This American Life- Slow To React

January 24, 2011

With the help of formidable producer Nancy Updike (if you haven’t you should listen to her TAL stories on Iraq and the outtakes at Transom) my family made their National Radio debut this weekend.

Highly encourage the downloading of this episode- not just for my story “Isn’t It Slo-Mantic” but for David Holthouse’s amazing opening story. Jonathan Menjiver ends it on a totally hopeful note. Proud company…

Linke here:

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Qewj January 24, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Loved the show. How about posting some pictures of the happy couple?


Jah-jah-jah-James January 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Yea, you know we want it


Patrick Loughran January 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

Loved the story about your Uncle, but wanted to hear more. Write a book or a really long short story. It was great.


Sean Lewis January 25, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Thanks all! Your response is really touching… I can tell you it’s making Mark and Ha’s year!

And a call has been put out for pictures. I will try and get them up as soon as possible.




Alex January 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Just wanted to let you know, I’ve listened to the show (twice), and that was great. I love how you ended your segment, saying that your uncle knew exactly what race he was running. In a world where we’re all trying to go so fast and where everybody wants everything right away, this is one of the great lessons to learn from your quiet uncle: patience and perseverance. Say hi and thanks to the happy couple for me.

And thank you too for the great story.



Niko January 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Loved the story! Thanks for sharing


Digga January 27, 2011 at 12:27 am

You never are at a shortage of opinions with a large Irish family…
Nice story, cool work.



Chan January 28, 2011 at 7:16 am

Great story! But very dangerous to listen to because of the strange salty discharge pouring out of my eyes while driving. It was truly touching 🙂


Anthony January 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

I heard you to refer to Greenwood Lake and Middletown in your story. Is that in New York? If so, I was born and raised in Middletown. Chances are I know your family.


Emily January 29, 2011 at 1:08 am

I just heard the story on the radio on my way home from work. I ended up sitting in the car in my driveway completely enthralled. Thank you so much! I am a huge fan of your artistry and of Mark and Ha’s relationship. Best wishes to your family!


Sean Lewis January 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

Thanks all! Means a lot to hear and I keep passing your thoughts on to the happy couple…

And Anthony- that is NY. I’m a graduate of Pine Bush High School. Mark worked in Greenwood Lake and married in the courthouse in NY. He lives in Middletown now.


Laura January 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Loved, loved, loved it, Sean! Hope you and Jen are doing well – any chance you’ll be coming to Chicago soon? I’d love to comp you guys at my two February shows. Much love!


susie February 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

i loved this story.

a few years ago, i often saw a former g.i. distributing cards near korean supermarkets in nj/ny; like your uncle, he was looking for a woman he’d met and lost in korea. i cynically thought it was creepy obsession rather than love that drove him, so it’s nice to know that a similar story had a happy resolution.


Rani February 3, 2011 at 6:14 pm

What an awesome story that was so well told. Congratulations to the couple (and I support the pictures effort)!


Gervaise February 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Great story — would love to see some pictures.


Karim February 11, 2011 at 4:27 am

I loved the story, it would make a wonderful screenplay.


Steven February 18, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Just listened to the podcast: great! Any progress on photos?


Happy Thoughts October 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I loved the story. It really made me think of what real love is vs. the instant love we feel today. Love is something that grows and needs to be nurtured… then you know it is going to last. It is so rare to hear a story like that these days so its so fascinating.

Leaving us hanging makes it a perfect story. Who wants to hear Cinderella ranting about Prince Charming leaving his socks on the floor or how Cinderella really let herself go… Just going off in the sunset keeps the story alive in our hearts.


jorge blanchard March 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Great family story Sean,
Ira mentioned a one man show based on Mark and Ha. Are you performing it these days?


Susie March 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I heard the preview for this story a few days before it aired and was bummed I’d have to miss it because of work. I’m so glad I was able to hear it online. What a great man. What a great love story. Please please post some pics online of the happy couple.


Ariane March 17, 2012 at 1:47 am

Would love to see photos of the happy couple! 🙂


Drew April 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I have to jump on the pictures bandwagon. I’m all teary.


Trish April 3, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Still waiting on the pictures!


Ljchicago April 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Would love to see a wedding pic and see what a Korean headdress looks like. Thanks! What a story!


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