"Locations" is the brainchild of sound designer Randy Thom -- whose film work has garnered him multiple nominations and one Academy Award, sound designer Jim McKee, and radio producer Erik Bauersfeld. The series' creators asked writers to think about a specific location and explore how the sounds of that location could become acoustic elements in the dramas themselves. Listeners would get more than just a description; they would get a sense of place through ambient noise.
Helen Cline: The Soul of a Bell follows Bay Area poet Cline as she travels with her guide dog to a neighborhood market and to locations like Skywalker Ranch. Cline describes how she navigates the world without seeing it, what sounds and tactile objects are her aids. Here, Cline's absence of sight lends itself to radio, where listeners can get an understanding, albeit a limited one, of a blind person's perception of the world. The program airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on KPFA-FM, 94.1. Gary Soto's Teaching English airs Sunday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Lawrence Ferlinghetti's One of These Days (or Nights) airs Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. Millicent Dillon's Inside airs Sunday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.