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Small Businesses Turn to Wind Energy For Electricity...

Small businesses throughout New York City have shifted towards using wind energy in an attempt to be more green.  Rolling Press, a small printing company decided to use wind energy years ago to make less of a carbon footprint.  They see the benefits, far out weighing any negative financial strain.
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Sharing Dinner and Faith with St. Lydia’s Dinner Church...

Every Sunday for the past three years, New York City residents have gathered around the table to share their faith and meals at St. Lydia’s dinner church.  As a congregation, members cook together, prepare for the dinner and clear their seats.  They share religion through meals as they say the first followers of Jesus did.
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24 Hours of Characters

With each story the reporters create a vivid scene of what’s going on around them.  The description of the Golden Apple in Chicago and their customers is a scene that could be played out in any diner across the country.  With each character description and interview, the image of an average American diner is solidified.  While listening to the program I kept forgetting that it was in Chicago and started conceptualizing any roadside diner. The reporters create a defined distinction between the two portions of the show; night and day.  The use of ambient sounds and music creates interesting distinctions between each interview, but also helps give more interest to each character.  Without the music I think the piece would still be very interesting, but it does add interest to the piece. The description presented create a full vision of what a regular diner looks like anywhere in the country.  My favorite description was of the woman with “a greyish” complexion who worked at Alice Deluca who works at a purification center selling vitamins and minerals who is siting in the front of the diner smoking. Another story about the woman who has worked at the diner for the past 26 years is a great story and gives a lot of emotion to the story.  The use of music in the background helps to create that emotion for the listener.  The constant shift from one reporter to the next helps create interesting transitions so the story doesn’t become stagnant.  There are so many voices, between the reporters and the diner go-er’s creates constant flow for the story. Just in regular conversation, some of the diners would bring up controversial issues.  In what seems to be a fun “reporting” experience, contentious issues found their way into the interviews.  The woman who lived in the area all her life, brought up the issue of homosexuality and the stigma held by older citizens.  As the conversation continued she addressed racial issues.  Covering the Golden Apple for 24 which could have turned into a relatively dry story for This American Life, turned up some interesting personal stories as the reporters pressed for personal details, insights and experiences. The variety of the piece made for a strong program of stories and characters.  By dividing the program into two sections, night and morning, it epitomized the common phrase of “night and day.”  The morning portion of the show was very relaxed and personal while the night scene could have been any bar in the neighborhood.  The Golden Apple program turned out to be a unique experience that seemed to pay off in an interesting hour...
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Listening Assignment: 3/22/12

Listening Assignment: 3/22/12

After telling my story about my time in San Salvador, El Salvador a few years ago I became interested in the current state of the country.  I found a story on rival gangs in the country and was surprised that the reporter was able to get access to numerous members of the eighteenth street gang and MS gang.  The details in which the reporter speaks of the condition which these men live, help paint a vivid picture for the listener.  In a country the size of New Jersey the murder rate is astonishingly high at 65 homicides per 100,000 people.  The reporter also included a variety of voices from both gangs, showing how similar the characters are even though they are in rival gangs.  The prison situation in the country is gruesome with significant overcrowding.  The reporter provided great detail through his use of characters, detail, analysis, and facts.  With such a controversial and dangerous situation, it is impressive that the reporter was able to get his characters to speak in such detail about their personal gang lives. Salvadoran...
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Reader: Kenny Spraton Tells His Story of Living Unemployed and On the Streets

Reader: Kenny Spraton Tells His Story of Living Unemployed and On the Streets...

With unemployment benefits set to end at the end of this year, President Obama set out to extend the benefit deadlines.  But not all see this as a blessing.  Kenny Spraton, 45 has lived on the streets for years.  He is ineligible for unemployment benefits and feels as though people in similar situations to him are being overlooked....