Short Cuts podcast

Short Cuts

BBC Radio 4

Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

172 Episoder

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    The Night Before Christmas

    33:13

    Josie Long presents short festive documentaries about the night before Christmas. A joyful Christmas scene discovered on an old tape, a poet holds the beauty and melancholy of a trip home on Christmas Eve, and Albert Woodfox reflects on 40 years of enforced isolation and the illumination and comfort offered by a group of schoolchildren in Liverpool. Forwards and Backwards Featuring The Djursland Fiddlers recorded by Torben Harbo in the 1970s. Produced by Rikke Houd Christmas Eve Written and read by Liz Berry Produced by Alia Cassam Albert Featuring Albert Woodfox and David Moorhead Produced by Sarah Cuddon Curated by Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
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    The Day After

    28:45

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures on the days after a life-altering event and imagining better futures. Three children look for the memory of their father on a baseball field, a resettled community wonders where they belong to and the writer Lola Olufemi offers experiments for imagining an alternative world. Andromeda is a Baseball Diamond Produced by Ariel Mejia Resettlement Featuring Geraldine Brown, Jeanette Brown, Linda Slade Byrne, Hana Deir and Cecil Penny. All took part in the Fisheries Household Resettlement Program in Placentia Bay. Produced by Rebecca Nolan Experiments for the Day Before Yesterday’s Tomorrow Featuring Lola Olufemi Produced by Tej Adeleye Programme image taken by Marilyn Marsh, courtesy of the Marine History Archive. Curated by Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
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    Inside Out

    28:36

    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
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    Past Tense

    28:59

    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
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    Wheel of Fortune

    29:20

    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
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    Red

    28:51

    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
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    Elders

    29:44

    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
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    The Hidden Part

    29:39

    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
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    Repetition

    29:33

    Short documentaries about repetition with Josie Long. 195 ways to thank someone for their letter, avoiding getting stuck in a thought loop and a tender exchange over breakfast. Thanks For Your Letter Written and read by Joe Dunthorne Meditation Produced by Ellie Lightfoot and Miles Mercer Checking One's Levels Produced by Talia Augustidis Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
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    Tenderness

    30:04

    Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about finding tenderness. Conversations with cats, the sound of a piano drifts through the night and a memory of old, lost love. Cat Chat Produced by Danny Greenwald The Piano Produced by Sofia Saldanha Originally made for Centro de Dramaturgia e Argumento (CeDA) and Antena 2 Marianne Marianne Ihlen interview recorded by Alan Hall Originally broadcast in the BBC Radio 4 documentary Leonard and Marianne Jan Christian Mollestad was talking on CBC's 'As It Happens' www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens Curatorial team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall Executive Producer: Axel Kacoutié A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

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