I enjoyed listening to all of the pieces I reviewed this month but the one that I liked the most was “Spooky Chills” from Pulse of Portland Music Project. The audio piece is not a PSA or news package but a song composed by Anh Le. The song was spooky and chilling but above all it made me smile and brought me into spirit of Halloween!
I can't tell you what this week's Youthcast episode is about. It's a mystery that reveals itself upon listening. But I've got a few other things to share. First of all, hello! My name is Emily Corwin, and I am your new host. Molly Adams, Chantel Harley and Kiera Feldman have left some big shoes to fill, and although I only wear a size 6, I'm planning to run, jump and skip in them.
A little about me:
In addition to hosting Youthcast, I am also the Assistant Programmer of Public Radio Remix, PRX's 24/7 radio service of driveway-moment storytelling. I also make my own radio, which you can get a taste of here, or on PRX. Until a few months ago, I held-down the PRX help-desk homefront with Genevieve Sponsler, and before that I played all kinds of crazy music on the cello. If I'm not listening to, talking about, or making radio, I'm probably running, biking, cooking, eating, or skyping with my tiny nephew. The image on the left is me working on this story.
So yes. It's nice to meet you!
Back to this week's piece. I already mentioned that I can't tell you what it's about (you'll have to listen,) but I can tell you who made it. Third Grade Audio is the youth producer group run by David Green, who teaches 3rd graders at North Shore Country Day in Winnetka, IL, just outside Chicago. This piece is a short list, a style of radio collage made popular by Jay Allison of Transom and WCAI. It was produced by David's summer program students, who are 8 and 9 years old. These students also created a companion animation, which I'm posting below. I recommend listening to the audio first, and then taking a look at the silent animation.
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