Roman Mars :: 6.5

Roman Mars | Photo via Current.org
Roman Mars | Photo via Current.org

Roman Mars makes radio (or so his Tumblr says). He’s a public radio producer and reporter and specializes in launching new public radio programs.

He may be best known for his radio show/podcast 99% Invisible but he also manages the Public Radio Remix from PRX and has worked for/with Snap Judgment, The Kitchen Sisters, The Third Coast International Audio Festival, WBEZ, KALW News, APM.

We caught up with him at SXSW and talked to him about his inspiration behind 99% Invisible.

Related ::

Roman’s Tumblr
Roman on Twitter
99% Invisible
Public Radio Remix

Music ::

The Owl Named Orion by Danosongs.com
Pinklogik – Connect the Dots
Ketsa – Universal Will

Why telling your story matters

NPR shared a memorial about Donald Bordelon this morning. A man reporters met while covering the tragedy in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Each time we called — before Mardi Gras, on Thanksgiving, on Katrina’s anniversaries — Donald and Colleen were at home. Only once did we speak with them when they were out of town. They were in Baton Rouge, forced there by Hurricane Gustav. Soon, though, they went back.

And in the end, it was home where Donald Bordelon spent his last day. He died of a massive heart attack there last week. Colleen was at his side.

And he’s now buried next to his “daddy” — the man who many years ago saved Donald from a flood in their home — then taught him how to return and rebuild.

Listen to the story.

Steve Inskeep says he spoke with Donald’s wife shortly after his funeral last week…

“…She said Donald always felt better when he talked to us – which was surprising because we always thought it was the Bordelons who made us feel better.”

You just never know who’s going to be impacted by your story — or whose story will impact you.

Who are you telling your story to?

Whose stories are you listening to?

(Photo from NPR)