If you've ever wondered what it's really like to be a soldier, you'll want to listen to a piece by Michele Norris on The War Tapes. The film won the prize for best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. The story on All Things Considered provides insights into filmmaking in a war zone and the human side of soldiering.
Steve James, producer and editor of the film, tells Norris what sets his film apart from most of journalism about the Iraq war. "Because the camera is inside the Humvee, you really feel and see the chaos of these moments, I think feel it, in the way that soldiers do," James says.
Norris has another compelling interview on All Things Considered. This one is with humorist Art Buchwald. He talks about what it's like to still be alive months after moving to a hospice to die.