We wanted to produce our first episode with just four guests, but the two of us who live next door were only able to attend for a couple of days in the middle of the month. My room is messy.
When I first found this notebook I never realized I had one. The second I started looking at it, I was surprised. I imagined myself living in an episode of The Office – the kind of well-ordered, neat apartment with a maid’s corner. But there’s a problem: there’s nothing to tidy in my apartment. There’s no one to pay the maid. My roommate/writing partner/web editor is staying because we’re from the same town. You can follow our adventure on Twitter @AWSFromNBC: @SWWhileFriends. You can watch our podcast at @NPRNPRBreakfastBreak.
I went to New York’s Public Library to try to record a podcast’s worth of stories in my apartment, but they said that my desk wasn’t the appropriate spot to record. I discovered you need to capture audio from your bed or coffee table, either of which I do. They all said that my apartment had tiny windows or no outside space, but I checked out a neighboring one that had windows and a generous garden.
No matter where I turned around I was either in my living room or trying to find my apartment.
Story by Stephanie Minard, sound and editing by Alex Meacham