Jack Straw Productions Podcasts & Radio Programs

Below is some information and links on the ongoing and selected past radio programs and podcasts we produce at Jack Straw, in partnership with local non-profit organizations and independent producers.

Current and Ongoing Radio Programs

Sonarchy Radio

Recorded live in the studios at Jack Straw Productions, Sonarchy Radio features new music and sound art made by Pacific Northwest artists. Sonarchy is broadcast every Sunday night from midnight to 1am on KEXP 90.3-FM in Seattle and live on the web at KEXP.org. Sonarchy is now into its 12th year, and thanks to KEXP's inspired use of technology, each new show can be heard in its entirety for two weeks following the broadcast in several streaming audio formats. Doug Haire is the producer and mixes these shows live.

(photo by Naomi Campbell)

Green ACRE Radio

Martha Baskin and Jack Straw Productions present Green ACRE Radio, bringing you the Agricultural, Conservation, Resource, and Environmental information you need every week on KBCS FM. Check out the Green ACRE blog or the KBCS site to listen to and read about the episodes.

5th Saturday Audio Theatre

Fifth Saturday Audio Theatre is a Seattle-based non-profit organization, presenting radio theatre on every fifth Saturday of the year. It is recorded at Jack Straw Productions and broadcast by the Evergreen Radio Reading Service of the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library. Their programs are produced by John W. Stone.

At the recording of In the Matter of Andrea Gill

Jack Straw Podcasts
Jack Straw Literary Podcast Series

The Jack Straw Literary Podcast Series features live readings, interviews, and profiles on artists in the Jack Straw Writers Program. Check in on the blog for new posts, or subscribe via iTunes.

2009 Jack Straw Writer Storme Webber

Jack Straw Artist of the Week Podcast

Each week we will make a new audio piece created through the Jack Straw Artist Program available for free download. Subscribe at jackstraw.org/artistoftheweek, or via iTunes.

Jack Straw Artist Srivani Jade

Recent Radio Programs
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Centennial Radio Project

Jack Straw and producer Harriet Baskas partnered to produce a series of short radio pieces about the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. You can read all about it and listen to the first piece in the series at the AYP Centennial Radio Project site.

The Young Playwrights Program

The Young Playwrights program and festival is an educational writing program directed by the non-profit organization Southeast Effective Development (SEED) in Seattle's Rainier Valley neighborhood.  A professional playwright goes into public middle and high schools in the inner city to teach this form of writing.  At the end of the program, a number of student plays are picked for a community performance.

Yuko Kodama journeyed through interviews with professional playwrights, educators, and performance directors - not to mention through the halls of Franklin High School - to find out more about this program.  What she discovered were the stories about the youth behind the plays and concern by both youth and educators about the diminishing arts programs in the public schools. 

Yuko's feature was supported by the Association of Independents in Radio and Jack Straw Productions' artist residency programs. It was aired on KBCS FM and Listen Up! Northwest. You can listen to the piece by clicking on the 'play' button below:

Some of the young playwrights Yuko worked with in Jack Straw's studios.

Stories of Arrival

In 2009 Seattle Poet and 2008 Jack Straw Writer Merna Ann Hecht worked with Foster High School students from around the world to write poems about their experiences, for a project titled Stories of Arrival, produced with support from The Voices Education Project in Seattle; The Institute for Poetic Medicine; Bread for the Journey; The Tukwila School District; the Tukwila Arts Commission; the Washington State Arts Commission; and the National Endowment for the Arts. We presented these poems for April 2009, National Poetry Month.

The Stories of Arrival poems were broadcast during the KBCS "Daily Planet" show on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4:30pm; and during the KBCS "One World Report," 6-7 pm, on Thursdays.

Poems were aired by Nallely Hernandez, Seth Vyamungu, Roda Mohamed, Sevda Lomanova, Buntu Redempter, Carlos Bautista, Jamila Aga, Ben Pinzari, Maryam Sami, Nazria Aydinova, Mawada Hamam, Huong Vo, Shakir Khurshudova, Timur Chakhalov, Bello Dondja, Quynh Ngo, Tila Acharya, Ruslan Gulaliyev, Hodan Warsame, Luis Ramirez, Elmira Binaliyeva, Merali Abdullayev, Monia Hamam, Shillah Sami, Vuong Ngo, Adifatah Said, Khalida Lomanova, Erick Garcia, Dinara Chakholova, Leila Ali, Ruveyda Chkhalidze, and Gulmira Chakholova .

Students from Foster High School in the Jack Straw studios.


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