Chapter 4 (Part 1)

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Angela Elam: Host of New Letters on the Air

Angela Elam has worked in public radio since 1988, but got her start in the medium years earlier as a reader for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia in dramatic writing and immediately upon graduation, she was seduced into public radio at WUGA-FM in Athens, Georgia. She has served as producer and host of New Letters on the Air since 1996, and enjoys using her playwriting skills to shape the dialogue within her interviews.

SYNOPSIS: Tom resists the notion of attending church on Sunday – by expressing a complete lack of interest in memorizing Bible verses (that is, until his cousin Mary offers him a Barlow knife as a reward for diligence); and then by washing himself at the basin in only the most superficial way.