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This I Believe: The Importance of Hugs

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New Orleans Style Snowball Maker

I chose to interview workers at a pop up New Orleans style snowball store in the West Village. I arrived early, before the owner, Neesa, was there and interviewed her employee, Taylor. I ended up, with two interviews, which actually helped when I was editing, as I realized that my interview with Neesa didn’t have the direction paired with natural sound that my interview with Taylor had. For that reason, I created two clips, one with Taylor telling me how to make a New Orleans style snowball and another with Neesa, telling me how she came up with the idea for opening a pop-up snowball shop in New York City and offering anecdotes about her experiences with snowballs as a child in New Orleans. The first clip is the interview with Neesa Peterson, the owner of Imperial Woodpecker Snowballs. The second clip is the interview with Taylor Trentini who works at Imperial Woodpecker...
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Morning Edition: Minor League Baseball Story...

This morning on Morning Edition reporter David Greene presented a story on ┬áminor 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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RAMAK Increases Citizen Awareness in Haiti...

Just realized I posted this to my portfolio blog instead of We’re All Ears. Here is my civic radio example… I found is an initiative called Haiti Media Assistance and Civic Education Program known locally by its Kreyol acronym RAMAK. The initiative was organized by education development firm Creative Associates International as a way to increase awareness in Haitian citizens of their rights and to assist them in applying these rights to their daily lives using community radio stations across Haiti. To do that, RAMAK developed a 12-part radio soap-opera called Kadejak nan Ans Mari, was broadcast in Kreyol on several community radio stations. The success of that series spawned another series called Bel Pawol Kandida (which translates to pretty words), which increased citizens’ awareness of political campaigns and politicians’ accountability to its constituents. RAMAK also brought equipment to radio journalists throughout Haiti and educated these journalists on the use of the equipment, thus empowering a network of local journalists working to inform the Haitian public. Here is a link to a Youtube video from Internews posted 2009, honoring RAMAK radio stations....
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VoxPop: Feelings About Income and Spending...