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Everything Is Alive


Have you ever wondered how inanimate objects feel? Radio producer Ian Chillag's new podcast puts actors in the roles of everyday objects, like a can of off-brand cola. It's silly, yes, but it's full of very real, very human feelings.

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Have you ever wondered how inanimate objects feel? Not how they feel to the touch, or even to you. What does it feel like to be a can of off-brand cola, for instance? Or a lamppost? Or a pillow? Radio producer Ian Chillag has a new podcast that asks those questions. He plays the interviewer, and he brings on actors to play the things. It sounds silly, but it can actually be quite intimate, even existential. Chillag joins us Wednesday to talk about his podcast. It’s called Everything Is Alive.

Ian Chillag is a producer of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! He's also created, produces, and hosts the new podcast Everything Is Alive.

Lee Hale began listening to KUER while he was teaching English at a Middle School in West Jordan (his one hour commute made for plenty of listening time). Inspired by what he heard he applied for the Kroc Fellowship at NPR headquarters in DC and to his surprise, he got it. Since then he has reported on topics ranging from TSA PreCheck to micro-apartments in overcrowded cities to the various ways zoo animals stay cool in the summer heat. But, his primary focus has always been education and he returns to Utah to cover the same schools he was teaching in not long ago. Lee is a graduate of Brigham Young University and is also fascinated with the way religion intersects with the culture and communities of the Beehive State. He hopes to tell stories that accurately reflect the beliefs that Utahns hold dear.