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Transom Podcast Audio – Archive (62)

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Maria, Lena and Me

May 2014

Karla Murthy's piece, "Maria, Lena and Me," is a tribute to one remarkable pianist, but more than that, it's an homage to inspiration. If you never dreamed of becoming a concert pianist, you'll find yourself entering that dream as you listen; the story and the music are enchanting.

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Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home

January 2014

This story was hard for Will Coley to do. Even as he approached, he held it at arms length, but finally, he embraced it. You can understand his hesitancy because the story is about his father’s death in a plane crash when Will was a boy. Give a listen. It will stay with you.

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Of Kith and Kids

July 2013

Adventure Playgrounds are public spaces for children that encourage managed risk. At a quick glance, they look like junkyards. Transom Donor Fund winner, Erin Davis has been obsessed with these playgrounds lately and is now telling their story in radio and video.

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Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent's Dilemma

June 2013

2012 was a deadly year for the "tribe" of foreign correspondents of which Kelly McEvers is a part. Kelly wondered, "Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives when they don't have to?" Making this documentary is among the braver things Kelly has done.

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Walking Across America: Advice for a Young Man

April 2013

At age 23, Andrew Forsthoefel, set out to walk across America, 4000 miles, with a sign on him that said, "Walking to Listen." It's an epic journey, a coming of age story, and a portrait of this country. Co-produced with Jay Allison.

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A Code To Live By In Appalachia

January 2013

There may come a day when races are so blended as to be irrelevant, but not yet. For our first 2012 Transom Donor Fund piece, producer Mary Helen Miller explores the racial identity of Melungeons in Appalachia.

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September 2012

Sometimes an interview blossoms and reveals depths you couldn’t have imagined when it began. That’s how this piece by Bianca Giaever feels… a gentle conversation that moves into a profound story about race, family, murder, transformation… and forgiveness. Give it a listen along with some of the Sonic IDs that Bianca produced while interning with us this summer.

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An Open Letter to a Fussy Woman at a Toll Booth

August 2012

Donald Whalen is a computer programmer, among other things. He makes stories, like this one, because he has something to say. It is an eloquent statement about casual oppression that many will understand.

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Blind Parenting

June 2012

Transom is proud to premiere this incredibly charming story by Sterling Smalley with Maura Kutnyak-Smalley. They are brother and sister, both blind, with blind parents, and they ponder together the challenge of raising their own kids—some blind, some not.

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Portrait of the Bully as a Young Man

March 2012

Transom Donor Fund winner, Jones Franzel thought she was advising on a youth-produced feature about Jeff, a bully who ended up in jail, but the portrait changed course, brought Jones into it, and tread on her boundaries between teacher and reporter.

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