Everyone Carries, Ten Years Later: A Radio Play

One of Across the Margin’s most recent stories takes on an entirely new life…

by: Jack Ratliff

In late October, in the wake of another disturbing mass killing, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, Across the Margin featured a slew of articles that assessed the problem of gun safety in America. In those articles, several writers addressed the current uphill battle in terms of enacting legitimate regulations aimed at curbing the availability of firearms to those with ill intent, and lamented over the lack of rational and open discussion surrounding the topic. In addition, we also shared a speculative fiction story, one that envisioned a bold future where the only victims of gun violence were those who choose not to carry a gun. The story, written by Jack  Ratliff and cleverly disguised as a news report, was entitled, “Everyone Carries, Ten Years Later,” and Jack’s vision for his story wasn’t limited to the page alone. Jack brought his poignant and revealing story to life in a radio play, which aired this month on KUBU-LP 96.5 FM in Sacramento, California. The radio play, which we are thrilled to share with you today, is a Writer’s Free Radio presentation, with performances by Jack Ratliff, Kae Sable, Todd Boyd, Toni Vaughn, Curtis Alcutt, and Doug Huse. So, without any further ado, we invite you to listen in on “Everybody Carries, Ten Years Later: A Radioplay”…

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