Rank #1: Trump Supporters
Donald Trump is in the news a lot, but we don't hear much from his supporters. I figured Nevada was a good place to find some.
Music by Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes, Bugs Buny's Greatest Hits; Iceburn, In the Desert.Donate
Oct 16 2015
Rank #2: 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.
Mar 14 2019
Rank #3: Getting Into Cars With Strangers
This is maybe what you’d call a pilot episode for a series that would be separate from Home of the Brave. I don’t have a title for it yet, but it would involve traveling around the world by taxi, or ride share, or just hiring drivers who can function as guides and translators. I think this is the best way to travel, but it’s expensive, so the series would need a big sponsor. Western Sound, a new podcast company in Los Angeles, sponsored this test run of the idea.
Here are some links to the music used in this story:
Ray Charles, Sweet Sixteen Bars from the album The Best of Ray Charles, Atlantic SD 1543
Greg Allen Jones, Monticello Rose and Boll Weevil from the album Crossing the Willamette
The Mountain Goats, Love, Love, Love from the album The Sunset Tree
A very good place for crawfish jambalaya, New Orleans.
One of the buildings in New Orleans that was flooded after Katrina broke the levee.
One of the places in Florida where there are no taxis or ride share drivers.
May 07 2019
Rank #4: 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.
May 08 2018
Rank #6: Maybe He Became a Bear: An Interview with Jim Harrison
I don't know who took this photo, but I owe him or her a t-shirt and patch.
I spoke with Jim at Dennis Sizemore's house up Emigration Canyon, about ten miles east of Salt Lake City. We'd eaten dinner and it was too noisy inside the house, so we sat in my pickup truck out in the driveway.Donate
Apr 06 2016
Rank #7: 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.
Feb 19 2019
Rank #8: The Road
Sep 07 2016
Rank #9: 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
Apr 18 2018
Rank #10: Two More Stories About Mountains
A stitched panorama of the Salt Lake valley, from the north end.
Jan 01 2018
Rank #11: 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
Jan 16 2018
Rank #12: Searching for Amnesia
Mar 22 2016
Rank #13: Dreamers by Joe Frank
photo by Michal Story
Trump’s threats to go to war with Iran made me feel powerless and lonely because I’m afraid there’s nothing to stop it. I tried to produce an anti-war story, but then realized this one by Joe is much better.
Link to Joe’s website
Link to the original broadcast on UnfictionalDonate
photo by Michal Story
May 31 2019
Rank #15: The Refugee Trail
A Somali refugee at the Sandholm Asylum Center outside Copenhagen, Denmark, November 12th, 2015.
Timothy John Hinman of Third Ear invited me to speak about podcasting at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival on November 9th, and I was supposed to return home today, November 14th. But instead of going home I've decided to rent a car and drive south, following the refugee trail (backwards) to the Greek island of Lesbos. The refugees I've spoken with here in Copenhagen have told me amazing stories and I feel an obligation to record as many as I can. So I'm going to drive south through Europe, finding refugees moving north and ask them: "Why did you leave home? Where are you going? What has happened along the way?" I should be able to get the story produced and posted by the end of November.
Your donations will be very much appreciated.Donate
Refugees at Central Station in Copenhagen, Denmark, November 13, 2015.
Refugees getting information from a volunteer at Central Station in Copenhagen, November 13, 2015.
Two refugees being escorted off the train in Malmo, Sweden.Donate
Nov 14 2015
Rank #16: 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
Apr 27 2018
Rank #17: On the Border of Greece and Macedonia
Four days ago, the European Union decided to allow only refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan into Northern Europe, stranding thousands of people at the Idomeni transit camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia. This report is from the Idomeni camp, where a variety of protests are ongoing by Iranians, Pakistanis, Moroccans, and Somalis who say they'd rather die than be sent home.Donate
Photos by Camilla Q. Madsen
Macedonian police blocking the border. The rail track goes from Greece to Macedonia.
Men from Pakistan and Bangladesh are protesting and asking why they are not being let through to Macedonia: "We wouldn't have come here if we didn't have problems at home," a man from Bangladesh says (right).
Moroccan men protesting the border control. The protesters have made a coffin with the name Achraf. He is one of two men (allegedly) killed by Serbian Police two days ago while illegally crossing the border to Croatia at night.
Iranian men sewed their mouths shut to protest against the border controls of the Balkan Route.
Military and police from Greece and Macedonia guard the border.
People have been putting up tents along the train tracks.
Young Moroccan man lying motionless on the ground. After a while, the Red Cross came and carried him out. Many of the people are afraid the border will open any minute. Therefore, they don't go to the camp area to eat and drink, causing some to faint from dehydration.
Nov 24 2015
Rank #18: 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.
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.
Afghan volunteers at the transit camp in Passau, Germany.
Jan 01 2016
Rank #19: My Trip To Palestine
<p>I've heard some people think these maps are not accurate. I think they are accurate enough. </p>
I wrote this story as a way to overcome my fear of speaking about the Israel/Palestine Conflict, a serious problem for which we bear some responsibility. I don't know what the solution is, or if a solution is even possible at this point, but I'd at least like to not be afraid to talk about it.
Music: Mouth harp by Alex Caldiero; Colony Collapse, Dreams From Wounded Mouth, and Fitnah by Filastine.
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Apr 21 2016
Rank #20: 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
May 26 2017