In Fresh Air, Ira Glass, journalism, literature, National Public Radio, radio, Radiolab, reporting, storytelling, This American Life, Tom Wolfe, YouTube on August 24, 2011 at 9:00 am
I recently came across reporting advice in three of National Public Radio’s most popular shows.
Some of these episodes and clips may not be the most recent; I came across them serendipitously.
But they are definitely gems.
The first was This American Life‘s “Make Radio” page, which includes links to tips on reporting from some of the shows’ best contributors.
It also leads readers to Transom.org, which is “a showcase and workshop for new public radio.”
Unfortunately, some of the links on TAL’s page don’t work anymore, including videos of the man himself, Ira Glass, passing down his wisdom. Read the rest of this entry »
In commentary, entertainment, Kentucky, Louisville, music, my life, photography, travel on August 23, 2011 at 9:00 am
I have a new drink, and it’s all Kentucky.
I tried a sip of “Kentucky champagne” on Friday at Harvest restaurant on Market Street near downtown Louisville. It’s made with Old Forester, Licor 43, Ale-8-One and lemon peel.
The Ale-8-One sweetens the bourbon, taking away any bite.
Considering Harvest is about bringing the local into the kitchen — or the bar, in this instance — this drink fits right in. Nothing gets more Kentucky than Ale 8 and bourbon.
And I’m encouraged by the fact that all of the food served is sustainably raised and in-season. It makes for an interesting, ever-changing menu. Read the rest of this entry »
In commentary, entertainment, film, free speech, freedom of speech, history, journalism, literature, music, poetry, storytelling, YouTube on August 15, 2011 at 9:00 am
I love it when a movie pulls you in and won’t let you go.
I had that with “Howl” last night.
The movie came out last year and is a pseudo-documentary about beat poet Allen Ginsberg and the obscenity trial that followed the publishing of his famous poem, “Howl.”
Like the poem, parts of the movie are graphic — I’ll warn you. But much like what the poem’s supporters argued during the fracas that ensued following the poem’s publication, the “obscene” words and images in the movie are not used to be lewd and sensational but to describe how Ginsberg saw the 1950s society he was a part of. Read the rest of this entry »
In decor, journalism on August 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm
I want this above my desk at work.
During those bad days when the deadlines are coming at you faster than the work is getting done, when the only people calling are your editors wanting the story, when you’ve already worked eight hours and are surely going to be working several hours more — and then a train derails or your county council announces it lost all its money to an Internet scam or several prisoners just walked away from the jail — this kind of sums it up.
Yep, I need this.
In Cincinnati, Kentucky, Lexington, my life, photography, shopping, travel on August 3, 2011 at 9:00 am
I didn’t set out to make last weekend an interstate tour of markets, but bags full of produce, cheese and meat and a slightly lighter wallet later, I suppose that’s what it became.
First up was the Lexington Farmers Market, which I’ve fallen in love with since living here. The vendors pack in the pavilion space, and the variety of goods is enviable.
Sadistic Mistress hot sauces? Check.
Smoothies you blend via stationary bike? Check.
Plus the people are kind of kooky, a definite plus. Read the rest of this entry »
In Afghanistan, commentary, family, journalism, Kentucky, narrative, photography, storytelling, war on August 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm
I just finished part two of The Virginian-Pilot’s five-day series on the NATO hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.
Wow. Just … wow.
I rarely cry when I read news stories or even fiction, and this has me tearing up. Writer Corinne Reilly brings the reader into the hospital — which gets some of the worst casualties in Afghanistan — into some of the most heart-wrenching moments a human can endure.
And then the photos, by Ross Taylor, really bring it all to life.
Both aspects are beyond superb and show the power and importance that journalism when done well can have.
Here’s how Reilly begins part one: Read the rest of this entry »