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Playlist: Life Stories

Compiled By: Tom Langley

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By Jay Allison

Life Stories - Friendship

From Jay Allison | Part of the The Life Stories Collection series | 59:05

Five stories of friends

Lifestories These are public radio stories made over many years, by producer Jay Allison -- working together with Christina Egloff, and friends, colleagues, neighbors, strangers and whoever would take the loan of one of his tape recorders. They are are stories about life as we find it, and record it. HOST: Alex Chadwick In this hour: Baseball, Church, Kids (4:42) You're supposed to be pals with your kids. That means taking them places and doing things together, right? Carolyn: A Portrait of Race in Boston (27:05) A story about co-existing with other people, even when it's hard. It's told by Carolyn Wren Shannon from Charlestown, Massachusetts. NOTE: This piece contains the "N-word". The use is important, not trivial, and ties to the central ideas about racism in the piece. Produced with Cecilia Vaisman and WGBH Boston. Fire and Ice Cream (9:40) In 1991, when Brent was 14, he was badly burned and ended up in Children's National Medical Center's Burn Unit in Washington, DC. Ten years later he talks about love and pain. Produced with Brent Runyon The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Cpl. Michael Baronowski (20:40) In 1966, a 19-year-old marine took a reel-to reel tape recorder with him into the Vietnam War. For two months, until he was killed in action, Lance Corporal Michael Baronowski made 3-inch open reel tapes of his friends, of life in foxholes, of combat. Thirty-four years later, his friend and comrade Tim Duffie found those tapes. Produced for Lost & Found Sound. Lead producer, Christina Egloff.

The Life Stories Collection (Series)

Produced by Jay Allison

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Dad and Sam (Locked in Brotherhood)

From Jay Allison | Part of the The Life Stories Collection series | 04:43

Dadsmall_small This piece comes from the Life Stories Collection ("Fathers and Sons" hour). I have broken it out because it would work well by itself around either Christmas or Father's Day. The setting is a Christmas table. The story is about my father and his love for his brother Sam, in the face of Sam's mental disability. The love and connection continues past death. Sam was a singer and we hear him sing Oh Holy Night and Silent Night in this piece. The piece was produced in th 1980s sometime, but I think it holds up okay.