Podcast - From the Envelope of Suicides
By Ben Moorad
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The only psychiatrist in New Britain, Connecticut, collected 124 local stories of suicide from 1941 to 1948. Fifty years later, his grandson discovered them, studied them and researched the people in those stories, how they lived and what they left behind. These are stories of the human struggles of forgotten people, and together they create a social history of the city and a fractured snapshot of a world at war. Sound and music by Wilson Vediner and Courtney Sheedy (both of the bands Months and Point Juncture, WA). This podcast is made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Visit envelopeofsuicides.com for notes on each episode.
||CleanEpisode 8. Supposed to Be.||… in which the narrator remembers a good friend who was gone too soon. Sound and theme music by Wilson Vediner and Courtney Sheedy. Episode notes: This is about my friend Eric Geyer, who died in his sleep a year ago. (Eric was the voice of Albert Kayeski in Episode 2.) The song featured in this episode is “Supposed to Be,” and it was written and performed by Eric and used here with the permission of his family. For information about the Eric Geyer Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit http://www.tilfoundation.org/donate/become-a-donor/eric-geyer-memorial-scholarship/. A gift will help us bring more light into the world. (We miss you, buddy.) (To view this in iTunes and subscribe, click the notes below. Give us a nice rating there too!)||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7.5. The Possibility of Further Possibility.||... in which our narrator concludes this initial run of podcast episodes with brief thoughts on life and the new year and thanks to various people.||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7. Lora and the Grasshopper.||...in which our narrator reflects upon a good friend’s struggle with the will to die. Sound and music by Wilson Vediner and Courtney Sheedy. Guest voice by Erin Leddy. Episode notes: This episode is based on a live show we did at the Shout House in Portland on November 10. This one is very dear to my heart, and I'm extremely grateful to my friend Lora for letting me tell her story. (First-time listeners can jump in with this one and not be lost.) (To view this in iTunes and subscribe, click the notes below. Give us a nice rating there too!)||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6. The Cause of Hydrophobia as Given by a Paranoia Patient at Brigham Hall.||... in which our narrator looks at his grandfather at the start of his career and the origin of his suicide studies.||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5. City Judge Flays 'Guttersnipes' From Out-of-Town for Misdeeds.||... in which our narrator follows a thread of racism, arson and misogyny in wartime New Britain. (To view this in iTunes and subscribe, click the notes below. Give us a nice rating there too!) Sound and music by Wilson Vediner and Courtney Sheedy. Guest vocal by Stephanie Barr. Episode notes: This episode is based on a performance we did at the Shout House in Portland two days after the election. Unfortunately, there are some themes in this episode that are very relevant today -- it was at least a little cathartic performing it, and hopefully you'll feel the same listening to it.||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4.5. A Brief Announcement.||...in which our narrator makes a brief announcement.||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4. Man With $6,018 in Bank Deposit Leaps to Death from High Veranda.||...in which our narrator examines the situation of the immigrant in wartime New Britain, labor trouble, and the vertical dimension of despair.||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3. Anna, Anna Again and Lillian and Frances.||...in which our narrator traces geographies of suicide and how the will to die moves through stories.||10/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2. Street Scenes - Hartford Avenue.||...in which our narrator explores how the forces of history and culture shaped one suicide story.||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1. Introduction: The Envelope.||... in which our narrator tries to face death and things take a strange turn...||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|