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Freelance writer Doug Cordell is hungry for any job to use his skills, but when a new employer is calling, he goes through the looking glass into another world: writing for a children’s show. Doug Cordell is an Emmy-nominated television writer, essayist and radio performer living in the Bay Area. This piece, "Notes from the Fun Factory," is adapted from a forthcoming novel.

Producers: Jamie DeWolf, Anna Sussman and Mark Ristich

Stand-up comedian John Ramsey spent a year in Kenya, and while he was there, he wanted desperately to be able to perform one stand-up comedy routine.

John has a website where you can see more of his work...and please, do yourself a favor and check out John’s full performance on Churchill Live right here. It's hilarious.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

As a youngster, Glynn has a harsh introduction to a new school -- before he even arrives . . .

Producers: Mark Ristich and Pat Mesiti-Miller

When indie rockstar Thao Nguyen isn’t rocking the stage around the globe, she’s listening to public radio. So of course we had to bring her in to tell a tale about her sweet, lovely grandma--who you definitely don’t want to mess with.

Thao composed all the instrumentals in this segment specifically for this story. The other two songs are from her album, We Brave Bee Stings and All. She is currently performing at Radiolab’s live show and is working on a new album.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

A mortician must come between a mother and her daughter’s lover in a funeral home. Kyle Bowen is a graduate of the San Francisco college of Mortuary Science, and has worked as a mortician for over 15 years. He now writes and performs in Chico, CA.

Producer:  Jamie DeWolf, Anna Sussman, and Renzo Gorrio

A young girl survives the holocaust, then the real struggle begins.

Producer: Anna Sussman

Jack McCarthy comes home to a missing sweatshirt and faces his own irrational anger. A retired working guy from Boston, McCarthy is considered a legend in Spoken Word circles. The Boston Globe has said, “In the poetry world, he’s a rock star.” He’s the author of 5 books of poetry and two CDs. Hear more of his work.

Producers: Jamie DeWolf and Renzo Gorrio

13 years ago, John and Michael Arena were arrested and accused of molesting their 9-year old cousin, Stephanie. But believe it or not, this isn’t a story about a family that wants to hurt each other. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite.

Texas Voices is a nonprofit that is fighting for John and Michael’s case. Check out what you can do to help by checking out their site.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

Judge Joe Pigott served nearly two decades on the bench in Jackson, Miss. But he says no defendant confounded him more than the man nicknamed "Pip"  whose exploits often landed him in Pigott's courtroom.

Producers: Storycorps and Mark Ristich

Glynn gets a rude awakening on the first day of his dream job.

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