Comments by Emon Hassan

Comment for "Growth" (deleted)

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Review of Growth (deleted)

This great experimental piece leaves you wanting for more. It's very short but hits you with the right dosage of words. Words that don't linger on emotion and don't try to come off smart. Ms. Hership's observations of her family can be perceived as sad, amusing or contemplative depending on who's listening. Maybe the audience is the real experiment here. Great listen!

Comment for "My Dad's Records"

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Review of My Dad's Records

Hoffman's conversation with his son Evan, a six-year old, opens the piece and essentially sets the theme of the piece. I noticed how Kent went back to his childhood through Evan, who, unbeknownst to himself, probably, becomes the narrator of the piece. Hoffman's feelings are best articulated by his son and sometimes they aren't even with actual words, but they are probably best explained that way. Listen to what Evan thinks of Rock n' Roll and Elvis Presley. And guess who his favorite band is, and why. How do the two remember Grandpa Arnold? It doesn't take long into the piece to find out for sure. A must listen!

Comment for "RN Documentary: Song of a Troubled Heart"

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Review of RN Documentary: Song of a Troubled Heart

Longing is the keyword in this piece. The last years of Mahler's emotional life streams from his music like tears. It sings the longing for hope and the aching for things left unsaid. The music is also a narrator in this piece that reaches and stirs the emotion even if the lyric sung is foreign. As the piece progresses you'll find words from the Chinese poem(s) uncovering Mahler's state of mind, thus realize why he took to a book of poem published centuries earlier. You will be captivated by the narrative style and will find this piece a great listen, music lover or not.

Comment for "The Accordion Files"

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Review of The Accordion Files

I agree with the guy from Queens. Accordions wll be portrayed as un-cool, unless someone cool plays it. And generally people do associate playing the accordion to certain stereotypes. I was suprised to learn that more and more younger people are playing and performing the accordion nowadays. The piece had musicians demonstrate varying styles that helped me understand the versatility of the instrument.

Comment for "Indian Brass Bands"

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Review of Indian Brass Bands

The piece was able to convey the importance of brass bands in various native cultural events, such as parades, festivals, weddings, etc. The sounds were rich and the bands varied in style. Interviews explained the history well. Question: Who knows what the last song to the end the piece, a famous Bollywood film number, says in its lyrics? Well, I know, and must admit it's quite an unusual choice to perform at weddings.

Comment for "Wind-Crickets-Rain-Crunch"

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Review of Wind-Crickets-Rain-Crunch

As a stand alone piece, this is a tough sell. Just a series of sound effects are okay if it eventually says something without prior explanation. If the written description regarding the piece were absent, would anyone know what's this piece about?

Comment for "Cafe Rebeldia"

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Review of Cafe Rebeldia

The producers go on location to delve into the topic of identity, politics, and culture as perceived by the Chiapas citizens. Great interviews with regular people who best articulated their argument by being simple and to the point.

Comment for "First Trumpet Memories"

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Review of First Trumpet Memories

Recalling his early work with Reiner, Sarin is able to convey to the audience a change in the way conductors are looked at over the decades. Although Reiner was strict with his musicians, perhaps too strict for today's sensibilities, Sarin's respect for him is coated with thankful reminiscence.

Comment for "March of the Salamanders"

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Review of March of the Salamanders

Great title, which is why it caught my eye. But listening to the piece made me wish I could've been there to witness this annual event. Must be an awesome sight. Then again, the sounds were so well packed that it did kind of take me there.

Comment for "Linda's Gift"

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Review of Linda's Gift

A gem! They say a mother's voice can heal. Tightly constructed and powerful up until the moment the last notes fade out, this is a love letter to two mothers who've found different ways to make grief go away.

Comment for "Jamming 101: A Classical Violinist's Foray into Bluegrass"

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Review of Jamming 101: A Classical Violinist's Foray into Bluegrass

A lesson piece in the art of jamming and the courage of letting go to simply make music. As a first person narrative, it had more intimacy with the subject and wasn't about a series of tips on improvisation, although Mr. Lewis's five levels of jamming will make a lot of sense to new 'jammers' who wouldn't know where to begin. Ms. Girardeau sits in on a jam session later, and was pleasantly surprised by the openness of the other musicians who didn't care where she came from with her brand of style. Piece ends with a kicking jam session.

Comment for "Einstein"

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Review of Einstein

Begins with 3 recent news regarding the scientist. Gives us a quick background on the significance of the five papers published at the age of 26 by Einstein. The subject of the papers are well explained and simplified by Dr. Stoddard. She elaborates on the significance of these papers for the future study in genral relativity. There's a sound clip of Einstein talking about Gandhi. Listen for more clips and information on several more clips available online. William Ashworth reads a letter written by Einstein to, for example, a 12 year-old girl who had asked him 'Do scientists pray?', as well one written to a Brooklyn minister. If you think nothing new can be learned about the genius from this piece...you'd probably be wrong.

Comment for "Time-Lapse Radio: The Muralist" (deleted)

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Review of Time-Lapse Radio: The Muralist (deleted)

What this piece captures well is the progression of an artist's project while being exposed to the rest of the world for criticism. It is hard for artists to have their work scrutinized at such an early stage, but Lyle welcomes that an takes from experience to include in the mural. There are moments when 6th graders participated in the painting, as well as community members who always had their own suggestions and comments. The process had more of a social participation than other forms of painting. The nature of this radio also piece helps understand the patience and openness of an artist who, as a result, left a ageless piece of himself in that neighborghood.

Comment for "Blues File: review Albert Collins "The Iceman At Mount Fuji""

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Review of Blues File: review Albert Collins "The Iceman At Mount Fuji"

Wonderful introduction to the legend in 40 seconds. The rest of the piece captures the style, voice, and humor in Collin's playing with the right choice in song clips and facts. Those who are unfamiliar with the 'Iceman' will find this piece and the album an ideal beginners lesson in blues music.

Comment for "Blues File: review Robert Cray album "Twenty""

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Review of Blues File: review Robert Cray album "Twenty"

As a fan of Robert Cray myself, it's hard for me to judge his new release from the little bits and pieces of clips presented here. Mr. Meister tells us that he felt Cray's new 'non-blues' style (my term for a lack of a better one), and messages in his songs unconvincing. Not to meddle with his opinions, but maybe Cray's intention was to expand to a new listener base. Of course that's just speculation from my part. Artists have a tough time stepping out their role as the spokesperson of the style they've been identified with, but I guess my angle on this is that Cray is bold enough to risk that, and encounter new territorry. There're always room for more blues album in the years to come.

Comment for "Japan-Nationalism"

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Review of Japan-Nationalism

Revealing piece regarding the rise of anti-Japanese sentiment in China. Goes in-depth into the history of the conflict and the mapping is never unclear to the listener. An important piece that is relevant in studying a growing global village that has its benefits as well as comlplications.

Comment for "Image Makers"

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Review of Image Makers

This is a timely piece, yet evergreen in content. Gives the listeners a good insight into the selling of images of authoritaticve figures. Nowadays, that has trickled down into other departments in the political and cultural economy. Will make a good supplementary piece to educational programs geared toward studies in mass media and Public Relations.

Comment for "Silent Movie: A Radio Story" (deleted)

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Review of Silent Movie: A Radio Story (deleted)

A good piece on the expression and infusion of modern music and classic movies. The interviews explained well the ideas behind the creative process with examples from the music newly created for the classic movie BEN HUR. The new music is not like traditional scores used to only 'push' dramatic moments, but added a narrative with more levels.

Comment for "Radio Baseball That Never Was"

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Review of Radio Baseball That Never Was

Listening to baseball commentary over the radio as a child, Dick Meister remembers how commentators like Jack McDonald was able to take listeners to the field by employing SFX and imaginative use of words.

Comment for "Prairie Burn Audio Postcard"

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Review of Prairie Burn Audio Postcard

Usually when we watch burn crews on television working at a scene, we don't get to hear the sounds. This audio postcard was quite rich in actuality, therefore able to convey the feeling of heat at the location. In addition, we are told the process by which the burn crew attack a fire.

Comment for "Fast Food Mind Readers"

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Review of Fast Food Mind Readers

Very funny! Looks like the world is heading that way. What if fast food companies start merging with media companies, than McProfiling will just be a tool. Beware the McMinority Report.

Comment for "Beisbol" (deleted)

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Review of Beisbol (deleted)

Short, but informative piece about the young generation of Dominican Republic's passion for baseball. The country has been enjoying and playing the game longer than a lot of us are able to guess, and means more than a pastime for their youth. The reporter draws the picture of Santo Domingo eloquently and takes us there with her. Good for International as well as Sport Radio.

Comment for "Stepped on by an AT-AT Walker"

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Review of Stepped on by an AT-AT Walker

Cool piece for fans of Dak and the Star Wars series. I'm sure there will be tons of Star Wars related interviews in the upcoming weeks, but this one will mean a lot to the many fans out there who still quote the famous line from his Empire Strikes Back part. Also has some nice behind-the-scenes stories from the movie.

Comment for "A Rock 'n' Roll Keynote with Robert Plant (59:00/29:00/8:40)" (deleted)

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Review of A Rock 'n' Roll Keynote with Robert Plant (59:00/29:00/8:00) (deleted)

Great piece for rock n roll music lovers,and especially for fans of Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant talks candidly about his life and music before, during, and after Led Zeppelin. He is an engaging storyteller and has plenty to share. This conversation is a personal journey with Plant, whose view of American music goes beyond appreciation. Includes lots of song clips, as well from Plant's new release 'Mighty Recreation' backed by the Strange Sensation Band.

Comment for "Cowboy Campaign"

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Review of Cowboy Campaign

An update on the lives of cowboys in Texas. Are they really closer to the portrayals we've been accustomed to? The piece looks into that, as well as introduces us to a man who uses an old technique to capture the likeness of the modern day cowboy. The series of pictures he's taking will have an exhibition later this year.

Comment for "My Body"

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Review of My Body

A outstanding piece of work! The writing is the backbone of this piece. But that's not enough for radio, is it? Enter Ms. Lee's fabulous reading, and nails it. Each word stands up and declares itself. Not a single unnecessary letter unttered, not a sentence that did not make a giant leap in storytelling. The music is used very well. It's like a rich, dense audio portrait. A must listen!

Comment for "Crazy Like A Fox"

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Review of Crazy Like A Fox

Very creative, dark and edgy piece. Very well performed. I haven't heard anything like this on PRX. Rich layers are created with words and sound effects. In truth, I couldn't figure out why liked the piece, but I did. There's use of the 'f' word though, which made me wonder if the Toronto broadcast allowed it. Nevertheless, listen to it for a different attitude in radio production. Yes, I guess that's what I like about it, the attitude of the production.

Comment for "The Man Who Gave Spider-Man a Heart" (deleted)

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Review of The Man Who Gave Spider-Man a Heart (deleted)

Great news that Alvin Sargent has been selected the sole writer for Spider-Man 3. The piece sounds like a great opener for a longer Alvin Sargent piece. I don't quite see it as a stand-alone piece. Hopefully, it is part of a bigger story. I would certainly love to know more about Mr. Sargent, and listen to him talk about his work.

Comment for "The Hiphoptic Tragedy is Born" (deleted)

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Review of The Hiphoptic Tragedy is Born (deleted)

Love of Hip Hop and poetry brings two people to Cafe Montage one night. The younger poet introduces himself to the older who has just wowed a crowd with his own poetry reading. What begins from then on is a relationship both inspiring and endearing. They eventually give birth to a new form of theatre while becoming very good friends. The style of the piece very much captured the heart of their story. I would say piece is good for Arts Education programs.

Comment for "Where's Martha?"

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Review of Where's Martha?

A very funny, yet sad, inner monologue by a man waiting for Martha. There are a couple of lines in there that you laugh at and then go, "Hmm, that's so true about some people I know". The sadness of the situation is revealed piece by piece as the monologue progresses and he is justifying the awkwardness. The piece is written and acted so well that you feel sorry for the guy and enjoy watching him drown in his misery at the same time. Loved "car wreck pretty".