Audio Work Samples for Long Haul’s 2014 NEA Media Arts Application

Panelists: thanks for taking time to listen to our two audio work samples, which support our 2014 Media Arts application for ONE THING: A Multimedia Storytelling Project.

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Sample One: Coming Home: Nick’s Story
Note: The sample is an 6:31 excerpt of the twenty-minute story. 
Produced by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister for Long Haul Productions.  Broadcast nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Anna and Michael Rodriquez’s son Nick joined the Marines at 21, and served in infantry in Afghanistan. The excerpt begins as Nick visits his parents in Allentown, PA, on a holiday leave. Nick subsequently returns to his Marine base at Camp Pendleton in California in early 2013; his parents explain what happened next.

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Sample Two: The Lord God Bird
Note: The sample is the first 9:07 of the story. The SoundCloud file continues until the end of the story, which is 11:59 long; panelists may continue listening through until the end if they choose.  
Produced by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister for Long Haul Productions, with an original song written and performed by Sufjan Stevens.  Broadcast nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered. 

We’ve referenced our Song+Stories series as an example of our desire to push ourselves creatively, and this vignette from Brinkley, Arkansas, offers the best example. The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was assumed extinct, its nesting trees clear-cut in the 1940s to make sewing machine boxes, until someone reported a sighting near Brinkley. It was big news in a community depressed by recession and population loss. Our story weaves locals’ reaction with Sufjan Stevens’ original song. The Lord God Bird won the Sigma Delta Chi award for Best National Radio Feature.