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 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: 07:43
  • Purchases: 2
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A half-hour radio documentary profiling artist Gary Greff’s attempt to save his dying Great Plains hometown by building giant metal sculptures alon...

Bought by KFAI, XRAY.fm, PRX Remix, Remix Radio, KZSC and more


  • Added: May 17, 2005
  • Length: 28:32
  • Purchases: 7
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Stories from people who take and administer a drug that prevents heroin overdoses.

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 06, 2004
  • Length: 05:46
  • Purchases: 2
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A critically-acclaimed story detailing one man's quest to find the author of two diaries from 1960 and 1961 that he found in a thrift store.

Bought by PRX Remix, Remix Radio, WYBC, and WYSO


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 17:36
  • Purchases: 4
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A year in the life of Catherine "Coco" Means, as she leaves her long-time home in a Chicago public housing development and moves to her first priva...

Bought by KGNU, Vocalo.org, PRX Remix, PRX to iTunes, Remix Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 27:46
  • Purchases: 7
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The story of the worst homefront disaster of World War II -- an ammunition explosion that killed more than 300 men -- and what happened to the 50 A...

Bought by KUER, WNMU-FM, KPIK-LP, XRAY.fm, WXDU and more


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 25:12
  • Purchases: 18
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Alva Maxey-Boyd, now in her nineties, defied race covenants, urban renewal bulldozers, and two Mayor Daleys in a seven-decade battle to get and kee...

Bought by PRX Remix, KFAI, WFUV, WLUW, and WYSO


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 25:07
  • Purchases: 5
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Public housing residents scramble to figure out where to go next when their Chicago public housing high-rise is slated for demolition. It's all p...

Bought by PRX Remix and KFAI


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 29:03
  • Purchases: 2
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Former door-to-door Bible salesman Jim "The Rabbit" Baker, featured in the classic 1969 Maysles Brothers film Salesman, explains the secrets of his...

Bought by PRX Remix, KFAI, WYBC, KSUT, and Public Interactive


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 10:14
  • Purchases: 5
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Once, Jimmy Roy owned half the businesses in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a steel town just outside Pittsburgh. Braddock's decline paralleled Jimmy's. B...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 19:00
  • Purchases: 1