We look for the truth in Arizona, starting with the real age of the earth, as well as the headless bodies in the desert, legislators on ice, and something truly amazing buried in an old mine shaft. Where is the truth? We find it.

This was the 30 minute audio assignment for ds106, I did in collaboration with my fellow proud Arizonan, Todd Conway. It is a blatant ripoff and mock of the greatest radioshow, This American Life, and we parody it to admire it.

I do a very lame nasally imitation of Ira Glass, or on our show, Ira Cactus. Todd and I did our stories as separate segments, and I wove them together (thanks Todd for the great fake ad for Larry’s Gun shop). What could be better than an interview with a real headless body in the desert, a look for legislators frozen below the state house, and lastly, a mystery found buried in an old mine.

I had the most fun collecting sounds for this, driving my truck back and forth in my gravel driveway, squishing a washcloth in the sink, croaking frogs in the forest, and making the crawl space below my house the mine shaft. Almost all of this was one take w/o a script.

Here ya go!

This Arizonan Life

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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as


  1. The fake Ira “Cactus” voice is awesomely comical, although not as cringe worthy as the politician’s comments. Please tell me that was part of the comedy too….please…..

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