy stuff for a 13-year-old kid.