Prompted by an editor who has worked at NGOs for years fighting human trafficking, this series started with an interview with an Evangelical megapastor, and then an academic who raises questions about whether Evangelicals are monopolizing American anti-trafficking efforts. A lively debate proceeded from there, which took us from Nepal to South Africa and back to New York City.
A 2009 piece of long-form (20 min.) radio journalism, this feature for Rendezvous, a program on French culture, explores the Michelin Guide, the pioneering restaurant review publication. It’s influential — and some say, influenced.
The draft script is pasted below. You’ll notice some differences between my version and the one that aired. The editor took out some of the best jokes. :l
Click the link to hear the piece: The Myths and Mysteries of the Michelin Stars
RENDEZ-VOUS APRIL 16, 2009
MICHELIN GUIDE 10TH EDITION
NARRATION IN BOLD IS RECORDED IN STUDIO
CHANGES TO FIRST DRAFT ARE UNDERLINED
– ROMAN NUMERAL.ARABIC NUMERAL INDICATES AUDIO TITLES
– IF YOU NEED TO GO BACK TO THE SOUND IN THE ORIGINAL AUDIO, THE ROMAN NUMERAL INDICATES THE AUDIO FILE (PRECEDED BY CM) AND THE ARABIC NUMERAL INDICATES THE APPROXIMATE MARKER INSIDE THAT FILE.
– X“ DENOTES RAW AUDIO LENGTH WITHOUT INTERIOR CUTS
– … NOTATES A SUBSTANTIAL INTERIOR CUT IN THE RAW ACTUALITY
(XVI MUSIC UP A FEW SECONDS THEN FADE TO BED)
WHEN ANCIENT CAPTAINS WERE NAVIGATING THE OCEANS, THEY USED THE STARS AS THEIR GUIDE. AND WHEN MODERN FRENCH GOURMETS NAVIGATE THE COUNTRY LOOKING FOR THE BEST FOOD, THEY ALSO USE STARS – MICHELIN STARS. THAT IS, THE STARS THATMICHELIN INCLUDES IN ITS TRAVEL GUIDE BOOKS, PROBABLY THE MOST INFLUENTIAL RESTAURANT REVIEW SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.
(MUSIC UP FOR A FEW SECONDS AND DOWN TO BED)
I’M ERIK CAMPANO. THIS WEEK ON RENDEZ-VOUS: THE MICHELINGUIDE IS CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY, AND WE’LL USE THAT OCCASION TO LOOK AT THE IDIOSYNCRATIC CULTURE SURROUNDING THE MICHELIN STAR. THE COMPANY HAS A SECRETIVE PROCESS OF AWARDING THEM; CHEFS UNDERGO TURMOIL TO GET AND KEEP THEM; AND OUTSIDERS TELL STORIES OF RESTAURANT REVIEWERS GONE CORRUPT.
It was suggested to me that I interview popular preacher R.J. Sproul, Jr., about his new DVD series, Economics for Everybody. The interview ultimately raised not just questions about goods and services, but about how clerics use their discipline to try to promote economic ideologies.
This conversation began when I interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills about his new book, Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition. The interview occurred just prior to the Papal Conclave following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. The interview prompted reaction from the Roman Catholic left and right as well as American Anglicans, all of whom gave their thoughts about the priesthood from a theological, historical, and anthropological perspective.
Pope Francis’ Jesuit origins prompted a follow-up interview with J. Patrick Hornbeck, II, a theology professor at the Jesuit Fordham University in the Bronx: