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Mar 15, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Once Upon a Time in Maine

With Josh Gleason

For the past several years numerous aspiring radio producers have braved the frosty Maine climate to attend the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland. There they create the kind of stories that are relatively rare in the radio world, stories chronicled over a series of many weeks, often months – stories that intimately bring into view life- as it is lived.

Please join independent radio producer Josh Gleason as he presents some of the best radio form Salt – tales of people dealing with all manner of things, from insomnia to autism to a giant beached whale. Brooklyn-based band Cicada Songs will play live music throughout the course of the evening. Join us for a discussion with featured producers Michael Bernstein and Erin Davis, winner of the Third Coast Audio Festival’s Best New Artist Award in 2008, who will both be on hand to discuss their pieces.


“Just Another Fish Story,” by Molly Menschel

A huge whale washes up on the shores of the small town of Lubec.

And the townspeople soon realize they must figure out for themselves how to dispose of it.

“Hard To Say,” by Bente Birkeland

Ed Werler found a new love late in life. Now it’s slipping away. But time is not the enemy per se – it’s memory.

“Sit With Me,” by Michael Bernstein

Cameron Ledoux’s father is depressed. Because of his illness, his dad can’t work and sleeps at home much of the time. Cameron, age 12, sits down with his dad to address the unspoken.

“Insomnia,” by Matt Swenson

There’s this one thing Michael White has been trying to find for decades: a good night’s sleep.

“Except Me,” by Erin Davis

Andrew has autism. He talks constantly. He has outbursts. All of which tempts his sister Marissa to sell him to the zoo.

About the artist

Josh Gleason is an independent radio producer based in Brooklyn, NY. His radio work has aired on This American Life, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Day to Day and Weekend America. Josh is a former Teaching Assistant to the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. He has also worked as a Producer for WNYC’s Radio Rookies and WMPG’s Blunt Youth Radio.


Mar 15, 2009
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States
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