Intro from Jay Allison: Participants come to the Transom Story Workshop with the intention of creating change in their own lives. That makes it exciting for everyone. The class of Spring 2012 came from all over the country and Canada to spend two months here in Woods Hole. They were led by their gifted teacher, Rob Rosenthal, and dedicated teaching associate, Sarah Reynolds, along with a roster of visitors from This American Life, Studio 360, PRX, The Kitchen Sisters, and other Transom friends and staff. Most of the nine students had never made a radio story before. When they left, they had made stories as good or better than those you hear every day on nationally-distributed public radio programs. If you don’t believe me, listen to their work.
About “One Acre”
I had initially headed to Martha’s Vineyard with the intention of focusing on another story. A few things fell through, and my backup plan led me to the Farm Institute, which then led me to Lily. I was really drawn to and inspired by Lily’s passionate yet grounded perspective on how she intends to make her goals become her reality, one acre at a time. This was such a fun piece to work on – I loved the ferry rides over, meeting interesting people on Martha’s Vineyard, and getting to see the inner-workings of a farm. It was rather challenging to get quality recordings – there were lots of noisy birds, wind and rain on one of the days I was there. Certainly one of the more memorable experiences of working on this piece was when I electrocuted myself on a cattle fence. But at least I got it on tape – which is both awesomely embarrassing and entertaining.
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