231 episodes

Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

Short Cuts BBC Radio 4

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 147 Ratings

Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

    Hereafter

    Hereafter

    Chrononormativity, duppies and post-colonial thought. Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures exploring beyond the past, present and futures.
    Language in the Land of Duppies: Exploring the origins of Jamaican folklore as a gateway to understanding the legacy of slavery on the island.
    Produced by Laura Carty
    Special thanks to Alexander Powell, Carmen Johnson, Natalia Downer, Kandice Thompson and Jean Smart.
    All my friends are turning into Stars
    Written and performed by David Amber Devereux
    With Dr Matthew Temple, Research Fellow,
    Universidad Diego Portales
    Additional voices by Lou Sutcliffe and Alessa Catterall
    Featuring quotes from De Profundus by Oscar Wilde, Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, and In A Queer Time And Place by Jack Halberstam
    Interjections on the future: There is not currently any obvious path to reconstructing a popular faith in political, economic and even some social institutions but while it might not always feel like it today, the unwinding of colonial modernity is underway and accelerating.
    Produced by composer and researcher, Sara Rahman.
    Featuring psychiatrist Isabel Valli and writers and artists Fer Boyd and Maedeline Stack.
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié, Eleanor McDowall and Andrea Rangecroft
    Produced by Axel Kacoutié
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    The Net

    The Net

    Word spirits, back rooms and a reply all-pocalypse - Josie Long presents short documentaries that emerge from the internet.
    Word Spirits
    With thanks to Caroline Hesse, Donovan McGrath, Mary Dolejsi, Nicole Reinsch, Nalini Kumari, Zen Priest & Buddhist Scholar John Stevens (for permission to include his Classical Aikido Kototama Chant), and Critical Sound Explorer & Artist Matt Parker (for permission to include excerpts from The People's Cloud / Field Recordings of Internet Data Centres): https://www.earthkeptwarm.com
    Additional mixing by Maitreya
    Produced by HJ Radia
    The Back Rooms
    Produced by Mae-Li Evans
    The Bello Tolls for Thee
    Produced by Nadia Mehdi
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié, Eleanor McDowall and Andrea Rangecroft
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Roots

    Roots

    Josie Long presents short documentaries that go back to the start. The musician Lucinda Chua traces the journey of a rose, a connection is forged between a young woman now and a trapeze artist on New Year's Eve 1942, and a touching personal archive illuminates the journey of a word.
    Muscles and Mysteries
    Produced by Teresa Kristoffersson
    First Words
    Produced by Kalli Anderson
    Featuring the voices of Kalli's parents, Kathy Hunt and Lance Anderson, as well as Kalli's husband, Zack Finkelstein, and their two children, aged 12 and 8.
    Reclaiming The Rose
    Produced, narrated and music by Lucinda Chua
    Chinese Narration by XiaoQiao
    Poetry in English and Chinese by He Sun
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié, Eleanor McDowall and Andrea Rangecroft
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    In Dreams

    In Dreams

    A couple looks for each other in their dreams, a research facility delves into the otherworldly, and a philosopher imagines a flow of time set to the rhythm of our rivers - Josie Long presents short documentaries that emerge from the dreams of others.
    River Time
    Featuring Jonathon Keats
    Produced by Nadia Mehdi
    Haunted
    Featuring Linda Fleishman
    Produced by Elizabeth Friend
    Darling, Are You Dreaming?
    Featuring Jules and Vital
    Produced by Eloise Stevens
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié, Eleanor McDowall and Andrea Rangecroft
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Instructions

    Instructions

    A pamphlet from the 1980s illuminates the world we live in now, a musical invitation for your domestic space, and some dazzling canine choreography for your ears. Josie Long presents short documentaries based around instructions.
    How to Listen... including How Not To, How You Ought To, and How You Won't (Extract)
    Written by Stephen Potter and Joyce Grenfell
    Produced by Stephen Potter
    Originally broadcast on BBC Third Programme in 1946
    Hot Dogs!
    Presented by Alan Smith
    Produced by Steve Urquhart
    Originally broadcast on Alan Smith's Mid Morning Show, BBC Radio Cumbria in 1999
    Hell Rubs and Sobs
    Produced by Sami El-Enany
    How To Look 30 When You're 30
    Produced by Jesse Lawson
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié, Eleanor McDowall and Andrea Rangecroft
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Minis

    Minis

    The moment of time before a camera shutter closes, a symphony of ums reveals a partner's untruths, and two women linked by a phantom thread reflect on their changing bodies. Josie Long presents even shorter short documentaries.
    Is This An Image?
    Produced by Jon Tjhia
    Death from Above
    Written and read by Joe Dunthorne
    Body of Work
    Featuring the voices of writer Marleen Kruithof and cinematographer Babette Mangolte
    Music by Nicola Mecca
    Produced by Georgia Walker
    What's in an Um?
    Produced by Talia Augustidis
    Charon
    Composed, produced and performed by Jamie Payne
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié, Eleanor McDowall and Andrea Rangecroft
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
147 Ratings

147 Ratings

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I’m totally kidding. This has actually become one of my all-time favorite podcasts. Josie is great. She’s quirky and cute as the day is long. All of the stories are fun little glimpses into interesting lives and bits of fun from all over the place. I’m glad I just found out about the show so that I can binge for a week or two, and now I’m jealous that you get to have them all for the first time also. Cheers.

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