27 October 2008

Three Weeks of Third Coast Winners

Beginning November 3, we'll air three weeks of winners from the Third Coast Festival. The starred pieces listed below will air in November on the Listening Lounge. (Details in future posts.)

The Third Coast International Audio Festival ("the Sundance for Radio") chose nine outstanding audio pieces for this year's Third Coast Festival/ Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
This year's prestigious Audio Luminary Award went to veteran Canadian producer Chris Brookes, whose work with the CBC has richly documented the history of his native Newfoundland and expanded the modern radio documentary across the globe.

Top honors for Best Documentary went to writer Starlee Kine and producer Alex Blumberg for Dr. Phil,originally produced for Chicago Public Radio's This American Life.Starlee finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she tries to write one herself - and turns to a rather surprising expert for help - the legendary Phil Collins.

This American Life'sGiant Pool of Moneyepisode explaining the U.S. housing crisis was voted Director's Choice and received an honorable mention for Best Documentary.

A new award for Best News Feature went to Melissa Block and Andrea Hsu of NPR News for ShatteredSchool. Among the victims of this year's earthquake near Chengdu, China are hundreds of students who are trapped in the rubble of their middle school.

Winning pieces will be broadcast on public radio stations nationwide over Thanksgiving weekend. View the broadcast schedule, listen to excerpts and learn more about the producers at http:// http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/.

*AUDIO LUMINARY: Chris Brookes (Canada)
*BEST DOCUMENTARY (GOLD): Dr. Phil-by Starlee Kine, edited by Alex Blumberg for This American Life (USA)
*BEST DOCUMENTARY (SILVER): Growing Up in the System-Reported by Shirley Diaz, produced by Melissa Robbins, with Marianne McCune, Kaari Pitkin, Sanda Htyte for WNYC's Radio Rookies (USA)
BEST DOCUMENTARY (BRONZE): Hearts, Lungs and Minds-by John Wynne for BBC Radio 3 (UK)
DIRECTORS' CHOICE AND BEST DOCUMENTARY (HONORABLE MENTION): The Giant Pool of Money- by Alex Blumberg, Adam Davidson for This American Life (USA)
*BEST DOCUMENTARY (HONORABLE MENTION): Searching for Farming's Future in its Past- by Rachel Leventhal for NRDC's OnEarth Magazine podcast (USA)
BEST DOCUMENTARY (HONORABLE MENTION): Dreaming of Osama-by Pejk Malinovski for BBC Radio 3 (UK)
BEST NEWS FEATURE: Shattered School-by Melissa Block, Andrea Hsu for NPR News (USA)
RADIO IMPACT: The Diary of Leanne Wolfe-by Ciaran Cassidy with Peter Woods for RTE Radio 1 (Ireland)
*BEST NEW ARTIST: Except Me- by Erin Davis for prx.org (USA)

20 October 2008

Night Frights - Airs Oct. 27

It’s the middle of the night. You wake up with a start. There’s a presence in the room watching you. You sense that it is evil. But you are paralyzed and powerless. It’s your worst nightmare – Or is it? Radio Netherland's Michele Ernsting explores the strange and surprisingly common condition of sleep paralysis with Dr. Al Cheyne, a leading expert on the subject and several victims of “night frights." Inspired (in part) by The Nightmare, the 1781 painting by Henry Fuseli.

17 October 2008

Ghetto Life 101

We've aired Ghetto Life 101, the classic 1993 radio documentary about growing up poor on Chicago's South Side, on the Listening Lounge. Now the BBC is airing the original and a follow-up story about what the teenagers featured in the show are doing now. Here's the link. I hope to air both soon on the show.

03 October 2008

Third Coast Festival announces winners
The Third Coast International Audio Festival, which takes place in Chicago from Oct. 9-11, announced the winners of its annual awards competition. I haven't listened to all the pieces yet, but I did hear a good chunk of "Giant Pool of Money" the other day: It does a really good job of explaining the complicated — and sometimes boring — mortgage crisis and why the people involved did stupid things. (Hint: They made a lot of money doing it and everyone else did it too.) So for some good listening, go to the Third Coast website and listen in with a pair of headphones.