Re:sound #86: The Death Show

This hour: a visit to a pauper's graveyard, three very short (but very big) questions, and more.

2008 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour: a visit to a pauper's graveyard, three very short (but very big) questions, and more.

Little Black Train
by Nora Harrington (Re:sound premiere, 2008)
A year and a half after Nora Harrington's father died, she was still trying to sort through her feelings about mortality. So she did something that most of us avoid: she confronted the topic head-on. She had a series of frank, intimate conversations about the end of life with a few elderly friends, her grandfather, and her mother. What results is a story that's sometimes profound, sometimes poignant, and sometimes surprisingly funny.

The Dead Can't Do You Nothin'
by Katie Mingle (Center for Documentary Studies, 2007)
While in New Orleans, Katie Mingle poked around a pauper's graveyard, hoping to encounter a ghost. Instead she befriended some gravediggers and learned a few truths about life and death in the Big Easy.

The Dead Can't Do You Nothin' won the Best New Artist award in the 2007 Third Coast Festival/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Live? Die? Kill?
by Karen Michel (To the Best of Our Knowledge, 2008)
Karen Michel moved to Pleasant Valley, NY, right after September 11th. She wanted to find out what was really important to people at this critical time. So she devised three very short, very big questions that got the heart of people's central beliefs and she started asking them.

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Nora Harrington

Nora Harrington is a recent graduate of Hampshire College, where she studied cultural anthropology, written ethnography, and radio documentary.

Karen Michel

Based in upstate New York, Karen Michel is an independent radio producer who got her start in media as a guest on Art Linkletter's Kids Say the Darndest Things.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.

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