Chernobyl is frozen in time yet still evolving. It's an in-between space that begs questions about time: How does time flow? Does it in fact flow? Or does it stand still? The writer Alan Lightman examines these ideas in his work Einstein’s Dreams.
And for this day The Story's tradition- we offer stories from writer Tomie dePaola. His books have won top literary awards for children: the Newbery Medal for outstanding writing and the Caldecott Medal for illustration.
When Andrew Porter started as a writer, his success seemed charmed. He got into a prestigious writers workshop, got a story published in a national magazine and soon after found an agent. Late one night when he was nearly done writing his first book, he came home to find his apartment burglarized. All of his writing - computer, backups, printed copies - was gone.
Guest host Alex Chadwick speaks with Somali writer Nurrudin Farah, who writes to "keep his country alive." In many novels, including his forthcoming "Crossbones," he untangles the relationships between Somali clans and the damage from the squandering of the country’s resources. He cannot live in Somalia because it is so dangerous, so he says he lives with the idea of his country and holds the world responsible for not intervening more decisvely.
When writer Henry Shukman heard about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, he was intrigued by its reputation as Europe’s largest wildlife refuge. After all, for more than 25 years, few humans have been allowed access to the 1,600 sq. miles of land around the nuclear reactor there. Henry shared a meal with "resettlers," people who returned.