After waiting for Mr. Right (who has yet to arrive) and experiencing years of fertility treatments, Suzanne, a single woman in her 40s, decides to adopt an African-American baby.
Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister follow her for several months as she attends workshops designed to "teach white people to raise kids of color," goes on baby-shopping trips with Mom at Target, takes part in a critical rendezvous with a young mother at a pancake house, and, finally, a magical night at a suburban restaurant chain.
Dear Birth Mother won the Best Documentary: Gold Award in the 2005 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
Together with his life and radio partner Elizabeth Meister, Dan Collison produces audio documentaries and song/stories that detail everyday life in America, work that has consistently garnered radio’s top awards. Collison began as a volunteer at a “new wave” radio station in California, eventually ending up as senior producer/editor at All Things Considered Weekend. He founded Long Haul Productions in 1995. He teaches radio workshops, has contributed to books, and was recently named a United States Artists Donnelley Fellow.
Elizabeth Meister quit her job at the phone company to volunteer for public radio show This American Life in 1998, when she started their award-winning website in exchange for a chance to learn how to make radio documentaries. Since then, her income has shrunk, but she's managed to produce and/or report stories for NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and This American Life. She's a roadtripping photographer, muddy gardener, a seeker of good music, and a very proud board member of the Enchanted Highway Foundation.