On this episode of HowSound, a story prompted by my daughter, Gwen.
Gwen’s only ten but she’s already a freak for good radio stories. She and I listen to lots of shows together: This American Life, 99% Invisible, Radiolab, The Moth. Gwen occasionally attends my classes at the Transom Story Workshop. She even comments about student work — after class. She hasn’t quite found the courage to talk in class yet. Soon, I hope.
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The other day Gwen asked what my favorite student stories are. Prompted by her questions, I rifled through a slew of old work and came across Matt Largey’s story “Five Things.” If I had to pick a story for a “Top Ten Favorite Student Features,” this would be one of them because of its incredible intimacy.
I featured this piece on the very first edition of this podcast, back when it was called Saltcast. Even though I’ve already featured the piece and even though it’s ten years old, it still a remarkable story and well worth the listen.
I don’t want to give the story away in this blog post. I’d like you to listen to “Five Things” cold. It’ll be more surprising. So, after you listen to the podcast, watch this video from 2013 that has an update on the story’s main character, Bill Picard.