27 November 2017

A Clash of Cultures - Airs Nov 29th

Understanding the 1862 Dakota War from Ampers
In the summer of 1862, a group of four young Dakota men on a hunting expedition killed five settlers who lived along the Minnesota River. The event came after years of treaty violations by the United States creating dire circumstances. Increasing hunger and hardship for their families were rapidly growing. Frustrations were at a tipping point among Dakota people and this provided the spark that flared a wide scale decision to try to drive whites out of the area. Despite their depleted numbers and resources, over the next several months the Dakota attacked white settlements. It became a series of deadly battles with devastating consequences. In the terrible aftermath, U.S. Army soldiers took more than a thousand Dakota captive. On December 26, 38 Native American men were hanged -- the largest mass execution in American history. The United States Congress abolished their already meager reservations and the Dakota people were expelled from Minnesota territory. In this documentary we will explore the stories of individuals who lived through the war and experienced it differently. While hearing multiple perspectives about the conflict, we'll learn that many of the old wounds, inflicted so many years ago, still cause pain.

20 November 2017

The Sweetgrass Road - Airs Nov 22nd

The Sweetgrass Road by David Kattenburg
Industrialized societies have much to learn from the First Nations of the world. In this episode from the Earth Chronicles documentary series, North American Native people share their wisdom and perspectives on life and what it means to be on - and a part of - this earth. Stop and listen. Try to learn to look at the land as a bible, at the woods as full of spirits, at animals as your brethren, and at time as a circular phenomenon.

14 November 2017

Introducing the Drunk Projectionist - Airs Nov 15th

Episode One: Kelly Reichardt from The Drunk Projectionist
Kelly Reichardt’s films are full of pregnant pauses and extended silences. In fact, her movies often lack a musical score. They’re shot in the American West, filled with open skies and people living on the margins. In this conversation with The Drunk Projectionist's Todd Melby, Reichardt discusses why she substituted train sounds for songs in both "Wendy and Lucy" and "Certain Women" as well as why she often shoots outdoors in natural light.

Episode Two: Barbara Kopple from The Drunk Projectionist
When Barbara Kopple made her 1976 documentary regarding a Kentucky coal miner's strike, she was unproven as a director. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In this interview with The Drunk Projectionist about Harlan County, U.S.A., Kopple describes her nervy confrontations and violence on the picket line while filming. “I was told that if I ever was alone at night, they would kill me." She also expresses the importance of staying with a story, no matter what or how long it takes.

07 November 2017

The Acoustic World of Elizabethan England - Airs May 16th

Hark! from Battery Radio
Inspired by Bruce Smith's book The Acoustic World of Early Modern England, producers Chris Brookes, Paolo Pietropaolo, and Alan Hall set out to investigate an acoustic world of four centuries ago. They track down some ancient sounds that still exist and evoke others which have become extinct, to imagine the noises as once heard by Elizabethan ears. We'll also travel back to present time, where listeners are forced to consider our soundtrack of today and the noise pollution which now surrounds us at every moment.

01 November 2017

Hospice Chronicles - Airs Nov 1st

Hospice Chronicles from Long Haul Productions
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and 2017 marks fifty years since the opening of the world's first modern hospice. St. Christopher's Hospice opened in London in 1967 and since then, millions of people around the world have used hospice at the end of their lives. Over the course of eight months, producers Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister followed hospice volunteers in southwest Michigan through their training and again on assignments. We'll hear the volunteers set out on their first trip into patients' homes to provide respite and give family members a break from their caretaking responsibilities. As one aid has chance to reflect on her patient’s life in a intimate setting, another explores death in a rather unexpected way -- one which training never could have prepared him for.