This week I ask that you listen to an episode of public radio’s This American Life. Episodes are typically one hour long and contain several stories within an episode (please listen to the entire episode). As you may know, This American Life is quite popular and entertaining–select any episode you find of interest. Just be sure the episode features audio documentary work–almost all episodes feature the kind of work we’re studying this semester, but every so often the episode features recordings of storytellers talking with a large audience instead of audio documentary work. If the episode you select features one “act” with a person performing to a large audience, that’s no problem. But if the episode features only individuals performing to an audience, then please select another episode.
Click here to learn more about This American Life before listening…
Please remember that each week you are to write about two audio pieces. I assign one (as I’ve done above) and the other can come from any audio documentary source highlighted on this blog or discussed in your book Recording Culture. As discussed in class, do not use Storycorps stories for this assignment.
Please also remember to see D2L or your handout for the writing assignment that goes along with the listening.