11 Central Ave

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The radio comic strip...

...It's what Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne might be hotly debating as they walk into the studio -- just before they get on mic.

That's what you'll hear on "11 Central Ave," Chicago Public Radio's new comic strip, also airing on WBUR Boston, WUSM Hattiesburg, KUOW Seattle, WLRN Miami, KUT Austin and WUGA Athens.

"11 Central Ave," produced weekly, is a self-contained drop-in for NPR's Morning Edition C segment or in WESAT or WESUN from the B seg cutaway @ 34:20 to headlines @ 39:00.

This four minute radiostrip plays out in the kitchen of 11 Central Ave, the home of an extended family where a hodgepodge of other characters regularly drops in. As they rush around in the morning drinking coffee, reading the paper, looking for their shoes, they're talking about everything from the most compelling topics of our time (the Supreme Court nominee and his views on abortion) to the most ridiculous (mommy blogging), and everything in between -- covenant marriage, teens hooking up, the next pandemic, the fog of internet dating.

It's a wry look at America's zeitgeist in four minutes. Come hear something new "11 Central Ave" - the radio comic strip.

Main Characters (actors):

Nat (Will Lebow)
Fifty year old father. He recently lost his job as an advertising executive and now is a househusband, unable to find new work.

Christine (Paula Plum)
Nat's forty year old wife who now has to support the family and isn't at all happy about it.

Rick (John Kuntz)
Christine's thirty two year old brother who lives with them. He's a libertarian with a master's degree in government who works at Kinko's.

Anneliese (Harper Kaye)
Nat and Christine's fourteen year old daughter, just starting high school. And just starting a lot of other things no one in the family wants to think about.

Elena (Melinda Lopez)
Christine's best friend. She came from Cuba as a child, and her husband has just left her.

Dante (Jason Bowen)
Dante is an African American college student who has befriended Anneliese.

11 Central Ave is created, written and produced by Susan Shepherd. Walter Dixon mixes. Kat Tatlock directs.

Co writers are Diane Toomey, Ramona Hamblin and Sandra Miller.

Susy Pilgrim Waters produced all of the artwork.
George Hicks composed and performed the music.
Special thanks to WBUR in Boston, where the show is recorded. Hide full description

...It's what Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne might be hotly debating as they walk into the studio -- just before they get on mic. That's what you'll hear on "11 Central Ave," Chicago Public Radio's new comic strip, also airing on WBUR Boston, WUSM Hattiesburg, KUOW Seattle, WLRN Miami, KUT Austin and WUGA Athens. "11 Central Ave," produced weekly, is a self-contained drop-in for NPR's Morning Edition C segment or in WESAT or WESUN from the B seg cutaway @ 34:20 to headlines @ 39:00. This four minute radiostrip plays out in the kitchen of 11 Central Ave, the home of an extended family where a hodgepodge of other characters regularly drops in. As they rush around in the morning drinking coffee, reading the paper, looking for their shoes, they're talking about everything from the... Show full description


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This week's episode of 11 Central Ave. Written by Ruth Pennebaker. Mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Jul 17, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's episode of 11 Central Ave. Written by Susan Shepherd and Ramona Hamblin. Sandra Miller. Mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by KUT, WBEZ, and WUGA (part of GPB)


  • Added: Jul 03, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's episode of 11 Central Ave. Written by Susan Shepherd and Sandra Miller. Mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by KUT, WUGA (part of GPB), and WBEZ


  • Added: Jun 26, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3

  • Added: Jun 19, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Mixed by Walter Dixon. Written by Melinda Lopez.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Jun 12, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Mixed by Walter Dixon written by Susan Shepherd and Eliza Lewis.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Jun 05, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Mixed by Walter Dixon. Written by Susan Shepherd and Sandra Miller

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: May 29, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Mixed by Walter Dixon. Written by Susan Shepherd and Ramona Hamblin.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: May 20, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Mixed by Walter Dixon. Written by Susan Shepherd and Eliza Lewis.

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: May 14, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 4
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Written by Susan Shepherd. Mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: May 07, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Written by James Reiss. Mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), WBEZ, and KUT


  • Added: Apr 30, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip. Written with Ramona Hamblin, mixed by Walter Dixon

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Apr 24, 2008
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Andy Heidel and mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Apr 17, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Diane Toomey and Susan Shepherd, mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WFCR, WUGA (part of GPB), WBEZ, and KUT


  • Added: Apr 08, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 4
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Sandra Miller and Susan Shepherd, mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT-HD, and WBEZ


  • Added: Apr 03, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Ramona Hamblin and Susan Shepherd, mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Mar 27, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Ramona Hamblin, mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by KMXT, WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Mar 20, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 4
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Susan Shepherd and Diane Toomey, mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Mar 13, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Susan Shepherd and Diane Toomey, mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Mar 05, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week's installment of the radio comic strip...Written by Susan Shepherd, mixed by Walter Dixon.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), KUT, and WBEZ


  • Added: Feb 28, 2008
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3