Stories from the Heart of the Land

THU, APR 17, 2008 (1:10:22)

National Public Radio producer Jay Allison presents Stories from the Heart of the Land, a six-part radio series that ranges across the world—from Australia to Newfoundland, Mexico to Tibet—to capture the human connection to land and landscape. These are radio stories about the land in which we live.

+ BIO: Jay Allison

Jay Allison is an independent broadcast journalist. His work airs on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, PRI’s This American Life, and other national programs. He is well-known for his role as the curator and producer of This I Believe on NPR, and is co-editor of the bestselling books based on the series. He was the 1996 recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio, the industry’s highest honor. In 2002, he received the Public Radio News Directors’ Leo C. Lee Award for lasting commitment to public radio journalism. Allison is co-producer of Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project and Hidden Kitchens (with the Kitchen Sisters), The Miles Davis Radio Project (with Steve Rowland & Quincy Troupe), Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project (with Laurie Block), Stories from the Heart of the Land (with Emily Botein), and many other series, including Life Stories (with Christina Egloff). For ABC News Nightline, Allison worked as a solo-crew–shooting, reporting, and producing half-hour television specials. Ted Koppel has called him “a journalist in the finest tradition.” He is the Executive Director of Atlantic Public Media (APM), a non-profit organization he founded to create a public radio service for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, in collaboration with WGBH-Boston. Locally, Allison hosts a weekly 4-hour “documentary DJ” program called Arts & Ideas. Allison is a founder of the Association of Independents in Radio and the originator and host of online forums for public broadcasting. Currently, Allison is working with The Moth in New York City to develop a new series for public radio.

+ BIO: John Weatherford

John Weatherford came to public broadcasting after working in commercial radio since 1966, commercial television since 1969 and running his own production companies (radio, TV, graphics and 3D animation) for 15 years. Much of the programming created in those 15 years ended up on public television; some of those series are still airing today. The majority of his more than 30 years in commercial broadcasting was spent in news and local programming. He has also served as vice president of the Georgia Radio Reading Service board for almost a decade.

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