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It's that time of year when no matter what your cultural or religious heritage you are affected by the season's holidays. Offices close down early. People travel to visit friends and family. Life just slows down for a lot of people. As a result, it is remarkably difficult to get a hold of people and even more difficult to book them to come onto a radio show! So, Think Out Loud is joining the masses and taking a bit of a holiday. For the holiday season we'll bring you a collection of staff picks. I asked around the OPB newsroom to find out what shows really stuck with people. Interestingly enough, many of the favorites centered around relationships and the human and spiritual connections between people.
Think Out Loud producer Kate McMahon chose our show on Keeping the Faith, a program we recorded with a live audience discussing how people keep their faith during trying times. We'll air that on December 24th.
Julie Sabatier, a producer who's been with Think Out Loud since the start, chose our show on Surviving the Quarter-Life Crisis — how 30 is the new 45! (She says she isn't experiencing the crisis herself...). You can hear that on Monday December 27th.
Reporter April Baer immediately suggested Downsizing as a Senior. It was a moving program about how senior citizens, and their families, cope with the aging process, especially as it comes to getting rid of their life's possessions. That will be on Wednesday December 29th.
From among the shows that stand out to her, Emily Harris picked her interview with author Brian Doyle. While the conversation kicked off with a discussion about his first novel, Mink River, the interview was truly alive with stories of connections between people. Doyle says: "Deep in the bones of writers there is some shimmering urge to reach into someone's heart and squeeze it." This show will broadcast on Thursday December 30th.
The shows I chose all had to do with having and raising children. I've excerpted some of my favorite segments from The Ethics of Egg Donation, Stories of Adoption, and Lauren Kessler's My Teenage Werewolf and we'll air those on Tuesday December 28th.
Finally we'll leave you singing and loving at the end of the year with our show on Writing Love Songs. We hope you love it! And we look forward to more songs and stories and great discussions with you in 2011.
Happy New Year!