Quick: tell a story in 2 minutes

We recently got a great assignment at Michigan Radio: interview an immigrant and tell their story in 2 minutes with just their voice (and no reporter voice narrating the story).


Thank you Linda Steinke for sharing your story with me.  When she said the part about how she would have “died from the war, torture, or depression” had she stayed in Iran, I just was blown away. Listen to her story here.

And speaking with Linda, I was reminded of the awesome graphic novel & film, Persepolis, by Iranian writer, Marjane Satrapi. More on that here.




Credit: Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy

Credit: Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy

I’m in a pub with BBC producers. (That’s a pretty awesome thing, right there.) And they tell me to check out this audio project. Not that long ago, they played an excerpt on the BBC. But say when you air something like this on the radio you HAVE to give your audience fair warning.

Jean Stapleton

The more I researched actor Jean Stapleton, the more I liked her. I remembering catching “All in the Family” as a kid, and not understanding it AT ALL. But now I could watch episode after episode: fantastic, tight writing and sublime acting.


Here is my recent obituary for Stapleton, for NPR. I’m very happy with it and how I managed to incorporate lot’s of sounds and excerpts from other people. By looking at the choices Stapleton made in her career, I could see that she had a deep respect and love for women.