28 July 2008

Blue Highways: Energy Frontiers - Airs Aug. 4

This on-the-road magazine special looks at our sources of energy — present and future — beginning with our Virginia producer who traces her household electricity to its source, a mountaintop removal coal mining operation. Then we head to Alaska to look at two controversial projects - a proposed miniature nuclear power plant and a land swap that some call the "back-door to ANWR." Finally, it's off to southern New Mexico to visit the fully-off grid and nearly fossil fuel free Funky Butte Ranch. Listen in to our Aug. 4 show, which airs at 7 p.m. on KFAI.

21 July 2008

Thinness and Salvation - Airs July 28

Why are we so terrified of fat? What does it symbolize? How are we projecting other anxieties onto fat people and the fat body? In order to answer this question, producer Sarah Yahm interviews Christian dieters, Northern California foodies and fat activists during this 30-minute documentary.

Here's what Public Radio Exchange (PRX) reviewer Rebecca H. wrote about Yahm's documentary: "This is a very well conceptualized and produced piece that presents a lot of voices in a concise form that should challenge listeners to reflect on their own relationships with food, consumption, and morality. It is both accessible and nuanced so as to appeal to the causal listener as well as those involved into more activist and academic projects."

14 July 2008

Bonnie's Budget - Airs July 21

When Bonnie Everill's husband left her, she had a decision to make. Fall apart or stand up and survive. Bonnie chose the latter. Since then, she has raised her three daughters on less than $20,000 a year. But according to Bonnie, she is anything but poor.

In addition to Bonnie's Budget, we'll air another story from the CBC Radio One's award-winning show Outfront: The Life of Pie. Here's the program description: For Tara Hughes a homemade pie kindles memories of Gran, harvest, and life on the family farm in Alberta. So why does making her own pies fill her with anxiety?

07 July 2008

Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later - Airs July 14

Listen to a profile of Tony Schwartz, an innovative and inspired sound gatherer, recording the sounds of America since 1945. Schwartz died on June 14 at the age of 84.

This story was produced by the Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) and documents how Schwartz recorded nearly everything (jukeboxes, cabbies, babies, fruit sellers, etc.) in his Manhattan neighborhood during his lifetime. If you love people who love radio, don't miss this show.

More on Tony Schwartz:
TonySchwartz.org, includes links to obits and interviews
Daisy: The Complete History of an Infamous and Iconic Ad
Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds of My City
Smithosonian Folkways: New York 19

Also on the July 14 show: Out of Smoke and Ashes, produced by Sarah Miller of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.