Saturday, January 30, 2010

INSIDE STORIES PODCAST 16: SELECTIONS FROM "WORD OF MOUTH"

DOWNLOAD THE NEW EPISODE ON iTUNES HERE, OR LISTEN ONLINE HERE

Let us first state the obvious: George King is a pretty cool-looking cat. Wouldn't you say? That's him in the photo. I hope I look as cool as him when I grow up. Well, I hope that right now I look even half as groovy as him, but I have some serious doubts. Anyway, George King & Associates is an ad hoc group of filmmakers producing nonfiction films, television and radio programs; they also create informational and educational media for commercial and nonprofit clients.

Not long ago, I heard about George from a friend we have in common -- a friend who, when I told her about "Inside Stories," said I might be interested in a radio documentary series George produced in 1987. The three-part series is called "Word of Mouth," and it features great folks like Studs Terkel, Jackie Torrence, Corey Fischer and others, all talking about "Why Do People Tell Stories?" "Where Do Stories Come From?" and "Who Is Telling Stories Today?" 

George was kind enough to let me draw selected clips from the series for this new episode of "Inside Stories." I think you'll find it a blast from the past -- partly because some of the people in it have died, and because it totally predates the digital era; but I suspect you'll also find that it resonates today, thanks to its prescient, or in some cases timeless, qualities. For example, some of the speakers in the program talk about a renaissance of storytelling, and this is back in 1987! I've heard that same sentiment expressed repeatedly in the last 10-15 years -- with This American Life, and The Moth, and storytelling nights around the country. And that's not counting the many other ways we tell stories in everyday life. So please check out what the people in George's program have to say -- you may just be reminded that good storytelling never goes out of style.

Download the podcast episode on iTunes, listen online, or you can also listen to the complete "Word of Mouth" series on the website of George King & Associates.

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