laura morris

Independent audio production: broadcast, podcast, and mobile.


 

AUDIO TOURS

Immersive narratives, telling personal stories in new, sound-filled ways.

 
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New Yorker, poet, and feminist Eileen Myles leads a narrative walk through Greenwich Village; a coming-of-age story entwined with history of the neighborhood's radical women who changed the world, from birth control to gay marriage, from prison reform to social security. 

Produced for Detour.

 
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USS MIDWAY AIRCRAFT CARRIER

This audio guide covers everyday life, the inner workings of machinery, and the airplanes on board this warship-turned-museum in San Diego. Listed among the top ten museums in America, this tour will serve over one million visitors annually and is designed to work in any stop order.

The tour is narrated by a former Vietnam-era fighter pilot, who tells his own stories among his fellow soldiers', evoking memories of the past and questioning what it means to be a hero.

This audio tour is enhanced with binaural sound design. To access this stop on the tour, visitors must climb down into the belly of the ship to a room full of knobs, dials, and pipes.

The museum includes over thirty restored aircraft dating back to WWI, and the audio tour provides a specific story for each. Told by a former pilot, these are based on archival audio content. Listeners are directed to move around the aircraft to identify details mentioned in the story.

 
Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags

Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags

HIRSHHORN CONTEMPORARY ART - PERMANENT COLLECTION

Narrated by director Melissa Chiu, this tour is of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's national museum in Washington, DC. It's approach focuses on accessibility and understanding, including voices of visitors, museum guards, and teen students alongside artists and curators.

This stop has a more traditional format as a curator explains the artwork, but the use of an informal interview setting lends an intimate conversational style that feels natural and unscripted.

 
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MONTPARNASSE, PARIS

Kiki de Montparnasse was a painter's model and "queen" of the bohemian art scene in 1920s Paris. A reimagined Kiki, dancing between fact and fiction through a voice actress, narrates this audio tour in Paris' former art neighborhood. Through her own life, "Kiki" explains the artistic ideas of her friends - from Picasso to Hemingway - and the huge shifts in society between the wars.

Produced for Detour.

 
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SOHO, NEW YORK CITY

Now a shopper's paradise, 1960s and 70s SoHo was teeming with radical artists who transformed the area's run-down manufacturing into studio lofts. This tour, narrated by a lifelong SoHo resident and historian, includes a scavenger hunt, secret artworks, and surprise visit to a 19th century warehouse-turned-artist's loft alongside interviews with artists, gallerists, and former residents.

Produced for Detour.

 
Mike Nichols, Forest Elephant

Mike Nichols, Forest Elephant

PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

"Wild" is an exhibit of nature photographs documenting the world’s most incredible creatures and landscapes. This children's audio guide is based on conversations between the artist, National Geographic’s preeminent nature photographer Mike Nichols, and local schoolchildren.

 
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David Rockwell, one of New York's premier architects, tells the story of Union Square Park's contentious design - a power struggle between landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted and the city's most notoriously corrupt politician, "Boss" Tweed. 

Produced for Detour.

 

CHINGFORD NATURE RESERVE, LONDON

A walk created by and for local park-users to explore the biodiversity and history of manor grounds that once belonged to King Henry VIII. A sound-rich tour that includes specially composed music and binaural recordings.

 
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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, NEW ORLEANS

An intimate tour of the playwright's adopted home in the French Quarter neighborhood. A permissive city in the conservative South where gay culture began to find a foothold in the 1950s, he found a haven here to be free. Narrated and co-authored by William's historian and friend.

Produced for Detour.

 
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CELEBRATING MARDI GRAS, NEW ORLEANS

This tour takes a listener through the story of two traditions: the historic, elite secret societies which started the parades in the 19th century, and the African-American Mardi Gras Indian tribes. Two voices intertwine to narrate these two traditions, tracing history back to the city's founding. 

Produced for Detour.

 
 

SENIOR PRODUCER

Editorial advising on site for Detour's audio tours:

NEW ORLEANS: Gumbo - A food tour, exploring the cultures that shaped this iconic dish.

NEW ORLEANS: Treme - America's oldest African-American neighhborhood.

NEW ORLEANS: Absinthe - The ups and downs of the "green fairy"; a drinking tour with stops.

NEW ORLEANS: Storyville - Exploring the birth of jazz in the city's historical "vice" district.

MARRAKESH: the Medina - A dive into the lives and music of souk Jamaa el Fna.

LONDON: Westminster - Follow a fictional politician in a jaunt around the seat of British gov't.

LONDON: Clerkenwell - A 1000-year long history of revolution and working class dissent.

 
 
 

RADIO AND PODCAST

Distributed on: BBC World Service, CBC, Radio France, and other outlets. A sampling:

 
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New York City is known for its glass skyscrapers and high-speed business deals - but it's also the home of a strong movement for community driven urban agriculture. These gardens are now threatened by a new development boom and rising real estate prices.

Produced for World in Progress, Deutsche Welle.

 

The Economist’s bi-monthly magazine of ideas, culture and lifestyle, producing podcasts on a variety of topics to correspond with magazine articles.

Sample audio from interview with travel writer Sophie Pedder on her visit to Antarctica.

 
 

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

Television sports documentary: The Road to Invictus, for EPIX (in production)

News producer, Radio France International English service, Paris

Documentaries in French for France Inter's premiere cultural program, L'Humeur Vagabonde

Assistant producer at BBC World Service "The Forum", London

 

 

Teaching

 

Master's level course in Digital Innovation and Storytelling at The Sorbonne - School of Journalism and Communications (CELSA).

Past workshops in radio production, social media, and writing for Sciences-Po ParisThe School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), Météo France (Paris), and Bespoke Education.

Editing

 

 

Education

Former editor of Rising Voices, a project of online news website Global Voices.

 

Master - Critical Media and Cultural Studies, The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Bachelor - International Affairs, Skidmore College, New York

 

 

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