Historical Improv by PERIODS

If you like Drunk History, you might like the “anachronistic period pieces with costumes a show choir would die for” created by PERIODS:

PERIODS. is an improvised comedy film series. Created by Victor Quinaz, Anna Martemucci, and the entire PERIODS. crew. PERIODS. is a co-production with Robinson Films, Inc. , Nomadic Films, and Before The Door Pictures.

While the characters and struggles might be straight out of The Hills or Real Housewives, these videos have historical settings. Their commitment to historical accuracy is truly admirable.

The Hairpin introduced me to Periods Films and here are a few of their videos:

The Story

I’ve been listening to the radio before bed and I stumbled upon The Story.

Our goal is to find people whose lives are intersecting with significant issues in the news and give them the opportunity to tell their story.

At a time when “celebrity rules” and the only “ordinary” people we see are faces in the crowd, The Story reminds listeners that their stories and their lives matter. We believe that by creating a space for first person stories we are choosing not to accept a pollster’s version of our thoughts and attitudes.

We’ve learned that hearing directly from people about their experiences can transform our understanding of what’s happening in the world.

The Story is produced at North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC and is hosted by Dick Gordon. We are co-produced and distributed by American Public Media.

I listened to two episodes this week.

State of the Union – Letters Never Lie

The first included an interview with Eli Saslow, a reporter who followed President Obama for a year and read some of the letters the President received.  Also, they interviewed a pilot for Operation Migration, an effort to save the whooping crane by using a plane to guide the birds south for the winter.

Bedtime Stories for Justice

The second was about Ilana Rovner, a federal judge whose family escaped Latvia right before WWII began.

The show has a very This American Life feel to it.  Each episode has several stories. I like the variety of the subjects.