Comments by Emon Hassan

Comment for "?Cold Case Cowboys? on murder trail" (deleted)

Review of “Cold Case Cowboys” on murder trail (deleted)

What a great title the cowboys have given their group. Imagine the possibility of a television series with their stories. This piece introduces them, and does it well.

Comment for "Resurrecting the Shroud debate" (deleted)

Review of Resurrecting the Shroud debate (deleted)

The story itself is intriguing. The piece presents it with the right touch of editing and wording. The details on how the forgery was uncovered is fascinating. This piece is educational, as I see it having influence on students to study science. Educational programs and instituitions can take advantage of pieces like this for the "Stay In School" type of campaigns. Well done.

Comment for "Blues File: Chicago Blues Harmonica Project"

Review of Blues File: Chicago Blues Harmonica Project

Not only is Blues Harmonica alive, it is thriving. Mr. Meister creates a wonderful composite of the artists on the album explaining why each are different from one another, and backing it with musical examples from the album. The piece is tight and very upbeat. Must for any music stations.

Comment for "Walking Blind"

Review of Walking Blind

Very informational piece. We hear what Mike hears, except that Mike uses it more efficiently. We are given a chance to have a tiny glimpse of what Mike goes through each day, commuting, working and interacting. Some assumptions about the blind are corrected. Again, very informational piece.

Comment for "Speak The Speech: Acting Shakespeare."

Review of Speak The Speech: Acting Shakespeare.

For those of you who still can't picture Michael York, he is Basil from the Austin Powers movies. It sounds like Mr. York loves to hear his own voice. And why not? He can read the ingredients from the back of a cereal box and make you stand up straight and love the language of English. This lecture stands out because Mr. York expertly mixes humor, performance techniques, and appropriate references on a subject literary critics have read way too much into. It helps to understand Shakespeare's plays from an acting point of view. After all, plays are meant to be performed. This piece should be a necessary study guide for acting students. One will find, perhaps not too surprisingly, that it will make reading Shakespeare a whole lot more enjoyable too. If I may suggest: Listeners may want to check out the wonderful book/TV series by John Barton on acting Shakespeare as well. Mr. Barton begins with, "The first rule for studying Shakespeare is...don't". Mr. York would agree.

Comment for "Father's Day"

Review of Father's Day

Two voices on a series of tapes from the past evoked more emotion in me than I'd expected. This piece is an example of simplicity at its best. What a wonderful bookend with two sections from tapes recorded five years apart from each other. Pitch perfect and brilliantluy edited. This is, to me, the prose equivalent of 'Father and Son' by Cat Stevens. If I may share, I do have personal reasons for this piece to resonate with me at this level. Lost my dad at 13, some 16 years ago, and his voice is also alive in a few cassette tapes. The piece is a must must for Father's Day.

Comment for "Tunnel Singer"

Review of Tunnel Singer

One of the most unusual and heartbreaking stories you'll ever hear. I will say no more.

Comment for "Roma and Son"

Review of Roma and Son

aka Giancarlo and Dad. Essays written by the eight year old to his father's pictures are quite mature. Credit goes to parents for bringing him up as a person rather than as a kid. This well polished piece is a must for Father's Day programming.

Comment for "Peppino D'agostino & Stef Burns: Fingerstyle Vs The Fret Burner"

Review of Peppino D'agostino & Stef Burns: Fingerstyle Vs The Fret Burner

I wish I could describe it as the ebony and ivory of guitars, but that wouldn't make much sense, would it? The contrast in the two guitar player's styles, growing up in two very different world of music, actually makes a lot of sense when brought together. The fusion of influences makes for a very dynamic album. Technically, both players are brilliant, whether D'Agostino 'shredding'on his acoustic guitar, or Burns playing sustained leads on an Ennio Morricone'ish tune. Favored Nations Acoustic is a label founded by the renowned electric guitar maestro Steve Vai. Pavarotti and Friends, watch out!

Comment for "Vince Giordano"

Review of Vince Giordano

The man who plays the silver stringed bass is portrayed in this piece. Mr. Giordano is also a collector, and the stuff he has collected over the years is enviable. The interview reveals a grounded man who's adept at the business side of things as well. A great piece on a man who has a healthy consumption of music, 24/7.

Comment for "Mark Isham: Crashing In Ambience"

Review of Mark Isham: Crashing In Ambience

A good example of how a film score can be a minor character rather than just a mood setter. Isham explains his approach to compositions quite well. Electronic scores are usually looked down upon by many composers for being the poor man's orchestra. This particular score stands out because it has a life without the accompanying picture. I could almost 'visualize' the music. Well produced piece with the right balance in narration and music clips.

Comment for "Midnight Special" (deleted)

Review of Midnight Special (deleted)

This trip to the delta is worth taking. Leadbelly's story is fascinating, despite all the bad stuff. His songs influenced many, maybe due to his quite modern style. Great introduction of Leadbelly to non-blues listeners. Must for blues stations.

Comment for "Strange Fruit" (deleted)

Review of Strange Fruit (deleted)

A haunting reflection of the nation's past with a song that protests and mourns. Clips of different versions are played, and one can notice the interpretations bearing personalized pain. Great for Jazz stations, but must not be missed by educational programs. This song is a portion of American history in verses.

Comment for "Young French gypsies keep Django flame alive"

Review of Young French gypsies keep Django flame alive

Oh my! A great way to introduce Django Reinhardt to listeners. The gypsy guitarist still influnces legions of new guitar players all over the world, fifty years after his passing. Woody Allen payed tribute to Django in his film 'Sweet and Lowdown' with Sean Penn. Piece would be a great supplement to the upcoming Django festival at Lincoln Center, NY, this coming July. Perfect for jazz stations, as well, nationwide.

Comment for "Independent Minds: Richard Russo"

Review of Independent Minds: Richard Russo

A great piece about not only the making of the film 'Empire Falls' itself, but the process writers, directors, producers, and actors go through to put together a story on film. Through interviews and sound clips from other films, we learn how novels are adapted to screenplays and how and why certain decisions are made in all departments to create a final cut. It is a great audio seminar with some very creative people.

Comment for "Old Dogs, New Tricks"

Review of Old Dogs, New Tricks

A light-hearted piece that's gripping and motivating. 'The Pioneers' didn't let a simple thing like age get in their way of keeping fresh , and keeping healthy competition alive. They educate themselves and, as a result of their enthusiasm, others to challenge their minds with unconventional methods. Good educational program.

Comment for "Bringing The Work Into You"

Review of Bringing The Work Into You

An extremely moving piece. Luce's reminiscence of his mother is light-hearted, yet the underlying sadness is apparent. Not your usual story about a son bidding his mother goodbye. Excellent use of silence. This is simplicity at its best. PD's...a must listen.

Comment for "Interview with Dave Sinko, Nashville audio engineer"

Review of Interview with Dave Sinko, Nashville audio engineer

Dave Sinko talks about how he entered the recording business in Nashville from being a musician. We get to hear whole songs by the musicians he had worked with. Would have preferred more about Sinko's profession and the various techniques he used on recordings since, but he ended up mostly introducing the numbers. The interviewer has a very calm and relaxed manner in her speech, but it felt more like she was reciting words than interviewing. Or maybe it's a New York thing from my part. Some nice song choices.

Comment for "My Muslim Hairdresser"

Review of My Muslim Hairdresser

The piece presents a unique example of how adjustments are made by people who convert to another religion. Alice's converting to Islam brought forth a few challenges in her profession, but, in her own words, she tells us how she was able to meet the demands of both.

Comment for "Different Colors, Same Family"

Review of Different Colors, Same Family

The piece gives the listener a good amount of information on how parents and children alike deal with issues of race, culture, and identity as part of a transracial family.

Comment for "In the Autumn of Our Lives" (deleted)

Review of In the Autumn of Our Lives (deleted)

Sweet story about Slim Andrews's as he pays tribute tribute to his family. He reflects on the life he has learned to live through them, and the music he loves to listen and play with a new CD decades in the making. Great for any country music station.

Comment for "I Wish"

Review of I Wish

"I wish for a laptop and a million dollars" maybe one of the most honest admissions I've ever heard. Actually there were quite a good number of people who were honest with their answers without being politically correct, but that one stuck out for me. In summary, the piece was able to capture honesty, and the credit goes to the interviewer. A sweet little glimpse into people's hearts. Well done.

Comment for "More Than "Guys & Dolls"-Frank Loesser"

Review of More Than "Guys & Dolls"-Frank Loesser

Referred to as 'the kid' by Irving Berlin, Loesser is an amalgam of the great composers/lyricists who came before him. Not only was he a great student of music, but he picked up business lessons from them as well. Listeners may learn a few unknown facts about Loesser whose collaboration with other musicians tallied up will give you a head spin. If you're a Loesser fan, you shouldn't miss this piece. If you don't know who Loesser is, then your listen to your research paper right here on PRX. It won't make you a better person, but it might make you a Loesser fan.

Comment for "Music At Sea"

Review of Music At Sea

Does the captain greet you personally when you board a cruise ship? If you think yes, you may be taking LOVE BOAT a little too seriously. What style of music do you think is the popular on these ships? Not just an answer to factual tid bits on cruise ship music, but the piece is a short, concise, Encyclopedia-worthy, history of music on the liners. You wanna know what title the musicians really played when the Titanic sank? Why keep yourself in suspense? Take a listen. I have to, have to add one more thing...beautiful ending!

Comment for "Joan Allen"

Review of Joan Allen

Allen is one of the most underrated actors in America. When you remember her in movies, you don't remember Joan Allen, you remember the character she played. This piece is a short overview of three very different projects she's appearing this year, and not her profile. She deserves one, though, but what the piece essentially tells us is 'Watch out for Joan Allen this year.'

Comment for "The Ebony Hillbillies"

Review of The Ebony Hillbillies

This piece works does double duty, informs us about The Ebony Hillbillies and some unknown, at least it was to me, historical facts about music. The band members explain the make-up of the band's instruments, share the history of the banjo, and why certain musical styles became identified with certain group of people. An entertaining and informational piece with some song clips you will enjoy.

Comment for "Music from the Ether"

Review of Music from the Ether

Professor Theremin's invention has a fascinating journey. Ms. Edwards summarizes the history of the intrument to us quite well. The interviews and sound clips from movies were a wonderful addition. The invention was bigger than the inventor and the piece treated the intstrument as if a person, maybe rightly so, since it has a human-like quality in its sound. A good vibration indeed.

Comment for "A Word To Our Players"

Review of A Word To Our Players

Why would someone spend 2000 hours over 80 days killing digital objects? The piece tries to answer that question as well as the justification online gamers have for shutting themselves from society to take part in a more 'social' interaction. The intro message from Final Fantasy creators to gamers remind me of Surgeon General's warning on cigarette packs. Can escapism through video games be compared with sports, books, or radio? The gamers would ask, 'Why not?'

Comment for "Music and Nature"

Review of Music and Nature

This piece does a masterful job of breaking down the relationship between nature and music to us. It has saved us from going out there, finding the subjects and listen for connections. It demonstrates clearly that nature influences music and vice versa. With engaging interviews and collection of sounds, the piece is presented as a sonic theater of nature.

Comment for "Present Progressive"

Review of Present Progressive

Very creative fusion of fiction and non-fiction. Both narratives blend in seamlessly. Well performed. Part with Jean-Claude when he's left alone and has to answer the phone is hilarious. The piece was able to convey the frustration and solitude of living in a foreign country, let alone teach a foreign language to foreigners. Painful when you live it, amusing when you remember it. Great use of sound...and Jean-Marie.