In the ongoing theme of those who use writing as a way of noticing and listening, I'm happy to post this radio program "Walking Across America."
Here's the co-producer's description, as posted on Transom.org:
It’s rare we take the time to listen to hour-long radio stories anymore,
but I hope you’ll listen to this one, maybe twice. It’s an epic
journey, a coming of age story, and a portrait of this
country–big-hearted, wild, innocent, and wise. I co-produced it, but the
credit goes to Andrew Forsthoefel, a first-time radio producer, who set
out at age 23 to walk across America, East to West, 4000 miles, with a
sign on him that said, “Walking to Listen.” Eventually, he showed up
here in Woods Hole.
Andrew didn’t intend to make a radio story–he just wanted to listen
to people. You’ll hear in Andrew’s interviews his quality of attention.
He is a magnet for stories and for the desire to connect.
This hour is culled down from 85 hours, an epic task in itself.
Andrew has written extensive notes on his process that might be helpful
for anyone undertaking a sprawling project. Transom is also
collaborating with our friends at Cowbird as Andrew maps his journey, steadily adding new entries in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll listen, and ask questions –Jay A