1. Tamar Cole
    Tamar Cole January 7, 2023 at 11:54 am | | Reply

    Super interesting show about aging, relevancy, radio, being engaged, being quiet, and the islands of the mind and by the sea.

  2. Wendy Scott
    Wendy Scott January 7, 2023 at 6:00 pm | | Reply

    Great thanks for people like you and Jay Allison who make me laugh and cry at the human condition. You give me hope.

  3. Allison Dillon Kimmerle
    Allison Dillon Kimmerle January 7, 2023 at 6:16 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so very very much for this podcast! It’s funny that I should listen to it today because earlier this afternoon I wrote an email to my 35 yr old son and, in the course of writing I felt very old and irrelevant. So out-of-touch! I was asking him questions about “influencers.” Why wasn’t I following any? Who was he following? Was I missing the boat somehow on current culture? Ugh, such “old” questions! So, to later listen to your conversation with Jay Allison was a remarkable coincidence. You made me laugh and I felt a delightful kinship. You are wonderful “influencers.” Why was I so concerned that I was “out of it” and not up-to-date? Thanks for snapping me out of that misguided thinking. Next I’m writing to Jay Allison…I think we’re related (no, really).

  4. Kat R
    Kat R January 8, 2023 at 12:43 pm | | Reply

    I would love to hear the full show of Jay interviewing dog owners. Is there a link you can provide? Great episode!

  5. Alan Mairson
    Alan Mairson January 8, 2023 at 5:28 pm | | Reply

    What a wonderful episode. Thank you for creating it.

    I especially enjoyed the exchange about your shared preference for local stories instead of national ones.

    Erica: “I don’t want to sound apocalyptic but the reason we’re talking about town and village is that’s what we can save now.”
    Jay: “Maybe it’s all that we could ever save.”

    But here’s what puzzles me…

    At one end of the spectrum are grand national “master narratives” that are (according to Jay) mostly nonsense. Start with “Americans believe” and anything that follows is meaningless. At the other end of the spectrum are Sonic IDs: “Here are some blueberry muffins I baked.” In between you might find something (beautiful) like Finn & The Bell, a story that shows how a community confronting a tragedy can come together. Problem is, Finn & The Bell can’t really become the master narrative for Walden, Vermont (or can it?).

    My question: Do you know of any examples of local master narratives that have sustained a local community over time? A story like the American narrative (that you and Jay suggest is an illusion) but scaled smaller so it animates a local community day to day, year to year, generation to generation?

    Put another way: What is the *local* (Vermont?) Story that ties all your individual stories together? Or is such a master narrative as much a pipe dream as the American one?

    Thanks for this episode, Erica, and for all your other (brilliant) work.

  6. Beverly
    Beverly January 10, 2023 at 2:53 pm | | Reply

    Thanks so much for this episode – and all of them, Erica. Meaningful. Important. Funny! You connect us all. Have to say, 50-something isn’t old!! Neither is 70. You will always be relevant because you are engaged with the world. Your eyes and ears are open. There’s a hunger and curiosity that is really infectious. Thank you for bringing us all these people.

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