494: Hit the Road
May 3, 2013
It's spring, so we're opening windows and going places. This week we have stories of people who, for reasons that they can't always explain, feel compelled to get out and go somewhere. Including the story of one man who decides to take a trip from Philadelphia to San Francisco — by foot.
- Andrew Forsthoefel sets out to do something that usually doesn't work as a radio story. After losing a job, he decided to try walking across America from his home in Philadelphia all the way to the Pacific. And he made it. 4,000 miles, talking to people he met along the way. (4 min)
- Andrew Forsthoefel's story continues. (30 min) Andrew produced the radio story with Jay Allison. Thanks to Viki Merrick. An hour-long version of the story and photos from the trip are at Transom.org, a nonprofit website that explains how to record and produce your own stories. Andrew story features interviews with the following people: Bill Guy, Shady Grove, AL
Therese Jornlin, Chadds Ford, PA
Hacky Pitts, High Point, NC
Ollie Ware, Franklin, LA
Karie Fugett, Foley, AL
Emma Lou Dailey, Beatrice, AL
Otho Rogers, Melrose, NM
Chris and James Paisano, Fort Defiance, AZ
- Sierra Teller Ornelas tells a story about the time as a 10 year old she went on a very short, but memorable adventure in a car with the coolest girl she knew. Sierra's story was recorded live at the L.A. storytelling series Public School and aired on the CBC radio show WireTap with Jonathan Goldstein. (7 min)
- Gloria Harrison was pregnant and in labor when she decided that the thing she needed to do before heading to the hospital, was go the Nissan dealership and buy a new car. (18 min)
SONG: "I FOUND MY WAY", DUSTY SPRINGFIELD SONG: "THUNDER ROAD", BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY AND TORTOISE
Andrew Forsthoefel. Photo by Therese Jornlin, Andrew’s mom. Chadds Ford, PA.