20 Episode results for "Little Village"
Pilsen Group Vying For $10 Million Prize
"Hi I'm Suzanne in for Gene White and this is reset. Chicago IS FILLED WITH PEOPLE. Working hard to better the quality of life for residents across the city. Sometimes these efforts are noticed and even rewarded right now. Six groups are competing for the Chicago Prize presented by the Pritzker Trabert Foundation. It's a ten million dollar grant competition aimed at investing in the economic future of some Chicago. Neighborhoods the winner will be announced the spring. So we're checking in with each of the finalists to hear about their work and visions for their communities. Another one of those finalists is with us. Today it's called Economic Equity and opportunity via a little village community hub. It's led by Kim Wasserman executive director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Bill Slicer CEO of the Delta Institute. Kim I gotta ask. How does it feel to be one of the finalists? I think it's been Anna's to be quite honest with you We've spent a lot of years as an organization as a community fighting for our rights and fighting for our environment and being told by the city that what we want is unattainable or is unreal and soda end up. Being finalised. Ten Million Dollar Prize is kind of awkward meeting. I'll just add. It's like how many rolls of duct tape. Can we buy ten million dollars because that's usually what we do and having this many Zeros to work with really allows us to think a completely different ways when you're thinking about community revitalization right and Kim and bill tell us briefly about your respective organizations Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Delta Institute How do you currently serve the community? Sure we are celebrating our twenty fifth year as an organization within the little village community. A really fighting for environmental justice and fighting against environmental racism so some of our work includes Helping to shut down the two CO powerplants in Chicago having the redevelopment of the largest Brownfield into a park in the United States at the park but also very much fighting not just for environmental justice but economic justice in every type of justice. You can imagine for our neighborhood. Bill and Delta Institute was founded in one thousand nine hundred and we work across the Midwest to create thriving communities. And we do that. Through a variety of ways and partnerships like little village is one of those premier ways that we do that really getting on the ground with the communities and figuring out solutions that both improve the environment and the economy and can let's hear about the proposal. Give us a broad picture of what economic equity and opportunity via little village community hub. Absolutely so you know. The reality is for a very long time communities like ours on the southwest side have been sold out to the notion of Cheap labor jobs Right now we're battling target warehouse coming into our neighborhood and we're being told that we're ideal for the warehouse jobs for the truck driving jobs and really outside of that. There is no robust conversation around. Not just what is our neighborhood good at but we recognize the problems that we have and we know how to fix them. The reality is in our neighborhood. Sixty percent of our community has some experience in agriculture. And so we very much want to put our people to work in the work that they know. How did you that they feel Respected that they feel that they are appreciated and can do very well. So this hub really looks at three very prominent things. Our food system in little village our energy system in little village and culture. And how do those three things play into each other to not just advocate for our community and organizing but also to show a just transition? How do we transition away from these? Very extractive economies from these very extractive practices in our neighborhood. And how do we grow an economy that is inclusive to everybody? Those who were not born here those who don't have papers to be here those who don't speak English. How do we ensure that the city of Chicago in little village has a space for everybody? And not just those who can afford to live there so this project really not just understand the connection between environmental justice economic justice but really looks at the root of gentrification what happens when you beautify your neighborhood to the point that it's no longer accessible to your own people and so really what we want to talk about. Is We want to stay a space for low income communities of color like little village but we want to do so where people can grow and thrive and stay in the city. And you mentioned extractive practices. Can you explain what you mean by that? Extractive practices aren't just demolishing mother Earth for oil or fossil fuels. It's also the extract and extraction of Labor from our bodies particularly as Brown and black people in the city of Chicago. And how do we have a voice to an economy that actually lifts us up and it includes us as part of it in dozen? Just use US for sweat tears. Our lungs are health. I'm at the end of it. We walk away with no health insurance. We walk away without any protections and we walk away barely surviving on the economies of these jobs provide now the location for the community hub would be twenty three fifty eight. South whipple This is at the intersection of West Twenty Fourth Street. It's currently a former Chicago. Fire Department Engine House which. I find interesting Bill why choose this location? So this location was chosen after we looked at two hundred sixty four different sites throughout the entire neighborhood and mapped every single one with little village and the community and we looked at both the assets of the community and where things could be revitalizing redeveloped in in the way and the location of this site with the bones of this building made it a perfect Spot for being able to build this whole hub within this facility in part of this hub includes a commercial kitchen interesting absolutely one of the amazing things about little villages equally as I mentioned sixty percent of our neighborhood having a background in agriculture over sixty percent of street based food vendors in Chicago. Come from Little Village Lincoln Park or Morgan Park. Most likely one in six people is coming from little village. We want but the problem is. We don't have any commercial kitchens currently in our neighborhood right so we really want. That's a flagrancy right there right like how do we support communities on the Ground Street based Economy So this allows us the ability to have folks store. Their street carts fixer. She cards create food products for the SRI cards it. The basement of the fire station also allows for massive indoor growing so folks are looking at mushroom and small Greens that they could potentially grow their Equally so the little village community has a very strong workforce development program around solar that our organization has been working on Regretting our third cohort of solar graduates. This coming year which we're very excited about. And so that would also be a space where folks can learn how to make train. Build around solar workforce development and then lastly The peace ties it all together which is culture right. How are the power all of these things part of our culture in little village and strengthening our culture within little villages? Well well let's talk a little bit about the culture of little village. You know. Break down the demographics for us. And and who this hub would serve absolutely so little village is primarily Mexican Mexican American immigrant community And the reality is is that we are losing social services on a regular basis. There isn't very many spaces not just for young people but particularly for preteens all the way through young adults Unfortunately most of our boys and girls clubs don't serve young people after the fifteen for instance and it's not by chance that we directly also have its connection to the violence in our neighborhood and that's because young people are not being put to work the reality is in Chicago. I believe at Young African Americans and not the between the age of eighteen and twenty four. I believe over sixty percent are unemployed. Currently right so all of these speak to who is in our neighborhood being one of the youngest populations in the city of Chicago. Think half of our population is under the age of twenty five right so it really speaks to. Who's located in our neighborhood? And where are these folks working? Or what is it that they're doing and the reality is they're not working I believe less than fifteen percent of our community works in the local industrial corridor. But it's one of the most vibrant and thriving ones in the city So this project really helps speak to. Who's missing who's on the on the on the phrase of society. And HOW DO WE CENTER THEM? As part of this work to ensure that they can grow in thrive in our communities and so this project speaks to exactly those folks who are usually marginalized and who folks say we can afford to lose those folks in the system as long as the majority of folks are okay and our work speaks to know that is not okay in fact. We're going to take those folks in center them and ensure that they have a space little village next to Pilsen is being gentrified on a day-to-day basis. And this is one of the only ways that we truly believe that we can fight for our community and we talked about how the food cart vendors plays such a big role in the neighborhood. And and you've got the street vendors association as one of your partners as well. How important was it to make sure to partner with that group? Absolutely I mean I think the reality is. We are community organizers by Heart in by trade as an organization and it's not to speak to what we bill and I know about food carts except to how to order a great Mongol right or like to order a bag of chips right. I don't think either one of US could speak to the reality of what that works. Look like what that work looks like and so for us to be able to share. The wealth of this project is exactly what we want to do. How to redistribute the wealth at this ten million could potentially bring to our community and empower those who need it. The most and I think partnership is where it's at it's the partnership between Delta instituted INVESCO. They got to this point after many many years And then how do we also bring in the rest of our community? That's part of that. So everybody from the vendors association to the Chicago Food Policy Action Council right all of our partners who have been leading a good fight a good fight on the ground not just food justice but also for solar and for culture as well across the city. Well let's talk about the Chicago Food Policy Action Council a bill. What would their role be so? They're really integral in this entire project. Because it's really helping change all the policies around Food and agriculture in the city in the way that policy is set up right now. Is Those folks. That are the food cart vendors. That are the small-scale farmers that WANNA compost really don't have access or the availability even do so so these very basic things that we need the city and the state aren't providing and the the the Action Council allows that to happen and and we've mentioned on building sustainable food network. How exactly will that work so this is really? Why little villages perfect for project like this? The great work that's been done on the ground for agriculture to actually even get off the ground with like an eight Acre site on old superfund with with over two tons of produce being produced every year. We have this ability to get bring food into the commercial kitchen through the food cart vendors and have those products come back out and then be added with additional products and services that are coming through that whole system at you that there is a very vibrant agriculture movement. In in little village you have not just folks growing food to bill's point at Little Village Park in the gardens. But we also have a very strong composting program. And so there's actual synergy between our food vendors our farmers and our composters all within the neighborhood working with each other so you mentioned the farmers what role will little village. Farmers play in this Omega had one of the largest absolutely we're very excited to announce that As of this year our organization signed a ten year lease with the Chicago Park District to actually have A couple of acres in the park for Urban Agriculture large-scale growing which were very excited about in that came from our farmers letting us know they need more land. That's the one thing that we don't have a lot of in little village and we had the second worst air quality in the entire state of Illinois so outdoor growing the reality. That is just isn't there and so really. Our communities advocating and fighting hard to figure out how to get access indoor to do large scale growing and the reality is this has been twenty. Five plus years of farmers from our neighborhood advocating for Moorland and advocating for what they want to see development in their community. Look like and you're also partnering with Jess Design. Who's working on your building concept? Bill tells about the space so the space is really phenomenal. It's historic it has amazing kind of built in woodwork from the fire lockers and the cabinets and we were uniforms would be stored so we want to maintain the history of this building but at the same time really reflect and have it be completely inclusive and accessible to everybody in the community and just design is going to work with our team to be able to really influence that design. Make sure that everybody has access that the flow is well And that it really does incorporate those three major concepts into the building to reflect it back out into the neighborhood in part of that is the Green Energy Component. Why focus on going green? And why is that? So important the plan. Oh my God absolutely I think. Part of this is How do we make energy efficiency? How do we make energy democracy real on the ground and no place better than a building like this talks about a being a hub right and his having not just food but energy at the heart of it and so us having solar panels having every possible energy efficiency tool out there in this building is what we are looking for? We want to try to be as what is that zero zero as possible. Learning this from bill That zero is possible but it's also really about just making sure that we show people what is possible in your neighborhood regardless of your income status. What is possible? And how do we fight for these things to be in our neighborhood? Well this is part of competition. So what do you think makes your project competitive or unique from the others. While at one of the things that we have going for us is just the amazing assets of the community itself. And the Great Partnership that we've had is actually we've been working on this concept for over five years so it's it was great when this opportunity came for us to actually propose it to Chicago Price. So we've been building elements of this together for a long time. So it's very pragmatic it's very focused and it really does Address a lot of the concerns and issues that have been brought up by the community itself. Would you say are the biggest challenges? Little village faces that the center can help address. I think one of the biggest challenges we face people not believing us. I think everything from twenty-five years ago when we said we wanted the coal power plant. Close down to be wanting you park in the neighborhood. Everybody was like you know what you want. You guys don't know what's best for you and here. We are twenty five years later still kicking the cities but still demanding. What's right in our neighborhood? But what's really interesting? Is this notion that we have a right to say what should happen in our neighborhood and while the city for a long time has been telling us no no no. You just don't know here. We had the opportunity to apply for the prize and Lo and behold they said yes. We do. Think your neighborhood doesn't know what he wants. Yes we do think your folks should get a voice in what they say and so to have elevated and to have folks feel empowered for self determination to have folks feel empowered. That this is their site is one of the most phenomenal things. And I think that's also what makes us stand out from the competition. The most is truly is a project birth out of the work of our community and will benefit all of our community at large well. Let's expand that a little bit as we wrap up here. What would winning the Chicago? Prize mean for your residence. It would just further amplify that. We are environmental justice community. That knows what we want that we are a community that can fight And can fix a lot of the problems that we have. I think I would just be overjoyed to see what development in Chicago how development is. Chicago COULD LOOK DIFFERENTLY. When you empower a community not just with its voice but with ten million dollars to be able to carry some something like this out and I think really just the validation of our street based folks to feel like they belong here in Chicago more than anything I think is for me one of the biggest a goals of this project and that's Kim Wasserman executive director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Bill Sean Spicer CEO of the Delta Institute Their Proposal Economic Equity and opportunity via a little village community hub is up for the ten million dollars Chicago Price Grant. Thanks both for being with us. And that's Today's reset. Do you know someone making a difference in Chicago. We'd love to hear from you. Leave a message on our hotline. Triple eight nine one five nine nine four or five. That's eight eight eight nine one. Five nine nine four five. I'm Suzanne Jen. We'll be back tomorrow until then enjoy the sunshine and thanks for listening to reset from WBZ Chicago.
Armistice: The Underground City
"This is an ABC podcast today. It's part two of the special series. This week cold honest in the begins in the Pickety region of northern France in little village called now or. Or just on the edge of this village is a network of caves carved out of the chalky hillside by hand hundreds of years ago. People started digging these caves way back in the middle ages. And eventually they grew into virtual underground city a huge survivalist shelter that was built for the entire population of the village. Jupee load is a local akilah gist who works in these kinds or do you? Do we caught up at she'll in the cafe just outside the caves of now war having morning coffee with the groundskeepers you how big is this network of caves here at now early on to north appoximately one kilometres tonight. And two or three hundred rooms in caves, so you three hundred rooms the first thing I wanted to know was why what crisis could be so bad that would make an entire village to core outta survival shelter. From a hillside is the beginning of my story in twenty thirteen. I started our investigation to getting the Origene of his caves, and I found coins mosquito booths piece of poetry that prove men occupied vis cave early in the seventeenth center during the Surti years war, the thirty years war. This was every bit as early as it sounds the cities will break out in the seventeenth century and began as one of those European wars of religion between Catholics and Protestants fighting each. Other with muskets and swords, and pistols and pikes and cannons. But after wall the whole conflict just degenerated into mindless chaos. Lodge parts of Europe became lawless warns his bands of soldiers, roaming, the countryside, helping themselves to whatever they wanted from local farms and villages. Yeah. The farmers of the idea to digging caves to protect them, of course, and sales animal the Tresor of farm off because the. So when the people have now got word that these bandits were in the area, they would simply holed up inside these caves until the danger passed. The village is very clever at hiding from these rhyming bandits conceal their presence in the caves by routing the chimneys from their bikers ovens up into the above ground cottages. So no one would suspect they were there. Anyway, the war ended and things began to settle down. And after wall, the caves were abandoned, the entrances was sealed up and to care for them. No, forget him. Silence. And doc for hundreds of years and one day the price of the village. He's name is Danni cruel. Discover on the book. No, very famous about Curry's quarries. And all the village him to recite. Two weeks after. Discover a first untruth on eighteen eighty seven priest was amazed to find a huge network of hundreds of rooms and tunnels the underground city. They found abandoned wells bakeries chapels and a stable for the horses. So this is what Brosio pre low. It's an hour in two thousand thirteen searching through the caves to find odd affects from the thirty years war. And then one day ju- found something he wasn't looking for at all. Geel than me down into the underground city of now to show me the room where he made this discovery. Okay. It's very small space. I can Billy high enough for me to stand up in and in the corner. There's a couple of bats little tiny, bats. I came in with from on twenty seven on the dock, and I have just a spotlight and what I saw. It's amazing. Jews spotlight revealed little scribblings, the we're all over the cave wall written in lead pencil, and I say wall what what's that? And when he looked up close. He saw that. They were all nines. I saw one to name so many name thousands of times of soldiers straighten soldiers, mostly from the I will war who came here one hundred years ago in order war. You are trust his sin signature med with would Benton. Okay. Wouldn't pencil like a fragile fr. Okay. The Knicks to the name. They'd written with from battalion strident Fitz. Henry. Boddington Sydney news. Choose New, South Wales. Alastair Ross to write nineteen fin. Fin on these rose these small. It's very surprising. If w Robert r if more. If China Norris else, then when he chick the other rooms, he saw that straightens had written in names all over the walls of those rooms as well with thousands of these names, the strident soldiers who had come here to the underground city of now for some reason and Phil compelled to recall their existence in this really fragile way in Dougal New South Wales in the names of these men are still there nine hundred one hundred years lighter, h if c Baker South Australia, July thirteen nineteen sixteen. Jeez. Noticed that so many of the names befall at by abbreviations for straight in military units that he since learn how to decode. Just to him. Number. I like with a companion Asia. And combine the fos are PJ w Stewart three nine zero six ANZAC Egypt. France, nineteen sixteen. And this is just one of. Thousands just looking around in this of nine hundred thousands of names here all over these was written in tiny letters mostly in pencil a few in pen on these worlds. Geel the presence of these thousands of Astrid nines in the caves was a mystery. So we went about tracking down some of the descendants of these men with is import on from me because is a I ice Judy AC. Wade it's easy way. These name AC two little name be coy, be company company bay. Okay. Nine Butto July nineteen sixteen and with that I can find on the ACI of area all the recalled of man, I find these photograph. It's a first as caption, I understand is you have you been in touch with some of the families the descendants of the men who read the names on these walls. Yeah. When I contact descendant, I understand ample toss of his Tresor. Falls toddy and people one day in this room. I do visit for teenager talion magician there eight or ten I don't remember. And I show the War I show signature. And in one moment, I see tweet full crying. And I have a son teenager, son. I know the 'priority for my son, computer telephone I can't imagine my son crying for trustees of Saudi and day. I understand the impetus to communicate visa promotion to the people or streto. Thereto? So he connected. Some of the names on the walls with the names in the astride in military records industry. We have these unusually comprehensive records of the men who came to France and to build him to find one. It's very interesting because I don't know why. But Cayenne gave a lot of information in a little path. Okay. Lots of information in a tiny space, and because archive of on is very very completed. We can find its military the story. Yes. But it's story as little of his family for two very competent. Just looking on this bull here. The very top written very lightly in pencil is is captain. I my gets has mania how evil market read euro grit, busines t he was a football player. Okay. Didn't money all this soldier of him of big respect for him. And he go to some. But some we tracked down living relative of kept an either markets named Barry markets. Barry lives in Milton. I'm a nephew the son of his brother and spoke with Barry IB studios. I read about heard about the kind of what was that? I had no idea wanted but arrive or they never. I didn't nine was there. Surprise surprise. But not surprising. Barry is now in his eighties. He remembers as a little boy looking up at a picture of his uncle IVA that hung on the wall picture of a large photograph of with a round brush mile on his face looking at the photographer. My father had a. Chime for office it behind and this was a prominent fate your growing up years. In fact, I've still got the picture, and it's the classic of God. He was very sharply dressed good looking young man wasn't. He. Hey, hey think but. His father Stephen stood at and the grand. Because that could probably throw the clothes on the floor. Not put them out in the morning and still look world rushed. The markets family had a great reputation in Tasmania. This family was very active family community acted should heavily involved in the local church. Andy luckil- sports, and I've in particular was very highly regarded war. I was working in the city and Melvin. Who had nine? Expi- Carly often. Gets had been the schoolteacher in Hobart. He was a big toll, man. Six foot four with a clever turn of phrase IVA was twenty three years old when he signed up for the first World War, and he was on one of the first boats despite his short glibly, I've was very popular with these men for he's good Huma. And he's good judgment at liberally. His uniform was shot to pieces, but somehow none of the bullets actually entities body. I've a modified he was unkillable for Walla to that. But ultimately, he was a realist about war. He was an officer. So it often filter him to write to the families of killed and missing soldiers. He wrote about this Judy in a letter to his family. He said I have been rather. Busy writing brokenhearted. Mothers giving them details. Regards killed missing men. One has frequently to cut out some of the details. People ask if you can tell them the lost woods, and who is holding their hands when they snuffed out. Could not very well say the poor chap was cursing fairly. Well, and was being held down the stretch up by three or four dirty stretcher-bearers who also put in an occasional curse. After he was vacuous from glibly IVA markets was sent to France. And he and his men were deployed to the psalm ahead of the bloody battle of plaza. The offensive had begun in early nineteen sixteen as an attempt to push back the Germans and smash a hole in their defenses. But by mid July, the British commanded Douglas Haig had given up on that the point now to his mind was to engage the enemy in what he called a wearing down war. Paul hammers in a straight into story in lives in France. And he's the author of several books on the first war including nineteen fourteen and passion, dial and windy afternoon. In the psalm valley pulled told me about the thinking behind this wearing down war strategy Haig had a secondary motive for fighting this battle as he did with all of the battles, in fact on the western front that was his case for wearing down the German army in other words appeal war of Tristian this implied massive casualties. When you read about what you hear about, you know, hundreds of thousands, millions dead and wounded on the western front that was planned. These statistics wins some sort of colossal epic era of judgment there were planned Haig and his knew that if they were fighting a war along a trench line and unbreakable trench lines with the kind of that though deploying at that time you have massive casualties to send waves and waves young men into those. Lines into their battlefield. You're going to have huge number killed and wounded they called it normal wastage. Captain IVA maggots survived the whole of the early campaign, but on the first day of the battle of plaza. Zia? He was hit by a fragment from bursting shell. Afterwards, the family received a letter from one of these men a private MacKenzie who was with him when he died. Kinsey wrote it was about between nine o'clock and quarter past when kept in my gates was sitting in a shell hole. Giving orders to a sergeant by the name of clock and one shell burst right in among us. Well, it took me half a minute to get over the shock of it. I heard your son calling me a cruel to him. And he said I have got one at lost. Got him into the trench and Ripley shirt and singlet with masses and found a wound of his heart. The size of penny addressed him and gave him a drink. But it was all. He lived for about twenty minutes. Stayed with him to the end. And these were the woods he said before he went. He said is that you MacKenzie said, yes. He said if you get through distinct lead, which I hope you do. But my people know how I got hit died thinking of them. Caught my hand and passed away. I'll lift him till the morning and got him buried and put across his grave. I was all through the muck with your son. So I ought to know him. Well, it was never a officer living than captain markets. He was the most popular man in the battalion. And he never done a bed to into anyone since we lift Hobart. Sure, it is the worst shock. The twelfth battalion has had since the war started. Anyone would have gave their life for the Seifi's little toe. Eastman, love Margets and the mid under Butterfield is billionaires with with wide cross your nose with cross because now you have pitcher extraordinaire a pitcher the picture Geel showed me of either maggots grave on the battlefield of plus year. It's become one of the most famous images of the whole war. It's a strange and mournful picture. It looks like the surface of the moon. It's a field of muddy lumps of and in the middle is a small pristine white cross that seems to glow with its own light. But it's just reflecting the late afternoon sun. Gets his grave stood in place two days. But then it was obliterate. A few day after John chairs Detroit with placed on these billiard placed disappear. Nobody know where markets it's today. Can you? Tell me how the family reacted very when they found out that IVA had died at plsy. Essential lost family and never went away with the brothers. A lot of people talk about how talented I've was clever. He was what a natural leader. He was what do you think straight lost in man like either? I think stri lost an enormous Pat of future. People have said that he was sort of guy who could have been anything. He was charismatic canes boots men and later on the beaches and Jackie organized football matches Cape up the morale of the troops. He was obviously ago. I was rushed to sort of keep things moving ago. I log on could have been anything. And I'm sure there were plenty of similar family losses around the country one of young. The death of I've put an end to any plans that buries dead. Must have had to join his older brothers in France. Was supposed to be joining up in Nantes into. But that stage had been killed and relevant van gashed and he managed the breakage. I'm the Diaby fool but cranking. By the time. He reported the recruiting officer said to Margaret. Mr. Murga type the boy, I'm tight the lead time you'll families given enough. You're dead had received a letter from Ivo. What can you tell me about that later berry? I've got a few laters not many reveal a boom relationship between an older brother, and a younger brother sort of teasing jokey Lasorda vision, and someone who was very much wanting to serve king and country and encouraging his younger brother along those sort of pounds. When you look at that thud of that sort of thin almost gleaming white cross of office grave on that kind of crowded moonscape of the Pasi battlefield, what make you feel when you look at that picture berry. It strange business, but it pulled together. My grandfather say tree in the family read just. I and pulls together. I guess my father's reticent and pulls together, the horrors of what young men, and they were bullies went through the. Fullness will. Great war. I showed it everything. Not uncommon to say people who had lost Limon had piglet paper with also disabilities. We had a keta come Gada on property. We had at concealed used to show me very little bits of shrapnel lender skin on and he he had a drinking problem. And I think that was common and what we know cool, push traumatic Trish disorder. I think we've probably reasonably common. Have you been over to France to see the battlefields that IVA and the other fourteen? Shamas fortunate. We went over to visit and we did good and Posey as and we visited windmill where it was killed. I had my son and his wife and grandson carry both citizenships and. We're all sort of fairly effect. But. Bullies fill the number new way. Having a German grandson with you. They must have been quite a powerful thing as well. I mean, that's the product of of love war, and we've got a photo of myself with gray hair, and my son and his little daunted. Boo. Looking at whereas was killed you think goodness. The funny in a strange way. And when Marsha was getting married in Germany, married in a church and Dortmund. And little now with his now castle, and we went for a little war and looking at the valley and Dan on Dortmund. I somehow got quite a prize to fund a memorial to the vertical soldiers, and there was a German, so July the statue. And you realize Ola memorial got around country a country have them in my the enemies, go from two. But it seems also crazy even the the fight in the war Yamin and shown this huge losses on the thought. Berry and his family were in France. I went just down the road from Posey to the little town of L bear, the visit the cathedral, and that's where berry had a surprising encounter with one of his uncles in the catacombs under the cathedral, recreated, the trenches and could places that go with it. And we ran to the corner. And was that was familiar to me because I had the same one time at my uncle Athol standing by the gripe with the cross with the Wraith around which is not the original cross across was richton light, the original crush was less, but they had the code. And someone replaced the cross with one would have on it. And they're in the catacombs was just picture, my uncle Athol and the crochet barrage driving it bring time the warmth that felt in Posey as towards the these and let continue to start with an active warmth in in some areas. The ozzy's in what they did for the fringe people. Conversations with Richard Fidler? On ABC radio. We have to to see not you. One nine that appears three times lift tenants. I is I in fifteenth battery he want everybody remember past air, I think, but if officer our lands to McPherson, and when I observe pitch off him I saw. And I I love rolled free in and I I think he ULA some. We need to come again. Shooting. I my grandfather. Trek down descendant of Ellen Stewart McPherson in a I sort of say the resemblance, he's like a sort of nineteen thirties movies to spoke with Angus McPherson in the in Brisbane what I've got to remember, my grandfather, letters and the medals. But the thought that there's something almost more real that he that he signed his name in KYW before going to battle is is extraordinarily what kind of did he have growing up in stride. He was from China's toes and the south of Chad has toes on the kite rivers station cooling era station, which actually still exists today. So they had probably two thousand cuddle there. And he was the. And there's a picture of rain water tank, which is made in China tells which which had to cross four in rivers to get to the station with a bullet train, an a multi fold on the back of transporting that. And then transporting Tillery guns for the motto, I suppose model had similarities, I'm not sure. So I would have thought that that kind of toughness would have said he him rather will what was a head that to some degree. But I guess could anyone be adequately prepared for that? I'm not sure looking at. He's he's battled history. It's extrordinary. It's completely story. He was he was in the summer offensive. He was at passion. Dial this will east. He started off a mintier the New South of the psalm three months there. I think and then north IPE back to the psalm and just after that will accord and Vichy reach. So he couldn't have been to two worst place. I don't know if you're gonna have the answer to this question. But how did he survive? I mean, how did he survive all those places will to put it in perspective on the ship that he left on November nineteen fifteen there were no offices. And he was the only officer to return. So. Answer the question. I I guess it has to be a lot of luck. But when you read about the actions that he was involved in to get his military cross. And also the buyer to the military cross we sort of went out of his way to mega even riskier. Yeah. Well, to me about the event that actually owned him the military cross the military cross was in the twenty second of I pro- not in seventeen and it was an enemy show that landed in the in the mission depot so jumped into the pit and with these with these hands he pulled out the burning cartridges and put us on them and succeeded in extinguishes, so the the Omri. Didn't blow up. And then he went to bed that not think he would have had an easy the next. I have it on the twenty third of the next I being heavily shelled by the Germans and two men and had their legs blown off. So he went into the area where they were. I mentioned I guess it was under fire and board h of the men back and provided them with torn achilles and signed their live. So so he's in. He he did these two separate X strawberry bravery into days. Yes. That's correct. It's what staggering when I first read. I couldn't imagine. So it said a lot for him that he could he could do. That the next I I'm in sixth ordinary, really? He was injured at one point trivia injury. He received as a splinter from his show hip, and he recovered in England the hospital and then returned to battle in one thousand nine hundred nothing in March. And he always walked with a limp on that leg to me about the woman he met while he was recovering. Well, he meant a daughter of Lord. Same war has has been that actually died. I didn't so. Yes. So she had actually had four children, but they acquired a rather large dowry. So he wrote a letter to his uncle very very successful rich pastoralist James since love, and he was totally uncooperative, and sort of dismissive didn't feel that the daughter of Lord would go that will in the back blocks of Charlestown the world of it would have the making of. That'd be making movies about now with Nicole kid-. Well, he didn't get married and I'm not leaving the castle in England. Across rights. So what what kind of a life? Did he have once he returned to stride him? Well, he he returned to the station that give and he said on there for ten or twelve years, but his ankle wasn't very generous to the two brothers to then moved to the hunter valley to apply school in this fun. Did he ever talk to your father about the war about the actual fire? He he he only talked on onto occasions is one description of incoming Tillery fi into the trenches was sort of rather horrific. He described his. Alive of body parts coming back upon them. When I heard I think I was, you know, nine years old, and that stage war was a fun game to play with your friends, but that really hit home. What it was all about is sort of didn't have a concept of of people who would would brave that was the other thing he talked to my father about so they were probably the only two occasions that he ever talked to my father about the war. Could you interested in the family history to investigate he's he's history? A new of his military cross. And I will say new his his brother went to war as well and received a military cross as well. So. And both brothers return, which is rather unusual. So I just wanted to understand what he may have been through. And and what he did. And. I just of grateful. We should be an uncertain. The I am for what forty did in going. Knowing what your grandfather did is he more noble to you. Or is he fundamentally unknowable as the man who could go their survive that do those brave things in coming and still nonetheless going and have a good life afterwards. I think. I dunno ever get my head around. How do those those things into days? And then also in the eye on the idea of September NADA United chain. Basically do exactly the same thing as the as the second action rescue one of Sargent's who was seriously wounded and under fire. So he did it again. The longer. I have some very vague memories. He died when he was sixty seven I was four years old. So remember having great presence. And he was he was a gentleman to grandfather's stood at the door was told known go through because. Old school gentleman is what I'm trying to say. Yeah. The first breakthrough signature that Jill was able to decode belonged to an Australian soldier named Stuart Sissel. Wade is you showed me his picture? It's a I as I understand in. No, Stewart Sissel Wade company bay north battalion. You found the men who wrote this. Yes, it some Saudi about was wounded treat time and the Tara okay came back alive. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Wounded three times and still he came home alive. Lynn highs is a living relative of Stewart. Sissel wade. I'm he's niece. He was third with the risk. Sisters in between. And there was another brother. Optima. Nothing about the rule because that because he never spoke of it. Nobody else much did nothing has talked about was the family based before we'll one breakout. Leiria I had property all around up there. The eldest three boys who all went to one came with this other with old they lock stock and barrel and the cattle and. I and stain was killed liberally. And then it sick and brother Ellen was killed on. On a big deal is. What do you know that your uncle Stuart says a wide? Early. What is being handed to me by other members of the family? He was wounded three times in the wool the first one in the I think to London the second terms in sword. And I think him back and then the third time was in the head. So really just benching him up and. Thank. Happened. So what were used in stride? You're like once he got back. Grandparents I had property. He came back from the wool. He took either the property at it and the and then his two other brothers other and hobby had auctioneers business been elbow. Any went and work with them for a while. And then I think he's sort of might job store him had these wounds healed while the time you got back. I hadn't because he's said that she had to buy them and dress them he rose into will made. And the wind hit turning him blind at the very end that was he hid wound and was the wound. And he saw that actually killed him to December Nordine thirty four h forty years. You're too young to go and fight win. We'll broadcast did he much flex for that late. Being told he go to what fit. Uncommon practice in a strike in the first war men who were seen walking around the streets and civilian clothes. Sometimes be approached by a woman who would walk up to them and put a what feather in the jacket pockets to shame them as cowards for not volunteering to fight. He was too young. And I wouldn't so any pipe is. And why would you have to three sons have been killed? Yes. He did a lot of flack. Now, you mentioned that two brothers had also dodge during the war headed losing three brothers to the family victim very much. He's passed away from cancer and on the July third nineteen twenty two the boys the Joan road to the army in a very shaky handwriting requesting. Alan speak three middle, including a chick for ten pounds intention to cover the cost of headstones for the two boys. Part of the leader said please excuse any mistakes as I'm seventy years of age or lost more to lovely boys in all of my divorce. Third son is recovering from his words. When you reflect on that experience of family, we'll one have you feel? We feel it's a real waste of men's lives. They just keep sending them. They're like they were nothing. One last name from the cave from a lift tenant Harry blunts from settle with just north of Adelaide. Found Harry's descendant Dianne Ross who's Harry's granddaughter. I'm his granddaughter, his his son is my father, Harry came home from the war. He was a lovely man and got to know him. Well, yes, I knew him he died when I was about thirty four when you talking with him. Did he ever talk much about his years in the first ball? Never. And my dad had also has no recollection of him talking about anything other than the good things. They thought they saw the pyramids agent and things like that. So when did you find out about his experiences during the war? Well, when my grandfather died, my father being the only son inherited his belongings, and there were three small dyers amongst his positions and are kind of filled. I got to know my grandfather all over again. So you saw him as a young man for the first absolutely while he was in his early twenties. When he went to was he wasn't as young as some of them. What did the Dr is looked like they were little tiny black books quite small and the rioting they all the people in those days had beautiful copperplate writing and tiny tiny had to use a magnifying glass for some of it woke up. What was written who we must the Dr entries about? He Rosen entry in the diary every day. Even when you know, you would think you'd had such an awful day. He would still rush entry. And there about what had happened that what Tommy was on signals duty. And also the things that went off and did like had a swim. What and always recorded lectures received from Australia and to Estrada he was in that all numbered Lockheed wrought wrote litter number fifteen to mother received later number thirty from GM who was my grandmother who was his fiancee at the time before the war Harriet worked on the railways in South Australia. He was a station master different country railway stations and said that they're all those boys were very good with most card and with signals with flags he signed up in nineteen fifteen and he ended the ranks. As a private his early Dari entries of full of excitement. Yes. Off on the ship. Couldn't wait to get going. And it was a big sendoff at the war with streamers and things being thrown that was in forwards. It was all very exciting. I had no idea what are info when you grandfather was leaving strider on the boats. Too many. How are you trying to send a message to his fiancee, he and a friend right latest to this White House, and they put it in a bottle these two fellows and then threw the bottle overboard in the hope that might somehow reach the women back home. Harry already had some training in signaling. So he naturally became a signalman side. He was never in the trenches. He was always back kilometer or two behind the trenches behind the front lawn. So yeah, so doubt, he fired a shot in anger. He was in a trench some with I sit and he got bombed the head to run at lake hobbles, and he got a commendation from general hike for for bribery for doing that. But he was never actually in amongst older. The carnage. After the war. Harry blunts returned to his old life as a civilian arrived in Melbourne on the seventeenth of July nineteen nineteen and then he married my grandmother fairly soon after that on the second of October nineteen ninety. Did he just pretend to job at the railways after that? This is went back to the railways. And so he they moved they moved around. My dad remembers living in lots of different country towns in South Australia, as they went from one railway station to another and he ended up the station master or the assistant station master died light railway station one day in ninth. Thirty I'ts Harry in these wife received word that the message in the bottle the one that he'd thrown overboard on these white award twenty three years earlier had washed ashore at a place called Cape. Raisch a lady called MRs lay in Eastwood in her three-year-old son Stanley founded on the beach, and then they tracked my grandparents down and found. I'd married. And where I to ran really not with the leisure, which was fabulous. But it wasn't a sweetheart sorta later it simply said going well on the issue. Lisa is trip. Ship a thirty. I just had a bums a big dinner and feeling good after it concert on board to not think. I'll be right. I for it. Stri leah. We'll bring the causa back with us. At least, grandma and grandpa with the leisure in the bottle, which was great didn't ring. The Cosby back to those. What did you want to go to France? And visit the battlefields yourself. I think it was actually transcribing the diaries just it just it was just opened a whole. New world for me. I'm an odd never really thought about it. And because you've got that personal context. You know, you go to a place, and you go into these little tangents Elko. My grandfather was he, you know. You you hear all about the tragedy of the war, and how many people were killed. But when you go there, it just makes it feel so real and so tragic in just shameful really that that could happen them. What have we learned? I'm not sure what we've learned. She did go to the underground city of now will, but she wasn't able to find you signature among the thousands of names on the walls. But when she got home she received the Email out of the blue from GOP Lou who was caned to connect. Harry's name on the wall with Harry, the man. I'd love you to read the entry historian from the day. He spent of the caves of now. Okay. It's Friday the eleventh of August, nineteen sixteen so of I am four of us went through heaviness and flip sale lovely hung on behind Moshe. Laurie up the state hills. Well, we had a great time Boorda all sorts at the canteen and rode out towards no and had tin sausages source and bread and tin fruit for dinner under some trees. Again, to know a great spin down the hill. Here we could often visited the suit rains caves entering the old wooden dole. Without god. It was terrifically cold. We walked for an hour and went through peasantry's in rooms all dug out by people in the times of the Normans. These types were might as hiding places for the people to take refuge in when attacked by brigands Citra. They used to have their families horses at all hidden in this place. On the walls. Hundreds of is it is names. Of course, hours went on. Also. Amongst those are just with John Norton of Sydney, the notorious paper proprietor. Many shafts peace through caves coming from underneath a wind middle house. These were used trick the enemy after good spin. We landed Beck at four PM on Judy six PM to ten PM invade. The end. There was no great mystery to it in not in sixteen. The caves had become a hugely popular sightseeing destination for striking soldiers looking for something to take their minds off the wall on the days off. You might wonder why they would want to come here ahead of a terrifying battle. Why wouldn't they want to lose themselves in singing and drinking? But once you answer the case of no it kind of mixes see find. Earlier base quite to forget. Because a lot of them go to fight to the day. After a lot of them died of should after. Is very moving for me. Because I imagine them with cigarette. The Fred and Saraf. Just a moment of peace for us. You don't have so shares not broom, bro. It's quite very quiet and to say that whole it's time to go and just before to go put the signals of war on said. I I come of the world maybe tomorrow. It's a last day for me, I won't to to put Tracy's war. The second episode of ominous was produced by genyk ODA Mae with assistance from Sophy counted, executive producer is Pama Brian. The sound engineer is Russell Stapleton huge. Thanks to Caroline Campania. And dial star department of veterans affairs and to Harriet, I'm Ellie and the Australian embassy in Paris to pull him and most of all to GOP archaeologist extraordinaire who was rented such kind serviced strategy a faraway country. Never actually sit foot in one day. I got and I want to drink a beer on the tariffs of Cafiero Korea. Tomorrow the man with a cafe in a tiny Frenchtown with the garden. That's stocked full of bums bullets and shells from one hundred years ago hundred five LA, thanks for listening. You've been listening to a podcast of conversations with Richard Fidler. For more conversations interviews, please go to the website. I say dot net. I hear slash conversations. Discover more great ABC podcasts. Live radio and exclusives. On the listen up.
Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Oct. 10, 2020 - Full Show
"Good evening. Benito to Chicago tonight, Latino voices a move Beitar WTT W news director and your host on the show. Tonight if you're like me going to little villages treat because of its reputation for being the place to go in Chicago for Mexican culture and Commerce, but is it changing? People's lives like all her life like us. We've been here more than thirty years. I speak with members of the community who are fighting to retain their cultural identity. There's this thing like always very visible in my community because I stand out for being queer. Tomorrow's nationally come national coming out day we'll hear a personal story about turning negative into a positive to make sure young LGBTQ Latinos have role models. In my house, we often star conversation in English. Amazon Yard will introduce you to a new author of a children's bilingual book celebrating diversity and her business and building bridges between cultures through artisan crafts like this. Cute little boy. Listen to the public health experts that say to do things like where mask. That's good. Advice. Lycee Trini gives us now of. The last word on closing the health disparity gap for Latinos. Those stories and more in a moment but first stories making headlines this week Republican governor of Puerto. Rico one Wanda got said, endorses President Donald Trump for a second term in office in an interview with. BASCUS said, says I ask all Puerto Ricans who are listening to me go vote and evaluate who has represented themselves as someone who thinks about Puerto Ricans and their needs in the most difficult moment it's Donald Trump governor. Scott said isn't an elected governor. She assumed the office last year after weeks of political turmoil following the resignation of regardless CEO. She lost a primary bid for an elected term this past August Walmart Arrest Court right of the wounded pelvis? Cultural. Center says he doesn't see the governor's endorsement moving the needle for president trump with Puerto Rican voters. Who wants an endorsement for all my governor debt was not elected. That could not convince her own party to win the primary that can convince her own party to to approve. Somebody and that has done a terrible job in the recover Puerto Rico terrible job in their recovery after the earthquakes, it just feels like a very desperate attempt to me. Chase, bank is committing six hundred million dollars to mortgage lending and black and brown communities. In Chicago over the next five years a sixty percent increase the bank says it's part of a nationwide effort promising thirty billion dollars to address what it says are the greatest causes of the racial wealth divide. The bank plans to promote home ownership, grow black, and Latino owned businesses and increase access to banking in those communities. This comes after reporting by WBZ and city bureau on disparities in mortgage lending reports showed that the bank sent roughly eighty percent of its home purchase lending. To white communities in Chicago and just two percent to black communities and five percent to Latino Communities Chase says that reporting and activism around played a role in their new initiative. Mental Health Services should be easier to access for some communities as the city announces an eight million dollar grant to expand trauma informed care the grant the grant will be split by thirty two community based organizations on the South and West sides the Chicago Department of Public Health says an additional one point six, million dollars will be provided holistic healthcare services for people experiencing homelessness. Public Health Commissioner Dr Alison already says the majority of organizations receiving funding provide these these resources to young people. Ninety four percent of these centers of care are also planning to expand mental health services for children, adolescents, and young adults. So important when we're thinking about prevention and early intervention around mental health. And be sure to head to our website W T W dot com slash news for news and information happening right now. Up next fierce over displacement we visit little village. Chicago Tonight Latino voices is made possible in part by CIBC. Chicago's Little Village Neighborhood La Vita is known as the epicenter of Mexican culture and Commerce for the entire Midwest but after developer purchase a neighborhood plaza earlier this year, some residents and business owners are concerned the fabric of the community could be at risk. The Little Village Plaza in twenty six street has long been an anchor of the south. West side community. It houses stuck at es walgreens bakery and sits next to the neighborhoods front door the Benito's a little village arch. It's also home to an expansive discount mall where for decades, small business owners have sold everything from jewelry to instruments to party supplies and even exotic birds. This is Hispanic community. So anything you want like from Mexico. Sorry. You find here. So, it's like a lot of homes you cannot get anywhere. Easily. You know and people know that and they come straight to year. So find those things. and. It's people's lives like all their life like us. We've been here more than thirty years. These Reyes and her family run I'm makes imports in the mall selling Sombreros, soccer shirts, shoes a little bit of everything but they use in her neighbors are now concerned their livelihood could be under threat from possible redevelopment. Business Owners in this shopping center in Little Village La Vita are concerned that soon, it'll be a thing of the past places where you can find unique products like this sneaker with the stamps of the. He GonNa. But these are more than just shopping centers for the community. They're gathering places where they maintain their culture. Earlier. This year the mall and Plaza was by Novak construction a developer that has a history of converting properties into big box stores like Costco in a statement. Novak said although rumors and misinformation have surrounded the plaza for months the owners wished to convey that there will be no redevelopment plants this year as they seek to understand the market and neighborhood better. The company says it recognizes the Plaza staple of the twenty sixth street shopping district and plans to bring quote much needed care and attention to a property. It says has long been neglected. But some vendors remained skeptical and say redevelopment could hasten gentrify. And displacement in little village? One of them is couture might not going for eleven years she sold Kingston yet addresses and all kinds of clothing at her shop source fashion. In recent months, she's also become a leader in the movement to keep them all running as tired. It costs comb. Drill mental community that. Nosotros almost concept only. Only cop came play Mazda Quattrochi in personas and. Must not have target belfair serious employers. For my going, another renders, the discount mall goes beyond place to make a living. It represents their roots in Latin American culture and the lives the created in the United States and wanted just GonNa. Guess is they'll wear this identification. They'll be us they cast staff in south Wales seeing this gives us interface down style. Here it is interesting recall model in Minnesota located says Montenero concept. Does Not also Al Progresso get setting through the Senate but overijssel. Is Broken up sending those. And for more on that story visit our website W. W. dot com slash news tomorrow October eleventh is National Coming Day an annual awareness day to celebrate the act of quote coming out or publicly sharing sexual orientation or gender identity. It's often a joyful celebration but this year's coming out day is happening at an uncertain time for the Lgbtq community as the balance of the Supreme Court may tilt rightward if conservative judge, any Coney Barrett is confirmed for the empty seat here to talk about how they're insuring Latino lgbtq youth can find role models in their communities are. Mendosa founder of a Northwood Inter-, you know a nonprofit organization highly contributions of that next lgbtq role models. He's also the current executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Antonio Santos Director of the Gage Park Lat next council, and twenty twenty or according to you know inductee welcome to both of you. Think you having s I'd rather, let's start with you the number of. Can Be used in a cruel way in Mexico can you tell us about the story of the term and why it became part of the name of your organization? Sure and actually it's just not. There's going to be a movie that comes out next month. One Nineteen th anniversary there was a moment in Mexican history where in one thousand nine hundred November eighteenth thanks you know one a group of men were having a dance forty, two of them half dressed as women have just as men and eventually this private gathering the cops come in beat him up and throw them in jail. One of them was a son-in-law of the Mexican president would feed you the Yes. So they released him and the remaining forty one were eventually disappeared for being gay beaten up jailed and basically disappeared. So under forty one is actually really kind of looking back that history and reclaiming the number because for one hundred many many years that number has been used as a negative tag and actually that was my experience when I was fourteen years old kids that I thought my friends nicknamed me forty one and I didn't know the meaning of that until my dad her them calling me that. I knew then what it meant, but I still didn't know the history and twenty years later I finally heard the history about that story and that motivated me to launch on her forty-one on that you know to reclaim educate others about our history but more importantly celebrate who we are today as many people end up telling our stories at they tell it wrong and so for us to be able to help you come out with knowing that they are role models out there will allow them to make the process. That's usually a challenging one a little bit easier. Turning a negative into a positive and thank you very much Alberto for sharing your personal story. Now, tell us how are each year's inductees selected? Well you actually we start with about two hundred people. And we look at a couple of fields. Five basic filters we look geography will look at age they have to take you. Of course, they have different Latino experienced geography I think mentioned and just that their role models that they're living their lives authentic. So there are a lot of leaders. But. We mostly just WanNa make sure that that we really exemplify and put a spotlight on people that are doing some great things being authentic being themselves but also contributing to their community, and so I'm telling you is one of those people that really stood. Because of what he's already been doing at such a young age and you only get to see a sense of that from a distance until you have that conversation about what it means to come out what were the challenges? What were the surprises what we're the support mechanisms and really just giving that child or that kid that's coming out a little bit of hope that their Life can look like that or my or I look like them. Therefore, I can relate. It's also turned out to be something that not only for you but people my age and older are finding that source of pride sharing their stories and surprisingly enough the parents of the kids like Antonio's agent and others are looking at these videos and are thinking, okay my kids going be okay. Absolutely and let's talk to Antonio Antonio Congratulations. You're one of the two inductees from Chicago on the two thousand, twenty list of you know, what did it mean for you to be inducted this year tell us a little bit about when you heard you were going to be inducted. What were you thinking? What were you feeling? What does this recognition means to you? So it was really excited to hear that I was chosen to be inducted into this year's or one on considering that it's a nationalist almond. One of Shapiro, I grew up in south west side of Chicago in the looking. That's nearly Arts ninety nine percent peanuts, and there wasn't a queer representation year growing up on so to be inducted into be named as a role model. Show bolts come from means like mine on. Saturdays rebuttal. You can be misleading can be authentic and leave your life. Is Really Horton's Hornsby. On Tonio. Let's talk a little bit about the term Latin necks. It's a relatively a newcomer to the Community Your Organization Gage Park Lat next council includes that term but some people feel divisive. Can you tell us a little bit more about that? Some people do bill it's device that is eropean. Next. Built an inclusive way to elude all folks that sometimes we don't associated with what inline entity or incidence non binary boats. You're both strands transplants, actual Venos- unweaned Philippine exports come in all shades. And orientations and we build up the X. in this networking considered Munson show that we are challenging the binder. With the Supreme Court seat in the balance now are you concerned about the? Of. lgbtq rights. Yes but we've also been living that already I mean this administration has done so much to her all the progress that's been made and the Granite Obama was imperfect. But what's happened under this administration has really push things back especially for the. Trans. Community. So we are very very concerned and the thing that we just WanNa make sure is that people get out to vote and exercise that privilege where the you call yourself like an extra Latino. Or Hispanic or you know What we need to do more than anything at this time was to unite in really taking back the opportunity for us to preserve our rights and Tulsa. Just inspire one another to be unified in a time where we need to be most. Vital Antonio thank you for sharing your stories truly turning a negative into a positive again, owning that negative turn of into you know and using it to inspire generations of LGBTQ. Thank you for your time and your insights. Thank you both. Thank you for having us. Eight. To me heater. Ayla happy coming out day. Up Next building bridges through artisan crafts. But first, we're in the last week of Hispanic heritage month. But why does it start and end in the middle of the month? The nature of today's homegoods industry makes it easy to forget the many home decor items from stuffed animals to holiday. Decorations are made by people and those people are often exploited for their labor. Our next guest. Rosa Chang Claro wants a better choice for chicagoans looking to spruce up their homes. Her company blossom inspirations offers home products that she says, respect not only the people who made them, but also the cultures that inspire them mini the Russell Program. Even, now tell US blossom inspirations operate on a fair trade model. What is fair trade and why do you think it's so important. Well. Thirty three is movement. and. Also, there is a big nonprofit organization ladies check offer trae right that has a mission to reduce poverty around the world by promoting the versity inclusion Aneka, fairly planet and empowering women and offering the third wage For the percents right a they are. They want to the consumers in terms of our, how our produce that they buy can impact other people life right what are the stunning in front, and how can we support artisans or personal level conditions in that part of the of the world and it's wonderful love. I love how it builds bridges between the artisans and the community, the communities that that consume them. Now, you have a few examples of those products. Yoursel can show us a little bit some of the ones that you have. Yeah absolutely we weren't away the line of Attack Aford Toys. This is the core based on the love of the Unicorn on the Lamma we got for. So mass, we need math, right so this is the scenes from Peru we also work with girls. So he already sunny stylized on Chicago. And We also have ornaments for the holiday season of recycled horn on what products are made in Peru and Mexico working directly. Pavilion and Mexican artisans. Exporting them with designs, caller patters, and giving them access to other markets you and I share in that we're both Peruvian proven Americans, but we're also bilingual bicultural. Now you've written a bilingual children's book. WANTS TO KNOW THE WORLD And what I like about it is it's it's an English and Spanish and very often in households hours combing some of those numbers assuming if annual and then finish an English tell us about the books inspiration. Correct these the book that we create that is that right in the last year and the do. Help our kids to continue on in the language of Spanish and English. So we all every night we read to our kids in. English. Spanish and additional do that we decided to create with the designs, destroys right on promote diversity inclusion and also by waiting women. So the box opened the conversation for that and also themes if turns south some scenes and also traditional animals from Peru in order to promote goal third and animals, and also for Mexico the not about the flights so we. Included also winkled today. The accuweather goal like I see that the -nology is a driver for inclusion. So in that you are going, you can see the van how they made that we did that the main character of this book every senior senior engaged in a Spanish, and honestly end imagine that going to publish this book in the middle of this crisis. But this is going to be my response in order to support with basic needs doing this underneath we recently received blessed from the Pope the. The paper. Accelerated building bridges through literature and also artisan. Decorations, Rosa Tank Laura for to the. Thank you so it. Up next the last word loyalty, my lava. But First Brandon Friedman with a look at what's on tap for tomorrow. Go we've got a great show tomorrow. We'll talk about the power of black women at the ballot box plus a throwback with the late funny man Bernie Mac, and we'll take a bite out of some black owned restaurants tomorrow night at six Chicago tonight black voices. And finally tonight now, more than ever, we've seen how healthcare outcomes are dramatically affected by race economic class. least say say three of the Mary and Michael J. Harris Health Law Institute gives us lower lava. We all can do to create healthier homes and communities. My Name's elise as Trini. I'm the Executive Director for the Jehovah's Health Law Institute at Depaul University College of Law. In my job. I work with last students, lawyers, researchers, and advocates really to try and improve health outcomes for everybody. One of the things that struck me through the course of my work is that folks who are members of certain communities. For example, at next community, they have these health disparities that means they're more likely to get sick and they're more likely to get sicker from certain diseases. covid nineteen really provided a very clear example of health disparities. In both the black next communities especially here in Chicago there's a lot of data that shows that you know where everything else is the same. If you are black or lat next, you're going to be more likely to contract the disease, and if you do contract the disease, it's more likely to be severe and the outcomes your outcomes are likely to be worse. So for example, folks in the lat next community are more likely to work in jobs where they're not able to work from home. We are those frontline workers working in the grocery stores working in. Factories and were were just more likely to be exposed to more people were also less likely to be insured and more likely to be under insured than other folks. This will make it more difficult for us to engage in things that are protective of our health like primary care getting regular checkups, getting things like flu shots So for those reasons we have these outcomes that are disparate. So you know, what can we do as individuals to really try and address those health disparities well, I we can listen to the science and listened to the data and listened to the public health experts that say to do. Things like where mask that's it? You know like we can practice good hand hygiene We can get our flu shot right now is the time to be getting the flu shot. We can also reach out to our elected officials and really push for policy changes that will get at those systemic and structural barriers that keep our communities from achieving optimum health lake. You know health insurance for everyone up paid sick leave more green space so that we can get out we can exercise within our communities to those are some of the policy advocacy changes as well as individuals steps people can take to really address health outcomes. As we closed show, we want to take one minute. 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'Community' Is a Verb. And Its Hard
"Community is one of those words that gets thrown around a lot of times of crisis during election seasons. Whenever we WANNA code something as true and authentic. Most of us want to be rooted in community many of us. Consider it a central place where we can feel safe and be seen and find joy that can be elusive in a society. That is often unkind to us. Because of who we are are where we're from but the thing about community is that word is so misleading. It's kind of like what they say about love that community. It should be a verb. It's a thing we do together and sometimes that thing is really hard work in this episode. We have to dispatches from communities that have been forced to do intense work lately nor to deal with the awful consequences of the covid nineteen outbreak and to face old hidden demons at the Black Lives. Matter protests have forced out into the open. I'm Kai right. And this is the United States of anxiety. A show about the unfinished business of our history and its grip on our future and our first dispatch. Ginny. Koss has been following a very painful self reckoning in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago. A place called little village as protests against police violence took over the streets of Chicago Ginnie Mae two women to community organizers. Who saw something deeply wrong within their community in little village and they've begun to confront it and just a note that some of the sound you'll hear in this story are disturbing so just start from the beginning. May thirty first spell. What was happening that weekend. There was a huge protests in downtown Chicago that drew thousands of people so we all went together and caravan to downtown louder. Muniz joined the protest when they began almost two weeks ago. When we get there most folks get out of their cars and join the protests. There was already ongoing gone during that day. Five or six. Pm. They started to notice that the feel of the protests went from March to then people started saying that they started looting around the magnificent mile which is one of the most expensive areas to shop in the entire city. Got Home at around eight. They started to be all these news around COP. Car Is being burn around people looting. The police being violent with folks I mean it just became a very violent scene in response to that property damage. Chicago's mayor cut off access to downtown. More police were sent in a curfew was set. Public transit was shut down so the next day Sunday protesters had to take their demonstrations north south and out West so that's when the violence started to move into our neighborhood. Louder lives in little village which is on the southwest side of the city and its famous all over the Midwest for its big Latino population. It has all these vibrant and so that night she starts seeing all these posts on social media with all these people out on the main commercial strip. So we are here. Twenty six and a small listening freestyle waiting for all these so-called heard reports that they were this. Is I quote what I heard from folks which is black. Young people were coming into lutes the stores so the Mexican owners decided to go out and protect their stores harder and fifty seven thousand on twenty six street spa. No looters coming at twenty sixty right now. No looters coming in a little village. I promise you were reports of People. Standing outside of their stores with guns. And it's happening in predominantly Latino neighborhoods across the city and these are non black teams as that Sunday war on the few people who are just standing outside of businesses bloated into large crowds with people making clear they wanted. Outsiders to stay out. People are recording the confrontation in the street. So basically the violence that had started as protection for the businesses actually spilled over into attacking black folks in our community louder starting videos in her feet of groups of guys lining the streets armed with bats and bricks. They feel like black. People are in the area that they Community and looting area there personal videos from block chicagoans warning other block chicagoans to stay out of little village and Latino neighborhoods area. Don't go to no gas stations over. If you come in take a whole `nother route they shooting you in hidden Okaz with in British snatch people out they caused pulling guns out on them and everything. If you are black. Don't go in no Mexican so loud. That goes out to the street to see for herself. I went to the streets where I usually have breakfast. There's like a little restaurant parts. And that's when I witnessed the ramming and the breaking the one. It was all coming at once in as they walked towards this down the street a street that I walked down all the time I seeing all the police in literally looked like police occupation but also some of us who tried to go down to twenty sixth street to figure out what was happening and offer support to any black folks that were there. We were ran out of our own streets by the game members and threatened if we didn't stop supporting them is getting all these texts checking in on her. She's checking in on other people. And one of these techs threads is a group. Chat with other little village organizers. A group called and photo the Pueblo the People's Forum and I'm just thinking world is going on out is happening as Medalla none. This was in that text. Thread remember was a tax. They said no this. We have to do something because my friend is trying to get home. And he said to me that he could ride the trunk of her car which she would take home. It felt like a cold bucket of water. In that moment I really felt a lot of responsibility right because living in this neighborhood being here for this long and witnessing the level of hatred ignorance against black folks we were all on the site. Adjust those and we were all the site of black lives in that to me was heartbreaking specifically as a mother of children who are makes you know black and Mexican so I specifically knew. My children couldn't be here so my next step was to get my daughter out of the neighborhood and take her to the suburbs where she could be safe in in that realization rate that my children were not safe in my own home in that it was own people who were threatening to hurt them loud. I gets her daughter out of the neighborhood. The group creates a phone tree. They coordinate rides for anyone who needs to get out. They bring groceries and medicine to people who are too afraid to leave their homes so that was pretty much Monday and then on Tuesday morning I showed up at this meeting. They were about thirty people there. Have I mean it was about pretty even between Black Folks Mexican folks And we sat down and we talked about what needed to be done and this meeting is special. It's with organizers. From North Lonsdale. The neighborhood next to little village North Lonsdale is a historically black community. It's where Dr Martin Luther King Junior lived when he was organizing in Chicago in my experience in Chicago being here for over twenty five years. This is the only time that I have seen Brown and black folks come together to talk about racism. Not Talk about anything else. But racism and police brutality. Chicago's notorious segregation is at the root of so many of these tensions so even though North Lonsdale and little village share a border. They are no exception. These are two communities that do not collaborate often. I mean I've been living in little village off and on for twenty five years and I have never had a black neighbor. I think it's only been in the past year. That black folks have been allowed to rent and I know for a fact that people who rent homes don't WanNA rental black folks in Mexican neighborhood specifically in Little village loud. I can see that anti black sentiment in so many places and public and social scenes in her own family one personal narrative that they have. And I'm sure this is exists in every Mexican family. Is that when my daughter was born? One of my family members came into the delivery room and said Oh she's black but she's pretty and it's those little things my father literally this me. He stopped talking to me for twelve years after I had children with a black man. There's these larger systems that are play right now that are intoxicating that are poisoning us. That are taking money away from neighborhoods that are literally creating these problems and instead of really having a strategy to go after that we go after each other so now louder is sitting in a room with chicagoans from two neighborhoods. That don't usually meet and they decide together. That little village should have its own march. In defense of black lives. There was a conversation around. It's a safer black tune by black folks raid this issue via unity march. We want this to be headed by black folks and they asked us not to. They said you know unless you can secure their safety one hundred percent. It's a responsible of you to buy black folks. Too Little village photo members planned to hold the rally. The next Wednesday on the main commercial strip under the neighborhood's iconic arch that reads bienvenue those a little village. This does not belong to the police. This does not belong to the belongs to the community. It's still scary. You know the night before. There was already a press conference that some of the gang intervention organizations. We're going to have however it was so unsafe that even they can't in for them to cancel. Oh No lake. It's really serious. And they literally put the word out there. Do not leave your home. It's also meetings and nobody's sleeping really in A. We're all texting each other. You know at two o'clock three o'clock in the morning. It's like wait a minute. We didn't we all say good night. Like we hours ago can be really honest. Everybody was scared at ten. Am under the arch about one. Hundred people gathered a local group of incentives performed a ritual participants burn sage and Goop Bile before the group marched into the street. Have to look at where we're at at the break. Her make points. We're GONNA get together. We're going to destroy each other. We cannot let them win but we are here to say we will not allow them to the why not I love man entity from each other. We did reach out to you. Know some black youth who had wanted to participate and we said if it safe would you want to come down and speak and they did. We are both subject super denial of our basic rights on US soil the land which belongs to Your Business Essences and which my ancestors were forced to be a miracle by the cotton us. We are stronger together. Then we are divided situations like these only make us close to why because we family that day of the March. The local gangs called a truce. The shooting calmed down and loud. I got her daughter back home from the suburbs. She came back home. And I'm Michael. Do you know how are you going to dads? I want to go to my dad's right so she doesn't want to be here. My my son doesn't either which is incredibly difficult for me as their mom And I don't blame them. Even if we made the the unity march even we write this. Black lives matters things on the walls like the damage is done. We have shown black folks that their lives are in danger. We have shown that we're easily manipulated by the police and the system to turn against each other so I think if anything my shame for what our community has done does not end with a unity march. This is something that we're going to have to deeply. He'll in up root for years loudest says the real work has yet to happen when people ask. What can I do is talk to your people? Right now is grab your people. Talk to your people and join the movement right like if black folks are asking us to go out there in solidarity. March then go out there and solidarity to March. You're being asked to boycott something do it. If you're being asked to not say certain words if you're being asked to sit down in witnesses and do that I think right now is about taking black leadership in just following that at the end of the day what is more dangerous to a system of white supremacy than black and Brown people united. I can't think of anything right coming up. We turn to another neighborhood where the community is confronting hard truths in this case the reality of just how rapidly the bottom can fall out in our second. Dispatch this episode. We turn to a community here. In New York City were covid nineteen hotter than almost any other place on the globe so far as of today as record this nearly twenty two thousand people have died in New York City. And if you look at a map of infections here you'll see them densely clustered inside a group of neighborhoods in Queens Jackson Heights. Elmhurst CORONA IN. Here's the thing about those places to a lot of New Yorkers represent the best of this city Queens is often ranked as the most diverse county in the country and these neighborhoods are the most diverse in Queens. But over the past few months they have had to fend for themselves against this virus against the economic devastation. That has come along. With it. Reporter Andrea Comet has been following that harrowing effort. I moved to Jackson Heights six months ago when the world was a different place. Long been drawn to this bustling part of New York City thick with the enticing smells of street food from Mexico. Nepal Colombia Ecuador Bangladesh India Pakistan. The sounds of Bollywood songs in the Muslim. Call to prayer competing with Kunia. All of this drowned out by the seven train. Thundering above Roosevelt Avenue like so many other immigrants from South Asia and Latin America Jackson Heights felt like the closest thing to home then in the middle of March. The virus hit and the streets fell quiet. All you could hear was the sirens and the deadly toll of the crisis in central Queens began to emerge elmhurst hospital. His the epicenter of the epicenter of the code crisis that we're going through. Elmhurst hospital is filled to the brim. Barrel over five hundred beds here and all of those beds are filled this point. That's my council member Danny Drums speaking to the Washington Post. Even though I live just a few blocks from elmhurst hospital from the confines of my apartment it was hard to get a real sense of. Just how bad things were some your full name? It's Nelia or your. I started to call some of the people who would no. I think back that way margin that this will become crazy but we didn't know how tragic it will become Nubia. Koyo Tei is the Director of training at Nice new immigrant community empowerment which works with over seven thousand day laborers. They're mostly construction workers from Latin America and a lot of them are undocumented. She began to hear the people in the community. Were getting sick and dying. These were essential workers. These people were still working. They lack a lot of permission. She told me about the case of Houlihan Anandas. He lives in Flatbush Brooklyn and for eighteen years. He had worked twelve hour shifts six days a week at Mondo supermarket the employers. They don't care if he was feeling symptoms if he was he had to come and he didn't know that even if he was he had rights. Oh often I spoke to his brother Sebastian Hernandez he told me Houlihan fell seriously. Ill in the middle of March with covid nineteen symptoms but wasn't allowed to take any sick leave. Bill Ramon you hookup for Catava. Finally got a few hours off on April sixteenth. Sebastian took him to see a doctor who told him his lungs were inflamed and he needed to arrest the thought about it. When Houlihan felt pressure to return to work three days later he collapsed at the cash register that night. He died at Kings County Hospital. He had all the symptoms of Covid nineteen. But the doctors aren't sure if that's what killed him. Sebastian wasn't able to see his brother's body or afford burial. Who which was the for? Sebastian Wants Mundo supermarket to compensate. Houlihan's wife and daughter in Mexico for the eighteen years he worked there we understand. I wish he had gotten just two weeks off. He said he might still be alive in late. April nice held an online memorial for the corona virus related deaths in the lat next community in New York City city estimates. Put that number at about sixty five hundred people people dying at home. They were never able to go to the hospitals or to. We have seen people who didn't get a test. We have seen people who waited for hours for an ambulance and even after passing they waited for hours to get the body removed. Were taken to a funeral home. As the death toll from the coronavirus continue to mount the mass unemployment created the next crisis hunger. The need for food was so overwhelming. That nice started a food distribution center near the seventy Fourth Street Roosevelt Avenue subway stop seen the lives Winnie. Something locks people desperate for work. I went to visit last month just before it opened. Kameda KAMEDA is a role Tom. Being PASSED IS A. You'll pay scowl cow a bookie who say a trainer at Nice described. What was in each bag enough to feed a family of four five people? They had hundred bags that day soon. Dozens of people started lining up and five out of work. Construction workers started taking down their information and passing out bags of food. Or your off. We are won't be middle whereas Yoki Sierra L. Whether me Kim is looking plus. The owner in the region we saw needs rapidly changed from. I need a job to meet food and Karan and I'm being arrested within like a few days. Sarah Feldman is the worker rights manager at Nice her over zoom call because our community can't count on the safety nets and a lot of our folks were kind of week to week and might not have a lot of savings. We know that however much we distribute. It's never going to be asked for everyone. And we post pictures on facebook or something we get a thousand calls nights day day you know. How do I sign up? Where do I get nice? Isn't the only organization trying to address the hunger crisis? There's the city providing. Free meals at public schools enlarge charity groups running food pantries. But it's still not enough and that's where something new has happened. Dozens of mutual aid groups have sprung up and communities across the city. And they're doing something crucial delivering bags of groceries and home cooked food to people within their networks who are too sick or too old to leave home and stand in line for Food Meat Causey Fowzia Fussy fouling covey positive. Family don't have access to the outside being. Nobody causes the organizing director at Drum. These rising up and moving a group that organizes low-wage South Asian and Indo Caribbean Immigrants Qazis in her late forties and has a battery of her own health issues that puts her in a high risk category. But that hasn't stopped her time. This is that time is up. Forty he started with six families who needed medical attention and food. She began her own mutual aid group with help from Queens Mutual Aid and Bangladeshi in Muslim groups who help with fundraising and Food Distribution Causey has become the central node and feeding over two hundred families across the city. She's the person connecting people who are hungry with people who want to help. How many balls? What is the condition? What do you need? A New York. City has not released ethnic level data on Kovic fatalities but community leaders estimate. That at least two hundred and fifty Bangladeshis have died. Qazi blames the cramped housing conditions that most families live in. She told me about one of the first call. She got what's her name. Name is Sherman and her husband Mohammed Article. Raymond both fell ill in the middle of March. Her husband had been an uber driver until he got sick and had to give up his car. Sharman called nine one one but was told to stay home and monitor symptoms when they went to city. Md Her husband tested positive and they were given the same advice a few days later. She was getting sicker and her husband could barely breathe. They called nine one again in an ambulance. Took him to Elmhurst Hospital. Lean down on. Who said she so sick and scared that day. She was convinced her husband would die at the hospital and she would die at home and her biggest fear was that her children. Just one and a half and eight would be orphaned. That's when she called Kasi painful for me when when someone say for above now. I'm also dying. I'M NOT GONNA see my husband ever you have to pick in like these the F. Sherman was asking someone she'd never met before to take care of her children. That's how desperate she was Causey. Told me she's called. Sharman every day since getting out of bed and telling her not to give up even today. Sharman is relying on Causey for food and baby supplies as her husband is still too sick to work or keep up with the rent. That rent is over eighteen hundred dollars a month. That's a lot of money to come up with for a family. That's been sick. And out of work for three months. Multiply this across the city where hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs in this community. There's a growing fear of mass evictions fired. Our there's a longtime organizer and executive director of Drum. He's watching a community barely holding on whenever these sorts of crisis happened. Historically we've seen it just exposes so many contradictions in a way that it is impossible for things to be able to go back to the way that they were. Some new sort of balanced has to emerge but the direction of valances still up in the air. These days the soundtrack of Jackson Heights has changed again. The streets are filled with people and the sounds of their voices channeling their grief and fear into calls for justice the grim realities of loss and hunger and unemployment haven't gone away but there's a real feeling that a breaking point has been reached and that change is possible and necessary the United States have anxiety is production of wnyc studios this episode was reported and produced by Jimmy Koss and Angelique comment. It was edited by Marianne mccune and Karen Freeman. Who is also our executive producer. Mike Cruz did the mixing. Our team also includes Emily Boutin Christopher worth and Maryland Williams without this week from Michelle Harris. Kim New ocoee. Our theme music was written by. Hannah's Brown performed by the Outer Borough Brask. Now please do keep in touch. You can follow me on twitter at kyw underscore rate. Thank you for listening and as always take care of yourselves. 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TKC 594 Anthony Radich & Sonja Foss
"Welcome to the kindle. Chronicles bring you this show from Kabul Horry Crete and I met the home of Anthony and Sonia friends friends from Denver. And by the time you hear this on Friday we will be making our way back after this ten days of travel We booked ourselves on your advice. I think he anthony that business class on Turkish Airlines experience not to be missed. It's not a Turkey. It's they might be serving Turkey at Christmas. Time Beds Pat. Let's let's see mattress. It's like the porter's when they set up the train for you. Yeah well I won't say I've been spending this whole ten days looking forward to the flight at home and soon as sounds like though you you've insisted that we dresses flight attendants yeah just sort of get ready On my big hope is that we don't get that we insist on this. We have to travel business class. It's a little pricey do convinced. Yeah maybe yeah maybe so well and we've had a day on incre- We got in yesterday afternoon. I guess we flew from Athens and I think that my first impression both both yesterday and today is the age of the traces of civilization here and when we walked in probably the most interesting thing yesterday yesterday was the building you showed that they built ships there right and was that in the period when Venezuela ship controlled creeped uh-huh and. Yeah before the Ottomans. And then you've got you start with their native Minoan culture which is thousands of years before Christ and from there you go you go to the Greeks who dominated this area the Romans and then the Venetians and and then the Ottomans and then independence independence and that's what it is but now it's back to part of Greece or not is definitely right and it's been about sixteen years ago that you settled here in in the House that we're in or you start doing thing it at that time. Were you thinking of all the places in the world that you might set up kind of satellite place to visit an a second home. How did you end up in Greece and Crete? We've if hell all over and we'd just came to Greece on a vacation once. We really liked it so he kept coming back in going different islands and going to different places and we just really liked it and then one summer. We thought what. We can't go back to Greece again. We should have more variety so we went to Spain and we call it our phone Greece vacation that was as closest we could get to agree to that going to Greece and one way or in Spain we like it and for various reasons and whatever are there. Anthony says little doing in Spain. We like Greece. We should buy house there so okay so then we decided. Well it'd be fun to be Dan Island and we wanted to be on a big enough island. Could explore things like Santorini. It takes thirty minutes to drive across creek. Takes five hours the Democrats so we thought we'd been decreed we live so we thought okay we'll pick create but at the time there were no realty Z.. Companies no for rent signs now for sale signs on anything so we thought. How are we going to do this? So he went to the east coast of Crepe Great. We were in the Little Village Nicholas. And we'd just turned up the street and there was a sign that said traditional Creighton. Home's architect heck design group so as well. This seems promising so we went in. It was a Greek architect working with a British woman and he would would build new houses on top of old ruins of houses and she was the realtor and so she showed us around and some places where he belt new houses or houses that exist already. We didn't see anything we like on the East Coast so she referred to somebody on the West Coast. Which is where we are and that showed us the house and have that person do the building for you? The the original architect was he the one that I read it for. You know I mean this house existed. Oh I see I. It's just the one that pointed you in exactly. Yeah Yeah So. Our houses says almost three hundred years old. So this was in two thousand and three you when you first started about nine hundred ninety nine looking looking. Yeah Yeah Yeah and then we had to wait thirteen months to get permission from the Minister of Defense of grace to buy the country. Yes yes because we're considered a security risk Americans we didn't have an EGO and ask for creed is considered a frontline state against Turkey's Morte mistake. That were close to like Libya the interview. The people who sold the house to us we had to write essays about who our parents were. Okay I can pay him. We had to produce criminal records which we don't have aller- speeding tickets produced a basically documents had no no criminal records off the end and hand it would take a so. We know that like stamps. Whatever so we made virtually the same thing we printed the paper got notarized stamp and they took it to the right stamp thirteen months later? We Ah not from that said the Minister of Defense is giving you approval and you can buy it now once you bought. It was an extensive amount of work. Got To get to the way it is now. Everything looks nice it was quite livable. Nineteen seventies I mean dated but not not not falling apart so very lovable but things like that probably some of the big things are like electrical service in the house was limited. Did you plugged in the coffee maker. With the iron the whole house down so upgraded. The service was important things it was. It's really ugly tile floor. We had the stone fireplaces huge big concrete than we read it the bathroom people in the people people who bought it from left everything everything these days book as we did have a funny story about the left and Hobart furniture and it was just just full of furniture and so we wanted to get rid of it but we didn't know anybody at that time. I Caddie get rid of furniture. So they all personally really knew was the woman who worked at the museum across the Alley and she highly spoke any English. But we somehow communicated to. Do you know anybody who wanna by this furniture. And so she said I'll try you know so maybe a week later. This this little girl comes riding up on a bicycle maybe ten years old and she has a little purse. Let's he opens. A person takes note that she's clearly written and the note said stay in your house. A man is coming to look at his chairs so well. How long do we stay in so couple? They later guy shows up. Anybody's furniture will mysterious his chairs. Well given the Grand Adventures on figuring things out and the thing that I mean me too fast forward to to our visit here which luckily coincided with an event that gathered a lot of the people in the village together and I think what Darlene. I both noticed. Is You know you have friends you had. We had dinner with the mayor of the district. And what what sort of UH did did a lot of that happened in the last few years after a long period of feeling very much like foreigners or what what kind of trajectory victory brought you from showing knowing no one to now actually being part of the community sort of incremental on your first I hear I think you're checking things out there checking you out and you know some people just here for a few years and Banco away or they're just here to ran for six months and they find out you're hearing someone invested and you meet neighbors and it's the usual building trust and friendship and meeting any people who connect and then you build on that so it's been very deliberate because we mostly came here to vacation and we until recently retired. We're busy now but we were like really busy jobs so we didn't really spend much time in the village until pretty recently because we didn't have any time so recently recently we've expanded a lot and last year since we left. Our jobs are still doing other things but we have a commitment to help the village move forward. It's it's important to have a village where the burners the bakery and other kind of commercials are going going concerns. Because we've we've been there called debt villages and you know. No one wants Dan village where you can get a brand in the morning and then you can't go for coffee you can't go for GIN and so we'll spend our time. We would've with an art dimension to spend our time and some money helping the village become more prosperous not because they need to be registered because they need to survive and thrive and become a solid place with all these services. which is what snead's so are there actual villages in this district that you've seen die villages with the no store? There's yeah no stores. No bakeries no nothing and there's some houses and you have to drive maybe ten kilometers to get something that's really different than the lifestyle the lifestyle here we live in the middle of the village. And we just go here three steps there and talk to people on the way so when you're in the car and there's no gathering and it's a very different experience and we don't let that happen to this village and right now like all villages grease. It's tough because the economy's difficult a lot of these. Little villages have been depopulated over the years because people the cities for work. So how do you stabilize that and went out looking to grow Gobble Hari. Sorry but to make it as solid and prosperous. We can't say has a real village life which we've enjoyed at this point. Do you have kind of a theory. It's going to take for it to become one of the villages that survives that his inform. Your first initiatives already attracts a lot of the foreigners so there are a lot of experts who live in or near Gob Laurie. I Globe we would be interested in. And they're great but we are also in the a local Greeks them more grease would like to back the glory. It's a Greek culture after all just a bunch of Americans Brits running a little village village so that's that's important to us and we'd made more of those connections recently even tonight. Yeah so I think I think think of part of it is making sure existing living cannon networks continue economic networks and building a few more onto it so whether it's tourism development we have people come to look at. How do we make when the Japanese tour bus comes to town? How did it make sure they have Japanese literature about the village versus nothing and they have to look around and do the best they can? And how do you make that. So so the tour operator of the cruise ship that lands like about thirty kilometers from here because that's village that will look after my Japanese tourists. I'm sitting there right. And they might have much by drake. They might buy ice cream cone. The look around you might go to the museum spend money. That's how we help but this is is the tourism division and because we're a house across the alley from museum. We hear the tourists come down. They usually dump them off to the museum and then we often hear the tour guide. Say Okay thirty minutes. Just look around Kabul Hari so a lot of people start heading down past the church toward the school. Well there's nothing down there. I WANNA run after him and say no unknown go. This one is olive press from the fifteenth century. There's Monica's craft shop. You want to go this way. But there's no brochure anything so we WANNA come up with a brochure. That says all the things the seeing gobble the Hari Our yes and maybe the latest version of an acoustic guide kind kind of thing to what were you. Listen to it on your iphone. Yeah of course. Yeah those kinds of the things that again. We're not trying to kill the other villages. But how do we make this simple things we can do to move it up. Create more activity. Another thing thing we've thought about is when we started coming to. Greece really wanted to see what houses looked like inside. And we think it'd be great if we could figure out a way way to do some house tours so the real traditional can has some of the people who've come to the museum we've ended up talking to them and we'd give them tours of our house and they do you really like it and there's some much more traditional houses even than ours and we think can find couple and do house tours people really like to see that was a big success in Denver. Wasn't there absolutely the doors open Denver Denver so all was things I would think that a challenge of coming in as outsiders ex-pats wanting to help the community that you do is is during it on their terms versus Americanizing. It or and I could imagine that you could stumble in a direction forward without even knowing knowing what part of it is as making as many connections as we can with people and it's probably because well we want to be reflective of the community and the history and tradition. Sometimes they have good ideas sometimes. They don't have very good ideas like there are some things we wouldn't want to help them too. Because we don't think it's economically viable aren't going anywhere bellied. Listen right part of that guy and have them be a part of that. Conversation decided exciting and like the light Holiday like things we did this year. We did it in a rush because the mayor really wanted to get up but we really need Our plan was always the talk of what they wanted. We would still do lights. Maybe we did do some like we have the boat which attritional holiday The thing about light you know instead of having like Santa Claus and this is about so we've tried to be sensitive. More sensitively tried to avoid symbols. That really are Western. European versus Greek. The sale was white lights and it was actually a sailboat. Made Eight of these light correct quite large. Yeah and that's a common kind of holiday theme in all of Greece or Gracie I so so they have like if we were to sponsor Sir Big Santa Claus people might like that. But it's not really are kind of tell this org can do lots of things but can have a traditional now. Now that doesn't mean like in the future years we'd like to have some contemporary light festivals. Take the school. That's about a quarter block long and and beautiful white STUCCO building and have really wild in are just make it come alive with the where poor exactly I and that the very exciting to people and the locals would like it and over the longer period can we do some light things that are actually not whole artworks not international collectible fame on that level of. Wow that's pretty amazing. Well I can see five or ten years. There's that Hari is the light village of creed who and I'll say I remember the sale but we are here the Elisabet. I remember that sailboat. I was worried it wouldn't go on their. They're waiting their turn. It on to celebrate the start start at Christmas or doesn't work entry synchronized lighting and then. We were all surprised because there were fireworks. We were like totally surprised with that. Big Big time fireworks and the Nice Children's choir sings songs. Good sound system or really big speakers. I have the feeling that that had been sort of vaguely planned ended. It was sort of happening like performance art because we were told the oldest five and five then we were it was announced it will start at six at least Salah little kids coming to singing corral tennis six many times that were advertised. Yeah Yeah Serve a consensus. That isn't village celebration. Yeah works patient and not expect too much back your question about kind of negotiating the kind of American Greek thing so when I was in China last in John where the terra cotta warriors pin block areas. That's just totally light. It up and the most amazing and so I would love love to have some of those kind of light. That aren't anywhere near like these which I think the Greeks have never seen or heard of and we had the order of the lights out of this cat at like the lighting storing in life. But so yeah we want to be respectful and you know it's kind of stretched. Yeah like available here and so we wanna see what can we expand somehow and get some other options it over the long term. We WanNa make sure. There's some kind of return cash flow. We're happy to support some of these things writing checks but that can't go on. I mean it can go on forever degree. But they've got to be a way of building well-scrubbed village right so they can priming the pump. Example your first initiatives. Yeah Yeah Yeah and eventually we think it'd be nice to have like crafts people at the opening the light thing and musicians and Other people who are willing to particularly expats willing to give to our holiday lighting program. We've like we didn't have time to really. We asked the sheer MELTSA system. But I've been if we asked a lot of check and violate our sponsors electrolyte through the time period. Well in America America should know a lot of these life things you pay a couple of dollars to drive through it or a couple of dollars to walk through it and I mean eventually it could be that kind of. I'm an attraction to what did you. What kind of reaction did you get from the people tonight just as a way to gauge? If there were kind of neutral or board or like restored we thought it was kind of a modest effort but they seem to really like like this one woman came and said you know kids. You don't ever get to experience anything like you might see Christmas in the city and I had a chance now to experience a little bit at that. All those kids that sing that would be I think there were one hundred people there and they had a lot of food they they set up tables and I saw that a lot of traditional Little little things to eat and drink and as I mentioned earlier we talked India. A lot of the political people from not just here in the region came to see it. Ask good sign. They're interested in what's going on things forward and and even the few nights I mean. It's people understand in Greece in the winter. It's dark it's often rainy and a little village that is. I know a lot of resources that can be drab. So it's lively and that helps and I think for the kids for the people it's uplifting uplifting turn your life around that it's something to do look forward to her enjoy. Its forward motion. That's for sure what we were Organiz. His as we were talking to us a deputy mayor in the mayor's office and she her big project is to collect shoes. She gives to all the poor. Our kids and every poor child in the county gets a pair of shoes at Christmas and she but she said it's very important to do think psychologically for people to and uplifting people it's like your life is also important so she could see how it fit with doing the body and the spirit also here where it's been so tight financially. I just gotTA worry around Greece. Something new they used to have little lights here years years ago and then that they all died could afford to put them our might have one saying the show that there's hope there's in in forward. There's something new is good Well when you get invested in more and more here in retirement you. You'll have a chance to spend and time here. But you're also spending time in China and Denver when you're away from here. Do you feel tugged back. Or how do you this is something. That's sort of a personal question for me and Durling we. You know a lot of half of the year in Boston with grand children all that have the Denver. We Love Denver and sometimes when my life is is really strongly anchored in two different places. There's a there's a little bit of business and are you feeling any of that yet. And can you imagine how you'll navigate more time here versus Denver or how you'll know where you want to be given that you can be anywhere I'd say we haven't totally in part because we completed our jobs pretty recently in August and we haven't really agree set the table and I think will be involved in many more things enver to although I think the majority of our philanthropy will be in this Korea but I think we have out there yet whether it's fully developed like I plan to work on the even the renewal. The Denver Scientific and Cultural Facilities District is about ten years away. It needs from now till ten years to really you make it more equitable making more sensitive. So I'll be working. I'll be leaving lots of people through that project and they'll be some financial ease a little support to So I think we're not quite there yet but I kind of compartmentalized more in China were in China. We're doing the thing until the Max Heritage Heritage sites very compartmentalized and like anything. I think when you're spending time in different places there are weeks but there's there's there are days I've never I wish I were there. We were here and there days. I'm here early so someplace else. I'm sure there are days in China was your but you know. That's just human nature in moods but I don't recall anything weird like I really need to close out Greece because I'm GONNA move to whatever I'll tell you. The one thing that has changed his his son has become more active in China and teaching and lecturing intellectually tour coming up. We you know. We used to think of Denver Enver Greece on now. We're kind of focusing Denver China Greece and we're not doing the same level of things as we're doing in Greece in China China really have a whole group of friends and we have a whole network of things. We travel all around the country and it's a whole different world. Yeah so we have like three worlds. Yeah Yeah but so far. We're not conflicting compartmentalization. We also don't have like you darlene. Have the complication of grandchildren. And and we don't have grandchildren. We have no children and I think that is a legitimate tug that you're gonNa have yes being that we just don't have here. The mobile the decision serve. They have a little more clarity. The Boston is privileged by the existence of. There's no little four or five year old asking us to come home getting on facetime and say what are you coming home. I love that well and and also we have France hearing gray so email us regularly. Oh and like when the plane today was the new plan to is being planted. Yorgos taking pictures of them. Removing all you really are have a friend in Holland who said a photo of the lights nights is that she got from a friend. Go onto us. Should we were connected to it. So yeah so those networks. I think I think it'll be fun to dig down hair deeper. I'm anxious to learn a little more Greek or the people here because it's small small it's it's there ernest people. There's not a lot of resource so even though we're not going to give them like huge money initially it can make a difference for them and they've been really good to us so now in your China activity it's not so localized How is your mission? Different kind of helping Americans understand China. Or what sort of comparable agenda to helping this village. Asia in Crete find. Its way forward. What would start? Ticket has more reaching out to individuals. Visuals who are in a lot of them are communication rhetorical theory people and as a matter of like who's sending signals there they they want to connect with Sonya or through me a little bit America. Because I'm kind of it faculty spouse in that situation so it's really very individuals not it's not just by and they're by individuals like there's a man named among who's really well known there for agricultural advancement in China and we know him. Well we get along. Well he wants to take some rural Chinese whole rural China in Asia trip because he wants to show what he's done and we dislike each other so it's it's more him more personal and and the government they're so impersonal impersonal. It's the personal looking at hairs personal but isn't really. It's very localized. It's hard to think localized these zillions of people. I can't make a difference difference in Shanghai today. You know I can make a difference. Gobble hurry and you can make a difference in in individual connections that you make and spread out into other opportunity Sony Student Who's now teaching In Chicago Chinese woman very successful you see how so. She was a student of yours in Denver in Oregon Oregon on time. You know you see how those connections and it's not like it's it's helping people in a national way. We like them. They're ambitious and a good way. Can we help them a little bit and mentor and their trade back as third nice to know not like just like giving they're giving back Well the last thing I was thinking talking about it is the first person who helped you here was a guy we met. Hord US your and And we met him and I mean I'm always things over the creek. Whenever I meet anybody here he reminded me of this Manitou his face and his warmth and and but you met him now sixteen years ago and what what have you learned from that friendship with him? Well I think One is. He's a very kind person who loves the LIMB. He likes agriculture. More in here around here and our next door he loves the weather is like you know when you're into agriculture. Like whether it's raining or it's raining sunny. How that's that's really important important? That's not really our world at all. He's university educated man but he he loves he loves to go to his guards in the summertime. Five or six different different ones around here so every summer we Guidon tour takes us to all this curve shows growing. What's all doing? But he's decided decided to relate to that it is not looking for a lot of money he's it's just really fulfilling to work this real joy he just loves it and and And it's a simple life for him and he's not as simple as a complex person but he's happy doing that and I think that's an interesting thing I didn't think through the years. We've become closer to him in different ways doing different things with them and you know enjoying it were very different experiences variances but it works my big project coming up though. I WANNA make sure I get on the PODCASTS. As we pointed to have lights glued to the back of a man is going to swim armories game plan to have a battery pack on his head and I think that's a project outside this. When are we going to make sure that the swimmer isn't electrocuted by swimming? Electric Horseman Movie. Maybe thanks this is a reference to my swim. Where did I have that swim? Till December what is it seventeen. Yeah now at nineteen eight. He's slamming the ocean and I sort of was boldly saying I'd like to go swimming and then I knew I was in trouble because because I I wonder how cold this water is. Could we just go like it. Stick my hand at that was your answer was not supportive. Land was a water weenie. I I said I I look forward to jumping in the water. I'm GonNa slim and then then later in there I wanted to the water weenie. There was no returning so I had to just boldly strident. I was telling myself. I've swum in Maine when it's sixty degrees. I'm sure I can survive this navy thirty seconds. He did well. Although we swam in. Kind of a CORKSC- I don't know that story. I know that that was good. Yeah I've been to help out with the future light experts so I do want to say that while you were walking toward the water it we pass to people that all my God that'd makes it's more satisfied that I was outside the normal comfort zone crazy tourists from Boston. Abra headed to Athens tomorrow. We're going to have one of your famous. I won't say notorious. Tourist Darlene calls it extreme tourism. When we're with you she? It's a very positive phrase in her terminology but when she travels with me it tends to be you know. Spend two hours in this coffee shop open and move to another coffee shop. And she's wanting to disease so you're like heaven to her and forced to cold. She's a little under the weather but So for our. PS Two resistance here in Athens. We're going to see some famous places and what kinds of things that were going to go to blast around but that's the extremist to which is which is. It's the old center of ancient Athens. So every Greek Creek village or town had one was the gathering place the marketplace a sacred space. It's we're all political institutions. Were and and we're GONNA go with a man named Steve Diamond Archaeologists American archaeologist. But he married a Greek woman and he's lived increase from like she's she's also ideologist and he just does the most amazing job explaining in really comprehensive and comprehensible terms out like what went on there. And then we'll have lunch with him. And then we'll go to the Acropolis and then if we have some time I am. We want to take you to Aristotle's Lyceum Aristotle lectured they just recently not just a few years ago founded and they've started excavating getting it. They've made it into really Nice Park. But the excavation stuff going on and that's really close to the Benach him ham which really like an Scott great great gift shop and then we see it sofa. Tell you say the new hotel those kind of a fun place to go. Okay I hate to sweat for land but for the listeners. The vast is it twenty thousand or a million. I remember a thousand. But what's really cool about that. Hotel is that it was built in the sixties initially and had very very traditional the traditional kind of sixties level furniture not not modern but traditional furniture. Bill will they got rid of all that but they broke it all up and the walls also in the lower level are covered with like Kind of an assembly is of arms of chairs. It's really Nice Nice. It's a fun hotel and a great restaurant and you have a view of the parliament except go there for dinner and then see off there in the cab or take the metro out up to the software talk just across. The street from the airport was great. When you have an early flight you just get up and walk plates nine? AM or something crazy as early as eleven hour flight. Back to Boston from Istanbul. Yeah and that's be fine and he'll tell us actor. Oh that's what we like Turkeys has been good. We haven't phone companies but used to fire them a lot of different times. And you'd like it if you don't like it we're not refunding the money. Yeah I'll know where to come. I'm GonNa talk to the mayor of your district. Well thanks to you both. And it's a pleasure to be here now announced a pleasure to have a little memory on the show. Yeah well thanks. We've enjoyed having Dahlia Quebec and that was our friends. Anthony Radicek Sonja Foss who are friends from Denver. Who as you heard have set up a really intriguing being presence on this in this tiny village in the island of Crete and we enjoyed our stay with them after I recorded that conversation at their house? House on Crete we. They took us to Athens. And we spent the day Touring the we had a great Guide who is a friend of Sonya's own Yas Studied a greasy. He had I think he's moved to Greece from the US about thirty years ago. And so we got a a real insider's view of everything that happened at the Agora which is below the Acropolis and this was kind of common space where a lot of notable things happened five centuries before Christ in the heyday of democracy and the in the city where democracy is kind of invented vented and then we Spent the we took the metro out to the airport in Athens and early. This morning headed over over to Turkish Airlines to fly Istanbul. I'm recreating this from my desk here at home in Cambridge as if I'm remembering stories somebody told me but We we ended up at Istanbul. Huge modern really impressive and got to the gate where air we took our flight from Istanbul to direct to Boston. I thought it was going to be eleven hours a turn out to be nine hours so we get an about an hour early we got about six. PM here tonight and took Uber Home. And after a trip like that that has been to so many different places it's Malta Germany for the wedding and creed an Athens You walk into your home and it's like obviously you recognize it. Nothing has changed. But somehow you see it with fresh eyes His is the place that we are staying tonight tonight because we got a room at AIRBNB and What's going to be happening tomorrow here in this place? It's part of the world just like the places we visited. But it's the part of the world that we live in and after spending ten days traveling and Far and wide. It's that feeling of coming home I like it I to me. That's the big payoff of travel. Is the what you bring home in terms of your view of the world and and what everything looks like. I WanNa get this up Tonight's it is Friday I think it's about two am and Athens Athens INSTANBUL. So I've just knowing that if it's tried and putting the show up I'm GONNA put it up for you. I was had a little trouble putting up that show in Malta. Trying to do it all with the IPHONE and I hope that some of you didn't have troub- I did hear from Someone who said it didn't show up in the right format. It was difficult to listen to. So I think my experiment of putting a show on the road strictly with the IPHONE. At least I'm going to have to go through that and do a little better job on the mechanics of it. But that's why I wanted to put this up from my regular computer setup here at my desk that's That's it linearly for the kindle chronicles from Cambridge Massachusetts in the USA. Thanks it you will thank you.
"Lord of the Rings Care Folks. Julian Sands Creepy man. I think if there's nothing that distinguishes the kind of work I do from from some of my colleagues. It's a real commitment to Using computers in stories I kind of rigorous matter anymore. It's my guy the Archangel Gabriel really What is most important? Is that Burnham forgives herself because Burnham I carry a tremendous amount of guilt and shame. Talk Talk Talk Behavior. Very right in saying that the Greek heroes where the original superheroes in part because of the whole nature of genes vision but also because of its message of diversity and inclusion. Wrong and prosper. Hi this is Tony Tomato and today on sci-fi Talk I have author J R H Wallis was interesting book greener so imagine that there is a smash it Reality Show. It's offering literally you can live in a lap of luxury for your entire life but you have to prove that you have the world's worst life and that's what gets everybody's scrambling to do that welcome. Jr H What What inspired you to write this well. Hey Tony and Let me thank you for having me on first of all so it's interesting story. I wrote this book. Started writing it. A while back What eventually evolved into a both this book and the next one Through dive rebellion which is also coming out this year but later on I was living in In the United Kingdom at the time in this Little Village with the Eleventh Century Abbey. Black and white cottage typical typical English And was surrounded. It was and surrounded by That was reading all of rereading. All of Douglas Adams and Terry practice it and we have had my English waste. Thank for all of that and at the same time. I was commuting when I was needed to Paris to the French. National Assembly. The parliament in Paris where I was Nominally running a Ten Eleven Mp Parliamentary group going back and forth like that was a real a real eye opener as to how dysfunctional really one through my work. How dysfunctional I modern societies are really not that was news was a a real privilege point to see that And then in terms of tone obviously the English humor and all that influence. That's basically those are the two main sort of elements that clicked together and got me thinking. Okay so if I if I need to write I want to read. I have to write about where we are where we will be very soon in the relatively near future and always greener if we don't do something about it sooner rather than later What was the best way to show that basically? What was the best way to illustrate and it was through examining lives lives individuals impacted Always with humorous tone but also with In in hopes of highlighting the consequences and the risks that we're heading towards so So yeah that's basically always greener With the idea. Well if that's the case and let's make that the whole premise of the book. Let's make it a show. Let's make it this great big entertainment where reality. Tv is completely played out in this cyberpunk on connected world of the twenty seventies and it's all played out to the point where it sort of turns on itself and starts consuming itself just displaying all the the worst looking for the biggest victims of Of the society the way it set up and so everybody competing for the title of biggest victim to get that reward as you mentioned. Do you focus on one particular person or they're multiple storylines going on. There's only one point of view who is the host Leeann argyle has he is the host of the show and he is cursed with Fundamental faith in humanity despite all evidence so he still clings to this hope and clings to Belief in the fundamental goodness of human nature and accepts the job for his own interests but also in his own rationale to become the because it'll finally put him in a position to do some good in the world which is why his own sort of self defined objective. And very soon you end up in this Complete struggle obviously between that basic optimism and the realities that he is exposed to through his contestants but also the role that his new job forces him to take the active role that forces him to take in In the social structures in the machine and even persecuting his own contestants for the interests of the because of this type of subject matter. Do you play it straight a little bit or satire kind of creep in there little bit definitely. I've always tried to make it as obviously you want to make your book as interesting as possible. So Yeah there's lots of satire and there. There's a lot of humor very dark. Humor tongue in cheek. A lot of word plays well but at the same time and the feedback. I've had from people. Reading the book is Yes it satire. But it's also unfortunately extremely realistic and it's you know very likely at least in part where we're headed if not worse If you know if if there isn't a an awareness about these issues and action. You know as soon as possible. So how you said. This was a matter of years to write. This was it. I guess when you weren't working kind of thing definitely a matter of years and I mean the first sort of Massive manuscript which ended up The very wise advice of my editor at the publisher who picked it up books with to divide that manuscript in into but originally yes very first manuscript I started working on it in two thousand seven in two thousand eight which was when are we had. Our our second daughter was born. I was writing doing a lot of it writing With her Prime is because the UK Right next to To The table rocking her to sleep as I was writing when needed. And that's also an influence as well right. That's suppose the whole sort of hope message behind it despite all the satire and despite all the dark humor and the absurd but also unfortunately realistic situations You know that that whole hope message behind is probably linked to that in a large part as well so it was there like enough material for a second book and kind of leave. Us widely as a cliffhanger. Oh so there's obviously standalone book but it's one hundred percent part of a series the second of which is already written and we're just in final edits currently. I'm sure we'll have the cover reveal soon enough as well. So that one is called so this is always always the The title the second book is the rude. I rebellion I. Wouldn't she'll be out in the fall. Okay Shakespeare quote by the way the the Shakespeare read the route I rebellion. Yeah play that King James I think. Mistaken that's actually known play and I actually saw a production of it once. You're watching it and you go. Yeah it's not his best. You could just watching a. You're going yeah. It's not as best but you know that the reason which Shakespeare there's always some good lines in there so you can always Salvador and the word play. I mean he invented so many of the Russians and without even realizing that we're constantly quoting Shakespeare and I just. I was just amazed because of the of the theme is on the cover of always greener. But it's also very present because from a technological point of view the one big thing that we use constantly is The lenses and that's something that we didn't mention that's really important that basically through this show everybody around the world gets to see life and experience life through these lenses the contestants have to have implanted and which broadcast twenty four seven right so you go into their eyes you see their lives and then everybody around the world every week votes votes on. You know who finally isn't as big victim as everybody else and they eliminated your shades of the Truman. Show their little bit of movie. Which absolutely right when we take a short break. We're talking to Jr h Lola's about always greener. We'll be right back. I am C. Three. Po Human Sidewalk relations. Hi I'm Angel Kobe. Am I take one of it and I? This is billy boy. I plead pippen and load up the Rings. And you're listening. Sifi wrong and prosper back on Scifi talk with Jr. H Hollis talking about a first novel which is always greener and yes. There's a sequel coming up as far as publishing this. What root did you go to get this published? Well that's interesting story as well. Tony because very atypical you know it's really true that there is no one way to get published This is a manuscript originally again that I wrote years ago. That I was working with editing revising over a long period. I'd gone down the traditional. You know into the trenches done contests with it done Pity Party and everything and I was getting lots of interest on especially on the premise Lot of requests including some full requests never really liked Particularly because the book as it was then just objectively. Structurally wasn't ready and I was really lucky to get a revise and resubmit In Our from a small publisher who would show interest through through small publisher of to people who obviously publisher take Takes missions an agent at the time of his agent at now Who wrote an excellent Excellent editorial notes in the and are particularly to explaining break it into two Flesh them both out into proper structured novels on either side of that and that was clearly what it needed. It was what it needs. I knew I knew what it needed all along with soon as I read it But I didn't need somebody to tell me that I did that. The took obviously a more visions more visions. But I got there and this was This was Late Two thousand eighteen So it'd been already ten years since I started writing and I sent that in again like everything. Publishing it takes time but Extremely luckily came back with an offer. an offer publication there and at that point. I proven time and I went to the agents when back to agents who shown interest Sent it out with the offering hand which had and the you know. The agents were fantastic. Quite a few came back with interest Had discussions with multiple agents. And finally I signed with Morita overseer. Who has been my agent now for nearly year and who is just awesome basically. Well there you go so you have an interesting day job. It sounds like kind of talk a little bit about that. And also how you kind of coordinate the writing part of it to be able to do both definitely Yeah my day. Job is interesting in that Currently in for About eight years. Now I've been Fulltime lawyer And I'm a lawyer in first of all in France because I'm both French Canadian in terms of nationality of so I'm a French lawyer also in all areas of law which is really interesting. I do absolutely everything which is great in terms of human experience That's all you know when I'm in a penal case criminal case for family law or I mean civil or commercial companies or whatever administrative law which is very specific in France as well That is all experience very broad human experience that I can then feed back into my work. Obviously so that's awesome and obviously in the past as I was saying of you know worked in in the French parliament and in in various different Different functions there. So you know it's it's all it all feeds that all feeds the beast. And you're able to coordinate both Careers you might say. Oh absolutely yeah talked since I've started writing and it's been obviously good for years now. Started writing you know Extremely seriously and pretty much every day. It's it's it's a pleasure it's even more than a pleasure. It's become like a structural almost a need in terms of What it brings you so when you for me. It's mainly at the end of the day. It can be whenever and ideas come whenever notes and then anything but actual sit down. Structural put in an hour or two. It'll be you know at the end of the day. Confide six o'clock boom. My workdays done I've done. She wanted to achieve for the day. And now I can just you know I can just I can just. I don't WanNa say then to participate of that. I can just feed into Into my manuscript. Whatever I'm working on currently and there are a lot of them. You know I it. You don't need to have an insane. Word counts to achieve quite a bit a lot faster than you think so. I have this book. Obviously I have already sold. So the sequel I've already had made good progress on the third book in this series as well My agent has another manuscript in the same universe by the way but hundreds of about two hundred years afterwards which is space lawyer books actually. So that's with my agent currently yeah. I've another manuscript. I'm working on as well with an opportunity. This was middle grade. You know you can be quite prolific when I sit down if I get a thousand words and I'm very you know that's that's a proper writing session for me. It's not a huge amount but it really adds up. Oh yes sure because there was some time where you started the first book when you kind of went back and took the rest of the manuscript for the second book. Did you feel that there was already a natural growth for you as a writer when you were working on the second book from the first? Oh Yeah I mean you're absolutely right. There's always massive progress and sure I mean when I was coming back to things I'd written seven eight nine years before some of it was the big cringe-worthy and when I was coming back to it and revisions massive evolution. Obviously and that's just natural and that's that's good in my mind And that's also the magic of revision is that you know. Nothing is set in stone. Even you know fixing things like third fourth wave of sixes after we. Have you know advance review copies of this book? You know it's you know it. It's an ongoing process and indefinitely. You know there's always those improvements that are something to look forward to really writer thing. I ask of all the authors I talked to in this world of digital books I mean we're talking to north or just last week about it about the tactile experience of actually holding a book in your hand but also like if you have more than one book in his series having him on your ipad or phone. helps a lot or kindle Because you can go anywhere with them and you're not carrying two books around. How is that experience? I would assume your stuff is available on e books as well. Oh yes absolutely so available in print. Obviously we were lucky to Get a quite a good order from Barnes and noble so all over the US. That'll be present on the bookshelves. But also obviously book On Canadians so hopefully again chapters in Canada as well and Yeah so you books and also we are in. Shall we say final negotiations for the audiobook deal for both this book and and the sequel so Yeah so it also be in a relatively near future in audio audiobook form and we all know that that's definitely a very very growing market and a very interesting to maybe reach other people who might not necessarily the physical either paperback or read it as books. So that's that's all good stuff and also have the consequence on on the content. You know when you're thinking about you know watch Works on On paper and what works on the electronic format and what will work in audiobook like the things that I do the book that I'm personally quite proud of. Maybe it may not be for everybody. But it's really something that I enjoy and that I wanted to do even if it is a bit. Experimental is have a big focus on etymology on word origins to have those as footnotes in the book. So as I'm writing There'll be a specific interesting word whereas revising. I know that this word has an interesting route. has interesting Meaning behind you know the the terms inside of it and the The combination of sexism prefixes without getting into too much detail. You don't need to do that but that original meaning is often one very revealing and sometimes completely ka-shing with what we use it for today. That's one and two Sometimes it's extremely funny to see that there are some words that means something completely different but that has almost been manipulated or that has switched on. June eighty and is now almost used sarcastically. As opposed to the original meaning. Or that's just a bit of a revelation. I mean the book starts like little. It's called fun. Fact with little to three line. Prefix style thing saying that The word entertainment and religion actually had the exact same meaning when you go down to their structure their etymology. If you got entertainment you have enter. Which is in between Then you have pain which referred to to holding Like like didn't in Spanish and then you have meant obviously so entertainment is holding together. Yeah and then you have religion. The re is reciprocal one one another and. Ligios like a ligament. It's a tie. Yeah so religion is that which sort of ties holds together and entertainment as it means the exact same thing so obviously that then leads to the question of the role of entertainment today in our societies in terms of holding together both individually You know sort of keeping it together but also more importantly perhaps on a social level how entertainment hold society together For good or ill depending on your social structure obviously the The book is said Barnes and Noble. I assume it's on Amazon as well. Oh absolutely Kobo Time whenever there's many many obviously which is Which is great of the many to many to quote but yes should be anywhere so again. Including that's something. We're very excited about on the bookshelves. The Barnes and noble If perchance your local barnes and noble isn't one of the ones which has made the order. Please don't hesitate to them to order it. Is there a website? Have for the for the for this series at all or that people can go to and just yep so there's My author Website which is a lawless author dot com So love this author Dot Com You'll have obviously the whole presentation of the book but also My blog which has multiple things but also has links to short stories published on carries fiction. Which are all set again in the same universe. I've also published a fair amount of short fiction and just like all my novels. All the short fiction is all in the same the same sort of extended universe at different time points definitely You can get some of those for free right away there today if you go over to Lois author dot com great. It's great to have you on today talking about this always greener and we've been talking to Jr h Wallis. Best of luck with this and thank you all for listening. This is Tony till auto until next. Time take care. My Name is Colin Salmon. I played shade one resident evil. I played Dr Moons Doctor. Who I play Abram. Care in Blake seven and I played Max Stafford in alien versus Predator. You're listening to I tour this and we'll talk.
Ep. 19 - The Warm-up w/ The Darkest Horse
"<music> <music> caucus episode of political party live. We are really really excited to be here today. Thank you so much. Give it up for yourselves for supporting such a wonderful effort. I would like to say thank you to c. Span that's going to be carrying our podcast. Live it to a national audience. I wanna thank the graduate hotel for being so accommodating. Everyone who works at the graduate hotel has really helped us out to be flexible and kind on a roll with the punches so if you order food or you get drinks be sure to say nice things and please tip your servers and tip them well. I'd also like to give a shout out to our our media partners at little village. Thank you all so much. This effort would not be possible without the help of our producer veronica tessler and are awesome core of volunteers that we have with us today and our sound engineer sam alexander and a host of other individuals who helped make this happen so thank you all so much for powering this project for the people and keeping us inspired to bring political programming that is free people all across the state so thank you very much for making this happen so i want to get started started here and introduce my co host and partner in crime to my far-right simeon tally. Everyone say hello to simeon tally. Simeon is an entrepreneur for his space a- makers loft is just across the ped- mall here he he worked for president obama's campaign reelect campaign and has been doing a bunch of bad ass projects across the state of iowa simeon so nice to do another episode with your brother. Welcome again simeon tally to the show. Thanks guys okay cool and we have an awesome treat for you all as a few awesome treats but i'd like to introduce to you our special guest co host and i gotta read her bio baiocco but as we get on with the show you will understand why she is so wonderful to have. I call her the poet laureate of iowa but i'll read need a bit of her bio for you. Aqua n. g. is an award winning writer and spoken word artist communications leader and p._k. Twelve community community relations administrator she was a twenty sixteen iowa arts council artist a fellow and as founding executive director of the hook she produces live creative creative storytelling and performance poetry events including drop the mic the living room series. We are an art loud. She performs throughout the country and has appeared on stage for n._p._r.'s the moth and with our authors such as saul williams and sarah hollis she most recently collaborated with emmy award winning composer user stephen khan and will headline at the two thousand nineteen wine country spoken word festival ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome awkwardly n. g. I just have to say it is it is an honor to join you awkwardly and a passion project of mine and i'm i got a chance to look at the questions that you have you've written and i gotta say this is just this is is just a special treat so thank you so much for joining us special treat to be here on okay. We're gonna get to it because i know you guys are anxious to hear from all of the folks. We have come into you so as you know what we try to do here. A political party live is highlight. The work of people doing really good work around here in the state and around the country and i have the great opportunity to bring to stage here in a bit two awesome women who are doing really really good work in the human potential human capital space. The first individual i will bring to the stage is shontae. Thurman shontae is deny talent on strategist who partners with emerging tech startups digital health innovation companies and venture capital firms throughout the u._s. Helping them attract retain and engage top talent or interest are full-bodied eclipse arcus horse a next gen consultancy helping the workforce and organizations expand up on the intersections afford domains radical inclusion the future of work emerging technology and health wellbeing and human potential. She's also a contributing contributing writer. At future rhythmic a new digital publication powered by nokia that explores the implications of emerging tech in addition and she serves as a trusted adviser to a handful of small businesses social impact organizations and early stage startups throughout north america schon. Tae is also a native cedar. Peter opinion and graduate of the washington high school in cedar rapids iowa ladies and gentlemen welcome to the stage. We'll also be joined by radha yovich. Did i say that correctly close up rata rata jovovich is a deeply collaborative and creative business professional focused on innovation in healthcare delivery emerging technology diversity equity inclusion and access and maximizing human potential. She is the co founder and co host at the dark horse or she plays a vital role in building being there interdisciplinary consulting practice rata began her career at huron consulting group on their healthcare consulting team and spent nearly five years at athena health and data science operations and product roles. She went on to consult a handful of health tech startups such as now pow and met a cipher and most just recently led the gross strategy team at oak streak health ladies and gentlemen. Please welcome to the stage rata a bogus all right ladies. I will ask the first question what what is the darkest horse. Can you all hear us speak louder. He's flipping the script on us because we have a podcast and we usually we're the ones asking the questions so saying that you know. Have any of you ever heard of the dark horse raise of hands cast a dark dark horse in a race. It's been tonight right yeah. Cory booker might be darkhorse right. Let's make some noise as for that the dark who source but a dark horse at somebody who enters the race and you didn't see them coming you were too worried thinking about the thoroughbred in the race and all along this person's been in the race and they've been standing there and all of a sudden you gotta raise and they went and so it's a huge upset and we like to kind of think about that energy and and we're out here working with people we wanna see all the dark horses win which means you have to do a few things. We're going to get into tonight so we'll revisit that later rowdy of any other thoughts about that. I guess one thing that i'll add is that really what we're celebrating here. Is that every single. A single person has a darker source in them right and so it's really about identifying. What is that thing about you. What is the thing that maybe starts out looking like adversity and ends up being your superpower superpower and how do we capture that and turn that into your sort of unique competitive advantage and if we can have everybody sort of zoomed in on exactly that easter than and their team turns into an unbeatable team right if the darkest horses in each of us wins then we all win. Thank you awesome. I love it so so tell us a little bit about what you do. What's the one oh one on what you do with the darkest horse yet so the idea here here is that the pace of change is sort of faster than ever right. We all kind of hear this every day that things are changing faster than ever before and when we look forward to to what the workforce looks like in the future and what successful companies look like in the future you have to sort of be on the cutting edge of emerging technologies and <hes> flexible school environments where you can capture really the best parts of the best talent and figure out how to leverage them optimally and keep them <hes> and so what we're doing. We're we're working with companies to figure out how to do that. It turns out that the being able to be on that the front of that wave actually is being very inclusive and is celebrating liberating that diversity and is capturing those darcus horses <hes> so that's what we help companies. Do we like figure out how to bring them into the future and leverage all of that scalp sim shontayne rod. Thank you so much for being here. I think that we're living in a political phone calls for a moment where the stories and the narratives in the perspective of a lot of folks and communities that have been historically left out not only are there stories sort of emerging urging but they're demanding and creating their own spaces the creating platforms to get their ideas and their stories out to the broader world both still. We know that there's so much further. We have to go talk. A lot about radical inclusion of us are familiar with the needs to be more inclusive but what is radical to be radically article inclusive. What does that mean specifically. We we chose that word radical because for instance where we say radical we're talking about getting down to the root cause of of this break. We are focused on diversity equity inclusion inaccessibility. We love talking about intersection. <hes> identifying as rutta was saying sort of the things that make us different and celebrating those and then harnessing on that <hes> energy and trying to try to make sure that everyone has a voice at the table so many times we see right now especially in technology. This is a huge huge issue issue and it's not enough to just say we want diversity because that could be this room. Inclusivity would mean that people got invited and they actually showed showed up accessibility would mean. Did you make sure that it was you know for everyone. All all bodies are we are. We are we optimizing for people who cannot here we optimize for people who cannot see an equity <hes> making sure that it's fair and just and making sure that you're doing that consistently so go ahead so i one of the things that i like to highlight when we bring this up something that actually sean hayes really highlighted for me his the ship that we are kind of making toward this idea tribalism <hes> and that people really kind of cling to what their identity is they find their group and there's a lot of safety and comfort in finding a group of people people that align with you in some sort of element of your your identity but that's sort of the the more that that leaders start kind of leaning into that at the less the narrower their band becomes right and that we really have it becomes a radical act and we say radical we sort of mean challenging some of those fundamental paradigm breaking breaking some of the mental models that funnel into that narrow tribalism vision and break those those models and sort of shift back into the sort of radical inclusion of bringing in all the voices and really kind of maximizing how they come together into a stronghold so you work with so many companies who get to the point where there are they understand the importance of and are eager to invest in radical inclusion. What would you say are their top three challenges towards really improving things i would say first of all. It's usually money believe it or not because they haven't allocated their budget appropriately to think about this. This is sort of hotter topic and so anytime we're saying well we have about five thousand dollars and to me. That's a strong indicator that you're not taking it very seriously because if we're talking about the human capital to work at your company we're going to get rid of saying human capital. We're talking about humans and their potential then it's worth right. We want them to be healthy when they show up to work. Want them to be engaged because we already know when we do that. Your business does better just doesn't make any sense to not optimized for that thoughts on that sure yeah. One thing that also even talking a lot about is one of the interesting things when you start a business and you know this is especially a piece sort of startup culture right is you have if you have to co-founders like me and shot you tend to pick a co-founder that overlaps with you a lot right you pick somebody that you're okay with spending hours and days and weeks on end in very close quarters and working really closely with and so there's this tendency toward finding finding somebody who actually is very similar to you and so what happens then is that you're building an entire system where it's easy because there's low friction because you're having the same ideas and you agree with on them. Every time in issue comes up you both have the same idea so you can kind of v very quick and move forward but what that the like con of that is that when you're creating you know two points make align right and so you're creating this sort of like rule and pattern already just in the first two people and then every person you hire from then on on falls into if you make it a culture fit they fall into exactly that same pattern and before you know it you have an entire organization that is that is homogeneous in some way it it may not necessarily be skin color gender things like that could be ideologically but at any in any way that it shows up it ends up being a limiting in factor <hes> and so i think that that's one of the things that we see a lot is that leadership finds people that are like minded and that we're trying to really kind of teach them uh-huh skills and techniques to keep that strength that is in that overlap but you can you can show them where the power actually is in expanding yourself to including other our perspectives and other voices and and i would say the third one you know on top of that is usually time because it doesn't matter if you're a startup and and or if you're established company we just have so much time to meet at outside of the work that we're going to do so i think it's about teaching people that they can have these is opinions in these activities and and initiatives in an outside of work right making it more comprehensive and integrated into your life so you know you are doing so much great work around inclusion human potential and you know as my co-host simeon indicated earlier in the show. We're kind of at this moment where in american history where you shall we say there's a lot of division between people a lot of it's being driven from the people at the highest level of our government and so culturally how do we how can be applied to where we are as and a- as a society right so how do we get back to helping people understand why diversity inclusion matters why it's important and when we help them understand that. How do we move forward in this work. So how do we take what you're doing as a business and apply it to society. That's a great question and so. I think one of the things i like to talk about is universal human center design. Nobody in the room ever heard of that human center design if it's not if it's not universal human centered usually you're going to go back and make iterations to whatever it is that you're selling whether that's a software product a service so oh in in regards to the government really we are their business. We are their constituency. We are diverse and we we need more voices to be included and we need more equity in an accessibility to the things that the government is talking about and doing. I think that politics chicks is everyone's business. I also think that we as as citizens of this country have a right to be in those in those forums and and if we're not really cognizant and putting that at the forefront of our mind it usually is sort of an afterthought and when we see show up later at as manifested so a lot of the or the perceived pushback. I think you'll hear from some of the corporate in the c. Suite types <hes> to being more diversifying their businesses or the workforce is that i just they just don't see the talent in the pipeline or there's a there's a pipeline problem so as best you can or as best. You're willing to share with us when you're having these meetings with some of these folks most likely they're older white men and they said you know what i would love to hire this person. I will have to do this but i don't have the talent here or that. I don't have enough qualified applicants or people to do this. What's your response to that bullcrap. <hes> this is actually why we started the darker source so so i'm a head hunter honor by day and most of my clients are emerging tech companies or digital health startups around the country and this is exactly what they tell me. I can't tell you how many times i've had talent in front of me that have two masters degrees sometimes a p._h._d. And they're not getting selected. I have somebody who's literally two years out of college turns out that they get the job because their dads are france and i'm just dumbfounded every single time or when they tell me that by that my female candidates can't get hired because their childbearing age and these are things that are literally no not lying to they have been told to to me verbatim on the phone and not an email so i think it's very pervasive. It's happening in in startup country. It's also happening at some of my establish clients. I couldn't believe it but what i will say is in response to that. I went out and i started to basically do fieldwork and talk to everybody. I couldn't just say you tell me what's happening. Any whether it was a <hes> a candidate that was looking for a job or people who are in charge of those hiring initiatives and so what we've been starting to do is build list so whenever somebody has <unk> a response like that we send him a list literally we have public list that combine them and say i don't think so i also have a group of women that i talked to especially in healthcare healthcare startup world. We have gotten to the habit of keeping everyone's name who wants to be a diverse speaker and a picture everything every time they say oh. We couldn't find somebody for the conference. We email them the list to say and here's ten people who do i think one other thing my other response other than profanity is is like where are you looking right because i actually dark horses running hurts and like i think that there's a huge populations you commute huge communities of every type of talent that you could possibly want access and they are all altogether right and if you just go to the places where they're all showcasing themselves right there are like l._g._b._t. Community groups there racial and ethnic community groups their gender community groups like there's there's all sorts of places that you can go and tap into these talents and they're divided by degree. You can even pick what flavor you want right and so it's the the idea that there isn't any place to source this talent is is it what it means and i think what it signals to us is that they don't have the right people in in their corner saying i know where to find those people and they're over here so speaking of flavor it to certain degree. It feels like diversity. The inclusion is the flavor of the month or the year so to speak. How do you help companies understand and maybe especially in the world of healthcare. How do you help them understand exactly quy what some of the maybe the measurable you mentioned that you know a more inclusive. Workforce is a better workforce. Well what are sort of the measurable things is that you can point to that would convince somebody say okay. Yeah something in just feels good but it's something that i can see an impact in my business yeah. It's actually pretty easy so there's all all these research groups that have produced research studies that we can just distribute right that have shown i think there was a harvard business review research study like two years ago that showed they created heterogeneous teams and homogeneous teams and gave them the same very quantifiable measurable outcome related task of deciding what the price of something should be and there was the the delta between the precision and success of those two teams was like unmistakable stackable right then there's after study that just shows how these kind of groups and and they kind of attributed to the idea that if you have to work through problem than you actually get to the right answer right if you both have the same idea at the beginning it might not be the best idea and if two people have different ideas than they have to actually talk through why each idea is good and they may even let let it land on third idea that's neither of those two ones but because they had to work through it they got to that point and so there there's just there's tons those of data on that front <hes> from like an internal team operations fees and then also secondarily. There's a bunch of other research has been done around appealing consumers and that if you can capture the markets of all of these other folks by having representation showing that this is a product for those people all with them in mind either visually or because the actual result is something they wanna use because you have those people that have diverse set of people giving voice on what it looks looks like and how it works then you actually your consumer base improves right and so those are two of the pieces that we often point to <hes> as showing the kind of return on investment the happens with diversity and i would say as it pertains to healthcare ray and we both had his healthcare background a great example would be that the the trans community for instance right if the gender marker is simply not on the the e._r. Paper you miss an opportunity and in regards yards to money right in terms of revenue cycle management. You have to get that right otherwise that person's bill gets denied it. Everyone's time and it's really embarrassing for that person and likely if that's the case they're not gonna come back and fill and finish up the the care plan which costs the hospital money and at the end of the day if it's if it's a nonprofit the hospital we as taxpayers pay for that right so it is a problem and who here does it need healthcare at some point in time so these are things. We want to just see you want to see better. Use human centered universal design so that if you walk in the room there's a space for you. Another really great example of this would simply be your race and ethnicity. I can't tell you i'm i am biracial but many times i filled out things and there wasn't a box from unifil so guess what i didn't fill it out so whoever was collecting that data had skewed data yeah so we're running tight on time as always and and i always feel like we could talk for hours with our guests but you all know we'll be sitting down with <hes> here shortly with a candidate for president so i gotta i ask you all in your roles. If you could chat with a presidential candidate about an issue that's near and dear to your heart. What what would you guys talk about. What would you bring up so schettino. Obviously talking about this on the way here. I cory booker has a bill that he introduced in april. That's called the algorithm make accountability act and it's really focused on giving the federal trade commission the power our to hold companies accountable to the ways that bias shows up in their code and their algorithms that they build either internally for their operations war for their the people that they serve this is a huge thing that shontayne i spent a lot of time we both have a background in tech especially in health tech but the ways that when you have a coder developer writing the code for an algorithm for <unk> program they're gonna whatever is there sort of like predetermined termined assumptions. Whatever their unconscious bias these are that they're not even aware of are gonna show up in that code right. I think we talked about the trans. Inclusion in healthcare and healthcare services huge huge place roger. Can you give us an example of that. I've heard you talk about this before. But can you make it plain for. The people like me who aren't coders in the room. Yeah what does it mean run by. They talk about thank you yeah is i don't know if any of you guys heard about the controversy around the google face recognition <hes> software that happened actually a few years ago and it was like recognizing faces as faces but when a black face was i put into the algorithm identified it as a guerilla that is a direct result of the kind of unconscious bias that was put it in by whatever coder was programming faces right they only thought to program for light skinned white faces and when it got to a dark face. It thought it was an animal. That's that's a problem. You can imagine how that would show up in technology and a lot of ways that john was talking about that. I've done a ton of work on is trans inclusion inclusion and healthcare services and the idea that if you build all of your templates in doctor's office as only being male and female and that gender that that sex sex marker is actually linked to what they were assigned at birth anybody who has anything outside of that sort of like. I was assigned male at birth and identify as male. L. doesn't have any kind of templates. Doesn't there's no system for that and so it's really hard to provide the right kind of healthcare services for folks that are outside side of that sort of simple binary which we know there are huge populations of people that don't fit that model and so then there is either to brisk that getting wrong wrong healthcare or to just opt out and not get health care at all either of those is a pretty unfavorable proposition and so those are the kinds of things that i i think i would love to hear any presidential candidate sort of way on and to circle back to the first thing you said right. Oh here's here's a really interesting thing to think about have have you all heard about autonomous vehicles. The autonomous movement that's happening is making its way here. I think chicago is actually one of the smart cities the <hes> on on the list of places that will have a thomas opportunity. Here's the issue if you're not coating for the diversity the of the population that is living that city it becomes something like they're they can't see dark faces and there's a card in a car driving without a person person it they could hit that person can kill him and so who's responsible for that we want. That's what we wanted to hear and we wanna. We wanna find <hes> opportunities to talk with with the political candidates. We hope that you will do this on your podcast stacey. Some in the algorithm accountability act okay. Hey tech include say that ten times fast. The emerging technology is the infrastructure of the fourth industrial revolution. It's going going to impact us just like politics just like education and just like healthcare. If you're not aware of it i start doing your research now because is there's not a citizen in this country. This will not impact so before we get out of here and take our intermission and here's some really awesome music. I gotta ask to change subjects completely you can you can tell us what you're either reading right now. What you're watching on netflix or hulu or what you're jamming tunes or spotify with that liz co without love and rod. Thank you so much for joining us yeah <music>.
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"Hello there Jenny Falkiner here to welcome you to run where every episode we get to chat to fellow runner is and hear more about their running journey and more to the point what makes them want to run in the first place for some people eights head space for their mental health for others brings today's guest back for more every time and in this episode I'm joined by four hundred meter Olympic medalist European and Commonwealth champion I think doing the BMX in really taught me a lot about the competitive edge and no in our sport what you put in and then really weird twists defy mom and dad moved abroad and you high five everyone for the first few miles and you chat to everyone you must expel so much extra energy and just doing alone blows me away actually that people do recognize Llanos and I also crashed in the World Championships in Brisbane Australia came full from the European Championships when I was twelve and that was kind of my love of sport until I was about sixteen and my marathon running buddy yes it's you told us that was probably the best marathon I did actually the one we run together time wise because you left me going keep going but you were just carrying on that good piece yeah I think the first few times I did it I was quite sensible than I got little bit confident and then I ended up going to the boarding school my older brother had gone to which I didn't want to go to because I thought it was full of snow but it is I went to a local comprehensive but it was what I was bored in school I thought right this time willies the finish line but I remember the first time I did it was all you're going to hit the ball and I've never hit the wall of a say in four hundred Hertz you get the lactic sniper bullet when it hits you as much when I do the marathon and so forth because as you really does help when people calling united site full but it's sort of a hindrance because I do get carried away yeah whatever off Iran and it was about male twenty two twenty three you caught me up and you end how you doing and I literally hallucinating and you brilliant because you're like come on ofter hoffer always enjoyed it can I just say right okay running is an amazing thing because everyone knows who you are your hair stands out a mile and because the very first time I did the Martha we start landing that might be in the first year I kind of met you properly and I started running in UN no pace yourself you'll regret it outlined and I hadn't done I didn't school sports day it happened honestly or within like a month of a summer does yeah yeah four hundred hundred meters not when you've gone off the world record for the first three hundred trust me you don't remember doing four hundred there is tons to talk about it because you've done so much wayne did you start running automobiles with exception here because you'll products paid me to say of been running since I was ten of always wanted school I I don't think I've ever done for hundreds horrible all of a sudden my four hundred Islamic last saw three miles of American oh isn't it I mean literally the my pace passing us a beauty of running in the marathon in particular you not alone when it does this fellow Ranas who are feeling your pain supporters and everyone just wants you to get there spin athlete but hadn't I was actually one of those annoying kids at school at far too much energy knotted every single sport there was so I'll go to England trials for rugby I was good at Chris Contract to English Goals Farnell but Mamane lovers BMX Reysen for the age of nine I did BMX race in two World Championships in Orlando Florida where our crashed in the semi go away with it and I think I was just pushed towards our I only see thing everyone in life has got a certain talent for something only a certain percentage of lucky enough to realize the chips following week once again and said Oh you won't be this kid look at the size of him in months he's never been beaten up also how can you against me hotline eight just run one it might be you know some people are good with numbers some people are very patient with people there might be good with math some people artists I think I was meant to spoil I just think it was my destiny he just got re two thousand it okay so you're basically just someone that's annoyingly good everything just ADHD too much energy in class are used to get away with he was lazy so say we were doing six three hundred he'd do the first to go off and be sick someone coming into the last couple of reps would relish the feeling of being sick and to show off show everyone I I am space are said to the head of P do five events and this will you can't do five boy the timetable allow it and looked at the time I wanNA worked out occurred two weeks later I'm in career at the world junior championships thinking what on earth is going on and I became an athlete from their P. teach if he hadn't believed in me and taking me to a club Austin actually sit in front of me to the teacher fifty quit the boy won't win far too much I remember thinking how dare you bet against me no technique the gun went on our just kept my head down and sprinted enough time to measure my run-up the kid before me lucky was quite good so I just ran from where hey ron jumped jump goes to the four hundred star and for the first time felt really competitive because the head different when it came to training as well actually enough on the way here my taxi tim who was an athlete when ours an athlete he was an example of someone should train with Donaldson who is very talented murders a naughty boy in school but the teachers will leave him to her he represents us go every sport there is so I was a little bit cheeky chappy at school but because I was good at sports MMJ abroad and they for new hires it going yeah just something to tell you what if I'm honest the only reason I did a certain events sports there was a break my brother's record talent that they went on to get an Olympic medal he said you've broken all five school records today and also really and luckily for me that pe teacher took me to the county mix the events up so I did the high jump I won that one hundred me as everyone seven win one that then the two hundred one that that it was a long jump and literally the four hundred was going to start wanted to go down until you literally well yeah I used to push myself so much to my detriment really I think probably over trained and then later in my career just so almost like a like the pain like the fact that I had to work walk up eighty seven steps off the training and stop and probably be six three times before Takhar with bone really good speedy legs I think so yeah I you know obviously the willingness to train hard and push massage for the pain barrier Lacuna Tuesday research training place the boys copying Thornhill Sampson I mean you should just do bound in jumping over chairs do medicine bow apply metric and run up a so you've got pace yourself no off switch I'm not going I'll haven't got a sensible switch I'm sprinter saliva all I know is aid to be quickly the I think you are excursion yeah you couldn't appreciate off today so I almost like the pain of training which has a four hundred meter running you need that right if you are currently a boat to start running golf too hard and it gets a mall ten hours thing is going to hurt already but yeah I've had it by before London from Lima for I don't know I'm in trouble enough is that's it my coach was a little bit old school blessed me wasn't really the modern type of coach he was more like kind of rockies coach where it was very old fashioned people old-school central things really work is that they weren't your legs strength stews conditioning in the winter and then leading into speed endurance and then in the summer of injuries but the weird guy training wherever and say why did you park at the top of the ski center one other track and couldn't explain it also over the years what did I do that yeah you couldn't you couldn't there was maybe the art occasion where if my coach could a in my demeanor on my face I wasn't really feeling it I'll find out years is he had the school record for one hundred and two hundred no competitive soft so not only can I solve show everyone at a new school I'm quick can annoy my brother doing it so that's why I do those events anyway collins stores show a one that was well p teach came over and I thought I was going to give me a hug he actually gave me a clip around the air and he said well you do in boy he said the last Tommaso road a straight ten times and everyone was very scientific but my coach before me had coach Roger Black Chris Akabusi taught Bennett some well clause four hundred meter runners so you knew it was you are running out it's hurting it's not hurting as much as is hurt you and he's been training going unless you're stopping to Kalev really pass and be sake you're not trading and on a Sunday people would say me out we'll connect dogs up be running in a place called Lyndhurst in Capos because it was my descend up and down the sand dunes just really old fashioned train awesome I'll be lucky to run under a minute I reckon I don't know but then again often wallace over really competitive if you said to me you know but you fully when you go because you said it's absolutely exhausting to run four hundred meters is it exhausting from the minute you go I mean the training is probably harder than racist had lied to me so let's say stuff like to someone in earshot hear him say Oh yeah Roger blocked this session yes I heard down in Guilford eight hundred average twenty two and it's yeah I'm Michael Johnson up running really quick times I had lane to head lame four his personal best for two hundred meters was a world record nineteen point three twenty two years run faster than me over one lap in the last twenty two years as a forty four point three six t think now I couldn't run space so there was different phases to our train but I don't think is rocket science and I think some people are a little bit too weird about it all you gotta do it listen horses for courses I think I can put them under pressure no one tried to beat Mark Johnson so I went through two hundred four hundred final in twenty point so I'm running quicker than not even run for one of two Y personal bests was only twenty one zero so offices natural quicker to me by thought you know what he's being able to share we've been running similar times I'm not going to run and trying silver or bronze what my vote for me Martineau of what further if it was good for me and it suited my body style and my body todd that's why I did it did you love it or did it feel love and laughter Coleman comments you and Thomas is going to be crowned world champion and in the space of maybe ten meters are went from first to sixth an ended up comes six running slower than run all year no not here it wasn't true totally hadn't heard Roger Black's training but you know that would get me angry inordinate running quicker in training so he knew how to push my buttons a little bit to the extent in the European Championship final I'd lanes three mark. Richardson had lane six and he went off a little bit harder normally does and instead of me panicking thinking chase him uh-huh definitely works because you can go quite a medal collection is it seven golds if Gore I think so yeah hopefully my proudest thing which isn't a metal but are still held the British record about it in of messing up the year before are probably wouldn't have been as mature the year after and it's the same as Americans find your place don't judge people around you I think one of the worst things I ever did him backwards it looked horrible and it felt is still pains me now I will that's what's annoying I think more than is that you've got so close but that's good advice because there are some funny running techniques really funny running styles and you're like there's no way that two hundred year old man that runs with like hopping the lactic acid in your legs you know what it's the end of Morrison when you lit you've got nothing left in it sure she'll share will get you to the finish line that's what happened but when everyone else is running quickly and cocoon recommended I probably would do is this rate would you be able to do that just go someone gives you know not something break okay are remembered the year before an awful now he's gone off too fast my Pacers Roy ignore him and came off the top then then I ended up winning behalf seconds so if I had the agony absolutely devastated young boy Krahn sorta try thinking if only I run my own Reis I would've gone silver medal there or bronze worst but because a comfort if I hadn't done nine nine thousand seven and nine I ended up winning I became European champion Commonwealth champion and won the World Cup and I caught my tactics palm every single ride one London marathon and a meanest with respect an old lady with the hunchback went past me about Maltin I mustn't can this white lady can be quicker than me so I picked up my pace I remember mall sixteen she strode on past man to walk Saddam judge a book by its cover you know we're all different shapes and sizes find your own pace stick to it and way too much maybe three hundred twenty meters and is like a monkey junk jumped on my back that's what they call it I was running through tracheal pine yeah it was engine meets us at Kohima are two hundred he's probably thinking more on earth city doing outgoing so hard to go to three hundred as about eight meters ahead of him how David Smell is going to overtake me about post dresses a house why am I getting beaten by a house remember fancy dress runners are in France address reason that very good runners I think it was hard for me to take it that makes sense because you have to train hard you can run through your rounds I'll give you an example of one thousand nine hundred eighty seven world championship final in Athens I'm ranked number two in the world roll mentally I found myself I'm to explain myself people now runner and I think you will run you should be at the front and the amount of times tapped on the BA- honestly I'm talking hundreds during the London marathon or are you what are you doing becky you should be winning I was a sprinter one hundred times short distance was than this but I think people just think if you're running you must be to run any distance bay influenced by people around you because you get carried away all you judge them but you really do need to go sort of I don't know I think sometimes with running especially if it's coming q-quick always eager beaver an uneasy calm down and but then when you do go off and then you get to the finish line first taste yeah I'm born with fast twitch fibers I think you can change and you can't obviously slow down but I don't think I'll ever be good at London's I'd never worked it really did work I mean there's nothing better than getting through the finish on a looking you're watching Nevada run well and you're happy with your time so okay so what's it like when you cross the finish line battled riot by one hundred and fifty minutes to go digging and then just pick it up but it's quite weird because you all different people will have slightly different tactic so although you should ignore them on behalf of second which is a massive that's huge for four hundred meters it should have been closer than that and I knew so of forty me is to go on new is going to win by make sure I didn't WanNa Finish outracing you could have done something more you could have done something differently I just want to make sure I left nothing on that track had the dip finishes when you tell your daughter Titian you need to leave your ego at the door you might not be as good as you think you are and if you are picking up towards the end that's one thing I've learned was run out of I always go off all quiet where of the people in the line outside the lane inside you and sometimes you dictate your pace from their pace or their you shouldn't be running as I said I it's it's hard not to ready so in theory I come on the blocks really hard than you relaxed down the back straight but you maintain that speed and then what I normally used to do in the top Ben when I saw the steeplechase it has been watching we're watching you actually do at the world of latex she's like what are they doing that crosses the line right okay or is that the good as you know I wouldn't be I just don't could be but we do run together quite a little bit North Romley and then you've eaten love interviews Roach in fact she ran to do her run put interview did you run here today trying because he's a sprinter in seven days a week blood sweat and tears injuries you've got try manage you might be having a domestic at home you've got put out your minds when you race you need to be totally focused and listen I one to try and take a positive out of a negative say ninety seven world champs where I messed up I would not let myself forget that all through the winter train in the next year in the dark wind it I kept telling myself they're gonNA catch gonNA catch the catch you because I didn't want to become complacent slowdown at all and I even finished with I want to know I didn't need to I just wanted pain and channel it in the right way so I think we learn from mistakes in life not just running I think I'll become a far person from life mistakes I've made and you're GonNa win you you're winning gold do you knew when you finish I need one goal Japan's yeah most races you know clear their lights when on the European championships it just feels great it just you know you've worked so hard a lot of people obviously see you run and they don't shoot me to turn up per month train so much goes into eleven months the training as well some of the parks and stuff there was one year I remember you you came up to me and was halfway and you're like now mcandrew is only a minute in front keep up and then she sorry I lost far more races and one but the ones you win I feel Berlin really does Yvonne a law you've law you know own assay the ball used math one year combine what year I did it you know towards the end on the grandstand they might recognize you in the coma to finish the worse worse or member getting to like four hundred meters almost stunned uprising can they've won and in late night I can't see but someone's different for the line and their torsos before him Oh God saying he still annoying everyone's actually thinking about the London I put it in the bank and when you need to you can take withdrawal when it counts in the someone you need some fast remember today they account or training sessions count ask your head yet because we thought that are trying to get their Chins over nine because Colin Jackson you should do this really weird sprint finish so he'd lean locks over superman might be because alasia tweet pizza and cake or maybe just maybe it's because you loved the way it makes you feel so with that in mind at actually really liked to hear today's may be snow on the track cold think do you want to feel the pain of loser game now route Gal with that saw the negative failings from the year before be a positive until maybe try and even odder that's good that it propels you forward because for a law of people it could quite soul destroying here is to certain degree but then you have to lie forget Cowan hurt the comments you teams had old as you Thomas coming in all the British record over over foreign ginette she said it would take a brave person to try and take him on this it wouldn't make me the person I hadn't been through some tough times I think and I think it's the same as running you know I did a training session yes absolutely awful on the stop six times Takhar onsite down horrendous about shape because no he thought about that in the office but they're the ones I count the session is in the bank and used to see torch isn't that doesn't that isn't more time consuming than just running time it just right you see sometimes with one hundred meter runners someone will lose on the Dick Finish when someone might so did walk from the tube though it was probably about two hundred didn't go too hot there in less than twenty point I so when you're doing four hundred you pick up pace as you go as well you break it down never forget a guy you should try them with Dan Donovan he used to say to me in training say for example we're doing eight to hundreds and on a out of about session I mean the Stop Watch doesn't lie in athletics and not walked Alexa really her and I knew I looked across to two hundred to go in this next one is picking up the pace and he actually said you want it and I wanna come on go and honestly I couldn't keep up with him on forward and and leaning he's like a scientists who he'd worked out is the best way to to see the of the Ed so when you do cross the finish line with fish or and you've won what on earth does feel late in the first three miles off the war's going on a word massage move myself until some days some days you feel really great and training's easy of days it's really hard but the end almost had to start out and wave to the crowd letting immediately but this guy sprint at four hundred years of the Finnish people do not maybe just need a day off and sometimes the bodies a weird thing and the minds very strong the modification of feeling it and sometimes other days you say not going to try and today and just make them know that you're totally might my strength would almost become their weakness if that makes sense are on show them how confident I was knowing it would tripwire that confidence right that's amazing that sought horrible game of confidence I just assign to show that you're ready and then maybe people start doubting the someone who likes to keep quiet relaxed I in a final hit pretty sitting in the corner keeping himself to himself obey the one in the final coroner's walking around pump and then you go to a call room and you have to hand in your phone you music sacred botchy coach you're on your own just you you're running care and hustling is like in the movies no but I'll tell you what does happen which people don't really talk about is in the coal room a race can be won or lost before will you step on the line forget a Meikeljohn use aim bowl of of this generation pretty much I of you in an Olympic or world champs final you're over same ability is the person who believes you have to take time out he is difficult to train Christmas I'm I'm so awful lot contradict himself now but I used to train Christmas Day because I knew championships could look at him on the other seven all think you haven't sacrifices much as me you didn't jump over the fence and breaking sheetrock and trade on Christmas Day because you wouldn't be Michael Johnson wouldn't try and on Christmas Day hundred percent so I wouldn't probably gain any fitness or any edge over him physically about training one day a week but a new in the cool room before major around not not not nervous American America the Americans are very loud quiet loud nervous energy but I would never try to our side and himself the most and I remember the European championships and he probably white mommy sign it really mind but mark Richardson was my big without year in fact he'd beaten me five times out of six I am I truly believe number one would have beat me day I just had something I had that inner animal switch I switched and lie I'm not being rude to live tomorrow and all the others birth seven people you're about to go to battle with remembering that call remorse just standing tall and look at the mall and then in that particular track there was a little shuttle bus took you from the courtroom to the main stadium some people are born against but others I knew how to get inside their heads I suppose it's gamesmanship it said it would be unfair any advances you can get me didn't didn't affect me a toll and got it is exciting not to think that you've been on that startling with some of these amazing World Class I knew I go inside their heads before that even heard on your marks are just know how is the Thomas Gays you couldn't do it truly athletes so for example Roger Block was social media as well and again we're all different shapes and sizes different abilities but we all just get on and support each other is a lovely community when judges you thing was we may rise to each other about yeah I remember in the warm-up track we were doing drills stretches and he walked towards me I literally stopped at his lane so we'll have to see I bought off the trump on the on the truck I used to almost have it behalf and our before competition it would almost pay I call it the switch I think all Olympians have talent possibly I just stopped instead in stead him right out and he broke broke mcgahee look to the floor straight away and I went back to my coaches and see what you may not set up heads going on somehow running especially if they are over way I'm not fair play Gio because you're doing something about it we've all got start somewhere we're not all going to be the same base level when it comes to fitness is a marathon and ten K.'s like still feel a part of a community competition if you like and I think that's the great thing about running it doesn't matter how good you are you can be any shape athletes after you've won you've got the gold and then you still not put you on the top step which is for someone like me though that is absolutely never going to happen relax to switch off to think about things but not over think them and it's my my head spices my time when I can have a little bit of time to me and that's why I like training d. enjoy it as well and I John I thought it was just I was just getting slower getting less fit in trading as much but maybe it's an age thing I don't know I don't know idea just keep going and do you think you I do not too far because I don't know I think being that sprinter my concentration span isn't great I probably think for me a five K. is a nice day inabilities Maroon preparation that's all as he's known for on new and then the minute you have a negative thought in your head and not say isn't that Bob while I'm not sure are really respect people who try and better themselves on never going to be a good long distance runner bucknell competition against myself on people if they'll never run a half marathon and they've tried yeah I wasn't fair and that's a good one of the few times man versus horse have you done that I've seen Susie and Sufi Davis voice you're all welcome unless well I love about running I like an island we've become friends and there's like a really nice big group we all meet all these events and there's there's members of the public again walked out the Asha human over certain distance could be an animal I think it's a marathon distance superstar offers an argument and then a money money goes into a Paul and she just kept getting in their way thank you start maybe twenty thirty years ago and they said listen I can't stop getting in our way when we're running vice versa so we're racia- about could beat you and is it only a very few people that get that chance yeah is is amazing I miss it every day if I'm honest we miss Bain and athlete every day and I think that's why probably do things like half marathon they need to get fit bomb unto like paranoid Congo to the GM people are GonNa Charge me and I said listen now idiot is going to judge you judging yourself on with that and whenever I see enough johnny so well done because you know you need to challenge yourself in life and I just think is good for me now going out for runs is my my time stupid to do so I just a little edge psychological edge love hey competitive you're can I ask when you're on the on the star Lane or you're making your as the startline is there like some kind of and I think everyone's very encouraged they're like yeah you can do that no-one known whatever looks because I have quite a few people in social media contact me and say I really need to lose weight to mention it at the start lane of the Great North Run one year I do remember you give me I think I went Juju. It banana and I made sure I go home I ever knew Ray Samantha war pass me and literally stat at the Marlins they will possibly in to let them know you can have to pull something out of the bag because you're not going to be me next year okay so tell us the premise of it okay so I think he started off as an argument in the Little Village in Wales where some jokers were run in the people on there first and
Ep. 492 - Trent365! - The Essence of Tribe
"Get eight today in episode four hundred ninety two of trend three sixty five the essence of tribe now. Apologies today. No fancy titles. No fence. He musique no fancy transitions on Royd side on the way to the little village of touch Anna whereabout, twelve hours now into what should be a twelve hour journey and still another two and a half hours to go. We've pulled up roadside to pick up some during on the way because my wife disparately wants the jury in. So there's no fancy bits today. I'm just posting these on the way on the fly. It'll go on the podcast as soon as I get a connection somewhere decent. And it'll get them the linked in everyone else on Instagram and Facebook, and whatever else just has to wait until tomorrow, I'm afraid because probably weren't get a connection. So anyway, the essence of tribe. It's been a pretty tough way one way or another and the one thing that really has risen I to me this week with all it's going on. And it's funny. I feel like I've kind of lost a few friends. I think I've actually lost friends because funny enough got more connections on my linked in this this last couple of weeks these last week, particularly than I have for a long time. But maybe what it is. I made a few enemies based on the things I've said, and the interesting thing about that is to me what Seth Godin says about tribe people like us do things like this. And if that's not your thing, then that's okay. You don't need to join. And that's the funny way kind wear I feel about what's gone on this week people like me say things like that. When they feel. They don't have a choice when they feel it has to be said. And if that's not your thing. I get it. And I'm sorry, if it offends you. But it had to be said so. People like us do things like this. And if that ain't your thing, then that's all right already today. Thanks for tuning and we'll be back again tomorrow from the farm in top Jonah eventually. So you.
British grapes roasted by extreme heat
"The sign show on Aren last week we briefly met TV producer Paul well English Welsh wine as we'd like to call it is doing astonishingly it's a stunning it's a growth world. The Quality of wines are staunching coaching them from guess where no Australia yes my wine this it's all competing on a level playing fields with French Spanish book the Vineyard is based on that with myself circular in Lewisham in London eighteen and we have two thousand bottles of that little village called Orig- say Glorious Rosie and something region which makes a very fruity Tis wide thirty meters long also known as an allotment just off the south circular is that mine even more now so what I do is pour glass uh-huh yes that's mine so that's we love playing that game so again the quality is that really what's been going on in recent years the climate is something that many warming it's climate change and it's the change which is causing us pros and Time Ludicrous frosts which destroyed a lot of the crop the buds ever hits forty six Celsius. Yeah we're now getting scorched problems of as well and what did he come to in Sussex when you had those days of really really hot weather theological
Episode 174: Once Upon a Time in the Wild Wild West
"Guys it's Mike Rowe, and this is the way I. Heard it the podcast for the curious mind with a short attention span. It's episode number one, seventy four and it's called once upon a time in the wild wild west. Why? Well because once upon a time, a couple of months ago at the height of the plague, I found myself at home along with the rest of the country flicking around on a Saturday morning. Looking for something to watch when I stumbled across a marathon of Westerns on the Turner Movie Classics Station One after the next classics like Rio Bravo, the searchers more modern ones like the unforgiven. Totally sucks me in. What a great, what a great movie, the unforgiveness but the searchers also amazing. I hadn't seen that in years classic John Wayne, the shoot est John Wayne's last movie. They played high noon with Gary, Cooper. I didn't watch them all but the TV was on that channel for most of the weekend. So when I sat down on a Monday to write a new story. Showdowns were on my mind epic confrontations I wanted to I wanted to write a story that would allow me to capture. That moment in virtually every movie I had seen over the last forty eight hours. About you know good guys and bad guys come and face to face cowboys and Indians shoot assists plying their trade. Well. I didn't know what I wanted to write about until I stumbled across the story of Bill King. I'm not giving anything away but I didn't know who bilking was I'm I'm guessing you don't either. But when you hear what he did? When It started with an Indian who wandered onto his property. And what happened as a result and the classic showdown the classic confrontation that ensued. I dare say you will never look at another western the same way brought to you by net. Sweet. If you're a business owner, you don't need me telling you that running a business tough. That is self evident, but you might be making it harder on yourself the necessary you might be. Letting. quickbooks and spreadsheets and all that other software slow you down stop already just upgrade to net sweet twenty two, thousand companies have upgraded to net suite by Oracle the world's number one cloud business system and they are unexamined. You've got complete visibility and control over all your financials, your HR, your inventory ECOMMERCE, all that stuff all in one place instantaneously twenty, two, thousand companies can't be wrong. Don't take my word for it. Let Nets we show you how they'll benefit your business with a free product tour at Netflix Dot com slash Mike schedule your free product or do it now net sweet dot com slash. Mike. That's sweet. Dot Com slash. Mike where was I Yes. Once upon a time. In the wild wild west. The. Shooting occurred on the property of a man named bill king who made his home on the outskirts of a little village like the gunfight at the OK corral. The king shooting would do much to Romanticize the West and yet we know very little about the men who were shot on that fateful day including the Indian who entered bill kings property covered in more paint and looking trouble. Bill. King could have shot the Indian right then and there it was his right to do so and no one in those days would have batted an eye. Along with the war paint fearsome countenance. The Indian also wore a headdress filled with eagle feathers each one representing an act of bravery on the field of battle. But Bill King didn't shoot the Indian that entered his property. Be simply watched him from a safe distance and waited to see what might happen next. Well, he didn't have to wait long. A man called Hobo arrived shortly after the Indian Hobo was a laborer worked in the nearby village and a familiar face to bill king so too were the men who followed Hokuto a soldier called Briley and a man in black called Hughes. Bill King. Knew all about these men and so he was not terribly surprised when Hokuto Briley and Hughes surrounded the Indian. He may have been surprised however when the Indian. started. Dancing. Was it a war dance bill king didn't know. He'd never seen a war dance before but whatever you call it, the dancing was accompanied by lots of whooping and hollering which to bill kings bemusement inspired Hondo to follow suit. Briley was next followed by Hughes, and just like that there were four men on Bill Kings property jumping around and whooping it up to beat the band. This of course, drew the attention of even more villagers including that of a cowboy named Jones who showed up with a pistol and a bull whip. Jones approached the dancing men cracking his whip with every other step. The met ignored him Jones cracked his bull whip again this time right over the Indians head but the Indian kept right on dancing. and. So two did Jojo Briley and Hughes. So the cowboy called Jones stopped cracking his bull whip. And joined them. King shook his head had this Indian. Cast some sort of spell over these men it seems. So they were all dancing and whooping and hollering like men possessed who knows they might very well of dance themselves to death at the officer not arrived when he did. Victor Willis didn't look like a traditional sheriff though he often dressed as one. Today, however, he was wearing his dress whites and looking very much like a man in charge. As Victor, Willis approached the dancing. Indian. The soldier called Briley raised his hands while Hughes the man in black crouch down as if to pounce. Bill King readied himself. This was the moment. The Indian whooped one final time as hotel ripped open his shirt at which point Victor Willis donned his admiral's cap and stepped in front of the men. That's when the cowboy called. Jones. drew his gun. That is when Bill King. Started shooting. And that Is the moment things got as good as they would ever. For. The six men who met on that fateful day on the outskirts of a little village where a man called, Bill? King. Shot them all. I refer, of course to the shooting of Randy Jones Philippe Rose David Hobo Alex Briley Glenn, Hughes and Victor Willis otherwise known as the cowboy, the Indian, the construction worker, the soldier, the Leatherman, and the sheriff who sometimes dressed like an admiral. Six. Macho man who made a name for themselves, promoting the virtues of a career in the navy and the many benefits of membership. MCA. Six icons of the gay community preserve now for posterity in a photo that perfectly captures their unbridled exuberance at the pinnacle of their popularity, a timeless photo of six friends, dancing and whooping and celebrating their fame taken before anyone knew. A plague was on its way to visit. Their little village. A little village in New York City where thousands of their most devoted fans would soon succumb. To a deadly scourge unlike anything the country had ever seen. FANS LIKE BILL KING The fashion photographer who died of AIDS after he shot the village people. For the cover of the rolling stone. Once upon a time. In the wild wild. West village. Anyway. That's the way out here.
The Barrett Brief- 30 Days To Stop The Spread Of Government!
"Yes as we can see people posting pictures in there at once from others who Who are getting the scary text and the scary communiques from their local state officials trying to reinforce the panic response that we are being fed in order to keep us in homes. The only problem is Jesse. Kelly brought up a great point and his twitter feed and I've never been The the biggest Fan Jesse. Kelly think he's fine But he's been there's my church then there's jazzy Kelly and there's like Clay Travis but in that order my church has been leanness fight for over two months. Jesse Kelly's been out there and and Clay Travis as well. They got a little late to the party. But just think about this. What's the high water mark for the deaths from Cova Nineteen Wuhan superbug two hundred and forty Two hundred and forty thousand right were last week's unemployment numbers and three point two million Jordan. Forty Thousand Three Point. Two million two hundred forty thousand is just a number based on a mathematical model. The three point two million is tangible. Three point two million people are filing for unemployment and so we're still and the FAO chief fear mongering is going on there. Even he said yesterday I think it was a little Freddie and slip or just a slip up where he said even the math models the mathematical models are only as good as the data that we give it which means if your only plugging in Italian data and Chinese data which the data based on itself rank. The data based on itself doesn't consider other factors the size of the country the population the amount of people in in all of these other variables and to everything. These math models are being created on based off of New York City. Right all the lines. You know you got everybody else at the bottom. And they've got these massive lines were New York New Jersey. Well I guarantee you. There's very few parts of the country that have twelve million people stacked on top of each other. Which is the case in New York which anybody can tell you? Any virus will sweep through a place like that much quicker than eve- and then even other major metropolitan areas just based on the composition of them but unfortunately the Don You know straddled are Sashayed up to the podium yesterday and announced that they are now doing thirty days to defeat the virus. Which wouldn't if you're keeping track. That will be forty five days. Total after the fifteen is added on top of it So we have the. We have the audio clip from him making the announcement yesterday. So let's take a listen to what he had to say about that. Our country is in the midst of a great national trial. Unlike any we have ever faced before you will see it. You see it probably better than most were at war with a deadly virus. Success in this fight will require the full absolute measure of our collective strength love and devotion very important each of us has the power through our own choices and actions to save American lives and rescue the most vulnerable among us. That's why we really have to do what we all know is right. Every citizen is being called upon to make sacrifices. Every business is being asked to fulfill its patriotic duty. Every community is making fundamental changes to how we live work and interact each and every day so we address a couple of these things. We absolutely do. And if you want to jump into the JEREM will You can let me know what you think. Crusade CHANNEL DOT COM forward Slash Chat C. H. At free to use by the way. This segment is sponsored by the foundations restorative. Catholic perspective on creation which In these times a you have a lot of time after this amazing show and after all the amazing programming here in the crusade. 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Foundations restored a Catholic perspective on creation crusade channel Dot com forward slash atom. So the Dan. I don't know what's going on with the Don Right now right. I may be a vodka. Got To remember the missile strike. It was because she was crying about like kids. Not Eating or some kind of sally. Struthers commercial remembers us out there the kids eating and all that maybe she got to. She's like and so now he's changed his tune. Because you have to understand that. And you know that the dawned the president trump has has a lot of grandkids. And I'm sure that angle was pushed him. What about grandparents? Who Will Die? And all these other non sequiturs book shut down. We have two things happening simultaneously. We had the shutting down of the American economy is not recession any LIB or anybody. That's ill-informed will tell you a man. We're in a recession. They're wrong is a government mandated shutdown of the economy. Okay the two the two businesses that have gone out of business. The two restaurants right down the street from me in my little village here in the middle of Texas did not go out of business lack because of lack of sales the twenty four people from one restaurant and I don't even know how many the other did not go out of business because they had a bad business model three weeks ago. Both restaurants were full of people three weeks ago. My wife and I sat down at the Chew Copra which is restaurant that closed on Sunday. We had some amazing food. My wife had some of their great wine that they had there. It was a community watering hole. The entire town was there. It didn't go out of business because it was not successful. It went out of business because of this quote unquote patriotic duty trump. You got to reverse this nonsense of patriotic duty. It is not patriotic to go on government assistance. And I guarantee you if the federal government's doing anything anything these small business loans are going to be impossible to get the paperwork and all of these loopholes and all these other things that you're going to have to fill out. It's going to be impossible to get one so these people are GonNa have to go on unemployment zoo. We have the shutting down of the United States economy by choice right. The government chose to shut everything down. So now we have that. We have the lowering of the economy. The lowering of the ability for people to provide for themselves. What's on the other hand like scale? What's rising government through? Fear and through dependents government is rising. Now we have My church mic Joe was like we got three days. But just make it to put a little rapper wrapper on top of it. A little bow on top of it. They say we have thirty days to stop the spread. I agree we have thirty days to stop the spread of government and whether that's following the Apollo plan which you'll be able to find at the daily caller published by Mike Church whether it's putting pressure on our government governors demanding. Listen this curve and it's always. It was a joke at first it was ten days ago. It was supposed to be today today. We were supposed to see an exponential growth of death and people are like three thousand. People are dead. Four thousand people are dead three hundred thirteen million people in the United States. Now don't get me wrong. Every person that died breaks my heart. I don't want to see anybody die but you people that are telling me and you something you people you people who are telling you. We must stay inside. Where are you for the people that die in car accidents or from heart disease or from smoking or from choking on a pretzel? Why the sudden shift to this. Why is this the thing that you are literally going to die on a hill from your being? You can't be liberal if you're unemployed and you can't eat your going die so we have that and that's not to say that Kovic Nineteen Wuhan. Superbug is not something to be aware of. We can be aware of it but for somebody like me. Just making sure. I get enough vitamin D Evan. Give for about since the beginning of February went. Dr John Campbell on Youtube said. Start TAKING HIS. He would say start. Taking Vitamin D doesn't matter take vitamin D British But I started digging vitamin D in in Elder Bury's back at the beginning of February. Elderberry vitamin C. Zinc in it. So I haven't taken those three have been given my wife the same thing and we're just gonNA live. We should just be able to live normally but in so many people just added tax message from an old coworker. He said to me somebody in the complex next to me got it all my gosh. You're young here's what I texted them this. This very sentence take as much vitamin D VITAMIN. A and zinc. As you can get your hands on. You're GONNA be fine. And that's the that's the response we need to give people missing. Take some vitamin A vitamin D vitamin C. or take zinc. Wash your hands and you'll be fine. We just need people to be calm and rational instead of being like you. You know somebody who knows somebody that has the co- bring out yet dead. I can't believe thoughts and prayers. You're GONNA die now. It's an elderly person or somebody who's WHO's Immune who's got a compromised immune system or any factor that's underlying that could put them in jeopardy them Allegra. We need to make sure that you're okay for you me listener. This is doing nothing more but giving government the excuse to do what it wants which is to expand the Leviathan is expanding. We have thirty days whatever they were however that is whether it's sharing the Doctor Sheva interview that you had that might church this morning's or more people get it whatever we can do folks. We have to stop the spread of government.
Senators vote today on a controversial choice for the Fed
"The. Senators vote today on a controversial pick for the federal. Reserve Board of Governors. From marketplace I'm Benesch shore in for David Brancaccio. WHO's on assignment? The Senate Banking Committee today votes onto nominations to the federal. Reserve Board of Governors Judy, Shelton and Christopher Waller both economists. Shelton's nomination is controversial. She's been in the past. A proponent of the gold standard in favors reducing the Federal Reserve powers coordinating more with the White House Karen Patru is a managing partner at federal financial analytics and joins us to talk about it good morning morning three. Would the nomination of Judy Shelton mean for the independence of the Federal Reserve. Not much in my opinion, monetary policy, which is where the independence is particularly critical. Is made by the federal. Open Market Committee, and that is twelve people of whom the Fed governors are only shelvin. where she could be really influential, I the decisions of the Fed Board Mix, which are the regulatory and fiscal ones. And I think she might be significant and certainly a dissenter on several key initiatives, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors has been pursuing for the last twenty years or so. Anyone's that you're thinking of in particular. She I expect we'll be much more of a hands off regulator than the Fed she in the past as opposed things. AS ICONIC AS FDIC insurance. I think she'll on those votes, but she will be raising very important issues. Thing of them should be discussed much of what she advocates I think should be adopted. But. I think she will be very different than challenging voice on the Fed. Karen Petro's managing partner with federal financial analytics. Thank you so much, thank you. After a marathon four days of at times, acrimonious negotiations European leaders in the early morning hours reached a deal on an economic rescue package for EU. Nations battered by the pandemic marketplace colleague. The BBC's Victoria Craig is in London. Hi Victoria Hase, abry. So what did these twenty-seven leaders agree to? Well? They've officially signed off on a plan to distribute eight hundred fifty billion dollars to member countries to help them recover from the impact of shutdowns loss of tourism and loss of local spending during coronavirus crisis, and they'll raise this money through the first ever collective bond issuance program. Usually, the EU prefers member states to raise money individually. One of the big sticking points was whether to loan money to struggling countries or just give those countries money. Why was that such a big deal? Well southern nations like Italy and Spain which have been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic had advocated to get a bigger portion of the overall funding to be distributed through grants that would have meant that they wouldn't have to take on extra debt after they've already kind of slowly repaired from the euro zone debt crisis from several years ago, the so called Frugal Four Group of nations in the north. Those are the Netherlands Austria, Sweden and Denmark. Denmark with support from Finland, they wanted more control, and how the money is distributed in the end, leaders agreed to allocate more money in grants than in loans, but the total amount of money that will be distributed in grants is more than one hundred billion dollars less than was originally floated back in May so. It was sort of a win. Win Situation for everyone. My marketplace colleague the Victoria Craig in London. Thank you so much my pleasure. Let's do the numbers. The Dow Jones industrial averages up to one hundred and eighty four points, that is one point one percent, the S. and P. Five hundred is up seven tenths of a percent, the Nasdaq up one tenth of a percent and the ten year. Treasury yield is at point six one percent this morning. coca-cola says it's revenue plunged twenty eight percent in the second quarter. Half a coke sales come from stadiums movie theaters places where people gather in groups. Coke still reported a profit though one point eight billion dollars. According to statistics gathered by the main French phone company, more than one million people fled the Paris region at the end of March to spend the lockdown in the countryside. Now some realtor say they're seeing a surge in home sales, indicating some people WANNA make their move to the countryside permanent. John Lawrenson reports from Karez in rural central France. Family at the lake in the place Philippe. Lead says they're starting to call home. A little village called wholesale, bizarre, nearly three hundred miles south of Paris we. We left Paris in a bit of a panic tape. President Macron announced the lockdown. We were on the road when we heard the announcement on the radio. I'm a bit fridge. Our healthwise and we thought correctly as it turned out that the virus was going to hit Paris hard and being stuck in his city apartment for months on end would be held first of all. They were in a bed and breakfast says Lockheed's then a place they rent by the month now they're looking to buy which the kids are into his well. Daughter Madeline is thirteen sake. The most it's. On less stressful than Peres. There isn't a pollution. Maybe if we moved to the country, a have a doug on writing lessons. Lucky is a graphic designer. telly workings easy many Parisians looking to leave the capital. Don't want to go so far. One real estate website says there's been a doubling of demand for houses an hour outside the big cities. News. Should be in the shivers. Valley forty miles west of Paris. Real Estate Consultant Joel Shoshee Shows House. She's in the process of selling. She'll don't appeal fund you. Coffee Norway's is out of the ten houses of sold since the end lockdown on May eleven. Of been to Parisiens, it wasn't even one intend before. Back with family, it's dinnertime. They're eating out in the garden luxury. They didn't have em- Paris, and they just visited a house. They might be interested in buying seventy three thousand dollars. They'd be lucky to get a one room apartment for that in Paris. In Karez France on John Lawrenson for marketplace. In new. I'm sorry Benesch your with the marketplace morning. APM American public media?
26: The Magical Powder
"From stories about animals and birds details of kings and queens let your child. Listen to them on Thursday. I got her the podcast that not only entertains but also educates your child or folktale from Myanmar. Once upon a time in a little village on the banks of the Irrawaddy River there lived a young woman called muze. She was very happily married to a handsome young man thingy. But there was one problem that nagged xhosa. Her husband believed he was an alchemist and would spend all his time dreaming about ways to turn dirt into gold. All day and for days on end Hindi spent his time in experiments searching for a breakthrough soon. All their money was over and young who's had to struggle to buy food for the two of them? She became very valid. You should find a job soon. She pleaded with her husband. We cannot continue like this. One thing he wouldn't listen. I'm on the verge of a breakthrough. Why do I have to work when we will be rich beyond our wildest dreams. We will soon be able to turn all the dirt we find into gold. Disheartened who's are approached her father. Why is all the paint for a solution? It was surprised when he heard that his son-in-law was an alchemist. He thought for a while and asked to see thingy. Rosa returned home happily that day for she knew Hawaii's father would have a solution. The next day I arrived at his father-in-law's house fully prepared for a scolding. He was taken by surprise when hedge took him aside and whispered when I was young like you I also was an alchemist off. The two of them spent the whole afternoon discussing thing is work. Finally the old man stood up and said why thingy you've done exactly like I did when I was your age you are definitely on the verge of a breakthrough. Congratulations. Not even seem to be lacking one very important ingredient in your experiments. You will need this when you finally turn. To gold. Only recently did I discover it? But I am too old for this task. It requires enormous effort. Then let me do it for you further right thingy. He was really excited. All his efforts would be off at last. Tell me what the ingredient is. What do you got excited? Said that he leaned closer and whispered. Sun the secret ingredient is a silver powder that is found only on banana leaves. You will have to plant the bananas yourself and cast certain spells on them. Then as the plants grow the powder on the leaves begin magical powers. How much of this powder will be need further asked excitedly a kilo? Replied that. Oh kilo cried thingy that would require hundreds of banana plants. I'm afraid so Sun City old man. That is why I can't complete the task myself. Don't lose heart father. Same thinking I shall. Later that evening the old man taught his son-in-law the magic spells and loaned him the money to start the work. The very next state plainly bought a small field near his home and clear. Just as he had been instructed he dug the ground himself and planted the saplings after carefully chanting the magic spells off every day. He wants to the field and examined the saplings. He kept the weeds and pests away diligently when the plaintiff and both fruit. He carefully collected the silver powder from the leaves and kept it safely in a box. There was hardly any powder on each Leaf. So thingy had to buy more land and grow more bananas, but he was determined to do what was needed. It took him several years, but at the end of it all he had managed to collect enough of the magic powder. He rushed to his father-in-law excited as never before he would soon be able to make gold from here. Father finally your restore kilo of magic powder he cried. The old man was filled with joy. Wonderful. He said wonderful you've done well thingie. I'm proud of you. Now. I will show you how to turn. Into gold. But first let's get Hoosier. We need our help. Then he was a little puzzled. But without losing any time he ran to his wife and was soon back with her. Rosa Asti old man. What did you do with the bananas when your husband was collecting the powder? Why I saw them Father replied xhosa. That's how we own the living. Then you must have been able to save some money to. pinky grew more than enough bananas The old man continued yes. I did replied who's up. Can we see it asked fate? Of course? I have kept it safely at home beamed who's up. The three of them went to think his house where who's produced several bags from The Loft where she had kept them safely. Pete opened one of the Bands pure din side and smiled. He then emptied one of the bags on the table gold coins stink a good as they fell in a huge shiny. Then he went to the field and came back with a handful of dirt which he placed next to the Heap of gold. You see pinky. He said turning to his son-in-law. You have changed dirt into gold. Never after that day did thing he collect any more magic powder from the leaves, but he continued to grow more bananas. His Alchemist father-in-law had taught him the best way to turn dirt into gold after all he didn't need the Magic game anymore. But nah ngajak after thing is Magic powder from bananas. How about surprising your friends with some magical bananas bolts Dale them about a new variety that you have just discovered one that grows in slices. To make your own magical bananas, you will need a few ripe bananas or toothpick or sewing needle. Here's the method to make it. First push the toothpick into the banana somewhere along the seam. Next without taking it out carefully rotate the toothpick left and right inside the banana. You should cut all the way through the food but not through the peel mind. You also try and keep the toothpick whole as small as possible off the smaller the Lesser it is to be visible. Remove the tooth pick and repeat the above Step at another spot on the banana see after an inch. Keep making internal one in Palm slices until you have at least five or six. Do these two steps with all the bananas that you have? That's it. Your magic bananas are ready to eat. All for the new variety to your friends while telling them a big story about how you discover them in the field nearby when your friends peel the banana imagine the look on their faces when they find that it is already sliced. while inside the skin Isn't that some yummy banana Magic? Did you like today's episode if so, we would love to hear your feedback you could leave a review on your favorite podcasting app or website or visit Bangkok. Com slash review where you can leave us a message in audio video or text.
Molly McCully Brown Transubstantiation
"My name is padre tumor and often awake in the middle of the night and. I like looking at things in the middle of the night, looking out the window or going outside and seeing what's there and listening to the sounds of a city or the countryside in the middle of the night because things sound different than. Things that are strange become familiar calm down and things that are familiar become very strange. Transportation. By Molly McCauley Brown. It's the middle of the night. I'm just a little loose on deer and blues and battered air and all the ways. This nowhere looks like home the feels and boarded houses dead with summer the filling station rowdy with the rumor of another place. Cattle pace the distance between road and gloaming inexplicably awake, and then the TUB literate in the pasture for sale or salvage or some secret labor stranger than I know. How does it work? Again, the alchemy shapes them briefly into boats and then the bones of great fell beasts and once more into Keenan copper bells before I even blink. Half a mile out the bills backup along the margin. Country songs cut in and out of static on the radio. Lord most of what I love mistakes itself for nothing. A. This poem comes as part of an interlude from a book that explores imaginary. The legacy of a building in an institution called the Virginia State Colony for epilepsy six and feeble minded, which is a true place she grew up near. And this poem as part of the interlude, and in this interlude were in a nighttime vista that seems to mistake itself for nothing abandoned place. She's location us here in rhythm and rhyme and image, and the poet is inviting us into the imagination of the poor. That says, this place is loved even though it imagines itself as nothing even though imagines itself as unlovable and this isn't charity I don't think this is a point that's trying to be pitying or show sympathy. This is a poem where somebody's relaxed and loosened up by beer and. Is telling the truth and this is a point where the poets sees. alchemy sees magic and has a powerful message about the ways in which someone might imagine a place or a person or an area or population as discardable useful only but not valuable for itself and invites us into a different way of looking to see the multiple possibilities of meaning use and their own magic that people in places have. Narrator in this point has an extraordinary expansive gays and can see all around from the cattle to the bath tub to the filling station Rhody with the rumor of another place, and there's the city often the corner. This porsche knows so much and travel so much in this home as opposed to falling into a casualty that somebody might have for a poet who's a wheelchair user and what the expectation of the kind of poetry poet might. Right. It's a night poem and I think that's an important thing to recognize that this gloaming like that. She speaks about this strange life that's present in the middle of the night. She's picking up with the battered air at the start of the point I always wondered what is battered like an old car or an abandoned cars this about a former industrial places no post industrial why's the air bruised or battered maybe something from which much is asked little is given back maybe there's a lot of factories there and she sees that this place this nowhere nonetheless might look like home. The bath tubs are so interesting. She speaks the bathtubs being literate in the pasture. I assumed when I read this at the start that if there were bathtubs in the pasture, therefore the coast to drink from, you know to put water in it and just use it as a trough put. She has all these questions about the bathtubs they're for sale or salvage or some secret labor stranger than I know suddenly these bathtubs have multiple functions and then she speaks with a maybe being like a boat somewhere to go or a beast in and of itself or a bell bringing music into it again. And in this gloaming alchemy that she's speaking of the magic. She this nighttime, our suggests that things have many functions not just one and she seems to be introducing to these various things that you can see the possibility that things that think they're just on the road to nowhere could begin to imagine that they can be many things. I get the impression that this is a poet who very muscular really is saying places like this need to learn that they are loveable and loved and can be called this. She's describing this scene with kind of a home recognition. Doesn't seem beautiful. It seems abandoned like halfway place put the final line Lord. Most of what I, love mistakes itself for nothing. I think they will usage of the word Lord is so interesting because it reminds you of an old him or kind of aside but she's not saying Lord you love all this it's not God's love that's being invoked. It's her own. It's the poets love most of what I love mistakes itself for nothing, and there's a call from that observation I think to consider what would it be like those places that mistake themselves for nothing those things that mistake themselves for nothing actually could begin to believe themselves to be something what does it mean to? Take yourself that you might have mistaken for nothing into the self that you might have thought as a halfway or something that people just pass through or abandoned or. Something that needs to be fixed or is unfixable. What would it mean to pay attention to that and to consider that love an economy that can bring something powerful. This is called trump substantiation. That's the word Catholics use to describe what happens when the ordinary elements of bread and wine kit inhabited by the presence of God during the communion and our change then the body and blood Christ. And this poem seems to be imagining that the ordinary staff of an agricultural suburb caught between blues and country in places where things shift and people only pass through this poem seems to imagine that this can be transformed into something and the question is by who what is the transcripts. WHO's the priest here and it seems to be the poet as the priest here. Around at a place that seems functional industrial, maybe tired and battered. Is giving a name to a place that considers itself to have. No name is giving something sacred to something that considers itself desecrators. I grew up in a village caroline aside, a cork city. I liked us we were on the edges of that village and there was a lovely view across the fields. There was lots of places that weren't finished off. You know somebody had an imagination building a house and had run out of money. So there was abandoned building sites around the place put they were beautiful in the sunset and sunrise. I always liked the whole area. It's it's much more built up now which I sometimes feel sad about but I'm glad that people have on their home in that village. I hear sometimes people say something about the village to say you know its shareholders place that you pass through to get to the beach. What it's impossible for me to hear the name of the village without even the sense of all the love and loneliness that went into growing up a village the way that I knew the faces of all the teachers and every person in a school the way that you knew the faces around the village, the ways that I wished for more friends and didn't have any. All the the loathing and the long and the loving that goes into being a teenager as an adult. Now, I return to that place and the streets and the shops are filled with my experiences of those and I can't see this just another little village because it was the village that I grew up and and it's filled with my own story and how I have. Projected myself into those things and how those things for me too. Transplantation by Molly McCauley Brown. It's the middle of the night I'm just a little loose on beer and blues, and battered air and all the ways. This nowhere looks like home the fields and boarded houses dead with summer. The filling station rotary with the rumor of another place. Castle pace the distance between road and gloaming inexplicably awake, and then the bath tubs littered in the pasture for sale or salvage or secret labor stranger than I know. How does it work again, the outcome alchemy that shapes them briefly into boats and then the bones of great feld beasts and once more into Keenan copper bells before I even blink. Half a mile loud decision bills back off along the margin country songs caught in out of static on the radio. Lord most of what I, love mistakes itself for nothing. Trans substantiation comes from Mali. mccully Brown's book the Virginia State, colony for epileptics and feeble minded. Thank you to proceed books who gave US permission to use. Molly's Paul. We did on our website at on being Dot Org? Poetry inbound is Chris Hugo Aaron Soko Siri Grassley Eddie Gonzalez invo Christiaan, mortell Karen Navarre Wicky Karen Tally. Sweaty stop and me Lily Percy. Are Music is composed and provided by Gallup Shuki, Shannon and blue dots. Sessions. This podcast is produced by on being studios, which is located on Kota Land. We also produce other podcasts you might enjoy like being with Krista Tippett, becoming wise and this movie changed me. Find those wherever you like to listen or visit us at on being dot org to find out more. This podcast is produced by on being studios in Minneapolis Man.
Fred Evans (Cree)
"And because I couldn't sit still and I was drunk fell over into the water on my show. Join the swim with being unable to keep my coordination stirred the sink Steigenga Day. Welcome my friends to the storyteller who you'll find first nations people from across native North America who are following Jesus Christ without reservation on today's program you'll hear from someone who knows what it is to wander away from God and then be restored if you or someone you know has drifted away. You won't want to miss this story. My name is Fred Evans. And I come from Swan River Manitoba and I cre- and I always see along railroad going up to Churchill Manitoba in a little village called thicket portage. I was going to school at the time in grade. Eight teacher came up to our community with the Department of Education but on top of all the books that he brought to teach us on top of all. Those books was a black book the Bible and he would read that every morning in school and those were the days when Bible reading was allowed in public schools so at the end of the year this teacher he asks me Freddie on except the Lord and it was at the end of the school year that I gave my life did Jesus the Bible says for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. That's what God says that. All of mankind fall short of the glory of God. They may try in their own way in their own merit to reach the standard got demands. But they're lawless fall short because the Bible says as well and in the book of Jeremiah that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Who can know it? So God faith tells us plainly there as well. The condition of our hearts the Bible says the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is Eternal Life. Paydays coming forever sinner. Hell is the payment that we receive for sinful living ignoring the savior rejecting the one who made the payment for sin on the cross of calvary and the price that he paid was with his own. Blood God will say one day I do not know who you are depart from me. He worker of Iniquity the Bible says believe on the Lord. Jesus Christ and Thou shall be saved. We need to believe or accept what Jesus did for us on that cross. Because he's the only way to salvation he said I am the we the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by me and that is the only door through which we can be saved he said. I am the door by me. Event intersection he show BC. We must believe in what he did. Believe by faith to simple faith lake the man who cried out in the Temple Lord Be Merciful to me a sinner or like the one across which is said. Lord remember me when you come into your kingdom. He believed and Jesus responded to him and all he said was barely barely as unto you that day you will be with me in paradise so we need to do his. Kreil for mercy in faith and then we will be saved. I knew that I was a sinner that I couldn't save myself that there was only one could save me. And that's Jesus Dis- teacher send me to summer school in a place called Garden Hill. Ever summer I would go there for two years to a Summer Bible School. That's where I got my basic Bible Training and during the year our go to high school now. Ankle High School in a community called numeral and there I learned the Culture of people live outside my community of figured porch learned how to speak English. Well I learned how to play sports. I learned how to communicate with people at the beginning. It was like a culture shock. Because worrying over boots and overalls all diamond Mike. Immunity was different from worrying tree. Be Suits and dressing. Nice but you know I got used to it but as I say as I was finishing up high school I had to return home and while I was there I got into wrong company and I found myself stern to go down and it's sad to say that I went back into the world for about four years. I wondered away from God and this one time while we were in the boat. Our boat was filled with alcohol. Pick it up at a certain location. Where the train stopped and we are on our way back to our community of thicket portage and we had been drinking in the boat so and because I couldn't sit still and I was drunk fell over into the water. Fun Myself trying to swim with being unable to keep my coordination stern to sink sink into the water and former shelf helpless against one of my friends. He said I reached on one. Last time to grab you and Marm went down into the water all the way as far as you could go and should. I felt your head grabs you by the hair and I pulled you over and held you should. I wouldn't go under but you know. Those Mormon steady helped me by the hair. I look back now that it was the Lord holding above water and sink the me Fred. What are you GonNa do with Your Life? Now what are you going to do is it? And you know God spared me. There brought me back them so so any backsliders their emit beyond run-rate. Now you may be thinking that you can run from God that you can get away from what you experience already from what you've experienced when he touched your life when you felt his presence as you read his word and as you pray but today you're out there backslid. God has ways of bringing his children back themselves not long. After that after this incident all of a sudden I just didn't feel like patching alcohol anymore all of a sudden. I just didn't feel like doing the things I was doing anymore. I told my friends. I'm leaving thicket portage where the people that in one associated with me because of my being such a bad person fading with these guys and being nuisance to them all of a sudden they wanted meaner company all of a sudden they wanted invite meet. The party's bottles drink. What I made up my mind. I got on that train and lift that community and arrived in Paul and there. I got a job to be an instructor in college. And that's where Mitt this beautiful girl we started going together. I proposed and she accepted and in three months. We were married and my buddy said Fred. We'll give you six months. You'll be married for six months but it's been thirty five years now. Six months goes a long time all the different shares the Lord the Lord straightening out my life the Lord coming into our lives. Changing us in ticket portage. They told me Fred you're nothing but a drunk and the bum you'll never even have a good job but you know I remember that story many times of the donkey tied to the post in a certain village and Jesus told US disciples go to this village and there you will find a donkey the post you tied that donkey and bring them to me for. I want to use them. And if anyone says and isn't GonNa voted you tell them that the master wants to use them? Yes I was like that donkey either up to the post of sin by Satan and I was leg that donkey stupid stubborn lazy. No good for nothing like a buck but you know the Holy Spirit came through this teacher and through restoration from being drowned and water. Lorries me so my friend. One day ultimately ever man will stand before God to give account for their life. I recommend that you accept the payment. Those made for you by Jesus and don't take a chance because you won't be able to make the payment on that final day when you stand before. Have you felt the weight of your sin and wondered if you could be set free? That's why God sent Jesus to take your sin your penalty on himself at the Cross so that you could be forgiven and set free. He offers you this and so much more. If by faith you will place your trust in Jesus as your savior. God tells us in his word there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Jesus if you haven't humbled yourself before God yet. Why not now interested in what you heard today. Write to us at the storyteller. Po Box one thousand and one BEMIDJI MINNESOTA five six six one nine. Our web address is without reservation DOT COM. Thanks for listening and Remember. The greatest story took place at the. Cross for the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through. Jesus Christ our Lord. My friends there are more amazing stories to tell so. Be Sure to join US AGAIN. Next time as we listen to the storyteller.
The Cats of Ulthar
"Hello welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host Amanda. Weldon today story is called the cats of Ole Thar. An adaptation of a story by HP lovecraft written for you by Daniel Hynes. Today we'd like to say a special thank you to Cormick Gus and Hazel and their family in Los Angeles Finley and Asher and their family in Columbus Georgia Priscilla and her family in San Marcos California Jona Iris, their dogs Hank and Wyatt and the rest of their family in New Orleans and Catalina and Mariela and their family in malvern in the UK. Thank you so much Mariela Catalina Wyatt Hank, Iris, Jonah Priscila. Asher Finley. Hazel Gus and Cormack. You are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce fun new stories for our listeners. 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I grew up in a little village called old czar where things were pretty normal for the most part. was a baker and a blacksmith, a tinker and a Taylor, a cobbler and Cooper, and like Oh little villages. We even had a creepy old house. Some creepy old houses are tall and dark looming on hills like vultures waiting to pick clean. The bones of a village others are rooted rock old and Mossy and faded like headstones in a forgotten graveyard. In oth, our our creepy old house was a sagging cottage fronted by a yard gone wild with weeds. It was tucked deep under gnarled old oak trees so that it was always in the dark night or day and forever smelled like fungus and stagnant water and things better left hidden away. The. Creepy. Old House. It's funny. I know it's close to Halloween. But that's not what got me thinking about it. It actually came to my mind because I saw my cat pluto warming up by the fire I was watching him stretch and curl and wiggle, and the story came bubbling up inside me fast and hot like I hit eaten something sour if that makes any sense. Pluto. My lovely and annoying cat is a velvety black with is a Pale yellow like a harvest moon and the creepy old house once took her from me. I got her back, but it was a close thing and I still thank my lucky stars to have him. Well that's not exactly true I do thank my lucky stars but really mostly I think the which is. I guess I should explain. It was two years ago when the creepy old house was still standing before it had crumbled to a dusty Dune of mouldering mess and broken bricks back then the old Qatar's Mr and Mrs still lived there. They kept to themselves which was a strange thing in our little village. No one ever saw them except quick through the windows and even then the old couple would slam the shutters. If you've got a glimpse and then they'd Glare out through the cracks with hateful is. So Ya. The couple was creepy on their own but what made their homes so hated by everyone in the village was our cats. You see old cotter and his wife hated cats just absolutely couldn't stand them for years. They'd scream and cause a big fuss. If so much as a whisker crossed into their yard, some people even said, they'd throw rocks and bottles if one got close to their windows terrible, right so everyone thought it was strange when they tore up a big section of their wild weeds and planted. Of CATNIP. That's right CATNIP. And Green and soft, and simply irresistible to every feline in the village. Some people thought well, maybe they'd change their ways but that kind of talk didn't last for long. Because, not three days after the CATNIP was planted, the cats started going missing. I it was Miss Rachel's fat Orange Tabby. Then it was standing. So fia the sweet grace who belong to the painters at the end of the road. After that the cats cat disappearing one after another. Everyone suspected no everyone. Knew it was the old Qatar's doing but no one could prove it. Still when you got close to their cottage, you could smell the stink of old litter and if the wind was right, you can hear faint and terrible yowling screams but only barely a never quite loud enough to be sure. I was worried as anyone and I kept my little pluto just a kitten then close to me all the time. He wrote in the basket of my bike when I went to the store and he slept on my bed all through the night. When I went outside to play with my friends, he would always be near at hand chasing behind us or prowling after an unlucky bird. I loved that silly cat more than anything and the day he went missing I thought my heart would just shatter. Luckily for me luckily for all of us in both our that was the same day, the witches arrived. Oh. Wasn't exactly the middle of nowhere. But we also weren't any kind of destination. Our little village got passing traders and tinkers and salesman now and again. But that day the strangest wagon I'd ever seen pulled into the main square rumbling over the old cobblestones. It was big and boxy like a rolling House and the sides were painted with faded illustrations of cats and hawks and rams, and lions all with the heads and bodies switched around in a way that I found beautiful and terrible all at once. And if the wagon was strange, the people were even stranger. They looked different somehow they had an air about them. They ranged from the oldest woman I had ever seen to a young boy with hair that fell in a limp wave down to his eyelashes. They all wore darkly patterned clothes some informal attire and others in wind blown billowing robes. They also had strange jewelry clanking charms of bright metal mixed with bone and Antler and beads of colored glass and gemstone. I watched closely fascinated and I heard the adults around me all whisper that these were which is. I wasn't sure if I believed that at first but they didn't sell food or supplies or even trinkets no they sold things I didn't think you could buy. For a coin, they would sing your future from the stars. For two coins, they would read your luck from the dregs of old tea leaves. They traded changing charms for warm wool and strange songs for fresh food. The old woman among them who seemed to be in charge would see people one by one gazing deep into a ball of dark crystal got seemed to drink in the light like the ground took the rain. They were, which is all right but I had to admit they were altogether a nicer kind I had read about in my stories. No one was turned into a frog or cursed with a cackling laugh. These were working witches. Women and men, both though the dark haired boy couldn't have been much older than I was. Truth be told I didn't believe much in magic back then. After a few hours of watching I had decided the witches were nothing more than a particularly talented troupe of performers all mysterious and interesting, but ultimately, no different than you or me. Certainly I thought they didn't have any strange magical powers. Of course, I was wrong. Late, afternoon of the day they arrived the day the old Qatar's would steal Pluto into their creepy cottage. I came back into the village square on my bike at that point, Pluto was still tucked into my basket enjoying the breeze. I had heard the witches relieving town that same night and I wanted to watch them a little more before they went. When I pulled up I spotted the boy sitting on the back of their wagon. He was feeding fresh fish to a tiny black kitten that looked so much like pluto she could have been his sister. I like your kitten. I said to him after working up my courage. Pluto meow from my bike basket and the boy smiled up at us. He had a warm face and over large friendly is and when he spoke, he sounded younger than he looked. Thanks, he said you to my name's Menez by the way. I may see I, said. He hopped down from the wagon and walked over to me his kittens still in his arms. and. What's this fine gentleman's name he asked petting my kitten, his own peered curiously into the basket. This. Is Pluto I said what about yours? This is broomstick. He said it's a silly name, but it's her favorite place to sit. I think it's a lovely name I said, and I gave the kitten a scratch scratch under the chin. Started talking while the older witches did their business and it was actually a really nice. Menez had been too far off places I had never even heard of and he me about them in his excited but strangely quiet way he spoke of black marshes and Golden. Pyramids of Mountains. So Tall, you couldn't see the peaks and river's so wide. You couldn't see the shores. I told him about both are too but our little village sounded extra small when he spoke of the great wide. World. While we talked, we put the kittens down and they were playing at our feet. They wrestled enrolled like kittens do and seem to be fast friends. At, least they were until a sudden squirrel shot across the road it had the bushiest tale I had ever seen and Pluto and broomstick took off after it in a black fuzzy flash. Broomstick Menez cried macy we have to catch them. Quick. Jump on my handle bars I said to the young witch he hopped on and together we took off on my bike pedaling madly after the darting cats. They wound this way and that chasing and playing and always always just out of reach we hollered after them and chased and pedaled and ran and tried our hardest, but they were too quick. For a moment we saw them pause and sniff at the air and then they bolted another direction. We jumped off the bike and started running but then we lost them in a tall patch of catnip. The one right in front of the Qatar's creepy old cottage. It was like magic one second the kittens were there and the next they were gone disappearing in a blink nothing but the smell of old litter and faint y'all's in the distance. Wait, what happened says, where do they go? I took his arm and pointed at the cottage. That's the old Qatar's place. I said, tears welling up in my eyes I didn't WanNa believe that my cat was gone. It happened so fast. But no one who lost their cat in this yard ever found them again, not even once not ever and I said as much as. What do you mean? He said they can't just take my cat. We don't know that they took it. I said cats disappear around here they disappear and. Never come back. I started to cry then full on tears streaming down my face, my breath coming in big hitching sobs. Wailed, sinking to the grass. Blue. Sweet, Pluto. Menez glared at the cottage and inside we could see someone glaring back from between the moldy blinds, an old bloodshot eye board into us, and then the shutters snapped shut. Inside maybe we thought we could hear the kitten's meowing and scared. There in their Menez shouted. No one will believe us. I said trying to wipe my eyes. The young witch thought for a long moment and then looked at the sun low on the horizon. Someone will he said helping me to my feet come on? He brought me and my bike back to the village square. It was nearing dusk by then and much of the crowd had thinned-out. Menezes friends were cooking dinner if I hadn't been so sad I would have been delighted to see. They were doing it in a large bubbling cauldron over a crackling fire just like in my stories. At the moment though I was just in shock. The which is called out to us in friendly voices but went quiet and Pale when they saw our faces. My tears were still drying on my cheeks and Menez was crying some himself. What happened? The old woman asked taking our cheeks in her hands. Menez where's broomstick? Told them the story his words coming out in a bitter tumbling rush Some folks from the village get around here too including my friend Miss, Rachel, who had lost her tabby some months before. Someone has to stop that wicked couple she said. Poor Pluto. Makes more than twenty cats. We've lost this year. No one should hurt a cat, the old which said darkly. Not Ever. And I swear the cauldron behind her started to bubble all the louder. No one will do anything I said. We never have proof Miss Rachel agreed. We've talked to the constable and he just said we should be happy where missing cats and not kids and and that he has more important things to do than chase pats. Broomstick is more than a pet Menez said. He's my friend. Pluto to I said my heart breaking. Don't worry little one. The old woman said taking my hand in hers. She was surprisingly soft with wizened wrinkles deep and dark. We have a way with cats. Is it Catnip I said people have tried but the Qatar's planted a whole patch. That's how they learn the casts before they go missing. Not. CATNIP menace said beside me better than CATNIP. Magic the old woman said and she threw a handful of something purple into the cauldron. Old Magic, you see cats speak the riddles of the Sphinx but are more ancient still. Smoke. Rose from the cauldron dark and purple and so thick, you could chew it. It seemed I could see shapes in that smoke shapes dancing and bending shapes that looked like the same strange animals that were painted on the sides of their wagon. Katzav Magic and magic calls to magic like a mother a calls you home she crooned and I felt my is growing heavy. Come home now she cooed Nice and easy come on home. The purple smoke danced in front of me and inside my mind wrapping thick and warm as a blanket cozy and comforting and I must have fallen asleep. macy macy wake up. I blinked is open. I was on the ground staring up at Miss Rachel. My head felt packed in cotton my thoughts thick as winter honey. What what happened? We fell asleep I guess Miss, Rachel said. I shot up remembering the witches and Menez and our poor kittens. Word they go. Where's the wagon? They're gone miss, Rachel said, and she looked up at the rising moon. Long gone. We've been asleep for at least an hour maybe even longer. I had more questions, but just Ben People started wandering into the village square around us. Mid. Mid. I heard a voice. Little. whiskers came another little whiskers. Where'd you go? Bader skoll. Butter scorch. I got up and looked around from every direction. The people of the village were meeting in the center they started to gather in loose clumps, and slowly the word got around that everyone was looking for their cat and I mean everyone. Apparently, every cat in the entire village was missing all at the same time. Some people started grumbling about the witches but I didn't think that was right. If cats were missing I knew it had something to do with the old Qatar's they're creepy cottage. They had gotten Pluto and now they had gotten the rest of them too. I don't know what came over me then, but I wasn't sat anymore I was angry I swung onto my bike. Miss Rachel's calls, and I started pedaling like mad I pedaled until my lungs were on fire and my legs aches and in no time flat skidded to a stop in front of the creepy old cottage and when I did I froze in amazement. It was a live with cats they swarmed over the yard and into the house they climbed the walls and dangled from the roof. They prowled the weeds and scratched the would large and small striped and spotted black, and gray, and orange and white, and every color inbetween they were meowing and yowling and balling in clawing and at their head, leaving them all where Pluto and broomstick. Politico I shouted my kitten turn to look at me and I swear he smiled mischievous smile. A. Second. Later, the door burst open and the couples stumbled into the yard. The MR had cats climbing up his legs and chewing on his coat and the MRS had missed Rachel's bat orange tabby in her hair like a bad wig. They were scratched and scratched and hollering over and over the words where sorry where sorry echoing into the night. The cats all screeched back and to be honest it didn't sound like they accepted the apology. So it was in a chorus of hisses and scratches and bites angry yellow is the creepy old couple disappeared into the darkness. They ran screaming down the road away from town and they were never seen again. The cats didn't stop there though the swarm of them leapt and played and pulled at the house until with a final lumbering grown the entire cottage crumbled to the earth. The cats all leapt clear. Letting out triumphant. And then strutting away a crowd of tales held high and proud. And that night every cat that had gone missing found its way home. There were dozens on dozens of happy teary hugging reunions as the cats that had long been trapped in the cottage. We're finally back where they belonged lying on their favorite spots by the hearth surrounded by their families. My Little Pluto ran up to me then and there and jumped into my arms I. hugged him so close and cried a little into his for and he me out a little into my hair and I've never been so happy and so relieved. And behind him I saw little broomstick. She wrapped around my legs and purred her back arched and her eyes bright. I crouch down and scratched her under her Chin leading her lean into my hand with a happy Gurgle. Thank you. I said to her. And Tell Menez and the rest of the witches. Thank you to. She nodded at me which I would have found. Weird. If not for everything else that had happened that day. And then with a final nuzzle for me and a playful lick for Pluto, the little black kitten turned and walked down the road. Following, after her owners whiskers twitching tale swaying in the moonlight. So that's my story and that's what I think of when I see my pluto not so little anymore sleeping cozy by the fire. I know it's hard to believe, but that's what happened and I needed to tell it. Ploto at backup my story if he could talk, but unfortunately, all he can do is meow and eat my snacks and get soft and round and happy. But honestly. That's good enough for me. The End Today story the cats of both are was an adaptation of a story by HP lovecraft written for you by Daniel Hynes and perform for you buy me Amanda Walden. If you would like to support stories podcast, you can leave us a five star review on I tunes get ad free episodes and more at Patriotair Dot com slash stories. 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Raising Kids Who Love Math Even If You Don't
"Glass and welcome to counting school. Where what you learn really counts? Start today with a little story about an old friend from sesame the street I am your teacher to count you know why they call me to count. I Love the count and Ken Scarborough. No not really well. Because he's head writer at Sesame Street his whole identity is wrapped up in being account and being a guy who knows his numbers really well now of course for the count that we all know and love numbers give him nothing but joy nine nine sandwiches together but on this one day it's different. The count makes a mistake and he sort of cannot believe it. He's crushed when what number did he forget. Well somebody interrupted him. It's really not his fault. He was counting sandwiches. He was really been helpful. Nine ten shirk out. Of course I am sure Oculus I am the count. How much can't make a mistake? The mistake so it really struck him to his core and he decided he wasn't going to be the count anymore. Well so the counselors up. He makes a mistake and he couldn't get Over it means he's pretty similar to you and me. Yeah because math anxiety is a real thing estimates range up to ninety three percent of American adults. That's a lot corey. I don't even need to know any math to know that that is a lot. Yeah Ninety Ninety. Three percent of American adults feel some degree of anxiety. That is specific to math. So if you avoid doing your budget or investing will they gotTa Life Okay for that but also math anxiety could be part of the reason. Why did nothing now? The little village shall never count again and the council not alone on tests. Math anxiety can cause students to perform as though they were a whole year behind in school. Yeah obviously this is a real problem for schools and for how he teach math. Ask but what can we as parents do to shape our kids attitude towards math we sat down with Rosemary. Truly Oh math is everywhere. She's a senior vice president of curriculum and continent sesame workshop and put the problem to her. This way I feel like as a parent. I understand pretty well. How do promote early literacy? I understand so see reading bedtime stories as we're speaking the alphabet song but when I think about the equivalent on the math side of things I just draw a blank and I want you guys to help me fill in that blank. What does it mean to promote? Remote the love of math early on. You're saying that we have to get them to love math. They already love math. What yes they're not coming into this world not liking math? So let's pick her if we can solve this little math equation here you're listening to NPR. There's life kit for parenting with sesame workshop. I'm on your cabinets. I'm not afraid of a Corny joke. I'm Corey Turner and after the break. We're going to give you some tips that you can use starting in mirror us but also strategies you can keep returning to even when you're grown up and no matter how old your kids are as well as what to never ever say to your kids about math support for this. NPR podcast and the following message. Come from Lincoln and the new Lincoln learning which offers over thirteen thousand online courses to help you achieve your goals. You can take a course like mindfulness honest about the importance of listening thinking and communicating positively acting with compassion managing stress and much more Lincoln. Learning videos are short so you can fit a lesson in during your morning routine and apply that afternoon and Life Kate listeners get a month of learning free start your free trial at lengthen learning dot com slash. NPR NPR. You're listening to life kit for parenting sesame workshop in this episode. We're GONNA did you quivalent of flipping to the back of the book to look right at the answers because we know that by listening to this math episode you had to overcome some anxieties. I bet of your own. Yes yes so. Let's get right to our takeaways and number one. Don't let your math anxiety. Hold your kids back. Nothing's ID as you mentioned is a real phenomenon all all over the world and it's pretty clearly related to how we teach math in school. Things like timed practice and memorization and high stakes testing. And all my gosh. I'm getting the hot flashes and sweaty palms just thinking about tests. And here's the really upsetting thing. Is that math anxiety. It's not equal opportunity. That's that's right. It's tied to stereotypes race and especially gender research shows that mothers and Preschool teachers who are overwhelmingly women they can pass that feeling onto their kids especially to their girls but there is some good news. Children are not born with math anxiety. All right. It's passed onto them so I think that's why we have to check ourselves in when we're talking about math. This was kind of a surprise for me because I thought that you know if my kid had a problem with math I could bond along with him by saying. Hey you know it was tough for me too but actually rose. Marie says saying I don't like math. I can't do math. That will get conveyed not your children and the solution instead. We need to reframe math. Yeah Rosemary says the FUN activities that can back up and reinforce what they're learning in school. Math is very much an integral part of your life. Do you love music. I do. I love to sing all right if you love music. Then you love math. Do you like like to cook and Bake I love to cook and be okay. Then you love math. Because she can't do music and you can't cook and bake without math so I can't Cook Cook or bake really and I definitely cannot sing but I love baseball for example and my boys and we talk about baseball statistics all the time. So what's important rosemary. Says is recognizing math as part of many things that we like doing together exactly and so to see more about how adults is. Can we've math indoor everyday moments of life even with really little kids you and I and our producer Lorne miyake visited a really special preschool came to watch US play today. This is the center for Early Childhood Education. It's research preschool at Eastern Connecticut State University. The lobby has this giant Super Realistic Oaktree. Yup which I climbed inside very cool. We should also say on about a third of the kids at this school. Speak Spanish at home. That's right and at the preschool. We sat down with one of the lead researchers Suda Swami not done and she helped us understand understand a lot more about how to grow children. Who loved math? The minute we say math we try to think of the big picture in a Bagel. theorems be all geometry concepts instead twenty. Nothing says thinks small. She's a professor in early. Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State at her special focus is on early math learning and Sudha and her colleagues have done lots lots of research to see what kinds of childhood experiences lead to better performance in math later on and one of their answers makes up our second takeaway takeaway number to talk about math. Take this really ordinary moment. You last them to put their books away and and say doesn't fit in the shells. So why descended D- maybe it's the book too tall too. Big Shooter says you're actually talking about a process. It's problem solving. Yeah I mean heard lots of this by the way math talk at the crease. Does the duck fit in there too. He did fit when he was standing up. See you decided to lay him down. Does he fit. That's Amy Lopez the lead teacher for the toddler classroom. It's a sunny room with a cozy reading corner. There's a play kitchen and blocks walks and near the center of the room. There's this table and amy sitting with the children. They're building together with magnets. which are these colorful plastic blocks with different shapes that stick together and and they also have little plastic farm animals and one of the kids is kind of putting together house? Oh you're using triangles and squares unique Brianna luth naming the shapes in both English and in Spanish when we played this tape for Rosemary. She said what I heard. There is the teacher sure using descriptive math language and that is so key for children to understand math concepts. You can't understand the concepts without the language. Yeah and amy's not building the box for the kids cheese actually making observations narrating their thoughts. Real time the more blocks you the longer longer dad's Cohen. I noticed that when you added more your line got longer and longer when she said Moore blocks to make it longer the longer is a complex word for children and they need to hear that language and they need to hear that language in a very concrete way. She wasn't even afraid to a US really technical words like when this little boy was trying to make as little corral standup now you can put them all around the perimeter all around the edge rimet or yeah another great occasion to talk math as rose. Marie said earlier. He's in music class. I'm going to give everybody to rhythm sticks one the rhythm sticks touch it only gearbox. Yeah you probably remember the kind inquiry. They're perfect for hitting your friends. Do we kept them in our friends. We Bang them on. The floor can happen after this moment. That children practice going faster. and Dr Jekyll mouse young men they go. Oh Solo line in to the pool. Where now are three green drink? Gold drug faster and slower are relational concepts. These are math. Words related the two rhythm when we were talking to rose. Marie I had an epiphany on you. That my all time favorite sesame street moment as I watched a lot of sesame as a kid. That's not obvious. It was a math moment with my favorite character. Grover and he's so he's standing. There are in the foreground and he says and then he goes way back here because If finished so the point is parents get approximately one and million billion chances all day long every day every night to talk about math but is of course a rough estimate but thing about it their calendars and clocks money maps maps measuring crafts. It's very broad and I think that once parents understand the breath of how we define math and how they are already doing it Fago. Oh that's math. I didn't realize that was math. Oh if that's Matt than. I could do that in the table one to one correspondence. That's math ordinal number first second third. That's math yeah and if you need even more chances roll the dice in our next takeaway takeaway number three play math. Find ways to keep in. Mind when you're playing with your kids Suda says you may already be doing this. Just play a research has shown that meant parents just play. They're actually really really good at pulling off these deep concepts from children and much better than even teachers. There's so many ways to play math with kids of all different ages right there puzzles of course and blocks like we heard with amy. There's video games and APPS OPS card games and especially board games. Research has shown that the more kids play any game with dice and numbered squares the better. Their basic math skills got. You can even play math outside. I can give big push to the swing or I can hop three times to go there at Sudas House hopscotch had negative one which is kind of mind blowing to me and she says you know play can be the foundation even if advanced subjects like Algebra. Is You know all all the math concepts. Algebra seems to shake many people sniffs. But what is Algebra really if you think about it. It is recognizing that that there are patterns in numbers are patterns in equations. And you know you're you're you're trying to balance the two sides of it. Take this little moment. Amy Lopez's has this toddler room. When you put your together at makes a square look sane? They the last one you need stain rate covering same exactly so as you know Corey. I have have a two year old at home and I was getting so excited at this point because I felt like. Hey I'm ready to be the a plus. AP extra credit mom of a narrative. Every moment of block doc. Time I'M GONNA use perimeter Quadra rain it in Chemnitz what's come on. I'm ready to go to those flash cards I remember Su warned us and this really rings true for me. One thing I would tell parents not to do each. Did you become the teacher in the house. All right. I I got this. I mean for one thing. It's it's kind of annoying. You know when be played played with our friends. We're not constantly asking them. Let's count how many there is this. What is this shit? We don't do that. She doesn't know what to do with my friend. Mike with my friends. I don't want to hang out with you. Fine all right the most important reason to not be so heavy handed. When we're playing with our kids is take away number four for math like life so much more interesting and fun when we can get beyond right and wrong answers for example Suda said this via city onto roundtable table? And I could ask you on Yo. What's the shape of this table? I know it's a circle. You know I mean so. It's but a better question would be to save on your. Why did you choose the circle for our table? That is better because she's actually interested in my answer. She doesn't know what I'm going to say. I don't know why you did that right. But that gets gets US talking about shapes. It's a real conversation. Yes and it's the kind of conversation that you could have with kids at almost any age. Were another interesting question. Ceuta says might be. How do you know the table is round is going to make them? Look that circle. One more time to see that it feels Curvy and the other one fields sharp on the edge. The key here is to keep things open ended so we saw another great example of this in one of the other. The preschool classrooms. There was a four year. Old boy named Killys kind of messing around with some blocks and the teacher Carlo. Alamo was a master. She just backed off and let him do his thing because you know what he's doing he's he's trying things out. He's testing out hypotheses. Data it's probability. It's not about getting to a certain place in the end wheel to don't under it or over and remembered this is play it's open ended. There's no right right or wrong. She's letting him doing change any blocks or add anything to make a jump higher and Rosemary says there's a social and emotional point it making the goes deeper even the Matthew. There should be no fear in making a mistake. What say that again? No fear in making a mistake. That's basically thickly how children learn it's all trial and error for them and they're also looking to us how we react to making a mistake and that's part of resiliency and it's really helpful to communicate this attitude. When our kids are a little older like mine are and their learning math in school on somebody else's awesome schedule? Yeah I mean. The pressure gets higher from year to year and so the most helpful that we can be as parents is not to be frog marching them through their homework but try to let me get feel okay to mess up sometimes and also to keep going because it's all part of the process. Failure is important which is a lesson the count had to learn. ooh I cannot believe it. I di count made a counting so as you said. In the beginning he messed up. It wasn't his fault. He decides to quit being account and he goes in search of other implements construction. Working five nails into this shipping. Turns out there's things you've got to count Doing Construction and measuring and all this kind of stuff stuff sell. There's no escaping there again this. Ken Scarborough the head writer at sesame so he left that he became a rocket guy. The countdown hey. On look finally gets the Compaq on track is actually another mistake. His friend elmo steps in and pretends ends to mess up his own counting just to help the count. No that it's okay to mess up. Wait the I believe. You made a mistake Gilmore. I must tell you said four clients. You should count the cat. It's a game. No no no no ma'am elmo elmo. Everybody makes mistakes. You cannot give all the important thing is to keep trying Suda actually told us this is a good tip for parents. Parrots to try to you can make a mistake and give your kids a chance to correct you with math or you know anything else did give up. But they shouldn't have I. I must keep trying and you should too so come. Let's count the cat. It's just the way elmo did. You can build build up their competence carrots together. We started up this episode talking about a topic that I don't particularly love math but we ended up somewhere really great corey because I feel like all of a sudden they realized that through exploring the world with my kid I can spark my curiosity. I can look itself. It is and I can go back and get a Redo on something. That wasn't so fun for me when I was a kid and I got to do my grover impression the greed same same even Steven same same all right time for recap we gotta go through all our takeaways. But Gosh I I can't I can't remember how many we had On you remember. No I don't think I remember it can. Maybe we can get some help to four. Aw I waited all season to do all right so take away never one. Don't let your math anxiety. Hold your kids. It's back in everyday activities that you enjoy together take away number two talk math. Triangles Square limiter near far far up down longer shorter. Slow Eric. They're all talking takeaway number three play. Math shoots and ladder Sandilands luck hopscotch on the playground. These are always to practice numbers shapes problem solving probability Algebra and take away number four. Let's stay away from the right and wrong answers. Keeping open ended because math lake. Life is so much more fun and interesting that way and so you know what conspired I'm GonNa do like the county. I put my kate back on. And I'M GONNA go rediscover my love of math. Aw off or special. Thanks to suit Swami nuts on Jeffrey Traffic Smith Julia Delap and the whole team at the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University. I also have to think the math learning researchers who helped me process my math anxiety. Joe Bowler Manuela. Well a passer and and last but not least special thanks to Rosemary truly. Oh Ken Scarborough and all our friends at sesame workshop for for more. NPR Life Kit. Check out our next episode where we'll talk about self regulation which is just a fancy way of saying helping. Your kids manage their feelings. If you like what you hear. Make sure to check out our other life kit guides. NPR Dot org slash life kit. And while you're there subscribe to our newsletters you don't Miss Anything. 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The Mysterious Portrait by Mark Rutherford
"Hello. This is short stories a production of adventures in audio dot net. I'm Robert Crandall. I'm delighted that you chosen to listen to this podcast. I hope you enjoy. And I hope you'll tell a friend, the show can be found on the website and anywhere else podcast are found. Well, Indy continuing Sokha of my right shoulder with a ruptured rotator cuff. I very soon have an appointment for an orthopedic surgical insult. I mean con- salt. Well, it might be an insult. The doctor might say that, that is the ugliest shoulder I have ever seen and a matching faced with it. And it is gli though, that rupture it has a big bowl, John, it, so it, it is ugly. So it could be an insult, but it's supposed to be a concept, not an insult. So we'll see what happens anyway. I hope all things are. Well, would you and that you are not subject to Indian halts? So as for our feature story this one is a story of loneliness and despair, which can be devastating. And a woman who doesn't exist and a portrait of her. A man sees a lovely woman who disappears and no one else had seen her. He sees her again. And she disappears again. And he can't get her out of his mind in fines a portrait of her. A very depressing story. The main character goes through many tribulations, have you ever experienced any of them? Let's listen now to the mysterious portrait by Mark ruther earth. I remember some years ago that I went to spend a Christmas with an old friend who was a bachelor, he might perhaps have been verging on sixty at the time of my visit on his study wall hung the portrait merely the face of a singularly lovely woman. I did not like to ask any questions about it. There was no family lightness to him. And we always thought that early in life. He had been disappointed. One day seeing that I could hardly keep my eyes off, as he said, to me, have had that picture for many years, although you have never seen it before. If you're like, I will tell you, it's history, he then told me the following story in the year, eighteen seventeen I was beginning life. And struggling to get a living. I had just started in business, and I was alone without much capital. And my whole energies were utterly absorbed in my adventure in those days, the master instead of employing commercial traveller, often used to travel himself and one evening. I had to start for the north to see some customers I chose to go by night, nor to save time. And as it was bitterly cold, I was weakened the chest. I determined to take place inside the coach. We left Saint Martin Legrand about half past eight and I was the sole passenger. I could not sleep but fell into kind of does which was not sufficiently deep to prevent my rousing myself at every in where we changed horses. Nobody intruded upon me and I continued in the same drowsy, half waking half slumbering condition. Till we came to the last stage before reaching eaten saw Khan. I was in thoroughly await and continued to wait until after the coach started. But presently I fell asleep for perhaps half an hour and woke suddenly to my great surprise. I found a lady with me how she came there, I could not conjecture. I was positive that she did not get in when the coach last stop. She said at the opposite corner so that I could see her well, and more exquisite face. I thought I had never beheld. It was not quite English rather pale, earnest and abstracted. And with a certain intents about the is, which denoted a mine accustomed to dwell upon ideal objects. I was not particularly shy with women, and perhaps, if she had been any ordinary pretty girl. Girl, I might have struck up a conversation with her, but I was dumb for I head hardly dared to intrude. It would have been necessary to begin with some commonplaces and somehow my lips refused. Utterance of commonplaces, nor was this strange. If I happen to find myself, opposite, the great Lord Byron coach, I certainly should not have thrust myself on him. And how should I dared thrust myself upon a person who seemed as great and grand as she although I did not know her name? So I remained perfectly still only venturing by the light of the moon to watch her through my half shut is just before we got to eaten, although I was never more thoroughly, or even excitedly a weight in my life. I must've lost consciousness for a minute. I came to myself when the coach. Was pulling up at an end. I looked around instantly and my companion was gone. I jumped out on pretense of getting something to eat, and drink and hastily asked the guard were the lady who had just got out was put into the coach. He said, they had never stopped since they had last changed horses, and that I must have been dreaming. He knew nothing about the lady. And he looked at me suspiciously, as, if he thought I was drawn for my part, I was perfectly confident that I had not been diluted by an apparition of my own brain, I had never suffered from ghost, like visiting of any kind and my thoughts owing to my preoccupation with business had not run upon women in any way. Whatever more convincing still I had noticed that. The lady wore light blue neckerchiefs. And when I went back into the coach I found that she had left it behind her. I took it up in, I have it to this day. You may imagine a my mind dwelt upon that night I got to Newcastle did what I had to do came back again. And maybe point this time of sleeping at Eton. So con- in order to make enquiries everybody recollected the arrival of the down coach by which I traveled and everybody was perfectly sure that no lady was in it. I produced the scarf and asked whether anybody who lived near had been observed to wear it eaten is a little village and all the people in it were as well known as if they belong to one family. But nobody recognized it certainly was not English. I thought about the affair for months, partly because I. I was smitten by the visitor, and partly because I was half afraid my brain had been a little upset by worry. However, in time the impression faded. Meanwhile, I began to get on in the world and after some three or four years, my intense application was rewarded by riches in seven or eight years, I had become wealthy and I began to think about settling by self in life. I had made the acquaintance of influential people in London, and particularly of some Baronet whom I had met in France, while taking a holiday, although I was in business. I came of good family, and our Quainton, screw into something more. He had two or three daughters to each of whom he was able to give a good marriage portion, and I became engaged to one of them. I don't know that there was much. Enthusiasm about our courtship. She was a very pleasant good-looking girl. And although I can acquit myself of all mercenary motives in proposing to her. I cannot say that the highest motives were operative. I was as dousing of others. Are I had got weary of loneliness. I wanted a home. I cast about me to see whom amongst all the women, I knew would best make me a wife, I selected this one and perhaps, the thought of her money may have been trifled determinati-, Corey, I was not over mastered by a passion, which I could not resist nor was I coldly indifferent. If I had married her, we should probably have lived a life of customary, Mary comfort, and even of happiness, the same level, and perhaps slightly grey life, which is lived by ordinary English. Husband and wife. Things had gone so far, that it was settled way were to be married in the spring of eighteen twenty six and I had begun to look out for a house and make purchases in anticipation of housekeeping in eighteen twenty five I had to go to Bristol. I shall never forget to the day of my death one morning in that city. I had had my breakfast and was going out to see the head of one of the largest firms in the city with whom I had an employment I met him in the street. And I noted before he spoke, there was something the matter, I soon found out, what it was the panic of eighteen twenty five had begun three great houses, and London had failed and brought him down. He was a ruined man. And so was I I manage. Managed to stagger back to the hotel in found letters. They're confirming all he had said for some two or three days. I was utterly prostrate and could not summon, sufficient strength to leave Bristol, one of the first things I did. When I came to myself was to write the bare net telling him what had happened that I was all together penalises, and that in honor, I felt bound to release his daughter from her engagement, I had a sympathizing letter from him in return, saying that he was greatly afflicted by misfortune. That is daughter was nearly broken hearted. But that she had come to the conclusion that perhaps it would be best to accept my very kind offer much as she loved me. She felt that her health was far from strong, and although he had always meant to endow her. Generously on her marriage, her porch in alone would not nibble her to procure those luxuries which for her delicate constitution alas were necessaries. But the main reason with her was that she was sure that with my independence. I should be unhappy. If I felt that my wife's property, was my support. His letter was long, but although much wrapped up this was the gist of it. I went back to London sold every stick I had and tried to get a situation as a clerk, in some house doing the business in which I had been engaged. I failed for the distress was great. And I was reduced nearly to my last sovereign. When I determined to go down to Newcastle, and try the friend, there, whom I had not seen since eighteen seventeen. It was once more. For winter. And although I was so poor. I was obliged to ride inside the coach again, for I was much troubled with my ancient enemy the weakness in the chest. The incidence of my former visit I had nearly forgotten to we came near eaten so Khan, and then they returned to me, but now it was a dull January day with a bitter thaw. And my fellow passengers were Lincoln Shire, squire with his red faced wife, who never spoke a syllable to me. And by reason of her isolation seemed to make the thought all the more bitter in the Finn levels, all the more dismally flat in the sky, all the more leaden at last week came to Newcastle during the latter part of the journey, I was alone, my Lincoln squire and his lady having left me on the road. It was about seven o'clock in the evening. When we arrived, a msrb. Rable night with the snow. Just melting underfoot, and the town was wrapped in smoke and fog, I was so depressed that I hardly cared what became a me and what I stepped out with coach wish that I had been content to lie, down a die in London. I cannot put up at the coaching hotel. It was too expensive, but walked onto one which was cheaper. I almost lost my way and had wandered down a narrow street, which at every step became more and more squalid, and at the last ended opposite, a factory gate, hard by was a wretched marine store. Shop in the window of which were old iron old teapots, a few old bibles and other miscellaneous effects. I stepped in to ask for directions to the cross key coming out, whom should I see? Crossing the road as if to meet me, but the very lady who rode with me in the coach to eaten some nine years ago there was no mistaking her. She seemed scarcely a day older. The face was as lovely and as inspired as ever, I was almost beside myself. And I leaned against the railing of the shop and the light from the window shown full on her. She came straight towards me on the pavement looked at me and turned up the street. I followed her till we got to the end determined not to lose sight of her, and we reached an open broad thoroughfare. She stopped at a booksellers and went in. I was not more than two minutes after her. But when I entered she was not there a shop, Mun was at the counter, and I asked him whether a lady, my sister at just left the shot. No lady. He said had been there for half an hour, I would back to the marine store. Shop the footsteps were still there, which I saw her make as she crossed. I note down tracing them with my fingers to make sure I was not deceived by my eyes and was more than ever come founded at last, I got to my in and went to bed a prey to the strangest thoughts in the morning. I was a little better. The stagnant blood had been stirred by the counter the night before. And though I was much agitated and uncertain, whether my brain was actually sound or not. I was sufficiently self possessed and sensible to call upon my friend, and explain my, Erin. He did what he could to help me, and I became his clerk, and Newcastle for a time. I was completely broken but gradually I began to recover my health and spirits a little. I had little or no responsibility and nothing to absorb me after hours as a relief and an occupation I tried to take up what they science and chose geology on Sundays. I used to make long rambling excursions and for a while I was pleased with my new toy, but by degrees became less and less interesting. And I suppose I had no real love for it. Furthermore, I had no opportunities for expression. My sorrow had secluded me. I demanded more from those around me than I had any right to expect as a rule. We all of us demand from the world more than we are justified in demanding, especially if we suffer and because the world is not so constituted that it can respond to says eagerly and as sympathetically as we respond to ourselves. We become morose. So it was with me people were sorry for me. But I knew that my troubled did not disturb them deeply that when they left me, their faces, which were forcibly contracted while in my presence instantly expanded into their ordinary self-satisfaction, and that if I were to die I should be forgotten a week after the funeral. I therefore recoiled from men and frequently with criminal carelessness in product galaxy rejected many and offer of kindness. Not because I did not need it but because I want to too much of it. My science as I have said was a failure. I cannot tell how it may be with some exceptionally a ROY nature's. But with me expression in some form or other if the thing, which should. The expressed his two is an absolute necessity. I cannot read unless I have somebody to whom I can speak about my reading, and I lose almost all power of thinking, if thought afterthought remains with me expression is as indispensable to me as expiration of breath. Inspiration of air is a necessity. But continued inspiration of air without expiration of the same is an impossibility. The geology was neglected and I, I thought it was because it was geology, and I tried something else for some months. I fancied I had found a solace in chemistry with my savings. I purchase some apparatus and began to be proficient, but the charm faded from this also the apparatus was put aside and the site of it lying. Issues only made my dissatisfaction melancholy, the more profound, amidst all my loneliness. I had never felt the least inclination to any baser pleasures nor had I ever seen a woman for whom I felt even the most transient passion, my spectra friend, if specter, she was dominated, my sisters, and seemed to prevent not only all I census. But all pleasure, except for the most superficial kind in other types of beauty. This need be no surprise to anyone. I have known cases in which the face of a singularly lovely woman seen only for a few moments in the street had haunted, a man, all through his life and deeply affected in time. I was advanced in my position as clerk and would have married. But I. Had not the least inclination there, too. I did not believe in the actual reality of my vision, and had no hope of ever meeting in the flesh, the apparition of the coach and the dingy street. I felt sure that there was some mistake something wrong with me, the probabilities were all in favor of my being deceived, but still the dream Hosanna me and every woman who for a moment appealed to me was tried by that standard and found wanting after some years had passed during which I had scarcely been out of Newcastle. I took a holiday and went up to London. It was about July. I was now a man on the wrong side of fifty shy reserved with a reputation for constitutional melancholy, a shadowy creature of whom nobody took. Much notice, and who was noticed by nobody while in London. I went to see the pictures at the academy. The place was thronged. I was tired just looked about me and was on the point of coming out wearied when in a side room. There were crayon drawings, I caught sight of one of a face. I was amazed beyond measure. It was the face, which had been my companion for so many years. There can be no mistake about it. Even the neckerchiefs tied as I remembered it, so, well, the very counterpart of the treasurer, I still preserved so sacred -ly at home. I almost overcome with faintness with the creeping sensational over the head as something we're giving way it, what a shock of giddiness. I went and got a catalog found out the name of the artists and saw the picture and merely the name of Stella of fixed to it. It might be a portrait, or it might not have gazing myself almost blind at it. I went instantly to the artist house. He was at home. He seemed a poor man, and was evidently surprised at my inquiry after his picture, so late in the season I asked him who sat for it. Nobody said he. It was a mere fancy sketch, there might be a resemblance in it of a girl, I knew in France years ago. But she has long since dead, and I don't think anybody who knew her would recognize a likeness Senate. In fact, I'm sure they would not the price of the drawing was not much, although it was a good deal for me. I said instantly, I would have it and manage to get the money together by scraping up all my savings out of the savings Bank. This is the very picture, which you now, see before you I do not pretend to explain everything which I told you I have long since given up the attempt, and I suppose it must be said that I have suffered from some passing disorder of the brain, although that there is not sound at all points. And there are circumstances in consistent with it the next morning, my friend, went to his office after an early breakfast. His hours were long and I was obliged to leave Newcastle before his return. So I made him goodbye before he left home. I never saw him again. Two years afterwards, I was shocked to see announcement in the times of his death knowing his lonely way of life. I went down to new castle together. What I could about his illness and his last moments. He had caught cold and died of congestion. Listen of alongs, his landlady said that he had made a will, and that what little property had remained after paying his funeral expenses had been made over to a hospital. I was anxious to know where the picture was. She could not tell me it had disappeared just before his death. And nobody knew what it'd become. You've been listening to the mysterious orcher five Mark rather got. Once all that we are is the result of what we have. I hope you've enjoyed our I've enjoyed being with and hope to be with you again. Please take care. And thank you for listening to.
Message in a Bottle
"Pinner manny manny back here. You can't swear their stocks out. So take manny boy on the surface Yes I did okay. I'm GONNA need you to hold onto the Surf Morton and don't look behind. You wave don't ever do that again. Yeah I got the battle. Career wave in the ocean news continues to break here the north with just eleven days left until Christmas Eve. The North Pole Council has been called into emergency session for the first time since nineteen eighteen the last year of the Great War Ali. What's the latest on. This developing story jolly a crowd of helpers has gathered outside the closed doors of the council chamber confusion worry fill the air joining me is North Poles resident historian Professor Carol Tune Smith Professor. Can you shed light on this extraordinary event. I'm afraid I can't tell you anything. Holly Oh but we were hoping the cow so me since secrecy. It's all a matter of policy. But why are they meeting now. Of course I'm gassing but I should say there is a threat to Christmas do that sounds lovely and also very serious big. Hey go big. Of course it is. The council lebas anything small. What Day et is I cannot begins you. Thank you professor so there you have. It jolly a song of concern with eleven days left until the big day could Christmas be in peril. Stay tuned I've read a lot of letters from kids asking for Surf Birds. You always wondered what it would be like right away next time. Try to do it without almost drowning. You were worried about me. I'm worried about the mission. I can't get the letter out of the bottle. We don't have time for this eleven days until Christmas Eve and we're still on our first stop. Give it to me. I wait did the RDX high knew. I'd get it running. Didn't it start one. The letter just need a little jolt but the letter read it on the way to our next destination. Only we don't have a next destination right and this letter was just floating voting out there in the ocean. kind of like how. The other letter was in the tree. Maybe you can tell. Give me paper kid even read it. It's in Spanish. I knew that get easel. BUBBA knowing ma'am. Lana you speak Spanish. I'll translate for are you dear buffet. That's what they call Santo Father Christmas. My name is Anna. I live in a little village in Columbia South America. It's hard to find on a map but I know you can find it. You have to you see. We may not have Christmas. This non if they take it away take away Christmas. What does that mean. Not just the holiday put our whole town. Please help us grass Yossi Felisa then on. I think we should go visit honor. I know we should go to Columbia. Another corner of the world. That's the Knicks destination. Okay I just. We may not have the list. We still have my brain hiring. I say we treat this girl who wrote the letter like she's on the list. Observe and report move along if we can help her entertainment. Hurry up and get in the sleigh in Santa Rosa Colomba.