A show to help you give a shit about poetry … or just give a shit.
Diving inside and outside of prison to get to some weird and hard truths At Night I Fly inspires awe through interviews, poetry, field pieces, and a deep array of original music and sound design. Equal parts Ear Hustle, Radiolab, Planet Money, and Ten Things that Scare Me.
Spoon Jackson is a poet and journalist from Barstow CA currently 42 years into a life sentence. In the show we read a poem — maybe you like it — then we dive into the history, context, and themes. At the end we re-read the poem and maybe this time — god damn it — you do like it.
Spoons radio work has appeared on The Pulse, Reveal, and his own show Uncuffed. He has multiple poetry books and a memoir. Matthew Schneeman is a radio/podcast producer who has been featured on public radio, podcasts, and his own show Your Eulogy.
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Marvin and the Mountain
Piece made for KCRW's 24 2020 Radio Race.
Team Name: Fadio Face
Matthew Schneeman - I submitted before adding my team mates
Jamie Lerner - not registered
Nathan Miller - not registered
Emily Scott - not registered
Music/Ambi by Matthew Schneeman
8 : ALiEN
The confluence of Spoons poetry, philosophy, and life all come together in this final episode. Spoon and his brother Abe both talk about how their dad effected them and how they've moved on.
Matthew spends six months with a moving company collecting interviews with his (overly) manly coworkers, and Spoon bids us farewell with one last piece of advice, 'When you find your niche embrace it and go full speed with it.'
7 : ODE TO THE FLY
The penultimate episode.
This one is one of my favorites. Not just because it features my favorite poem Spoon wrote but because Spoon does a great job laying down some of his philosophy.
It was supposed to be a lighter episode, but by letting our guard down it ended up being fairly deep.
In this episode, I visit the blooming of the corpse flower, Spoon describes what time is like in prison, and out, and Spoon talks about losing his friend and mentor earlier this year.
6.5 : iN LOVE iN PRiSON
This mini episode starts with Spoon talking about all the famous people he's met and worked with: Samuel Beckett, John Goodman, Gloria Steinem. After we get all that name dropping out of the way we dive into the meat of the episode. Relationships behind bars.
Spoon tells us about his marriages and relationships he's had while in prison. The are obvious physical barriers and difficulties involved, but also the emotional weight Spoon, and the people he's been with, have had to carry.
6 : FORGiVE (UPDATED)
This episode is about forgiveness ... well, not really. Is it?
Sure, but it's also about the balance of nature. in this episode we talk to someone who saves pigeons from cowboy hats, I hunt a flock of pigeons in Brooklyn, Spoon talks all about growing up hunting pigeons -- and somehow all of this relates to the central theme of balance and forgiveness.
But this episode isn't all non sequiturs. Spoon and Abe directly address todays theme by talking about forgiving their dad who wasn't the greatest dad in the world.
The update to this episode is a section where a friend gives me feedback this episode's feature. Basically, I come off as a bit of a jerk and he tells me so.
5 : BiRDS
A sick snowy owl at Rikers Island, a friendly family of geese at Lancaster State Prison, and the song birds at my grandmas nursing home -- this episode is all about birds.
Spoon tells some charming stories about the birds he has met in prison (and one messed up story), the corporal abuse he suffered growing up, and I (matthew )visit a bird rehab facility and my grandma.
Genuine, human, and great music!
I’m an NPR podcast junkie, so the first thing this reminds me of is Fresh Air. But while that show limits its guests to those who have accomplished something in certain elevated categories of human activity, this is a show that dives deep into the lives of quote-unquote ordinary people. This is to me what’s most powerful about the show: it is a reminder that every individual has a story to tell, a unique perspective on life, and some rather profound things to say when you give them the mic. Matt has a way of keeping the focus of the conversation on the good stuff, and you walk away from it feeling like you just met someone interesting. On top of all that, Matt is a musician and composes his own soundtrack, which he fuses into the conversation in interesting ways. Great show and highly recommended!
different, regular people interviews
Interviews with regular but still extraordinary people! I know this guy, and he does all the background music which is also impressive.