11 Central Ave

It’s the topic you’re talking about at work, the one that created such a buzz at your last dinner party and started the fight you had with your spouse.

That’s what you’ll hear on 11 Central Ave, Chicago Public Radio’s new comic strip.

This four-minute radiostrip plays out in the kitchen of 11 Central Ave, the home of an extended family where a hodgepodge of other characters regularly drops in. As they rush around in the morning drinking coffee, reading the paper, looking for their shoes, they’re talking about everything from the most compelling topics of our time (the Supreme Court nominee and his views on abortion) to the most ridiculous (mommy blogging), and everything in between -- covenant marriage, teens hooking up, the next pandemic, the fog of internet dating…

It’s a wry look at America’s zeitgeist – in four minutes. Come hear something new…Friday mornings at 8:35 on Chicago Public Radio, Sunday morning at 9:34 on Boston's WBUR, and Friday afternoon at 12:24 on WUSM, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Sunday mornings on Seattle's KUOW, and on Austin's KUT, Saturday mornings on Miami's WLRN, and Mondays at 11:45 AM on WUGA, Athens, Georgia.

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11 Central Ave gets crowdsourced. Please send scripts, episode ideas, new character ideas or any questions or feedback about what you'd like to hear in upcoming episodes to hello@11centralave.com.

Writers Write 11 Central Ave. This new series is designed to get well-known fiction writers’ work onto public radio in a format that is short and easily accessible. Episodes have been written by Rick Moody, James Reiss, Ruth Pennebaker, Rudolph Delson, Steve Skinner, and Andy Heidel.

For an interview with Rick Moody about writing this episode click

To hear his episode click The Birthday Present.

Moody, author of Garden state, and The Ice Storm, was called by the The Wall Street Journal “one of the most prodigiously talented writers in America.” His latest book is "Right Livelihoods, 3 Novellas." The Washington Post called the novel “one of the best stories to appear in the new millennium; it underscores that Rick Moody is one of our best writers.”

Music for 11 Central Ave composed and performed by George B. Hicks (c)(p)2006.
© 2006