Helen Zaltzman interviews Miranda Sawyer for the Sound Women podcast. I loved her comments on the pitching process, radio drama and radio docs.
“The documentaries I like are the ones that go slightly where you don’t expect them to… There’s a way of making a BBC documentary, that everybody has done, that I’ve done… and if you notice it it’ll drive you nuts. And what happens is they’ll open with two or three quotes from later on in the programme and they make a statement like “Kit Kats were invented in 1924 and since then have become the most popular snacks… Hello, I’m Miranda Sawyer and in today’s programme I’ll be taking you through from 1924 to ….” And once you know that construction you’ll hear it all the time and it drives me bananas. So when I hear a documentary that’s constructed in a different way that cheers me up.”
I was both depressed and heartened by her comments about the challenges of getting commissioned and making enough money to keep going as a freelancer.
Here’s one of Radio Ambulante’s recent podcasts. I love the warm, full sound. My Spanish is too poor to follow every word but I definitely caught several mentions of “Benny Hill” and “breasts” in the first story!
The Ones We’re Given, The Ones We Choose, The Ones We Run From/Los que escogemos, los que inventamos, los que nos dan
Cada nombre tiene su historia. En este episodio de Radio Ambulante, les ofrecemos tres. Desde Colombia, donde un pueblo adopta a los muertos desconocidos que llegan por el río, y les ponen nombre. Desde Argentina, donde dos tocayos encuentran que son tan parecidos que ellos mismos se confunden. Y desde Uruguay, donde conocemos a una ex-guerrillera, cuya vida política la obligó a tener tantos seudónimos, que décadas después, ni siquiera los recuerda todos. (Foto: Nadja Drost)
Every name has a story. For this episode of Radio Ambulante, we offer you three. From Colombia, where we visit a town that adopts the anonymous dead that the river brings ashore, and gives them names. From Argentina, where a man discovers he has a double whose life has been inextricably linked to his before they even met. And from Uruguay, where we meet an ex-guerrilla who’s political life led her to have so many different names that decades later, she can’t even remember them all.
Find of the week…. Beautiful readings of short stories, available as a Podcast via iTunes from Selected Shorts
"Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life. The originator of the driveway moment, Selected Shorts is the show over 300,000 people listen to every week on public radio. Hosted by Isaiah Sheffer, with literary commentator Hannah Tinti, and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio."
99% Invisible, a “tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world”, is the project of producer Roman Mars. One of the most interesting podcasts I’ve come across. You can listen online or subscribe via iTunes.
Roman Mars’ own website is also worth a visit http://romanmars.com/