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Waking Life

Short Cuts, Series 5 Episode 1 of 6

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 01 April 2014

Josie Long presents a sequence of brief encounters, true stories and short documentaries in which the boundaries between 'real' life and dreaming blur.

From the addictive, perception-altering qualities of romantic love through to a surreal story about recording dreams. We hear from the legendary film editor and director Walter Murch about the dreamlike qualities of cinematic narratives and the psychologist Susan Blackmore's experience of looking down from the ceiling at her own body.

The items featured in the programme are:

Waking Life
Feat. Susan Blackmore
Prod. Sara Parker

Feat. Walter Murch

The Man Who Could Record Your Dreams
Prod. Bob Carlson
Originally broadcast on Unfictional
An extended version of this story can he found here: http://www.kcrw.com/etc/programs/uf/uf110909the_man_who_could_re

Last Words
Feat. Kester Brewin

Love is a Drug
Feat. Helen Fisher
Prod. Hana Walker Brown

Answer Machine
Found sound from Tape Findings

Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4.


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