Give VPR commentators a topic and ask them to reflect on it and you might be surprised what you get. That’s just what we did this spring. We asked about two dozen of our regular commentators to write an essay on the theme of "The Long Haul." We got a wide variety of thoughts – ranging from funny to poignant to unexpected – and shared them at a recent brunch. And we’ll air a selection of the commentaries all this week during Morning Edition.
"I’m an infantryman, which in short, means that I walk for a living." Click here to listen
"When I was twelve, my grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, uncle, three younger cousins, and I piled into a mini-van in Phoenix for a family vacation to Universal Studios in California." Click here to listen
"Before railroads, the only way to get turkeys from Vermont to market in Boston was to walk them there." Click here to listen
May 28, 2009
"My father was a city boy, and he wasn’t handy. In 1946 he bought a "handyman special" in the country that needed everything from repairing the roof all the way down to jacking up the crumbling foundation." Click here to listen
May 29, 2009
"For me, the long haul makes me think of my grandmother and her siblings."