Short Cuts

BBC  |  Podcast , ±30 min episodes every 3 weeks  | 
Josie Long’s showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries. Each week join Josie as she dives into a world of true stories, brief encounters, radio adventures and found sound. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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23
JUN

Remix

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about remixing and reinventing the world.

Jonathan Zenti builds something new from undelivered audio projects, Scottee's grandad becomes an emerging artist and we hear reimagined whale song.

Porn Whales
Originally made for In The Dark Radio
www.inthedarkradio.org
Produced by Ed Prosser

Apology Letter
Produced by Jonathan Zenti

No Need to Shout
Featuring Scottee and Liam Gallagher
Produced by Alia Cassam

The Toilets at Home Are All Gender Neutral
Produced by Arlie Adlington

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
16
JUN

The Outside

Lying on your back and gazing at the stars in Australia, viewing the world through the eyes of a little dog and venturing outside your home - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about the outside world.

Emu in the Sky
Featuring Krystal DeNapoli
Produced by Krystal DeNapoli, Michelle Macklem, and Zoe Tennant

Paws for Thought (featuring Little Oblong)
Produced by Phil Smith

The Outside
Produced by Hana Walker-Brown

Production team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
09
JUN

Words to Live By

Josie Long presents short documentaries about the writers and musicians whose words help us navigate the difficult moments in our lives. From James Baldwin to Adrienne Rich, the lyrics of Jimmie Rodgers to a new poem by Axel Kacoutié.

James Baldwin in conversation with Studs Terkel
Originally broadcast in 1961
Courtesy of the Studs Terkel Radio Archive

for george, breonna, ahmaud, and christian
Produced by James T. Green
Originally made for the podcast u+1f60c

Dedications
Featuring Mary Jean Chan
Produced by Alia Cassam
Featuring recordings of Adrienne Rich from the audio archives of the public radio show, New Letters on the Air, a production of New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The Watertank
Featuring Damian Le Bas
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

You Got Through the Day
Produced by Axel Kacoutié

Production team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
19
MAY

The Sea, The Sea

Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about the sea.

The sounds of the sea, whispers into a wind phone and the dark, silent nights in Lyø, Denmark.
A writer reflects on women dreaming of diving beneath the waves,
A Hawaiian surfer describes the exhilaration of riding through the barrel of a wave.
And stories from cliff-edge towns in the UK as the water comes ever-closer.

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
31
MAR

Storytellers

Short documentaries about telling stories with Josie Long. A subject feedbacks back to her documentarian, a voicemail tells a story and the writer Ross Sutherland wonders how storytelling advice could save a relationship in trouble.

Nicola Talkback
Produced by Jess Shane
Music by Abby Swidler

Easiness
Featuring Ben Seretan
Produced by Alex Lewis
Originally produced for Audio Playground

Marriage Story
Featuring Ross Sutherland and Peter Saddington

Production Team: Eleanor McDowall and Alia Cassam
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
10
MAR

Call Me

Wrong numbers that make the right connections and the comforting voices of strangers - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about phones.

Monitoring
Produced by Mark Vernon

The Phoneline
Made by Jodie Taylor, producer at Fat Rat Films
This documentary featured recreated calls, all calls to NACOA’s helpline remain absolutely confidential.

Please Hold
Produced by James T. Green
Originally made for the podcast u+1f60c

A 6 instead of a 9
Featuring Kasey Bergh and Henry Glendening
Produced by Claire Crofton

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
25
FEB

Dancing on the Radio

Josie Long presents toe-tapping, choreographed short documentaries and adventures in sound about dancing. From falling in love with movement to the art of staying still.

Vogue
Featuring Darren Suarez
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Screen Test
Featuring Lucinda Childs
Produced by Hannah Dean
Includes audio from the upcoming Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern

It's a Commitment (Extract)
Originally made for the Smash/Cut podcast
Featuring Dr Brenda Dixon Gottschild and Dr Halifu Osumare
Produced by Alexander Charles Adams and Margaret Laurena Kemp
Music Credits: Revolution Void, Lloyd Rodgers, Kitchen Romance, and Alexander Charles Adams

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
18
FEB

Endurance

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about feats of endurance. A marathon runner needs to outrun a race official who wants her off the track, a woman exhausts herself while running through the personal ads and a writer living in the shadow of a nuclear reactor finds unlikely companionship with cockroaches.

Endurance
Featuring Laura Barton

Mr Right
Produced by Inge Hoonte
Originally made for Deep Wireless 4

Runner 261
Featuring Kathrine Switzer
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Isn't it lovely?
Produced by Phoebe Wang
First commissioned as a part of the Constellations podcast's exhibition Resonant Bodies and then released in Constellations
This piece was supported in part by the Wassaic Artist Residency Program.

Kathrine Switzer photo credit - Boston Herald
Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
24
DEC
2019

Noel

A 6 year old takes a rather un-childlike view on the realities of Santa Claus, Icelandic Christmas characters creep out of the darkness, Scottee tells the story of a loving gift that travelled across countries and generations and the festive season bursts into song. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound (for grown-ups) on Christmas Eve.

I Don't Know
Produced by Andy Mills with the musicians Matt and Jacob Boll, Corey and Cobey Bienert and Enoch Kim.

Out of the Dark
Featuring Rósa Thorsteinsdottir and Eva Maria Jónssdottir from The Arni Magnussen Institute
Produced by Rikke Houd

Nativity
Featuring Scottee
Produced by Alia Cassam

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (Reprise)
Featuring Seymour and Stuart Sarnoff
Produced by Alex Lewis

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
17
DEC
2019

Bodies

Joe Dunthorne dives into poetic descriptions of the body and we hear the sound of sleep. Visceral short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long.

Her Eyes Were Like...
Featuring Joe Dunthorne, Caroline Bird, Ross Sutherland and Jack Underwood

While You Were Sleeping
Featuring Dr Jim Grayburn
Produced by Calum Perrin

Transition
Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen

Production Team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
10
DEC
2019

Maps

Navigating emotional terrain, finding joy in another world and mapping a continuum of thinking. Josie Long presents short documentaries about charting the territory.

Pixels and Bits
Featuring Stephen Sexton
Produced by Alia Cassam

Drive Straight Ahead
Written by Jonathan Goldstein and Mira Burt-Wintonick
Produced by Jonathan Goldstein, Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime
Originally broadcast on CBC's WireTap

Playing in the Dark
Featuring Gail Lewis, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski and Natasha Mumbi Nkonde
Produced by Tej Adeleye

Production Team: Eleanor McDowall and Alia Cassam
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
03
DEC
2019

Beasts

Magical creatures wrap themselves around you in the fog and we hear a musical tribute to furry beasts - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about real and imagined animals.

Cat Names
Produced by Joseph Keckler

Ashi Magari
Produced by Rikke Houd

Touching the Elephant
Presented by Kim Normanton
Produced by Matt Thompson
Mastered by Jon Calver
Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997

Concerts for Dogs
Featuring Laurie Anderson
Produced by Tim Hinman
Originally made for Sound Matters

Production Team: Alia Cassam and Andrea Rangecroft
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4

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