Response- Infant Mortality

After our own exercises in creating audio segments, I have come to see how much more difficult it is to create an audio essay than a video one. Video uses our sight and sense of sound, while the radio ones solely utilize sound.

Listening to Infant Mortality from Michigan Radio, I thought about all of the different sounds I was hearing as well as the topic at hand. I had heard of this issue before in a public health course I took a few years ago. It is so striking to me that the main message we hear in the media is that there is an amble amount of teen pregnancy, and it is priority number one to stop teens from having sex. Becuase this issue strikes up a debate, it gets a lot of attention. However questioning the affect of latent stress from racism on infant mortality rates is a topic that people do want to talk about. The solutions presented were all in the realm of possibility, and I hope that there is more of a conversation on this topic in other forms of media.

This piece though utilized a number of experts as well as personal stories of women to create a piece that was both intriguing and informative. There was music that aided in the transition between the separate pieces and interviews. It was a really smart choice to use piano being played by the son of one of the women who was being interviewed, it added to the feelings of gratefulness to her son as her other child did not survive.Throughout my listening I was thinking about the amount of time that goes into editing these audio pieces and being able to keep track of the interviews. Being able to successfully edit the interviews and add music is much harder than I had imagined it to be. It was still hard for me to follow along to voices for the entirety of the segment, but I found myself scrolling through the transcript below the player. I was hoping for some pictures of the women and their children or some additional information about them. But it was only the words that I was listening to. I think that to keep listeners on the page the whole time and to engage with the topic, there needs to be something that the online listener can do with their hands and eyes.

Weekly Recap

Woo week 2 is done, and here is another list!

1. With only one class this week we didn’t get to start our new projects, but our conversation about education was really in depth, and it was compelling to hear all our thoughts and ideas. I found this satire from Salon written by author Adam Mansbach of “Go the Fuck to Sleep“. It’s a fake syllabus from a professor who realizes the limitations of the classroom, very interesting looking at thinks from the other side.

2. There were some really interesting daily creates this wee. The first one I did was about the sky, and first think I thought of as a descriptive was “What’s up?”, because I still have the humor of a 5th grader.  I don’t think I ever really describe the sky with color in mind.

3. One of my really good friends is an intern at Michigan Radio this semester,so I got a chance to talk to him about what he does and how he likes it. He told me that he thinks they do a better job managing the Facebook page than Twitter. He is a news junkie, so he told me some cool things he’s been able to do since working there. I liked looking at the site, the navigation was a little confusing though. Michigan Radio

4. Sunday’s daily create was really fun. I liked looking at everyone else’s post and seeing how the described their breakfast and thinking about what they actually ate. Brett’s and Ariana’s looked really good(and mine).

5. The Harvard Business Review articles were really great. I agree that the commonly used image of marketing and decisionmaking being a tunnel is outdated and that the Customer Decision journey is a much better outlook. Purchasing truly is a journey and the relationship between the consumer and brand that forms can be maintained by the highest level of possible (the CEO).

Michigan Radio

The Michigan Radio is very representative of what the radio station is about. Its too flashy, and just serious enough to attract its NPR listening audience.  I thought their way of color coding the :most Active Stories” was interesting and reminds me of the national security color scale. The chart does not say why the story is “active”: active in what? In click rates, Facebook likes/comments, Twitter click throughs?


I looked at both their Facebook page and Twitter feed, and found that they have more followers on Twitter than likes on Facebook by about 2,000. However, I thought that the Facebook page was more interactive with audience members. I followed their recent hashtag “earlyed” about a childhood education. The feed was really successful and engaging; it is still continuing after the broadcast.

I don’t usually listen to NPR, but when I was looking at the website I clicked on the “Listen Live” feature to help get a sense of what would be to be playing at the time. It is show called “Ask Me Another” which I immediately fell in love with. It was a whole show about trivia, puzzles and knowing more than other people–which I love.

I read through a couple of articles on the site each day, but here are the ones I really liked:

About the “Harbaugl” and the Harbaughs ties to Ann Arbor as well as Michigan 

What a “scrum” is, and how petrifying it would be to be in one

A new segment about the English language with one of housemates favorite professors