Latif Nasser, Eleanor McDowall, Agnieszka Czyżewska-Jacquemet
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
We would like to introduce you to three exceptional audio makers who at their time have chosen to study the history of science, literature and theater, however today they masterfully tell incredible audio stories. In the third session of the conference, we will talk about how they started working with sound and how their backgrounds have influenced their approach to audio storytelling. We will also discuss the power of audio narrative with regards to its influences on the characters and the reactions of the listeners. Our guests are historian of science and co-host of Radiolab - Latif Nasser, Literature graduate, Director at Falling Tree Productions and producer - Eleanor McDowall, journalist and producer at Polish Radio Lublin with a background in theatre - Agnieszka Czyżewska.
He is co-host of the New York Public Radio show Radiolab, where he has done stories on everything from professional badminton to the nuclear button to a polar bear who liked to have sex with grizzly bears. In 2020, he hosted the miniseries "The Other Latif," about a Guantanamo detainee who shares his name. In addition to his work in audio, Latif is the host and executive producer for the Netflix science documentary series, Connected. He has also given two TED talks, and written for the Boston Globe Ideas section. He got his PhD from Harvard's History of Science department in 2014. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
She is a Director at Falling Tree Productions. She is the series producer of BBC Radio 4’s Short Cuts, which won the Gold Award for Best Radio Podcast at the British Podcast Awards in both 2017 and 2018. Her documentary work has received a Prix Europa, the Whicker’s World Foundation ‘Audio Recognition Award’ twice and the Gold Award for Best Factual Storytelling at the Radio Academy’s ARIAs. In her spare time she runs the Radio Atlas podcast – an English-language home for subtitled audio from around the world - and Field Recordings.
She has been working at the Documentary Department of the Polish Radio Lublin for about 20 years as editor and commissioning editor. She has been awarded several national and international prizes. Talking about her work as a radio journalist, she says: "I look for meaning and universality not in great global events, important topics, but in the life of a human being. A drop reflects the ocean. A human being gives soul and body to all disasters, wars, political decisions and social issues. And what is important to me is not to listen but to hear. There is no understanding without hearing."