Long Haul Productions

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Long Haul Productions documents stories of everyday lives, stories of people and communities in transition, and stories of ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. When we choose a story, we're really in it for the long haul: we spend months, sometimes years, getting to know our characters. These are documentaries that mark the course of human life: they're inherently dramatic, immediate, and true. As such, they yield some of the most memorable programming in American media today. We're a not-for-profit corporation run by longtime producer Dan Collison, and his radio partner Elizabeth Meister. We've produced fifty radio documentaries for National Public Radio over the last eight years, and count the prestigious duPont-Columbia baton among our many honors. Our video documentaries have aired on HBO and the Travel Channel, and we've won attention from other journalists at the New York Times, LA Times, Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Reader.

Series

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5 Pieces

The American Worker Series examines the meaning of work in people's lives.

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2 Pieces

Two stories following a single woman in her forties as she tries to become a mother.

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6 Pieces

People tell their stories as they respond to profound and fundamental change in the places they call home.

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8 Pieces

Long Haul Productions’ award-winning Song/Story series marks an innovative approach in radio journalism: collaborative storytelling that blends carefully-crafted interview and documentary tape with original songs written as an integral part of the story’s narrative

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3 Pieces

A three part radio documentary profiling artist Gary Greff’s attempt to save his dying Great Plains hometown by building giant metal sculptures along a lonely strip of county road.

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An account of one the most bizarre plays in baseball history.

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7 Pieces

Long-term profiles of Americans in transition explore how people cope with changes in their lives -- how they handle adversity, how they measure their successes and failures.


Pieces

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Every year, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. Raised entirely in American culture, they finish high s...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, KGLT, KCRW, KFAI, and KSFR


  • Added: Jun 22, 2010
  • Length: 26:09
  • Purchases: 5
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Every year, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. Raised entirely in American culture, they finish high s...

Bought by WHRV, XRAY.fm, KWIT, WCPN, KVNF and more


  • Added: Mar 30, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 32
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An oral history account of the successful workers' sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago in December of 2008, the first Ameri...

Bought by PRX Remix and KFAI


  • Added: Oct 07, 2009
  • Length: 21:57
  • Purchases: 2
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An exploration into the myth and reality of the catfish in southern culture.

Bought by PRX Remix, KFAI, and The Nature Podcast


  • Added: Mar 04, 2009
  • Length: 26:18
  • Purchases: 3
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Studs Terkel reads excerpts from Upton Sinclair's novel "The Jungle" in this history of African Americans in the packinghouse industry of Chicago.

Bought by Spokane Public Radio, XRAY.fm, KFAI, WRPI, KBRP Community Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 04, 2008
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 6
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The citizens of SW Michigan talk about the recent and unprecedented rash of thefts of Obama and McCain yard sign thefts in their area.

Bought by KALW, WVPE, New Hampshire Public Radio, and WILL


  • Added: Oct 29, 2008
  • Length: 04:07
  • Purchases: 4
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Autism Chronicles is an hour-long special profiling three families living and coping with autism.

Bought by PRX Remix, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WVPE, and WXXI


  • Added: Oct 14, 2008
  • Length: 57:59
  • Purchases: 4
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A profile of a musician who makes guitars from the old-growth forest that he's decided to protect in perpetuity.

Bought by WABE, PRX Remix, KUOW, New Hampshire Public Radio, and The Nature Podcast


  • Added: Oct 14, 2008
  • Length: 06:31
  • Purchases: 5
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A profile of the volunteer stewards restoring former Illinois corn fields into habitats for native plants and birds

Bought by PRX Remix, KXOT Public Radio, and The Nature Podcast


  • Added: Dec 19, 2007
  • Length: 10:23
  • Purchases: 3
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The passenger pigeon was once the most common species in North America - now it's extinct. A look at how the bird disappeared.

Bought by KUOW, PRX Remix, The Nature Podcast, and WDET Detroit Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 19, 2007
  • Length: 07:15
  • Purchases: 4