Barch Levi Blum was born in late 2009 at Toronto’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. He lived for ten minutes.
And though Barch’s life was too short a life for an obituary, his mother found a way to memorialize him.
Capturing the Brief Life and Death of an Infant won a Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award in the 2010 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.The story was produced in the last week of 2009 for NPR’s Obituary Project.
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Mary Beth Kirchner is an independent radio producer and national programming consultant. She has been producing documentaries, music series, and cultural programming for more than 20 years. Kirchner started her own production company in 1993 after having served as National Programming Director for radio at WETA, Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she was executive producer for radio at the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Telecommunications. She is based in Los Angeles.