Waiting it Out Series

Series produced by Long Haul Productions

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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.

"Ordinary experience has in it all the elements of great drama, if you happen to be lucky enough to be around when it's happening and recognize it for what it is." -- documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman

These 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. These voices, from people on the margins of society, are often overlooked or misunderstood -- but their stories are poignant and poetic.

Most stories in this series aired on All Things Considered.


7 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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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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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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"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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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