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

A conversation with Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton

Humans of New York is a photo-slash-storytelling-slash-fundraising powerhouse with 30 million followers on social media. You read narratives about overcoming adversity, personal revelations, or just flat-out great stories. Just that combination alone - the photos and their captions - have been enough to launch Humans of New York into worldwide popularity. But its creator, Brandon Stanton, has taken it one step further. When a subject of his tells a story about a specific need, he shares their GoFundMe page, and it explodes with contributions from HONY fans. On today's show, you'll hear my conversation with Brandon at The Connecticut Forum recently, as he talks about his process, overcoming rejection, and the new era of Humans of New York as a philanthropic powerhouse. Photo: Nick Caito Photo Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How medical aid in dying may change the way we live

Medical aid in dying offers what some may call "a good death". But how will the increased use of it change our relationship with dying? Meet a hospice and palliative care consultant who has been present for over 1,500 deaths, and hear his concerns about the effect of so-called "designer deaths" on the human species. Then, hear from a woman living with terminal cancer who is an enthusiastic advocate for passing Medical Aid-In-Dying legislation in Connecticut. Photo: Getty Images Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What happens when you choose a vow of silence?

What's it like being an environmental activist who takes a vow of silence for 17 years? What's life like as a Trappist monk who defaults to silence for a lifetime? And what's it like to be a public radio host who gives up speaking for a week? The voice in Chion's head narrates the experience, and you'll hear audio she collected along the way. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

BONUS: Audio from the moment Chion Wolf completed her week-long vow of silence

This is a bonus track from the first time Chion Wolf spoke after a week-long vow of silence. It was for an episode of Audacious featuring two people who've had their own vows of silence, including an environmental activist who didn't speak for 17 years (with the exception of one time), and a Trappist monk, whose lifestyle defaults to silence. This video of this moment is also available here: ctpublic.org/audacious. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

BONUS: Audio from the moment Chion Wolf completed her week-long vow of silence

The One Where All The Guests Are Named Pat Smith

The most common name in the United States is Smith, and if that's your surname, you'll have around 4.5 million others in the world to share it with. But just because you have a popular name like, say, Pat Smith, that doesn't mean that you're common! The four Pat Smiths you'll meet are unique: an environmental activist, an adventurous videographer, an African-American kindergarten teacher in Japan, and a beloved mentor who taught me in 3rd and 5th grade. Enjoy the Pat Smith Show! Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What it's like surviving a plane crash

The odds that you'll be in an airplane crash are about 1 in 1.2 million. The odds you'll die that way? 1 in 11 million. So what's it like being someone who made it through something like that? On today's show, hear stories from two people who did, including a military pilot, and a woman who was one of only two survivors of a crash that claimed 107 lives. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

I Regret Becoming A Parent

It's one thing to have a hard time with parenthood. But what if you wholeheartedly regret it? On this Gracie Award-winning episode, hear from two parents who feel this way, and find out how they balance feeling full of regret while wanting to make sure their kids are well taken care of. And is it really possible to love someone whom they regret bringing into existence? You'll also meet a woman who knew she was regretted, and find out why she thinks we should be more open about it. Our programming is made possible thanks to listeners like you. Please consider supporting this show and Connecticut Public with a donation today by visiting ctpublic.org/donate. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

TOPS: A woman summits Everest, a man considers a body transplant, and world-record hat-wearing

This episode of Audacious is tops! You're gonna meet the first African-American to summit Everest, the world's first candidate to consider transplanting his head onto a different body, and how teachers and students of a special education school in the UK beat the world record for the tallest stack of hats worn for at least 30 seconds! Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

TOPS: A woman summits Everest, a man considers a body transplant, and world-record hat-wearing

Spectrosexuality: When a spirit is your spouse

On past episodes of our Audacious Love series, we've talked with people who've been married for over 50 years, people who've fallen in love with synthetic companions, people who've fallen love with objects, and today, you'll meet four people who are married to spirits, ancestors, or gods. Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Forgiveness: How we define it and how it defines us

How do you define forgiveness? Turns out, the definition tends to be as different as every person. And that definition changes depending on where you are in the process, too! On this episode of Audacious, Chion talks about it with a best friend, a pastor, a philosopher, and a man who lost his face after getting hit by a drunk driver. You'll also hear ponderings on forgiveness from some of our Audacious listeners! Photo: Oscar Wong / Getty Images Support the show: https://www.wnpr.org/donate See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.