Laura Starecheski finds herself figuratively falling down a rabbit hole (microphone and all) as she embarks on a journey that begins with the story of a goat, a cow, and a box of old letters.
A seemingly random set of characters -- homesick WWII soldiers, an estranged husband, an amateur genealogist, and a Manhattan school teacher -- come into focus as Starecheski unearths the web that interconnects them.
Goat on a Cow won the Best Documentary: Silver Award in the 2006 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
Before joining the State of the Re:Union staff, Laura Starecheski wrangled stories in the wild west of public radio freelancing. In 2010, she covered immigrant communities and mental health for The World and Latino USA as a National Health Journalism Fellow at the USC Annenberg School. She won a Third Coast Silver Award for Goat on a Cow, which aired on WNYC’s Radiolab in 2006. Starecheski got her start in radio learning from the incredible team at WNYC’s (now-defunct) The Next Big Thing.
Jad Abumrad, a Peabody Award-winning producer and 2011 MacArthur Fellow, is the creator and co-host of WNYC's Radiolab. Jad has been called "a young master of the radio craft" as well as "a hurler of radio missiles that leave welts on the backsides of listeners everywhere." (That last quote is his own). Prior to joining WNYC, Abumrad worked as an independent reporter, producer, and documentarian for a variety of local and national programs. Prior to radio, Abumrad wrote music for films and studied music composition and creative writing at Oberlin College.
Ellen Horne is the senior producer of WNYC’s Radio Lab. She has been an independent radio producer filing stories for B-side, KQED’s California Report, and the National Radio Project’s Making Contact. Before pursuing a career in radio, she worked in coral reef conservation. She studied theater and theology at Cornell College and somehow her education all makes sense now that she’s at Radio Lab.