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Susan Burton

Susan was a producer at our show. After she left, she created two diary-style radio stories with an Afghan teenager (shows 230 and 254) and co-wrote a book with him, Come Back to Afghanistan. Her essay in episode 175 was turned into the feature film Unaccompanied Minors.
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In this act we hear several stories that happened during the daylight hours of the diner's operation. The first is from Nancy Updike, who talks with several early morning customers, including one guy who comes in mornings to play his accordion, and another who at the age of 8 was the youngest butcher in Illinois.

Act 1: Sleeping In Mommy And Daddy's Room

This is a story of people wanting to change and not wanting to change at all. A Minnesota family builds the same 1970s-era suburban house three times, and moves it once, just so they don't have to live in a house that's different than the house that contains all their memories.