In addition to Marketplace from American Public Media and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me from National Public Radio, another must-hear on my iPod is the podcast edition of Studio 360 from Public Radio International.
I am writing today of Studio 360 to highlight its latest Listener Challenge. Studio 360 is asking folks to send in original stories, but they must be 420 (there’s your number for the day) characters or less, including spaces, in length.
For all the messy details, you can link here.
Since there is only submission per person, here are my three options. Your comments, opinions, suggestions, and barbs are quite welcome and always well-received.
Submission Idea One
Regardless of who you are, this is your story. You are born. You work hard. You acquire some knowledge. You die. If you are lucky, you are remembered. If you are truly lucky, you are remembered fondly.
Submission Idea Two
The usual authority figures would later proclaim it to be a hoax, but all of humanity did a collective rolling double-take when everyone, everywhere, at 3:36pm by their watches suddenly found a note on royal blue vellum paper in their pockets that said, in their native language, “I’m sorry I haven’t been around lately. That will now change.” At the bottom of the correspondence it was signed simply, “Love, God”.
Submission Idea Three
The host screamed, “Congratulations, Sy, you have won the grand prize on Who Wants to Win a Genie? What is your one wish?”
Sy thought and said, “I wish for everyone in the world to have one wish.”
With that, Sy became the most popular contestant in the history of the program.