April 2010


Salina Kosgei, who was the subject of a profile in the WORKING series we produced for Marketplace, came in third in today’s Boston Marathon. She won the race last year by less than a second. Salina was extremely gracious when we invaded her life for several days in western Kenya last spring. It really changes how you see the race when you know someone at the front of the pack!

While we’re congratulating our profile subjects, here’s a shout-out for Raffaella Mangiarotti, an Italian industrial designer who was also incredibly hospitable as we dogged her every step for the better part of a week in 2008. She and her creative partner Matteo Bazzicalupo were recently featured in a mid-career retrospective at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan. That’s a tremendous honor. Raffaella and Matteo’s firm is called Deepdesign, and they create everything from jewelry and cutlery to vacuum cleaners and hair driers. We stumbled on them in an Internet search, called them out of the blue, and they welcomed us into their lives.

It was wonderful to learn yesterday that two of our freelance friends won Peabody Awards for their radio documentaries. Deborah George, who will edit the Hunger Chronicles series, was editor for “The Great Textbook War,” independent producer Trey Kay’s hour-long program about a 1974 battle over textbook content in West Virginia. The Peabody committee called the documentary “thoughtful, balanced and gripping.”

Nancy Solomon’s hour-long documentary “Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools Are Failing Black Students” also won a Peabody this year. The committee said Nancy, an independent producer with a long public radio pedigree, “exhibited great empathy for the students and teachers at the suburban New Jersey high school she studied, meanwhile asking tough, necessary questions.” That was our impression, too.

The Peabody Awards “recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. The awards program… is the oldest, most prestigious honor in electronic media.” Other public radio winners were NPR.org, Oregon Public Broadcasting, NPR reporter Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and talk show host Diane Rehm. Congratulations to all!