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Caption: This polaroid of Joel was given to Carol by her social worker when the adoption process was completed., Credit: Photo courtesy Carol Brobeck.
Image by: Photo courtesy Carol Brobeck. 
This polaroid of Joel was given to Carol by her social worker when the adoption process was completed. 

This can go on forever

From: Big Shed Audio
Length: 10:25

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When Carol was 20, she gave her baby boy away for adoption. Twenty years later, the son, Joel, came looking. The two tell their story of reunion.

Joelpolaroid_sq_medium_small Carol Brobeck and Joel Woodruff recount the adoption and reunion, twenty years later, that define their relationship.  The story centers around the reunion itself, the moment when they actually found each other.  Joel and Carol were interviewed separately, but their story is interwoven here, without narration or music.

Piece Description

Carol Brobeck and Joel Woodruff recount the adoption and reunion, twenty years later, that define their relationship.  The story centers around the reunion itself, the moment when they actually found each other.  Joel and Carol were interviewed separately, but their story is interwoven here, without narration or music.

Broadcast History

The 10-minute version was "screened" live at the 2009 Third Coast Filmless Festival and the AFI Silverdocs Festival as part of the the Third Coast "Ties that bind" collection. It was also published as part of the "Biography" edition of the online magazine Fast Capitalism (www.fastcapitalism.com).

The 5-minute version was podcast on the Speakeasy Storycast (podcast) and aired on NPR's All Things Considered.

Transcript

Carol: This is the e-mail he sent. Here goes nothing. I'm almost a hundred percent positive you are who I'm looking for. I am baby boy Brobeck, born 12/28 at Fort Belfour, except now I go by Joel. I'm six-feet tall, 145 pounds, have blue eyes and brown hair. I found a bulletin you had posted, stating you were looking for me, and anyone with info should e-mail you at this address.

There's so much to tell you. Please confirm my presumption that you are who I think you are, my biological mother. I know this is sudden and unexpected, but I'm quite excited. If I'm right about all of this, I promise we will be in contact. Love always.

Joel: I had a child, and suddenly I needed to know my medical history. I was working at a furniture warehouse. Some lady that worked there, her daughter had just helped someone else find their biological parents.

I gave her my full name. I gave her my date...
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Additional Credits

Originally produced for the Speakeasy StoryCast (www.speakeasystorycast.org). The 5-minute version was created with the help of Barrett Golding and Hearing Voices (www.hearingvoices.com).

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http://www.speakeasystorycast.org/index.php?post_id=476647