Occupation in October: beautiful, long-form OWS radio documentary by Alex Chadwick

I've been wondering when the first great radio documentary about Occupy Wall Street would come out, and when I was driving around in LA yesterday doing errands, I tuned into it by accident on KCRW.

Longtime public radio producer, reporter, documentarian and host Alex Chadwick, with whom I worked at the NPR program "Day to Day," produced a beautiful and evocative audio documentary about the Occupy Wall Street movement, after embedding at Zucotti Park to hear the stories of the occupiers there. He ended up witnessing history.

Alex is the greatest at this art, and I was so happy to hear new work from the man behind those great radio expeditions, which he produced with his late wife Carolyn. Those acquainted with his "Interviews 50 Cents" series will hear a familiar chord, too. Alex, man, it is so great to hear you back on the air doing what no one else can. Everyone else? You *must* carve out some undistracted time, and just listen. And then when you're done? Make someone else listen. Someone who doesn't understand what the Occupy movement is all about.

This is the story of how Occupy Wall Street finds itself over three days in October. How it faces down the police, the political powers, and its own demons. This is the moment when Occupy Wall Street won.

"Occupation in October," on the KCRW radio documentary series "Unfictional," produced by Bob Carlson.

Photo: A demonstrator from the Occupy Wall Street campaign stands with a dollar taped over his mouth in Zucotti Park near the financial district of New York. Reuters/Lucas Jackson.



  1. I can only ever think of the reports of cocaine and fecal matter on dollar bills when I see pictures of protesters with dollar bills strapped to their faces. I’d probably trust monopoly money more and it would probably make for a better symbolic gesture.

  2. Is there a link to download this podcast? The download link on their player is greyed out http://www.kcrw.com/media-player/mediaPlayer2.html?type=audio&id=uf111108occupation_in_octobe and the Unfictional feed doesn’t have the episode listed yet: http://feeds.kcrw.com/kcrw/uf.  Is this a show where it becomes available for download after the next show comes out?

  3. They should use scotch tape instead. Duct tape might give you some owies when you take it off. Also, the background is sort of blurry.

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