The Rough Draft Diaries
WGTE Public Media presents The Rough Draft Diaries, a thirteen-part podcast series written and recorded by Morning Classics host Haley Taylor. In each four minute episode, you'll hear the challenges of a recent college grad as she tries to remain content against the winds of uncertainty and the monster that is job searching. Guiding her along the way are the words of a few friends. The works of Søren Kierkegaard, Annie Dillard, C. Everett Koop, and Robin Pecknold are a few to make appearances.
Of course, Haley's story has a happy ending: in April of 2014, she was hired as the new Morning Classics host on WGTE FM 91 - partly due to this podcast series, which turned out to be quite a "virtual" resume!
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- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 1, Introducing Negative Capability
Welcome to The Rough Draft Diaries. In this first episode, you’ll be introduced to your host, Haley Taylor, as she starts to navigate her way through finding a job and getting used to life after University. This journey is aided, of course, with the wisdom of a few friends. Advice from romantic poet John Keats presents itself in this first episode.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 2, If I had a Red Fence
Finding your footing after graduating from college can be difficult. In this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, Haley deals with the doubt and uncertainty that seems to accompany graduation.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 3, Philosopher's Encouragement
Encouragement seems to reveal itself in the oddest of places. In this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, Haley is comforted by the writings of an old friend, Søren Kierkegaard.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 4, The Dreaming Beast
Falling asleep is a dirty business. The few that have managed to schedule sleep at a reasonable time are blessed, but maybe those who can't are blessed as well. In this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, you’ll hear why.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 5, Koop’s Nine Months
After graduation, getting a job is a necessity, getting a job you love is a luxury, and learning to be happy in either is the challenge. In this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, that challenge and the life of C. Everett Koop is discussed.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 6, Ten Reasons You Should Listen To This
The Millennials is what they call the us. At least if your birth year ranges in the early 1980s to the early 2000s. But what if a Millennial doesn’t understand The Millennials? What is she then?
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 7, Tut, Tut, Looks Like Rain
Having a bad day can be comical, but it also can be tragic. In this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, you’ll hear how the writings of Annie Dillard help improve any sully day.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 8, My Mountain
This episode marks a little change in The Rough Draft Diaries. Sometimes a change in schedule comes from a change in perspective. This change was helped along from writer Neil Gaiman.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 9, The Strength of Ezekiel Part 1
In this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, you’ll hear the story of the Holt family. The Holts consist of a mother, father and their four children. However, something else has entered the
family that is unwelcome.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 10, The Strength of Ezekiel Part 2
In our previous episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, Haley introduced us to the Holt family. Here is the continuing story as the family battles a rare, neurodegenerative disorder called Batten disease.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 11, Friends of Separation
In this episode of The Rough Draft Diaries, Haley runs into an odd predicament when the title to her blog brings an unexpected group of followers. Even more unexpected, she decides to contact one.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 12, Don and Carol
Haley decides to visit her neighbor. What starts out as an innocent visit, turns into a Rough Draft Diary entry about the struggles of dealing with the loss of a loved one.
- The Rough Draft Diaries EP 13, The Imperfect End
In this final entry of The Rough Draft Diaries, join Haley as she reminisces on the past twelve episodes and looks to see what is waiting up ahead.