Short Cuts

A showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

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0101Misadventures20120110

Nina Garthwaite, the founder of the public listening phenomenon 'In the Dark', presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries.

In the first edition of Short Cuts, she delves into tales of misadventure - starting with a chance encounter on a train where a couple's absorption in the crossword disguises a possible hidden romance. And encompassing the writer Joe Dunthorne's reminiscences of his misspent gap year selling door to door in Australia.

From the charged atmosphere on the London underground to distorted visions on the top of a mountain - Nina navigates tales of love, loss and wild abandonment.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4

0102Divided We Stand20120117

A selection of brief encounters, true stories and found sound find a home in this new series for BBC Radio 4. Nina Garthwaite, the founder of the public listening phenomenon 'In the Dark', presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries.

In the second edition of this series, 'Divided we Stand', we hear stories of separation - political, personal and playful. From the story of a singing airman in World War Two, and his feelings about the class divide to a classic tale of unrequited love between an animated cat and mouse, Ignatz and Krazy Kat. We eavesdrop on a breakdown of communication between a Nigerian woman and an Irishman and listen to the lilting musicality of a litany of peace walls and separation barriers from around the world.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Stories of separation - political, personal and playful.

0103The Comfort Of Strangers20120124

A selection of brief encounters, true stories and found sound find a home in this new series for BBC Radio 4.

Nina Garthwaite, the founder of the public listening phenomenon 'In the Dark', presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries.

In this third edition of the series we seek the 'Comfort of Strangers' as Nina examines the ties which bind us to those we barely know. We hear a heartbreaking tale of companionship between a woman and an injured whale alongside the story of a Danish legionnaire who spent four years entrusting his life to a circle of strangers, thrown together in terrible circumstances. The writer Deborah Moggach relays an act of extraordinary kindness from someone she didn't know and the musician Jack Lewis explores how those closest to you can sometimes seem like strangers as he interviews his brother Jeffrey.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Nina Garthwaite examines the ties that bind us to those we barely know.

0104 LASTLost For Words20120131

A selection of brief encounters, true stories and found sound find a home in this new series for BBC Radio 4.

Nina Garthwaite, the founder of the public listening phenomenon In the Dark, presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries.

In the final edition of the series we find ourselves 'Lost for Words' as Nina explores our difficulty expressing ourselves. In 'The True Language', the sound artist John Wynne examines our attachment to the first language we learn - and what happens when it starts to disappear. We discover how simple geographical terms can become politically charged as the Irish novelist Glenn Patterson struggles to find the right word to describe his home. And the singer and broadcaster Cerys Matthews reflects on the musicality of language.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Nina explores the difficulty people have in expressing themselves.

0201Tracing The Line2012091120160207 (BBC7)

Nina Garthwaite presents mini-documentaries with stories of lifelines.

Nina Garthwaite presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

In 'Tracing the Line', we hear tales of lifelines, unfamiliar paths and lines broken and crossed. In one short the economics editor for Newsnight, Paul Mason, offers us an unusual take on the UK's economic lines. We dive deep into Britain's underwater labyrinth of tunnels and caves in order to discover the tale of the 'Dead Man's Handshake' - only attached to the surface, and safety, by one thin lifeline. Whilst across the pond, we hear the story of an American who secretly wore a wire to record his life for five years.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in this programme were:

Lifelines - Part One

Produced by Kate Bland

Kyrie Osbornum

Featuring Paul Mason

Posterity

Produced by David Weinberg

LUAS Lines

Written and read by Joseph O'Connor

Dead Man's Handshake

Produced by Leo Hornak

Lifelines - Part Two

Donald Semenza - The Line

Produced by Pejk Malinovski.

Nina Garthwaite, the founder of the public listening phenomenon "In the Dark", presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

0202Faking It2012091820160214 (BBC7)

Blurring the line between fact and fiction with tales of love, loss and bending the law.

Nina Garthwaite presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

In 'Faking It', she blurs the line between fact and fiction with tales of love, lying and a loose grip on reality.

The indie pop duo Summer Camp construct a 'documentary song' which delves into the falsity of flirting and those moments when we realise we've really fallen in love and the actor Jonathan Keeble reveals his real - or is it his false - identity...

Nina also learns how you successfully conceal your true self in the workplace, why you shouldn't trust your new boyfriend's grandmother and the dangers of picking a fight with a Ouija board.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in this programme were:

Translations

Featuring Jonathan Keeble

The Disguise

Produced by Leo Hornak

All There Is

Composed by Summer Camp

The Chamuyero

Produced by Barney Rowntree

Fact and Fiction

The Séance

Produced by Bob Carlson.

0203The Space Between Us2012092520160221 (BBC7)

Nina Garthwaite presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

In The Space Between Us, Nina explores the difficulties and delights of distance. We travel to the outer reaches of the galaxy in the intriguing "audio movie" Made Out of Meat and take a joyful journey to the middle of absolutely nowhere with the writer Ian Sansom.

We hear tales of family tussles over living space, a pop song constructed around a gap in understanding between scientists and the general public, and a look at the spaces in our speech patterns as the comedian Dan Schreiber explores the importance of a well placed...pause in the delivery of a joke.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in this programme were:

Mind the Gap

Featuring Dan Schreiber

Tears, Gravity and Distance

Produced by Karl James

They're Made Out of Meat

Produced by Jonathan Mitchell

Silent Comedy

Nowhere

Produced by Rachel Hooper

The Table

Produced by Katie Burningham

Higgs Boson!

Produced by Mad Genius.

Nina Garthwaite explores the difficulties and delights of distance.

0204Into The Wild2012100220160228 (BBC7)

Tales of transgression, wild children and dangerous encounters with ferocious beasts.

Nina Garthwaite presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

This week, Nina ventures "Into the Wild" with tales of transgression, life threatening encounters with ferocious beasts and one mother's look at the wildness of her young children - who she refers to as her "gleeful barbarians".

In the middle of the night, we plunge beneath the silvered mercury surface of a moonlit lake, with the wild swimmer Kate Rew, and venture into a nightmarish adventure on an unsafe safari with the author Kester Brewin.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

Wild Water - Part One

Featuring Kate Rew

Can't Rewind the Past

Produced by Steve Urquhart

Gleeful Barbarians

Produced by Sarah Boothroyd

Wild Children

Produced by Jessie Levene

The Fear of Surviving

Featuring Kester Brewin

Chain of Missing Links (El Pajaro Volador)

Produced by Brendan Baker

Wild Water - Part Two

0205Making The Cut20121009

Nina Garthwaite presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

This week, Nina hears about the cuts we make and how we learn to recover from them. From not making the cut in a team to the actions of a rogue hairdresser.

We hear one man's story of how he coped working inside an Irish "meat factory" and the unusual soundtrack that enveloped him, and a modern retelling of the old Persian fable which looks at how the moon got her scars.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

Derby Tape Club - Cut Up

Found sound from Mark Vernon

Meat Factory: Earworms

Produced by Ronan Kelly

Making the Cut

Featuring Glen Morris

Two Little Girls Explain the Worst Haircut Ever

Produced by Jeff Cohen

Not Untouchable

Produced by Matilda James

Christine Jorgensen

Produced by Pejk Malinovski and Seline Baumgartner.

0206 LASTBlackout20121016

Nina Garthwaite presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. A selection of brief encounters, true stories, radio adventures and found sound.

We hear tales of adventure, transgression and terror in the dark as Nina switches out the lights for the last programme in this current series - Blackout.

The writer Ben Shattuck describes the last reported Jonah-esque trip into the dark, dank belly of a whale and asks - could you ever survive? Grandmaster Caz delves into hip hop mythology and tells the story of how the music came on in the 1977 New York City blackout... after the lights went out. And there are tales of dangerous trips in complete blackness and sparks flying after the lights have tripped.

The items featured in the programme are:

Let's Get it On

Produced by Steve Urquhart

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Produced by Clare Coyne

Swallowed by a Whale

Produced by Martin Johnson

Blackout

Featuring Dr Andrew Morley

Headlights

Produced by Nina Garthwaite

Lights Out

Produced by Delaney Hall

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0301Someone To Watch Over Me20130528

In the first programme of this series of Short Cuts, Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries which peel back the curtain, peer into the darkness and look out at those who are watching us.

By turns delightful and unsettling, today's audio adventures include the secret games teachers play when they're invigilating exams, a photographer whose ambition is to capture 'still lives' of people unawares in their homes at night, and a glimpse of the devices you can buy to spy on those supposedly close to you.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall.

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0302Taking Flight2013060420130805

Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries in which people hurl themselves into the air with the hope of taking flight.

We glide through the air, fall into the sea and explore grand leaps of the imagination, which cross the border between dreaming and reality.

From comedian Holly Walsh's tale of hurtling off the edge of a pier in a handmade helicopter, through to the story of a trapeze artist balancing on the edge of falling as he casts himself upwards.

The items featured in the programme are:

The Fall

Featuring Charlie Morley

Sky Boy

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Falling for Rambo

Featuring Holly Walsh

Produced by Benjamin Partridge

The Dreamers

Looking Up

Originally broadcast in 'Space' from Radiolab

http://www.radiolab.org

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

From comedian Holly Walsh's tale of hurtling off the edge of a pier in a handmade plane, through to the story of a trapeze artist balancing on the edge of falling as he casts himself upwards.

0303Split2013061120130806

Josie Long presents a series of delightful and adventurous short documentaries, brief encounters, true stories and found sound.

We examine rips in the fabric of the universe as Josie Long delves into stories of splits, divisions and tears. From broken hearts to divided personalities.

We hear from a woman who was so tired of being in two minds that she surrendered all of her decision making to a piece of string, a mimic who taught herself how to assume alternate personalities and we recover from heartbreak using the 'Automated Relationship Replacement Hotline'.

The items featured in the programme are:

Automated Relationship Replacement Hotline

Originally broadcast in WireTap

http://www.cbc.ca/wiretap/

String

Produced by Natalie Kestecher

The full version of this story can be found here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/string/4010328

Split Voices

Produced by Sarah Cuddon

Other Halves

Produced by Dennis Funk

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

She examines rips in the fabric of the universe, delving into stories of splits, divisions and tears. From broken hearts and split lips to broken bones and divided personalities.

We hear from an octogenerian boxer who learnt to fight to stop others mocking his stutter, a mimic who taught herself how to assume alternate personalities and we recover from heartbreak using the 'Automated Relationship Replacement Hotline'.

0304Lines Of Communication2013061820130807

Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries about communication - messages that could break your heart, rescue you from a fight or save you from a long stay in jail.

The writer Glenn Patterson explains why sometimes we should ignore the writing on the wall, and musician Tom Robinson describes the unlikely message he sent at a time when he was in a lot of trouble.

Stories of last words, lost love and lights being knocked out.

The items featured in the programme are:

Guess Who

Found sound from the collection of Mark Vernon

http://www.meagreresource.com/

L'Esprit De L'Escalier

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Yanto

Featuring Glenn Patterson

Produced by Rachel Hooper

Message from Above

Featuring Tom Robinson

Produced by Alan Hall

Dear Sophie

Produced by Sara Parker

Conversations with Nic

Featuring Esther Baker

Produced by Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0305Lost And Found20130625

Josie Long presents a selection of short documentaries with stories of loss and discovery.

From being lost in the music to lost love - Josie delves into tales of forgotten cassette tapes, voices rediscovered and teenage rebellion.

Hide and Seek

Feat. Steve Colgan

Lost in Music

Produced by Steve Urquhart

I am Luther Blissett

Produced by Rosanna Arbon

Fluctuations

Produced by Phil Smith

Lost Voices

Feat. Jude Rogers

Looking for Layla

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0306 LASTEscape2013070220130809

Josie Long presents a showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries and makes her escape as we hear stories of running away, flight and car chases.

From breaking away to disappearing into escapism - we hear the tale of a narrow escape as three young Australian men desperately try to manoeuvre themselves out of trouble, alongside the story of a 93 year old wing walker getting lost in the clouds.

The items featured in the programme are:

Swimming in Snafu

Produced by Meagan Perry

River Guard

Feat. Laura Barton

Drive for Portugal

Produced by Leo Hornak

Head in the Clouds

Produced by Sara Parker

Road Warriors

Produced by Bob Carlson

Originally featured in Unfictional

http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/uf/uf111202the_road_warriors

Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

From breaking away to disappearing into escapism - we hear the tale of an 'unkidnapping' as a couple race across the Spanish countryside, alongside the story of a 93 year old wing walker getting lost in the clouds.

0401Fictions20130924

Josie Long presents a sequence of unbelievable mini documentaries looking at bending the truth, fantasists and outright liars.

Josie hears how the writer Ross Sutherland invented a mysterious secret society by accident and looks for secrets scratched into the sidewalks of San Francisco by an enigmatic writer known only as 'Nikko'.

The items featured in the programme are:

Hearts and Crafts

Featuring the voices of Harriet Craft

Fictions

Featuring Raji James

Wash Club

Featuring Ross Sutherland

Nikko

Originally broadcast in the episode 'Standouts' on Snap Judgement

http://snapjudgment.org/

Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0402Hush2013100120140303

Josie Long presents a series of short documentaries about keeping quiet, being lost for words and complete silence.

From the crushing silence after a musician's mistake to the tense hush that surrounds two teenage boys as they hide inches from their headmaster in an oversized box - tales of attempts to keep quiet and the struggle to raise your voice.

The items featured in the programme are:

Wilderness

Feat. Kate Adie

Produced by Sara Parker

Hidden

Feat. Kester Brewin

Sailing By

Feat. Pete Long and Diana Speed

Produced by Leo Hornak

Nobody Else Can Hear It

Feat. Jack Davidson

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Hearing Voices

El's Story

Produced by Natalie Kestecher

Originally broadcast in 'Stories of Silence' on ABC

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0403Resistance2013100820140310

Josie Long presents a sequence of mini documentaries about small acts of resistance - from bursting into song to crashing a car into a wall.

We hear from a woman whose encounter with an underground resistance movement led to tapped phones and aggressive encounters with ice cream salesmen and listen to the power of a collective as individual voices at a protest are woven into music.

The items featured in the programme are:

La esperanza muere al último

Feat. Studs Terkel

Nicholas Petron

Produced by StoryCorps

Heavy Iron Beast

Produced by Leo Hornak

Stories from the Underground

Feat. Kathy Reina

Produced by Will Drysdale

Rabble Rousers

Produced by Sarah Boothroyd

http://sarahboothroyd.com

Gentle Angry People

Feat. the San Ghanny choir

Produced by Rose de Larrabeiti

Series producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

http://storycorps.org

0404Growing Pains2013101520140317

Josie Long explores the painful process of growing up in a sequence of mini documentaries.

From first steps to last love, we hear tales of controversial haircuts, the search for independence and the need to let go of the past.

The items featured in the programme are:

Singing Boys

Prod. Rikke Houd

Like Rude Boys

Feat. voices recorded at the creative arts organisation Only Connect

Prod. Steve Urquhart

Dark Eyes

Prod. Natalie Kestecher

Originally broadcast on ABC Radio National

Scared

Prod. John Biewen

The Man in the Picture

Prod. Sara Parker

Danny and Annie

Prod. StoryCorps

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0405The Trip2013102220140324

Josie Long goes on a series of unusual journeys as she presents a sequence of mini documentaries about adventurous trips.

From searching for teenage misadventure through to finding yourself, we travel from the British seaside to the freezing landscape of Minnesota altering minds and bodies along the way.

Frank Education

Feat. Philip Bill Bruckner

Prod. Hana Walker-Brown

St Audries

Feat. Margaret Pepper

Prod. Olivia Humphreys

My Father Takes a Vacation

Prod. Martin Johnson

Cold in Minnesota

Originally broadcast on the Unfictional Podcast

Prod. Bob Carlson

Series producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Josie Long presents a sequence of mini documentaries about unusual journeys.

0406 LASTThe Fear20131029

Josie Long gets scared as she presents a sequence of frightening mini documentaries.

From the sound of fear to the feel of terror, we hear the story of a sleepwalking menace stalking through an American summer camp late at night and tales of how the young David O'Doherty was terrorised by his older brother.

Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

Dead Man's Hand

Feat. David O'Doherty

Prod. Sophie Black

Welcome to the Inn

Feat. Wolfgang Georgsdorf

Prod. Phil Smith

The Casserole

Music by Cabinet of Living Cinema featuring Zac Gvirtzman

Prod. Sarah Cuddon

Die

From the podcast Random Tape

Prod. David Weinberg

Wilder

Feat. Dave Benson

Dead Man's Hand: Feat. David O'Doherty: Prod. Sophie Black

Welcome to the Inn: Feat. Wolfgang Georgsdorf: Prod. Phil Smith

The Casserole: Music by Cabinet of Living Cinema featuring Zac Gvirtzman: Prod. Sarah Cuddon

Die: From the podcast Random Tape: Prod. David Weinberg

Wilder: Feat. Dave Benson: Prod. Sophie Black.

0501Waking Life2014040120140623

Josie Long presents a sequence of brief encounters, true stories and short documentaries in which the boundaries between 'real' life and dreaming blur.

From the addictive, perception-altering qualities of romantic love through to a surreal story about recording dreams. We hear from the legendary film editor and director Walter Murch about the dreamlike qualities of cinematic narratives and the psychologist Susan Blackmore's experience of looking down from the ceiling at her own body.

The items featured in the programme are:

Waking Life

Feat. Susan Blackmore

Prod. Sara Parker

Dreaming

Feat. Walter Murch

The Man Who Could Record Your Dreams

Prod. Bob Carlson

Originally broadcast on Unfictional

An extended version of this story can he found here: http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/uf/uf110909the_man_who_could_re

Last Words

Feat. Kester Brewin

Love is a Drug

Feat. Helen Fisher

Prod. Hana Walker Brown

Answer Machine

Found sound from Tape Findings

http://www.sweetthunder.org/tapes/

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Josie Long presents a sequence of brief encounters, true stories and short documentaries in which the boundaries blur between real life and dreaming.

0502Trespass20140408

Josie Long ventures where she shouldn't with this sequence of brief encounters, true stories and radio adventures about acts of trespass.

Stories of stolen waxworks, formal letters severing friendships, and travels into unknown territory.

Urban Exploration

Feat. Bradley Garrett

http://www.bradleygarrett.com/stills/

Stealing Snowdon

Produced by Olivia Humphreys

Crown the King

Produced by Adam Kampe

Originally produced for the Third Coast International Audio Festival 'ShortDocs' competition

http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/collections/4-shortdocs

The Disavowal

Produced by Katie Burningham

Munich

Feat. Phillip Bull Bruckner

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0503Between20140415

Josie Long presents a series of mini-documentaries exploring the idea of being in limbo.

From the story of a journalist impersonating a journalist in an Afghan village based in Canada to the music of answer machine messages, Josie examines what happens when we are neither here nor there.

Between

Feat. Jurate Jurkeviciene

Produced by Sara Parker

The Village

Feat. Chris Bowman

Produced by Sophie Black

The Gallery

Feat. Fernando Maquieira

Produced by Sarah Cuddon

http://www.fernandomaquieira.com/index.php?/projects/out-of-mind/

'Messages'

From 'Portraits in Absentia'

Composed and Performed by Jocelyn Pook

http://www.jocelynpook.com/

Nine Months

Feat. Jane Dolby

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

http://www.fishwiveschoir.co.uk/

http://singing-fishwife.blogspot.co.uk/

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0504Anonymity20140422

Josie Long presents a sequence of mini documentaries exploring what happens when nobody knows your name.

From our transgressions online through to an unusual love affair between two strangers who had never set eyes on each other, Josie hears how anonymity can both ensnare and liberate us.

Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0505Mystery20140429

Josie Long investigates small mysteries in this sequence of mini documentaries.

Hearing tales of ghost ships, hidden underground kingdoms and the disappointment of discovering the banality of your family's secrets.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0506 LASTExplorers2014050620140714

Josie Long goes on an adventure as she presents a sequence of mini documentaries about exploration.

With tales of riding cellos down the mountain side and romantic exploration on the U Bahn.

Great Bear Rainforest

Produced by Elizabeth Arnold

Die Fremde

Produced by Phil Smith

Out of the Blocks (Extract)

Produced by Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick

Everest Glissando

Feat. Stephen Venables

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

With tales of riding cellos down the mountain side and sexual exploration on the U Bahn.

0601Rabbit Holes20141007

Josie Long dives down a rabbit hole in this sequence of short documentaries, true stories and radio adventures.

We hear tales of a spam email that alters the course of two people's lives and a mysterious monument made out of shoes at a deserted intersection in rural Indiana - and Miranda July leads listeners into another world with her story of swim coaching an elderly team in a town near no large bodies of water.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0602Connections20141014

A message in a bottle, cast into the ocean, reaches a woman who needs it, a lifeboat adrift and isolated in icy waters and a crackling, radio connection offers a lifeline between friends. Josie Long hears tales of making contact.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0603Behind The Curtain20141021

Secret telephone discos for cold calling salesmen, moral dilemmas which emerge behind the scenes on a reality television show and Joe Dunthorne attempts to gain access to the OULIPO.

Josie Long peers behind the curtain to reveal stories from behind the scenes.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0604After Dark2014102820150219 (R4)

Love found after a blackout, telephone counselling for bereaved rock star managers and erotica for the elderly. Josie Long presents tales of blackouts, late nights and bedtime stories.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0605Nothing20141104

Josie Long presents a programme about nothing.

A decades long murder mystery about the death of a man who never existed, the story of losing someone you never knew, and a first time treasure hunter finds something against the odds but ends up with nothing.

Series producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0606 LASTThe Double2014111120150220 (R4)

Josie Long hears stories of seeing double.

Tales of doppelgangers, identity theft and a woman who offered a living counterpart to dead composers. Featuring a new 'documentary song' from Gaggle.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0701Here Be Dragons2015040720150720 (R4)

A baby monitor which opens up a terrifying world, an explorer who ventures into the unknown and a woman who longs to disappear into space - Josie Long hears about dreams, desires and darkness in unmarked territories.

On old maps, the uncharted areas - dangerous or unexplored landscapes - used to be marked with illustrations of sea serpents rising from the water or dragons stalking the land. Sometimes these areas would just be marked with a phrase, 'Here Be Dragons'. In this programme, Josie hears tales of modern exploration - from space travel to the insides of our bodies, from night terrors to new worlds.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

Baby Monitor

Produced by Peregrine Andrews

Dangerous Appetites

Feat. Joe Dunthorne

The Blue Nile

Feat. John Blashford Snell

The Call

Produced by Rikke Houd with Sheida Jahanbin.

0702Heartsong20150414

From the first touch to the last kiss, Josie Long hears stories of love, loss and finding yourself.

An audio diary shines a light on how we rebuild ourselves after the end of a relationship, a final kiss in a love affair holds us in a moment crackling with tension, and a first touch offers a moment of tenderness.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

The items featured in today's programme are:

A Kiss

Produced by Kaitlin Prest with music by Kyle Kaplan

Editorial support from the School of Making Thinking, and Terrence Pender and Mitra Kaboli.

Originally aired on Radiotopia's The Heart.

http://www.theheartradio.org/

Edith's Passport

Produced by Eloise Stevens with music by Raphaella

Cello played by George Cooke

When Will This End?

Produced by Sally Herships with Carolyn Lenske

Prepared to Love

Feat. Adrian Howells

Produced by Karl James

Originally aired on The Dialogue Project

You can hear the story in it's entirety here: http://understandingdifference.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/prepared-to-love.html.

0703Adaptation20150421

Josie Long hears stories of adaptation.

A former ghost writer describes adapting someone else's life for the page, a woman who left Damascus considers how her city has changed in the last few years and we hear two stories of adapting to extraordinary circumstances - members of the Arctic 30 adjust to their new life inside a Russian prison, and a researcher perched on top of a Hawaiian volcano tests her psychological capacity to live on another planet.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

The items featured in the programme are:

Invisible Ink

Feat. Mark McCrum

Produced by Olivia Humphreys

Martha's Mars

Feat. Martha Lenio

Produced by Tim Hinman

The Sound of Damascus

Feat. Sarah Dadouch

Produced by Fiona Clampin

Patience

Feat. Frank Hewetson and Dima Litvinov.

0704The Conversation20150428

Josie Long presents stories of intimate conversations. A thirty year long conversation comes to an end, an undercover agent reveals how to flatter someone into prison and we discover the secrets of the 'dual form'.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

With the Caterpillar

Feat. Bostjan Dvorak

Produced by Phil Smith

Colleagues

Feat. Dr Irene Pepperberg

Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

He Was So Happy to See Me

Feat. Ed Follis

Produced by Leo Hornak

99 Words

http://99words.co.uk/

Feat. Sally Potter

Beverly Eckert

Produced by Vanara Taing with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to recording and collecting stories of everyday people.

www.storycorps.org.

0705Songlines20150505

Josie Long hears stories of music and memory. From the song that proves your parents right - rock and roll really will lead you down a dangerous path of drugs and destruction - to the symphony that haunted one man's dreams for decades.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

96 Tears

Feat. Anthony Bourdain

Produced by Ann Heppermann, Kara Oehler and Rick Moody

Piano Man

Feat. Barry Colson

Produced by Sindre Leganger

The Stage

Feat. Grace Savage

Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Lullaby

Feat. Colin Dexter

Produced by Phil Smith

Dream Symphony

Feat. Stuart Sharp

Produced by Olivia Humphreys with Jodie Taylor.

0706 LASTInvestigation20150512

Josie Long presents stories of investigations - both amateur and professional.

The comedian Alex Edelman describes his search for a missing cult legend, a German historian talks about the trouble of tracking down Hitler's head and a group of young mothers gather together to solve the mystery of disappearing teething powder.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0801The Other20151013

From the other woman to the other Michael Jackson, Josie Long hears stories from 'others'.

John Osborne explores how your identity can become inextricably linked with someone you've never met, two academics discover how a piece of theatre can push you outside of society and a homicide detective talks about how you communicate with someone whose actions are outside of your understanding.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

A Boy Called Michael Jackson

Feat. John Osborne

Flopsy

Feat. Chris Knight and Camilla Power

The Conversation

Feat. Asbjorn Rachlew

Produced by Ronan Kelly

Originally featured in Curious Ear

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2013/0529/647430-radio-documetary-podcast-exam-asbjorn-rachlew-anders-breivik-norway/

The Other Woman.

0802The Clock20151020

Josie Long navigates the changing texture of a day - with stories from the rush hour commute through the night until first light.

From an afternoon with Dr Clock the horologist through to a serendipitous voice reaching a woman in the darkness at 1am, we hear stories of time and timing.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0803Copycat2015102720160330 (R4)

Howling like a wolf, stolen identities and poetry composed from borrowed words. Josie Long presents stories of imitation and plagiarism.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

Inspiration

Feat. Tom Robinson

Howling Cameraman

Feat. Rolf Steinmann

http://rolfsteinmann.de/

Produced by Rachel Simpson

Turd Ferguson

Feat. Alex Edelman

Produced by Sophie Black

No More Questions

Written and produced by Ross Sutherland.

0804Afterlife20151103

How imprisonment revealed an unlikely talent, a musical story of what follows after a dust storm has passed and the unexpected complications of standing still to watch the seasons change. Josie Long hears stories of what follows after the main event.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in this programme are:

John

Feat. John McAvoy and Darren Davies

Produced by Sophie Black

The Novelist

Feat. Lily Kestecher, Noel Debien, Claudia Taranto and Milan Durovic

Produced by Natalie Kestecher

Sound engineer / sound design by Russell Stapleton

The Man Who Couldn't Stop the Wind from Blowing

Produced by Cicely Fell

Original music by Smith and Watson.

0805Inheritance20151110

From the sounds of the womb to fading memories - Josie Long hears stories of what we inherit from past generations.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items feature in the programme are:

George Bernard Shaw

A Conversation

Feat. Walter Murch

Produced by Niccolò Castelli

https://vimeo.com/136595444

The Waves

Feat. Sian Phillips

Interview recorded for the Empathy Museum

http://www.empathymuseum.com/

Every Heart has a Limited Number of Heartbeats

Produced by Martin Johnson and Ann Heppermann

Originally featured in the Serendipity Podcast

http://thesarahawards.com/subscribe/.

0806 LASTWild Water20151117

From finding your way in a cold, dark sea swim to coping with the isolation at the bottom of the ocean, Josie Long hears stories of wild water.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

The items featured in the programme are:

Mirage

Produced by Cicely Fell

Pool Party

Produced by Phil Smith

Diver

Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

The Swim

Produced by Jodie Taylor with Jenny Horwell.

0901Body Language20160621

Reading Russian literature - without a book - in solitary confinement, speaking with someone else's voice and the need to be embraced. Josie Long delves into wordless communication.

From the melody of your speech to the brush of skin on skin, Josie explores body language. We hear about secret codes sent through walls, a sudden bodily change which left a woman feeling like a stranger to herself and the importance of touch.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0902The Stranger20160628

An innocent encounter tips from flirtation to danger, the professional stranger you never want to see on your door step and a partner whose revelation turns him in an instant into a stranger. Josie Long delves into stories of brushes with the unknown - flirtations, deceptions and the kindness of strangers.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0903Vanishing Point20160705

From the man who'll help you disappear to coping with a sudden, shocking loss - Josie Long looks at vanishing points.

We hear stories of private investigators, the search for solitude in the dust bowl and a woman's life changing in one devastating second.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

0904Illuminations20160712

A mysterious character offering to illuminate a course of action, an activist thrust into a glaring spotlight and the dull glow of car tail lights- Josie Long looks for illuminations in the darkness.

Featuring the actress and activist Sacheen Littlefeather walking onstage to collect Marlon Brando's Oscar, a singing medium and Laura Barton on driving at night.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0905Rivals2016071920160819 (R4)

Fights for territory, standing your ground and petty feuds - Josie Long hears stories of rivalry. From a bitter battle conducted in a laundrette to an ongoing argument between academics on either side of the world.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

0906 LASTField Guides20160726

The lessons about love and life that we can learn from a fig, a walk in the woods and a connection to a lost love found in the water. Josie Long ventures outdoors, hearing stories of how human hearts become tangled in the forests, lakes and skylines of the natural world.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Josie Long hears stories of how human hearts entwine with the landscape.

1001Borderlands20161114

Josie Long explores uncertain territory - from a micronation to the porous borders between dreams and reality.

We hear from Prince Michael of Sealand, the head of state in an unrecognised micronation that sits in the North Sea, and the doctor who's documenting the dreams of the dying.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1001The Deep End20161017

Josie Long hears short documentaries and true stories from people who have fallen in the deep end.

From the man who sets out to scam the con artists trying to exploit him, to the hypnotist who finds himself face to face with Uday Hussein, we hear true tales of falling down the rabbit hole into unsettling situations - including the moment when the poet Ross Sutherland accidentally crossed the boundary between fiction and reality and found himself being dragged into a wrestling match.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1002Vox20161121

Finding your voice, life or death conversations and seeking anonymity - Josie Long explores the power of the human voice. From losing yourself in a crowd of others to the medium who finds herself conversing with a murderer.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1002Wild Youth20161024

Falling in love, losing yourself and vicious sibling rivalries - Josie Long presents tales of wild youth. We hear the writer Joe Dunthorne and his sister Leah try to unpick old family scars and the story of a love affair gone awry which ended in armed robbery.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1003The Dreamers20161128

Josie Long hears stories of dreamers - from the search for utopia to striving to transform into the writer Barbara Cartland.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1003The Witching Hour20161031

An invitation to wander out into the darkness, an actor who discovers she's been killed off in real life and a late night wander into the Icelandic night. Josie Long hears tales of the witching hour as she ventures out for a midnight walk in the woods.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1004 LASTLosing Yourself20161107

Josie Long hears stories of what can be found as we lose ourselves - from disappearing into anonymous environments to confronting existential threats.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1101Hope Dies Last20170221

Josie Long hears stories of hope found amidst the darkness - tales of love letters, hope on the water and the man who has steered 28,000 people safely to shore across treacherous waters from the end of a phone line.

"I must admit I'm deeply impressed by people who step out and do something and say something... whatever dreaming they would do it. A Mexican farm worker Jessie De La Cruz said, 'we have a saying in Spanish, when things look bleak, esperanzas mueren al ultimo. Hope dies last.'" - Studs Terkel

The features in this programme are:

Dear John

Featuring Pam and John Redman

Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Bird in the Breath and Other Hopeful Cargo

Produced by Stephanie Rowden and Jennifer Metsker

Send Me Your Location

Featuring Dr Ahmad Terkawi

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1102The Pretenders20170228

Josie Long presents stories of those who have pretended to be someone they're not. From an undercover cop to stars of the art world caught in an elaborate fiction.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

1103Out Of Time20170307

Josie Long presents documentaries about time and timing. From losing your grasp on the passing hours to a childhood fear of Sundays - how our experience of time gets under our skin.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1104The Leap20170314

Josie Long hears stories of courage, fresh hope and pinball wizardry - from two lawyers who pursue a sudden courageous career change in middle age to the pursuit of new love after loss.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1105Counterpoint20170321

How do we talk to people we disagree with? How do we learn to listen? Josie Long presents short documentaries and stories about communicating across the divide.

From the holocaust survivor who's dedicated her life to talking to those who hurt her to the musician who believes the world can be understood through the medium of counterpoint.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

1106 LASTSo It Goes20170328

"We are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is."

Josie Long presents short documentaries and radio adventures in the spirit of Kurt Vonnegut, shortly before the tenth anniversary of his death - from peculiar travel suggestions to the kindness contained in a library. The writer Joe Dunthorne also engages Vonnegut in a dialogue, inspired by God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian.

Produced by Phil Smith

Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God

Featuring Roger Haworth, Evan Doorbell and Mark Bernay

Produced by Cicely Fell

Reporter on the Afterlife

Featuring Joe Dunthorne and Kurt Vonnegut

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.