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Audacious with Chion Wolf

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Audacious with Chion Wolf

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Audacious with Chion Wolf will highlight the uncommon experiences of everyday people – asking the hardest, most uncomfortable questions. With curiosity and compassion, Connecticut Public producer and host Chion Wolf digs deeper, encouraging listeners to ask hard questions in their own lives.

Latest Episodes

Scars To Prove It: Living Through Animal Attacks

Today, you’re gonna hear from three people who had close encounters with wild animals - and have the scars to prove it. You’ll hear how - and if - any of these people felt defined by their experiences, and what sense they’ve made out of their encounters. Plus, you’ll hear from a wildlife expert about what animals you should be careful to keep away from here in New England. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MIN4 d ago
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Scars To Prove It: Living Through Animal Attacks

I Predict That You Will Listen To A Public Radio Show About Psychics

From ancient Egypt to Greek mythology, through Abrahamic religions, in ancient African and Native American spiritual traditions, in medieval Europe, and 16th century France (remember that Nostradamus guy?), humans have reliably attempted to predict the future, read minds, and communicate with the dead. And at this moment in our history, with a pandemic, protests, an upcoming election, climate change... On top of the innate chaos of being a human being, it would surely be more psychologically manageable if we could somehow see into the future. This hour, you'll listen in on my first reading ever with a psychic medium - someone who claims to be able to predict the future, and communicate with the dead. We'll hear what this work is like for her. You'll also meet a researcher who looks back at some of the ways psychics and mediums have been tested and understood - or not - in American history. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MIN1 w ago
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I Predict That You Will Listen To A Public Radio Show About Psychics

Bring On The Babies: Egg Donation, Surrogacy, and the Future of IVF

Right now the world population is 7.8 billion, and growing fast. We have doubled our population over just the past 50 years! Even though the population is growing, fertility rates, overall, are dropping.So, more people are here, but we’re having fewer babies. There’s a lot of reasons for that, and one of them is infertility. The CDC estimates that nearly one out of eight couples struggles to conceive, but because of assisted reproductive technology, we’re upping the population numbers in the United States. The CDC reports that almost 2 percent of all U.S. births annually - or about 4 million babies - are here as a result of things like in-vitro-fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, and egg donation. Today, you'll meet a fertility doctor, a woman who’s donated eggs five times, one who’s been a surrogate, and one who - through a pandemic - has finally become pregnant using IVF. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MIN2 w ago
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Bring On The Babies: Egg Donation, Surrogacy, and the Future of IVF

You Didn’t Ask To Be Here: Adventures In Antinatalism

Last year, a 28 year-old guy in Mumbai tried to sue his parents - who are both lawyers - for having brought him into the world. He claims his parents didn’t get his consent to live. In addition to being a very bold person, he is an anti-natalist. That is, he believes that it is morally wrong to bring sentient life into this world - no matter how charmed or how troubled that life is - and that humanity should stop reproducing, full stop. Anti-natalism is not a novel concept. You can trace it as far back as some interpretations of the teachings of Buddah, and in ancient religious sects. Nowadays, the subreddit dedicated to Anti-natalism has 70,000 members, and there are 15,000 people following the Facebook group, the “Voluntary Human Extinction Movement”. You’ll hear from one of its leaders in this show. The screenwriter for the Netflix series, True Detective, says that that the antinatalist beliefs of one of the main characters was inspired by the book, “Better Never to Have Bee...

50 MIN3 w ago
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You Didn’t Ask To Be Here: Adventures In Antinatalism

It’s A Brand Nude Day!

We’re all naked under our clothes. It’s when we take them off that things could get complicated. I didn't want to be clothesminded, so in 2012 I did something that I had never done before. I took off all my clothes and spent time at Solair, a nudist resort in Woodstock, Connecticut, all in the name of radio. Then, I revisited the resort a few years later to go skinnydipping with four members of one family to find out what the nudist lifestyle means to their hearts, minds, and of course, bodies. This hour, you'll also hear from theAmerican Association for Nude Recreationabout what they're recommending to be safe as resorts reopen during the pandemic. Finally, if you’re famous for taking photos of thousands of people, naked together in a public place, how do you keep that tradition going during quarantine? Spencer Tunick tells me about his first world-wide project, "Stay Apart Together". Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MINJUL 4
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It’s A Brand Nude Day!

Going Flat, or Building New Breasts: Two Women’s Post-Mastectomy Stories

Imagine you’ve got breasts. It shouldn’t be too hard to imagine, because most every human being has’ em! And that means that most of us are candidates for breast cancer. This hour, we hear very intimate conversations with two women who go through the process of getting a double mastectomy - the removal of all the breast tissue. One decides to get reconstruction, and one does not. I talked to them before the surgery, right after, and then almost a year later. I wanted to find out what it was like dealing with the prospect of a cancer diagnosis - or an actual one - and what it was like losing a part of their body. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MINJUN 27
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Going Flat, or Building New Breasts: Two Women’s Post-Mastectomy Stories

People With Speech Disfluencies Have A Lot To Say

Speech disfluencies are mysterious. They are defined as breaks or disruptions that occur in the flow of speech. For over 10 years, I was the midday host at Connecticut Public Radio, telling you the weather, the time, what show was coming up next — And at the top of every hour, the call letters. Our listeners had opinions - lots of opinions - about the way I said the letter “W”, which I had to say dozens of times a day. Most of the opinions came in the form of praise, but now and then an email would come through from someone saying that they had to turn the radio off every time I came on. That I was saying “W” wrong. This intense positive and negative feedback, repeated for years, and caused anxiety and, after time, I was diagnosed with a speech disfluency. This hour, you’ll hear audio from my 2013 sessions at the Speech & Hearing Clinic at UConn. And we’ll hear from people who struggle with the most common speech disfluency: stuttering. It affects more than 70 million people ...

50 MINJUN 20
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People With Speech Disfluencies Have A Lot To Say

Beyond Solidarity: How White People Can Become Anti-Racist

This hour, we talk about the role white people play in anti-racist work, and how we can all talk with young people about anti-racism. You’ll hear from John Biewen, audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. He’s also the host and producer of Scene On Radio, a podcast that tells stories exploring human experience and American society. The second season of that series is called “Seeing White”. Through 14 episodes, it explores America’s deep history of white supremacy. Biewen, who is white, and his co-host and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika, Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, who is Black, talk about the manufacturing of the concept of race and the purpose of whiteness. The latest season of Scene on Radio just wrapped this week, and it’s called “The Land That Never Has Been Yet” (The title is from the Langston Huges poem, “Let America Be America Again”), and it examines the ways in w...

50 MINJUN 13
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Beyond Solidarity: How White People Can Become Anti-Racist

The Quest for a Good Death

This hour, we’re starting at the end: Death. Knowledge of our mortality affects almost everything about us. And lately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, death is on our phones, in the headlines, and in the air. Today, you’ll hear from funeral director Howard K. Hill, on how he’s had to adapt his practices to be safe AND to serve during the Coronavirus. And you’ll hear from Alua Arthur, who is a Death Doula at Going With Grace. We recorded a conversation about her work back in December, and then reconnected in May to talk about how her work has changed in the middle of the Coronavirus. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MINJUN 6
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The Quest for a Good Death

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30 sJUN 1
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Latest Episodes

Scars To Prove It: Living Through Animal Attacks

Today, you’re gonna hear from three people who had close encounters with wild animals - and have the scars to prove it. You’ll hear how - and if - any of these people felt defined by their experiences, and what sense they’ve made out of their encounters. Plus, you’ll hear from a wildlife expert about what animals you should be careful to keep away from here in New England. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Scars To Prove It: Living Through Animal Attacks

I Predict That You Will Listen To A Public Radio Show About Psychics

From ancient Egypt to Greek mythology, through Abrahamic religions, in ancient African and Native American spiritual traditions, in medieval Europe, and 16th century France (remember that Nostradamus guy?), humans have reliably attempted to predict the future, read minds, and communicate with the dead. And at this moment in our history, with a pandemic, protests, an upcoming election, climate change... On top of the innate chaos of being a human being, it would surely be more psychologically manageable if we could somehow see into the future. This hour, you'll listen in on my first reading ever with a psychic medium - someone who claims to be able to predict the future, and communicate with the dead. We'll hear what this work is like for her. You'll also meet a researcher who looks back at some of the ways psychics and mediums have been tested and understood - or not - in American history. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MIN1 w ago
Comments
I Predict That You Will Listen To A Public Radio Show About Psychics

Bring On The Babies: Egg Donation, Surrogacy, and the Future of IVF

Right now the world population is 7.8 billion, and growing fast. We have doubled our population over just the past 50 years! Even though the population is growing, fertility rates, overall, are dropping.So, more people are here, but we’re having fewer babies. There’s a lot of reasons for that, and one of them is infertility. The CDC estimates that nearly one out of eight couples struggles to conceive, but because of assisted reproductive technology, we’re upping the population numbers in the United States. The CDC reports that almost 2 percent of all U.S. births annually - or about 4 million babies - are here as a result of things like in-vitro-fertilization (IVF), surrogacy, and egg donation. Today, you'll meet a fertility doctor, a woman who’s donated eggs five times, one who’s been a surrogate, and one who - through a pandemic - has finally become pregnant using IVF. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Bring On The Babies: Egg Donation, Surrogacy, and the Future of IVF

You Didn’t Ask To Be Here: Adventures In Antinatalism

Last year, a 28 year-old guy in Mumbai tried to sue his parents - who are both lawyers - for having brought him into the world. He claims his parents didn’t get his consent to live. In addition to being a very bold person, he is an anti-natalist. That is, he believes that it is morally wrong to bring sentient life into this world - no matter how charmed or how troubled that life is - and that humanity should stop reproducing, full stop. Anti-natalism is not a novel concept. You can trace it as far back as some interpretations of the teachings of Buddah, and in ancient religious sects. Nowadays, the subreddit dedicated to Anti-natalism has 70,000 members, and there are 15,000 people following the Facebook group, the “Voluntary Human Extinction Movement”. You’ll hear from one of its leaders in this show. The screenwriter for the Netflix series, True Detective, says that that the antinatalist beliefs of one of the main characters was inspired by the book, “Better Never to Have Bee...

50 MIN3 w ago
Comments
You Didn’t Ask To Be Here: Adventures In Antinatalism

It’s A Brand Nude Day!

We’re all naked under our clothes. It’s when we take them off that things could get complicated. I didn't want to be clothesminded, so in 2012 I did something that I had never done before. I took off all my clothes and spent time at Solair, a nudist resort in Woodstock, Connecticut, all in the name of radio. Then, I revisited the resort a few years later to go skinnydipping with four members of one family to find out what the nudist lifestyle means to their hearts, minds, and of course, bodies. This hour, you'll also hear from theAmerican Association for Nude Recreationabout what they're recommending to be safe as resorts reopen during the pandemic. Finally, if you’re famous for taking photos of thousands of people, naked together in a public place, how do you keep that tradition going during quarantine? Spencer Tunick tells me about his first world-wide project, "Stay Apart Together". Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MINJUL 4
Comments
It’s A Brand Nude Day!

Going Flat, or Building New Breasts: Two Women’s Post-Mastectomy Stories

Imagine you’ve got breasts. It shouldn’t be too hard to imagine, because most every human being has’ em! And that means that most of us are candidates for breast cancer. This hour, we hear very intimate conversations with two women who go through the process of getting a double mastectomy - the removal of all the breast tissue. One decides to get reconstruction, and one does not. I talked to them before the surgery, right after, and then almost a year later. I wanted to find out what it was like dealing with the prospect of a cancer diagnosis - or an actual one - and what it was like losing a part of their body. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MINJUN 27
Comments
Going Flat, or Building New Breasts: Two Women’s Post-Mastectomy Stories

People With Speech Disfluencies Have A Lot To Say

Speech disfluencies are mysterious. They are defined as breaks or disruptions that occur in the flow of speech. For over 10 years, I was the midday host at Connecticut Public Radio, telling you the weather, the time, what show was coming up next — And at the top of every hour, the call letters. Our listeners had opinions - lots of opinions - about the way I said the letter “W”, which I had to say dozens of times a day. Most of the opinions came in the form of praise, but now and then an email would come through from someone saying that they had to turn the radio off every time I came on. That I was saying “W” wrong. This intense positive and negative feedback, repeated for years, and caused anxiety and, after time, I was diagnosed with a speech disfluency. This hour, you’ll hear audio from my 2013 sessions at the Speech & Hearing Clinic at UConn. And we’ll hear from people who struggle with the most common speech disfluency: stuttering. It affects more than 70 million people ...

50 MINJUN 20
Comments
People With Speech Disfluencies Have A Lot To Say

Beyond Solidarity: How White People Can Become Anti-Racist

This hour, we talk about the role white people play in anti-racist work, and how we can all talk with young people about anti-racism. You’ll hear from John Biewen, audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. He’s also the host and producer of Scene On Radio, a podcast that tells stories exploring human experience and American society. The second season of that series is called “Seeing White”. Through 14 episodes, it explores America’s deep history of white supremacy. Biewen, who is white, and his co-host and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika, Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies, who is Black, talk about the manufacturing of the concept of race and the purpose of whiteness. The latest season of Scene on Radio just wrapped this week, and it’s called “The Land That Never Has Been Yet” (The title is from the Langston Huges poem, “Let America Be America Again”), and it examines the ways in w...

50 MINJUN 13
Comments
Beyond Solidarity: How White People Can Become Anti-Racist

The Quest for a Good Death

This hour, we’re starting at the end: Death. Knowledge of our mortality affects almost everything about us. And lately, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, death is on our phones, in the headlines, and in the air. Today, you’ll hear from funeral director Howard K. Hill, on how he’s had to adapt his practices to be safe AND to serve during the Coronavirus. And you’ll hear from Alua Arthur, who is a Death Doula at Going With Grace. We recorded a conversation about her work back in December, and then reconnected in May to talk about how her work has changed in the middle of the Coronavirus. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

50 MINJUN 6
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The Quest for a Good Death

Audacious Promo

Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate

30 sJUN 1
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Audacious Promo
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