How's Your Day?
Some days have been marked in humanity's collective calendar: 20th April 1999, when two boys shot up a high school; 31st August 1997, when a divorced princess crashed to her death; 11th September 2001, when planes felled buildings and everything changed. But it does not diminish those events to recall that we live in a big world, where on any given day, lots of things happen. Made by Arwen Nicks and Shane Mehling for KUOW, How's Your Day? tells "a story you don't know from a day we all remember". Each episode takes the form of a deliberate pairing - "Sandy and Princess Di"; "Kathleen and Columbine" - and interweaves archive audio from the Big News Event that dominated that day with an account of another (often analogous or strangely connected) event. In "Whales and 9/11", for example, we learn that shipping was brought to a halt during the crisis, which meant that hitherto-deafened whales could at last call out to each other in the silence.
We are loath to spoil more of these elegant, reflective, non-narrated stories, which put their faith in listeners' abilities to connect the two narratives' delicate threads. All nine 20-minute episodes were released on 20 April, and Nicks has vowed not to make another season, this one having almost broken her - turns out, it's not so easy to dig up neglected stories from the biggest news days in history. But her pain is our gain, and listening to all nine episodes together is a deeply enriching experience.
Gateway episodes: Megan and the Columbia / Kathleen and Columbine / Danny and Mandela