Re:sound #144 The Letters Show

This hour: letters. To yourself, to your city, lost letters, found letters... and a love letter to letters.

2011 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: letters. To yourself, to your city, lost letters, found letters... and a love letter to letters.

Yours Truly
by Julie Shapiro and Alan Hall/Falling Tree Productions (Something Understood, BBC, 2011)
An ode to letters (the real ones, of the paper/stamp/envelope variety), as explored through nearly a decade of correspondence between Julie and her late, great Aunt Lill.

Something Lost, Something Found
by Samara Freemark (Unfictional, KCRW, 2011)
We put a lot of trust in the US Postal Service and for the most part, it comes through for us. But when one company handles approximately 177 billion pieces of mail a year, every once in awhile a few things are bound to get lost. This story explores the place where lost mail goes to be found - though not necessarily by its proper owner.

Letters to Myself (excerpt)
by Sandhya Suri (Radio 4, BBC, 2008)
You can send a letter through the mail, but what if you could send one back in time? What would you write to your younger self? Even with today's technology, writing to your past self is still impossible, but there are ways to write to your future self... with the help of the Internet.

Dear Eastern Kentucky
By Jason Howard and Tina Antolini (State of the Reunion, NPR, )
The public radio program State of the Re:union explores a different city or region with every show, and features a letter that someone has written to that place at the end of each episode. That might sound odd, but personifying something can help you communicate more intimately, as you'll hear in this letter by Jason Howard to his home state.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Katie Mingle.

produced by

Julie Shapiro

Julie Shapiro (@jatomic) is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX - a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven podcasts.

Alan Hall

Alan Hall is the founder of Falling Tree Productions in London.

Samara Freemark

Samara Freemark (@sfreemark) is the Senior Producer of In the Dark , an investigative podcast from APM Reports, and a reporter with its documentary unit.

Sandhya Suri

Sandhya Suri is a British-Indian writer and film maker based in London.

Tina Antolini

Tina Antolini is a Peabody-Award-winning storyteller and radio producer.


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