Stories of Home
This is a series of first-person told stories about home. Stories about how our homes can be a refuge or a prison; a place to house hopes and dreams or be haunted by bad memories; about how where we live defines who we are. Over a dozen people told their stories to writer and journalist Alex Kotlowitz, author of “There Are No Children Here,” among others. We produced them together; I edited and mixed the audio. These stories originally aired as part of Chicago Public Radio’s series “Chicago Matters: Inside Housing,” funded by the Chicago Community Trust. Versions of many of them also aired nationally and internationally on several programs, including NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “This American Life.” A few of them were even adapted for stage by the Chicago theater company Pegasus Players. “Stories of Home” won several honors, among them a 2002 George Foster Peabody award.