Sunday, May 23, 2010

This American Life: Island Time

In March, our next door neighbor's friend Ben Fountain came to visit. Ben is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories, a fascinating book of short stories. Ben was nice enough to sign our copy (which is actually our friend Eliza's copy - sorry, Liza, you're never getting it back now) and we had a great time hanging out with him several times during his visit.

Ben was in Haiti working on a story for our all-time favorite radio show This American Life. The story aired this weekend on NPR as part of this week's feature on Haiti. Click on the link above to listen.

We were nodding our heads as we listened to each segment. Each one captures a different piece of the reality that we see and live in Haiti and this week's show asks a lot of the questions that we ask ourselves every day. The authenticity of it is why we love This American Life so much.

p.s. Ben interviewed Alexis and me, but we didn't make the story (No hard feelings, Ben).

1 comment:

Bikejuju said...

Yeah, it's good, eh? The second segment was the one that really got to me. I work in the medical "capacity development" field, and it hit really close to home.


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