amazonburningDeforestation is an ecological disaster that his plagued the Amazon. As more and more trees are cut down, the country’s citizens resort to burning what remains. In an NPR report by South America Correspondent Lourdres Garcia-Navarro, citizens of the western state of Rondonia call November “burning season.” Navarro reports that man-made fires are up 30 percent from a year ago.

This story is best presented through audio because the medium allows for rich natural sound bites and provides two completely different tones of frustration and desperation of the Brazilians affected by the burning of the Amazon. As Navarro introduces us to Rondonia, the listener can hear the crackling fire in the background. This sound bite accompanies the narration that explains that the state is on fire. This is an incredibly powerful piece because the listener can easily imagine a town engulfed in flames, ash and smoke.

While natural sound bites create a sensory experience, interviews with Rondonia’s citizens provide insight and emotion. In a sound bite, farmer Dona Matara says “You Either Burn Or You Starve.” Listeners can hear the desperation in Dona Matara’s voice, as the narrator explains that burning trees allows farmers to eke a living from the land by making it more fertile or providing space for cattle. In contrast, citizens voice their frustration as the wildfires become uncontrollable and damage their property. This powerful audio story allows listeners to hear and feel the pain, desperation and anger in visceral ways that other mediums simply don’t provide.

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