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It’s what you’re talking about at work, at home, in the bar. What you just read, overheard, argued about.

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

This radiostrip plays out in the kitchen of 11 Central Ave, the home of an extended family. As they rush around in the morning drinking coffee, looking for their shoes, they're talking about everything from the most compelling topics of our time (immigration, the war, racism, suicide) to the most ridiculous (mommy blogging, help desks in India, pocket dialing, donor eggs, the fog of internet dating.)

It's a wry look at America's zeitgeist in four minutes.

According to a reviewer on ITUNES: "These are witty, contemporary slices of life that could be sealed away in a time capsule and reopened in fifty years to glimpse what life was like in the first decade of the twenty-first century. You have to pay attention: they pack a lot into every slice. If you don't see yourself in these episodes you're probably not listening very hard."

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Winner of the 2007 gold medal for best comedy, New York Festivals.
Winner of the 2008 Gracie Award from the National Association of American Women in Radio and Television for “Outstanding Producer, Comedy.” Other award winners include, Tina Fey, Maya Angelou, Holly Hunter, and Judy Davis.

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 here.

To hear his episode "The Birthday Present."


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.

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

SHOW TIMES:

• WBEZ Chicago, IL
Fri / 8:35 am

• WBUR Boston, MA
Sun / 9:34 am

• WUSM Hattiesburg, MI
Fri /12:24pm

• KUOW Seattle, WA Sun

• KUT Austin, TX

• WLRN MIAMI, FL
Sat

• WUGA Athens, GA
Mon / 11:45 am