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This I Believe

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Interview with Brian Gluck, Owner of Red Lantern Bicycles...

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Scene & Sound: Weekend Edition

http://www.npr.org/2012/09/15/161182431/for-young-greeks-a-communal-escape-from-woes For this assignment, I wanted to choose a Radiolab segment. There’s really no other show that uses sound quite like Radiolab. But it’s more interesting and informative in this case, I think, to see how a straightforward audio news story is delivered with sound and scenes. Obviously, a show like Weekend Edition can’t take as many creative liberties as the Radiolab team can. So it may not be as much fun to listen to, but it’s great to hear how sound can be dispersed through a news segment in order to keep the story going. The sounds of water running, walnuts being peeled, whistling, dogs barking, vegetables being planted and footsteps can all be heard in this short, three-minute audio segment. Each sound adds to the story. And the reporter is able to set the scene by using various voices that tell the listener what’s going on. The various sounds actually depict several scenes, which I thought was impressive given the short length of the segment....
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Vox pop

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Radio as a civic tool: Voice of Chhattisgarh...

http://cgnetswara.org CG Net Swara (Voice of Chhattisgarh) is a radio station broadcast from one of the poorest states in India. Chhattisgarh is part of India’s Red Corridor, making it a particularly unstable area. The concept behind the station is very simple but probably invaluable. Basically, it uses the idea of citizen journalists to run the majority of its programming. Ordinary people can call up and record messages discussing issues of local interest. They can also call that same number and listen to messages that have been saved by people in their community. Once a message is saved, it is listened to and verified by trained journalists.   Some of the more recent calls include:   “Cholera like disease spreading in Kota block, Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh” “In our village school teachers selling food meant for students, coming late” “Only 1/3rd adivasis got land under Forest Rights Act in my village, Pls help”   And these are just from the past 24 hours or so. Clearly, this station is filling a huge...