One of the features I really like on KQED Radio is Perspectives, in which listeners are invited to give short commentaries on topics of their choice.

I asked Perspectives’ editor Mark Trautwein to choose 10 pieces from the year he wanted to revisit. He writes:

“Here’s my fairly random, not-really-‘best’, apologies-to-tons-of-other-wonderful authors, but editor’s-choice 10 Perspectives from 2011…”

  • Opera Kid – Nine-year-old Aiden Sagerman likes opera, and he’s not kidding.
  • Payback – Alejandra went to jail for a terrible decision. Now she helps others find their way.
  • I Love You More – Priscilla Yuki Wilson talks to her grandmother in disaster-ravaged Japan.
  • A Good Man – Susan Dix Lyons’ father isn’t famous, just a good man who did all the right things.
  • How to Avoid a Fat Lip – Les Bloch lists 10 ways to have opinions worth listening to.
  • Invisible Men – Youth Radio’s Pendarvis Harshaw tries to keep black high school students from dropping out.
  • Good Intentions – Jen Haley’s good intentions confront harsh reality on a holiday mission to feed the poor.
  • Mirror, Mirror – Richard Friedlander asks: Is American-style democracy really a good model for the Arab revolt
  • The Life – To get a life, Reggie Daniels had to give up the life of the streets and its intoxicating buzz.
  • Foucault’s Pendulum – Bhaskar Sompalli, and small children, are fascinated by a giant pendulum that knocks over small pins like clockwork.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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