Hurricane Irma: a Dispatch from Delray Beach and an Invitation

We were halfway into the production of episode 13 but then Hurricane Irma happened. However, our host Steve Leveen still was able to call and give us an overview of the situation in Delray Beach, Florida. We’ll be back with a new episode in two weeks, but in the meantime, we are re-broadcasting “Little Ketchup Girl”.

Here’s the description for said episode:

How hard can it be to go up to the counter at McDonald’s and ask for ketchup? The answer might depend on how confident you are in English.
Michelle Bazargan was a little girl when bombs began exploding outside her home in Tehran. It was then that her mother decided it was too dangerous to remain. Thus begins the story of one Iranian family and their challenges of becoming American. Sometimes trauma can leave people irreversibly damaged. Other times, trauma can leave people irreversibly dedicated to helping others.

America the Bilingual is part of the Lead with Languages campaign of ACTFL — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
This episode was written by me, Steve Leveen, and our producer Fernando Hernández who also does sound design and mixing. Our editorial consultants are Maja Thomas and Mim Harrison, research assistance from Associate Producer, Beckie Rankin.

Graphic Arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio.

Music and sounds in this episode, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike License, by:

Kevin Macleod – Beach Party…er/Beach_Party

Kevin Macleod – Quasi motion…r/Quasi_Motion

Francisco Penilla – Chicle bombita
Francisco-penilla – Francisco-penilla-chicle-bombita

Jorge Mario Zuleta – Falta seis…tte/Falta_Seis

Monplaisir – terror party…eap_Imitation/

Mystery Mammal – upright…ociety/Upright

Sounds and Fx
Yle Arkisto – Bombing, air raid alarm, mix

Danielson III – Rumble bass

Paisagemsonoraunila – At the bus terminal near the bus with the engine running…ila/sounds/334658/

Dggrunzweig – Sound of bus

Stevious42 – Inside moving bus

Noise collector – Mcdonalds