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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long

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  • Elders

    21/09/2021 Duration: 29min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about guiding lights and those who have gone before - from finding connection with someone whose last dance was over a century ago to one of the last people in the UK to have performed an old ritual. Breath is Life (extract) Featuring Eileen Kramer Produced by Eleanor McDowall You belong to the land, and the land belongs to you Featuring Alice Starmore Interview and music by Col Gordon Produced by Katie Revell This interview originally appeared in the Farmerama series 'Landed' My Flamenco Ancestor Produced by Yinka Esi Graves and Carys Wall Inspired by the documentary Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories by Miguel Ángel Rosales Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • The Hidden Part

    14/09/2021 Duration: 29min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about what remains hidden from view. A writer learns more than she would like about her lover's past conquests and a man wrestles with hyper-visibility as he walks home. Everything, Nothing Featuring Laura Barton Surveillance Produced by Derick Armah and Ivan d'Avoine Into Shadow Featuring John Colverson Produced by Phil Smith Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Repetition

    07/09/2021 Duration: 29min

    Short documentaries about repetition with Josie Long. 195 ways to thank someone for their letter, avoiding getting stuck in a thought loop and a tender exchange over breakfast. Thanks For Your Letter Written and read by Joe Dunthorne Meditation Produced by Ellie Lightfoot and Miles Mercer Checking One's Levels Produced by Talia Augustidis Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Tenderness

    31/08/2021 Duration: 30min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about finding tenderness. Conversations with cats, the sound of a piano drifts through the night and a memory of old, lost love. Cat Chat Produced by Danny Greenwald The Piano Produced by Sofia Saldanha Originally made for Centro de Dramaturgia e Argumento (CeDA) and Antena 2 Marianne Marianne Ihlen interview recorded by Alan Hall Originally broadcast in the BBC Radio 4 documentary Leonard and Marianne Jan Christian Mollestad was talking on CBC's 'As It Happens' www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Video Games

    24/08/2021 Duration: 29min

    Audio adventures and short documentaries about gaming, presented by Josie Long. The joy and frustration of new adventures, fast cars and family days out at the M6 Southwaite Services, and finding love by the fountain in Dalaran. Go South Produced by Mae-Li Evans Pole Position Featuring Steve, Alistair and Sandy Urquhart Produced by Steve Urquhart Meet you at the fountain in Dalaran Featuring Michelle and Alberto Naso Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Eleanor McDowall Producer: Andrea Rangecroft Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Portals

    17/08/2021 Duration: 30min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries about portals and gateways. A safe passage into the world, a scent which can take you somewhere else and a swim in the moonlight to heal a broken heart. Eider Produced by Rikke Houd Portals Featuring Courtney Rafuse Produced by Aliya Pabani To the Moon Featuring Marta Medvesek Produced by Marta Medvesek and Phoebe McIndoe Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Leonora Carrington

    10/08/2021 Duration: 29min

    Otherworldly encounters with a painting that comes to life, a surprise connection and a magical summoning... Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures inspired by the surreal worlds of the artist and writer Leonora Carrington, a decade on from her death. Leonora Carrington Interviewed by John Silver (1992) Archive courtesy of John Silver Down Below Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen Prim Feat. Joanna Moorhead Produced by Sarah Cuddon A Summoning Produced by Sami El-Enany Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • First Light

    22/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries about illumination, the breaking of a new day, healing and hope. Light in the Winter Forest Written and read by Anna Selby First published in Field Notes (Hazel Press) Call Me Mother Featuring Sandra Caldwell and Shon Faye Produced by Thomas Curry The original version of this interview was produced for the Call Me Mother podcast from the production company Novel. The Day of Flowers Featuring Tamika Bell, Paulette Carrington, Starr Granger, Ivy Johnson, and Yvonne Newkirk Produced by Alex Lewis This audio feature was based on a collaboration with artists Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles to create a monument for former long-term and life-sentenced women in the American prison system called “On The Day They Come Home”. Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Zakia Sewell A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Land

    15/06/2021 Duration: 28min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about our connection to the land. The devastation of bushfires in south eastern Australia, the significance of the acorn for tribal members from the Konkow Nisenan Maidu Nations, and the storyteller Richard O’Neill on the stopping places woven into the British landscape. Then came the birds Featuring Alice Ansara Produced by Sarah Mashman Winner of the HearSay Audio Prize ‘Provoke’ Award 2021 Our rocks are alive Featuring Alicia Potts Singing by Chanse Adams-Zavalla Co-produced by Michelle Macklem, Alicia Potts and Zoe Tennant Listen to the land Featuring Richard O’Neill Photo credit: Tiffany Adams Production Team: Eleanor McDowall and Alia Cassam Produced by Andrea Rangecroft Executive Producer: Zakia Sewell A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Grace Notes

    08/06/2021 Duration: 30min

    Audio adventures and short documentaries about music, presented by Josie Long. The soundtrack to an exploration of queerness, moments of transcendence in Indian classical music, and the folk singer Rowan Rheingans on her musical homage to a Dutch Jewish diarist. Etty Featuring Rowan Rheingans Produced by Alia Cassam Nada - On Being Sound Featuring Pandit Uday Bhawalkar With thanks to Romila Thapar, Arun Khopkar and the George Harrison family Produced by HJ Radia Chasing a Meaning Produced by Erisa Apantaku Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Eleanor McDowall Producer: Andrea Rangecroft Executive Producer: Zakia Sewell A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Smoke and Mirrors

    01/06/2021 Duration: 29min

    Josie Long presents magical short documentaries and audio adventures about illusions. From a series of magical failures to an illusion which helped steer someone safely home. Magic Mike Produced by Mike Williams Third Man Factor Produced by Olivia Humphreys Sand Produced by Ariel Mejia Curatorial Team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Exec Producer: Zakia Sewell A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Sensory

    25/05/2021 Duration: 29min

    Josie Long presents visceral short documentaries and audio adventures about - or made to engage - the senses. From the taste of a soup nearly lost to a storm, to a collective kiss in. Kiss Featuring Ted Brown Produced by Olivia Humphreys Gow Gei Produced by Jess Ho and Michelle Macklem Restless Texture Featuring Ajay Chandra and Trish Cummings Produced by Calum Perrin Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Zakia Sewell A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Silence

    18/05/2021 Duration: 29min

    A hush descends as Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about silence. From an artwork that pulls sounds outside of the range of human hearing within it - vibrations in the soil, the sound of bats in Senegal caught on a supersonic microphone - to a story about the silence which lies between generations in a family. Winter Forest, Bala, Ontario on 2nd December 2020 Recorded by Jess Shane Originally featured on the Field Recordings podcast The Inaudible Spectrum Produced by Sami El-Enany Mokadi Written and read by Sarah Baylis Four Thirty-Three with Aoife Produced by Phil Smith Curatorial Team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Exec Producer: Zakia Sewell A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Unfinished

    30/03/2021 Duration: 29min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about looking for completion. A son who finishes his mother’s novel, a family returning to a sacred place and an exploration of a body as ‘an unfinished product’. Return to Iraq Featuring Zohra Aly and Amina Alimohamed The Four Corners of the Heart Featuring Denis Westhoff BBC Archive of Françoise Sagan, 1989 Produced by Hannah Dean PMHx Written, sound designed, scored, and performed by James T. Green A special thanks to C’ne Rohlsen, Axel Kacoutié, C.C. Paschal, Cher Vincent, Zakiya Gibbons, and Veralyn Williams for editorial and artistic guidance. Curatorial team: Eleanor McDowall Produced by Andrea Rangecroft A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • The Blue of Distance

    23/03/2021 Duration: 29min

    Short documentaries and adventures in sound about the colour blue, presented by Josie Long. From a view of the earth from space to an affinity with the ocean. A Blue Gem Below Featuring Jessica Meir Produced by Lauren Armstrong Carter The Blue of Dover Featuring Naji Ali Produced by Hunter Charlton and Ben Tulloh A version of this story first appeared on the SwimOut podcast Almost Blue Featuring Laura Barton Curatorial team: Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • The Gallery

    16/03/2021 Duration: 29min

    Short documentaries and adventures in sound about artworks and artists, presented by Josie Long. From an audio re-imagining of Bridget Riley to the work of a courtroom sketch artist. The Mandjet A response to Shih-Li by Bridget Riley Produced by Sami El-Enany Adipositivity Project Feat.uring Substantia Jones Produced by Ellie Lightfoot with sound design by Miles Mercer Drawing From The Gallery Featuring Priscilla Coleman Produced by Ben Tulloh and Hunter Charlton A Model Life Featuring Sue Tilley Produced by Alan Hall This interview was originally broadcast as part of the documentary Art Values in BBC Radio 3's Between the Ears Curatorial team: Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Moonlight

    09/03/2021 Duration: 30min

    Short documentaries and adventures in sound which take place under the light of the moon, presented by Josie Long. From a night swim across a freezing cold lake to the writer Courttia Newland on astral projection. Home In Darkness Featuring Courttia Newland Produced by Phoebe McIndoe and Redzi Bernard The Night Swimmer Featuring the voice of Marilyn Korzekwa and the sounds of Lake Superior Produced by Kalli Anderson and Kaija Siirala Music: By Micah Smith, Jordy Walker and Off World Re: The Moon Written and produced by Ross Sutherland Originally made for Imaginary Advice Production team: Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Motherhood

    02/03/2021 Duration: 30min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about mothers and motherhood. We hear a story of a recurrent dream about searching for an absent mother, Heather O'Neill delves into the ways her mother and her own experience of motherhood have threaded through her life, and the writer Nikesh Shukla reflects on ways to remember a mother you've lost. Fragments Of My Mother Written and read by Nikesh Shukla Motherhood, a short story Featuring Heather O'Neill Produced by Sarah Cuddon Call Me Mother Featuring Raven Mandella Produced by Suzie McCarthy Mother, Unknown Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen Production team: Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Correspondents

    23/02/2021 Duration: 28min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about letter writing - Mother’s Day cards travelling thousands of miles home, love letters that are cherished, hidden and lost, and a one-way correspondence bringing comfort during chemotherapy. Letters to My Dear Lovers Produced by Sofia Saldanha You Go First Featuring Helene Ishikawa Produced by Rachel Ishikawa Ursula Bloom speaking to Jack Singleton Home This Afternoon, BBC Radio, 1965 From Me To You Featuring Alison Hitchcock and Brian Greenley Produced by Helen Zaltzman First broadcast in The Allusionist podcast episode ‘66. Open Me part 1’ frommetoyouletters.co.uk Production Team: Eleanor McDowall Produced by Andrea Rangecroft A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

  • Acts of Love

    16/02/2021 Duration: 30min

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures that centre around acts of love - from the story of Ruth Coker Burks, who became a loving caretaker for hundreds of men during the AIDS epidemic, to the poet Nikita Gill's look at a love which ended in its beginning. Jewels from the Sun Written and read by Nikita Gill The Last Act Featuring Anita Barrows Produced by Phil Smith This interview first appeared in the documentary To Bear Witness on BBC Radio 3 in Between the Ears. Comet Dust Featuring Ruth Coker Burks Produced by Jodie Taylor and Chloe White Production team: Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

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