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#40 One Way Ticket
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the endless stream of bad news on social media.
But what happens when you stop scrolling and take action?
Featuring: Adam Burk + Brian Eng + Erin Cinelli + Ayesha Sayed + Bananh Alalhanfy
Music: Helios + Beaten By Them
Sponsors: Lyft + Squarespace
The Knight Foundation
Thanks to Nadeem Mazen and Jeff Edelstein for their insights.
The original article in the Portland Press Herald
At the airport with the Alalhanfy family
This season we're doing something different.
I’m going to track down stories of other people who are going through their 20s,
bring them back and share them with you.
THE MILLENNIAL FAMILY
Creator and Host
Megan Tan is the creator and host of Millennial, a Radiotopia podcast about coming of age, based in her closet in Portland, Maine. Before graduating from Western Kentucky University with a degree in photojournalism in 2014 she worked alongside WNYC’s Radiolab, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Timber & Frame Media. As a radio host and producer she has been recognized by The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, The AV Club, The Guardian, and was listed as Refinery 29's '29 Under-30 Powerhouses Poised To Change The World'.
Ben is the founder of the production company Timber & Frame. He has worked with organizations in diverse and challenging locations including Bosnia, the Mexican/US border and the Ecuadorian Amazon. He studied at the nationally renowned photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University and his work has been recognized by the regional EMMYs, National Press Photographers Association and the William Randolph Hearst competition, known as the Pulitzers of college journalism.
Justine Paradis is an independent audio producer and writer from Nantucket island. She tells stories about environment, community, and identity. Her work has been featured on award-winning podcasts and stations including Love + Radio, WCAI, Atlantic Public Media, and WGBH as well as publications like N Magazine. She is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop and holds a degree in earth science from Vassar College. Her favorite snack is a crisp dill pickle.
Devon Taylor is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City. Before joining the team at Millennial, she was the editor in chief of The Timbre, an online magazine devoted to podcast reviews and curation. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, CutBank, and The Tottenville Review, among other publications. She holds a law degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction from the University of Memphis, where she served as senior nonfiction editor of The Pinch. Some people say she takes too many pictures of her dog, but she thinks she takes just enough.
THE EXTENDED FAMILY
SARA BROOKE CURTIS
Sara Brooke Curtis is an award winning independent radio producer and storyteller currently based in Vermont. Her work has been featured on KCRW’s UnFictional, ABC’s Earshot, State of the Re:Union, ARRVLS, The Splendid Table, Third Coast International Audio Festival’s podcast Re:sound, and others. She was a 2015 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and recently won a Gracie Award for her radio story Ask Me. She loves deep listening, storytelling, and sound collecting.
Alex Kapelman is a podcast producer and consultant based in New York City. He has produced content for and with some of the biggest and most respected public radio and podcasting organizations in the country, including WNYC, KCRW, and Gimlet Media. His audio work has been featured in New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, and USA Today, and he has been featured as an industry thought leader by WIRED, Mashable, and Apple. Alex co-founded and co-produces Pitch, a critically acclaimed narrative podcast series that has been lauded by NPR, Slate, Flavorwire, Los Angeles Magazine, and more.
Dillon Ward is a filmmaker from Murray, KY. Thanks to his parents, he was raised on old MGM musicals, Hitchcock, Columbo and Abbott and Costello. During the summer of 2012, he was a Development Assistant at Scott Rudin Productions. He has worked on the movies RED and 21 Jump Street, and his work has been recognized by the Emmys, Slamdance, IFP, PBS, National Geographic, Screencraft and the Nashville Film Festival.
Matisse Miller is a digital strategist and has worked some of the world’s most iconic brands including Best Buy, Costco, Weight Watchers, and Nike. Before starting her career, Matisse earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing with a concentration in economics from Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. Today, she works at Edelman Digital in Seattle and spends her free time outside in the Cascades and Olympic Peninsula.
PITCH US A STORY
Do you have a story about the uncomfortable parts of becoming an adult?
Tell me about it and it could be featured on Millennial.
Important Questions to Answer in the Pitch:
1) Who are the people involved in the story?
2) What are the events/turning points?
3) What's at stake?
4) What question(s) is this story seeking to answer?
5) What is the universal theme/topic?
6) What is the tone?
7) What tape has been collected or will be collected?
8) How does it illustrate change?
9) Why is this a Millennial story?
10) How would the host Megan relate to the story?