“None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids — except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along … I think that children look at Peter first of all as a child, who is like themselves in some ways whether they are boy or girl, black, brown or white, fat or skinny or what.” —Ezra Jack Keats
On the main character of his book The Snowy Day, which was both praised and criticized for the way it depicted a black child and his mother.
TBT! Joshua Littman visits Tim (left) and Mike (right) during production of "Q&A".
Fourty-nine years ago today, the Voting Rights Act was passed. And this summer is the 50-year anniversary of Freedom Summer, a campaign to register black voters.
Right now, we’re happy to be working on a new StoryCorps short about one woman’s struggle to get the right to vote. Look for it next year. Meanwhile, storyboard by Tim and Rafael Rosado above.
Flash animation from Ping Pong. Tool are tools. It’s what you do with them that counts.
Students! We’re seeking a Production Intern for the Fall. To apply, fill this form out by August 24 http://bit.ly/1xvPBKc and submit your resume/cover letter.
Ira Glass to Lifehacker. I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work.
Quick tip for things to do immediately post-interview:
When I come out of an interview, I jot down the things I remember as being my favorite moments. For an hour-long interview usually it’s just four or five moments, but if out I’m reporting all day, I’ll spend over an hour at night typing out every favorite thing that happened. This is handier than you might think. Often this short list of favorite things will provide the backbone to the structure to my story.
Read through for the gear This American Life uses and its editing process.
This is really good advice, and worth keeping!
Wednesday Wipe! Animation by Tim from "A Family Man".
Awesome Maker Camp field trip to Cartoon Network! Inspiring.