541: Regrets, I've Had a Few

541: Regrets, I've Had a Few

Dec 5, 2014
Every day we make mistakes, and most of the time we just ignore these failings and move forward. But every so often, there is one that makes us pause and take notice. This week, people struggling with those regrets — big and small — that take root and have to be dealt with.
NOTE: In the Internet version of this episode, we leave curse words unbleeped. If you would prefer, you can listen to a bleeped version.
  • When Elna Baker was a kid, she hit her younger sister on the head with a broom, then lied and said it was an accident. So Elna’s dad held a family trial to find the truth. (16 minutes)



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  • A man posts an ad on Craiglist to find someone to remove his swastika tattoo. Producer Emily Hsiao talked with him about why he got it and why he wants it gone. Emily is an independent producer in Brooklyn. Her story was produced at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA, where you can learn how to make radio. The music was created for this version of the story by Merel van Dijk and Anthony Barilla from the band Merel & Tony. (13 minutes)

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  • Producer Miki Meek tells the story of a man named Will Ream who is trying to figure out what is best for his children, and having some regrets about how things worked out. To tell this story we collaborated with songwriter Stephin Merritt. Stephin scored the story and wrote original songs with lyrics based on quotes from the interviews with Will Ream. You can stream and download them here. (24 minutes)ChildrenFamilyFathers

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Elna Baker's younger sister, on video.

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