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Place+Memory: Dreamland
Produced by Jesse Dukes and Allison Swaim
(edited by Shea Shackelford)

Dreamland was a swimming pool and dance hall in Roanoke, Virginia's historic African-American neighborhood of Gainsboro. It was built in the 1930's by entrepreneurs Bob and Ellen Hale. During Segregation in Virginia, most public recreation sites were white only, so entrepreneurial African-American business leaders managed to create dozens of recreation areas like parks, beaches, hot springs, dance halls, hotels, and dance halls throughout the state. Dreamland was condemned and torn down in 1947 as a forerunner to drastic and damaging urban renewal in Gainsboro.

The story of Dreamland is told by Alphonso Holland, Jr., Ralph Croson, Helen Elizabeth Davis, Evelyn Davis Bethel, Richard Chubb, and Butch Elam.
(Special thanks to Reginal Shareef, Connie Stevens, Mignon Chubb-Hale, Mary Bishop, Megan Mizak, Greg and Andrienne Ryder, Thom and Jackie Ryder, John Long, Lauranette Lee, Jeanne Bollendorf, Sheree Scarborough and Brian Katen for their invaluable time, experience, expertise and support.)

Produced for for WVTF and Big Shed Media, with support from the
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. (originally aired December 6, 2013).
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Tanya's Story
Produced by Tori Marlan and Shea Shackelford
(edited by
Julie Subrin)

Tanya Zajdel grew up in a Hasidic family in Montreal and was excited to embark on her life as a wife and mother after marrying a charismatic rabbinical student when she was 19. It didn’t take long, though, for Tanya to realize that her marriage was not going to be as she’d expected. No matter how hard she tried to live up to the ideal of the perfect Jewish wife—supportive, modest, an upholder of shalom bayit, or “peace in the home”—her husband responded with increasingly volatile and sometimes violent behavior. It took Tanya a long time to figure out how to do the right thing for herself and her family. This is her story.

This story contains descriptions of violence

Music used in the piece is by Lisa Germano, Paul Tyan, Johnny Ripper, Circus Marcus, Will Bangs, Podington Bear, David Szesztay and Munchen.

• Originally aired on the Vox Tablet Podcast (June 2016).
Version called "When faith is not enough" aired on CBC The Doc Project (Jan 2017)

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Place+Memory: Taco Land
Produced by Shea Shackelford
(edited by Deborah George)

Taco Land was once the loudly beating heart of San Antonio's underground music scene. The story of this dive bar and it’s much-beloved owner and resident icon Ramiro "Ram" Ayala is recreated using first-person memories. Aired on Weekend Edition (NPR), October 18, 2009, as part of The Place + Memory Project.
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The Great Moonshine Conspiracy
Produced by Jesse Dukes
(edited by Shea Shackelford)

Franklin County, Virginia was called "The Moonshine Capital of the World" during prohibition. In 1935, over 200 farmers testified about their role in a massive racket involving some of the county's most powerful men. Aired on The Story (July 16, 2012) and WVTF (July 10, 2012). Scholarship by Charlie D. Thompson Jr. and original music by Wes Swing. Produced with support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. (Photo: courtesy of the Blue Ridge Institute Museum & Institute of Ferrum County, Franklin County Bicentennial Collection.) -- Visit Website

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This can go on forever
Produced by Shea Shackelford
and Virginia Millington

Eighteen years after Carol gave up her son for adoption, she still believed they would meet again. She never changed her name and she never moved away. She wanted to be right where he could find her. Best Documentary: Bronze Award, 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
Fighting Season: Three Summers in Kandahar
Produced by Jesse Dukes
with Shea Shackelford

This audio slideshow features the images and field recordings of award-winning documentary photographer Louie Palu. Published in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2010, Online Edition.

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Place+Memory: The Rabbit Hutch
Produced by Shea Shackelford and Jennifer Deer

Have you ever eaten fried rabbit? BBQ'd rabbit? Rice with rabbit gravy? These were standard fare at the Venz Rabbit Hutch Restaurant in Logan, Alabama. But food was only part of the experience, as you'll hear from the stories of patrons and members of the Venz family. Aired on Weekend Edition (NPR), October 18, 2009, as part of The Place + Memory Project.
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Passing the Banjo
Produced by Jennifer Deer and Shea Shackelford

28-year-old classically trained musician Rhiannon Giddens has fallen in love with the banjo. We go with Rhiannon to visit her mentor, 86-year-old Joe Thompson, one of the oldest living African-American fiddlers in the square dance tradition. Aired on Weekend America (APM), July 30, 2005.

Photo by Jon-Phillip Sheriden
Good Poet Hunting
Produced by Jesse Dukes

John Casteen IV teaches poetry at Sweet Briar College in Virginia. He's also an avid hunter. Jesse Dukes goes deep into the woods with Casteen to track deer and talk poetry. Aired on Studio 360 (WNYC/PRI), March 20, 2009.
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Voices from the National Cornbread Festival
Produced by Shea Shackelford and Jennifer Deer

"Oooh, I love it. You can't live without corn bread. And you gotta cook it in that skillet, too!" Pour a tall glass of buttermilk and come with us to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Aired on Day to Day (NPR), May 16, 2005.

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