I had my NPR debut yesterday - Yep, a piece I produced at Salt went national. Aside from a slight name botch (who names their kid Jean these days?) it went off without a hitch. To hear the audio, skip to minute 51 in the podcast.
A note on story hunting. This story was unearthed during my first weekend at Salt. They drove all 32 of us up to the middle of rural Maine, dropped us off for the night, and said, "Find a story by 6pm tomorrow." It was radio bootcamp.
With Erin Mishkin and several other brave documentarians by my side (including photographer Jenny Calivas whose photos are below) we scoured the tiny town of Machias, Maine. We hit up diners and garage sales until we saw a notice in the local paper for a Final Moving Sale - Everything Must Go, Lots of Firewood. Why would someone move in September if they already have wood for the winter? We had to find out.
When we arrived, we found two old men behind a huge table filled with old pots and pans, mugs, and clocks. After a few minutes of chatting, we found out why they were moving. You'll have to listen to the piece to hear the rest.
It was a true collaborative effort. Erin put John at ease and asked him so many tough questions about what the next few months of his life would be like. The rest of our group chatted with Cedric about his house and his pets, until he gave us a tour of the house his father built years ago. I spent many hours with Cedric and John after that, but if weren't for my group (and in particular Erin's gentle coaxing with John) this story would not have been possible. Thanks guys!
Note: To hear the full story (NPR edited out the first minute) visit my site.