Lord God Bird

The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was thought to be extinct until 2004, when it was rediscovered near the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas.

2017 / Elizabeth Meister / Dan Collison / All Things Considered, USA


The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was thought to be extinct until 2004, when it was rediscovered near the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas.

The sightings were big news in a community depressed by recession and population loss. This story is one of Dan and Elizabeth's song stories, interweaving interviews with Brinkley locals and an original song written and performed by Sufjan Stevens.


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Elizabeth Meister

Elizabeth Meister quit her job at the phone company to volunteer for public radio show This American Life in 1998, when she started their award-winning website in exchange for a chance to learn how to make radio documentaries.

Dan Collison and James

Dan Collison

Together with his life and radio partner Elizabeth Meister, Dan Collison produces audio documentaries and song/stories that detail everyday life in America, work that has consistently garnered radio's top awards.


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