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Audio Emotions

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html

This story was about a woman who has an immense faith for God. She starts her whole story with a verse from Micah 6:8.

“What does God require but for you to love, mercy, walk humbly and do justice.”

She then goes on to explain how she prays and how God works in her life. I had chills throughout my whole body when I was listening to this audio story. I just loved how honest and open she is during her interview. She speaks from her heart and you can tell through the way she speaks. I thought the journalist captured her essence and her unbelievable faith. I also loved the pictures, because they showed her passion as well. The journalist caught great quotes, especially the verse right at the beginning. I think the verse really sets the story off correctly. I really enjoy this audio series in general. Sometimes, I feel like the pictures are too posed but then a picture will crop up that captures emotion so well that it impacts the audience even if it is posed.

http://www.npr.org/v2/?i=140854981&m=140857432&t=audio

This story is about two women, Anne Libby and Louise Pelissier who  became pen pals in the 5th grade. Louise from California sent a letter to Anne all the way in Maine. They have written to each other for over 50 years and now they have finally met each other in real life. They shared the loss of both of their mothers together, battled breast cancer together, and they even shared braces years before both of those incidents all through written letters. It was so personal, even with Melissa Block, the interviewer, in the audio clip with the questions. I could just picture these two older ladies talking and sitting together after all these years. It was a heart warming interview.  It was a different feeling from the New York Times article because it was more of a radio show than a documentary feel. I thought it was a little bit distant just because you do hear the journalist’s voice but it was an enjoyable conversation to listen to.

Today Now! Interviews The 5-Year-Old Screenwriter Of “Fast Five”

So for my third audio clip I took a little risk and checked out interviews on the Onion newspaper website. I found two of the employees of the Onion, Jim and Tracy, interviewing a 5-year-old named Chris Morgan. The premise was that the kindergartener wrote the latest action-packed “Fast And The Furious” sequel. The interview was very cute because it really underlined the satirical nature of how many sequels “The Fast and the Furious” make, it also underlined the quirky behaviors of the 5-year-old, such as taking his shoes off and falling asleep at the end of the show. It was a funnier audio/video clip, but it was so cute to be able to listen to the little 5-year-old describing the scenes of the movie as well as the actor’s personalities. I liked how everyone had a sarcastic attitude because it really emphasizes the point of the Onion newspaper. However, it did kind of place the kindergartener in a position to make fun of him in some cases, and I didn’t necessarily like that aspect of the story. However, I think it is a funny way to point out the quirks in our society.

Audio when paired with videos, or with pictures can really paint a good picture of the point you are trying to illustrate.

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