The Big Shed Podcast
Voices. Stories. Sounds ... a DIY kinda place, Big Shed as been pumping surprising audio documentary work into the podosphere since 2005.
info_outline The ROYGBIV Diet 05/08/2012
The ROYGBIV Diet After a particularly colorful Thanksgiving feast, or was it a a drunken night at the bar (?), Independent Producer Amanda Thieroff and her friend Sean Berman challenged each other to embark on the ROYGBIV diet. This diet isn't about losing weight or being nutritious - it's about spending a week eating only one color of food per day, according to the colors of the rainbow.
info_outline We Fell Asleep but Our Dreams Were Sweet 11/16/2011
We Fell Asleep but Our Dreams Were Sweet Stacy Bond's youngest sister died in a nighttime car accident while driving from Mozambique to South Africa. Robbers took her shoes, but left her purse. A year after her death, Stacy met her mother and other sister in New York to attend a seance conducted by Medium George Anderson.
info_outline Only For My King 06/13/2011
Only For My King Producer Sara Curtis brings us the story of Benuel Esch - an amish man from Lancaster, PA who has lost his family, his home, and his mind. Benuel started questioning his lifestyle 20 years ago. Now he's returned to Amish living with a new community in Unity, Maine. There, Benuel is trying to make sense of where he's been and where he's going.
info_outline One for the Commandant 03/23/2011
One for the Commandant The winner of Big Shed's first ever Audio Verite +1 Competition is David Weinberg. The piece is called One for the Commandant, a short story set in downtown Seattle, featuring Edgar, Catfish and Hans, who David hung out with on his breaks from a restaurant job. David recorded the goings on one evening and crafted this story, which is apparently made entirely from audio verite.
info_outline Cold Concrete Birth by Kelley Libby 12/11/2010
Cold Concrete Birth by Kelley Libby Producer Kelley Libby produced a radio story about 13 year-old farmer Colby Perron while at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. This is not that story. But if you listen to Colby's story, you will hear a very short scene in which a calf is born. Kelley spent all day, waiting on a cold concrete floor in a barn in Topsham, Maine, just to get the recording she needed for that scene. Later, she realized the tape she got told a separate story about waiting, pain, responsibility, knowledge and the beginning of life.
info_outline Celestial Navigation 12/01/2010
Celestial Navigation Producer Tom Niemisto weaves between an interview with tall-ship captain Samantha Heyman and an astronomer/poet around a bonfire under a broad star-filled sky. The stars are governed by a perfect order and yet, they create a chaos of mystery. We link astronomy to creation myths in constellations. We search for deeper meaning the night sky or, with rigorous mathematics, we search for our physical location through navigation. This is Tom's first non-narrated audio work and, as with many radio stories, he sat on the great verite tape from the bonfire for two years before deciding to weave it with the tall-ship captains' voice. And... check this out... He scored the the music himself and performed it with his cello, seeking to "evoke the undulating horizon off a ship's deck, and the glint of stars trying to tell you something." We'd say he nailed it. The original version of this piece was commissioned by Julie Sabatier for Destination DIY on Oregon Public Broadcasting. It will be broadcast on December 4th on OPB on a show entitled "DIY: Rituals." Photo by Fmmr via Creative Commons.
info_outline A Sense of Sanity &/or Fear 11/11/2010
A Sense of Sanity &/or Fear Signs like "Take it Down A Notch," "My Political Views Cannot Be Summed Up On A Pithy Sign," and, of course, "God Hates Figs." Sam Greenspan, Big Shed's Correspondent in Washington, DC, attended The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear and files this report.
info_outline Deer Diary 10/06/2010
Deer Diary This story was originally produced as two separate pieces for the podcast, Natural Maryland, at WYPR 88.1 FM in Baltimore. Part 1 was entitled "The Journalist and the Deer Hunter" and part 2, "Deer 0012." Producer Louisa Jonas was psyched to merge the two into one piece for this Big Shed podcast. She says, "You could say part 1 was a failure and part 2 a success, or you could say the exact opposite- it really depends on which deer you interview…"
info_outline Mind Over Stomach Matter 04/28/2010
Mind Over Stomach Matter In the Big Shed, we always say that audio is the most visual medium. And we've even offered some stinky audio before. Thanks to the crafty work of producer Anna Hamilton, prepare for your first aural gag reflex. Anna is a proud graduate of the Salt Institute in Maine, and brings us this audio adventure from her time there. Competitive eating is on the upswing in the world of alternative sports, and South Portland, Maine is on the bandwagon. Join us stage-side at the first-ever World Burrito Eating Championship. We're also pleased to bring you a very special, surprise guest who payed a visit to Jesse at Big Shed Virginia. We're honored to air this interview with a creative genius who brings his epicurean expertise to bear on reviewing this story.
info_outline Rebel Yell 04/28/2010
Rebel Yell We're thrilled to bring you this story from producer Peter Solomon. It's a gem. We fell for this piece the first time we heard it. The rebel yell. What did it sound like – that battle cry that terrorized union troops and rallied Confederates to battle? Historians have clues from letters and diaries but still have never agreed. Producer Peter Solomon brings us a recording of what many believe is an authentic Rebel Yell ... and it's nothing we expected to hear. Peter spoke with Waite Rawls, President of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, who offers his perspective. We are also excited to bring you the comments of Allan Gurganus, author of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. He was a featured speaker last Fall at an "The Audio Listening Institute" from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Thanks to Mr. Gurganus being brilliant and to the Center for Documentary Studies for allowing us to rebroadcast their audio. Peter produced this story as an assignment for the Feature Bureau at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and it aired on public radio stations across the state of Virginia. Peter's editor, Big Shed friend Lydia Wilson, had read an article about a rebel yell CD from the Musuem of the Confederacy. Peter explained, "I didn't really know anything about the subject before I got the assignment. I knew that there was an amusement park ride called the 'Rebel Yell' or it was something that you shouted at a football game. When I heard the actual sound of the Confederate soldiers demonstrating the yell I was shocked. I played it for a colleague who thought it sounded like a person being killed. I asked Waite Rawls to comment on this reaction. He ended up being a very good storyteller. He's articulate, knowledgeable about the history of the civil war and I was able to let him tell the story without writing any narration." And thanks to Peter Solomon for sharing this with us. Peter has worked as a jazz host and operations manager at WCVE-FM, Richmond since 1999. His background is in music. Peter - "I am a big jazz nerd but in recent years my interests have turned to crafting radio features and that's the part of my job that I most enjoy."
info_outline Lillie and Miss Kira 04/28/2010
Lillie and Miss Kira Lillie is a young student who spends time in the community of Westhaven, a mostly African-American, low-income housing development in Charlottesville, VA. Lillie is incredibly assertive. She talked her way into a youth radio program where she was at least three or four years younger than the the other students. The youth program was run by our friends at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, which is where Jesse Dukes and Greg Kelly. In this piece, Lillie interviews one of her teachers. She’s very adept at forming relationships with adults, which really comes through here. Jesse and Greg pulled this story together from her interview. LIllie charmed us, and we hope she charms you, too.
info_outline Shortwaveology #2 04/15/2010
Shortwaveology #2 We are so pleased to bring you the second installment in Shortwaveology, a series from producer David Goren. It's as beautiful as the we were able to share with you. Shortwaveology is an occasional rumination on the crackly sonics, history and cultural influence of shortwave radio. Thanks to former Radio Canada International program host Ian McFarland for permission to excerpt from his 1974 compilation of shortwave station interval signals and sign-ons. And it's a perfect way for us to bring you our first podcast in over a year!! We've missed you, but Big Shed is back, and bigger than ever. Jesse Dukes has officially joined us, making Big Shed . We're sorry to have abandoned you for so long. We promise it was us, not you. We were busy launching among other things. But to make it up to you, we've also created this spiffy website where you can find out more about all things Big Shed. We've missed you.So hold on to your audio hats, because we're back!