The Living Fossil

Intro from Jay Allison: Radio students from all over the country, plus Canada and Australia, came to live on Cape Cod for a couple of months to attend the Fall 2012 Transom Story Workshop. Rob Rosenthal and Sarah Reynolds ran the class with dedication, and made sure the students came away with skills enough to craft lovely pieces… which they did. The students found remarkable stories sitting under the noses of us who’ve been living here for decades. Come listen. It’s impressive to hear such work from a group of people just starting out, and it’s encouraging too, because there’s bound to be more of it.

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About “The Living Fossil”

I was in Toronto at a family dinner a month before coming to Transom when my Uncle Alan told me about the blood of the horseshoe crab. It was love at first listen. I couldn’t even really compute what he was telling me until I got home, googled it, and saw this blue blood for myself.

I realized early on that I had a problem. These crabs are a little too fascinating. There was way too much to talk about – the crabs themselves, their blood, the discovery, the pharmaceutical use, the baiting industry, the conservation efforts…the list goes on. At one point I thought I might as well be writing a Masters thesis on these creatures for all the research I was doing (and maybe someday I will!). It seemed that every day I would find a new direction that had to be explored.

What really helped me was stepping back and asking myself – What was it that had fascinated me in the first place? What was it about these crabs that other people might want to hear about? The answer to these questions led me away from the current status of crab conservation and back to the magic of the blood. This process taught me that you don’t have to tell everything, sometimes it’s more important to tell something well.

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Veronica Simmonds

Veronica Simmonds

A linguist by training, Veronica describes herself as a wordworker. She has been working as a print journalist in Halifax, Canada covering everything from hidden tunnels to hidden economies. Though she revels in putting pen to paper she is primarily fascinated by the power of the human voice. Her plan is to harness that power on the radio. When not speaking words or writing words she can be found braiding breads, heads and other stranded elements. You can hear more of Veronica's work at PRX and on Veronica's website. Veronica is a member of AIR.

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