We’re heading that year’s end run of production. Our Newstalk documentary The Last Wake is finally coming together and goes out in the new Year. Its amazing the stories we’ve found around the country about the dying tradition of the wake - although in Donegal it seems to still be the norm. In Dublin people frequently look somewhat disturbed when you ask about bodies at home - and wakes - ‘thats all in the country isnt it?’ one professional replied but its the background to Anne Enright’s new novel, the Booker prize winner the Gathering - where she’s chosen to stage a modern Dublin family tale against an old fashioned Dublin wake. We’ll let you know the broadcast date when we get it.
Archive for November, 2007
Just back from Boston visiting the old haunts of Cambridge and Harvard for a reunion seminar. It was the 50th anniversary of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the key note was given by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In one of the most powerful public address I have ever seen at Harvard - or indeed anywhere else - Archbishop Tutu explored what a new US administration might do to help its relations abroad. In the end he said standing up and saying sorry, we made a mistake over Iraq could be the most powerful message any new President could send out to both its allies and enemies. Its interesting that as the presidential debate hots up in the US its increasingly difficult to find anyone who admits to having been in favour of the Iraq invasion. Even Hilary Clinton wants to forget she voted for Iraq. Yet what’s equally strange is the continued reference that all will be put right next Autumn in the Presidental election. As if that simple act in itself will restore balance and order. Yet the real issue might be that the level of foreign news and coverage in the US media, particularly TV, has contined to decline and apart from a few honourary exceptions like NPR on radio, the level of quality journalism on foreign news, which was already low, is disappearing. Its most visible on an issue like global warming and climate change which still lags way down public awareness compared to Europe. Al Gore has to be credited for raising it up the public agenda (and political agenda) but its still seen and discussed as something you might choose to believe in or not - like fairies and Santa. ‘Do you believe in global warming?’ I was asked several times as if its a personal ethical viewpoint similar to they way some US citizens view Darwinism versus Creationism. Facts, expert reports and collaborated scientific research do not get the level of public exposure they warrant so the public discuss the environment as if its contested opinion.
The Golden Spiders are on the 22nd this week so fingers crossed for podcastingireland.ie which is up for a best new Irish website award. Its been a time of awards and we were pleased to hear that the Sisters of Mercy ‘green’ convent won the SEI award last Friday. Our TV feature on ‘eco-sisters’ went out on RTE last year in Capital D and its good to see green design and choices being celebrated.
Watch this space for our new NCA podcast which Aileen O Meara will present as a consumer’s survivors guide to Christmas. Its that time of year - so there’s help on hand. We’ll have the podcast live next week and in iTunes.
Congrats to our TV documentary star Katie Taylor who won her exhibition match in Chicago and has helped pave the way for women boxers to the London Olympic Games 2012.
just a reminder that our featured boxer Katie Taylor - who is the focus of one of our TV documentaries - is staging her exhibition match with Canadian Katie Dunn in Chicago this weekend. This key match for the world champion will decide whether women’s boxing makes it into the London Olympics Games on 2012. Its a big battle for 21 year old Katie whose dream is to win Gold at the Games for Ireland - but women’s boxing has to date been left out in the cold and if the Games Council says yes Katie will be solely focused on staying in shape for the London Games and the chance to complete her amateur boxing dream. Best of luck Katie!
Good news to see podcastingireland.ie shortlisted for best new Irish website in this year’s Golden Spider Awards which will be announced later this month. Our partner company Lightbox who designed our site is also shortlisted for a host of other projects including for their own on the Newstalk site. Congrats and best of luck with to them. Our podcastingireland.ie site has over 220,000 hits a month and our regular audiences and users of 02 Making Waves and Vhi Health Club have really helped make a success of our site. Thanks to everyone for the story so far.