Audacious with Chion Wolf Audacious with Chion Wolf will highlight the uncommon experiences of everyday people – asking the hardest, most uncomfortable questions. With curiosity and compassion, Connecticut Public producer and host Chion Wolf digs deeper, encouraging listeners to ask hard questions in their own lives.
Audacious with Chion Wolf

Audacious with Chion Wolf

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Audacious with Chion Wolf will highlight the uncommon experiences of everyday people – asking the hardest, most uncomfortable questions. With curiosity and compassion, Connecticut Public producer and host Chion Wolf digs deeper, encouraging listeners to ask hard questions in their own lives.

Most Recent Episodes

Audacious Little Things: Elevation by Reduction

This is the first installment of Audacious Little Things! Meet an anthropologist who explains why she thinks the human animal delights in making miniatures of things, and then meet a sculpturist dubbed "The 8th Wonder of the World" whose art requires a microscope to see. Find out how one kind of protozoan earned itself the title of "The Immortal Jellyfish". Plus, what researchers think is going on when starlings fly together in those mesmerizing clouds, and what that has to do with creating underwater robots. Finally, former US and New York State Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, reads his piece, "The Butterfly Effect" and ponders the reason why we are so compelled by its concept. Photo courtesy Dr. Willard Wigan, MBE Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Blink!

When I say BLINK! What do you think? Of that American POW who blinked the word "TORTURE" in Morse code live on Vietnamese television? Or do you think of someone with locked-in syndrome who can only communicate by blinking? Or do you think about the idea of a universal eye language that uses blinks? Today on Audacious, you'll hear about all that, plus a headset that measures the blinking of long-distance drivers so they know to take a break, and what it's like when you have a rare condition that makes it so you can't stop blinking. Illustration: Macrovector_official at Freepik.com Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

You Should Talk: Voices At Work

What if, in order to do your job, you had to change your voice? Meet an actress who's an accent expert, a man who is the dubbed-over voice of Peter Griffin and Will Smith in Germany, and a news anchor who went viral when she brought her anchor voice home. IMAGE: Jemastock/Harryarts from vecteezy.com Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

*REBROADCAST* Change Of Art: Stories About Tattoo Coverups

The art of tattooing has been traced back 7,000 years. While the significance or reason behind the oldest-known tattoos are total speculation, we do know that often, they were applied as sacred rites, and awarded as a signifier of adulthood. In Ancient Egypt, it's likely they were used as a means of safeguarding women during pregnancy and birth. And in the ancient Greco-Roman world, they were applied on enslaved people who got caught trying to escape. But today, the reasons for getting a tattoo are as distinct as the person getting them. Sometimes, it's a memorial to a person or an experience or an idea. Sometimes, it's nothing more than something that just looks really cool! Now and then, though, the meaning changes, and the artwork needs to be covered up. So today, you'll hear stories about how people have used tattoos to allow their skin to, shall we say, evolve. PHOTO: TOONMAN_blchin / Wikipedia Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Speak For Yourself: The Power Of Trans Voices

Not everyone who is trans wants to change their voice. Some do. Either way, what do the voices - the actual voices - of trans and non-binary people tell you about who they are? Today, you'll meet a trans woman whose work adapting her voice led her to help others. Also, hear from a transfemme non-binary yoga teacher who uses Vedic Chanting to feel centered, and to feel closer to their voice. You'll hear from members of a choir in the bay area that is exclusively for singers who self-identify as transgender, intersex, or gender-queer. And you'll get to know Lucia Lucas. She's the first female baritone to perform a principal role on an American operatic stage, and she happens to be trans. Photo: Patrick Fore - Unsplash / Illustration by Chion Wolf Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Big Picture: What Billboards Do To Us

Hear about the 5000 year history of billboards, and meet the man behind the "I LOVE YOU JESUS" billboards on I-84 and I-91 here in Connecticut. And hear about a technology that focuses the audio of a billboard directly to you and only you. Plus, why one Baltimore resident chose to propose to his girlfriend with a billboard (and how it went). Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Look For The Helpers: The Anatomy Of A Death

Guy Walker Wolf III died on February 13th, 2021. He was 77 years old. There are many ways to describe Guy, but I'd say we who knew him would all agree that he could be described as the captain of his own ship. And he was my stepfather. I've known him since I was 11. Throughout the process of his death at home, I was compelled by the people who were a part of guiding us through it. So today, I'm gonna introduce you to the people who helped Guy die, and who helped us celebrate him. From the hospice workers who came to the house, to the funeral home director, to the cantor who sang at his mass. You'll meet his wife, my mom, and hear about how she made the choices she did, and how it feels to be a new widow. And at the end of the show, you'll hear a little something from Guy. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Total Recall: What It's Like To Remember Every Day Like It Was Yesterday

You know how you can, for the most part, remember what happened to you yesterday? Well what if you were able to remember almost EVERY day that clearly? All the way back to when you were very young? How would your day-to-day choices be affected, knowing that you'll remember what you did forever? Do we all have our memories stored inside our brains like they do, but we don't have a way to access them? Or something else? Meet two of around 60 people in the world who are known to have Highly Superior Autobiographical Memories, or HSAM. Plus, hear from an expert studying the people with this ultra-rare condition, and what we can learn about our brains, our memories, and ourselves. Photo by M.T ElGassier on Unsplash / Illustration by Chion Wolf Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Total Recall: What It's Like To Remember Every Day Like It Was Yesterday

Are You Very Superstitious? Or A Little Stitious?

Whether you're superstitious or, as Michael Scott from The O says, "a little stitious", on today's show about superstitions, you'll learn a lot about humanity. The author of a book about superstitions from around the world joins us, as well as an expert about anxiety on the difference between superstitious beliefs and OCD or trauma responses. You'll hear superstitions from Lauren Komrosky, Katy Tierney, Benn Grippo, Hassan Hodges, Tracy Mind Evolution Caldwell, Caroline Finnegan, Christina Solem, Eileen Ruiz, Mike Ferguson, Cynthia Rojas, Dawn Ennis, Wendy Allerton, and Shawn Lang. Finally, what happened when a filmmaker broke as many superstitions as he could in one day? Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Reports From Recovery: Life After Heroin

As part of our Reports From Recovery series, today we're hearing from two women whose heroin addictions shook up their lives, and put them right up close to the edge of existence. If you're struggling with addiction, you can find resources at SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Photo: Chion Wolf Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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