Short Cuts

Short Cuts

United Kingdom

A showcase for delightful and adventurous short documentaries from the UK and abroad

Episodes

Wild Water  

From finding your way in a cold, dark sea swim to coping with the isolation at the bottom of the ocean, Josie Long hears stories of wild water. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: Mirage Produced by Cicely Fell Pool Party Produced by Phil Smith Diver Produced by Andrea Rangecroft The Swim Produced by Jodie Taylor with Jenny Horwell.

Inheritance  

From the sounds of the womb to fading memories - Josie Long hears stories of what we inherit from past generations. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items feature in the programme are: George Bernard Shaw A Conversation Feat. Walter Murch Produced by Niccolò Castelli https://vimeo.com/136595444 The Waves Feat. Sian Phillips Interview recorded for the Empathy Museum http://www.empathymuseum.com/ Every Heart has a Limited Number of Heartbeats Produced by Martin Johnson and Ann Heppermann Originally featured in the Serendipity Podcast http://thesarahawards.com/subscribe/.

Afterlife  

How imprisonment revealed an unlikely talent, a musical story of what follows after a dust storm has passed and the unexpected complications of standing still to watch the seasons change. Josie Long hears stories of what follows after the main event. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in this programme are: John Feat. John McAvoy and Darren Davies Produced by Sophie Black The Novelist Feat. Lily Kestecher, Noel Debien, Claudia Taranto and Milan Durovic Produced by Natalie Kestecher Sound engineer / sound design by Russell Stapleton The Man Who Couldn't Stop the Wind from Blowing Produced by Cicely Fell Original music by Smith & Watson.

Copycat  

Howling like a wolf, stolen identities and poetry composed from borrowed words. Josie Long presents stories of imitation and plagiarism. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: Inspiration Feat. Tom Robinson Howling Cameraman Feat. Rolf Steinmann http://rolfsteinmann.de/ Produced by Rachel Simpson Turd Ferguson Feat. Alex Edelman Produced by Sophie Black No More Questions Written and produced by Ross Sutherland.

The Clock  

Josie Long navigates the changing texture of a day - with stories from the rush hour commute through the night until first light. From an afternoon with Dr Clock the horologist through to a serendipitous voice reaching a woman in the darkness of the early hours, we hear stories of time and timing. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: Glass Not Glitter Produced by Abby Wendle First made for the Third Coast International Audio Festival ShortDocs Competition http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1123-glass-not-glitter Dr Clock Produced by Veronica Simmonds and John Spence First featured on ABC Radio National's Soundproof http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/soundproof/dr-clock/6075288 Horace and Mabel Feat. Horace Parlan Produced by Rikke Houd 4am Produced by Sara Parker.

The Other  

From the other woman to the other Michael Jackson, Josie Long hears stories from 'others'. John Osborne explores how your identity can become inextricably linked with someone you've never met, two academics discover how a piece of theatre can push you outside of society and a homicide detective talks about how you communicate with someone whose actions are outside of your understanding. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: A Boy Called Michael Jackson Feat. John Osborne Flopsy Feat. Chris Knight and Camilla Power The Conversation Feat. Asbjorn Rachlew Produced by Ronan Kelly Originally featured in Curious Ear http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2013/0529/647430-radio-documetary-podcast-exam-asbjorn-rachlew-anders-breivik-norway/ The Other Woman.

Investigation  

Josie Long presents stories of investigations - both amateur and professional. The comedian Alex Edelman describes his search for a missing cult legend, a German historian talks about the trouble of tracking down Hitler's head and a group of young mothers gather together to solve the mystery of disappearing teething powder. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in this programme are: Maria Produced by Martin Johnson Hitler or Bust Produced by Rose de Larrabeiti Teething Problems Produced by Luke Eldridge Finding Joe Hammond Featuring Alex Edelman Produced by Sophie Black.

Songlines  

Josie Long hears stories of music and memory. From the song that proves your parents right - rock and roll really will lead you down a dangerous path of drugs and destruction - to the symphony that haunted one man's dreams for decades. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: 96 Tears Feat. Anthony Bourdain Produced by Ann Heppermann, Kara Oehler and Rick Moody Piano Man Feat. Barry Colson Produced by Sindre Leganger The Stage Feat. Grace Savage Produced by Hana Walker-Brown Lullaby Feat. Colin Dexter Produced by Phil Smith Dream Symphony Feat. Stuart Sharp Produced by Olivia Humphreys with Jodie Taylor.

The Conversation  

Josie Long presents stories of intimate conversations. A thirty year long conversation comes to an end, an undercover agent reveals how to flatter someone into prison and we discover the secrets of the 'dual form'. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: With the Caterpillar Feat. Bostjan Dvorak Produced by Phil Smith Colleagues Feat. Dr Irene Pepperberg Produced by Andrea Rangecroft He Was So Happy to See Me Feat. Ed Follis Produced by Leo Hornak 99 Words http://99words.co.uk/ Feat. Sally Potter Beverly Eckert Produced by Vanara Taing with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to recording and collecting stories of everyday people. www.storycorps.org.

Adaptation  

Josie Long hears stories of adaptation. A former ghost writer describes adapting someone else's life for the page, a woman who left Damascus considers how her city has changed in the last few years and we hear two stories of adapting to extraordinary circumstances - members of the Arctic 30 adjust to their new life inside a Russian prison, and a researcher perched on top of a Hawaiian volcano tests her psychological capacity to live on another planet. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: Invisible Ink Feat. Mark McCrum Produced by Olivia Humphreys Martha's Mars Feat. Martha Lenio Produced by Tim Hinman The Sound of Damascus Feat. Sarah Dadouch Produced by Fiona Clampin Patience Feat. Frank Hewetson and Dima Litvinov.

Heartsong  

From the first touch to the last kiss, Josie Long hears stories of love, loss and finding yourself. An audio diary shines a light on how we rebuild ourselves after the end of a relationship, a final kiss in a love affair holds us in a moment crackling with tension, and a first touch offers a moment of tenderness. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in today's programme are: A Kiss Produced by Kaitlin Prest with music by Kyle Kaplan Editorial support from the School of Making Thinking, and Terrence Pender and Mitra Kaboli. Originally aired on Radiotopia's The Heart. http://www.theheartradio.org/ Edith's Passport Produced by Eloise Stevens with music by Raphaella Cello played by George Cooke When Will This End? Produced by Sally Herships with Carolyn Lenske Prepared to Love Feat. Adrian Howells Produced by Karl James Originally aired on The Dialogue Project You can hear the story in it's entirety here: http://understandingdifference.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/prepared-to-love.html.

Here Be Dragons  

A baby monitor which opens up a terrifying world, an explorer who ventures into the unknown and a woman who longs to disappear into space - Josie Long hears about dreams, desires and darkness in unmarked territories. On old maps, the uncharted areas - dangerous or unexplored landscapes - used to be marked with illustrations of sea serpents rising from the water or dragons stalking the land. Sometimes these areas would just be marked with a phrase, 'Here Be Dragons'. In this programme, Josie hears tales of modern exploration - from space travel to the insides of our bodies, from night terrors to new worlds. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 The items featured in the programme are: Baby Monitor Produced by Peregrine Andrews Dangerous Appetites Feat. Joe Dunthorne The Blue Nile Feat. John Blashford Snell The Call Produced by Rikke Houd with Sheida Jahanbin.

The Double  

Josie Long hears stories of seeing double. Tales of doppelgangers, identity theft and a woman who offered a living counterpart to dead composers. Featuring a new 'documentary song' from Gaggle. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Nothing  

Josie Long presents a programme about nothing. A decades long murder mystery about the death of a man who never existed, the story of losing someone you never knew, and a first time treasure hunter finds something against the odds but ends up with nothing. Series producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

After Dark  

Love found after a blackout, telephone counselling for bereaved rock star managers and erotica for the elderly. Josie Long presents tales of blackouts, late nights and bedtime stories. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Behind the Curtain  

Secret telephone discos for cold calling salesmen, moral dilemmas which emerge behind the scenes on a reality television show and Joe Dunthorne attempts to gain access to the OULIPO. Josie Long peers behind the curtain to reveal stories from behind the scenes. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Connections  

A message in a bottle, cast into the ocean, reaches a woman who needs it, a lifeboat adrift and isolated in icy waters and a crackling, radio connection offers a lifeline between friends. Josie Long hears tales of making contact. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Rabbit Holes  

Josie Long dives down a rabbit hole in this sequence of short documentaries, true stories and radio adventures. We hear tales of a spam email that alters the course of two people's lives and a mysterious monument made out of shoes at a deserted intersection in rural Indiana - and Miranda July leads listeners into another world with her story of swim coaching an elderly team in a town near no large bodies of water. Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Explorers  

Josie Long goes on an adventure as she presents a sequence of mini documentaries about exploration. With tales of riding cellos down the mountain side and romantic exploration on the U Bahn. Great Bear Rainforest Produced by Elizabeth Arnold Die Fremde Produced by Phil Smith Out of the Blocks (Extract) Produced by Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick Everest Glissando Feat. Stephen Venables Produced by Hana Walker-Brown Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

Mystery  

Josie Long investigates small mysteries in this sequence of mini documentaries. Hearing tales of ghost ships, hidden underground kingdoms and the disappointment of discovering the banality of your family's secrets. The items featured in the programme are: Finding Sumo Produced by Bob Carlson First broadcast in 'Family Justice' on UnFictional: Love Letters Feat. Alan Dearn Ryou-Un Maru Produced by Martin Johnson The Underground Kingdom Feat. Ross Sutherland Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.

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