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Re:sound #64: The Epistolary Show

This hour: letters on the radio.

2007 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA


This hour: letters on the radio.

An Open Letter to My Spanish Host Family
by Amy O'Leary (Weekend America, 2007)
Studying abroad is a way to learn about a new culture and meet new people. And of course, you can write to those back home about your adventures. Amy O'Leary ended up writing a letter, after her study abroad experience, to her host family. (From the series Open Letters to People or Entities Who Are Unlikely to Respond, a collaboration between Weekend America and McSweeney's.)

You Know You're in Baghdad When...
by Claudia Taranto (Street Stories, ABC, 2004)
Donna Mulhearn acted as a human shield during the Iraq War and returned again to Baghdad to do voluntary humanitarian work with street kids. Her e-mails home describe her life in a warzone.

An Open Letter to Lifetime Television
by Lucy Baker (Weekend America, 2006)
Lucy Baker has whiled away way too much time watching Lifetime Television.

Letter From Chicago
by Jonathan Menjivar (The Savvy Traveler, 2003)
Jonathan Menjivar's mom started worrying about him when he moved to Chicago -- and hasn't stopped. In this audio letter, Menjivar attempts to reassure his mom by documenting a day in his life.

An Open Letter to Women Who Work for Chain Bookstores
by Sarah Bauer (Weekend America, 2004)
A complaint from the mall, on non-conformity and its discontents.

Antarctic Solitude
by Zak Rosen (Re:sound premiere, 2007)
As part of a TCF conference session in 2006, Brendan Greeley asked Zak Rosen to explore the potential of bloggers as subjects, fixers, and correspondents in radio stories. So Zak selected an arbitrary place (Antarctica) and then found a blogger who could talk about this place in an interesting way.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Claudia Taranto

Claudia Taranto started working at ABC Radio National when she was fresh out of University and she has produced for many programs including Life Matters, The Listening Room, The Comfort Zone and Street Stories.

Lucy Baker

Lucy Baker is a food writer, recipe tester and editor who lives in Brooklyn.

Zak Rosen

Zak Rosen is a Detroit-based story maker. With his wife, he co-created and host the podcast, Pregnant Pause with Zak and Shira, which chronicles their decision to bring a child into this strange world of ours.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.


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