One of Orion’s most popular departments is The Place Where You Live, written by the writers most dear to our hearts—Orion readers. It’s your place to share your place. What connects you to it? What history does it hold for you? What are your hopes and fears for it? What do you do to protect it, or prepare it for the future, or make it better?
Readers’ contributions grace each issue of Orion, and for the past few months, Public Radio International has featured The Place Where You Live on its program Living On Earth, broadcast on 300 public radio stations across the country. So far, eight authors, from professional writers to high school students, have read their Place Where You Live pieces on air, with at least two more to come. We’re proud to partner with Living On Earth, which brings great stories about people who love and fight for their home places all over the world to so many listeners each week—we like to think Orion readers add a literary touch to their worthy effort.
Here are a few of our recent favorites, recorded by our readers and hosted by Living on Earth:
Head to Virginia’s Civil War-era Freeman Store with Emma Hastings
Follow an antelope doe and calf in South Dakota with Linda Hasselstrom
Find insight in northern California’s Berkeley Hills with Wong Yoo-Chung
Chase a squawk across the Mohawk River in Nisayuna, New York, with Chaitali Banerjee