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December 13 2013


Heroin, LLC: Chicago is heroin hub for the Midwest | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

Chicago is a major trafficking route for Mexican cartels and has become a hub for the distribution of heroin across the Midwest. The dangerous result has been an increase in heroin overdose deaths in Illinois.That has WBEZ and the Chicago Reader digging into how so much heroin gets here, how it’s distributed and who gets hurt. Those stories will unfold over the next two weeks.But let’s begin with some background:... http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304
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Brené Brown on the Courage to be Vulnerable | On Being

Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live and parent. http://www.onbeing.org/program/brene-brown-on-vulnerability/4928
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After Discharge Upgrade, Marine Finally Finds A Reason To Live : NPR

Michael Hartnett joined the Marines because he wanted to be a tough guy. But deployments to the first Gulf War and Somalia left him haunted by nightmares. He turned to booze; after a bad-conduct discharge he fell into drugs for more than a decade. Three years ago, he convinced a military board to upgrade his discharge. That change in status gave him the chance he needed. Now he's studying to be a social worker so he can help other vets. http://www.npr.org/2013/12/11/250283871/after-discharge-upgrade-marine-finally-finds-a-reason-to-live?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprweekend&utm_source=weekendedition&utm_medium=twitter
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The Afterlife Of American Clothes : Planet Money : NPR

The U.S. exports a billion pounds of used clothes every year. Much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa. http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/12/10/247362140/the-afterlife-of-american-clothes
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Heroin, LLC| WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

During the 2011-2012 school year, three students from one public high school in west suburban Naperville died from drugs. Kelly McCutcheon was a senior at Neuqua Valley High School at the time, and she started asking her classmates questions about their drug use. The project turned into a documentary that stunned the well-to-do, family-focused community.Kelly had enlisted a high school junior, Jack Kapson,  to help with sound recording, and together they videotaped more than 20 students talking about their experiences using heroin and other drugs.Their project was filmed starkly and informally in backyards and bedrooms and cars. The filmmakers kept the footage away from parents, teachers and police. Kelly and Jack declined to be part of this story, but they gave me permission to use any part of their movie and quote from students they interviewed.This story is part of a joint series between the Chicago Reader and WBEZ that explores the impact of heroin on the Metro Chicago area and Midwest.______________________Amy Miller: Megan's StoryWBEZ: Heroin moves to Chicago suburbs in small amounts through usersWBEZ: From Mexico to the Midwest, a heroin supply chain deliversWBEZ: Heroin: It's cheap, available and dangerous businessChicago Reader: Open-air drug markets and the business of drugs on the West SideAfternoon Shift: Mick Dumke and Natalie Moore discuss Heroin, LLC seriesIllinois Consortium on Drug Policy: Understanding Suburban Heroin Use"You cannot show this movie," the parent told the library director. "It’s going to be the destruction of my…it’s just…We will sue.”Library agrees to host Naperville’s first look Kelly and Jack asked Naperville’s 95th Street Public Library to host the first screening of the film, which they called, “Neuqua on Drugs."John Spears directed all of Naperville’s public libraries at the time. “The filmmakers were working on it up till the very end,” he said. “And that was one thing we were nervous about, because we hadn’t seen it either. Given all the potential legal ramifications of showing this, we were really putting a lot of trust in two high school students.”Library officials agreed to two showings on Wednesday evening, May 30, 2012. Advertising went out, and soon after, irate parents started calling..Spears, the library director, remembers one phone call in particular. He received it at his desk the day before the scheduled screening. It was a parent on the other end, telling Spears, “You cannot show this movie. It’s going to be the destruction of my…. it’s just…. We will sue.”The library decided to go forward anyway.The screeningThe evening of the first screening, adults and teenagers filed into the library auditorium and people waited outside for the second showing.“There were many, many glitches that night,” said Denise Crosby, a longtime columnist with the Sun-Times suburban papers, including the Naperville Sun. “There were people gathered outside waiting for the next session and there were people inside for this session and there was a long delay. But [the audience was] there for the long haul…. They wanted to see it.”Among the hundreds of people who came to the library that night were the principal from Neuqua Valley High School, a counselor from a nearby middle school, and a reporter from the local television station. Managers from Naperville’s other libraries came in to deal with the overflow crowd.The young filmmakers had altered the  voices of some speakers they videotaped,  and a few kids in the film tried to mask their faces. But most participants were fully visible. And, according to accounts from people who were there,  many of the participants were seated in the audience.“When it finally did get started,” Denise Crosby said, “there wasn’t one person that was not glued to that documentary. There wasn’t sound being made at all.” The kind of thing parents heard“The first time I tried heroin... I’d probably say sometime during my sophomore year.”“They were like snorting it and I snorted like some Adderall and they were like if you can snort Adderall you can snort this. It’s basically like the same thing…. You’re trying to be like happy and just like not worry about anything but you are like stressing about all these little things, and when you get high that just goes away so you can just like chill.” “It’s gives you a really strange comfortable feeling. A feeling that everything around you is okay. It’s kind of like a false sense of security.” Denise Crosby, the newspaper columnist,  says that for the two kids who made the film,  “This really was them screaming at the community: Look. Stop. Putting your head in the sand.” One mother’s experience For another woman in the audience that night, the film was particularly painful. Amy Miller’s daughter Megan had died four months earlier from heroin. Megan was eighteen and a student at Neuqua when she died. The filmmakers had contacted Amy Miller beforehand to let her know that some of their interviews included stories about Megan. And still, Miller says she wasn’t prepared for what happened when a girl in the film talked about going to see “Alice in Wonderland:”   “Megan was grounded at the time – but she convinced her mom to let us go if her mom came too. And so her mom sat on the other side of the movie theater and we were just tripping balls. Like we were sweating so bad and Megan had drawn a giant heart over her eye with eyeliner ‘cause she was the Queen of Hearts and she drew stripes on my face because she was the Cheshire Cat.”“I had no idea,” Amy Miller told me when I talked with her recently.  “And here they were rows behind me in the theater and they took acid to watch the movie. And this is the first I’m hearing about this, sitting in the library among hundreds of people, and the girl was in the row behind me and she leaned forward and apologized to me…. And that was pretty tough, you know? That was really hard. I was angry. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. It was like my daughter, I didn’t know her.” Library head John Spears said that feeling of disconnect was common among adults the evening of the screening, and for a long time. “It’s the one thing  I heard over and over and over from everyone is: How could this have been happening and we didn’t even know it?” Underneath their confusion, he says, was shock. There was a sentiment among some people in Naperville that “these kinds of things don’t happen here.” I spoke to dozens of people in Naperville and I asked everyone, “Did this harsh film make a difference?” The high school principal pointed to a student-led discussion program, which he says was being created at the same time students were making the documentary. Neuqua’s also part of an innovative pilot program specific to heroin--it’s a project of  the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. That program is in two middle schools that feed into Neuqua, too. A parent group recently got money from the city to create parent conversation circles. Naperville police track where users live and sometimes do surveillance on kids buying drugs on Chicago’s West Side.Early on in my reporting, Jack Kapson - the young filmmaker who helped create “Neuqua on Drugs” - said heroin was still a problem in Naperville, though he thought it had gone back underground since the film was released. In 2013 so far,  Naperville has had three confirmed heroin deaths—down from six in 2011. Police stress, however, that the number of overdoses means kids are still using as much as they did in recent years. Columnist Denise Crosby says it’s a mistake to think “Neuqua on Drugs” was one high school’s story, or even Naperville’s story. “People started looking at this as “Oh, this is Neuqua Valley on drugs. So that’s Neuqua’s problem.” And that’s just simply – again I cannot reiterate that enough – that is simply not the case. Yeah, Neuqua was the epicenter for this. But this issue is in all of our high schools. It’s everywhere. In all of our communities.” The film, she says, should have been titled, “Your High School on Drugs.” Bill Healy is an independent producer. Follow him @chicagoan and on his website. http://www.wbez.org/news/movie-brought-naperville-face-face-its-teens-drug-use-109332
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The Hackers - TED Radio Hour

Technology now allows us to "hack" solutions to the biggest challenges of our time. But how far is too far? This hour, we hear from TED speakers who dare to hack the brain, the climate, and even the animal kingdom in hopes of creating a better world. http://www.npr.org/2013/08/10/209178988/the-hackers
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Edition 18: Night - Hackney Podcast

Photo by Shehani Fernando"Night in London is a brief period of infinite possibility" wrote the journalist and travel writer HV Morton in the 1920s, and nowhere is this truer than in Hackney, which from doors open till dawn chorus becomes an asphalt jungle for revellers, criminals, artists, lovers, all night eateries and taxi drivers. In the latest and most extensive in a series of themed editions, the Hackney Podcast brings you a night in the life of this 24-hour borough through the words of its inhabitants, as we meet Mare Street's moonlight bookseller, skirt the edges of a Dalston stabbing, rescue a lost and disillusioned party-goer, feast on a Turkish spread at Somine, trail a Homerton rubbish truck, and greet dawn with the street traders of Broadway Market. Along the way we hear readings from HV Morton and commentary from Night Haunts author Sukhdev Sandhu, helping to reveal some of the strange allurement of the dark unknown. Interviews: Francesca Panetta, Andrew Dickson, Elisha Sessions, Gregg Morgan Readings: Frank Burnet Music: Felix Carey, Bryan Kerr, Ruaridh Law, Shane Solanki Sound and Mix: Felix Carey Producer: Francesca Panetta http://hackneypodcast.co.uk/2010/04/edition-18-night/
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Finding Miles - Sarah Reynolds

“Finding Miles” took over a year to record and produce. In the crush of daily journalism on the radio, it’s rare to hear a story unwind over time. Sarah Reynolds writes, “I first knew Miles as Megan back in college. When he decided to transition from female to male, he gave me a call. He was slowly coming out to his friends as transgender — testing them, really — to see who he could still count on. The radio producer in me kicked in and I thought, this is quite a story about to unravel. I pitched him the idea and he agreed to do it: we would document his transition for radio.”This brave and intimate diary illuminates gender transition in an immediate way—from the mundane practical considerations to the fundamental identity transformation. Take some time to follow this path with Megan toward Miles. And talk to Sarah about her producing challenges, like editing a voice which steadily deepens over time from testosterone treatment. –Jay A http://transom.org/?p=9445
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A Cold Freezin Night - 2 - Katie Mingle

Was it just a dream? I can't remember now. Produced for the 2010 TCF ShortDocs Challenge: Book Odds. http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/library/786-a-cold-freezin-night-2
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Lady Sovereign vs. Jelly Donut | Love + Radio

Lady Sovereign vs. Jelly Donut Zach Slow: Celebrity dater, associate of rapping pastries A chronicle of the unlikely events that lead to one of the greatest rap beefs in the history of pastrycore. Playlist (in order of appearance)Title – Artist – Album Cha Cha – Balkan Beat Box – Balkan Beat Box Effects Of My Haste – Mapstation – Version Train Woes Of The Uninsured – Life On Earth – Your Karma is Coming Love Me or Hate Me – Lady Sovereign – Public Warning Jack – Machinedrum – Urban Biology Bright White Light – Life on Earth – Your Karma Is Coming Get Close – Plastic Little – She’s Mature God’s Money V – Gang Gang Dance – God’s Money Listen to more from Season One http://loveandradio.org/2010/07/lady-sovereign-vs-jelly-donut/
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The Pandrogyne | Love + Radio

The Pandrogyne Genesis Breyer P-Orridge : Cultural Engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the founding fa/mo/ther of Industrial music, a performance artist, and a very, very, very devoted husband. Genesis’ website can be found here. Produced by Nick van der Kolk and Brendan Baker, with sound design by Brendan Baker. A version of this interview originally aired on the excellent NPR show Snap Judgment. http://loveandradio.org/2013/12/the-pandrogyne/
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Fritz, the Blind Frisbee-Catching Dog - Scott Carrier

Writer and reporter Scott Carrier relates the unusual story of a blind dog named Fritz, a loveable German Shepherd, who loves to play Frisbee. Trouble is, Fritz is blind -- but thanks to the dog's keen sense of hearing, he's still able to catch the flying disk mid-air, at least most of the time. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1962159
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My Life as a Cup - Sean Hurley

For this year's Shortdocs Competition, producers were asked to create a 3 minute audio piece that told the story of one of three items: a cup, a mouse trap, or a bicycle bell. http://www.prx.org/pieces/21856-my-life-as-a-cup
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The Taking Care Show - Re:Sound

This hour: the delicate interdependence between being in need and answering the call to help. First Steps by Jonathan Goldstein, Mira Burt-Wintonick, Cristal Duhaime & Ryan Knighton (Wiretap, 2010, Distributed in the U.S. by PRI, Public Radio International) When it comes to new babies, sometimes a basic task can present a monumental challenge - especially for new parents. And especially for the new parent in First Steps, as he embarks upon a simple stroll around the block with his daughter. Brian & Norm by Shevonne Hunt (ABC Radio National, 2010) Brian and Norm is a love-story and remembrance that begins at the end and looks back on a visceral bond that defined two lives. Dad & Sam by Jay Allison (Life Stories Collection, 2000) A short meditation on brotherhood, friendship and family. Fire and Ice Cream by Brent Runyon, Christina Egloff & Jay Allison (Life Stories Collection, 2000) There was little to feel good about when Brent Runyon ended up in the hospital after severly burning much of his body. Luckily, the right nurse happened to be there at the right time. The Amazing Dr. Buzz by Steve Wadhams (CBC's Outfront, 2007) Meet Dr. Buzz: a cat with a serious nurturing streak.
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Teach Me What You Know: Meditation | Wisconsin Public Radio

Central Time continues a new series dedicated to learning all sorts of talents, trades, and knowl http://www.wpr.org/teach-me-what-you-know-meditation

The Arcade: Episode 13, The Integratron | Random House of Canada | Random House of Canada

This week…Hazlitt associate editor Scaachi Koul grapples with writer, photographer, and UFC insider Nick “The Tooth” Gullo. Starts 00:56Aliens! Sound baths! TNT! Journalist Hari Kunzru stops by the Hazlitt Studio to tell us the story of The Integratron. Starts 12:10And how to not predict the future. The National Post’s Matthew Braga speaks with Douglas Coupland about his new novel, Worst. Person. Ever. Starts 23:53 You can subscribe to The Arcade podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud, and via RSS.Show Notes:Stalkers by Hari KunzruThe IntegratronCredits:Hosted and produced by Anshuman IddamsettyExecutive produced by Christopher FreyOriginal theme music by Kirby BestPodcast logo by Michael DeForgeAdditional sound effects courtesy of Free Sounds:NoiseCollector “Space Virus Extend”Additional music courtesy of the Free Music Archive:Monster Rally “Island on Fire”Hogan Grip “Stance Gives You Power”Miro Belle “Visions of Eclairs”Miro Belle “La La Lava”Miro Belle “In Fielder”Fields of Ohio “Songs for the Rust Belt/Suitcase Blues”Fields of Ohio “Routes of the Old West Convicts”nisei23 “Interlude IV (It Came From Outer Space)”Chuzausen “Raro Bueno”nisei23 “Drowned In Space”Twin “-”C. Scott “Steak Fingers”C. Scott “Zeugma”C. Scott “Knuckle Up”Origamibiro “Dusk and Umber (ISAN remix)”Kodak to Graph “Nave” http://www.randomhouse.ca/hazlitt/podcast/arcade-episode-13-integratron

'Guardians Of The Gate' Recall Thwarting Suicides : NPR

Ironworkers Kerry Davis and Ken Hopper have climbed around on the Golden Gate Bridge for 25 years. In that time, they've met many challenges — but the most troubling have come from people wanting to commit suicide by jumping from the tall span. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112483788
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