Radio Stories

Crystal_Chan_WBEZAll the ways that stories can be told! Here are some 3-minute radio stories that I’ve contributed to Wisconsin Public Radio, for a program called Wisconsin Life.

 

Feel free to listen to the stories below.

 

EXOTIC IN WISCONSIN

Crystal Chan grew up a mixed-race kid in Wisconsin. She’s been finding her place – and answering people’s questions about her place – ever since.

 

PAYING IT FORWARD

There’s tremendous power in giving. When Crystal was the beneficiary of kindness in an unlikely place – Chicago traffic – she found a way to repay that kindness by giving to someone else. And that’s when the magic happened.

 

WINTER CHILDHOOD

Winter is Crystal’s favorite season. And the colder it gets, the warmer the memories. Crystal finds how the snow teaches her about her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease, remembers what happened when her dad tried to ram their car through a huge snowbank, and more.

 

THE LONG WAY

Is a shortcut a still shortcut when you drive north in order to go south? Maybe you are, if you’re a (Chinese) dad, in a car, and don’t ask for directions.

 

DANCING IN THE CORNFIELD

As a child, housing developments infringed on my sacred outdoor spaces, but that didn’t stop me. And neither did it stop those special spaces from welcoming me home.

 

WONDER AND TERROR ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

My first day of kindergarten that turns into a near-death experience. The role of wonder and awe in close calls.

 

WINTER HITCHHIKER TESTS BALANCE OF SAFETY AND COMPASSION

It’s an easy to say that compassion is a good thing. But what happens when you need to weigh compassion versus safety?

 

WHEN A BASEBALL GAME GOES AWRY

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll groan. Most importantly of all, you will never ask Crystal to play baseball.

 

THE JOY OF WALKING IN THE RAIN

As a child, it was a joyful and magic time when it rained, for that was when Crystal’s mother encouraged her to go outside and play.