14 May 2007
"Young people tend to get a pretty raw deal in the mainstream media. It's one of the reasons why the web is so attractive to teenagers and children." So says the BBC. Several months ago, the world's largest broadcast service aired a five-part series on global youth. We'll broadcast the series on June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27 and July 2 on The Listening Lounge. Join us to learn more about teen rebellion, sex, responsibility and citizenship.
From the independent producer collective Hearing Voices, comes For the Fallen. The host is Green Beret and poet Major Robert Schaefer, U.S. Army Special Forces. This documentary, created in honor of veterans for Memorial Day, features voices of veterans remembering their comrades. We hear troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, reading their emails, poems and journals. We hear the history and sounds of a Military Honor Guard. And we attend the daily ceremony by Belgian veterans honoring the World War I British soldiers who died defending a small town in western Belgium.
South Africa has the largest number of people with HIV/AIDS in the world. More than 5 million South Africans are HIV positive. Thembi is one of them. For the past year, she has been carrying a tape recorder and keeping an audio diary of her struggle to live with AIDS. Thembi's AIIDS Diary was produced by Joe Richman of Radio Diaries. For photographs, background information, and the AIDS Action Toolkit, visit: http://www.radiodiaries.org/aidsdiary
01 May 2007
Crossing Borders, a Peabody award-winning documentary, offers a fresh look at America's immigration debate. On the Public Radio Exchange, reviewer Emon Hassan had this to say about Crossing Borders: "There's a line, I learned of from this piece, that's often said by the Chicanos, "We didn't cross the borders, the borders crossed us." It's a statement heavily drenched in sadness and frustration. That statement is a historical fact. It begs the question, have Mexicans been crossing borders to find a better life, or have they always been 'crossing' to find their way back home? That 'philosophical' introduction was necessary to help you understand this piece, or, rather, a collage of pieces."