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Man reading war news aboard streetcar. San Francisco, California

[Detail] Reading war news aboard streetcar. San Francisco, California

Creating a Radio Program Based on the Collection

When the "Man-on-the-Street" and "Dear Mr. President" interviews were collected, they were used as the basis for two radio programs (you may want to listen to the test recording available in the collection). Imagine that you are the director of a radio station that is planning a series of retrospective reports on World War II and its effect on your state. Each report will be five minutes long. You think that the interviews in the After the Day of Infamy collection could serve as the basis for one of the reports.

Work with a team of producers to create a script for the program. Your team should scan the interviews available from your state (you can choose any state represented in the collection — use the Geographic Locations index to choose a state ), looking for themes that you want to highlight. When you have selected one or more themes, look for interviews that provide insight into those theme(s). Select excerpts that illustrate the points that you want to make. Decide in what order you will use the excerpts, and write a narrative that will introduce the report, take listeners into and out of the interview excerpts, and end the report.