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Call for Pitches – Deutsche Welle’s new WorldLink

A new radio show on Germany's Deutsche Welle is looking for pitches. Details below.
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World Link
World Link is a weekly, one-hour magazine that looks at real-life stories behind the headlines. The show is broadcast on Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster that produces television, radio and online content in 30 languages. It provides a European perspective to its global audience and promotes intercultural dialogue. Pieces normally profile someone with an interesting story to tell. Recent examples include a Rwandan genocide survivor now helping widows and orphans, a Virginia Tech shooting survivor campaigns for gun control or a Korean family separated for more than 50 years after the North-South divide. The pieces should include as much nat sound as possible and take a reportage style. The topic can be anything from social issues to environment to culture to technology to human rights. And the show is global in its outlook so we would welcome pitches from anywhere.
segments: Magazine pieces, ca 5-8 mins.
compensation: Pay is the usual DW rates (Euros 240 plus for 5 min radio, higher for longer stories, plus additional fee for online piece, pics or pic gallery)
pitch: By email: rob.turner@dw-world.de or planning@dw-world.de
contact: Rob Turner, Editor/Producer (rob.turner@dw-world.de)

phone: ++49(0)228 429 4598
fax: ++49(0)228 429 4583

mailing address: Rob Turner, Deutsche Welle English Service, Kurt Schumacher Strasse 3, 53110 Bonn, Germany
website: http://dw-world.de/worldlink

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Radio Ambulante CALL FOR PITCHES

For you Spanish speakers – a call for pitches from Radio Ambulante – a new Spanish language podcast. See below for links to pitch pages.
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Radio Ambulante is a monthly Spanish-language radio program launching in early 2012, telling uniquely Latin American stories. At a time when much of the rhetoric seeks to harden the concepts of borders, we believe precisely the opposite is needed. We take the view that the Spanish-speaking Americas—including the United States—together form a diverse cultural region, united by a common language.

We’re currently accepting pitches for our first three episodes. To find out the sorts of stories we’re looking for, please click here >

For more information, write us at:
contacto@radioambulante.org

Call for pitches in English: http://radioambulante.org/pitches_eng.html
Convocatoria en Español: http://radioambulante.org/pitches_esp.html

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Stipends from the Prometheus Radio Project to promote community radio

Interesting opportunity from the folks at the Prometheus Radio Project. Details below.
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Hit the Road! Go on tour to expand community radio!

The passage of the Local Community Radio Act has opened up the possibility of thousands of new community radio stations. Now, we have about a year to mobilize social justice organizations and community groups around the country to take advantage of this amazing one-time opportunity and get their own radio stations.

We need to make sure that this historic moment in radio expansion is not wasted and that real community groups and organizations working for justice know about this opportunity and have the information they need to successfully get their own station.
 
Prometheus is offering $500 stipends for people to go on tour to spread the word about community radio and what groups need to do to prepare.
 
If you would like go on tour to support the largest expansion of community radio in our country's history this is what you need to know:
 
Goal of the tour
The goal is to get organizations in your region thinking about how radio can be a powerful tool in their work and to explain the process by which they can get their own community radio station. We also want to connect groups to resources and other organizations who can support them to successfully apply for a license.
 
Support
In addition to the $500 stipend you can expect that we will:
  • Check in with you by phone or email
  • Help you identify resources you might need
  • Help to connect you with allies in your touring area
  • Promote your event on our websites, Facebook pages, and email list
  • Provide training for using the Popular Education Tools
  • Follow-up with participants who want more information
In exchange for our support, we need a few things from you:
  • Logistical information about your events so we can help promote it
  • Good communication with our staff and volunteers who want to help you
  • Pictures, videos or audio from your event
  • A follow-up call to let us know how the event went and to help you wrap up
  • Timely return of contact data – either online or by mail
Proposing a tour
To be considered for the stipend you must review the Radio Summer Toolkit and propose a tour including:
  1. the dates when you plan on touring,
  2. the towns or cities you plan to visit,
  3. the groups you plan to meet with or have connections with,
  4. how you will do outreach to meet other groups, and
  5. what kinds of events you will hold
You will also need to provide two references who can speak to your organizing skills. And that's it!
 
Tour stipends will be awarded on a rolling basis until the end of August or until the six stipends are awarded. We'll call you if your proposal has been accepted to work out more details!
 
Stipends will be awarded based on the following priorities. We are eager to find organizers who have experience outreaching to communities who have been historically marginalized from participation in the media. Priority will be given to proposed geographic areas that we don't have strong ties to and with populations that we don't have connections with. We'll also value the setting of realistic goals in your proposed tour.
 
To propose your tour, email radiosummer@prometheusradio.org

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Radiolab call for pitches part 2

That last post from Radiolab got cut off before it was finished. Here’s the rest.
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Radiolab topics, continued (email Brenna Farrell, bfarrell@wnyc.org, with stories or ideas)

TALKING TO MACHINES

Each year, The Loebner Prize for artificial intelligence is awarded to the “most human-like computer.” And the competition consists of computers talking to humans and trying to fool the humans into thinking the computers are human too. Very blade-runner. This got us think about the sad life of Alan Turing and about people who fall in love with their machines. Or people who get fooled or out-smarted by their machines. We’re set on the big thinkers, what we’re looking for are small, surprising, personal stories of people engaging with their boxes.

SILENT WARS/TINY EMPIRES
There’s an invisible world war raging below our feet— for the last hundred years, a giant super-colony of ants have been systematically murdering competition and taking over huge swaths of the world. And yet we don’t see them. Unless you happen to live Escandido and keep finding ants in your fridge. We find this whiplash of scales really cool, how you can go global to invisible in split second. We also find the downright evilness of these ants interesting. So we’re also investigating “rank bulls” ( the practice breeding the best bucking bulls in rodeo).
Ideas we’d like to explore:
Warrior classes—ants, bulls…are their other examples of born warriors?
The idea of tiny empires—especially characters who are the master of small domains…maybe bullies, maybe self-styled benevolent dictators…who hold absolute sway over little worlds.

LOOPS/CYCLES

Hey you people,
This is an attempt to wriggle out the ideas in loops. Please give it a quick once-over in the next couple minutes and let me know if you have anything to add/remove, and then we can shoot it out to the world.

LOOPS / CHASING YOUR OWN TAIL

We’re working on a story about how when a whale dies, it’s carcass falls to the ocean floor and creates an ecosystem that can last for 100 years.

This got us thinking about things recurring, cycles of creation and destruction, Phoenixes rising from the ashes, feedback loops, periodicity…this could be on a personal level, or in music, or nature. After repeating however many times does something start to subtly change? What does it feel like to be caught in a loop? This show is very wide open.

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Radiolab call for pitches

A call for pitches from my favorite radio program. Check it out!
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Radiolab is about to launch into production for a new season, and we’re in search of stories. We’d love your help. 

If you’re inclined, give a glance at the topics below (some of which are still in the half-baked, even doughy, stage). And if you have any pitches or ideas, please contact Brenna Farrell offlist at bfarrell@wnyc.org.

We’ll try super hard to respond to every pitch promptly. But we’re a tiny staff, so..just in case, let’s say that if we don’t get back to you within a week, that means we’re not gonna move forward with the pitch.

Thanks everyone in advance!

Jad Abumrad
Host/Creator
WNYC/NPR’s Radiolab
http://radiolab.org

Upcoming topics:

PERSONALITY
Our starting point here is a conversation with Oliver Sacks about three different people who suffered from the same disease…but who had radically different symptoms. Oliver thinks the difference is due to their personalities, that somehow the disease and the personality are engaged in a kind of conversation. This got us thinking. When you get down to it, what exactly is personality? Where does it come from? Is it fixed? And how low can you go? We’ve heard stories of researchers who believe even fruit flies have personalities. We’re looking to take this far past science if we can…

Possibilities
– Stories of actors inhabiting personalities very different from their own (I’ve always been fascinated by things like method acting).

Anyone know a specific story like this?

Somebody who gets bumped on the head and their personality changes dramatically?
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GAMES
We’re thinking about play and games. We’re reporting a story about a high school basketball game whose outcome was so dramatic and stunning that it should have changed the lives of the players involved forever…but it didn’t. Not one bit. Games are these funny contradictions. In the moment, they matter more than anything, life or death. The moment they’re over, you realize it was “just a game.” Why are we so invested? On a similar theme, what happens when a game is no longer a game? We’d be interested in stories where one person thought they were just playing a game…until things got serious. Like when you’re playing with your cat and suddenly cat goes into fight mode. Do you know of any stories of people inventing games? Maybe a game that completely flopped? What are the elements of a good game? What makes a game a dud?

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TAL looking for ideas

The latest from Julie Snyder at This American Life.
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Dear This American Life contributors,

I'll be sending out a complete Theme List in the next few weeks but in the meantime we need help with a story we've already got in production. If you have a suggestion for a possible interviewee for this story, could you let us know?

We're looking for someone who has basically the same political views as their parent (liberal or conservative) but as their parent ages – and has the time to watch more and more cable TV news – the parent's views have become more extreme. And, to the kid, more annoying.

This story is sort of a radio "cover" version of a piece that recently ran on the Frum Forum web site. The author writes:

"Over the past couple of years, I’ve been keeping track of a trend among friends around my age (late thirties to mid-forties). Eight of us (so far) share something in common besides our conservatism: a deep frustration over how our parents have become impossible to take on the subject of politics. Without fail, it turns out that our folks have all been sitting at home watching Fox News Channel all day – especially Glenn Beck’s program….Even though we’re all conservatives, I found myself having to steer our phone conversations away from politics and current events. It wasn’t that I disagreed with their opinions – though I often did – but rather that I found the vehemence with which they expressed those opinions to be so off-putting."

With the author's help, we're looking for adult children who may have similar experiences — either with Fox News watchers or devotees of MSNBC and the like — who have found themselves exasperated listening to their parents' parrot O'Reilly/Maddow talking points or conspiracy theories. What would be even better would be if the parents would want to be interviewed as well. And then they can bitch about their apathetic, closet-conservative/liberal children.

I promise this will be fun and won't be trash-talking. I promise!

Anyway, if you are experiencing this phenomenon or know or anyone else who may be game to talk, will you let us know? You can send emails to the producer of this piece, Jane Feltes, at jane@thislife.org.

Thank you so much!

Best,
Julie Snyder
This American Life
julie@thislife.org

Julie Snyder
Senior Producer
This American Life
153 W. 27th Street, #1104
New York, NY 10001
(212) 624-5012

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Making Contact seeks pitches on freshwater, healthcare, recession, and more

Hey all. The fab public radio program Making Contact is looking for pitches. They are one of the few shows out there that takes long, sound-rich docs. I'm not sure about their rates so contact them if you have questions. Details below.
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Hi there Making Contact reporters, freelancers, and friends,

Our latest call for pitches is below. In the short-term, we’re looking for a quick turnaround story on fresh water in the Eastern United States. We also have a pressing need for reports about health care reform and the impact of the oil industry on local communities. For our ongoing “How We Survive” series, we want recession-related features.

 

Please send story ideas to pitches@radioproject.org.  Generally, we look for 7-13 minute sound-rich pieces reported from under-covered areas.

As always, feel free to send us ideas you don’t see on this list. We’ve recently increased our freelance budget, and would really like to hear some voices from around the US, and overseas.  Keep in mind, we occasionally commission full length 29 minute documentaries.

For those new to “Making Contact,” check out our site (www.radioproject.org).
We try to feature voices that aren’t normally heard. Our shows highlight structural problems as well as grassroots solutions.

Thanks, and please forward widely!

Pauline Bartolone & Andrew Stelzer
Producers
Making Contact
www.radioproject.org

Freshwater issues in the Eastern US

In light of the UN’s recent vote that clean drinking water is a human right, how are communities in the US working to claim their entire water systems? We already have a story about a movement in Michigan to put freshwater into a public trust. Another segment could be about crumbling water infrastructure in your city or town—how are privately owned vs. publicly owned water systems dealing with it? This piece will need to be finished by August 25th—a two week turnaround, so get your pitches in!

Cleaning up After Big Oil

Months after the explosion on the BP-owned oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the long-term impact on the coastal way of life is still unknown. For this show we’re looking for stories about how an oil company's presence in a community has changed their way of life. We’re also looking for stories about how to make oil companies accountable.

We Got Health Care Reform. Now what?
Health care reforms are just starting to be implemented, but massive change won’t be seen until 2014. But will these reforms really provide
the change system really needs? And what are people doing now to get the health care they need? We’re particularly interested in stories
about the undocumented.

Seniors in the Recession
In this show, we'll explore how senior citizens are affected by the recession, and what they're doing to maintain quality of life despite
rising costs and fixed incomes. We're particularly interested in the differences in experiences along race, class and gender lines.

Young People and the Recession
Studies show that more than a third of young people in the U.S. have cut back on cigarettes and alcohol because of strapped personal
budgets. Others are "boomeranging" back to their parents place because of a bad job market. We want stories about how young people are
getting creative and becoming active and organized. We invite collaborations with Youth Media initiatives.

We’re also looking for pitches that fit under the following themes:

Rural Areas and the Recession

Access to Mental Health Care and the Recession

Women and the Recession

Send your story ideas to pitches@radioproject.org

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Call for submissions NAISA

New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is a very cool arts org based on Toronto. They have an annual festival (a few actually) and are looking for radio/music/sound/multimedia submissions for 2011. Definitely worth checking out. Good luck! -Mia

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Current Calls for Submissions

2010 Calls For Submissions on the theme ABOUT TIME
Categories:  Radio Art, Electroacoustic Music/Sound Art, Videomusic and Installation Art
September 30, 2010 Deadline

2011 marks the 10th anniversary of NAISA’s Deep Wireless and SOUNDplay festivals and so it is an opportunity for NAISA to both reflect on the past and look ahead to the future.  With this in mind, New Adventures in Sound Art invites artists of all ages and nationalities to submit works on the theme ABOUT TIME for consideration in New Adventures in Sound Art’s 2011 programming for its annual Deep Wireless, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay festivals presented in Toronto, Canada. Artists may submit works in one or all of the following four categories (Note: please send separate submissions for each entry). 

Preference in programming will be given to works that respond in some way to the theme ABOUT TIME. Individual interpretations or variations on the theme are encouraged, but should be realized with sound as the primary component.

Artists may submit works in one or all of the following four categories (Note: please fill out one on-line submission for each entry):

1) Radio Art
2) Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art
3) Videomusic
4) Installation Art

1) Radio Art (for Deep Wireless)

The Radio Art category is for works conceived for radio or that use radio and other wireless technology in their creation and that play with the medium. Special consideration will be given to 1 minute radio art pieces for broadcast as well as 1 page proposals for collaboration on translocal and network performances.

Pieces will be selected for broadcast within Canada and on several international radio stations in May 2011 as part of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art.

Both Canadian and International radio art submissions will be considered for inclusion in the following:

-The Deep Wireless 8 radio art compilation CD
-The Radio Art Interventions (1 minute pieces played guerilla-style on radio stations during the Deep Wireless festival)
-The Radio Art Salon – a listening gallery of radio art works exhibited for the month of May.

2) Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art (for Sound Travels & SOUNDplay)

The Electroacoustic Music & Sound Art category is for multi-channel and stereo works conceived for concert performance or presentation in the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art and SOUNDplay festivals. Preferred formats for performance presentation include 5.1, octaphonic, 12 and 16-channel formats in both acousmatic (tape), live, and mixed formats. Please indicate in the notes the intended format of presentation and any required instrumentation or specialized equipment.

3) Videomusic (for SOUNDplay)

The Videomusic category is for works that explores non-narrative abstraction with equal emphasis on sound and image. Submitted works will be considered for video screenings with either stereo or multi-channel playback for screenings in either a performance venue or a small-size gallery alongside other works selected from this call for submissions.

4) Installation Art (for Deep Wireless, Sound Travels or SOUNDplay)

Installation proposals of previously realized works for site-specific and gallery installations will be considered for presentation as part of Deep Wireless, Sound Travels or SOUNDplay. Site-specific works can be for indoor or outdoor locations. Works can use multichannel or single channel playback and may incorporate any number of media, but must feature original sound as a primary element.

Preference will be given to small to medium scale interactive works that appeal to all ages. Please note that almost all of NAISA's exhibition locations are multi-use venues and often require works to be moved and re-positioned on non-exhibition days. Also attach a list of the necessary equipment required to mount the installation and which of these items can be supplied by the artist. Submissions should include audio, video or audio-video documentation of previously realized versions of the work.

Submission Guidelines

Please complete in full the online submission form by midnight on September 30, 2010 and submit by post your submission materials (postmarked September 30, 2010) to:
New Adventures in Sound Art
601 Christie Street #252,Toronto, ON, M6G 4C7, Canada.

Click here to begin online submission.

Once you have completed the on-line submission, you will be provided with a submission number. Please include this number, along with your full name, when mailing in your CD or DVD. For multichannel works, please include a stereo reduction for reference purposes only. For video works, please include a DVD copy for reference only. Screening and multi-channel masters will be requested later if the work is to be programmed. For installation works or performance proposals, please attach a list of required equipment with indication of equipment that can be supplied by the artist.

Materials will not be returned. Please don't send original copies.

NAISA Inquiries & general information:
Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Managing Director
New Adventures in Sound Art
Address: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON
M6G 4C7
Tel 416 652 5115
www.naisa.ca

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TAL looking for ideas

Hey folks. Here's the latest request for pitches from This American Life. Good luck! -mia

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Dear This American Life friends and contributors,

We've got a new round of themes-in-progress and we're coming to you for story pitches, thoughts and suggestions for our upcoming shows.

How this process works: When you send in a story idea to me, I'll respond with a generic email letting you know that I received your pitch and that I've read it. I promise. I read every pitch. (I won't send you the auto response until I've read your pitch so expect a day or two delay sometimes to get that email.) If we think the pitch is right for us, or if we need more information from you, I'll send you another email asking for more info on the story or letting you know we'd like to commission the story. But if you don't hear back from us within two weeks, beyond the initial auto-reply email, it means the story just isn't right for us or for the needs of that

particular show. The idea of doing it this way is just to get through
pitches and get back to everyone a little more quickly.

Like always, these themes are shows we're actively pursuing right now but we're always on the lookout for new stories or ideas. So if you've got a story that you think would work especially well for us but doesn't fit a specific theme listed below, please send it along anyway.

Thanks so much for your pitches. All of us here are very appreciative.

Best,
Julie
(julie@thislife.org)

FIRST CONTACT: Inspired by the Star Trek movie that I’ve actually never seen, we’re looking for stories about first meetings or beginnings with an “other,” alien or otherwise. Actually, alien would be awesome because we don’t actually have any alien stories for this show yet (yet!) but we are working on a story of an American man who, for the last seven years, has spent four hours every Sunday morning talking with three brothers in Iraq he has never met in person. In another story, a boy recounts how he tried very, very hard to get his first kiss. We’re looking for more stories about the beginnings. Maybe a story about a person who is just truly great at

making first impressions but things go south after that? Or a story about the first time having to do something? The first time technology comes to a place? Is there a profession or field that specializes in “firsts’? Science stories would be great for this show, too.

SOCIAL CONTRACT: This is a show that is coming up soon and is pretty much filled, story-wise, but we are looking for a little help with the opening, or “top” story to the show. We’d like to talk about how various municipal and state legislatures across the country are beginning to say we need to fundamentally rethink what government can do and fund. We’d like to get to this idea by playing clips of speeches, press conferences, city council meetings, school board meetings, and the like, where legislators suggest that maybe government just can’t provide the services we’ve come to expect. We’d like these clips to come from all across the country and from a variety of different governmental bodies so if you have suggestions on any quote you’ve read in the news or heard at a meeting or anything, will you let us know? We can track it down and get the audio if you can just point us in the right direction. Thank you so much.

STICKING IT TO THE MAN: We really love this one story about a toddler who seems to express – in a not-very-subtle way – all of our collective frustrations with our American leaders, so we’d love to do a whole show about big and small attempts to punish the people in charge. We’d like a story that gets at current frustrations with political leaders and maybe we do that through Tea Partiers (what? It isn’t 2009?) or different social and political movements or with specific candidates that seem to shed light on the general dissatisfaction a lot of citizens are feeling now. But we’d also love non-political stories, too. Great “sticking it to the man” stories seem to be about people who justify their bad behavior in the name of righting a wrong, or in pursuit of a larger good. A great story for this show would be one from “the man’s” perspective – maybe a boss who is forced to learn a lesson? Or a company that realizes it’s in the wrong? Stories about vengeance would be nice for this show.

GOOD COP, BAD COP: Stories about using both brute force and sweet persuasion to get what you want. Classic parenting stories would work well for this show, along with workplace stories. Maybe a story where the players actually decide ahead of time who gets to play what role. We’d really like a story where someone tries a bunch of different ways to get what they want, kind of going through a bunch of approaches to get to the end. Or a story about two people on opposite sides of an issue. Or a story where two people in conflict both believe they’re playing the role of good cop. A “wolf in sheep’s clothing” kind of story would be particularly nice for this show, where something that is purportedly a force for good is actually evil in disguise.

DREAM ON: A woman who has had cancer for the last 22 years and has grown, understandably, a little cynical about new treatments, new therapies and new discoveries, dares to ask the question: how close are we to finding a cure for cancer? In another story, an architect who briefly believes one of his buildings may have caused the deaths of several people in a horrible collapse, now devotes all his energy to designing buildings with absolutely no environmental impact. We’re looking for more stories about people looking to accomplish things that seem impossible. Just because of the cancer and building collapse, though, a lighter, maybe-kinda-funny story would be really, really nice for this show. Maybe a story about starting a ridiculous business or venture? Or someone who has a vision that they can be the kind of person they most decidedly are not? Maybe a story about a political candidate with a very specific agenda? Short fiction could be really nice for this show, too.

CRY BABIES: We’d like to do a show about people who have out-of-proportion responses to perceived wrongs. There’s always one cry baby – one member of the family or one person in the office. And what’s so galling is that being the cry baby almost always works. For a short-term strategy, it’s kind of brilliant. It’s just in the long term that it gets really annoying. So we’d love to do a show about a person or an organization or institution where the go-to move is to cry “victim.” And how frustrating that can be, dealing with someone like that. Also, a story told from the “cry baby” perspective would be great, too, because it can also be such an unfair label, undercutting any argument or motive. Political stories, obviously, could really work for this show but family stories would also be great.

***** Julie Snyder
Senior Producer
This American Life
153 W. 27th Street, #1104
New York, NY 10001
(212) 624-5012
julie@thislife.org

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TAL request for pitches

Latest request from TAL. Please note their pitch process in the third graf. Good luck!
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Hello This American Life contributors,

Thanks so much for your all responses to our last theme list. Our next list will be sent out soon, and in the meantime, we'd like to get your input on a new theme-in-progress that will air in a couple weeks: "Held Hostage".

The show will include a story about a radio station in Columbia that broadcasts messages from the family members of hostages to their captive loved ones. But we're also looking for stories that deal with less literal hostage situations people trying to escape or cope with whatever in their lives is keeping them captive. We're particularly interested in stories where the hostage situation is humorous or lighthearted. Or where the "hostage" is a thing instead of a person.

A reminder of how this process works: When you send in a story idea, you'll get a generic email letting you know that we've read your pitch. If we think the pitch is right for the show, or if we need more information, you'll hear back from us. But if you don't hear back from us within two weeks from the auto-reply email, it means the story just isn't right for us or for the needs of that particular show. The idea of doing it this way is just to get through pitches and get back to everyone a little more quickly.

Also, for this theme only, please address all your pitches to Ben Calhoun, (ben@thislife.org) and/or Lisa Pollak (lisa@thislife.org).

As always, thanks so much for your pitches. All of us here are very appreciative.

Best,
Lisa and Ben

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