INSOMNIA: The Billy Senese Radio Drama Now on iTunes

May 4, 2007

Billy talked about writing Insomnia in this blog last year. He has a new Midnight Radio Theater page on MySpace as well as a podcast on iTunes.

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PRX Review: Crossing Over With Ruben Martinez

January 5, 2007

Producer: Ben Adair (10:30)

Review by John Hingsbergen for PRX(Dec. 17, 2006)

An enjoyable, somewhat off-beat, feature segment. Based on one long interview with author Ruben Martinez, this piece starts strong with some great natural sound that will draw the listener in. 

Interviewer/producer Benjamin Adair narrates the story in a relaxed, natural style. He’s “chatting” with the listener rather than “announcing” or “narrating.” A very comfortable, non-self-conscious delivery. 

I especially like the way the opening narrative fades to make way for Martinez. A clever device that, to be honest, reminded me of the National Lampoon Radio Hour of the 1970’s. Kept me hanging on, wondering, “What’s next?” 

Adair has used a number of off-beat techniques to keep it interesting, including natural sound frequently woven in behind the interview clips 

I’d use this as a discussion-starter for a talk show on immigration issues. Would also work well in a magazine with an immigration theme. 

There’s a reference to “it’s Spring” in the opening narration so users might want to consider whether or not to use it in other seasons.”

Listen to: Crossing Over with Ruben Martinez

Listen: Bruce Springsteen: The Seeger Sessions

December 27, 2006

from PRX

prouducer: Joyride Media

PRX Description: “One-hour music intensive radio special details how Bruce Springsteen was inspired by Pete Seeger’s musical legacy while recording his latest album, We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions.”

Listen to full program here (59 mins) 

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Listen: Guardian Talks with Lynne Truss

December 23, 2006

Guardian Book Club event with Eats, Shoots & Leaves author Lynne Truss.

Listen: Nobel Laureate and Economist Amartya Sen

December 22, 2006

from PRX

producer: Jenny Attiyeh

PRX Description: ‘Amartya Sen, the distinguished economist, philosopher, Nobel laureate and Harvard professor, talks with ThoughtCast about “Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny.”
This new book examines the unfortunate connection between violence and our tendency to identify with one key trait — our ethnicity, or religion, for example — to the exclusion of all others. Sen argues that we can combat this tendency by rejecting this narrowly defined, limited sense of identity, and embracing a broader, richer and more complex understanding of ourselves.
Amartya Sen was born in West Bengal, India (now Bangladesh) and teaches economics at Harvard University. He is known in the wider world for his work on the causes of famines. ‘

Listen to the program here

Listen: The Invention of Childhood

December 20, 2006

The Invention of Childhood

presented by Michael Morpurgo for BBC 4 Radio/History

A major thirty-part narrative history series exploring British childhood and the experience of British children over the last thousand years.”

Listen to the programs here. 

Listen: Dan Brown Speaks

December 16, 2006

from PRX

Dan Brown Speaks

producer: New Hampshire Public Radio

PRX Description:

“Brown talks about his famous book, its adaptation to a new film and the controversy surrounding both. In the second part of the show, host Laura Knoy joined him onstage for a few questions of her own.
The event took place at the Music Hall in Portsmouth on Sunday night, April 23rd [2006] and aired the following morning on the Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio, Monday, April 24th. ”

Listen to the full program here