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Antietam Changed Nature of Civil War 150 Years Ago...

For my listening assignment, I chose a story from “All Things Considered” on Sept. 17 called “Antietam Changed Nature of Civil War 150 Years Ago.” The story remembers the 150th anniversary of the battle, its players and the aftermath. Tom Bowman reported the piece and he went to Sharpsburg, the site of the battle, to record his segment. Instead of running down stock gunfire and the sounds of the battlefield, Bowman starts his piece by walking through a cornfield. He gives the sound time to unfold; you can hear the stocks leaning against one another and twigs snapping underneath his feet. When Bowman gets around to his first interview, crickets can be heard in the background. He is clearly in the country, far removed from the commotion of Washington, D.C. The rest of the 4-minute piece is pretty straight forward. There are interviews over the phone and breakdowns of causalities. The setup is the most memorable part of the piece. The quiet evening and familiar country sounds are hard reconcile with the bloody battle that happened so many years ago....
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Morning Edition: Minor League Baseball Story...

This morning on Morning Edition reporter David Greene presented a story on  minor league baseball player Reid Gorecki, who was traded from his hometown team the Long Island Ducks in New York to the Camden Riversharks in New Jersey. This was just a great story overall, with great questions and in turn strong, emotional quotes. In terms of sound, Greene captured the sound of the heavy rain that washed out the game Gorecki was to play that night. It was a nice touch. Also before introducing the show newscasters played a clip of an organ recording of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” It was a fun, nice touch. There was locker room banter between Gorecki and his fellow teammates which brought them to life more. I would have liked to hear the crack of the ball or something like that, but, as it was raining, no one played ball that night. Here’s a link to the story on line:...
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Site specific story

http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news/2012/sep/19/give-or-not-give-question-facing-straphangers/ Thought this was a good example of a story done on site
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Satanic Verses Sound

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/18/161172489/becoming-anton-or-how-rushdie-survived-a-fatwa Salman Rushdie gained fame and infamy for his 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses. The NPR story about his latest book Joseph Anton is told in the form of an interview. The story alternates between the interviewer and Rushdie, the latter’s voice making up the bulk of the sound clips.   Beyond voice, there is little sound otherwise. Silence, a lack of sound, is used here too. This minimalism in the sound creates an effect. Rushdie is speaking about his life in hiding. The lack of sound seems to magnify his voice. This is a good use of sound because it is used sparingly, allowing the listener to focus on the...
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ATC: Dub Without Borders

The ATC interview with Adrian Sherwood does a great job of integrating music and interviews to provide a great range of examples of Sherwood’s music. Sherwood is a British music producer who is releasing a new album of Jamaican dub music. Now i’d never heard of dub, even though i’ve heard of its progeny (dubstep), so it was interesting to hear the origins of a popular type of music. The interview is full of music; not only that of Sherwood, but that of artists which he has produced. The music is well synched with relevant parts, providing audio context for some of the soundbites in the interview. It starts with a guitar, and then leads into very smooth music from Sherwood’s album. From there, you are taken on a musical journey throughout dub music and Sherwood’s career making and producing music.  ...