April 19, 2019

Left Behind

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.

The Re family from the story in the prologue.

The internet version of this episode contains one act that did not fit in the radio version.



Eleven adult siblings need to divide their dead parents' stuff. But they don’t all get along. So they invent a remarkably elaborate cheat-proof system to divide up the remains of their childhood. (16 minutes)

Act Two

Passed Over

With flames moving in from all sides during the Northern California fire, an entire town flees—except for four friends who’ve lived there since childhood. Producer Nancy Updike on what they do next. (16 minutes)


“Hell’s Gates on Fire” by Josh Abbott Band