Posted on June 15, 2006 at 09:38 PM
This third part of an audio diary
takes the listener into the life of a
scientist and mother. With clear and thoughtful narration, we learn about
her experience as a new mother, missing
"my boys" when she's in the field
(at sea) working. It's the classic balance of life and work. The personal elements offer insight and a lighter touch.
The work elements give scientific detaisl of how someone goes about gathering data to save Harbor Seals.
The piece uses a good balance of ambient sound and narrative.
I think it would have been stronger still to use ambience instead of music to transition to different scenes.
Posted on June 15, 2006 at 09:04 PM
Lots of folks have opinions and feelings about the music of Paul McCartney. IN this 64th birthday piece, Paul Ingles has chosen to work with Richard Goldman, a sort of Beatle expert.
Ingles, with a couple exceptions, uses only enough music to illustrate Goldman's well-considered points. During those exceptions I want to get back to the story line and hear what else is on Goldman's mind - and *then hear more McCartney music.
Ingles also resists the urge to jam everything McCartney into 29 minutes. That sure wouldn't work.
Just so we know this isn't a pushover piece, at the end Ingles includes Goldman's take on Sir Paul's
latest release and why it *doesn't work for him.
But I must say this piece works for me.
Happy Birthday, Paul!
Posted on June 11, 2006 at 04:12 PM
Chico takes an interesting approach to a frustration in his life (what his parents tell him to do) by projecting himself into their role (what it will be like when Chico is a parent).
To make his point, he uses rules, humor and interviews with experts, including
his own parents.
The piece is delivered well and easy to track. Chico is also a cool enough guy to admit that his father is right (at least once) and tell his mother - on tape - that he loves her.
Chico, way to bridge the gap with your parents. I hope you turn out to be as good of a parent as you want to be!
PS Keep up the good radio work.
Posted on June 04, 2006 at 05:42 PM
These daily two minute modules on scientific aspects of "Our Ocean World"
are well written and clearly presented, even for listeners without related backgrounds.
The intros are solid and interesting
and flow nicely into the rest of the piece.
I do have three production queries or concerns: is the sound "originally gathered" for these pieces?;
the phone tape was of marginal quality and really stood out in such short modules with otherwise high production values; the reporter also reads the funding credits, which could blur the lines between the two aspects of the production.
I like the fact that these are not regional in terms of being of interest to listeners anywhere.
Nice presentation and narration.
Posted on June 04, 2006 at 05:14 PM
I listened to two versions of "Enrique's Perilous Journey".
Each had different details and focus.
The first was more about Enrique's efforts to travel from Honduras to North Carolina(where his mother had gone to find work 11 years before) to find his mother and the dangers it involved.
The second version was about the reporter Sonia Nazario, retracing Enrique's travels, riding on top of trains. It's a dangerous, sometimes deadly, way to go.
I am glad to hear such effective
re-versioning of stories and hope many
other reporters are doing so.
Each version packs a lot of info into two minutes.
Posted on May 28, 2006 at 12:36 PM
Stephen Cass's interview with Professor Petrovski gives the listener a "180" or paradoxical approach to design...better information comes from designs that fail than from those that succeed.
The professor says that's because the failures draw more scrutiny. Petrovski says without failure, complacency sets in. While this topic could get too weighty and dense, Cass keeps it closer to "snapshot"length.
Posted on May 28, 2006 at 12:05 PM
"The Secret Life of New York's Bees"
is fun and factoid-filled (honey bees love to dance).
It may seem too predictable to some
folks, but I sure would have loved
to hear the hive a-buzz with activity.
It could have served as punctuation in the piece. Added to the sense of fun.
Kate Hinds writes well into and out of the actualities. While the story has NYC in the title, Boston and California are also brought into the story for a broader understanding of bees and the people who keep them.
Posted on May 28, 2006 at 11:44 AM
Hearing this piece is like being an audio voyeur. The cast of L.A. characters we hear are Taylor's friends. It's funny *and insightful.
I wondered how Taylor decided if a message was to be saved - or erased!
Posted on March 17, 2006 at 12:05 PM
Thanks to Maeve Conran, I'm just back from celebrating Saint Patrick's day in Dublin...and not a green beer was found!
Maeve showed me how the Irish celebrate Saint Patrick's
and what it means to them - from the history of its namesake to how many barrels of Guiness one pub serves on the day.
Posted on January 29, 2006 at 03:42 PM
Marjorie says upfront this piece is experimental, but we don't get a context...and I thought I heard a monk now and then, but not a peep about beer.
It's like a radio performance piece, but what is REALLY going on?
Posted on January 29, 2006 at 03:35 PM
It's fun to hear why "people get in cars with strangers" - to get across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco free.
But there is way too much music. It's nice music, but it slows the piece down
and is too loud in the mix.
Posted on January 29, 2006 at 03:20 PM
Allan Coukell takes us to a Haida village in Canada, where the tribal members are giving their ancestors
a traditional burial. We hear from modern Haida involved in a cultural renaissance, using the old ways in this new world.
Coukell's descriptions, through clear writing and sound, take you there.
He brings knowledge, feeling and understanding to the piece.
Posted on January 29, 2006 at 03:01 PM
Sandy and her husband go to the county fair, experience carnie life up close and personal and a lesson is learned. That pretty much sums up Sandy's story. She is a good story teller during this minute and a half.
This story piqued my interest about Sandy, but I want to know more.
Did she ever take advantage of people again?
Did her husband have the same experience?
What's she doing now?
Posted on January 08, 2006 at 04:21 PM
In this profile of Rubin Carter, Nisean Lorde was able to resist what many network shows could not - over-using Bob Dylan's song about "Hurricane".
It's a great song, but the story here is about Carter.
I think the piece is longer than what is needed to tell this story and elements of his speech are "audience tape" quality, which makes it difficult to hear and understand.
The device of touring Rubin's house works well, as he explains the significance of the different types of flowers he has. (Truth, Friendship, Love, Good) It also gives room for "Hurricane" Carter to share his passion...stepping up to the defense of the wrongly convicted.
Posted on January 08, 2006 at 03:42 PM
Even though we were sitting in our home office, my wife and I just had a "driveway moment". The way the story was told, the voices of the participants, sharing of life lessons learned all kept our attention.
At 17 minutes plus, its a weird length to fit into many shows, but that is obviously what it took to tell this story.
And, after 4 or 5 minutes, the scene is set and in come the "Girl Detectives"!!!
The story telling is VERY good, intriguing.
Posted on January 08, 2006 at 03:13 PM
This piece is intense. It starts with the narrator saying "...and then I pulled the trigger" and ends with "...wish me luck."
The narration is natural and conversational. It takes you inside the experience, complete with questions, confusion.
I am not a big fan of music under an entire piece, but this time it keeps the pace and doesn't interfere.
It gets us as close as I hope any of us gets to this kind of experience.
"There but for the grace of...go I."
Posted on December 14, 2005 at 07:20 AM
Wow. That was a pleasant and informing listening experience. A bit of music at the beginning draws the listener in, then the narrator takes over with a smooth, steady delivery of problems, solutions and observations. They pack plenty into two minutes. But it feels natural - in many ways.
Posted on December 14, 2005 at 06:53 AM
The commentary by Pat Cook Gulya is clearly stated and constructed.
Starting with the hook of rising gas prices, she makes the case for commuting by bicycle, something she's been doing, 9 and a half mile a day for six years. Cook Gulya offers a pleasant, yet informed delivery.
She lays out problems, real and perceived along with her experiences.
Values and benefits of bike commuting are also offered up.
Pat takes the listener along for the ride and, having captured our attention, makes the pitch for us to give it a try as well.
A very enjoyable and informative commentary.
Posted on December 14, 2005 at 06:37 AM
This piece is about Stuart and his bicycle ride across the country.
The narrative and journal entries are well written.
While the narrator adds perspective to the story, I want to hear more *of Stuart than *about him. It would have been good to at least have him read his own journal entries.
The highlights of the journey chosen
for the piece are fun and definitely
"off the beaten path", making it a fun ride.
Posted on December 04, 2005 at 05:39 PM
ALS is a tough disease for people and their friends to deal with and understand. Jessica Lockhart's report helps on both fronts.
Her delivery is conversational, smooth and connected to the topic. She brings in the friends of Darcy, a 34 year old diagnosed with ALS. They want to help their friend, and others who may suffer from the disease. AND they come up with a clever name for their effort.
The editing helps set a good pace so the friends of Darcy can to tell their story.
Posted on December 04, 2005 at 05:18 PM
Commentator Dick Meister imagines Prince Charles trading his kingdom for a bicyle. While his premise may be too far fetched (as he admits) Meister has fun with the possibility of Great Britain becoming a country without a monarchy.
Posted on December 04, 2005 at 05:03 PM
Meth is a problem - and a story - that isn't going away. In the 4th of a 5 part series, Patricia Murphy takes the listener up close and personal to the life of a meth cook. This piece, mainly told by the meth cook and his wife, is graphic, intense, scary and disturbing.
Patricia adds narrative to keep the story moving. Otherwise, she lets them tell it themselves. There are a couple questions left unanswered. While that's understandable in a short piece, I was left wondering how and why on two questions
1) the lead-up to their addiction
2) how long they continued this lifestyle after the tragic fire.
To their credit, KUOW put together a five part series on meth, offering answers as well as questions.
Posted on November 26, 2005 at 03:04 PM
Reporter David Kattenburg shows how members of communities in Tanzania and Canada connect with each other in efforts to teach about
and lessen the impact of AIDS in BOTH countries.
There are some laughs as well as hard work to accomplish.
On such a global topic there is always more to be said. Kattenburg gets the message across and makes it clear
this is not his last report.
The story is enhanced with ambient sound - from the airport as the Canadian women depart to a Tanzanian village where they are welcomed and celebrated. You can almost see the python Kattenburg describes.
Posted on November 26, 2005 at 02:33 PM
Nakwan Leknerk is a 20 year old Thai woman. Her father has died of HIV and her mother IS dying. In this translated piece Nakwan lays out information many listeners may know.
But in her conclusion, she'll capture your heart,
"We have to help each other.
I can't do this
on my own."
Using this on World Aids Day (Dec 1)
would reach out to younger listeners
and inspire ALL listeners to help
Nakwan to help in any way they can.
Posted on November 26, 2005 at 02:18 PM
Michael Jackman shares his tough temp times with his listeners in this narrative piece. By the time he's done you hope he didn't have to work there for long. He definitely takes you inside his experience.
Posted on November 26, 2005 at 02:05 PM
Cheryl-Anne Millsap's writing is descriptive yet uncluttered. It takes the listener to the moments of the narrator's experiences. We feel it and "get it" right along with her.
The delivery is conversational and personal, yet authoritative.
I may be too late for Thanksgiving '05, but I recommend airing this piece in subsequent years.
Posted on November 26, 2005 at 01:51 PM
That was quite a listening experience!
An accomplished Russian poet teaching a class on Catalogue of Ships, partially narrated by a comparative literature student, all the while driven by modern nearly-techno music. The professor's voice is part Russian and part alien and unfortunately not always understandable. A cool radio listening experience that leaves one wondering what just happened and what it all means.
Sounds like college to me!
Posted on November 15, 2005 at 07:06 PM
At first I thought this *subject, "Jaz the Cleaning Woman" wasn't closely miced. *You try micing a person who doesn't stand still! I'm not sure a body mic would have made the difference.
The point is, Jaz is on the move.
And the piece uses jazz (the music, not the cleaning woman) as a production element. The music helps portray the character.
Later in the story we get some ambient cleaning sounds and they build near the end. But the music works well also.
This energetic woman offers us pointers, insights - and even a joke about clean glass!
Labor Day is the obvious time to use this, but it also works as a
Posted on November 15, 2005 at 06:28 PM
This story got my attention because I, too, have thought/dreamed about turducken. Like our narrator, I felt the whole process was too much. I also looked into calling one in, but didn't follow through. Now I'm inspired all over again!
Ali took an experiential, but non-traditional approach to a "cooking piece". Instead of "now I am deboning the second of three birds", she pronounces that process gross and gets on the phone!
The language is matter of fact *and descriptive. She draws the listener in...will she make her own...what kind of stuffing will she order???
It's a real and clear delivery that keeps the listener with the narrator through the story...some even ready and waiting to write down that 800 # to phone in their order as well!
Posted on November 06, 2005 at 12:04 PM
Daniel Costello has interviewed Doctor Shaw about using recent technology to help with rescue and recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, espcially in Mississippi.
I would not use this piece (no offense, Daniel) for two main reasons. 1) it is interview format and we prefer to use our hosts and reporters to conduct interviews. 2) It is on the telephone, though luckily with a good line.
I do think Daniel got Doctor Shaw to offer some insight into the technology itself and how it was used in this specific instance.