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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0 Pieces

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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A "music story" about a radio classified show that's been on the air on Tennessee for sixty years.

Bought by Third Coast Festival/Re:sound (Outside Purchaser), Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, WYBC and more


  • Added: Jul 05, 2006
  • Length: 07:58
  • Purchases: 6
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A Long Haul Production's "song story" about people whose portraits were taken by a LaPorte, Indiana photographer a generation ago.

Bought by The Story, PRX Remix, and Remix Radio


  • Added: Jun 08, 2006
  • Length: 13:12
  • Purchases: 3
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An update of the Long Haul Production's series "Mom's Good Move."

Bought by WBEZ


  • Added: Jan 09, 2006
  • Length: 10:52
  • Purchases: 1
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People who dial the wrong number and leave a message are not always annoying.

Bought by PRX Remix and WYBC


  • Added: Dec 30, 2005
  • Length: 02:57
  • Purchases: 2
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A high school football team attempts to break an 17 game losing streak

Bought by KPIK-LP, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, and WBEZ


  • Added: Dec 08, 2005
  • Length: 11:02
  • Purchases: 4
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Excerpts of New Orlean's Mayor Ray Nagin's 'rant' against the slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina mixed with Jolie Holland's song "I Wanna D...

Bought by WMPG, KGLT, and KVNF


  • Added: Sep 04, 2005
  • Length: 04:35
  • Purchases: 3
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An innovative story about the rediscovery of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker in Brinkley, Arkansas that blends interviews and an original song by Sufja...

Bought by KALW, PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, KUT, Remix Radio and more


  • Added: Jul 14, 2005
  • Length: 11:57
  • Purchases: 10
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After waiting for Mr. Right (who has yet to arrive) - and after years of fertility treatments - Suzanne, a single woman in her forties, decided to ...

Bought by KVSC, KMXT, HowSound, 90.5 WSNC, WNIJ and more


  • Added: Jun 14, 2005
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 15
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A radio documentary profiling artist Gary Greff’s attempt to save his dying Great Plains hometown by building giant metal sculptures along a lonely...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and 2SER FM 107.3


  • Added: May 23, 2005
  • Length: 08:31
  • Purchases: 2
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A radio documentary profiling artist Gary Greff’s attempt to save his dying Great Plains hometown by building giant metal sculptures along a lonely...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and 2SER FM 107.3


  • Added: May 23, 2005
  • Length: 07:47
  • Purchases: 2