Intro from Jay Allison: Okay, there’s something appealing about a mother and son producing team. And the $50/program budget. And the accents are irresistible. But there’s something more here. Your average media portrayal of “ordinary” people often lands in the sand-traps of false sincerity or winking irony or condescension. But here, there is a lack of ego in the production style, little self-promotion or focus on the frame. What is present is the power of neighbors talking and listening. To us at Transom.org, housed as we are in a small town public radio station, this idea resonates. We think it’s important. We like it coming on the eve of Studs Terkel’s arrival. We think, as Carol Wasserman said in her editor’s notes: “What is relevant to producers of American public radio is not the subject matter of these pieces so much as their approach to subject. The tone of plain unmediated decency.” And there are funny parts too.
This is from an email we received. Would you have wanted to hear the program?
I just wanted to let you know as a regular visitor to Transom.org how much I enjoy the sense of community it’s begun to foster amongst radio producers. I’m based in the wilds of rural England, but somehow don’t feel quite as out of touch now.
I’ve just been reading the .pdf version of the Kitchen Sisters discussion on Transom. It made for interesting reading. Their comments on working partnerships and collaborations brought a smile to my face. You see I work with my mother! Don’t let that put you off, We work extremely hard to produce “This is England.”
Well, we wanted to hear it and we found it, I don’t know – not just quaint, but refreshing. Simple. Just the neighbors going about their jobs, talking about their work to someone who listens. The Constable, the owner of the sweet shop, Cesspool Sid, the neighbor who built a machine to find and destroy land mines in faraway places. With Studs Terkel coming soon, it seemed just the thing. Have a listen.
*Note: Helen of our team edited a few bits together for this Transom sampling.
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