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Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home

From Will Coley | 26:26

When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never wanted to look into, until now.

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When I was seven years old, my father died in a commercial plane crash. It’s a fact I grew up knowing and something I never wanted to look into, until now.

After I decided to make a radio story about the crash, I often wondered if it was the best choice as my first big project as a new radio producer. It took far longer than I ever expected, in part because it was so personal. But I realized that if I couldn’t answer tough personal questions, how could I expect others to do the same?

The initial kernel of the story idea came back in 1997 when I stumbled on an article in the New York Times about the 20th anniversary of the Southern Flight 242 accident (my family somehow missed being invited). And then in 2012, fifteen years later, I happened to be in Georgia for a conference that was 70 miles from the crash site. The key event in those intervening years was participating in the Transom Story Workshop. In Woods Hole, I learned much of what I needed to tell the story. I learned even more along the way.

Read more on Transo.org 

I Decided to Be Happy

From Will Coley | 06:15

Washeteria1_small From the Washeteria II Corp laundromat, Jeannette Peña, has a unique vantage point on her neighborhood in Queens, New York. Being both a laundry owner and attendant is challenging work but Jeannette believes it's important to smile no matter what. Besides making a good living, Jeannette loves hearing all kinds of stories from her customers. This piece was part of the Working Now project.

The Green Door to the Future

From Will Coley | 03:00

Vtp_small In a corner of Santa Monica, CA, the Village Trailer Park faces an uncertain future. A developer plans to build new mixed-use housing complexes on the site. The residents can't imagine living anywhere else. 

Trust and Translation: Community Policing in New Bedford, MA

From Will Coley | 06:13

Will Coley reports on how New Bedford’s police are trying to adapt to the changes in the city's immigrant community.

Trust_translation-willcoley-fall2011photo1_small  The fishing industry in New Bedford has always attracted sailors and workers from Europe, West Africa and beyond.  The city is home to one of the largest Portuguese communities in the United States. But in recent years, more and more Spanish speakers are arriving from Central America. Will Coley reports on how New Bedford’s police are trying to adapt to the change.

Metal Tuna Fish and Abstract Dreams

From Will Coley | 04:38

Syd Ahlstrom makes realistic metal sculptures of sea life. His neighbors in Orleans are snapping them up. But Syd says he’d rather make another kind of art, something that’s a tough sell on Cape Cod.

Metaltunafish_coley_fall2011cl26_small Syd Ahlstrom makes realistic metal sculptures of sea life. His neighbors in Orleans are snapping them up.  But Syd says he’d rather make another kind of art, something that’s a tough sell on Cape Cod. For WCAI’s Creative Life series, Will Coley reports.

If Costco were a person...

From Will Coley | 07:20

On this episode of Hear in the City, we hear confessions of Will Coley, a Costco cardholder.

Screen_shot_2012-01-13_at_4 On this episode of Hear in the City, we hear confessions of Will Coley, a Costco cardholder about why he loves the sense of community that comes from being part of an elite club of deal-gatherers who frequent one of the few recession-proof companies.