Episode 14: Groundwork

People in two communities – one in Alaska, one in New York State – wrestle with questions about energy and the environment. We listen in on democracy close to home. Stories by John Biewen and…

Episode 13: Straight, No Chaser

A South Sudanese refugee and the music that cuts his heart to pieces. Thelonious Monk’s North Carolina roots. Music and home. Pieces by Nusaibah Kofar-Naisa and John Biewen. Photo: The bend in the railroad tracks,…

Episode 12: Losing Yourself

It happens. A happy, healthy young person suddenly gets a grave diagnosis. What does not usually happen: The patient rolls tape. By Ibby Caputo. Photo: A young woman getting chemotherapy treatments, 2007. Courtesy of Ibby…

Episode 10: The Right Note

  Music can be a powerful gift – if you get the song right, or the right song. Two stories from North Carolina. Photo: Jenna Horgan and migrant workers at a farm camp near Benson,…

Episode 9: Emmett and Trayvon

There’s a long and painful history in the U.S. of white men killing black men and boys without punishment. In this episode, we listen in on “Dar He,” the one-man play by Mike Wiley that…

Episode 8: No Santa

A father turns on a recorder while tucking in his 7-year-old, having no idea he’s about to capture a poignant growing-up moment in his son’s life. (Advisory: This episode is not suitable for some young…

Episode 7: Hijabis

  The surest way for a woman to declare herself a Muslim is to wear the head scarf — the hijab. In these two short pieces, young Muslim women explore the often unwelcome questions and perceptions…