483: Self-Improvement Kick

483: Self-Improvement Kick

Jan 4, 2013
A perfectly normal guy gets rid of everything he owns, changes his name, says goodbye to his friends β€” and begins walking. In the name of peace. And Honduran government officials try to heal their corrupt country by starting a perfect city, from scratch. For the new year, we bring you stories about how far some people go in hopes of a better life.
  • Elna Baker tells a story about her friend Daryl Watson. Daryl was a talented playwright working in New York City. In 2009, Elna got a mass-email from him explaining how he was going to walk across the country in the name of peace. And that he was changing his name to "Peace Pilgrim." He plans to spend six months walking, in hopes that he'll figure out his purpose in life. He gives away everything he owns and all his money, and sets off from Delaware. He lasts three days. Elna never knew what had happened, so recently she met up with Daryl and got him to tell the story. Elna is the author of a memoir, The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance. Daryl's newest play is "Unbound." In February there will be a reading of Daryl's newest play, "Unbound," at the IAMA Theatre Company in Los Angeles. (21 minutes)Travel

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The birth of a city: This napkin drawing shows a map of Honduras. The dot is where a brand new city would be built, free of the country's ills.

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