JONATHAN MITCHELL

radio projects

On this page you’ll find a few samples of my radio pieces, specials, and programs.

For news about my latest projects, please visit my blog.

Eat Cake

Can coconut cake + random phone calls = love? Find out, when these two Valentine's Day traditions collide. This story features performances by Eliza Skinner, Birch Harms, and Curtis Gwinn. We developed the story by recording and editing improvisations over the course of several weeks. It was produced for Weekend America and aired on that program's final broadcast in January 2009.  Listen to Eat Cake

City X

City X is a sound rich audio mosaic of observations and ruminations, all scored to Muzak, giving the history of the modern shopping mall from the perspectives of people living in a real, yet unnamed, city. City X was commissioned by Hearing Voices radio with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. First broadcast on NPR’s Living on Earth in November 2004.  Listen to City X

Eye Contact

"More than a reflection of the inner monologue of strangers on a subway, Eye Contact, made in 2005 for Weekend America, explores the anxieties of coincidence and all the fears and awkwardness that can surround interactions in public spaces. Using improvising actors to represent multiple narrators, the piece is woven through with the anxiety of uncanny parallels fueling these uncomfortable, albeit everyday, scenarios." - Kyla Imberg, The [Un]observed   Listen to Eye Contact

Shades of Gray

This one-hour documentary shares a range of stories told by people young and old who have been directly affected by abortion It's a carefully crafted audio mosaic and a stark portrayal of the intensely personal nature of our relationship with abortion. Co-produced with Ahri Birnbaum-Golden. First distributed nationally by PRI in January, 2003. Winner of the 2004 Golden Reel for National Documentary.  Listen to:  Shades of Gray part 1 - Shades of Gray part 2 - Shades of Gray part 3

Wordless Music on WNYC

In 2008, I wrote and produced a four-episode series for WNYC based around the Wordless Music live concert series in New York. It pairs rock and electronic musicians with more traditional chamber and new music performers. The radio series is hosted by Jad Abumrad (of Radiolab), guests include Meredith Monk and David Lang, with music from Beruit, Jonny Greenwood, Do Make Say Think, Nico Muhly, Hauschka, Torngat, John Adams & Gavin Bryars.  Listen to Wordless Music on WNYC

Studio 360

I'm a Contributing Producer for Studio 360, and I've been working with them since 2001.  I was a member of the team that created the 2004 Peabody Award-winning episode about Melville’s Moby Dick, and I helped write and produce two other episodes in their American Icons series: The Lincoln Memorial, and Superman.

Moon Graffiti

Moon Graffiti is the pilot episode of The Truth, an audio fiction podcast I'm developing with American Public Media. It is based on a speech written for Richard Nixon in 1969 titled "In Event of Moon Disaster," and imagines an alternate history in which the Apollo 11 mission goes horribly wrong. It won the 2010 Gold Mark Time Award for Best Science Fiction Audio.  Listen to Moon Graffiti - Become a fan of The Truth on Facebook

Human Intelligence

This is a radio adaptation of Kurt Andersen's "Human Intelligence," a short story about melting ice caps and extraterrestrial spies. Kurt adapted the script with David Krasnow, and I directed & produced. It features performances by Melanie Hoopes, John Ottavino, and Ed Herbstman. The unabridged version was published in Stories: All New Tales, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio.  Listen to Human Intelligence

They're Made Out of Meat

This is a radio adaptation of Terry Bisson's classic short story, first published in 1991. It aired in November 2011 on Studio 360, and features performances by Russ Armstrong and Miriam Tolan.  Listen to They're Made Out of Meat