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Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.

Home of the Brave Scott Carrier

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Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.

    The Round River

    The Round River

    I went fishing in some beautiful mountains I first visited in 1968 when I was a Boy Scout. When I was older, we took our kids there so they could see it as well. It’s still very beautiful, but things have changed due to global warming.

    Time To Get My News From A River

    Time To Get My News From A River

    My thinking is off, my approach is wrong...time to go fishing.

    Coming To Ground

    Coming To Ground

    I recorded these interviews with my family two weeks ago, before George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis. Now they seem unimportant, like from another era. Except that in my family it’s the younger folk who have been mostly f****d by the virus pandemic, and it’s been young people, mostly, who’ve been out on the streets protesting. I hope their efforts lead to real change in our society.



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    Coming to Ground: Introduction

    Coming to Ground: Introduction

    Following the news is like watching a competition for the worst case scenario and I’ve grown weary of all the blaming and shaming. Now we can’t trust anyone, not even ourselves. But at some point we’re going to have to come together in order to survive. I’m working on a story where I interview people in my family about how they’re coping with the pandemic. Not everyone is doing well, and it’s pretty emotional for me, so I need to take some more time putting it together. In the meantime, thanks very much for your support.A link to an excellent documentary about Alex Caldiero.




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    The Neighborhood

    The Neighborhood

    It seems more of us are paying attention to our neighborhoods lately, so perhaps this is a good time to replay this story, produced in 1988. I still live in the same neighborhood, but it feels different now. It’s like there was a tall tree in my front yard but now the tree is gone and only a stump remains. I am stumped. I used to depend on trust—standing or sitting close to strangers and holding a microphone less than a foot from their faces. Now that’s not going to happen again for a while. In the meantime, here’s to remembering the good old days.



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    Echo People by Trent Harris

    Echo People by Trent Harris

    My friend Trent Harris has a problem caused by the coronavirus. It’s not a big problem compared to a lot of other things that have come up recently, like the possible collapse of the economy and thousands of people dying. Trent’s problem is more like a temporary embarrassment. Basically, his reputation is on the line.



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    Swackhamma tells Harvey a secret.














    Echo People Episode One on You Tube.Echo People Episode Two on You Tube.Trent Harris’ website is called the Echo Cave.Here’s the This American Life episode about Trent’s film, the Beaver Triology.




































    The cast and crew of Echo People, with Mystery Mountain in the background.


















































    Harvey Harris upon seeing Mystery Mountain.


















































    Trent Harris wondering what he has done.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

gimlet listener ,

Keep it up

This podcast is a gem. I only wish I knew about it sooner. No one else can do it like Scott.
Updated Aug 2020- oof. That round river episode really touched me. Thanks Scott for all that you do.

Adolph Schlitz ,

The Art of the Podcast

Mr. Carrier is determined to produce art in a medium that many think structurally excludes the possibility. I think he's successful more often than not. This is amazing: producing a single work of art in a lifetime would be an accomplishment. He manages this regularly.

Also, I can't imagine why anyone would rate his podcast below five stars. Are they immuned to art? I suppose that's possible.

timothyjcam ,

A favorite podcast/voice/writer

Thank you, Scott. Your stories, insights, and interviews are beautiful.

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