Mark Bramhill is a radio and podcast producer based in Oxford, Mississippi. He works as a producer for BirdNote, a daily two-minute show about birds and the environment. He is also the creator of Enthusiast!, a show about what brings us joy, and Welcome to Macintosh, a show about Apple, its history, and the community around it. His work has aired on popular shows like 99% Invisible, Twenty Thousand Hertz, and NPR’s Here & Now. He was the runner-up for the 2018 Miller Audio Prize in Documentary and won the UnFictional Award for KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race in 2016. He has interned with NPR’s Planet Money and is an alum of the Transom Story Workshop. He is also the creator of the yoga emoji 🧘♀️
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“Has a pleasant voice!” — iTunes reviewer
Poet Ada Limón often writes about birds, and her new book, The Hurting Kind, is no exception. Birds are a throughline in the book — between the seasons, from childhood to present, and knowing and unknowing. Two of her poems examine opposite sides of the “knowing/unknowing” coin. You can read many more fantastic poems, with and without birds, in Ada Limón’s new book, The Hurting Kind.
Part of an annual series of National Poetry Month episodes I started at BirdNote, highlighting the work of exceptional contemporary poets writing about birds and nature. It was especially exciting to interview the now-US Poet Laureate and sound design some of her poems.
In our second installment of BirdNoir, PI Michael Stein investigates a murder — a fish murder, plucked from The Dame’s pond. Is it a Bald Eagle? Or has ol’ baldy been framed? It’s all about knowing the right questions to ask.
Another installment of BirdNoir, finding playful new ways to teach listeners bird ID. Ft. Avery Trufelman as The Dame.
In this episode of BirdNoir, Michael Stein — Private Eye — gets a call from a friend, Danny, who wants to know why the bluest bird he’s ever seen has vanished. But there are many birds that are blue besides the true bluebirds (which belong to the thrush family). To solve the mystery, the detective needs to know the right questions to ask Danny, finding the relevant information to identify the bird and figure out what happened.
This is the first of an ongoing series of BirdNoir stories, using old film-noir tropes and production to make frequently asked questions about bird-ID and behavior more exciting and memorable. I cameo as fast-talkin’ Danny in this episode.
You’re playing Stardew Valley, but like, in real life! 👩🌾
You can never have enough kinds of fish sauce.
There is a very delicious world outside of those walls 🍎
August 22 is the birthday of renowned French composer, Claude Debussy. Born in 1862, Debussy is known for his impressionistic sonic portraits, like La Mer, about the sea. But one of his best known works is an earlier piano piece, Clair de Lune. The song is quiet and haunting. Which got us thinking: what if we paired it with the most haunting birdsong — the song of loons? Enjoy Clair de Loon.
I was proud to hearken back to the old days of NPR with this piece and subject listeners to something truly wacky. I collaborated with Breakmaster Cylinder for turning this idea into a reality.
Each September, thousands of Vaux’s Swifts roost in the chimney of Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, a stopover on their southern migration. Crowds gather every night to watch the spectacle. As a celebration of Poetry Month in the US, we offer this poem, Swifts, by Stefania Gomez.
Part of an annual series of National Poetry Month episodes I started at BirdNote, highlighting the work of exceptional contemporary poets writing about birds and nature.
Bird populations in North America have plummeted since the 1960s. A recent study found that overall bird populations in North America have declined by 3 billion birds, almost 30 percent of the total population. There are a number of factors causing this: habitat loss, climate change, cats. But glass windows are one of the biggest killers of birds in the United States — claiming the lives of up to one billion birds each year. Producer Mark Bramhill has the story on what’s going on — and what folks in NYC are doing to try to fix it
I travelled to NYC to report this story, shadowing Audubon volunteers and visiting the Wild Bird Fund animal rehab center. It was difficult to see so many dead and injured birds, but also hopeful to know that real change is starting to happen.
In this extended episode, Traci Brimhall shows how poetry can bring us closer to nature.
Part of an annual series of National Poetry Month episodes I started at BirdNote, highlighting the work of exceptional contemporary poets writing about birds and nature. I conducted the interviews, wrote, and produced the piece, with narration by Mary McCann.
The drama, the inspirations, and the hijinks that went into the creation of sounds you hear nearly every day.
My favorite story from my podcast, Welcome to Macintosh. This story also aired on the podcast 20 Thousand Hertz. Runner-up in Audio Documentary for the 2018 Miller Audio Prize from the Missouri Review.
Tech analysts estimate that over six billion emojis are sent each day. Emojis, which started off as a collection of low-resolution pixelated images from Japan, have become a well-established and graphically sophisticated part of everyday global communication.
But who decides what emojis are available to users, and who makes the actual designs? Independent radio and film producer Mark Bramhill took it upon himself to find out and, in the process, ended up developing and pitching his own idea for a new emoji.
Condensed version of a four-part mini-series on emoji I did for my podcast, Welcome to Macintosh. The piece helped break 99% Invisible’s typical style to experiment with new forms, and allowing more personality into the show.
A portrait of Playhouse 1960, a community theatre in Houston, TX, as they prepare to put on Noël Coward’s play Blithe Spirit. Made with Clara Tian.
The story of a farmer, a man in a pickle, a German opera producer, 100 ewes, and a production that took the New York art world by storm. Produced with Jon Earle. Winner of the 2016 UnFictional Award for KCRW’s 24-Hour Radio Race.
Walking down Main Street in Hyannis, MA, Joe talks about his biggest regrets.
Sarah Outen is on an adventure: doing a lap of the world powered only by her own muscles. She travels by bike, kayak, and row boat. Her trip has brought her the best — and worst — moments of her life. And now, four years after starting her journey, Sarah is preparing for the final leg: rowing home from Cape Cod to London.