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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Two mentally ill and homeless repeat offenders attempt to break the cycle -- one that for years has spun from jail, to psychiatric hospitals, to th...

Bought by PRX Remix, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, and CKMO


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 29:33
  • Purchases: 3
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Peg Collison documents her move from San Mateo, California - where she'd lived for almost 35 years - to a retirement community in Davis, California...

Bought by WCBU and Marfa Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 37:09
  • Purchases: 2
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After a battle erupts over whether to allow kids to play basketball in a scruffy Chicago park, neighbors rally and defeat the machine-backed alderm...

Bought by The Story, PRX Remix, and KVNF


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 15:08
  • Purchases: 3
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"When All Else Fails" is a first-person account of a man undergoing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock (Award Winner:...

Bought by KFAI and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 21:19
  • Purchases: 2
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Every day, more than 150 men are processed, paroled and released from the Walls Unit in Hunstville, Texas, a small conservative town home to nine s...

Bought by PRX Remix and Marfa Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 09:32
  • Purchases: 2
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On August 31, 1987, one of baseball's most peculiar plays took place in the minor leagues in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It was a variation of the ...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WOUB, WTIP, New Hampshire Public Radio, Hark! and more


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 07:46
  • Purchases: 17
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Profile of an illegal immigrant, working as a cleaner, trying to make her way in America.

Bought by WDBM, PRX Remix, KCUR, KSUT, Public Interactive and more


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 18:47
  • Purchases: 7
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The story of an ex-felon's transition from prison to the free world. James, who narrates, is 38 and has been in and out of prison all his adult lif...

Bought by KUER, RadioFreePalmer, PRX Remix, WRNC-LP, KUT and more


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 28:47
  • Purchases: 9
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"A Danger to Self or Others" documents everyday life inside the Chicago Cook County Jail's Mental Health Division - the largest provider of mental ...

Bought by PRX Remix and WYBC


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 28:55
  • Purchases: 2
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Babyquest is the story of a single woman in her mid-40s that has been trying for two years to get pregnant using a variety of methods. Team Long Ha...

Bought by PRX Remix and WFUV


  • Added: Sep 03, 2004
  • Length: 13:08
  • Purchases: 2