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Desert beauty: artists dig up inspiration in the Mojave

For KCRW, via their Independent Producer Project: You might think of the Mojave Desert as empty and inhospitable. But homesteaders and miners began living in this dry, vast space east of Los Angeles in the early 20th Century. And it’s always called to outsiders and artists like Noah Purifoy, an Angeleno who lived in Joshua…

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The Rest Is Silence

For KCRW’s UnFictional, from Los Angeles. Amanda McDonough is a 22-year-old graduate of Cal Poly Pomona. All her life, she’s had hearing problems. She wore hearing aids and hid the fact from everyone she knew. Mostly she got by. But then, last year, everything changed.

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Bochan: A Cambodian-American Idol

For Studio 360, from Oakland. In the cliché version of the immigrant story, the hardworking parents want their first-generation kids to become doctors, engineers, lawyers — to have a more comfortable life and social prestige. Chhan Huy fled Cambodia during its horrific civil war in the 1970s, and settled with his family in California. He…

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Documenting Dislocation – Photographer Pete Pin

For the Voice of America, from the Bronx, New York. What’s it like to be stuck between worlds – to feel like you’re neither one thing nor another? That’s the situation Pete Pin finds himself in. Pin, a Cambodian-American photographer based in New York, is currently working on a long-term project to chronicle the lives…

An American Twist on a Cambodian Classic

For the Voice of America, from Oakland, Ca. (Music video and recording footage courtesy Bochan Huy.) More and more Cambodian-Americans are finding their own voice in art and music. Add to that list singer-songwriter Bochan Huy, who grew up in Oakland, California, and has just released her first album, Full Monday Moon. Huy is putting…

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Taliban Propagandists

Here’s my latest from CBC’s Dispatches. Mini doc on Taliban propaganda and its use of social media and modern technology. There’s a great Taliban pop propaganda song in here, some sound from Afghan television, and insights on how plain ol’ intimidation is leveraged by insurgents to make sure they get the kind of support they…