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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 128 Ratings

Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

    Inside Out

    Inside Out

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about how our sense of self collides with the world outside.

    Two Russian journalists find their lives turned inside out when they are classified as foreign agents, Keanu Reeves offers inspiration for one writer navigating his mixed-race identity, and a virtual world offers freedom and new possibilities for a man with Parkinson’s disease.

    Keanu Reeves
    Featuring Will Harris
    Produced by Alia Cassam

    Hello, You're a Foreign Agent
    Featuring Sonya Groysman and Olya Churakova
    Produced by Mika Golubovsky and Charles Maynes

    A Second Life
    Produced by Ellie Lightfoot and Gaby Caplan
    Sound designed by Ellie Lightfoot

    Curatorial team: Andrea Rangecroft and Eleanor McDowall
    Producer: Alia Cassam
    Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Past Tense

    Past Tense

    Josie Long presents audio adventures and short documentaries about what’s gone before. A daughter’s decades-long search for her father who went missing as a political prisoner in South Africa, a poem by the German-American poet Lisel Mueller listing the parts that make up our memories, and the writer and comedian Heidi O’Loughlin untangles the stories woven into and around her Polynesian identity.

    Nombulelo Booi
    Featuring Nombulelo Booi and Madeleine Fullard, with translation by Thenjiwe Kona.
    Produced by Catherine Boulle and Bongani Kona
    This piece is part of a larger, ongoing documentary project by Catherine and Bongani titled Time, Paper, Bone about the work of the Missing Persons Task Team, and the exhumation of James Booi’s remains. The project won the 2021 Whickers Radio and Audio Funding Award.

    Necessities
    Written by Lisel Mueller
    Read by Lisel Mueller and Studs Terkel and from a conversation originally broadcast in January 1987.
    Courtesy of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive

    From the South Pacific
    Written and read by Heidi O’Loughlin

    Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Eleanor McDowall
    Producer: Andrea Rangecroft
    Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Wheel of Fortune

    Wheel of Fortune

    A writer wonders if she has been cursed by the comedian Stewart Lee, a man builds his home beside an active volcano, and the story of a clothes peg and it's strange, romantic power.

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about luck, superstition and surrendering to chaos.

    Sandwiches
    Featuring Laura Barton and Stewart Lee

    Kilauea
    Featuring Gary Sleik
    Produced by Thomas Phillips

    Lucky 7
    Featuring Richard O'Neill

    Photo credit: Gary Sleik ("Photo taken February 11, 2017 at 7: 48 a.m. about 7 km west of my home, on my morning walk to see where the lava was flowing on the surface. I was able to see these flows from my bed at night, more comfortable for me than most people I'm sure.")

    Curated by Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Red

    Red

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures on the colour red. A redhead in a crowd of redheads, exploring notes of red on the piano, and a nation’s relationship with the colour red.

    Roodharigendag (Redhead days)
    Featuring Shelby Vittek
    Produced by Gaby Caplan and Ellie Lightfoot

    The Little Red Piano
    Featuring Duncan Honeybourne
    Produced by Flora Zajicek

    Our home on native land
    Produced by Kalli Anderson
    The painting referred to in this feature is The Scream by Cree artist Kent Monkman. This piece includes short excerpts from news reports from the CBC, APTN News, CityNews, CTV, CP24, Global News and 680 News. It also includes the voices of Bob Paulson, Chief Allan Adam, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Cindy Blackstock. The music is Land Back by The Halluci Nation.

    Photo credit: Birgitta Honeybourne

    Curated by Alia Cassam and Eleanor McDowall
    Produced by Andrea Rangecroft
    Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Elders

    Elders

    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

    • 29 min
    The Hidden Part

    The Hidden Part

    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

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

frustratedddfddddddd ,

Divine

This podcast is a work of art. I could listen to Josie forever!

abbiehenderson ,

🪐

Sooo lovely :)

TheRealMiL ,

Thoughtful and adventurous

Josie is a terrific and insightful narrator, and sometimes quite funny. This podcast is totally charming.

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