WINNETKA: A Memoir

17 EpisodesProduced by Global

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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Bonus Story: Drug Reboot

March 21st, 2019

6:55

You really want to smoke pot? It's strong as f**k these days!

8. Strange Land

March 18th, 2019

32:08

Just as Papa Harper dies of alcoholism, Dad gets promoted and moves his reluctant family to the east coast. Billy and Diana and I go to college, …

Bonus Story: What We Wore

March 14th, 2019

5:14

You could just hear their golf clubs rattle as their parents realized their daughters were sleeping with hippies.

7. Faith

March 11th, 2019

30:21

JFK’s assassination in ‘62 marks a sea change. I lose faith, while big sister Diana finds it, and marches for civil rights. My brothers commit a string of petty crimes, and Billy becomes the first to push back against …

Bonus Story: Dancing School

March 7th, 2019

5:16

I had crossed a threshold, and Mom was on the other side.

6. Survival

March 4th, 2019

28:56

By 1962, my little brothers emulate their father’s work ethic while they fear his unpredictable rages. But the Cuban Missile Crisis makes us aware of …

Bonus Story: Colorado

February 28th, 2019

6:48

As was customary in our family, I opted out of confrontation in favor of the harbor-resentment-for-life plan.

5. The Grandfather Report

February 25th, 2019

38:37

Mom comes from a long line of ministers, and the goodness persists in the Emery family. The actions of Dad’s father, Papa Harper, also echo those of his forebears, but goodness has nothing to do with it.

Bonus Story: Love and Crime

February 21st, 2019

6:42

“I got interested in boys then. Not so much for romance as for a Billy surrogate, when he was out raising hell."

4. Winnetka

February 18th, 2019

34:14

In ‘56, we settle in Winnetka. When, in July, Mom gives birth to twin baby boys, Dad’s temper rises like the temperature does. But he keeps us in his …

Bonus Story: Housework

February 14th, 2019

5:50

“The trouble with being a stay-at-home mom, wasn’t that the work was so hard, but that it was so unvalued.”

3. Wishing

February 11th, 2019

33:05

My twin brother Billy and I are close pals. In spite of our fear of our angry father, we each wish he would shine his love light on us. The arrival …

2. Mom and Dad

February 7th, 2019

30:10

A Marine (Dad) and a nightclub singer (Mom) are married in 1946. By 1950 they live in a Chicago suburb with three babies. Dad starts his career in advertising, while my mother struggles with being a stay-at-home mom. …

Bonus Story: The Joke

February 4th, 2019

5:18

“Memory is tricky after all. It can morph over time, and events get reimagined.”

1. Introduction

February 4th, 2019

14:46

My family and I attend Dad’s funeral in ’13. As I listen to my siblings’ eulogies that extol his virtues, I note how our memories of childhood …

Trailer: The Unexpected

January 28th, 2019

3:36

WINNETKA is a ten-episode memoir by actress Jessica Harper. She narrates her story of growing up in the fifties and sixties in a six-kid household in …

Introduction to WINNETKA

November 5th, 2018

1:41

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 …

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