Book Odds REMIX: a preview

This past weekend, REMIX Radio from PRX and the Third Coast International Audio Festival presented a REMIX/ShortDoc extreme challenge. For this year’s ShortDoc, the band The Books have selected eight sample sounds from their library of musical bits for anyone and everyone to use in their own radio story. That contest is going on right now and the winner will present their ShortDoc at the opening session of the Third Coast Conference in October. Check here for full details. You should definitely check it out, create a story and enter. But at Megapolis this past weekend, we wanted to try something a little more extreme. Unlike the general Third Coast challenge (in which producers are required to select only two sounds to work with) the Megapolis Book Odds REMIXers used ALL EIGHT sounds, plus the patented “PRX chime” (and any other sound they wish) and pulled it all together into a one-minute composition in 30 minutes! Cool sounds + super talented audio artists + 30 minutesĀ  + flop sweat = awesome. I’m posting them all this week (both here and on the satellite), but here’s a preview of one of the entries by Kara Oehler and Benjamen Walker:

Radio Diaries premiere on REMIX

tdcoverOn Friday we began running about 30 stories from one of the greatest ongoing radio series of all time: Radio Diaries. Joe Richman, and his crew of Anayansi Diaz-Cortez and Samara Freemark, work with people to document their own lives for public radio. The diarists become public radio reporters like you’ve never heard before, and along with keeping their own audio journal, they record interviews and collect sound from their daily life. All along the way the Radio Diaries crew works with them and ultimately turns the 30+ hours of raw tape into the best documentary you could ever hope to hear on the radio. In true public radio tradition, you will be moved and learn something new, no doubt, but the greatness the Radio Diaries approach is that they are also poignant, charming, funny, joyful, and amazing entertainment. If you keep it tuned to XM 136 you’ll hear them playing around the clock, but you can also listen, find, rate all the Radio Diaries stories on demand at PRX.

Here are some of my favs:

cdcoverThembi’s AIDS Diary

South Africa has the largest number of people with HIV/AIDS in the world. More than five million South Africans are HIV positive. Thembi was one of them. For an entire year, she carried a tape recorder and kept an audio diary of her struggle to live with AIDS. Learn more here, and review the story on PRX.

nickNick: Home School to High School

A turbulent year in the life of Nick, a 15-year old who hates school but must somehow learn to make friends. This is a charming and fascinating portrait of the kid you may not have gotten to know in high school, but now wish you did. Listen again and review this story on PRX. Check out all the Teenage Diaries.

newcoverMandela: An Audio History

A five-part radio series documenting the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings, the voice of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. This series includes stunning recordings from the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela’s life sentence. You can learn a ton more at the Mandela: An Audio History website and can also join the conversation on PRX.

FYI, Radio Diaries is currently seeking donations to support their new “The Human News Desk: Finding the News in Everyday Life” series. If you want public radio to continue to be amazing, supporting Radio Diaries is how you make that happen. Your donation is tax deductible and will make you feel awesome.