The Shell Game by Sam Greenspan

July 14, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams

This week I wanted to feature some work by young but not so young producers: people who are in the 18 to 24 demographic, but are working as professional, adult producers. I thought it would be inspirational since it inspires the hell out of me to always be making more, making it better, and then getting it out there.

Sam Greenspan is a freelance radio producer, media educator, and production assistant at NPR in Washington, DC. And he has been incredibly gracious in lending me an additional feature for this edition of YouthCast. The one contained in the podcast below is The Shell Game. At first you might think that this is about video games, judging from the image above, but really, it's about music, power, and gender. And more importantly, the way it was recorded totally grabbed my ears. I'll explain in audio format a little more. Just click "Play!"



"Searching for Blelvis" is the story of Sam's quest for DC area street character, Blelvis, or "The Black Elvis." This story contrasts with The Shell Game because it is more intense: scripted, investigative, and took a few months. It aired on WAMU, Washington DC’s NPR affiliate. I think it really demonstrates the two sides of Sam, and a lot of young producers: they have the talent to do something offbeat and off the cuff, but also to report on and write features of substance. Head over to PRX to hear the whole thing.

And right here, listen to a bonus interview excerpt of Sam and I talking about the making of "Blelvis" and the trouble of being on the other side of the mic as a reporter and producer.

(Listen to the interview!)

Sam also wants to give a shout-out to Radio Rootz DC, which teaches District high schoolers audio storytelling and media literacy.

Music in this episode is by Transient / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

The Mario Kart shell image is Flickr user michellegabriel.