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Audacious with Chion Wolf
50 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
*REBROADCAST* Going Flat, or Building New Breasts: Two Women’s Post-Mastectomy Stories
There is a very special reason why you’re hearing a rebroadcast of this show: This episode of Audacious just won a Gracie Award! The Gracie Awards are a part of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, and they recognize "exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment." Thank you so much! Imagine you’ve got breasts. It shouldn’t be too hard to imagine, because most every human being has’ em! And that means that most of us are candidates for breast cancer. This hour, we hear very intimate conversations with two women who go through the process of getting a double mastectomy - the removal of all the breast tissue. One decides to get reconstruction, and one does not. I talked to them before the surgery, right after, and then almost a year later. I wanted to find out what it was like dealing with the prospect of a cancer diagnosis - or an actual one - and what it was like losing a part of their body. Photo: Décolleté Dekoltee, Pixabay.comSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
BONUS: How Catie Made That Documentary
Hey! If you’re listening to this bonus feature, you’ve probably listened to the show we just did featuring executive producer Catie Talarski’s documentary of a year in the life of two people with end-stage Cystic Fibrosis. I was so moved by the documentary and so intrigued by how it sounded that I wanted to interview Catie about how she made it.Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Every Breath You Take: The Life of a Lung Transplant
When you have Cystic Fibrosis - a genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections - a lung transplant can be a life-saving surgery. But what if you’re not sure you want it? And if you do get it, what new challenges will they present to your newly-extended life? Hear an audio documentary by Audacious Executive Producer Catie Talarski that follows two CF patients for one year as they grapple with the choice to pursue lung transplants. Then, she catches up with one of the subjects 10 years later. Photo: Freepik.comSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | May 28, 2021
Think Before You Spit: The Pandora’s Box of DNA Testing
What happens when you do a DNA test from a company like Ancestry.com or 23andme, and you get some life-shattering information, like your sibling is really your half-sibling, or that you may have a life-altering medical condition, or that you thought you were half Black, but the test says you’re barely Black at all. Before you spit in that tube, hear from people who’ve been stunned and spun around by DNA tests. Photo: Pereru, WikipediaSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | May 21, 2021
911, What’s Your Emergency? Tales From Dispatch
When you call 911, it most likely means you’re having a stressful, unpredictable, scary experience. It could be the worst day of your life, or someone else’s. But what’s it like on the other side of that call? Hear about life as an emergency dispatcher here in Connecticut, throughout the country, and even during the massive temporary city in the desert that is Burning Man. Photo: Negative Space - Pexels.comSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | May 14, 2021
Life After Live From Here: A Conversation With Chris Thile
If you listen to public radio, you recognize Chris Thile’s name. He was the host of Live From Here! And if you’re like me, you knew him from at least one of his gazillion other music projects, like his band Punch Brothers. I’ve been following his work for over 10 years, simultaneously singin’ my heart out to his recordings, while being totally mind-boggled at his mandolin playing. So you can imagine how freakin’ thrilled I was to interview him live on-stage at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at UConn Storrs last month, and then again via Zoom from my dining room table. So today? It’s just me and Chris Thile and a whole lot of things I've always wanted to ask him.Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | May 7, 2021
Audacious Little Things: Elevation by Reduction
This is the first installment of Audacious Little Things! Meet an anthropologist who explains why she thinks the human animal delights in making miniatures of things, and then meet a sculpturist dubbed “The 8th Wonder of the World” whose art requires a microscope to see. Find out how one kind of protozoan earned itself the title of “The Immortal Jellyfish”. Plus, what researchers think is going on when starlings fly together in those mesmerizing clouds, and what that has to do with creating underwater robots. Finally, former US and New York State Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, reads his piece, “The Butterfly Effect” and ponders the reason why we are so compelled by its concept. Photo courtesy Dr. Willard Wigan, MBESupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
When I say BLINK! What do you think? Of that American POW who blinked the word “TORTURE” in Morse code live on Vietnamese television? Or do you think of someone with locked-in syndrome who can only communicate by blinking? Or do you think about the idea of a universal eye language that uses blinks? Today on Audacious, you'll hear about all that, plus a headset that measures the blinking of long-distance drivers so they know to take a break, and what it’s like when you have a rare condition that makes it so you can’t stop blinking. Illustration: Macrovector_official at Freepik.comSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
You Should Talk: Voices At Work
What if, in order to do your job, you had to change your voice? Meet an actress who’s an accent expert, a man who is the dubbed-over voice of Peter Griffin and Will Smith in Germany, and a news anchor who went viral when she brought her anchor voice home. IMAGE: Jemastock/Harryarts from vecteezy.comSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
46 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
*REBROADCAST* Change Of Art: Stories About Tattoo Coverups
The art of tattooing has been traced back 7,000 years. While the significance or reason behind the oldest-known tattoos are total speculation, we do know that often, they were applied as sacred rites, and awarded as a signifier of adulthood. In Ancient Egypt, it’s likely they were used as a means of safeguarding women during pregnancy and birth. And in the ancient Greco-Roman world, they were applied on enslaved people who got caught trying to escape. But today, the reasons for getting a tattoo are as distinct as the person getting them. Sometimes, it’s a memorial to a person or an experience or an idea. Sometimes, it’s nothing more than something that just looks really cool! Now and then, though, the meaning changes, and the artwork needs to be covered up. So today, you’ll hear stories about how people have used tattoos to allow their skin to, shall we say, evolve. PHOTO: TOONMAN_blchin / WikipediaSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Speak For Yourself: The Power Of Trans Voices
Not everyone who is trans wants to change their voice. Some do. Either way, what does the voice - the actual voice - of trans and non-binary people tell you about who they are? Today, you’ll meet a trans woman whose work adapting her voice led her to help others. Also, hear from a transfemme non-binary yoga teacher who uses Vedic Chanting to feel centered, and to feel closer to their voice. You’ll hear from members of a choir in the bay area that is exclusively for singers who self-identify as transgender, intersex, or gender-queer. And you’ll get to know Lucia Lucas. She's the first female baritone to perform a principal role on an American operatic stage, and she happens to be trans. Photo: Patrick Fore - Unsplash / Illustration by Chion WolfSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
The Big Picture: What Billboards Do To Us
Hear about the 5000 year history of billboards, and meet the man behind the “I LOVE YOU JESUS” billboards on I-84 and I-91 here in Connecticut. And hear about a technology that focuses the audio of a billboard directly to you and only you. Plus, why one Baltimore resident chose to propose to his girlfriend with a billboard (and how it went).Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
Look For The Helpers: The Anatomy Of A Death
Guy Walker Wolf III died on February 13th, 2021. He was 77 years old. There are many ways to describe Guy, but I’d say we who knew him would all agree that he could be described as the captain of his own ship. And he was my stepfather. I’ve known him since I was 11. Throughout the process of his death at home, I was compelled by the people who were a part of guiding us through it. So today, I’m gonna introduce you to the people who helped Guy die, and who helped us celebrate him. From the hospice workers who came to the house, to the funeral home director, to the cantor who sang at his mass. You’ll meet his wife, my mom, and hear about how she made the choices she did, and how it feels to be a new widow. And at the end of the show, you’ll hear a little something from Guy.Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Total Recall: What It's Like To Remember Every Day Like It Was Yesterday
You know how you can, for the most part, remember what happened to you yesterday? Well what if you were able to remember almost EVERY day that clearly? All the way back to when you were very young? How would your day-to-day choices be affected, knowing that you’ll remember what you did forever? Do we all have our memories stored inside our brains like they do, but we don’t have a way to access them? Or something else? Meet two of around 60 people in the world who are known to have Highly Superior Autobiographical Memories, or HSAM. Plus, hear from an expert studying the people with this ultra-rare condition, and what we can learn about our brains, our memories, and ourselves. Photo by M.T ElGassier on Unsplash / Illustration by Chion WolfSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Are You Very Superstitious? Or A Little Stitious?
Whether you’re superstitious or, as Michael Scott from The O says, “a little stitious”, on today’s show about superstitions, you’ll learn a lot about humanity. The author of a book about superstitions from around the world joins us, as well as an expert about anxiety on the difference between superstitious beliefs and OCD or trauma responses. You’ll hear superstitions from Lauren Komrosky, Katy Tierney, Benn Grippo, Hassan Hodges, Tracy Mind Evolution Caldwell, Caroline Finnegan, Christina Solem, Eileen Ruiz, Mike Ferguson, Cynthia Rojas, Dawn Ennis, Wendy Allerton, and Shawn Lang. Finally, what happened when a filmmaker broke as many superstitions as he could in one day?Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Reports From Recovery: Life After Heroin
As part of our Reports From Recovery series, today we’re hearing from two women whose heroin addictions shook up their lives, and put them right up close to the edge of existence. If you’re struggling with addiction, you can find resources at SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Photo: Chion WolfSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
The Doomsday Clock is a metaphor. It moves closer to midnight depending on how close we are to human-made global catastrophe through climate change, nuclear weapons, and pandemics fueled by misinformation and failed leadership. Y’know, the typical folly of humankind. Find out what time it is from two members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
*REBROADCAST* Married Over 50 Years: “Love Each Other Even When You Don’t”
Fill in the blank: Love is… Patient. Kind. Love is Work. Hard to find. But if you wanna put your finger on what makes up “long-lasting love”, you’re gonna need some wisdom to fill in those blanks. So today, meet three couples who’ve been together for over 50 years. Photo: Harli Marten - UnsplashSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
We, The Dog
What do the ways we train our dogs say about us? You’ll hear about how dogs are trained to search and rescue, dating back to some of our earliest wars. How they’ve been trained by authority figures for hundreds of years to bite - and hold - and sometimes kill. And how the street dogs of Moscow were trained to fly into space - even though it meant their certain doom. Photos: Quino Al (background), Niclas Moser (dog), ActionVance (human) via Unsplash. Illustration by Chion Wolf.Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Behind The Screens: Dressing Schitt’s Creek, Special Effects Make-Up, and Casting Queer Eye
With the world the way it is, it’s no wonder we spend so much of our time watching television and movies. From sci-fi flicks like Star Trek, to unscripted reality shows like Queer Eye, to comedy dramas like Schitt’s Creek, we are basking in the very best distractions. And while the actors tend to take center stage, this hour, you’ll enjoy the second installment of a series in which we honor the folks who make the magic happen behind the scenes. You’ll meet the costume designer who made Moira Rose’s wardrobe so powerful and vivid in Schitt’s Creek. Then, meet the Academy Award-winning special effects makeup artist who brought some of those surreal Star Trek characters to life. Finally, get to know the casting director who not only chose all the folks who get transformed during each episode of Queer Eye. She helped find THE Fab 5, who host this most recent iteration of the show. Image credit - TV: Macrovector at Freepik.com / Illustration: Chion WolfSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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