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In a Cornfield in Iowa

From: KBOO Youth Collective
Length: 10:27

Stuart Schussel bicycles across the country and, contrary to expectation, does not find himself.

Iowawelcome_small Stuart Schussel is not someone you'd expect to bike across the country: he doesn't know how to ride a road bike, he has never pedaled more than 20 miles, and he eschews the Livestrong bracelet. Yet, this summer Stuart set off with hopes of finding himself on the open road. "In a Cornfield in Iowa" investigates the expectations and realities of discovering America on two wheels.

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Stuart Schussel is not someone you'd expect to bike across the country: he doesn't know how to ride a road bike, he has never pedaled more than 20 miles, and he eschews the Livestrong bracelet. Yet, this summer Stuart set off with hopes of finding himself on the open road. "In a Cornfield in Iowa" investigates the expectations and realities of discovering America on two wheels.

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Review of In a Cornfield in Iowa

This piece is about Stuart and his bicycle ride across the country.
The narrative and journal entries are well written.
While the narrator adds perspective to the story, I want to hear more *of Stuart than *about him. It would have been good to at least have him read his own journal entries.
The highlights of the journey chosen
for the piece are fun and definitely
"off the beaten path", making it a fun ride.

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Review of In a Cornfield in Iowa

As a youth piece and a youth voice I would very much like to hear this on Public Radio, it has a certain innocence. The innocence of finding one's way, for both the subject and the producer.

I had trouble finding the universal truth when it became apparent that it was showing it by example, two young people exploring and seeking; one in radio one on a cross country bike ride. Both maybe forcing the all inspriring inspirational journey moment.

I do feel that the underlying message could have been brough more to the surface, I don't think everyone will see the meaning.

Then again, I may be way off but it's my opinion.

Nice piece, I really enjoyed listening to it.

Kris

Broadcast History

This piece originally aired on the KBOO Youth Collective show on August 24, 2005. It also aired on Brown Student Radio September 7, 2005.

Musical Works

Songs by John Fahey, the Magnetic Fields, and Journey.

Related Website

http://www.bikeandbuild.org/index.html