My class’s final radio project.
Originally published by Intelligence Squared on December 20, 2010
(Produced and moderated)
In Liberia, cheap technology and relative political stability have spawned a generation of rappers and producers. Disenfranchised men who may have otherwise picked up a gun are now picking up a mic instead. Jake Heller reports on how hip-hop is giving a voice to Liberia’s ostracized youth.
I reported and produced this in a day. As the Arkells say, “we’ve got deadlines to meet!”
Ashley Bouder is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. But she has also started curating contemporary art exhibitions; she opened her first, Emerging Creatives Collide, on August 29, 2011. This audio slideshow takes a behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the world’s premiere ballerinas.
More than 20 million people will ride the Staten Island Ferry this year. That’s 60,000 people every weekday; a little less on weekends. Last Saturday, Jake Heller took the free boat ride across the Upper Bay and filed this audio podcast.
It hasn’t been an easy road to the principal’s office for Roberto Padilla. So when the 33-year-old starts his first full school year as principal of West Prep Academy this fall, he’s looking to make an impact. Jake Heller reports.