Cynthia Wolfe joins us to discuss her “Platinum” ranked audio program “Nuclear Nightingales” which consists of readings from the oral history Voices from Chernobyl by 2015 Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich. With the troupe of local readers, Cricket’s Bone Caravan, Wolfe and company produce stories, literary and historical with national, global, and collective significance.
2016 marked the 30th Anniversary of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Cynthia Wolfe of Loose Lit Media marked the occasion producing two episodes for the WFIU program Anthology. “Nuclear Nightingales” pairs two literary responses to the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe of 1986 which Wolfe describes as “a work of meticulously researched historical fiction, and an oral history compiled with consummate verbal artistry.”
Today we’ll hear a 22-minute edit from part two, readings from the oral history Voices from Chernobyl by 2015 Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich. Alexievich interviewed more than 500 eyewitnesses, including firefighters, liquidators (members of the cleanup team), politicians, physicians, physicists and ordinary citizens over a period of 10 years. The American translation was awarded the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction.
This edit was Wolfe’s entry into a competition at HEAR Now: The Audio Fiction & Arts Festival which is part of the The National Audio Theatre Festivals. The program won a “Platinum” award.
Cynthia Wolfe is a writer, producer, and editor of audio arts.
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