A family talks about healing from one of the darkest moments in their lives. Listen here:
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I just wanted to tell a love story. A good love story about finding love later in life.
I made a few phone calls to senior centers in Michigan. My third call was to the Chelsea Senior Center. The conversation went like this…”Hi this is Kyle Norris, a reporter with Michigan Radio. This might sound funny, but I’m working on a story about finding love later in life, and I’m wondering if there’s anyone at your center who’s done just that?” The next day I drove out to Chelsea and met several senior couples.
I focused on Ed & Judith.
Here’s their wonderful story:
Been listening back to some of my vintage radio features from years past. Listening to the super early stuff can be painful but it’s also good to hear (with the ear) how far I’ve come.
Listened to this piece and I just felt proud–like it was a meaningful story and I did it justice.
It’s got good ambi sound (listen for the squeaking, rolling wheels of the food-hauling cart at the very beginning.) The things people say propel the story further along, and there’s heart in their words & tone.
But when I listen so many things come flooding back that I didn’t mention in this piece: the intense, overwhelming feeling of desperateness I sensed from people lining up for food. The line itself–which was huge and had to managed by the volunteers.
Even the conversation I had with John Arnold, the program’s director, about spirituality and Buddhism and poverty and kindness.
None of this made it into the piece, and I think if I had reported this piece yesterday I would have told it differently with more of these details.
Still, the last thing John says continues to ring in my ears. In regards to helping the poor he says…”We OUGHT to be doing better.”
I spent time at a Journalism 101 workshop for homeless writers involved with the street newspaper, Groundcover News. Getting their words published means a LOT to this group of writers.
These teenagers practice their social skills while bowling. They’re part of a social skills club for kids with autism.
At their weekly check-in, they fill out a “friendliness” form that rates their actions.
Listen to my story here:
I wanted to tell an original story about socioeconomic class for our series, “The Culture of Class.” One that I’d never heard on the radio. It took several late nights of research, but I think I pulled it off. Listen to “Mixing it up on the dance floor” here:
The fabulous DJ Urbn spoke with me for this story:
One of the challenges in reporting this story was getting the audio. The bass was so loud in the club it made recording inside impossible. So all my interviews happened in either the parking lot, my car, or at another location.
I hung out with some of the fine young people at Flint’s Studio on the Go. They were brainstorming lyrics about their lives. Listen here:
(Pix by Mercedes Mejia:)
And here’s a fantastic slideshow by my fabulous co-worker Mercedes Mejia.
Martial arts & land conservancy don’t always go hand in hand. But in the case of the “karate farmers of Flint, Michigan,” they do.
A couple of friends in Saline, Michigan have found a way to raise a lot of money, by selling small pieces of artwork. In fact, their auction brought in $20,000 in a single day, and all that money gets donated to a local food bank.
That story here: http://michiganradio.org/post/small-art-raises-big-bucks