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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. Find out more at https://www.ctpublic.org/audacious

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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. Find out more at https://www.ctpublic.org/audacious

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When actors teach: Embodying the lives of an enslaved woman and a medical patient

7/12/2024
There are many ways to teach, but few are as impactful as embodying a character as an actor. How does taking on such roles shape a person's life? In this episode, we delve into the experiences of two unique educators. Discover what it was like for Azie Dungey, a Black actress, to portray an enslaved woman at George and Martha Washington's estate in Mount Vernon. How did this deeply emotional role influence her understanding of history and her own identity? Then, explore the world of Cory Scott, a standardized patient who simulates medical conditions for training medical students. What toll does this role take on his mind and body? Provided/Cory ScottCory Scott (left) performs with Kate Jurdi. Join us as we uncover the profound effects of educational acting on those who live it. Suggested episodes: Actors Mary Elizabeth Kelly and Dean Edwards on the art of impressionsBehind The Screens: Dressing Schitt’s Creek, Special Effects Make-Up, and Casting Queer EyeBehind The Screens: Hollywood Hairstyling, Coordinating Intimacy, And Illustrating The Great British Bake Off GUESTS: Azie Dungey“Ask A Slave”Cory ScottSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:00

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Audacious Paloozas: Lovers of pogo sticks, origami, lighters, and John Philip Sousa share their passions

7/5/2024
You know the Chicago-based music festival, Lollapalooza? Well, this episode of Audacious features NO ONE from Lollapalooza! But it does feature people who love something so much that they made a palooza out of it! Hear about the communal beauty and allure of pogo sticks, origami, lighters, and John Philip Sousa marches. GUESTS: PogopaloozaKuang-Hao HuangSousapaloozaPaper Tree - the Origami StoreRiley’s 66Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:59

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Intersex advocacy and the fight for bodily autonomy with Pidgeon Pagonis

6/28/2024
Growing up, Pidgeon Pagonis was told a lot about their medical history: They were born with cancerous ovaries, so the doctors removed them to save their life. Except that wasn't true. In reality, they were born intersex. And those were not cancerous ovaries, they were undescended testes. And that was just the beginning of many truths coming out. Hear their story of discovery, and how they played a massive role in getting the hospital where they were born to reverse their policies on how they treat intersex children. Resources: interACT Advocates for Intersex YouthIntersex resource listStatements on Intersex Care at Lurie Children’s Hospital Recommended episodes: Conception deception: The fight for transparency in the fertility industryJeffrey Marsh Loves YouBeing a trans woman in the trucking industry GUEST: Pidgeon Pagonis Nobody Needs to KnowSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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For the love of farts! From animal biology to musical mastery

6/21/2024
Enjoy our ode to farts! Meet researchers who made a New York Times bestselling book series about the various ways that animals fart; A man who is internationally known for being a hand farter, (also called a “manualist“); And another person who was born without an anus and went on to make a living off of his ability to fart extensively on-command! Which he will absolutely do for us in this episode. GUESTS: Dani Rabaiotti and Nick Caruso:spreadsheetDoes It Fart? The definitive field guide to animal flatulence,Does It Fart?: A Kid's Guide to the Gas Animals PassGuy First:Will Bakey a.k.a “Will the Farter”:CameoSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Behind the mic: Gayle King, Ziwe, and Mehdi Hasan on the art of the interview

6/14/2024
Back in the day — with your Walter Cronkites and David Brinkleys — it felt kind of inappropriate for an interviewer to bring their full selves to the conversation. It was all about the guest, after all, so why bother bringing their own distinctive flairs? But now, people tune in as much for the interviewer as the one being interviewed. And because of that, the experience feels much more authentic! So today, you'll get to know three masters of the craft who each have their own distinct, but oh so compelling styles of asking tough, thought-provoking questions. EXTENDED INTERVIEWS: Mehdi HasanZiweGayle King This episode originally aired on October 14th, 2023. GUESTS: Mehdi Hasan:ZeteoWin Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public SpeakingZiweZIWEBaitedBlack Friend: EssaysGayle KingNote to Self: Inspiring Words From Inspiring PeopleSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:58

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Jayson Greene reflects on grief and parenthood nine years after his daughter's death

6/7/2024
Jayson Greene’s daughter, Greta, died in 2015 when she was two years old. She was sitting on a bench with her grandma on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when a brick fell from a building and struck her in the head. Now, nine years later, how would Jayson describe Greta’s presence in his life? Hear his reflections on life after unimaginable tragedy, and how much he appreciates the people that showed up for him and his family. Related episode: Views from the end: David Meyers GUESTS: Jayson GreeneOnce More We Saw StarsSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:02

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Hearing every color, feeling every earthquake: Life as a cyborg

5/31/2024
In the movies, cyborgs often don't have a soul or a conscience. But in real life, some people become cyborgs in order to enhance the human experience and to be more connected with nature. Like Neil Harbisson. He was born colorblind, but now, thanks to an antenna implanted into the base of his skull, he can hear colors! And choreographer, Moon Ribas, had implants embedded in her feet that vibrated every time there was an earthquake of at least 1.0 on the Richter scale. They are co-founders of the Transpecies Society and the Cyborg Foundation. This episode originally aired on September 16, 2023. GUESTS: Neil Harbisson:Moon Ribas: Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:49:01

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Conversations with two dragons

5/24/2024
People modify their bodies all the time. A piercing here, a tattoo there… But what if you took it to the extreme, and reshaped yourself into something mythical? Meet two people who use body modifications to turn themselves into dragons. Related episodes: Change Of Art: Stories About Tattoo CoverupsRetired CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez on magic, technology and the art of deception(Almost) Everybody Hurts: An Exploration of PainGoing Flat, or Building New Breasts: Two Women’s Post-Mastectomy StoriesHearing every color, feeling every earthquake: Life as a cyborg GUESTS: Legion the Dragon:Burns the Dragon:Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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The reality of 'Forever Parenting' when your child needs lifetime care

5/17/2024
When people imagine becoming parents, they don’t often envision their child being born with a condition that requires lifetime care. Hear reflections and wisdom from “forever parents” whose children have autism with anxiety and OCD; a disorder that caused 100 seizures a day; and Down Syndrome. GUESTS: Carrie Cariello: Adriana Piltz:Nicky’s Gardens of HopeCathy Carmode Lim, Marcelino Lim, and Marissa Lim:lifeandlims.comSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:58

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Pawn queens: Tales and treasures from women pawn shop owners

5/10/2024
When you imagine a pawn shop, what do you think of? Maybe a gruff dude behind the counter, giving you as little money - and as much attitude - as possible. After all, it's a male-dominated industry, and t.v. shows like Pawn Stars reinforce the stereotype. But in this episode of Audacious, join Chion as she gets to know the kindness, compassion and sense of humor of Sandy Meier. She runs Pawn Queen on the Berlin Turnpike in Wethersfield. Then, meet Lauren Kaminsky, a third-generation pawnbroker who is playing a huge role in changing the vibe of the pawn industry. GUESTS: Sandy Meier: Pawn QueenLauren Kaminsky:EZ Pawn CorpByGOLDGIRLBeauty & EssexSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Stunt performers David Holmes and Jonathan Goodwin on life after paralysis

5/3/2024
Most of the time, the stunts you see in television and movies go perfectly. But when something goes wrong, the athletes who have spent their lives perfecting their craft can get permanently injured. David Holmes was Daniel Radcliffe's main stunt double in the Harry Potter movies. In 2009, an accident on-set paralyzed him. Jonathan Goodwin was a regular stunt performer on t.v. shows, but in 2021, he became paralyzed after being crushed between two cars while in a straight jacket. Hear how these two stunt performers have adapted to the new challenges they face since their lives changed completely. For a full transcript of this show, click here. GUESTS: Jonathan Goodwin:Spinal Injuries AssociationAmerica's Got Talent: ExtremeDavid Holmes:Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsDavid Holmes: The Boy Who LivedSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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What it's like at the bottom of the world with Dr. “Deepsea Dawn” Wright

4/26/2024
On July 12, 2022, Dawn Wright (aka "Deepsea Dawn") became the first and only Black person to dive to the lowest known point on the Earth's seabed, "Challenger Deep". Hear about her journey down into the Mariana Trench, why she went, and what she found at the bottom that shocked her. You also may enjoy these episodes: Below the surface: The stories behind underwater world records Extreme allergies and rare conditions can teach us a lot about human tolerance What's in that note? Stories about messages in bottles GUEST: Dawn Wright (aka "Deepsea Dawn"):Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Beyond the BeyHive and Swifties: The heartbeat of music superfans

4/19/2024
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift are considered to be two of the most important performers of this or any generation. A Swiftie and a leader of the BeyHive talk about the lengths they go to to experience - and share the love - of their favorite performer. Suggested companion episode: 'I Will Always Love You': Jada Star’s musical bond with her aunt Dolly Parton GUESTS: Molly SwindallMaverick Floodand she recognizes him!Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Wings, pouches, and snouts: The world of uncommon emotional support animals

4/12/2024
When you imagine an emotional support animal, what comes to mind? A dog? Well how about a pigeon? A sugar glider? Or an emotional support pig? Meet people who’ve paired up with these animals to make their lives - and mental health conditions - better. This episode originally aired on May 26, 2023. GUESTS: Cynthia ZhouPalomacy Pigeon and Dove AdoptionsArianna PreussMegan PeabodySupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Duration:00:48:57

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The art of the prank with the directors of 'Jury Duty' and 'Bad Trip'

4/5/2024
Pranking on television has been around for over 70 years. Starting with Candid Camera in the late 40s all the way through to Punk'd in the early 2000s. Pranking has evolved to not only entertain, but to show off the goodness in people! The directors of the movie Bad Trip, and the tv series, Jury Duty, talk about how they pull off physical stunts that leave a positive emotional impact. Previous episode mentioned in the show: What's jury duty like? The verdict, well, it's case by case GUESTS: Jake Szymanski:Jury DutyKitao Sakurai:Bad TripSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Actors Mary Elizabeth Kelly and Dean Edwards on the art of impressions

3/29/2024
Have you ever tried doing an impression of a famous person... And failed miserably? That's because impressions are really hard to pull off! On this episode, you'll meet two of the best in the business: Mary Elizabeth Kelly, who is known for her mouth acting impressions, and Dean Edwards from Saturday Night Live. Shows referenced: What is foreign accent syndrome? After a stroke, one man’s southern drawl turned BritishThe meteoric rise of comedian Zarna GargWhy the world needs comedians with disabilities GUESTS: Mary Elizabeth Kelly: (below right) Dean Edwards: (below left) Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Audacious Live! Show & Tell in Stamford

3/22/2024
Remember the joy of “Show and Tell” at school? Now why should only the kids have all the fun? Listeners to Audacious (and staff members of Connecticut Public!) gathered at Third Place by Half Full Brewery on March 13th for an opportunity to share their story! For a full transcript of this show, click here. GUESTS: Elaine Braithwaite:Faisal Saleh:Palestine Museum USPaul BluesteinLyndasPhones.orgChion Wolf:Jessica Severin de Martinez:Khaleel Rahman: Lucy Nalpathanchil:Jennifer Reilly and Stephanie Convey: Cjet Raymond: Cynthia Bowser: Kristen Cusato:Alzheimer's Association of ConnecticutSpeaking of Alzheimer'sSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Forgiveness: How we define it and how it defines us

3/15/2024
How do you define forgiveness? Turns out, the definition tends to be as different as every person. And that definition changes depending on where you are in the process, too! On this episode of Audacious, Chion talks about it with a best friend, a pastor, a philosopher, and a man who lost his face after getting hit by a drunk driver. You’ll also hear ponderings on forgiveness from some of our Audacious listeners! And since this is a rebroadcast of an episode from two years ago, Chion offers a few new personal reflections on forgiveness after all this time. This show originally aired on March 25, 2022 and was updated on March 15, 2024. For a full transcript of this episode, click here. Hear the extended interview with David Whyte. Listen to our previous episodes with Robert Chelsea about his face transplant and his experience as part of the “disabled diaspora”. GUESTS: Sarah Eyre:Rev. Dr. Shelley Best:Robert Chelsea: Everick Brown: Robert Chelsea FoundationDavid Whyte: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment, and Underlying Meaning of Everyday WordsSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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Retired CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez on magic, technology and the art of deception

3/8/2024
If you've ever wondered where the CIA finds inspiration to disguise their agents, you'd think maybe… Hollywood with their special effects? Turns out, it was the magic community that helped them develop technology that may have saved lives and uncovered secrets! Hear stories from retired CIA Chief of Disguise, Jonna Mendez, including how she used this technology to surprise the former head of the CIA, President George HW Bush. For a full transcript of this show, click here. GUEST: Jonna MendezIn True Face: A Woman's Life in the CIA, UnmaskedSupport the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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"Negativity be gone!": Artists igniting joy on social media

3/1/2024
We hear a lot about the harm of social media. But what about the good? Meet two artists who started off on social media by showing their artwork… But once they revealed the hope and kindness and positivity in their hearts? The views, shares and likes piled up in ways they never expected. Hear how they both are grappling with the newfound pressure of inspiring hundreds of thousands of fans, and find out what Chion's favorite clips from their channels reveal about her. Listen to the first installment of this series, featuring Joel Cross, Scott Tatum, and Daníel Colón. GUESTS: LaNia Roberts: Internationally renowned artist, speaker, and positive social media influencer Bruce W Brackett: Artist and the author of How to Breathe While Suffocating: A Story Of Overcoming Addiction, Recovering From Trauma, and Healing My Soul Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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