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Radio Atlas is an English-language home for subtitled audio from around the world. A place to hear inventive documentaries, dramas and works of sound art that have been made in languages you don’t necessarily speak.

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Radio Atlas is an English-language home for subtitled audio from around the world. A place to hear inventive documentaries, dramas and works of sound art that have been made in languages you don’t necessarily speak.

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    When I Touched the Ground

    When I Touched the Ground

    A woman tells the story of her own birth.

    By Nyurpaya Kaika Burton and Caddie Brain (2019)

    Nyurpaya was born deep in the desert of Central Australia. Her mother travelled hundreds of miles barefoot before giving birth alone at a massive desert mesa called Atila – a place which became her spiritual country.

    Nyurpaya Kaika Burton is a respected and revered senior artist, educator, storyteller and cultural leader. She is also one of the few remaining poetic speakers of Pitjantjatjara, a traditional Indigenous language of Central Australia’s remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. There were once more than 400 traditional languages spoken across the Australian continent, but only around 13 are still spoken by children – all threatened by policies restricting Aboriginal people from speaking their languages and the ongoing forces of colonisation.

    At the age of 70, she decided to share this deeply personal story of her birth, revealing, for the first time, the traditional birthing methods that have helped define her cultural life. Telling this story is part of her continuous work to protect her ancient culture, and to ensure that future generations can speak the language it lives in.

    The soundscape is binaural, specifically recorded on the country of Nyurpaya’s birth, in one of the most remote parts of Australia. Therefore the piece is best experienced through headphones.

    Produced by Nyurpaya Kaika Burton

    Sound, editing and co-production by Caddie Brain

    Translation: Linda Rive

    Producing organisation: Tjala Arts

    Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Ara Irititja. With thanks also to Third Coast International Audio Festival where it was presented in 2019.

    • 15 min
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    The Night Watchman

    The Night Watchman

    A night watchman walks alone through an Anatomic Institute.

    By Stephen Schwartz for DR (1971)

    A lonely walk in the dark, skeletons and floating body parts caught in the beam of a flashlight… in the ‘The Night Watchman’, Detroit-born Stephen Schwartz pioneers his landmark interview technique known as the ‘moments interview’ or the ‘full Schwartz’. You can learn more about it here.

    Stephen Schwartz was awarded the Prix Italia for features in 1982 and 1992. He passed away in 2013.

    Made in collaboration with DR – you can listen to The Night Watchman (Nattevægteren) and more montages on their archive website.

    • 28 min
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    Price of Secrecy

    Price of Secrecy

    A series about unspoken secrets.

    By Zoha Zokaei (2019)

    Price of Secrecy is a fictionalised podcast series that addresses some of the legal, social, cultural and familial constraints that contribute to the silence around the issue of child sexual abuse in Iran. At the heart of the series is the question – ‘why, as members of society, are we failing to listen to the victims of child sexual abuse?’. A question that takes the responsibility of breaking the silence away from the victim and introduces it as a social responsibility.

    Zoha Zokaei is an Anglo-Iranian artist, academic and PhD researcher currently living and working in London. She holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Sussex where she was awarded a CHASE scholarship. Her research interests include the following areas: ethics of representation (particularly representing the pain of the other), decentring and problematizing voice, practice as research, storytelling for social change and tactical media.

    Price of Secrecy was supported by CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England). You can find further episodes and information at the project website:

    price-of-secrecy.com

    • 28 min
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    Can He Have a Dog?

    Can He Have a Dog?

    A woman tries to meet someone.





    By Lotta Erikson for Sveriges Radio (1996)



    Recorded in the pre-internet dating days, Lotta Erikson searches for a partner through telephone contact agencies.




    Lotta Erikson has been a freelance for the Swedish radio (SR) and Swedish national television (SVT) in various forms since 1992, making around 15 radio documentaries and several TV-documentaries. Her productions have been presented at festivals and have won awards. In recent years she has written scripts for both feature films and TV-series, including the TV series The Hunt for a Killer, for SVT-drama with director Mikael Marcimain. Lotta Erikson has also made several sound art installations, written stage plays, radio dramas and a book about the human voice “The Alphabet of the Voice”.

    Translation by Klara Erikson

    • 20 min
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    Man: A Dog’s Best Friend

    Man: A Dog’s Best Friend

    A power struggle in the domestic space.





    By Eva Lammelová for Czech Radio (2018)




    According to numerous statistics, Czechs are a nation of dog-lovers. On average, there is a dog in every second household in the Czech Republic, resulting in the most hounds per capita in all of Europe.

    In Eva’s house there’s Tonča. Tonča is Eva’s French Bulldog who lives with her and her husband in Prague’s Vinohrady district. She wants to sleep with them in their bedroom so badly that she stakes her claim by barking at their bedroom door and leaving little puddles of protest. Eva’s husband, however, is strongly against it. What do you when you have a dog at home with separation anxiety?

    ‘Man: A Dog’s Best Friend’ was a runner up for Best Documentary at the Prix Bohemia (2019)

    Editor: Brit Jensen

    Sound: Jiří Slavičínský

    Director, screenwriter, and producer Eva Lammelová (1986) studied sociology and andragogy at Palacký University in Olomouc, as well as film and theater science. She filmed an episode of the series Nedej se! for Czech Television entitled Free Food For All (Ji.hlava IDFF 2015) and the documentary AsexuaLOVE (2018).

    • 19 min
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    What They Don’t Tell You

    What They Don’t Tell You

    How (not) to build a home away from home…

    By Martina Castro, for the Museum of Migration in Montevideo (2015)

    Sometimes immigrants want to stay super connected to their home countries because they feel that connection slipping away. And well, they can go overboard. At least, that’s what Eduardo Bolioli noticed.

    This story was produced by Martina Castro as part of an audio documentary series she made with her class at the University of Montevideo for her 2015 Fulbright grant. The series, called ‘Los Retornados’, features first-person stories from Uruguayans who had left their country to seek better opportunities and who ended up returning, many as part of a wave of reverse migration triggered by the worldwide financial crisis in 2009. The series was also turned into an audio exhibit at the Museum of Migration in Montevideo, Uruguay where it is currently being integrated into the museum’s permanent collection.

    Martina Castro is the founder and CEO of Adonde Media, a globally-minded podcast production company based in Brooklyn, New York.

    Over the past fifteen years, Martina has produced and edited award-winning audio content in both the U.S. and Latin America. She has worked at NPR, KALW-FM in San Francisco, CA, and NPR’s Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language narrative journalism podcast she co-founded in 2011. She is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on the art of narrative radio storytelling. Martina launched Adonde Media in 2017 and has worked with clients such as TED, Duolingo, NPR, and Vice News to create podcasts that aim to bring new audiences to the medium.

     

    • 4 min

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