I seem to go on a bit about people connecting with people. Understanding each other better by simply taking time to listen, observe, learn. It was the theme of my first post, about being stuck on a motorway, and it was also the theme from earlier this week, about my concerns for real communities under the indirect onslaught of virtual worlds…
Anyway, this morning I was reminded why I think ‘connecting’ with others is important, and ultimately rewarding. “This American Life” is a terrific show on the fantastic WBEZ Public Radio in Chicago (which incidentally is also home to many BBC Radio programmes and the most excellent cinematic marvel that is Filmspotting). I listen to the podcast, as each week they take a theme and explore different stories about This American Life.
The latest episode is “Rest Stop”, in which their team of reporters hang out at the Plattekill Rest Stop in New York State for a weekend in August. Apparently it’s in the middle of nowhere, but you wouldn’t know it. This really resonated with me, reminding me of conversations we had on the M6 on our way to Pilling.
As with every show, the team talk to people, listening to their stories. And, er, that’s it. No agenda, no moralising, no platform. Just wonderful, compelling human stories, that celebrate the diversity and importance of all aspects of our society.
I can’t recommend This American Life highly enough.