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WINNETKA is a ten-episode memoir created and produced by award-winning actress Jessica Harper, with original music. The podcast features the voices of the Harper family, who share in the telling of their remarkable story. WINNETKA tells of six Harper kids coming of age in Eisenhower’s post-war Ameri… read more

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Introduction to WINNETKA

November 5th, 2018


WINNETKA is a ten-episode memoir by actress Jessica Harper. It tells her story of growing up in a six-kid household in Winnetka, Illinois, in …

Sample Story: Duck and Cover

November 14th, 2018


Home life wasn’t easy, but by ’62, we were learning of greater dangers outside our home. Which is why we hid under our desks….

Sample Story: Housewife Tips

November 19th, 2018


My mother once seemed like a perfect model of a '50s housewife. But at age 96, she revealed that she had actually been downright subversive.

Sample Story: Glendale

November 26th, 2018


It was the late '60s; time to embrace sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll. I was more than happy to do that - one step at a time.

Sample Story: Crime Spree

December 3rd, 2018


In the early '60s, there was a spike in the crime rate in Winnetka, thanks to the antics of my naughty brothers.

Sample Story: Nicknames

December 10th, 2018


In fine WASP tradition, our parents gave us preposterous nicknames. Mine was the most unfortunate. Warning: it starts with P.

Sample Story: Christmas

December 17th, 2018


For Mom and Dad, prepping Christmas for six kids was always a marathon. For my grandfather, it was crantini time.

Sample Story: Madamoiselle

January 7th, 2019


In 1968, I was almost a cover girl for Mademoiselle magazine. But I learned a lesson about great expectations.

Sample Story: Invisible

January 14th, 2019


My little brother Sam had his own way of escaping the mayhem of life in a big family: he’d simply disappear.

Sample Story: Calypso

January 21st, 2019


When my parents had their (semi-wild) cocktail parties, they did not dance to Sinatra. No Elvis. No Stones. Think “Day-O.”

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