The name of the program is Morning Stories (iTunes – Feed – Web Site). The host is Tony Kahn. And the show is all about presenting great stories from everyday people — stories that get at something deeply human, things that other people can identify with, no matter what their age, background, or nationality. (Hence the reason why the show’s podcast has unexpectedly developed a considerable following in China.)
I figured that there’s no better way to introduce the show than to ask Tony Kahn to highlight some of his own favorite episodes. So that’s what I did, and here’s what he had to say. Once you get beyond listening to his favorites, you can peruse the complete archive here. Enjoy.
1. Over Here and Over There (mp3): Morning Stories Producer and Director catches up with his friend Fatima, by phone from Brazil, and recalls her story of the hopes that once made her flee her homeland for America, and the fears that sent her back.
2. How Can You Say No? (mp3): Jackie Lantry fights time and City Hall in China to give her son a family, and Tony Kahn and Gary Mott discuss their personal experiences with adoption.
3. Family Tree (mp3): Karen Dillon begins the podcast with a report on working with grieving children. Katrina Murray ends it with a mother’s tale.
4. A Lesson in Chinese (mp3): A caller from Xian, China teaches Tony the true meaning of “happiness,” “love,” and “volunteer job.” Also, Tony and Gary discuss the true meaning of “wanton.”