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Posts Tagged ‘All Things Considered’

Next Media Animation Production Cycle Reduced to a Ridiculous Two and a Half Hours

Whether it’s Mayor Rob Ford or President Barack Obama, the gang at Taipei’s Next Media Animation has turned spoofing breaking and current news events into one fine, accelerated science.

From a recent report on All Things Considered:

Animation is painstaking, time-consuming work. When it first started seven years ago, the animation staff produced one story a day. But after years of trial and error, Next Media, which now employs 200 animators, perfected its pipeline to the fastest it’s ever been — going from story conception to a finished product in less than 2 1/2 hours.

NMA presently cranks out more than four dozen animations per day. Their YouTube channel registers 40-million-plus views per month.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Vintage NYC Sounds Compiler Shares Her Favorite Noise Complaint

This is just great. NPR caught up with the Princeton University professor who has been meticulously compiling sounds from late 1920s and early 1930s era New York City.


Emily Thompson told All Things Considered that one noise complaint from these bygone days stands out:

Thompson is specifically interested in the sounds that drove people crazy. Her favorite?

“A man named Mr. Schmuck called to complain about the noise of the Colonial Pickle Works Factory where he lived in Brooklyn and somehow that just seems quintessentially New York to me,” she says.

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Radio Story on Child Sex Trafficking Gives Voice to Victims

Oakland, CA is considered by the FBI to be a hot spot for child prostitution. Today NPR’s All Things Considered and independent producer Youth Radio aired the first of a two part series about child sex trafficking in the area. The series is especially notable because it tells the stories of victims of trafficking – something the mainstream media has largely failed to do. In news reports the children involved are often represented largely by numbers and statistics, and referred to as “underage prostitutes” rather than victims of sexual abuse.

The first chapter of Trafficked relays the stories of Darlene and Brittney (not their real names), two teenage girls who were forced into prostitution at the age of 15. Darlene says to understand the problem of child sex trafficking, you have to understand the girls:

You honestly have to believe that they are more than a girl on the corner. They’re somebody’s daughter, somebody’s niece. They’re being sold out there. Some people are standing on the corner selling fruit. While other people are standing on the same corner selling a girl.

Listen to the part one here. Part two of the series will be about the efforts of local police and the FBI to combat sex trafficking, and will air tomorrow on All Things Considered.