Shortlists

Shortlist of Shortlists

Intro from Jay Allison: A Short List is made from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS. It's a story, with the title at the end. It might be funny, poetic, political... you decide. The grace of these bits is in the mystery.

About "Shortlists"

desk drawer contentsA Short List is made from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS. It’s a story, with the title at the end. It might be funny, poetic, political… you decide. The grace of these bits is in the mystery.

A while back we initiated the Short List project with the WCAI, the public radio service on the Cape & Islands, and NPR’s Day to Day. We asked people to send in contributions. Radio producers made elegant produced pieces with nice clear sound. Regular people just called the WCAI listener line and started talking when they heard the beep.

Our series was inspired by Monika Mueller’s lists on Transom and by this “Sonic ID” from Chelsea Merz for WCAI.

The lists are alphabetical below by the list-maker’s name. Unfortunately, we can’t attach titles because it gives it all away. Click on a name to hear a shortlist.

Contributors

Hans Anderson is a Internet programmer and hobbyist audio producer. He enjoys creating overly-produced, off-the-cuff short audio stories.

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Krissy Clark is currently a staff reporter and editor for the public radio show Weekend America from American Public Media.

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Sean Cole is a reporter for Weekend America and Marketplace. He is also the author of this bio and many others.

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Beth Dunn phoned her shortlist in to WCAI.

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Dan Gartzke practices law with his wife, Tracey Schwalbe, in Madison and New Glarus, Wisconsin. They have three children – Julia, Mara and David.

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Melissa Harold phoned her shortlist in to WCAI.

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Viki Merrick is an independent producer/editor for Transom.org, Atlantic Public Media and WCAI: the Cape and Islands NPR station. She is currently the Senior Editor for This I Believe.

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Chelsea Merz is a producer for the new public radio show Open Source. Prior to that she worked at Atlantic Public Media/ Transom.org for nearly four years.

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Monika Mueller is an independent producer who lives in Berlin, Germany.

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Sarah Peters is a sculptor specializing in bronze public works, Sarah Peters Sculpture. She lives in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

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Marianne Rahn-Erickson is a storyteller born in Brooklyn in another century. She lives on her precious ramshackle farm in Very Upstate New York. As a Mother-In-Pursuit-of-an-Honest-Living, she does freelance writing and audio production.

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Benjamen Walker is the creator and host of the weekly radio program/podcast called Theory of Everything, which has aired on public radio stations around the country and was the first weekly public radio program to start podcasting. The list is from Kitchen Sister, Davia Nelson, of San Francisco.

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Sarah Yahm is a graduate student in the new Social Documentation program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In addition to making shortlists she’s working on a radio documentary about a former insane asylum in rural New England.

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Original Shortlists

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A Transom Special Feature with NPR’s Day to Day

What is a Short List?

It’s a list you create from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS. It’s a story, with the title coming at the end. It might be funny, poetic, political… you decide. For examples, you can listen to Monika Mueller’s lists here on Transom which inspired this idea.


Additional support for this work provided by
Open Studio Project
with funding from the
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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  • Jay Allison

    10.03.03

    Reply
    The Short List Project

    Use this board for questions or comments about the Day To Day/Transom "Short List" project

  • Jennifer Deer

    10.20.03

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    Short List Length?

    The instructions say "read it for about 60 seconds"…

    if I’m going to produce a piece, what is the max length, including title, description at end?

    thanks

    jdeer

  • Jay Allison

    10.20.03

    Reply
    length

    There’s no hard limit. It just needs to hold up. If it feels too long, it is.

  • Daniel Costello

    11.02.03

    Reply
    ongoing project?

    Is this going to be an ongoing project, or is there an end date? I’ve submitted one, but may have more later. If submitting more than one, do they need to be together?

    Once a web-posted submission is acknowledged, does it need to be left on the site or has it been downloaded?

    Thanks.

  • Jay Allison

    11.03.03

    Reply
    going on

    Keep ’em coming. We’re getting some good ones and forwarding to Day To Day now. They’ll make the call about what airs. You can email the Transom Team about your last question. editorial@transom.org.

  • Jay Allison

    2.18.04

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    update

    Just to let you know, this project is bearing all sorts of good fruit. We’ve been passing the pieces on to Day To Day and they’ve aired a lot. You can audition them here at the NPR site.

    We’re also putting them on our Cape & Islands station and have issued an on-air call for local listeners to phone up with their own lists, with lovely results.

    Before too long, we’ll do a Transom SHOW feature with all the best ones. You’ll like it.

    If you’ve been thinking about doing one, do.

  • cw

    10.06.04

    Reply
    are y’all still collecting…

    short lists?

  • Jay Allison

    5.14.07

    Reply
    Short Lists

    Remember “Short Lists”? It was a project we started a few years ago, described like this: A Short List is made from your experience or research or daily life. You read it out loud for about 60 seconds and then tell us at the end what the list WAS. It’s a story, with the title at the end. The grace is in the mystery.

    Transom collaborated with our local public radio station WCAI and NPR’s Day To Day and put out a call. Radio producers made elegant produced pieces. Regular people just called our listener line and started talking when they heard the beep.

    We’ve gathered a dozen of these Short Lists to feature on Transom. It’s not too late to submit one of your own. Check it out.
    http://www.transom.org/shows/2007/200705_shortlists/

  • Samantha Broun

    7.09.07

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    More shortlists

    Thanks to those who were inspired enough by the Shortlist Show to send us a shortlist of their own. It’s still not too late to submit one. Keep them coming.

    Also, when we first posted the show, we made a mistake and didn’t activate the TALK feature which meant people couldn’t post their thoughts/comments. We’ve fixed that now. So if you have anything to say about shortlists please, log on and post.

    You can’t say much about a shortlist without giving away what they’re about. So, without further adieu…

    Diane Bock

    Kathy Dahlen

    Maria Howe

    Evan Johnston

    Jenifer Johnson

    Lisa Tharpe

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