237 episodes

Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 154 Ratings

Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

    The Invisible

    The Invisible

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures which emerge from dreams, hidden places and the afterlife.
    The Dreams (Extract)
    From Inventions for Radio by Barry Bermange and Delia Derbyshire
    Originally broadcast on the BBC in 1964
    Zero Fixation Points
    Produced by Nada Smiljanic
    Location production by Avi Varma
    Archive courtesy of Rowan Farrell
    Featuring Professor Bridget Anderson and Dr Travis Van Isacker from the University of Bristol
    The Quiet Violence of Dreams
    Produced by Kagiso Mnisi
    Fragments
    Produced by Eleanor McDowall
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié and Eleanor McDowall
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Lost

    Lost

    Evaporating answers, mysterious music and disappearing dialects - Josie Long presents short documentaries about things in danger of becoming lost.
    Pot-8-Toes
    Featuring Billy Butler and Wally Scott
    Originally broadcast in Hold Your Plums on Radio Merseyside
    A Corner Seat in a Smoker, Facing the Engine
    Produced by Robin the Fog
    Echoes of Cockney
    Produced by James Trice
    Panchiko
    Produced by Tom Whalley
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié and Eleanor McDowall
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Devotions

    Devotions

    Life and love. Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures exploring the language of care.
    Life or Death
    By Marc Kalani
    Featuring Cessie Alfonso and Carmeta Albarus author of The Making of Lee Boyd Malvo: The D.C. Sniper.

    Buzz
    By Luca Evans (they/them)
    Featuring Joules Huang Duze (they/them) and Smokey Black (he/they)
    Additional recording by Aisha Lomax (she/her).
    Joules is a part-time organiser with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and The LUNAR Collective, a volunteer with the Black Trans Liberation Kitchen, and a community educator for the Early Relationship Abuse Prevention Program.
    Smokey is a barber at Mutiny in Brooklyn NY. @Smokey.Black
    Please listen with headphones.
    Patient as the Horizon
    By Tej Adeleye
    Sarah Long from London Equine Therapy and Astrologer, Psychic Medium and Animal Communicator, Jessica Lanyadoo
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié and Eleanor McDowall
    Produced by Axel Kacoutié
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 28 min
    Body Movements

    Body Movements

    In water, on wheels or explained over the phone - Josie Long presents short documentaries about moving our bodies.
    Field Notes
    Featuring Hannah Kezema
    Produced by Jess Shane and Kristine White
    Instructions for Returning to My Body
    Gamelan music courtesy of Nusantara
    Produced by Kia Miakka Natisse
    The Pink Flamingo
    Featuring Peter Prijdekker
    Sound Recording by Edd Kentish
    Produced by Hunter Charlton and Vicki Carter
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié and Eleanor McDowall
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    Earth, Water, Sky

    Earth, Water, Sky

    Two men on different continents share a love of butterflies, a swimming instructor seeks solace in the water and we dive inside an inner landscape. Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures that emerge from the earth, water and sky.
    Psalm
    Featuring Emil Blicher Bjerregaard and Mudar Salimeh
    Inspired by the poem Psalm written by Wisława Szymborska
    Music by Simon don Eriksen and Gregor Quendel
    Mix by Lærke Soedring Nielsen
    Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen
    My Body is of Earth
    Created by Zara Zimbardo and Lily Sloane
    With editorial support from Keisha "TK" Dutes and sound consultation from Adriene Lilly
    Finding Freedom in the Water: Gaza’s Swimming Teacher
    A version of this story first aired on BBC World Service's Outlook in March 2023 ('My Life in Seven Swimming Pools') and in an updated version in April 2024 ('Finding Freedom in the Water: Gaza's Swimming Teacher) presented by Jo Fidgen
    Sound design by Joel Cox
    Interpreter Youssef Taha
    Producer Louise Morris
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié and Eleanor McDowall
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min
    A Piano

    A Piano

    A grand piano slowly climbs the stairs in Glasgow, a man in Brighton keeps finding his upright pianos going missing, a piano decays slowly in the woods while a grandson finds himself thrust into the role of a ship's pianist. Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures with a piano at their heart.
    Pianos Aren't His Forte
    Featuring Mark Campbell
    Produced by Phil Smith
    Including piano performances from Mark Campbell and Songs Without Words composed by Felix Mendelssohn and performed by Vassily Primakov from the Free Music Archive
    Piano in the Woods
    Written and produced by Ross Sutherland
    Featuring performances from the project Piano in the Woods by the improviser, artist and curator Sam Bailey. You can learn more about the project at pianointhewoods.com
    Two, Three, Hup
    Produced by Steve Urquhart
    Featuring piano performances by Steve Urquhart
    Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
    Curated by Axel Kacoutié and Eleanor McDowall
    A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
154 Ratings

154 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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