About This Show
In English reconnaissance is primarily a military term: the gathering of strategic and operational intelligence. Scouting, getting the lay of the land. Not necessarily to find the enemy, but to see what is there. From the French: (recognition). The confluence of these meanings shapes our approach. Each episode of Reconnaissance features oral narratives of recent histories. Through a combination of conversation and fiction, each episode initiates a process of reconnaissance and recognition: of the political ambiguities, experiences, and perceptions buried within language, and propagated by it. The process of writing fiction is a way to practice recognizing experiences outside of our own.
Most Recent Episode
Ep.2: Your bed in Vienna
Oct 28 15
In September 2015 hundreds of thousands of refugees fled in Syria and other countries and ended up in Austria, most on their way to other European countries. In October hundreds of thousands of people continue to flee, by foot, car, bus, and train. In United States media they are described as waves, masses, a crisis. What makes a crisis? Over the month of September a large volunteer effort collected and organized themselves at Wien Hauptbahnhof, one of two central train stations in Vienna. People set up cooking stations, child care stations, prayer and medical stations, all within the train station. Reconnaissance, Episode 2: Your bed in Vienna, describes the scene at and around Wien Hauptbahnhof in September.