Archive for May, 2009
Saturday, May 30th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
We’re running a great doc about Winston Churchill several times over the weekend (roughly- 6pm Saturday, 5am Sunday, 5pm Sunday- all times PST), so keep you radio dials tuned. But if you can’t wait, or if you missed something check it out here and write a review here.
Thursday, May 28th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Homelands Productions makes radio docs that matter. They specialize in taking on tough and complex global issues in their radio stories, and if it was just that, it would be commendable, but the real talent exhibited time and time again by the Homelands crew is they make their stories really friggin’ entertaining. You could learn nothing (although it’s doubtful that you would) and still hear great sounds and heartbreaking drama. So good.
Their latest series is a humdinger called WORKING. Inspired by Studs Terkel’s classic 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, WORKING launched in January 2007 as a regular feature on Marketplace and each profile takes listeners deep into the life of a single worker in the global economy.
I just added 20 or so episodes to the PRX: Remix Radio stream, so keep an ear open for them. And don’t forget to go to their interactive website and tell the world what you think about your job.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
From the One-Minute Vacation Website:
“Surely you can spare a minute to clean your ears? Take a one-minute vacation from the life you are living.
One-minute vacations are unedited recordings of somewhere, somewhen. Sixty seconds of something else. Sixty seconds to be someone else.”
Monday, May 18th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
This week we’re playing a series of specials about the intersection of people and the natural world.
“Stories from the Heart of the Land” is a 6-part series featuring intimate stories from around the world about the human connection to land and landscape. Host Jay Allison asked dozens of public radio’s best producers to do something different. He asked, “If you could tell any story about people and the natural world, what would it be?” …and off they went:
- Elizabeth Arnold went to the woods with grizzly bears.
- Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister stalked coqui frogs in Hawaii.
- The Kitchen Sisters went to the river’s edge.
- Barrett Golding jumped on his bike.
- Scott Carrier walked with pilgrims around a mountain in Tibet.
- Jonathan Goldstein packed a tent and went camping, reluctantly.
- Sean Cole turned on his TV. Don’t worry, it was a nature show.
The result is an eclectic mix of personal narratives from all over the US and Canada, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Australia, Great Britain, Mexico, and the North Pole. The overall effect is a mix of the quirky, solemn, lyrical, humorous, unexpected and philosophical.
We’re premiering a new episode throughout each day this week (starting Monday 5/18) and then we’ll run them all in order on Sunday (5/24). To hear any of them right now (no waiting!), click on the title of each episode, sign in to PRX, sit back, and listen.
Here’s the breakdown..
Saturday, May 16th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Evan Roberts is a graduate from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and is the producer of a cool series that originally appeared on the SFist website called SF Works: audio shorts highlighting the amusing and odd occupations in the Bay Area.
I just uploaded a bunch of them to the stream, and some of them are a little racy, but they’re all very sound rich and strangely relaxing. I highly recommend you check out all of Evan’s work on his PRX page.
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Hello out there in cyberradioland! The old Remix Radio online stream is dead, long live Public Radio Exchange: Remix Radio!
We had to take down the old internet stream while we concentrate our efforts on the XM 136 channel, but the online stream will be back very soon and everyone will be listening to the same thing at the same time. How refreshing. We’re busy meshing all the technologies so the piece and artist names will read out on your XM receiver and a log of what was just played updates here, but for now it’s going to be a little chaotic and nonannoted. But, I think you could do a lot worse than a radio station that’s actually surprising. In the meantime, if you’re just dying to find out more about what you heard, drop me a line–roman(at)prx.org– with a short description of the piece and the time you heard it, and I’ll try and track it down for you. Full service radio!
In case you’re not an XM radio subscriber, you can hear the two sample hours I made for the channel just to the right of this post. Hope you like them.
Keep coming back, there’s going to be more and more everyday from now on.
Friday, May 8th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
Hey there. If you’ve been listening, and my guess is that’s why you’re here, then you’ve probably heard one of the many excellent episodes of the Saltcast. You don’t simply have to wait for the dulcet tones of Rob Rosenthal to come up randomly on the Public Radio Exchange to get the back story of great radio documentaries, you can go here and get the back story to the back story and listen to any old episode you want on demand. Go check it out, we’ll wait.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments
First there was Public Radio Exchange, or as most people call it PRX. The goal of PRX is to make public radio more public. All the various independent producers of the world upload their content to PRX.org and radio stations can sample the work, license it, and put it on the air. It’s beautiful thing when independent work gets to the ears of the right people. Stuff that otherwise would not have an outlet, or might only be heard once and lost into the ether, can live on and flourish on all the great local public radio stations around the country.
Then we decided it would be fun to take some of that great content uploaded to PRX and remix it into an internet radio stream. We called the beta of this stream Remix Radio.
Then Sirius XM gave a call and we pitched the idea of taking the Remix Radio stream and offering it as a satellite radio channel. But an internet channel and a satellite channel are completely different beasts, so we launched the channel with a looping sampler hour while we figured out the details, and now, finally, the Public Radio Exchange on XM 136 is live (big shout out to George at Backbone!). Right now, what you hear on the XM 136 channel and what’s playing at remixradio.org are not the same thing, but soon enough it’ll all be one thing. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, sit back and enjoy some of the coolest public radio out there from some of the best producers in the world. Thanks for joining in our experiment.
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