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MIKE PESCA, host:
BPP Producer Caitlin Kenney, she has been charged this week with taking over the responsibilities of our web editor. Laura Conaway is on vacation, and Laura also said, well, if she's going to do that, she might as well have my theme music as well.
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RACHEL MARTIN, host:
So generous of her.
CAITLIN KENNEY: It was nice of her to share.
PESCA: She gives and gives.
MARTIN: Hi, Caitlin!
KENNEY: Hi, guys. How's it going?
MARTIN: It goes well. What's popping in your world?
KENNEY: Well, we got some good conversation going on, on the blog. On Monday, we talked to photographer Anthony Karen. He took some really interesting photographs of some really secretive groups, like the Ku Klux Klan, White Nationalists, and some Voodoo priest in Haiti, and people really started talking about on the blog. He made this great video - Winn Rosenfeld, our video producer, put together this great video working with Angela. We just had some really interesting views.
Mindy Clark wrote as an educator in public schools, I work daily to emphasize respect and tolerance through lesson planning and as a model in the classroom. Anthony Karen's images would be a powerful tool in teaching adults. I appreciate Karen's ability to respect the people he captures in his photographs and his desire to understand what brought each person to their particular beliefs. Sometimes the best way to reach an audience is to shock them with the truth of the situation.
KENNEY: And there was a lot of that. There was a lot of praise for Karen. A lot of saying it's very brave of you to put this out there and people really need to see that this kind of thing is still going on so that they can understand other cultures besides their own. Some people disagreed. Nathan in Holland said he had the absolute opposite opinion. It's just shock-value photography and just nothing else.
Even the photographer himself stated this when he said I want more shock photos in my portfolio. He's taking these photos to make a living. He has no control of who uses these photos other than his no tabloid claws. It doesn't seem like journalism to me at all. You know, so - yeah, different viewing points on that one.
MARTIN: And I understand there's also quite a little bit of buzz about Ian's story that we talked about the other day, the gum tree in Philly.
KENNEY: Yes, the great gum tree. So Ian had an idea to start this series about unlikely monuments. So he started with the gum tree, and he asked people to submit other stories they had about other things in their town. Matthew Scallon wrote in about - this is pretty crazy -funeral home which had a nine-hole indoor miniature golf course. The course had a death and dying theme to each one of the holes. Supposedly, the owner didn't allow anyone to play the course while a wake or funeral was in attendance, but if one of the dearly departed's family members wanted to grieve in their own way, he allowed it.
PESCA: Provided their own way was his way of the miniature golf course.
PESCA: Whatever you want, say miniature golf, or golf in miniature form. Either way.
KENNEY: Apparently, ESPN got word of it though and they had to close it down. It was, you know, a little hubbub. Julie in North Carolina wrote in about the Dragon. It's a road on the North Carolina-Tennessee border, 11 miles, 318 turns. Motorcycles challenge the Dragon all the time and frequently get bitten. At the bottom of the Dragon is Deals Gap Motorcycle Resort. In the parking lot is the tree of shame. Hanging on it are all kinds of bike and car parts from people who've been bitten by the Dragon.
KENNEY: Which is pretty crazy.
KENNEY: So, Julie, if you're listening, if you've got a picture, you should definitely send it in to us. That would be great.
PESCA: Yes, everyone else send their unlikely landmark pictures, and we want to thank you Caitlin Kenney, BPP producer doing web pitch-hitting.
KENNEY: No problem.
MARTIN: That does it for this hour of the Bryant Park Project. We don't go away online. We are there 24 hours a day, seven day a week at npr.org...
PESCA: Except for leap day. Then it's either 24 or 25.
MARTIN: That's true. Fine, if you've got to be that way, npr.org/bryantpark. I'm Rachel Martin.
PESCA: And I am Mike Pesca and this is the Bryant Park Project from NPR News.