There is something about a harmonica. It’s an instrument that evokes distance, and travel. Perhaps it’s because you can slip a harmonica in your shirt pocket. Today, a trip with the musician Howard Levy and his harmonica, produced by David Schulman.
Jason Arkles was an accomplished puppeteer in the States. When he didn’t get into a special training program in France, he decided to go to Europe anyways. While there, he became enchanted by a beautiful woman named Ana. Jason joined Ana’s troupe of street performers. In fact, he sold all his worldly possessions to follow her. It was this gaggle of odd-balls that lead Jason to his true calling as a sculptor - and a dream job in Florence that he holds to this day.
Sean Nevin didn't have any kind of personal connection with Alzheimer's when he first began writing about memory. He and a fellow poet had an idea to go into assisted care facilities and see if they could use poetry to reconnect Alzheimer's patients to their memories. His experience led him to explore the loss of memory, loss of language, and loss of self in his own poetry. Then his own grandfather began struggling with dementia. Also in this episode: coming home to community theater.