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Barbara's Story

From: Long Haul Productions
Series: American Worker Series
Length: 18:47

Profile of an illegal immigrant, working as a cleaner, trying to make her way in America. Read the full description.

Barbara_small Profile of an illegal immigrant, working as a cleaner, trying to make her way in America. FIrst aired on Chicago Public Radio's Chicago Matters Immigration Series and NPR's All Things Considered-Weekend in 1995.

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Piece Description

Profile of an illegal immigrant, working as a cleaner, trying to make her way in America. FIrst aired on Chicago Public Radio's Chicago Matters Immigration Series and NPR's All Things Considered-Weekend in 1995.

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Review of Barbara's Story

In this piece, a young Polish immigrant tells her own story - and we meet a few of her friends as well. The work here is careful and meticulous - it's simple - which is a virtue - and well done. The best part is the way the subject completely drives the piece - she does it with such direct calm and assuredness that I simultaneously marvel at how good she is behind the microphone and meantally acknowlege the work that has gone into directing and editing her as well - I do find the story a bit meandering, and in the final analysis a little cool - but it has a lovely ending that goes by a bit fast if you're not focused on it. The piece is really a minute shorter than advertised - over 1:00 of music plays out.

Broadcast History

FIrst aired on Chicago Public Radio's Chicago Matters Immigration Series and NPR's All Things Considered-Weekend in 1995.

Transcript

HOST INTRO:

To be an immigrant is always difficult, but to be an illegal immigrant is a desperate act of faith in the future. Still, it doesn't deter people from trying to come to the U.S. to demonstrate that faith. There are an estimated 4 million illegal immigrants living in this country. It may surprise many people to find out that, after Mexico, the second-largest number of them comes from Poland. Many end up living in Chicago which has more Poles living in it than any other city in the world except Warsaw. Among the illegal Polish immigrants currently there is Barbara, who arrived in Chicago three years ago. In this documentary, producer Dan Collison brings us her story.

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"Barbara's Story" was produced by Dan Collison for Long Haul Productions in association with Chicago Public Radio.
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