Wildness — A Prelude

The Stanford University Storytelling Project produces a show called The State of the Human.  This piece of audio was a prelude for an episode exploring the terrors and meaning of WILDNESS.  Andrew Forsthoefel reflects on an evening in Vermont when he experienced wildness.  He later set out to walk a very long way and produced a radio documentary entitled Walking Across America: Advice for a Young Man.

Veterans With PTSD and the Dogs Who Lead Them Home

PTSD, or post traumatic stress disorder, is a major problem for troops coming back from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some veterans who repeatedly experience extreme trauma in war zones suffer actual physiological changes – that help them survive in war, but don’t serve them at home. 

Now a non-profit group called Patriot Rovers trains rescue golden retrievers and gives them to veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.  This report from North Carolina shows how these remarkable dogs are helping veterans get their lives back. Two service dogs from Patriot Rovers are with veterans here on Cape Cod.

Singing for Their Lives

Researchers describe the remarkable ways music can reach people with dementia. Music penetrates deep inside the brain, even when memories fade and language practically disappears. Fiddler and singer Denya Levine knows this first-hand. She’s been making music with people with dementia for 25 years.

The Artist and the Pinhole

At the tip of Cape Cod, an historic hot dog stand is about to be torn down because of coastal erosion. Artist Marian Roth turns it into a giant pinhole camera and has only one week to make pictures before the National Seashore locks the door and prepares to raze the structure. Inside the camera, Roth shares her creative process as she makes dreamy images that push her art in stunning new directions.

Sonic IDs

Sonic IDs are very, very short stories that pop up unexpectedly during the programming day at a local radio station on Cape Cod.  These are the voices of neighbors, the sounds of this particular place. Just 30 seconds, or perhaps a minute in length.

Sonics make you chuckle, or occasionally cry. They delight, charm, and surprise. They start with mystery and turn your head. Sonics go somewhere. The beginning matters, but it is the destination that delivers.

These sonic IDS were all produced for the Cape and Islands NPR station, WCAI, Woods Hole, MA.

Truro Metal Picker

Lillian Steele tells about burying her father's ashes in the Truro landfill.

Lighting the Provincetown Monument

At the annual lighting of the Pilgrim monument, the director tells the story of the Mayflower Compact and the 300 foot granite tower. The crowd counts down to the moment the switch is thrown and the monument is lit.

Texas Oyster Eater

A Texas tourist describes the joy of of eating a Cape Cod oyster.

The Charm of Computers at the Wellfleet Public Library

The computers at The Wellfleet Public Library have a charm of their own.

A Parakeet Waits for the Ferry

A traveller tells everything about her beloved parakeet companion.   

A Wellfleet Oyster Grower Has Her Pets

A Wellfleet Oyster grower, Barbara Austin, admits to having pet oysters and clams.

Funeral Director

Funeral director Katy Randoph has learned life lessons on the job.

Joe the Stringer

Tennis pro and coach Joe Abbott tells what's needed to string a racquet right.

Before You Strum Your Ukulele

Kids in a beginning ukulele class share what you need to know.

Stories take us on a journey. They make promises that the ride will be interesting: with compelling characters, rich worlds and reflections. They drive toward satisfying endings.