December 13, 2005

I love radio!

As Anna Marie Desmond in the Culture Wars drama, I acted. As a student in the class, I discovered America from a completely different perspective than any history book I've ever picked up.

We researched different views, various eras and political and social leaders. It was the most non-traditional course ever, but I learned so much.

The course was designed to show the stratification of upper-class and lower-class and every other factor that defines and separates America today. Throughout the course, we picked up the suicide of Hunter S. Thompson for debate. Did he kill himself because he was depressed about the state of his life and America and what it is becoming, or was he possibly murdered?

Our creation, a radio drama depicting his court case, attempts to fictionally answer that question.
The radio drama, which was produced live on Monday, is now available for easy media player listening here. I am Anna Desmond, a friend of the defendant, and the defense lawyer's voice.

I wrote the testimony for Anna. I loved performing it.

The Setonian covered the webcast. It was difficult to find a reporter for the webcast story and people to be interviewed because over half the class was Setonian staff.

Anyway, the production went amazingly well. I'm so proud of the class. This is a wonderful experience and a great thing to add to my portfolio. Woo hoo.

Today we had a milk and cookies (and popcorn ball? :-D) celebration to commemorate our kick ass-assination performance.

Dr. Klapak has aspirations for radio drama performances at least once a week next semester. Count me in!

Read on for Ashley Welker's pics of the broadcast.

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Pre-broadcast. I don't think Stephan had breakfast.

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Katie Aikins is getting "into it". Should I remind her that this is radio?

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I sat next to -the- Hunter S. Thompson...I mean S. Puff.

What an experience! Maybe newspapers aren't the end of my media horizons.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at December 13, 2005 10:54 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Great coverage! Love the picture of Katie emoting.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at December 14, 2005 1:07 AM

Amanda,

I don't think I was exactly emoting (as Dr. Jerz so eloquently put it) over Hunter S. Oh dear....

Happy Holidays!

Katie

Posted by: KatieAikins at December 14, 2005 2:39 PM

You're a hoot, Ms. Aikins. :-) You have a happy set of lovely holidays, as well.

Posted by: Amanda at December 15, 2005 11:25 AM
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