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Transom.org is an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the internet, and for discussing that work, and encouraging more. Our podcast offers some tasty little audio morsels to go.
||Colliding Stories: Musical Bridges by Ben & Billy||Transom's proud to present the World Premiere of “Colliding Stories: Musical Bridges” from hip hop artist Billy Dean and classical guitarist Ben Verdery. This work brings together the venerable with the new, black with white, youth with age.||4/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||We’ve Never Been The Same: A War Story||A piece about trauma, guilt, courage, heartbreak, and reunion. This is producer Adam Piore's first piece for radio. Listen.||2/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Maria, Lena and Me||Karla Murthy's piece, "Maria, Lena and Me," is a tribute to one remarkable pianist, but more than that, it's an homage to inspiration. If you never dreamed of becoming a concert pianist, you'll find yourself entering that dream as you listen; the story...||5/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home||This story was hard for Will Coley to do. Even as he approached, he held it at arms length, but finally, he embraced it. You can understand his hesitancy because the story is about his father’s death in a plane crash when Will was a boy. Give a listen.||1/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Of Kith and Kids||Adventure Playgrounds are public spaces for children that encourage managed risk. At a quick glance, they look like junkyards. Transom Donor Fund winner, Erin Davis has been obsessed with these playgrounds lately and is now telling their story in radio...||7/30/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma||2012 was a deadly year for the "tribe" of foreign correspondents of which Kelly McEvers is a part. Kelly wondered, "Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives when they don't have to?" Making this documentary is among the braver things Kelly...||6/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Walking Across America: Advice for a Young Man||At age 23, Andrew Forsthoefel, set out to walk across America, 4000 miles, with a sign on him that said, "Walking to Listen." It's an epic journey, a coming of age story, and a portrait of this country. Co-produced with Jay Allison.||4/2/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Code To Live By In Appalachia||There may come a day when races are so blended as to be irrelevant, but not yet. For our first 2012 Transom Donor Fund piece, producer Mary Helen Miller explores the racial identity of Melungeons in Appalachia.||1/30/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forgiveness||Sometimes an interview blossoms and reveals depths you couldn’t have imagined when it began. That’s how this piece by Bianca Giaever feels… a gentle conversation that moves into a profound story about race, family, murder,||9/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Open Letter to a Fussy Woman at a Toll Booth||Donald Whalen is a computer programmer, among other things. He makes stories, like this one, because he has something to say. It is an eloquent statement about casual oppression that many will understand.||8/14/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Blind Parenting||Transom is proud to premiere this incredibly charming story by Sterling Smalley with Maura Kutnyak-Smalley. They are brother and sister, both blind, with blind parents, and they ponder together the challenge of raising their own kids—some blind, some no||6/5/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Portrait of the Bully as a Young Man||Transom Donor Fund winner, Jones Franzel thought she was advising on a youth-produced feature about Jeff, a bully who ended up in jail, but the portrait changed course, brought Jones into it, and tread on her boundaries between teacher and reporter.||3/13/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bucky’s Dome||"Bucky's Dome" on PRX - About "Bucky's Dome" - One of the biggest challenges I faced was condensing all of the information I had into a manageable story that makes sense. Buckminster Fuller was a philosopher, architect, inventor, author,||3/6/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||The D-Word||At Transom, we are steady advocates of Slow Radio, un-rushed humanity-filled storytelling. In that spirit we present "The D-Word" by Ed Prosser. Yes, it's about Death. And about people who make their livings from death. The pace is slow.||2/1/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||Splash||Another in our series of Transom Donor Fund projects, “Splash” tells the story of surviving a suicide bridge jump. Producer Rich Halten says his feature occupies the space between journalism and art.||7/19/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Memory Palace||For his Transom feature, Nate DiMeo goes deeply into how and why he produces his podcast, The Memory Palace. If public radio could open its doors -- and why not, after all? --to passionate, unusual work like Nate's, one would love it a lot more.||4/6/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||99% Invisible||The artist-driven podcast is a refreshing reminder of what's possible beyond the public radio standard issue. Transom will be featuring a few of these podcasts in the coming months, and our first is "99% Invisible" by Roman Mars.||3/21/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scene of the Crime||Paul Bieber is a private investigator. He searches for evidence in cases from insurance fraud to murder. Lately, he's decided to get into human rights investigations and went to Colombia to interview victims of paramilitary violence.||11/28/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Inside the Adoption Circle – A Transom Radio Special||"Inside the Adoption Circle" represents more of Transom's encouragement of Slow Radio. Without hurry, it wanders within the circle made by adopted children, by birth parents making an adoption plan for their children,||10/1/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Finding Miles||This brave and intimate diary illuminates gender transition in an immediate way—from the mundane practical considerations to the fundamental identity transformation. Take some time to follow this path with Megan toward Miles.||6/7/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Working With Studs – A Transom Radio Special||Transom Editor Sydney Lewis crafted this lovely eulogy to America's greatest listener and Transom's patron saint. In a seamless blend of documentary and reminiscence, Sydney and a crew of Studs’ co-workers bring great stories,||4/27/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Matthew||Matthew wears a face-mask. He reveals through drawings and sound the story behind the mask. We don’t want to say too much about his story, because its strength is in the unraveling. From a production standpoint, the story couldn’t be simpler.||4/7/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kidnap Radio||Annie Correal's father was kidnapped in Colombia by guerillas and held in the jungle for months. He was rescued in a military raid. It was an amazing story, made more so by the fact that it was so common. There are thousands still missing down there,||1/10/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cat Lady||Transom sometimes provides a home for things that don’t fit anywhere else, things we’d like to hear out of the blue on public radio, but probably never will. Cat Lady is one of those. It’s a portrait, a reading, a vocal impression, a story,||12/23/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|25||ExplicitVideoMortified’s “I Hate Drake”||“I Hate Drake” is an hysterical and heartfelt entry from Will Nolan’s childhood diary about an archetypal bullying episode.||8/17/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
|26||VideoMy Most Important Self Portrait||The animated images of James’s body and the sounds of his voice work together in a dark and elegant duet.||7/27/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tribal Radio||Listen to quick and slow radio versions of radio coming from some of the 33 Tribal radio stations around the United States.||6/19/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jennie’s Secret||An unusual veteran's story about a woman who posed as a man during the Civil War and went on to live most of her life as a man in the tiny town of Saunemin, Illinois. Over the years the town has been ambivalent about their most famous citizen and is st...||5/18/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Prostate Diaries||If this piece were about blood or bones or lungs, it would have aired on NPR. But because it is about the prostate, and includes a talking penis, it presented problems for broadcast. There’s no equal time for body parts. Written by Jeff Metcalf,||2/5/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||Killer Whales||A gentle paean to the passion field biologists feel for their work, and, in this case, for whales. It also confronts the quandary that plagues both journalists and biologists: What if your quarry doesn't show up? How do you still tell its story?||1/22/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
Wonderful show about life
This is a wonderful program about life. I enjoy listening to stories. Wonderfully structured program.
I'm a big fan of storytelling radio shows and podcasts, and I'm glad I found this podcast. I was listening to a Scott carrier segment on 'this American life', and they mentioned Transom in the credits, so I decided to give it a listen. So glad I did...I just wish there was more!
Very high quality work
Fantastic series of radio documentaries, simple in design and execution has wide appeal and is accessible to all by all. Thank you Jay Allison.