“I’ve always believed that language actually makes things happen. Not what the words mean necessarily, but the sound of them. In this poem really I decided to foreground that. Rather than try to write a poem about something, I would allow sound to draw me. It is not that I don’t think this poem has a subject, it’s more that those meanings are rooted in the sound of the poem itself.” -Kazim Ali on PoetryNow
Julien Poirier explores the interplay between the imagined and the real.
Reginald Dwayne Betts recalls a fellow inmate with respect and admiration for the man’s integrity.
Chanita Howard shares the obstacles she's overcome after being involved with the criminal justice system.
This interview was facilitated by Francesco De Salvatore and recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Music by Podington Bear.
My Aunt Debby is having a ball after moving into her new home in a retirement community. She's got a full calendar of activities, she's making new friends, and... she's even competing in a Halloween costume contest in her homemade Minnie Mouse costume.
This story was produced for the Third Coast International Audio Festival's 2015 ShortDocs challenge.
The Great Chicago Fire is often remembered as the event that paved the way for Chicago to become a great city. The disaster brought Chicagoans together, right? Well, yes, but people didn't always think that was such a good thing. Someone even used the phrase "awful democracy of the hour." Produced for WBEZ's Curious City. For more the article is here.
For 36 years, Michael Powell’s friendly quips would comfort commuters. It turns out that he needed comfort, too. This was produced for WBEZ's Curious City. The article is available here. A slightly different version of this piece was featured by the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) as part of their Person of Interest series.
Note: this story begins at 7:36 in the SoundCloud file below.
Curious Citizen Paul Vaccarello wondered why he tends to see Amish people at Chicago's Union Station. He asked Curious City, and together we visited the train station and got to know our regional Amish neighbors a little bit better. More information, including a map that shows where Amish communities and Amtrak train lines overlap, is here.