Short Cuts

BBC  |  Podcast , ±29 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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20
AUG

Keeping Faith

Looking for a miracle and searching for divine love - Josie Long presents short documentaries about keeping faith.

Recitation
Featuring Madinah Javed
Produced by Alia Cassam

Crab Babygrow
Featuring Sarah Mouracade
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Divine Love
Produced by Sook-Yin Lee

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
13
AUG

Deep Time

A solar eclipse repeats over and over, a musical key unlocks lost memories and a life marked out in books. Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound on our experience of time.

Crow
Featuring Christina McLeish
Produced by Jaye Kranz

A Channel of Music
Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen

Totality
Written and produced by Mae-Li Evans
Sound and composition by Calum Perrin
This piece is an adapted extract from a performance developed and supported by The Yard Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Hearsay Festival.

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
28
MAY

Desire Lines

Looking for love online, the desire lines we walk to a lover's house and the untethering of a breast-feeding baby from it's mother - Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about being drawn towards the ones we love.

Desire Lines
Featuring Laura Barton

The Real Tom Banks
Produced by Jesse Cox
Sound Engineer Timothy Nicastri
Originally made for Radiotonic on ABC Radio National

Untethered
Featuring Nell Frizzell

Production Team: Andrea Rangecroft and Alia Cassam
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
20
MAY

What Lies Beneath

Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound about what lies beneath the surface of things - from hidden histories to subterranean stories.

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
26
MAR

Early Spring

As the days lengthen and a new season approaches, Josie Long presents short documentaries and adventures in sound inspired by the Rilke poem Early Spring.

The People Who Feel
Featuring Henry Córdova
Produced by Ariana Martinez

Falling Like Blossom
Featuring Naoko Abe
Produced by Sarah Cuddon

Lilia is Listening
Originally made for the podcast Love Me
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/loveme/in-the-distance-1.4899506
Produced by Sara Brooke Curtis, with Cristal Duhaime, Mira Burt-Wintonick and Sarah Geis
Mix by Cristal Duhaime

Readings by Stacia Brown

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
19
MAR

Between the Lines

Josie Long presents short documentaries and audio adventures about translation, interpretation and ideas that resonate in the gap between words - from the connection between one man and his translator, through Benjamin Clementine's interpretation of Satie, to the work of an ASL/English interpreter.

In Translation
Featuring Miwako Ozawa and Hiromitsu Shinkawa
A version of this story first appeared in the BBC World Service documentary Found in Translation made by Whistledown Productions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03l3jxj
Produced by Rose de Larrabeiti

Gymnopédie
Featuring Benjamin Clementine
Produced by Mooj Zadie

The Go-Between
Featuring Christopher Desloges
Music: Scorch by Nctrnm from the Free Music Archive
Produced by Aliya Pabani

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
26
FEB

The Forgetting

Josie Long presents fragmentary short documentaries about lost memories. Searching for a half-remembered past, shape-shifting, elusive personal histories, forgetting yourself and a story of societal forgetting.

Mother of Memory
Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen

Seven Magic Mountains
Featuring Laura Barton

The Trace of A Cloud In A Chest (extract)
You can listen to the feature in full here: https://soundcloud.com/charles-parker-prize/the-trace-of-a-cloud-in-a-chest-by-weidong-lin-silver-2015
Produced by Weidong Lin

The Forgotten
Produced by Karla Marie Sweet

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
19
FEB

Known For...

Josie Long presents short documentaries about people or places who become known for a single thing. From the contested title of Britain's most haunted village to a tender reflection on an actor defined by their most famous role.

Most Haunted
Produced by Ross Sutherland

Babi
Featuring Rosalind Jana

The Bystander
Featuring William Genovese
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
25
DEC
2018

Lasso the Moon

Josie Long presents short Christmas-themed documentaries and adventures in sound.

We hear from a long time resident of Santa Claus, Indiana, the comedian Mark Thomas offers a tender reflection on Away in a Manger, and Karolyn Grimes - the woman who played Zuzu Bailey in the festive classic It's a Wonderful Life - explores how it's interwoven with her life.

The Chief Elf of Santa Claus, Indiana
Featuring Pat Koch
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Away in a Manger
Featuring Mark Thomas
Produced by Sarah Cuddon

It's a Wonderful Life
Featuring Karolyn Grimes
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
18
DEC
2018

The Gloaming

Josie Long presents new short documentaries on searching for hope in the gathering darkness.

John McCarthy and Brian Keenan look back on a single act of human kindness that glows amid much darker memories, a late night conversation explores the hope bound up in playing the lottery, and we hear as voices fade in a Danish hospice.

The Gloaming
Featuring John McCarthy and Brian Keenan
Produced by Geoff Bird

Fading
Produced by Nanna Hauge Kristensen

The Lottery
Produced by Phoebe Wang

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
11
DEC
2018

Seasons

Josie Long presents new short documentaries and audio adventures tied to the changing of the seasons.

Laura Barton offers an ode to the sticky heat of summer, we hear the beat of hummingbird wings in autumn and a love story tied to cold British winters and Colombia's 'spring city'.

On Music Overheard
Produced by Phil Smith

Heat
Featuring Laura Barton

Tiny Jalopy
Produced by Michelle Macklem

Olga
Produced by Phil Smith

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4
04
DEC
2018

Untethered

Navigating the technological nightmare of the afterlife, the feeling of weightlessness during a late night drive and finding yourself adrift at sea - Josie Long presents short documentaries and mini works of fiction about finding yourself untethered to the world around you.

Please Hold (Extract)
Originally made for the podcast 'Imaginary Advice'. Featured in the episode 'After This'
Produced by Ross Sutherland

Night Rider
Produced by Ariana Martinez

Lauren and Ken
Produced by Andrea Rangecroft

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

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