Radio and Audio Features and Documentaries

Photo of Adam PhillipsThis Website is a collection of the radio stories and interviews I have broadcast over nearly four decades, mostly on Voice of America but also on NPR, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and other outlets.

Some are pegged to momentous news events, but a greater number explore the felt human experience of the news or simply flesh out subjects of my own interest and devising. This kind of radio journalism is unusual these days, when quick sound bites and TV reign supreme. Even so, I have received over 20 international, national and Voice of America awards for this work over the years, and some pieces are regularly used in journalism graduate schools.

Please peruse the categories below, or check the table of contents for a complete alphabetical listing. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the ride. I sure have!

Radio and Audio Features and Documentaries

Featured, Award-winning and Recent Audio

This is a 38-minute narration-free documentary of the 20th century using (other than my one minute spoken introduction) only archival sound, speeches and other audio artifacts of that talkative 100 years. The montage is of my own making and perspective as the American I happen to be, and hopefully, will take the listener of whatever provenance or vintage, on a real voyage.

It was prepared for worldwide broadcast on the Voice of America on New Year’s Eve 1999; it subsequently won the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal at the New York Festivals, and a Special VOA award. I was later flattered to learn it is often used in journalism classes.

A note on how to listen to it: all on one 38 minutes go, with the lights off. It’s fun to try identify the source of the sound you are hearing the first time around. Then check your impressions against the complete list of sound elements which I hope to post as a sidebar on this blog (when I learn how to do it.) You can also write me and request an email copy, no prob.