Radiolab: Stranger in Paradise

This podcast was based on people going to the islands, Guadalupe to be exact, which are a series of islands. This was a narrative experience. The man being talked about in the podcast left the islands for a period of time to find work and different perspectives on life. He met a woman and fell in love, but then came back to the islands to establish himself in the family. He and his wife fell in love with farming with lots of land and crops bordered by the ocean. They mainly grew watermelon, hundreds of watermelon, but there was someone or something attacking these watermelons! The characteristics of the bandit might give away the culprit. It was a raccoon with it’s masked face and sneakiness; they come alive in the night time. What interested me the most about this podcast was not that the raccoons were destroying people’s livelihood, they were being protected! The people of Guadalupe adored these animals and described it as a love/hate relationship; enough love to celebrate and symbolize Guadalupe itself because raccoons are much different there then they are in the U.S. The Guadalupe raccoons are actually the exact same raccoon as the ones in the U.S., but the only difference is that Guadalupe has very few mammals running around and the raccoon is one of them. Their mascot is nothing more than a nuisance in my eyes. The people of Guadalupe care about conservation. “Its one of those..if you can’t be with the one you love.. love the one you’re with” kind of relationships, which is somewhat related to my blog topic of choice. Love life. Find positive reasons to conserve what you love, even though there might be some struggles.

The second podcast that I listened to, https://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/610/grand-gesture was about people going to extreme measures to demonstrate their love for one another. The part that I enjoyed most was called “Dr. Strangelove”, which was about a man who’s lover had died, though this did not stop him from loving her. He would go to her grave everyday and bring flowers, as well as built her a fancy shrine. He stole her body from her grave though! He kept her for 7 years in his house. The man thought that her voice sounded like a “mocking bird song in sprint” and he didn’t want to “disfigure her beauty”. She had died from Tuberculosis, but he had attempted to keep her alive in whichever way he could. It was a tragic love story. The only thing was, she never loved the man! She had already been married and got a divorce, then moved in with her family. Basically, the woman had a stalker, but continued to be nice to him. This was more on the creepy side of “love stories”. The man paid for her grave and even put his own name on her head stone! It was very interesting to listen to the speakers talk in this podcast because it was obvious that they thought this story was beyond creepy, describing how odd the actions he made were. The man had gone mad, celebrating Christmas with a decomposed body of a dead woman, even trying to bring her back from the dead. This podcast is only related to my topic at hand in regards to living a healthy standard of living. This man clearly was not living a healthy standard of living. People felt bad for this man and were captivated by his story.


The third and most related to my topic of healthy standards of living was called “The Art of Noticing, and Then Creating“, which was a segment of On being. We are all called to rise to change rather than be the change. What is talked about is the concept of ethical marketing, which is to weave a story and network that means something. Seth Godin founded and established many companies that have failed, but he created a form of ethically motivated marketing tactics that did not involve pestering people with phone calls. He had a lot of faith in his background, not much religion, but faith in community, charity, philanthropy, education. He grew up in a house where his parents challenged him to be great. His parents understood that they had a position in the community and a role in which they had to connect with someone or anyone that they could. They also talk about the idea of battling through adversity and struggles, as well as how they helped form a foundation of success for Seth Godin himself. This man had seen rejection hundreds of times, had his business on the verge of bankruptcy. He developed a habit of understanding negative feedback, which was that the feedback he was receiving was temporary and that the pressure is real. This is all related to what I have had to experience as a college student and life in general! It is our jobs to have to battle through adversity, especially as things and aspects of life change.


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