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Home/Front: Marla Ruzicka Invents A Role For Herself At War : Rough Translation : NPR

(NPR) Interview, June 31, 2021

What do we owe innocent civilians who are killed or injured in war? This is one of the thorniest ethical questions that any military faces, but it was not abstract for anti-war activist Marla Ruzicka.

Marla arrived in Afghanistan soon after 9/11 with the goal of stopping the war by telling the stories of civilian victims. At first, few of the soldiers, diplomats, journalists or aid workers knew what to make of her. Sure, Marla threw great parties, but she was totally out of her depth. Or so it seemed.

Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/1011480658/home-front-marlas-war

The Flexible Persona

(THE FLEXIBLE PERSONA) January 29, 2017 — Love’s Archive is set in a moody New Orleans. Atmospheric sound design, with many sounds recorded in the streets and parks of the city, plus an original musical score immerse the listener in a story that begins when a letter arrives, sending a fragile mind on a tumultuous journey.

Katrin Redfern is a multimedia journalist, writer, and producer who has reported internationally on human rights, anti-trafficking, and corruption. She has written for The Daily Beast, the BBC, The Indypendent, Huffington Post, and The Phnom Penh Post among others. She has produced film (two Sundance Official Selections), theater (five TONY nominations), radio, and podcasts, from science news to travelogues. Katrin is also an award-winning fiction writer and playwright.

Written by Katrin Redfern, Produced by Matt Fidler and Katrin Redfern, Sound design by Matt Fidler and Katrin Redfern, Original scoring by Matt Fidler, Directed by Geoffrey Owens, Recorded by Kevin Ramsey at Harvestworks, Mixed by Matt Fidler, Actors: Joe Premavira – Narrator, John Mudd – Will, Katrin Redfern – Shyla, Nancy Finn – Social Services Commission, Andrew Stern – Electrician

Source: The Flexible Persona

The Pulitzer Prize: Are Slaves Catching the Fish you Buy?

(AP) Robin McDowell, Margie Mason and Martha Mendoza, May 1, 2016 — For an investigation of severe labor abuses tied to the supply of seafood to American supermarkets and restaurants, reporting that freed 2,000 slaves, brought perpetrators to justice and inspired reforms.

The Burmese slaves sat on the floor and stared through the rusty bars of their locked cage, hidden on a tiny tropical island thousands of miles from home.

Just a few yards away, other workers loaded cargo ships with slave-caught seafood that clouds the supply networks of major supermarkets, restaurants and even pet stores in the United States.

But the eight imprisoned men were considered flight risks — laborers who might dare run away. They lived on a few bites of rice and curry a day in a space barely big enough to lie down, stuck until the next trawler forces them back to sea.

“All I did was tell my captain I couldn’t take it anymore, that I wanted to go home,” said Kyaw Naing, his dark eyes pleading into an Associated Press video camera sneaked in by a sympathetic worker. “The next time we docked,” he said nervously out of earshot of a nearby guard, “I was locked up.”

Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry. This intricate web of connections separates the fish we eat from the men who catch it, and obscures a brutal truth: Your seafood may come from slaves.

Source: Associated Press – The Pulitzer Prizes