Ana Deveare Smith

After I asked the questions, I would listen like I had never listened before for people to begin to sing to me. That singing was the moment when they were really talking. ― Ana Deveare Smith, Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines

Baia Urbana – the film

Carolina had told me you need to see this film, after she’d seen it at UNDP in NY, and when Carolina suggests something, it always pans out. She’s that attuned. She sent me a note to remind me, copying a note she’d sent to him. “I just loved your film,” she said. I saw the … Continue reading Baia Urbana – the film

Ilha das Flores

Ilha das Flores, 3/24/2017 The first immigration hostel in the Americas was built in the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro in 1883. Before Ellis Island or the Immigrants’ Hotel in Buenos Aires. Today it is part of a network of immigration museums which include those in São Paulo and Halifax. Between 1820 and 1914, … Continue reading Ilha das Flores

Radio Church

November 18, 2016 Cape Cod It was dark when we arrived in Woods Hole at 6pm. The last ferry to Martha’s Vineyard had just left. It was the beginning of winter light, on a weekday, easy to park. Across the main street, the community hall was still closed. A sign by the entrance read: “Tonight … Continue reading Radio Church


November 16, 2016 Trump, elected the 45th president only a week earlier. Alex and I met Julie Shapiro the day after she received the news that her creature, Soundproof, the inspiring one-hour radio art show produced weekly for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, had been decommissioned, in other words cancelled. We were late and barely … Continue reading Soundproof