Radio Stories

Do you like hearing stories that make you think, that make you laugh, that make you see the world in a new way?

Here are Crystal’s 3-minute Moth-like stories, which she records for Wisconsin Public Radio’s program Wisconsin Life.

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#1: Exotic in Wisconsin

Crystal Chan grew up a mixed-race kid in Wisconsin. She’s been finding her place and answering people’s questions about her place ever since.

#2: Names

Names are one of the most important things we have. Crystal shares what it’s like to have a hidden name – her Chinese name – and what it was like to finally have a place for it in the world.

#3: Pay It Forward

There’s tremendous power in giving. When writer Crystal Chan was the beneficiary of kindness in an unlikely place – Chicago traffic – she found a way to repay that kindness by giving to someone else.

#4: The Joy of Walking in the Rain

For some people, rain is the chance to hunker down indoors. For others, rain is something to enjoy outdoors. Crystal Chan grew up with a rain-loving mother who encouraged her kids not to come inside when the rain drops fell but to go outside. Chan still loves rain to this day.

#5: When a Baseball Game Goes Awry

Many of us were forced to play sports as a child. Crystal Chan’s parents signed her up for tee-ball. One disastrous outing led to a change of plans.

#6: Winter Hitchhiker Tests Balance of Safety and Compassion

It was a bad snowstorm, the kind that wipes out your vision, erases the world, and makes you break for a red light a full city block before you come to the intersection.

#7: Wonder and Terror on the First Day of School

The first time I experienced wonder was on my first day in kindergarten.

#8: Dancing in the Cornfield

My childhood home in Oshkosh lay on the outskirts of town, at the edge of a farmer’s field.

#9: An Over the Lake Drive to Milwaukee

My dad never asked for directions. Never. He always knew the best way to get there, especially when he didn’t.

#10: A Winter Childhood

Editor’s Note: Snow and cold trigger warm memories for Crystal Chan. Now living in Chicago, she recalls what winter meant during a Wisconsin childhood and how she tries to recapture that now.