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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.
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The Archivist

The Archivist

2019-09-2400:29:351

The tattered book worth risking everything for, the man who can't forget and chronicling history one voice message at a time. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about record keepers.MemoriesFeaturing Bob PetrellaProduced by Andrea RangecroftMessages from Manus IslandFeaturing Behrouz Boochani Produced by Femi Oriogun-Williams The Exercise BookFeaturing JeremiahProduced by Andrea Rangecroft Production Team: Eleanor McDowall and Alia CassamProduced by Andrea RangecroftA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Family Ties

Family Ties

2019-09-1700:29:302

A family whose women are bound by activism, poetry between generations and forging new families in later life. Josie Long presents short documentaries about familial connections.Radical LoveFeaturing Ash SarkarProduced by Alia CassamA Beautiful ArrangementFeaturing Stefanie Clark and Jane Callahan-MooreProduced by Bill HealyLoose LipsFeaturing Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson and Fiona GoffeProduced by Alan HallProduction Team: Eleanor McDowall and Alia CassamProduced by Andrea RangecroftA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

2019-09-1000:30:12

"Tell me, what is it you plan to dowith your one wild and precious life?"- Mary OliverJosie Long heads out alone into nature to present short documentaries and adventures in sound inspired by the poet Mary Oliver. From a meditation on the seasons amid the changing climate, to an exploration of wanting with Laura Barton.Wild and PreciousFeaturing Laura BartonMary Oliver - Listening to the World (edited extract)Interview by Krista TippettThis interview was originally produced for The On Being Projectonbeing.orgTo Fail as a WitnessFeaturing Anne FosburgProduced by Ariana MartinezSpecial thanks to Anne Fosburg and collaborator Mitchell Johnson for the early correspondence that motivated this work.Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia CassamSeries Producer: Eleanor McDowallA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Musical

Musical

2019-09-0300:33:15

A spider infestation turns into a musical performance, the pianist Glenn Gould unpicks the magic of Petula Clark's Downtown and Patrick Haggerty talks about Lavender Country, which has come to be known as the first gay country music album.Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about music and musicians.Lavender CountryFeaturing Patrick HaggertyProduced by Thomas Curry, Lauren Eisen and Sofie StrøbeckDowntownFeaturing Glenn GouldProduced by Alan HallSpiders! The MusicalProduced by Phil SmithImage Credit: Matthew WilsonProduction team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia CassamSeries Producer: Eleanor McDowallA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

2019-08-2700:29:451

Josie Long draws her own image whilst presenting short documentaries about turning the camera lens or microphone on yourself. A Private RitualWritten by Jess Bineth and Tilly Lawless Produced by Jess BinethGhostsProduced by Andrea RangecroftHow To RememberProduced by Axel Kacoutié‏ Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia CassamSeries Producer: Eleanor McDowallA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith

2019-08-2000:29:462

Looking for a miracle and searching for divine love - Josie Long presents short documentaries about keeping faith.RecitationFeaturing Madinah JavedProduced by Alia CassamCrab BabygrowFeaturing Sarah MouracadeProduced by Andrea RangecroftDivine LoveProduced by Sook-Yin LeeProduction Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia CassamSeries Producer: Eleanor McDowallA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Deep Time

Deep Time

2019-08-1300:29:303

A solar eclipse repeats over and over, a musical key unlocks lost memories and a life marked out in books. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound on our experience of time.CrowFeaturing Christina McLeishProduced by Jaye KranzA Channel of MusicProduced by Nanna Hauge KristensenTotalityWritten and produced by Mae-Li EvansSound and composition by Calum PerrinThis piece is an adapted extract from a performance developed and supported by The Yard Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Hearsay Festival. Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia CassamSeries Producer: Eleanor McDowallA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Press Record

Press Record

2019-06-2500:28:423

The sounds of an empty apartment, the last tape of a loved one, the bootleg VHS tapes that helped inspire a musical movement and an erotic audio audition are at the heart of this edition of Short Cuts. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about significant recordings that have impacted people's lives.That DATProduced by Natalie KestecherThe StainsFeaturing Diane Lane and Allison WolfeProduced by Allyson McCabeSound Portrait of a FlatProduced by Jessica Gordon BrayeA Place for UsFeaturing Tricia Davies NearnProduced by Alan HallProduction Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia CassamSeries Producer: Eleanor McDowallA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.
Nature Documentaries

Nature Documentaries

2019-06-1800:29:374

Singing with whales, a cloud of bats and the ballad of a rare bird. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about the natural world.Whale DuetA version of this story first appeared on the podcast Sound MattersInterview by Tim HinmanProduced by Andrea RangecroftBats in the AtticProduced by Jessie LawsonThe Lord God BirdOriginally broadcast in 2005Produced by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul ProductionsThe song - Great God Bird - was written and performed by Sufjan StevensTo listen to the song in its entirety and to hear more Long Haul stories, go to www.longhaulpro.org Production Team: Alia Cassam and Eleanor McDowallProduced by Andrea RangecroftA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
Nocturne

Nocturne

2019-06-1100:28:50

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about what happens after darkness falls. From Mark Thomas's childhood nocturnal journeys to a late-night story told in the glow of a turf fire.The Little NuneenFeaturing Gerald O'BrienProduced by Regan HutchinsEscapeFeaturing Mark ThomasProduced by Sarah CuddonThe Poem Explains NothingFeaturing Peter BeverleyProduced by Peilin LiProduction team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia CassamSeries Producer: Eleanor McDowallA Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.
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Steve Harrison

too quirky.

Oct 15th
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Richard de Goede

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Jun 11th
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Sham Bob

I love Natalie's accent. Could listen to her say 'underpants' all day.

Mar 31st
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Maeve Healy

I love everything about Short Cuts. Thank you!

Jan 9th
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Emma Baillie

that story from Mark Thomas was beautiful.

Nov 9th
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Lady Woo

The thing I love is how no two people on earth have the same life story. This is such a wonderful podcast.

Jun 20th
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Annabs Sanchez

That Golden Record story though. 💕 💕 💕

Jan 16th
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James Harrison

love this :D

Dec 24th
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