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Home of the Brave

English, Personal stories, 1 season, 100 episodes
Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.
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Alan Chin Is Back From Ukraine

A photo-journalist's account of the first days of the war in Ukraine.
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End of Season Two

I'm going to take a break for awhile, at least until the pandemic is over. Thanks very much for your support and letters. I will be back with more stories soon.
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A Photographer's Account of the Insurrection

Alan Chin describes what it was like at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday.
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How Much Time Has Gone By: Part Two

Part Two of a trip across the country two months before the 2020 election.
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How Much Time Has Gone By: Part One

Interviews from a road trip across the country.
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Culture War: War Zone

The seventh and final report from a long trip across the country before the 2020 Presidential Election.
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Culture War: Home of the Blues

The sixth report from a long trip across the country.
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Culture War: St. Louis

The fifth report from a long trip across the country.
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Culture War: Creeped Out

The fourth report from a long trip across the country.
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Culture War: Standing Rock

Third report from a long road trip across the country.
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Culture War: Trump Country

Second report from a long trip across the country.
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Culture War: Introduction

A new series of reports from a long trip across the country.
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The Round River

I went fishing in some beautiful mountains I first visited in 1968 when I was a Boy Scout. When I was older, we took our kids there so they could see it as well. It’s still very beautiful, but things have changed due to global warming.
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Time To Get My News From A River

My thinking is off, my approach is wrong...time to go fishing.
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Coming To Ground

I recorded these interviews with my family two weeks ago, before George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis. Now they seem unimportant, like from another era. Except that in my family it’s the younger folk who have been mostly fucked by the virus pandemic, and it’s been young people, mostly, who’ve been out on the streets protesting. I hope their efforts lead to real change in our society. Donate
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Coming to Ground: Introduction

Following the news is like watching a competition for the worst case scenario and I’ve grown weary of all the blaming and shaming. Now we can’t trust anyone, not even ourselves. But at some point we’re going to have to come together in order to survive. I’m working on a story where I interview people in my family about how they’re coping with the pandemic. Not everyone is doing well, and it’s pretty emotional for me, so I need to take some more time putting it together. In the meantime, thanks very much for your support.A link to an excellent documentary about Alex Caldiero. Donate
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The Neighborhood

It seems more of us are paying attention to our neighborhoods lately, so perhaps this is a good time to replay this story, produced in 1988. I still live in the same neighborhood, but it feels different now. It’s like there was a tall tree in my front yard but now the tree is gone and only a stump remains. I am stumped. I used to depend on trust—standing or sitting close to strangers and holding a microphone less than a foot from their faces. Now that’s not going to happen again for a while. In the meantime, here’s to remembering the good old days. Donate
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Echo People by Trent Harris

My friend Trent Harris has a problem caused by the coronavirus. It’s not a big problem compared to a lot of other things that have come up recently, like the possible collapse of the economy and thousands of people dying. Trent’s problem is more like a temporary embarrassment. Basically, his reputation is on the line. Donate Swackhamma tells Harvey a secret. Echo People Episode One on You Tube.Echo People Episode Two on You Tube.Trent Harris’ website is called the Echo Cave.Here’s the This American Life episode about Trent’s film, the Beaver Triology. The cast and crew of Echo People, with Mystery Mountain in the background. Harvey Harris upon seeing Mystery Mountain. Trent Harris wondering what he has done.
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Our Show by Erica Heilman

Shana from Achterarder, Scotland. My friend Erica Heilman has a podcast called Rumblestrip. She drives around Vermont and talks to people about their lives. Last week she was sitting at home, like everybody, trying to figure out what to do, and she decided to ask her listeners to send her audio recordings of what and how they’re doing under self isolation. A lot of people responded, quickly, and within a couple days Erica posted the first episode of a series she’s calling Our Show. If you’d like to send Erica an audio recording of what’s happening where you are, here’s the email address: [email protected] websiteThe song at the end is Atlantic City by Bruce Springsteen, performed by The Band. Donate Looking out Erica Heilman’s apartment in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Recording ambience from Erica Heilman’s window in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
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The Dry Wall

This story was originally broadcast on All Things Considered in 1993. The ground was shifting under my feet back then and I had to figure out what to do. Now it’s shifting again, this time everybody’s in it together. There are things we can do, stories to tell, that can make us feel better. Thanks for listening and supporting this show. Donate
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Anti-War Stories: Adrienne Kinne and Douglas Peacock

Adrienne Kinne just after basic training in 1994. Adrienne Kinne, 2020 I should confess that I have a personal interest in listening to veterans talk about how they recover from war. I was never in the military, but I spent some time overseas as a war correspondent for Esquire, Harper’s, and Mother Jones magazines. I was never in a battle or close to a bomb going off. I saw the aftermath—bodies on the ground, neighborhoods turned to rubble, people silent and in shock. The main thing I have to deal with is knowing that a couple times people who were helping me with my stories were punished, severely, after I left. I got to fly home to America and they had to stay there and suffer the consequences for helping me. I carry this guilt. So when veterans speak of their experiences recovering from war I listen very carefully.Check out the Veterans for Peace website.Here’s a link to Doug Peacock’s website. And a link to Save the Yellowstone Grizzly.And the link to the video of Brandi Carlile performing live on KEXP. Donate Douglas Peacock in 1967 Douglas Peacock south of Ajo, Arizona, 2020
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Anti-War Stories: Elliott Woods

Elliott Woods as a soldier in Iraq, 2004 Today I have a conversation with Elliott Woods, a veteran who is also a very fine writer. He served a year as a combat engineer in northern Iraq. Then he came home and went to school at the University of Virginia, graduating with a degree in English literature. He thought about staying in school and becoming a professor, but he decided he wanted to go back to war, this time as a journalist.Check out Elliott’s website. Donate Elliott Woods as a journalist in Afghanistan, 2009 Elliott Woods at Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, 2019
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Anti-War Stories: Garett Reppenhagen

Garett Reppenhagen in Iraq, 2004 I believe that sometime in the future, sooner or later, people in the United States will admit and accept that we have lost the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and demand that our troops be brought back home. Now we are in denial, which is dangerous because when you’re in denial you keep making the same mistake over and over again. I believe we need to talk about what we’ve done, the mistakes we’ve made, the crimes we’ve committed in order to move from denial to acceptance and then figure out how to change the way we respond to terrorism. This interview is the first in a series with veterans who fought in our wars and now are working for peace. Here’s a link to Veterans for Peace. Donate Garett Reppenhagen, 2008
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Interview in Amsterdam

Last spring I was invited to speak at the Oorzaken Audio Festival in Amsterdam. I remember seeing leaves come out on the trees along the canals and tulips blooming on the bridges. The first night I was there i was interviewed on stage at the Torpedo Theater by the hosts of the Podcastclub, a Dutch podcast hosted by Lieven Heeremans and Misha Melita. This time I’m the one answering the questions. Donate
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The Wordshaker

His real name is Alissandru Francesco Caldiero, born into the old world on the island of Sicily, he came to the U.S. on a boat when he was nine years old, sailing past the Statue of Liberty. When I first met him, nearly 30 years later, he was screaming a Dada poem at a sandstone wall in southern Utah—repeating the same line, “This is not it,” over and over, faster and faster in a near epileptic seizure. In that moment our lives became intertwined.I think of this story as a song, a lament for not fitting in and feeling like you can’t make sense of the world around you, which is how I’ve been feeling lately. The story was originally broadcast on NPR’s Day to Day in 2003, right around the time we went to war in Iraq.To learn more about Alex Caldiero, check out this excellent documentary, The Sonosopher. Photos by Ashley Thalman. Donate
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Re-Play: The Rebel Yell

I’ve been in Armenia teaching a podcasting workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department. I think it went well, overall, and the students were exceptional. Perhaps I will write about it someday, but not now. I’ve come back to impeachment week before Christmas, a double whammy to go with my jet lag. So I’m going to re-play The Rebel Yell, a story about the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City, first podcast on this program in April of 2015.Music by the Icelandic group Mum (We Have a Map of the Piano, The Land Between Solar Systems, Slow Bicycle) and Kid Rock (All Summer Long). Donate
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Encountering the Other, Part Three

My operating hypothesis is that our cultural divide is a function of our oligarchic government. If a relatively few super-rich people control our wealth and power then it would be in their interest to keep the masses angry and blaming each other, fighting amongst themselves. In this way Donald Trump is a tool of the oligarchy, dividing us by twitters—so efficient and profitable and addicting—he incites fear of the other. So, if this is true, the most effective method of fighting oligarchic control might be to give up our fear of the other. I’ve been trying to practice this method by driving around Trump Country and talking to people, listening to people, because I find that listening dissolves fear. Donate
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Encountering the Other, Part Two

I was driving around rural western Colorado, near the border with Utah, near where Jack Kerouac saw a vision of God in the clouds that looked like Pooh Bear. I was looking for people I was a little afraid of—Republicans, Trump supporters—and there on the side of the highway were three signs that made me think I was in the right place.Music: Main Theme, Soundtrack for To Kill A Mockingbird by Elmer Bernstein Donate
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Encountering the Other

It’s not easy for me to walk up to people and ask if they want to be interviewed for my podcast. I’m afraid they will think I’m a fool, or an idiot, or be suspicious of the whole thing—fake news, etc. But on this trip, more often than not, it was other people who came up to me. Pretty much everybody wanted to talk about the cultural divide. Donate
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Fund Drive

Yellowstone Lake, August 2019 This show is a request for funding, a responsibility for which I am ill-suited. I’m not interested in marketing and promotion. I’m opposed to advertising. I’m against monetizing my product. I don’t want my stories to go viral, I want them to go fungal like the underground network of mycorrhizal fibers that connect the roots of trees and plants in a forest, sharing food and information, a natural internet of physical connections on a cellular level. I’d rather think of my audience as trees than as data points on a graph, I’d rather grow my audience by word of mouth than by click bait. Home of the Brave is 100% funded by listener contributions. Please donate a one-time contribution through Stripe (below), or subscribe with a monthly donation through Pay Pal (in the menu bar above), or maybe you’d like to shop for a very cool Home of the Brave t-shirt or patch (in the the menu bar). Thank you very much for listening and supporting this show. Music by Bob Moss and Pat King, recorded in 1991. Donate
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The Life and Times of Solidod

Solidod in Bozeman, Montana, 2012. Photo by Jake Warga. Larry met Solidod by chance, or happenstance. He happened to be in Florida on vacation and he happened to be walking through an apartment complex in Vero Beach looking for another guy and he ended up meeting Solidod. She invited him into her apartment and then she told him her life story and they became friends. Shortly after that, Larry and Solidod went into a recording studio and made this story for Hearing Voices. Solidod in the recording studio, Bozeman, Montana, 2012. Photo by Jake Warga. The cover of Solidod’s e-book, available here. Solidod and her husband, by Solidod. My Indian, by Solidod. Solidod’s wedding belt. Solidod makes beaded belts and bracelets. She asked me to post her phone number so you can call and order a special design: 772-538-9701.
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The Strait of Hormuz

I wanted to see the place where a war between the United States and Iran may begin. It turned out people over there couldn’t talk to me on tape because they live in countries without a tradition of free speech and they all feel they are being watched, and I didn’t want to get anybody in trouble. So this is a travelogue, a story about what it’s like to be there.The psychedelic Persian Gulf surf music is by Hayvanlar Alemi (he’s actually from Turkey). Here’s the link to his website. Donate Abu Dabi Workers taking a break in Khasab, Oman. On the boat heading out to the Strait of Hormuz. Near Kumzar, Oman, in the Strait of Hormuz. Fujairah, UAE. Tuna and Sardines, Muscat, Oman. Muscat, Oman The call-in-for-spiritual-advice show. She has a white pen in her hand. In the dunes near Dubai, UAE.
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Alan Chin--Photographer

Alan Chin talks about his experience covering wars since 9/11.
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Let's Talk About Not Going To War

For the solstice, the sun tunnels in the West Desert of Utah. Stories about going to war come from the top down, from media corporations that manufacture consent for war among the people. Stories about not going to war move from the bottom up, starting in conversations between family and friends, people speaking out for no money but just because they feel obligated to speak. In this approach there’s a shift in context where fear is taken out of the narrative—we are not being attacked, maybe these people are not our enemy. Maybe the real enemy is our government and our media that are being controlled by the military industrial complex. I believe bottom up stories can break apart the power structure coming down from above, so this is one of them. Donate Scott Carrier and William J. Astore on the house raft in Woods Hole Harbor.
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Dreamers by Joe Frank

Maybe like the Phoenix rising from the ashes following a drawing by M.S. Escher.
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Getting Into Cars With Strangers

Interviews with taxi and ride share drivers from New Orleans to Jacksonville.
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Some Spring Time Stories

I just got back from speaking at two radio conferences in Europe. I saw the leaves come out on the trees along the canals in Amsterdam. I woke up in Ireland next to a pasture with four wooly alpacas, one just a baby. I spent days talking about how podcasting works from the bottom up, forming a lattice of connections that reach around the skin of the earth. This is better than the top-down fear-mongering of the corporate media. I said these things with confidence, because of you. I get letters from every continent including Antartica and they all sound like they were written by the same person...because we’re all in the same lattice.For more music by the Mermen click here. Donate
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The Pacific Northwest Trail

This is a story I produced last summer for The New Yorker Radio Hour. It’s about a controversy over one of the newest long-distance hiking trails in the United States. It was a difficult story to cover and explain, but I had excellent help from the NYRH producers and editors. I’d like to work for them again. Donate Ron Strickland, father of the Pacific Northwest Trail. The PNT crosses the Kootenai River Valley, north of Sandpoint, Idaho.
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Warriors Zulu Nation Honduras

A day inside the gang-ridden community of Chamelecon, Honduras. Donate The ceiba tree in the park where the rap battle took place. Chamelecon, Honduras. The playing field under the tree. Rapper 23 is “Yosie,” who reads history for inspiration.
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Honduras Part One: A New Caravan

An introduction to a series about social conditions in Honduras
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Ruth Pena and her daughter, from El Salvador, at the beach in Tijuana. That’s the border wall in the background. Donate The outfield at the ball park in Tijuana. Near second base at the ball park in Tijuana. Scar from eight bullets on the thigh of one of the Honduran men. Leaving the ball park. Standing in line for breakfast outside the ball park. Inside one of the Evangelical refuges in the hills surrounding Tijuana. Outside one of the Evangelical refuges in the hills surrounding Tijuana.
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Across the Desert

A sticker on one of the steel columns of the border wall south of Las Cruces, NM. Donate Another sticker on the wall,south of Las Cruces. Katie Davis and Molly Molloy at the wall south of Las Cruces.
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Casa del Migrante

Juana and Estela talk about why they left their homes in Guatemala to seek asylum in the United States.
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No Solution

Immigrants crossing the border near Agua Prieta, Sonora, 2005. Photo by Julian Cardona. Welcome to Season Two of Home of the Brave. This is the first of a series about the US/Mexico border and the present immigration situation. For background, I replay an interview with Charles Bowden recorded just a couple hundred yards from the barbed wire fence separating the two countries in the spring of 2005. Donate Migrants from Mexico crossing into the United States at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge near Sasabe, Arizona, 2005. Photo by Julian Cardona. The best place for books by Charles Bowden is Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City. They ship all over the world.
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End of Season One: A Walk On the Beach

I need to take a break so let's call this the end of season one. And I'd like to play the second story I produced for the show, an interview with Alex Chadwick. Thank you very much for your support. I'm going to turn off the subscription service (Pay Pal), but you can still donate and buy tee-shirts, tote bags, and patches. I hope to be back soon. Music: Slow Bicycle by Mum.
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Rumble Strip: It's a Podcast

Erica Heilman produces Rumble Strip from her home in Calais, Vermont. I like it because I never know what she's going to do next. This is a satire about modern life in America. Donate
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Lick the Crickets by Larry Massett

Collage by Charles Hope From following the news lately I feel like I don't know who to believe or who to trust, like I don't know what's going on or why and things are only going to get worse and there's nothing I can do about it. In times like this maybe surrealistic poetry and Dada make more sense than realism. Donate Collage by Charles Hope
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Bear's Ears, Part Six: Industrial Tourism

Which is worse--a campground or an oil well?  Donate
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Bear's Ears, Part Five: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Firewood in Monument Valley, collected on Cedar Mesa to heat Navajo homes.  A story about the origin of the Bear's Ears proposal. Round River Conservation Studies website Donate
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Bear's Ears, Part Four: The Hopi Way

Comb Wash A conversation with Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Hopi elder.  Donate
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Bear's Ears, Part Three: The Sand Island Petroglyphs

From "Early Rock Art on the San Juan River" by Joe Pachak Donate From "Early Rock Art on the San Juan River" by Joe Pachak From "Early Rock Art on the San Juan River" by Joe Pachak From "Early Rock Art on the San Juan River" by Joe Pachak From "Early Rock Art on the San Juan River" by Joe Pachak
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Bear's Ears, Part Two

Bear Ears Buttes in the background. Looking north from the top of Cedar Mesa, San Juan County, Utah. Elevation 7000 feet. A conversation with author Terry Tempest Williams about the source of the problem in the battle over public lands in southern Utah.Click here for a link to some of Terry's work.Music by Glenn Gould playing Bach's Goldberg Variations. Donate Bears Ears from the west. In the foreground is one of the many sandstone canyons draining Cedar Mesa. Elevation 5000 feet. The bridge over the Colorado River where it becomes Lake Powell, Hite Crossing. Elevation 4000 feet.
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Bear's Ears, Part One

Looking south towards the Navajo Reservation from the top of Cedar Ridge, Utah. The first in a series of reports about the controversy over public land in southern Utah, plus a story by radio genius Joe Frank, who passed away January 15, 2018.  Donate
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Two More Stories About Mountains

A stitched panorama of the Salt Lake valley, from the north end.
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Ski Lesson

I don't know who took this photo, but it sure is a good one. Maybe it's Thor. Something to get your mind off the sorry state of affairs these days.You can make a one-time donation by Stripe, below, or hit the Pay Pal button in the menu bar to subscribe for as little as on dollar a month. Thanks for listening. Donate
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The Bicycle Artist

One of Grant Petersen's personal bicycles. An interview with Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycles Works in Walnut Creek, California.Music: Slow Bicycle by Mum Donate One of Grant's Bridgestone bikes
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War of the Worlds

This is a Halloween special for people who have not heard the original 1938 CBS broadcast. 
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Basin and Range

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We Thought It Was a Movie

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NFL Sunday

A short commentary on the protests. Donate
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The Oracle

My friend Alex and I try to visit the Utah Data Center, 20 miles south of my house in Salt Lake City.DONATE BY TEXT 801-876-1913Check out The Sonosopher, a documentary about Alex Caldiero.James Bamford's article on the Utah Data Center in Wired Magazine.Music from the film The Day the Earth Stood Still.
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The Continental Divide, Part Two

I try it again, this time with some respect.The short clip of music in the middle of the story is by the Icelandic group MUM.The music at the end is a North Vietnamese boys' choir, a recording given to me by Alex Chadwick. Donate
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The Continental Divide

The top of the highway through Rocky Mountain National Park. The day before it snowed three inches. Donate
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The Green River

Paul Brennan, Creighton King, and myself at the Green River Lakes in the summer of 1991. I thought, considering the recent mind-fuck of news, it would be good to play a relaxing story. This is a re-run from a couple summers ago, although I originally produced it in 1991 for Weekend All Things Considered. Donate
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Trump's Wall: Your Neighbor

An undocumented farm worker in New England, USA. Photo by Erica Heilman. Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the border with Mexico but at this point there is little support in Congress to actually fund the construction. And there's been a sharp decline in illegal immigration since Trump took office, even without an actual wall. Perhaps the reason for the decline is the fear generated by Trump's deportation policy. So this story is an interview with an undocumented farm worker. He talks about why he left home and what it's like working 16 hours a day, and how he's afraid to leave the farm for fear of being deported.And there's about 12 million other people here who feel the same way. Donate
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Trump's Wall, Part Two

The opening of Santa Elena's Canyon, Big Bend National Park. The left side of the canyon is in Mexico, the right side is in the United States. Interviews with people on both sides of the border in and around Big Bend National Park, Texas. Donate Tourists crossing the Rio Grande at Boquillas del Carmen. Float trips on the Rio Grande are very popular. You're not supposed to get out of your boat on the Mexico side, but there's no one down there to stop you. In the village of Boquillas del Carmen Boquillas del Carmen Photo by Simone Rubi, south of Marfa, Texas.
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Trump's Wall, Part One

The Rio Grande in Bend Bend Ranch State Park, Texas, just west of Big Bend National Park. The first part of a series about the proposed wall along the border. A visit to Big Bend National Park.Music: Down By the River by Neil Young Donate The Rio Grande near Lajitas, Texas.
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My First Radio Story

I-10, Texas, 1983 This is how I started producing stories for public radio in 1983. I was extremely lucky. Some people say I still am.Music during the introduction: Slow Bicycle by Mum Donate Soapbox preacher, I-10 near El Paso, Texas, 1983 
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It's All Over Now

photo by CNBC Who is this guy? Who is he really? We think of him as a villain, but perhaps he's more the tragic hero, doomed to lose everything he cares about.The link to Bonnie Raitt on the David Letterman show Donate
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What's Happening at Standing Rock: An Interview with Jenni Monet

Photo from (Her name is misspelled in the photo.) On February 8th, the Army Corps of Engineers approved the permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River.  This is an interview with Jenni Monet, an independent journalist who's been embedded at Standing Rock since the first week of December. She was arrested February 1st along with 75 protestors/water protectors. Her many news reports and the account of her arrest are at Donate
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i thought i'd throw out this idea and see if it has legs

drawing by Creighton King I started to work on a new story, then decided to change tactics.Music: Soundtrack from Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid by Bob Dylan  Donate
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Listening to the Winners

Donald Trump is a manifestation of our collective fear and anger. We created him. This show is a collection of interviews with people who supported Trump leading up to the election. They are not easy to listen to, but I think we should try in order to better understand what happened, and what is happening now.Music: What's Opera Doc? from "Bugs Bunny on Broadway".  Donate Donate
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The Test

This story originally aired on This American Life in 1996, but there's a new rant at the end. Music: White Rabbit by Grace Slick, performed by Mayssa Karaa for the American Hustle soundtrack. Donate Photo by Carlo Nasisse
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Standing Rock, Part Three

The Army Corps of Engineers denies the permit
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Standing Rock, Part Two

The Missouri River at Lake Oahe, one mile downstream from the proposed crossing of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  What it's like at some of the more peaceful anti-pipeline protests or "actions" in North Dakota.Music by Max Richter from the HBO series The Leftovers. Donate Blocking State Highway 6, west of Mandan, North Dakota. November 15, 2016. Demonstration at the State Capitol in Bismarck, North Dakota, November 14, 2016. November 14, 2016, at the State Capitol building in Bismarck, North Dakota. A peaceful demonstration, five miles west of Mandan, North Dakota, blocking a county road leading to a camp for people working on the pipeline. November 12, 2016. Loud speaker at the November 15 action blocking the county road to the man camp west of Mandan, North Dakota. November 15, 2016. At the railroad tracks running parallel to State Highway 6, November 15, 2016. Leaving the scene, State Highway 6, November 15, 2016.
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Standing Rock, Part One

A water protecter, near Mandan, North Dakota. The battle at the bridge, November 20, 2016.Music by Mum. These are the dump trucks blocking state highway 1806 at the bridge over Cantapeda Creek, less than a mile north of the Sacred Stone Camp, less than a mile south of where the pipeline crosses the highway. The battle on November 20 started as water protecters/protesters were trying to clear the  road by pulling the dump trucks out of the way. Some of Kevin Gilbertt's live-streamed video. You can see more on his Facebook page, Kevin Gilbertt. Donate
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The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly, Part Three

How people feel about trophy hunting the bear.Link to Donate Donate
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The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly, Part Two

Courtesy of Bradley Orsted In this episode, the scientific arguments surrounding the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear.Books about Grizzly Bears by Todd Wilkinson and Doug Peacock.Music: Slow Bicycle, Mum; Faure's Requiem, first movement. Donate Doug Peacock, Yellowstone National Park, 2016 Dog-bear near Jackson Lake, Wyoming Dog-bear south of Missoula Donate
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The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly

The battle over taking the grizzly bear off the list of endangered species
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The Road

I-80, Wyoming Donate I-10, Texas I-10, Texas Hullet, Wyoming Donate
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The End of Hope: Outside the DNC

What if you threw a protest against the oligarchy and not many people showed up?Music by Laurie Anderson: "From the Air," Big Science. 
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Cleveland RNC Part 2

Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio The RNC in Cleveland followed two weeks of brutal (YouTubed) shootings in America. Anyone who showed up at the protests was either paid to be there, like the police and the media, or they were for some reason unafraid of the potential for more violence. As it was, things stayed relatively peaceful, except for loud shouting at times. Some of the West Ohio Minutemen with assault rifles in Public Square. West Ohio Minuteman Cops had to protect the religious fanatics, as they were extremely loud and annoying and persistent. MSNBC set up outside on West 4th Street, a block from the Quicken Loans Arena where the convention was in session. Those three girls from YouTube performed across from the MSNBC booth on West 4th Street. Special police at Public Square. Bicycle cops on The Mall, during the BLM/religious fanatic shout down. Connie, now residing in Mexico.
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Opening Day Outside the RNC in Cleveland

Sean Whitty and Christopher Traviano. I went to the Republican and Democratic conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia to see who showed up outside on the streets. This is the first in a short series of reports. Donate Sean Whitty's back tattoo. A quote by Sam Adams on Sean's arm. The Public Square in downtown Cleveland, where some of the protests took place. Two anti-Trump protesters in Public Square. David Patterson speaking just before Kathy Wray Coleman is arrested. The Cleveland Police handcuff Kathy Wray Coleman. Taking her away. Kathy Wray Coleman was arrested on outstanding warrants for assaulting Cleveland Police officers. The Rev. Pamela M. Pickney Butts scolding the crowd after Coleman's arrest. Donate
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After Thinking About What To Do

And a request for funding
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Reagan's Neighbors

Interviews with people in Lafayette Park, Washington D.C.
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Why People Vote for Hillary Clinton

Plus some of Clinton's speech in Fresno, California, June 4, 2016.
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Trump and Sanders in South Bend: Part Three

Interviews with Sanders supporters two days before the Indiana Primary on May 3, 2016.Music by The Youngbloods, Get Together. New t-shirts and tote bags Donate New tote bags and t-shirts, shop HERE
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Trump and Sanders in South Bend: Part Two

May 2, one day before the Indiana Primary
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Trump and Sanders in South Bend, Indiana

Trump is still promoting racist propaganda.
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My Trip To Palestine

An attempt at podcasting from Palestine goes awry.
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Maybe He Became a Bear: An Interview with Jim Harrison

Originally broadcast in 2007 on KUER in Salt Lake City
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Prisoner of Zion

An essay on where I live and what I live for.Music by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir--Come, Come Ye Saints Photo by Julian Cardona The Salt Lake Temple Joseph Smith  Brigham Young
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Searching for Amnesia

A story originally produced for This American Life
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One Year Review Meeting

In which I present the numbers, an accounting, to the listeners/supporters of the show.Music by Mum, Slow BicycleDonate or Subscribe through Pay Pal.Donate through Stripe below: Donate Home of the Brave T-Shirts
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The Iowa Caucus

Two Sanders supporters at the caucus in Dubuque. A trip to Iowa to see if young people would turn out for the caucus. Donate Zach Meyer at the caucus in Dubuque. Lots of older folks turned out, and they mainly supported Hillary Clinton. Sometimes it was necessary to count more than once, by different methods. Donate Highway 6, Nebraska, on the way home.
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Saints of the Last Days

Mormon polygamists in Manti, Utah, circa 1996
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Absolutely, God Told Us To Do This

An interview with one of the occupiers.
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The Balkan Route

The final report on the refugee trail, describing how they travel from Athens to Germany.Music: Crossroad Metamorphosis and Super FM Dub by Hayvanlar Alemi. Donate Photos by Camilla Q. Madsen Walking from the Greek border to Gevgelija, Macedonia. Gevgelija, Macedonia. A Syrian with two babies, near Gevgelija. Check point at the transit camp on the Serbia/Croatia. Slavonski Brod, Croatia. We were allowed to photograph the refugees but not talk to them. Slavonski Brod, Croatia Slavonski Brod transit camp, Croatia. Transit camp at Sentilj, Slovenia. Waiting to cross into Austria from the transit camp in Sentilj, Slovenia. A team of medics from Norway at the Sentilj transit camp. Inside the tent at the transit camp in Passau, Germany. Passau, Germany Afghan volunteers at the transit camp in Passau, Germany.
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On the Ferry from Lesbos to Athens

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