The Relationships Episode – 3/13

Valentine’s Day may be over, but that doesn’t stop Ad Astra from taking a look at relationships of all kinds – from parents to superheroes.

Every year it seems like all our favorite radio shows do something special for Valentine’s Day. Tuning into This American Life or Snap Judgment in mid-February yields a trove of stories of love, romance, and relationships. We were loaded up celebrating the William Burrough’s centennial this February, but we decided we should do our own relationships episode a month later – a sort of Valentine’s in March. Seeing as it’d been a month, though,  we didn’t just limit ourselves to personal relationships. This episode brings you stories about relationships of all kinds – with family members, sports teams, and even superheroes.

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Episode Intro

Scott runs down our efforts to put together  relationship episode, and how we managed to recreate Valentine’s Day in March.


Arts Upate with Jason Barr

Our good friend BARRR returns to the studio to tell us about developments in the Lawrence art world before kicking off the episode. This time: the burgeoning local comedy scene, Welcome to Night Vale comes to town, and efforts to save the Pollinators mural downtown.


What are Your Thoughts on Relationships?

Patrick McFarland starts us off with the traditional route by taking a look at how KU students handle romance and dating, and the how that reality is impacted by the image of romance we see in the media .


A Super-sized Love Affair 

Some relationships don’t involve a person – or even a thing – but an idea. Reporter Laura Tiffany talked to KU Student and superhero aficionado Kelly Copeland about society’s love for superheroes, and we’ve been so attached to them for so long.


Love and Basketball

Love it, hate it, or totally removed from it, the relationship between Lawrence and Jayhawk Basketball effects all of us. Not surprising for the birthplace of the sport after all. Reporter Adam Drovetta talked to student Jason Abnos about his experiences camping out tickets, being a lifetime fan, and passing his loyalty down to the next generation.


Not-So-Distant Africa 

In this repeat from March 2012, Scott Ross reports on a trip to Africa with his father and sister, and how it helped change his relationship with a parent he once almost lost.


Written by Scott Ross. Tune into Ad Astra Radio the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at 7pm on KJHK 90.7fm.