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52 EpisodesProduced by TransomWebsite is an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the internet, and for discussing that work, and encouraging more. Our podcast offers some tasty little audio morsels to go.

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Pandemic ER: Notes From A Nurse In Queens - The Hour

May 19th, 2020


Kate O'Connell is a radio producer and a registered nurse who lives and works in New York City, where the coronavirus hit with force. In addition to working in an ER in Queens, Kate has also been chronicling her …

Our Show - The Hour

May 1st, 2020


Erica Heilman is the producer of the neighborly podcast, Rumble Strip, and when COVID-19 struck, she looked for a way to be useful. She wasn't needed …

Borders Between Us

December 17th, 2019


Saidu Tejan-Thomas is a young poet. For a long time, he had a story he needed to tell: an homage and apology to his mother. It's a tragic love story …

Two Years With Franz

June 4th, 2018


This is a story of art & love, of madness & beauty, of youth & age & death. It took Bianca Giaever 2 years of listening to 546 tapes …

Living With Murder

December 7th, 2017


The story of Kempis Songster, who was given a mandatory life sentence without parole for a crime he committed at 15 years old. He is forty-five now, …

Preaching To Myself: Five Heretical Sermons In Five Minutes

November 16th, 2016



Editor’s Note: This speech was delivered as a “provocation” on the opening night of the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, November, 2016. (photo by Jay Allison)

I confess I like preaching, but don’t …

In Conversation: Jenna Weiss-Berman and Laura Walker

November 8th, 2016


*Editor’s Note: This conversation was recorded on October 25, 2016.

Jenna: So let’s start with who are you and what do you do?

Laura: I’m Laura Walker, I’m the President and CEO of New York Public Radio.

Jenna: And how …

Thank God I’m A Country Boy

September 13th, 2016


The moment I heard about Jim Salestrom, I knew. Not only was this the story I wanted to do for the Transom Traveling Workshop, but I knew in my gut the story was also about me.

I came to the Transom Traveling Workshop …

Jack And The Bag Of Death

June 7th, 2016


Last fall at the very end of the semester I saw a poster in the hallway of the art school at Virginia Commonwealth University for one of my favorite …

A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, And My Mother

March 1st, 2016


Revisiting Difficult Things

The story of the violent crime my mother survived in the fall of 1994 has never been something I share easily. It’s more …

In Conversation: Miranda July & Jennifer Brandel

January 19th, 2016


What Miranda July Can Teach (& Remind) Us About Making Media for the Public

Admittedly, I over prepared for this interview. Beyond spending many …

Story Workshop Fall 2015: Pieces

December 10th, 2015


Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

Rob Rosenthal

…one of the things I love most about my job as lead instructor [is] I have no idea what’s going to happen. From day-to-day, from workshop to workshop… every class is …

Anatomy Of A Code Blue

October 13th, 2015


A “Code Blue”

You’ve seen it on TV. The line on the heart monitor goes flat. Reassuring beeps are overtaken by the ominous, solid tone of death. …

Maria, Lena and Me

May 20th, 2014


“Maria, Lena and Me” on PRX

About “Maria, Lena and Me”

Lena in Russia

So here’s the very roundabout way I ended up making my first radio documentary. I’ve worked in television for the last 15 years producing news …

Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home

January 24th, 2014


About Southern Flight 242

When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never …

Of Kith and Kids

July 30th, 2013


“Of Kith and Kids” on PRX

About “Of Kith and Kids”

It started with a pledge to my local public radio station… yes!

As a sustaining member of WNYC I receive a New Yorker subscription and read the piece: State Of Play: …

Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma

June 25th, 2013


“Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma” on PRX

About Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma

This project was born in the …

Walking Across America: Advice for a Young Man

April 2nd, 2013


“Walking Across America: Advice for a Young Man” on PRX

People in the Piece (in order of appearance)

“I don’t know why he’s doing it. He’s just crazy, I think.”

Bill Guy, Shady Grove, Alabama.

“Like it or not, it is …

A Code To Live By In Appalachia

January 30th, 2013


About A Code To Live By In Appalachia

“Mysterious” is probably the first word most people associate with the Melungeons. They were a mixed race group that settled in southern Appalachia in the late 1700s. They lived in …


September 5th, 2012


“Forgiveness” on PRX

About Forgiveness

I stumbled upon this story on a long distance bike trip, while I was doing a radio project on veterans’ experiences at war. As you can see, this story has nothing to do with …

An Open Letter to a Fussy Woman at a Toll Booth

August 14th, 2012


About An Open Letter to a Fussy Woman at a Toll Booth

Toll collection is the second oldest profession.

In Greek mythology, Charon the ferryman (one …

Blind Parenting

June 5th, 2012


“Blind Parenting” on PRX

About Blind Parenting

In my previous, and now current podcast, I spend a lot of time satirizing this and that aspect of other people’s lives. So I found the task of doing an actual story about …

Portrait of the Bully as a Young Man

March 13th, 2012


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About Portrait of the Bully as a Young …

Bucky’s Dome

March 6th, 2012


“Bucky’s Dome” on PRX

About “Bucky’s Dome”

One of the biggest challenges I faced was condensing all of the information I had into a manageable story …

The D-Word

February 1st, 2012


“The D-Word” on PRX

About The D-Word

What is the D-Word? – It’s a 30-minute documentary that attempts to explore our rather neurotic relationship with that five-letter word: death.

It was produced as part of my thesis …


July 19th, 2011


“Splash” on PRX

Who did What to WHOM!?

My memory’s not what it once was. But hearing a certain name made an instant connection with the past.

A prominent Tampa lawyer was murdered by his ex-wife. She snapped, drove to …

The Memory Palace

April 6th, 2011


“The Memory Palace” on PRX

A Favorite Episode of Nate DiMeo’s: Nee Weinberg

I recently asked my, um, my Facebook group, to suggest which episode I …

99% Invisible

March 21st, 2011


A Favorite Episode of Roman’s: 99% Symbolic

Although I have a hard time pulling out one episode to represent all of 99% Invisible, I chose this …

Scene of the Crime

November 28th, 2010


“Scene of the Crime” on PRX

About Scene of the Crime

This summer I traveled to Colombia on a 10-day fact finding mission organized by Witness for …

Inside the Adoption Circle – A Transom Radio Special

October 1st, 2010


“Inside the Adoption Circle” on PRX

About Inside the Adoption Circle

Adoption reveals some profound but basic aspects of the human story. It’s an act of caring, love and bravery. An emphatic and ancient statement about …

Finding Miles

June 8th, 2010


“Finding Miles” on PRX

About Finding Miles from Sarah Reynolds

I first knew Miles as Megan back in college. When he decided to transition from female …

Working With Studs – A Transom Radio Special

April 27th, 2010


“Working With Studs – A Transom Radio Special” on PRX

Bonus tracks from “Working With Studs”

About Working With Studs

Back in the 1980s, long before coming to work at Transom, I’d been working with Studs Terkel at WFMT …


April 7th, 2010


“Matthew” on PRX

About Matthew

I first met Matthew in the spring of 2008 when I was a visiting artist teaching printmaking workshops at Laguna Honda Hospital (LHH) in San Francisco. LHH is the city’s long term care …

Kidnap Radio

January 10th, 2010


About Kidnap Radio

I was 19 when my father was kidnapped in Colombia. It was 1999. My mother came to my college campus to deliver the news and I flew …

Cat Lady

December 23rd, 2009


“Cat Lady” on PRX

About Cat Lady

I had struggled for a year, trying to write a piece about my mother, about myself, about what I observed to be an …

Tribal Radio

June 19th, 2009


Jesse Hardman and Maura O'Connor recently drove around the southwestern United States visiting some of the 33 Native American reservations that have their own radio stations. They

said it became clear that "radio, often …

Jennie’s Secret

May 18th, 2009


“Jennie’s Secret” on PRX

About Jennie’s Secret

I don’t remember how I first encountered the story of Civil War veteran Jennie Hodgers (aka Albert Cashier), but I was smitten from the start. I was amazed that hundreds of …

Prostate Diaries

February 5th, 2009


“Prostate Diaries” on PRX

About The Prostate Diaries:

From Jeff Metcalf

A man walks into a doctor’s office for a physical and the doctor says, “You look good. Your heart sounds strong, lungs are clear, urine sample is …

Killer Whales

January 22nd, 2009


About Killer Whales

I’m a scientist. Well, that used to be my fulltime job. Now I make radio and multimedia about science…mostly.

Let me back up. …

After The Forgetting

December 1st, 2008


“After The Forgetting” on PRX

About After The Forgetting

This story started in my living room. I was teaching a youth radio class for the Vermont …

Love & Radio

November 17th, 2008


Back to “A Trio of Podcasts”

Read Curtis Fox’s Manifesto: “On Podcasting”

A Favorite Episode of Nick’s: Aftermath

From the company headquarters of Aftermath, Inc., amidst a strip of bland office buildings in …


November 10th, 2008


Back to “A Trio of Podcasts”

Read Curtis Fox’s Manifesto: “On Podcasting”

A Favorite Episode of Zach and Mercedes’: Life Savers

In this episode we asked five people the question “who saved your life?” This is the show …

Running From Myself

February 9th, 2008


“Running From Myself” on PRX

About “Running From Myself” from Louis

I learned about 826NYC when their staff came to my high school to work with my …

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