Comments by Emily Corwin

Comment for "Shakespeare Behind Bars"


The people in this piece are rad! Great story.

Comment for "Time in Exile (A Postcard From Mexico)"


Lovely piece, and easy to relate to, too. I did find it unusual to hear Mexico referred to as third world. Perhaps that's a relic from the 90's, I'm not sure.

Comment for "Industrial Designer"

lovely series, one qualm

I love this series and the diversity of voices and experiences it sheds light upon. I worry that the concluding sentiment that Raffaella doesn't know how to turn "off" her professional engineering mind to, say, get to her son's school on time -- unnecessarily passes judgement on professional women in an historically insensitive way.

Comment for "A Musician's Life: Neko Case"

intelligence + skill + creativity

intelligence + skill + creativity from both host and guest = a good listen.

Comment for "The Katy Daley Show - 09/30/2009"

good show

This is a good solid bluegrass program. Great tunes, great personality.

Comment for "Skywave Rider" (deleted)

Radio about radio (deleted)

This is radio about radio; a personal narrative about radio's capacity to transform a life. It will likely resound with long time radio listeners, especially those who tune in to community or college stations regularly. It may alienate younger audiences, or those less familiar or committed to the medium.

Comment for "How We Survive: Predatory Mending"

Thoughtful and thorough, needs more zip

Valuable information here, the first segment covers important voices on a subject that doesn't get enough attention. Thorough, but lacking that creative zip.

Comment for "A Woman of No Consequence"

Feel good story

A Woman of No Consequence is engrossing and earnest, with a charming subject and smooth narration.

Comment for "Over the Rainbow"

Exactly what I've been waiting for

I can't emphasize enough the value of these voices and considerations. As the queer landscape transforms at breakneck speed over mere days, months, snap-of-the-fingers decades, we hardly have time to reflect on what has been lost and what has been gained by mainstream visibility and representation. This piece asks tough questions when the prevailing sentiment seems to be that there are no more tough questions. Kudos!

Comment for "Nipmuc Language Preservation, David White"

Simple, informative, and more

I could say that this piece is simple and informative––and stop there. It is more than that, however, because its simplicity masks a more significant accomplishment. As David White shares his experiences learning and teaching the Nipmuc language, Arun Rath demonstrates that Native America is not an artifact from the past, but a living growing part of America. Informed, conscientious productions like this have the potential to change popular narrative in a powerful way. Get this baby on the air!

Comment for "Unleavened Alaska: Passover in the Last Frontier"

Antsy for Passover

Oh what a fun little piece! It put me right in the Passover mood. It also reminded me of being in rural New Zealand during Passover one year, and an unsuccessful matzoh hunt that ensued. These Alaskan Jews show how making do without Manischewitz can make celebrating Passover all the more meaningful.

Comment for "Love Triangle"


Wow. What a beautiful, moving, very sad story. I feel so grateful toward Jamie and her former wife for their openness, and to Lauren Kirby for weaving this together so seamlessly.

Comment for "Growing the Green Collar Economy"

excellent subject, loveable personalities

Excellent subject, loveable personalities, good questions, very intelligent. The host's laughter can be awkward. A very good listen, nevertheless.

Comment for "Ruby"

Weak in the knees

I heard an expanded version of this on KPCC about a year or so ago. I immediately bought the album (Sweet Virginia from No Speed Limit) and have listened to this song at least every week since. No Speed Limit is now my favorite bluegrass band, Ruby my favorite bluegrass tune. I go weak in the knees when I hear it–– and I love me some bluegrass music! Thanks to Western Folklife for this fabulous piece!

Comment for "Living on the Beach in Santa Barbara" (deleted)

A good listen (deleted)

We don't hear the perspective of the newly homeless very often. This well-produced piece presents an important voice in this economic crisis.

Comment for "Harrigan"


Something about this song and story hit a sweet, nostalgic nerve that just makes me smile.

Comment for "The Dead Can't Do You Nothin'" (deleted)

Need more stars (deleted)

I need more stars to rate this piece; five is not enough. Mingle's absolute lack of pretension and earnest, honest style elicited my trust instantly. Her intuitive storytelling is curious and compelling--you embark on a mission to find ghosts, and hardly notice when instead you have found only love's complexities. This is piece was just a joy to listen to. I'm eagerly awaiting more Katie Mingle productions!

Comment for "The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn #1"


Exquisite transitions, strong commentary, diverse and first-rate tunes. Artfully produced. The perfectly unexpected juxtaposition of genres just rocked my world. I can't wait to watch this series explode!

Comment for "Remembering John Updike"


A wonderful short interview. I enjoyed McKinley's inquiry and Updike's insight into the shared origin of man's (and his characters') religious and sexual impulses.

Comment for "Facebook"

bona fide laugh

This is a humorous little nugget...

Comment for "Quincy Dean's Radio Diary"


Very compelling topic. Quincy is easy to relate to--a lovely window in!

Comment for "Commentary: A Porter Who Fought for Equality"


An informative, historical little nugget.

Comment for "Home Brewing"


A fun little piece--and informative! I had no idea brewing was so easy. I'd be interested in a longer piece that explores more technical aspects of brewing as well... hint-hint...

Comment for "Intellect, Faith and Philosophy"

food for thought

I mean it as both a compliment and a criticism when I say that the opening of this piece should come with a suggested reading list. Attiyah's questions were pointed enough and Jack Beatty's responses were provoking enough to hold my interest despite their reliance on references to books and personalities I was not familiar with. The latter part of Beatty's interview is more accessible and very compelling, as they discuss the triumph of the private persona in the public sphere and the toll that has taken on the quality of American political discourse.

Comment for "Long Distance Love in Los Angeles"

So true, so true

I love this piece.  I moved from LA to Boston over the summer, and not only did it strike a nostalgic chord for me, it had me laughing out loud at the office!   Thanks for a great piece! 

Comment for "Footlight Parade: 1948 on Screen (FP08:46)" (deleted)

Review of Footlight Parade: 1948 on Screen (FP08:46) (deleted)

This is primarily a collage of musical works, with a few interspersed explanations from Bill Rudman, the host. The music is upbeat and carefully chosen. As it is, the target audience for this piece is probably over 50. As a member of a younger generation, I would have appreciated more explicit historical background and introduction to the composers and performers discussed; I have little practical knowledge of musical theatre from this era. Overall: fun and well produced.

Comment for "President Kennedy's legacy in Berlin"

Review of President Kennedy's legacy in Berlin

This piece compellingly illuminates the the significance of JFK's 1963 "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech, without exalting the former president unnecessarily. The speech excerpts, crowd sounds, copy and guests are all pieced together effectively and concisely. I could go for a whole series of short pieces like this on important political speeches. Very nice!

Comment for "LiveHopeLove"

Review of Livehopelove

This is an exceptional piece of audio. Kwame Dawes' poetic-narration is vivid, beautiful, and effective. Using a poetic form rather than prose to prepare the listener for each section allows the folks featured in this piece more autonomy to tell their own story than a traditional narration would have. Live Hope Love shows the listener that while contracting AIDS is a tragedy, AIDS patients are not, by definition, victims.

The music is excellent, and effectively integrated within the spoken word and audio footage. The reggae and hiphop convey a distinct sense of place, lift the spirit of the story, and communicate that AIDS is no longer a death sentence; it is a disease people can live and survive with.

Comment for "WEALTHY AND WISE?"


Guest Lew Daly's ideas on taxation are cogent, consequential, and largely absent from the predominant public discourse on the matter of taxation. Would any business be viable, let alone profitable, without the tools and infrustructure paid for by tax dollars? Would we have a Bill Gates without tax dollar funded education, roads and public transportation, the stability and security afforded by trustworthy, reliable police enforcement, and a reliable legal system?

The second episode is stronger than the first, and can stand alone.

Comment for "School Bus"

Review of School Bus

Excellent editing and great work with kids. I listened out of context and found this entirely entertaining and strange. Will be back for more.