My main gig right now is editing audio for WUNC / American Public Media's show The Story. It's a daily hour long show about real people whose lives have been affected by our changing world. No experts, just incredibly brave people with stories to tell.
So instead of a policy discussion with a public health official about AIDS in the Southern U.S., they interview a woman battling the disease and a straight man fighting homophobia in an effort to reduce the spread of HIV. When radio is stripped of its experts and talking heads, hundreds of personal stories come bubbling to the surface and we truly learn what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes. To put it frankly, it's powerful stuff.
This month, I've had the pleasure to learn about tribal strife in Kenya from two friends on opposite sides of the culture war. I've been to the killing fields of Cambodia and walked alongside a young man searching for freedom. Right now, I'm peeking through the bathroom door as a photographer snaps a famous nude picture of Simone de Beauvoir.
Traveling the world without leaving my kitchen table is endlessly fascinating. I feel very lucky to have found such fulfilling work.