Rites of Passage

Sometimes our rites of passage are marked by large ceremonies, like graduations or weddings. But often the transformative moments of our lives come not on stage, but when we quietly face the challenges we are presented with. The strange importance of the unicycle in a young man’s life, Texas debutantes, and a 22-year-old trying to make it as a reporter in the real world.

Host: Micah Cratty

Producers: Micah Cratty, Matt Larson, Will Rogers

Featuring: Jon Ho

Music: Volunteer Pioneer, Kissing Johnny, Noah Burbank

URLs: Welch Widers unicycle performance, Texas Rose Documentary Blog

Release Date: 30 April 2009

Listen to the Full Show:

Story 1: Once Upon a Unicycle

Matt Larson recalls one of the most transformative episodes of his childhood – and it happens on only one wheel.
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Story 2: A Rose Festival by Any Other Name

Will Rogers heads home to Tyler, Texas to film a documentary on the annual Texas Rose Festival, and battles parades, beauty queens, and his own distaste for the event.

Story 3: So you wanna be a reporter?

Micah Cratty searches for the real world and finds a little more than he can handle.
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