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Listen via @BBCWordService’s Outlook: New York’s trash collector

December 6, 2016

via BBC Outlook:

Nelson Molina finds treasures in trash. During his thirty year career with the New York Sanitation Department he has discovered some amazing objects amongst the rubbish including cameras, jewellery, photos and a framed letter from a former President. Now he exhibits his collection in a special garage at the sanitation department. Reporter Will Coley went for a tour. (Picture credit: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images.)

Listen via @MorningEdition: Former Refugee Helps Others Arriving To America AT JFK Airport

November 17, 2016

via National Public Radio’s Morning Edition:

Omar Nur left his native Ethiopia more than 35 years ago. He landed at New York’s JFK and took his first steps in his new country. In the decades since, he’s helped others arriving at the airport.

Photo credit: copyright Stad Gent

Podcasting for Racial Justice: Breakout Session at #FacingRace in Atlanta

November 12, 2016

This month, I presented at the Facing Race conference with Berry Sykes of Podcasts in Color. We had a full room of folks interested in podcasting for racial justice. Here’s the description:

A tape recorder, with microphone in hand, on the table or the arm of the chair or on the grass, can transform both the visitor and the host. On one occasion during a play-back, my companion murmured in wonder, “I never realized I felt that way.” I was filled with wonder, too. – Studs Terkel

Radio and audio have a long history in representing neglected or unheard voices. The great Studs Terkel used audio to relay the stories of all kinds of Americans including “the non-celebrated” so that “statistics become persons, each one unique.” Today millions of Americans continue to listen to the radio and now on-demand audio (or “podcasts”). Mobile phones make audio even more attractive for our busy lives. Since audio is far cheaper to record and edit than video or film, new producers are capitalizing on today’s “audio renaissance.” Their engaging shows and stories are providing some of the most important conversations around race are happening today. Audiences are hungry for reflections of their own experience in a changing America. At Facing Race, we will discuss what makes audio uniquely suited for telling our stories, challenging injustice, and truly reflecting the experiences of people of color in the United States. We will learn from a range of producers and creators who are pioneering new and exciting ways to use audio. We will share practical advice on telling effective stories with sound, including a hands-on exercise in creating stories.

You can check out our presentation on Prezi. As part of the presentation, we asked several podcasters to send us some clips and you can listen to the unedited audio below.


Listen to my story on @99piorg: “H-Day”

June 8, 2016

This week on the podcast 99 Percent Invisible, you can hear a story that I co-produced with Sam Greenspan.

Here’s my original pitch to the show (below). You can see how the final story changed a lot from what I first envisioned:

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For @HatchForGood: What I’ve Learned So Far about Interviewing for Video & Audio Stories

January 29, 2016

Cross-posted from the Rockefeller Foundation’s The Hatch for Good


Preparing for a video interview with Judy Mayotte for Women’s Refugee Commission. Photo by Loris Guzzetta

Over the years, I’ve interviewed a lot of people for video and radio projects, for both nonprofit organizations and broadcast media. So I’ve decided to compile some of the lessons I’ve learned. These recommendations can be applied to both video and audio-only interviews, but are by no means exhaustive. Feel free to add recommendations of your own in the comments section below. Read more…

Listen via @FI2W: An African Farm Grows In South Jersey

November 30, 2015

Check out this story that I helped produce for Feet in Two Worlds:

Tomatoes, corn, and peaches are the staples of New Jersey agriculture. But at Morris Gbolo’s farm in the state’s southern tip, crimson-hued amaranths and plump Liberian bitter ball are the prized crops. Read the accompanying story by Tiziana Rinaldi more here.

How Nonprofits Can be Part of the #Podcasting Renaissance (at #501TechNYC)

October 30, 2015

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At at recent meeting of the  501 Tech NYC, we discussed audio and podcasting for nonprofits . I was be joined by Alex Kapelman and Veralyn Williams.501 Tech NYC Tech for Good logo

If nonprofits want to learn how to create content that both engages audiences and creates devoted supporters, we need look no further than the gold standard offered each day by public radio and cutting edge podcasts.

Check out this Storify for an archive of tweets from the event.