Let Them Eat Cake
In this Valentine's Day edition of The Truth Podcast, a collection of radio dramas produced by Jonathan Mitchell for American Public Media, we meet longtime singles, and strangers, Brian and Elizabeth. Both are lonely, and both deal with the yearly reminder Valentine’s Day brings of this loneliness in slightly unusual ways. Elizabeth bakes cakes for herself. Brian calls random people in the phonebook just to talk, with the lone stipulation that he must never try to meet the people he calls face-to-face. When he happens to randomly dial up Elizabeth, though, whose guileless curiosity tempts him to break his own rules, he must confront, as she must also, what a real life meeting might mean for their private rituals.
Boasting astute voice acting, pitch-perfect dialogue, and seamless sound effects to complement its simple story, Mitchell’s piece is a charming listen any day of the year.