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United Kingdom

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BBC

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Josie Long’s showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. Each week join Josie as she dives into a world of true stories, brief encounters, radio adventures and found sound.

Language:

English


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Afterimage

8/15/2017
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A memory caught in a childhood drawing and a repeat encounter which offers hope at a point of despair - Josie Long explores the afterimage left by moments that touch us. We hear from Sion Jair who climbs mountains as a way to cope with disappearing memories. Sophie Townsend finds an image from her daughter's childhood, which captures a difficult moment from their past. And Dylan Park, five years after his first deployment to Iraq, finds an unexpected reminder of his first tour in Arizona....

Duration: 00:28:26


Witness

6/20/2017
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Josie Long hears stories of bearing witness - from glimpsing the moment a parent changes to escaping a violent storm. Witness Featuring Lois Gibson Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Tornado Featuring David Walker, Lindsay Martindale and Tobey Walker Produced by Ibby Caputo Music SFX from theming, digifishmusic, wjoojoo, davethetech, fridobeck, InspectorJ and Robinhood76 Scaffold Featuring Mark Thomas Produced by Sarah Cuddon Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC...

Duration: 00:28:03


Pause

6/13/2017
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Josie Long hears stories of our desire to pause - from dismantling a house which seems stopped in time to the difficulties of watching your child grow up. The House by the Creek Produced by Sophie Townsend Pony Produced by Ibby Caputo Private Black Motherhood and Public White Protest Originally made for the Hope Chest podcast https://stacialbrown.com/tag/hope-chest-podcast/ Produced by Stacia Brown Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:29:49


Radio with Pictures

6/6/2017
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Defiantly staring down neo-Nazis, unwanted family portraits and a photographer searching for his subject years later - Josie Long presents new short documentaries inspired by images. (Photo credit: Nathan Edwards/News Corp Australia) Woman in the Photo Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Resistance Featuring Tess Asplund Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Family Portrait Featuring Chimene Suleyman and Recep Süleyman Şehitoğlu Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:28:18


Magical Realism

5/30/2017
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Josie Long presents documentaries where reality takes on a magical aspect - tales of snake-filled American towns, a visit to a shaman and of crashing back down to earth. The Curve of the Earth Produced by Stephanie Rowden http://www.stephanierowden.com The Shaman Produced by Rikke Houd Snake Pit, Waurika Produced by Sarah Geis Magical Realism Produced by Phil Smith Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:27:41


The Test

5/23/2017
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Personality tests, tests of character and knowing how to cheat. Josie Long presents stories of people testing their mettle. The writers Ross Sutherland and Joe Dunthorne examine the Sutherland-Dunthorne luck index to see why one's success seems to mean the other's failure. James Acaster embarks on a quest in search of connection and oversized novelty letters, and we hear the story of two men who knew how to deceive the people examining them. The Wow Scenario Featuring James Acaster Project...

Duration: 00:30:06


Postcards

5/16/2017
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Josie Long presents stories of messages sent across borders. Unsent postcards, a last message and the journey for home. An old handwritten note, in pursuit of a woman who ran away, leads to a town submerged in water; the writer Laura Barton discovers a tranche of muted, unsent missives in a storage box; and we hear the voices of those who are far from home. Dear Martha Produced by Rikke Houd Envision Yourself a Free Man First made as part of the Restorative Radio project...

Duration: 00:28:40


So It Goes

3/28/2017
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"We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is." Josie Long presents short documentaries and radio adventures in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut, shortly before the tenth anniversary of his death - from peculiar travel suggestions to the kindness contained in a library. The writer Joe Dunthorne also engages Vonnegut in a dialogue, inspired by God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian. We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is. Produced by Phil Smith...

Duration: 00:29:03


Counterpoint

3/21/2017
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How do we talk to people we disagree with? How do we learn to listen? Josie Long presents short documentaries and stories about communicating across the divide. From the holocaust survivor who's dedicated her life to talking to those who hurt her to the musician who believes the world can be understood through the medium of counterpoint. Counterpoint Featuring Giovanni Dettori Produced by Rachel Simpson Isolated Incidents Featuring Nikesh Shukla A version of this story was first published...

Duration: 00:29:58


The Leap

3/14/2017
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Josie Long hears stories of courage, fresh hope and pinball wizardry - from two lawyers who pursue a sudden courageous career change in middle age to the pursuit of new love after loss. The items in the programme are: Go For It! Featuring Rev. Zenji Nio Produced by Just Be Cuz Geis and Geis: Pinball Machine Distributors Featuring Ruth and Jim Geis Produced by Sarah Geis Leap Featuring Laura Barton The Understudy Produced by Sophie Townsend with Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime...

Duration: 00:30:19


Out of Time

3/7/2017
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Josie Long presents documentaries about time and timing. From losing your grasp on the passing hours to a childhood fear of Sundays - how our experience of time gets under our skin. The features in this programme are: Tick Tick Tick Produced by Steve Urquhart Escaping the Present Featuring Sarah Shourd Produced by Andrea Rangecroft The Cymbal Crash Featuring Jim Gordon Produced by Maartje Duin Sundays Produced by Shanida Scotland Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production...

Duration: 00:29:39


The Pretenders

2/28/2017
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Josie Long presents stories of those who have pretended to be someone they're not. From an undercover cop to stars of the art world caught in an elaborate fiction. The features in this programme are: The Connor Brothers Featuring James Golding, Mike Snelle and Marion Harris Produced by Jodie Taylor Wife of a Terrorist Featuring Miss L A version of this story first appeared in the essay collection, The Good Immigrant. Undercover Featuring Ron Stallworth Produced by Claire Crofton Series...

Duration: 00:29:55


Hope Dies Last

2/21/2017
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Josie Long hears stories of hope found amidst the darkness - tales of love letters, hope on the water and the man who has steered 28,000 people safely to shore across treacherous waters from the end of a phone line. "I must admit I'm deeply impressed by people who step out and do something and say something... whatever dreaming they would do it. A Mexican farm worker Jessie De La Cruz said, 'we have a saying in Spanish, when things look bleak, esperanzas mueren al ultimo. Hope dies last.'"...

Duration: 00:31:05


The End of the Story

12/5/2016
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Josie Long presents short documentaries on things drawing to a close - from stories captured, bottled and buried over time, to reflections at the end of a life well-lived. The Kajakman Produced by Rikke Houd Too Many Miles Originally produced for the Third Coast International Audio Festival http://thirdcoastfestival.org/explore/feature/too-many-miles Produced by Stephanie Rowden and Jennifer Metsker Harold Featuring Harold Stevenson Produced by Sarah Geis Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall...

Duration: 00:28:24


The Dreamers

11/28/2016
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Josie Long hears stories of dreamers - from the search for utopia to striving to transform into the writer Barbara Cartland. Becoming Barbara Produced by Natalie Kestecher Utopia Featuring Michaela Vieser Produced by Tim Hinman and Michaela Vieser Dear Face at Deer Lake with Deer People Originally made for Third Coast International Audio Festival http://thirdcoastfestival.org/explore/feature/dear-face-at-deer-lake-with-deer-people Produced by Dear Deer Face Collective Series Producer:...

Duration: 00:28:08


Vox

11/21/2016
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Finding your voice, life or death conversations and seeking anonymity - Josie Long explores the power of the human voice. From losing yourself in a crowd of others to the medium who finds herself conversing with a murderer. Cards on the Table Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Frantumaglia Produced by Phil Smith Power and Freedom http://sarahboothroyd.com/home.html Produced by Sarah Boothroyd Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:27:57


Borderlands

11/14/2016
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Josie Long explores uncertain territory - from a micronation to the porous borders between dreams and reality. We hear from Prince Michael of Sealand, the head of state in an unrecognised micronation that sits in the North Sea, and the doctor who's documenting the dreams of the dying. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:28:12


Losing Yourself

11/7/2016
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Josie Long hears stories of what can be found as we lose ourselves - from disappearing into anonymous environments to confronting existential threats. Found Featuring Penny Rimbaud Lost Featuring Laura Barton Losing Yourself Originally featured on Scene on Radio http://podcast.cdsporch.org/episode-12-losing-yourself/ Produced by Ibby Caputo Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:31:37


The Witching Hour

10/31/2016
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An invitation to wander out into the darkness, an actor who discovers she's been killed off in real life and a late night wander into the Icelandic night. Josie Long hears tales of the witching hour as she ventures out for a midnight walk in the woods. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:28:06


Wild Youth

10/23/2016
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Falling in love, losing yourself and vicious sibling rivalries - Josie Long presents tales of wild youth. We hear the writer Joe Dunthorne and his sister Leah try to unpick old family scars and a story of attempted teen rebellion from Mae Martin. Rivals Featuring Joe and Leah Dunthorne Wild Youth Featuring Mae Martin Julius and Moses Featuring Julius Matovu and Moses Walumsimbi Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Duration: 00:28:40

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