The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was thought to be extinct – until recently, when a bird was allegedly spotted near the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas. The sightings were big news in a community depressed by recession and population loss. Our story weaves the locals' reaction with an original song written and performed by musician Sufjan Stevens. Winner of the Sigma Delta Chi award for best national radio feature. The description is from the original broadcast.
Peabody-winner Scott Carrier is a master of both personal and political radio. He talks about the importance of bearing witness, about telling difficult stories, spinning tales of human oddness, and about the reporter’s responsibility to challenge power structures. The interview took place in front a live audience in Columbia, Missouri (September 2016). Interviewer: Julija Šukys. You can hear Scott Carrier’s work at http://homebrave.com/
We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.