This week on the show I talk with filmmaker and anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki about his new documentary The Iron Ministry. J.P. spent three years traveling through China by train, and in the film he weaves countless trips across the country into one impressionistic journey full of people, sound, and clanking metal. In our interview we talk about the Chinese rail system, non-narrative documentary, and what it’s like to shoot a film on a train.
Beijing apartments – Still from The Iron Ministry
Dining Car – Still from The Iron Ministry
Two girls sleeping – Still from The Iron Ministry
Man and meat – Still from The Iron Ministry
Bartees Cox is a songwriter and producer who spent years playing in bands in Brooklyn before making the move to Washington, DC, where his solo project, Bartees Strange, took focus and grew - from an album of reinterpretations of The National’s music to his stunning full-length, genre-bending… | watch
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Joyful Noise Recordings is an Indianapolis-based eclectic indie label begun in 2003 by Karl Hofstetter. In this episode, we'll hear a ton of great music from the label's releases, along with an interview with Karl where we cover the label's beginnings, the importance of physical art objects, and how… | listen