In the wake of a break-up, writer Starlee Kine finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she decides to try and write one herself—even though she has no musical ability whatsoever. For some help, she goes to a rather surprising expert on the subject: Phil Collins. (29 minutes)
Starlee Kine is co-creator of the Post-It Note Reading Series in Brooklyn. She was assisted in her efforts by musicians Joe McGinty and Julia Greenberg, who co-wrote the song featured in this story. Joe McGinty's most recent CD, with his band Baby Steps, is Kiss Me, Stupid. It includes another song heard in Starlee's story, "This Song Is Three Days Old," which is available for purchase at his MySpace page. Julia Greenberg is co-author of the rock musical People Are Wrong.
Eight-year-old Betsy Walter goes on a campaign to understand her parents' divorce. A campaign that takes her to school guidance counselors, children's book authors, and the mayor of New York City. (10 minutes)
The interview with Betsy first aired on NPR's All Things Considered—in 1987, when a young Ira Glass was a producer there.
Ira talks with divorce mediator Barry Berkman about why it's bad when the justice system gets involved in a break-up. (8 minutes)
Barry is a member of The New York Association of Collaborative Professionals.