2012: Public Media Year in Review
We don’t just make Public Media. We love to watch and listen to it as much as you do! Here you can find some of the best in public media picked by the staff of WHYY.
Be sure to give us YOUR picks in the comments section below. And the best part – we’ll be bringing you more in 2013. Enjoy!
Staff favorites: Video
- WHYY’s Chief Content Officer, Christine Dempsey, picks “Call the Midwife”
Christine says: “One series that came across my desk this past year was Call the Midwife. Aside from the joy of being transported to London’s East End in the 1950’s, I fell in love with these women and their stories. From the nuns to the novice nurses, their compassion came across more and more with each episode.”
- Film critic Patrick Stoner picks his favorite 2012 interviews
Patrick Stoner’s top Flicks picks for 2012 include his interview with Daniel Craig and Judi Dench for Skyfall, the best reviewed James Bond film since Sean Connery left the role, and his interview with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones for Hope Springs where the actors shared their preferences for camera shots.
- Friday Arts producer Michael O’Reilly shares his top picks
Michael O’Reilly’s 2012 highlight was interviewing the filmmakers of RESURRECT DEAD, a documentary delving into the mystery of the “toynbee tile” installations in Philadelphia. Another of his favorites is a short video exploring the fascinating, untold story of the relationship between Georgia O’Keefe and Dr. Albert Barnes.
- On Canvas producers share their 2012 favorites
Lisa Gray chose Grace Potter & the Nocturnals because she finds each band member is interesting to watch, and the interview with Grace is very genuine. Steve Kwasnik’s favorite performer of the year is Frank Turner because of his Springstein-esque qualities and because he also shares Turner’s birthday!
- Fresh Air’s John Myers picks “Inventing David Geffen”
John Myers explains: “I loved the ‘Inventing David Geffen’ episode of American Masters. It’s a must-see for anyone interested in the music business. I’ve always felt like I should have been living in Laurel Canyon in the 70’s. Watching this is as close as I’ll get.”
- Friday Arts producer Monica Rogozinski picks “Metropolitan Bakery”
Monica says: “One episode I feel particularly proud of producing this year is Metropolitan Bakery. To be able to feature a business I so admire like Metropolitan Bakery, and feature not only their fabulous breads and pastries, but their admirable commitment to this community, was both a challenge and an honor.”
Top Local Video of 2012
Top 2012 Pick:
The Barnes Collection
National Video Favorites of 2012
Top 2012 Pick:
NOVA — Inside the Megastorm
Staff favorites: Radio
- Tim Roll picks Here’s the Thing
Here’s the Thing is a bi-weekly interview program hosted by Alec Baldwin and is available online or as a podcast. WHYY’s corporate underwriting manager, Tim Roll, says he heard it live once while driving to Connecticut and became hooked.
- Cookbook author and food blogger Lari Robling rediscovers Pepper Pot Soup
Lari Robling shares: “My work with my book, Endangered Recipes, made me acutely aware that our food history is slipping away. So, being able to do a story on Pepper Pot Soup, a dish that once identified Philadelphia and is now obscure was near and dear to my heart (and taste buds!).”
Top audio tracks of 2012
Favorite Audio Tracks of 2012
- Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane: Nobel laureate economist Paul Krugman on ending the Great Recession
- Voices in the Family: Daring to be vulnerable
- You Bet Your Garden: Over-seeding your lawn, successfully!
- Skytalk: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s SUPER-MOON!