Behold! Red Cloak's Inspiration

Red Cloak loves stories. So I guess it's no surprise to learn that Red Cloak especially likes real life stories.

This American Life

"Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. We're not really formatted like other radio shows at all. Instead, we do these stories that are like movies for radio. There are people in dramatic situations where things happen to them.

There are funny moments and emotional moments and – hopefully – moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun. There are shows on public radio with no sense of fun or surprise and we hate those shows."

The Apology Project
The Apology Line began as an art project by Allan Bridge in 1980 which he ran until his untimely death in 1995. The project consists of over 1,000 cassette tapes filled with confessions and people’s innermost thoughts and feelings, which were recorded over the telephone during this fifteen year period.

Over the course of the project, the Apology line received more than ten thousand confessions. Transcripts of a few calls appear on the website or click here to listen to a segment on This American Life." is an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the Internet, for discussing that work, and encouraging more.

"StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire people to record each others' stories in sound.

We've tried to make the experience as simple as possible. And since we want to make sure your story lives on for generations to come, we'll also add your interview to the StoryCorps Archive, housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which we hope will become nothing less than an oral history of America.

To us, StoryCorps celebrates our shared humanity and collective identity. It captures and defines the stories that bond us. We've found that the process of interviewing a friend, neighbor, or family member can have a profound impact on both the interviewer and interviewee. We've seen people change, friendships grow, families walk away feeling closer, understanding each other better. Listening, after all, is an act of love."

These projects and the stories produced are my inspiration. Just click the logo to visit the websites. You will find detailed information, streaming audio and, so much more.

Have a pleasant, safe and, fulfilling holiday.

Happy Listening!


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