Episode 1 - Interference
Margaret and her 95-year-old dad Richard struggle with the technical details of their recording project. This, the first episode of the podcast, describes their progress through hilarious and poignant moments.
The music is “Horrible” from the album Mela 2 by the Mela Ensemble.
Conversations between a dad and his children capture the sheer joy of talking, singing, and laughing with Richard, a man of simple pleasures, expansive intelligence, historical perspective, and progressive politics. In Season 1, Richard is living under lockdown in his senior living residence during the coronavirus pandemic. It tells the story of Richard’s resilience and of the family’s efforts to ease the psychic impact of his isolation. In Season 2, Margaret asks Richard why he talked so much about vocation when she was growing up. Richard offers the wide arc of his theological understanding—from the need to care for working people to the cosmic Spirit that holds the universe together. They decided to devote an entire podcast season to vocation.