KCRW's Independent Producer Project

WE CULTIVATE AND SUPPORT THE WORK OF INDEPENDENT RADIO PRODUCERS AND MEDIA ARTISTS IN LOS ANGELES AND BEYOND.

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KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race is a whirlwind day of high-stakes storytelling for journalists, radio makers, and daring creatives of every experience level. In last year’s contest, hundreds of producers, working in five countries and 22 U.S. states, produced 101 fantastic radio pieces in a single day — and we know you have what it take to join them.

Here’s how it works: on the morning of Saturday, August 2, contestants will receive an email announcing this year’s theme. They will then have just 24 hours to produce a four-minute, nonfiction radio piece in response to that theme. On the morning of Sunday, August 3, finished pieces must be uploaded to SoundCloud, where they’ll be evaluated by a team of celebrity judges.

Three winning pieces will be broadcast on a special episode of UnFictional, KCRW’s popular weekly program. Winners will also receive cash prizes of up to $1,000 and one-year memberships to the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) and SoundCloud. This year, there will also be two new awards: the UnFictional Award, given to the personal favorite of program host Bob Carlson, and the Social Butterfly Award, to the team who makes the best use of social media during the Race.

Sign up for the Radio Race as a solo participant, or with a team of friends. Registration is $10 per team, and can be found here. You can also contact KCRW’s Independent Producer Project with any questions. Find them on Twitter, Facebook (KCRW’s Independent Producer Project) or email them at ipp@kcrw.org.

 See you on Game Day!

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"I decided, ‘you know what? I feel good about myself. I’m gonna go paint a wall.’"

Independent producer Shara Morris has this portrait of Hueman, a Los Angeles-based street artist making waves in a historically male-dominated scene.

Fyodor Dostoevsky was given one month to finish a novel, or wind up ruined by debt and trapped in a terrible contract. At the end of a month, he had one novel finished and a second well underway — and he even picked up a wife in the process! We think he’d have been an amazing contestant in our 24-Hour Radio Race. 

Learn more about Fyodor, and other creators who produced amazing things in ridiculously tiny amounts of time, on our blog! 

Zora Neale Hurston wrote her masterpiece novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God in just seven weeks, while living in Haiti on a Guggenheim Fellowship. She’s living proof that amazing things can happen in ridiculously short amounts of time, and we think she’d have been a great contestant in our 24-Hour Radio Race

You can read more about Hurston’s book, and about other people who created great things in crazy-short periods of time, on our blog.

This is the coolest.

Sometimes I think my whole professional life has been based on this hunch I had, early on, that many people feel just as muddled as I do, and might be happy to tag along with me on this search for clarity, for precision.

- Zadie Smith on storytelling at the 2014 Moth Ball Gala

Read the full transcript here


These are the stars of this week’s episode of KCRW’s UnFictional: A fourth-grader harboring a not-so-secret passion for her classmate, two best friends living side-by-side in completely different worlds, and a scrawny boy who became sidekick to a leather-jacket wearing badass. 

You can listen to their stories here

Oh, please don’t go—we’ll eat you up—we love you so!

It’s Maurice Sendak’s birthday! You know the drill: let the wild rumpus start!  (via pickeringtonlibrary)

If you haven’t heard them yet – and even if you already have – today’s a good day to listen back to Fresh Air’s conversations with Maurice Sendak. He and Terry have spoken several times over the years about everything from his work and childhood, to his depression and views about life and death.

Happy birthday, Maurice.

(via nprbooks)

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So, this just happened backstage.
President Obama and David Karp are about to kick off a Q&A on college affordability live from the White House. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.Tumblr.com
Consider it kicked off. 

whitehouse:

So, this just happened backstage.

President Obama and David Karp are about to kick off a Q&A on college affordability live from the White House. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET at WhiteHouse.Tumblr.com

Consider it kicked off. 

(via staff)