May 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Taki Telonidis for PRX (April 26, 2007)
“Delightful. That?s the first word that comes to mind after hearing this installment of a BBC series about adolescence. Initially I was doubtful that a 20-minute radio story would be able to bring focus to such a broad topic, but I was pleasantly surprised throughout this piece. It unfolds in a very logical manner, beginning with an engaging introduction, then a series of topics illuminated by the personal experiences of teens (as well as of the reporter, now an adult) plus a sprinkling of experts. The narration is cleverly written and delivered with sparkle and humor. He relates very well to the young people he interviews, and in the course of the story takes us all over the world?from the UK, to Zambia, to America, to India & Bangladesh. Music and sound are used effectively to create a sense of place and pacing. This piece prompts me to ask questions of myself, and to appreciate how much Westerners could learn from other cultures, particularly traditional cultures, who seem to do a better job of preparing their children for adulthood. I could go on, but best to listen for yourself.”
Listen to: Generation Next: Child vs Adult
March 29, 2007
Producer: Rebecca Sheir (07:56)
Review by Traci Tong for PRX (March 20, 2007)
“Absolutely loved listening to this story told in the “When Harry Met Sally” style.
I kept envisioning this couple sitting on the couch talking to the camera about their experience of having their wedding day pushed up because of military demands.
There are appropriate and fun music interludes to help this story along and it only makes it cuter.
I only ask that we hear a follow-up of this charming coulple when Greg returns from his duty in Baghdad.”
LISTEN TO THE PIECE HERE
February 6, 2007
Radio Lab, Show 203: Morality
Review by Chris Chambers for PRX (Jan 21, 2007)
“This is excellent radio. It’s thought-provoking, amusing and, most importantly, brilliantly produced. The use of music is perfect and the innovative way the two presenters interact within each feature has the effect of drawing you in futher to the discussion. This is a great example of how quite simple features can become transformed using imaginative production. There was superb editing work in there.
I give five stars as sparingly as Howard Hughes gave interviews but I have no hesitation in recommending this and no doubt all the other Radio Lab programmes too.”
Listen to the program here
February 5, 2007
Say it Plain
Producer: American Public Media, (60:00)
review by John Hingsbergen for PRX (Jan 27, 2007)
“This is an excellently-crafted and moving documentary, ideal for Black History Month. Characteristic of the American Radio Works series, this is a highly-polished production filled with compelling content that demonstrates the power of long-form radio.
NPR’s Michelle Norris hosts this program featuring excerpts from eloquent speakers such as comedian Dick Gregory, the Rev. Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr, Fannie Lou Hamer of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and Representative Shirley Chisholm.
I was especially interested in the 1895 recording of educator and presidential advisor Booker T. Washington.
Whether your listeners lived through events documented in this show, or have merely read about them in history books, they’ll be informed and inspired by the actual voices of these speakers
I’ve scheduled it for use on WMUB for the second year in a row during Black History Month. I can offer no higher endorsement.”
Listen to the program here
January 26, 2007
Reviewed these two pieces for PRX yesterday and thought you should listen to them.
MARIE’S CRISIS (9:41 minutes)
producer: Kevin T. Allen
” The story of Jim who has been playing piano at the famously infamous Marie’s Crisis for the past 19 years. Trained at an early age by his extremely religious father to embrace music “Soli Deo Glorio” (only for the grace of God), Jim has grown up to form his own, more tolerant, type of church at the local piano bar.”
Listen to the piece here
SIT WITH ME (7:34 minutes)
producer: Salt Institute of Documentary Studies
“Cameron Ledoux’s father is depressed. Because of his illness, his dad can’t work and sleeps at home much of the time. Cameron, age 12, sits down with his dad to address the unspoken.”
Listen to the full piece here
January 4, 2007
producer: Jonathan Mitchell
PRX Description: “Pro-choice. Pro-life. Most people have already chosen sides in the ongoing debate, so why revisit the issue? Shades of Gray shares a range of stories told by people young and old who have been directly affected by abortion, instead of the polemics of irreconcilable extremes. It’s a carefully crafted audio mosaic and a stark portrayal of the intensely personal nature of our relationship with abortion. ”
Listen to the full program here
December 19, 2006
producer: Spectrum Radio
“Spectrum Radio’s Susan Hassler investigates two physicist film reviewers who critique and rate Hollywood films for good and bad science.”
Listen to program here
December 15, 2006
from BBC 4 Radio series FRONTROW
“Every day this week Front Row has invited a different critic to give their suggestions of the best books to pick up this Christmas.”
Listen to the programs here