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Compiled By: Sarah Mollner

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Portland Longshoring

From Britta Gordon | 01:00:00

Retired longshoremen in Portland, Oregon talk about their working life together: working conditions on the waterfront, friendships, changes wrought by mechanization, background stories, money, class. An hour-long piece blending conversations and interviews.

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In 2002,  producer Britta Gordon met a group of retired longshoremen who had worked together on the waterfront in Portland, Oregon from the late 1950’s through the ‘70’s.   She liked their storytelling and camaraderie and began sitting in on and recording their Friday morning coffee sessions.  Over the course of several years, she interviewed these and other longshoremen, talking to them about their lives, how they had come to be on the waterfront, and how they felt about the work then and now.

The result of these conversations and interviews is an hour-long audio documentary in six segments that focus on some recurring themes: waterfront conditions, working relationships, family histories, the changes wrought by mechanization, money, class, and how they came to work on the waterfront.  The piece is not simply oral history—although oral histories are certainly part of the mix—rather it blends conversation, commentary and interviews to present not only reminiscences,  but a consideration of how these men see their present with a view to the past.

Snap Judgment hosted by Glynn Washington - Specials (Series)

Produced by Snap Judgment

Most recent piece in this series:

The Snap Fundraiser Fall 17 Look Back Special

From Snap Judgment | Part of the Snap Judgment hosted by Glynn Washington - Specials series | 29:29

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STORIES

Segment A

You should consider yourself lucky if you’ve ever had a truly great boss.  You know, the guy who inspires you to be your best, a motivator, a leader, a friend. Thom’s boss was all those things and a killer karaoke star too...until tragedy struck.

Producer: Stephanie Foo



Segment B

Heart Failure

Derrick suffered four heart attacks by the age of 27. What happens in love when your heart won’t work?

Produced by Stephanie Foo and Jamie DeWolf


Segment C

Beautiful 

Sonya Renee is an Internationally acclaimed performance poet, actress, educator and activist who's been seen on HBO, CNN, BET, MTV, and the Oxygen Network.
 

Performed live with Snap Live! in DC.

Segment D Real Boy
Snap Judgment explores the origin of Glynn's VERY large nose . . .

Hidden Kitchens (Series)

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters

Most recent piece in this series:

Between Us, Bread and Salt: Kamal Mouzawak and his Lebanon Kitchen Vision

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the Hidden Kitchens series | 25:42

Milkdecoration_tawet_02_small A road trip through the hidden kitchens of Lebanon, with kitchen activist, Kamal Mouzawak, a man with a vision of re-building and uniting this war-ravaged nation through its traditions, its culture and its food. We visit farmer’s markets, restaurants, and guest houses known as Souk el Tayeb that he and his kitchen community have created. This story is part of Hidden Kitchens: War and Peace and Food, a series of stories about food and conflict, about the role food plays in helping resolve conflict between nations and communities, or in creating it. Produced by The Kitchen Sisters and Samuel Shelton Robinson.

Episode 5- Taking Pains

From Barika Edwards | Part of the The Aliens series | 55:02

Episode 5 Taking Pains
Air-strikes and NATO attacks add pressure to Tariq's family in Khandahar. Alejandro has talked to his co-workers in New York about Lily stealing his ideas,. Romance buds has sprouted in the most unusual rocky ground. In Episode 5 Thayne has decided to go off-the-gird leaving his gadgets, social networking tools and communication in order to find a path in the meaning of life. But this journey is far from effortless, as the aliens learn change, promotion and concrete decisions take pains.

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The Aliens, a new radio play 6-part series. Produced by Barika Edwards, The Aliens looks at the intertwining lives of six twenty to thirty-somethings in today’s global society. As their stories unfold, and worlds collide, each character is forced to examine the various boundaries that exist between them (both geographic and psychological).

Centered around the expat couple, Lily and Tariq. Lily, a 29-year-old marketing executive, whose mother is African-American and whose father is Caucasian of German decent, has a problem identifying with her mother's heritage and tries to stay away from controversial topics. Tariq, an early thirty-something artist, whose family is from Afghanistan, wishes Lily would embrace her African-American heritage and is unnerved by Lily's pressure to get married. As the plot unfolds the domino effect of choices and events effect the rest of the "alien" characters including the "Humanitarian" Noach, a Dutch aid worker in Afghanistan; Alejandro, "the immigrant" from Mexico living in New York City; Thayne, a British "drifter" traveling in Costa Rica; Dingane, the  South African "government worker"; and Dingane's sister Thandiwe, a Columbia University medical student.

The Aliens
first aired on WBAI 99.5 FM New York- March 27-May1st, 2010
Episode 5 Taking Pains
Airstrikes and NATO attacks add pressure to Tariq's family in Khandahar.  Alejandro has talked to his co-workers in New York about Lily stealing his ideas,. Romance buds has sprouted in the most unusual rocky ground. In Episode 5 Thayne has decided to go off-the-gird leaving his gadgets, social networking tools and communication in order to find a path in the meaning of life. But this journey is far from effortless, as the aliens learn change, promotion and concrete decisions take pains.

The Aliens Creative Team

Writers
Andy Podell, Paul May, Stephania Gamboroff, and Ewen Glass
Cast
Stephan Hadeed Jr.,  Paul Johnson, Louis Williams,  TaShawn “Pope” Jackson, Mark A. Keeton, Lucas Salvagno, Daralyn Jay, Ishitta Joy, Amir Darvish, Gwendolyn Bucci, Paula Raflo,  Rosemary Hochchild, Elizabeth Rolston, Mike Smith Rivera, Jillian Joseph, Corey Hibbert, Henry Packer, Nancy Cohen,  Kendall Rileigh , Chantal Nchako, Paula Poucel, Carl Ka-Ho Li, Uptin Saiidi and Barika Taheer Edwards.
Directors
Snypes Murdoch, Laura Vitale, Stephania Gambaroff, & Barika
Sound Designers
Amanda Theiroff, Barbara Vlahides, Jee Yun Lee, Troy Hightower, & Josie Holtzman
Composer
Anette Haave Asheim
The Aliens String Ensemble
Violin 1- Joshua Henderson
Violin 2- Ela Polak
Viola- Jeanine Wu
Cello- Kirsten McCord
Bass- James DeSantis
Intern
Adam Smith
The Aliens was created and produced by Barika Taher Edwards


Episode Credits:
Episode 5 Taking Pains was written by Andy Podell
Directed by Snypes Murdock
Sound Design by Barbara Vlahides
Special Guest Artists: Stand and Just Off Turner