Re:sound #229 The Communication Barrier Show

This hour people trying their best — and sometimes failing miserably — to make a connection.

2016 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour people trying their best — and sometimes failing miserably — to make a connection.

By Yowei Shaw (The World In Words, PRI, 2015)
Yowei Shaw was born in the United States and speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her grandfather is from Taiwan and speaks virtually no English. Kid talk was fine when Yowei was a kid. But now she's grown up, she's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

Meet the Jawniaks
By John Biewen (Radiotonic, ABC RN, 2014)
John Biewen never imagined he would have any reason to visit Poland or to encounter the Polish language in any serious way. Then, in middle age, he fell in love with a Polish immigrant named Ewa. John went to Poland to meet the parents, but still he saw no reason to trouble himself learning Ewa’s mother tongue. At least, not before arriving on Polish soil.

At a Loss for Words
By Mira Burt-Wintonick & Cristal Duhaime (Love Me, CBC, 2016)
Two strangers who don’t speak the same language meet in Haiti and sparks fly... through Google Translate.

What Do You Mean?
By Mira Burt-Wintonick & Cristal Duhaime (Love Me, CBC, 2016)
A pair of robots navigate a tumultuous affair.

Note: These two pieces from Love Me are only available here until Oct. 31, 2017. Click here to listen.

Chin-Kyll and Bo-Ok: Across the DMZ
By Davey Kim (Snap Judgement, 2015)
What happens when you are reunited with your North Korean sister for the first time in over five decades?

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

Adriana Krikl, ‘Disconnect’, Snowbirds In Flight (self-released, 2015)
So I’m An Islander, ‘Fastlan Reprise’, Væst Ven (self-released, 2015)
Diana Fire, ‘Stop Talking’, Super Sighs (Yarn Audio, 2016)
Komiku, ‘Bleu’, It’s time for adventure (Chez Monplaisir, 2016)
Monplaisir, ‘In the name of loneliness’, Surtout ne pas se perdre (2011-2016) (Chez Monplaisir, 2016)

produced by

John Biewen

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he teaches and produces the Peabody Award-nominated Scene on Radio podcast.

Davey Kim

Davey Kim (he/him) (@davey_kim) is the senior podcast producer for Adult ISH, a culture and advice show produced by people who are almost adults, from YR Media (fka Youth Radio).

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