Awful Grace, or The Tolling of the Void Bell

Robert Andersson


Awful Grace is an audio podcast featuring stylized, non-narrated stories centered around human toil and the awful wisdom that may grow in its wake.

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How to Sell America! in the Twenty-First Century

1:03:08 | Mar 20th

Fame is a bee. It has a song— It has a sting— Ah, too, it has a wing. - Emily Dickinson How to Sell America! in the Twenty-First Century, or Exhibits on the Withering Effect of Eternal Light Produced by The Champagne's Electric, Chicago. ...Show More


30:01 | Nov 22nd, 2018

11.22.XXXX A Day in America A tragedy told in XXXX acts, set in XXXX, USA during the year of our Lord XXXX, A.D. Produced by Robert Andersson, Chicago MMXVIII

Ruina Imperii

1:22:10 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Ruina Imperii or Our Feet Still Wet from the Riveredge  or A Mournful Addendum for Dr. Sagan (A Dirge in Six Parts) First, a content warning: The following piece is composed of some of the most disturbingly violent events ever recorded, most of which...Show More

208 - 캥거루 / To Her, Everything is Precious

40:46 | Feb 16th, 2018

Portions of this episode are presented in Korean with no accompanying English translation.

207 - They Tell Me You Are Wicked

1:48:48 | Oct 14th, 2017

Awful Grace and the City of Chicago present They Tell Me You Are Wicked, a two-part essay written, produced and performed by Robert Andersson; They Tell Me You Are Wicked features audio recordings detailing the immediate aftermaths of the shooting de...Show More

206 - The Treachery of Sounds

32:11 | Jul 7th, 2017

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The ...Show More

205 - bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk! (regarding The Fall)

31:20 | Mar 16th, 2017

riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. Sir Tristram, violer d’amores, fr’over the short sea, had passen-core rearrived from North Armorica...Show More

204 - #A2ACAE

40:42 | Nov 26th, 2016

These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which, as they kiss, consume.

203 - I Heard it on the Road to New Jerusalem

45:26 | Jul 13th, 2016

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines, And often is his gold complexion d...Show More

201 - Manchild in the Promised Land

20:44 | Jan 27th, 2016

We Real Cool, by Gwendolyn Brooks   THE POOL PLAYERS.  SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.   We real cool. We Left school. We   Lurk late. We Strike straight. We   Sing sin. We Thin gin. We   Jazz June. We Die soon.

110 - Splash

22:18 | Sep 15th, 2015

Hanns Jones wanted to die. And so he drove to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida and jumped. 200 feet down, reaching speeds that kill, he hit the water like watermelon against a brick wall, 75 miles per hour. He should have died. Should have.

109 - Stay Scared

11:46 | Jun 23rd, 2015

While reporting on the Battle of Fallujah in 2004 for the Washington Post, Jackie Spinner found herself sitting at a table with Anne Garrels, a Foreign Correspondent for NPR. For Spinner, Fallujah was an initiation to war, and Garrels an experienced ...Show More

108 - Hardway

14:01 | May 3rd, 2015

Colt Cabana only wanted to be a professional wrestler. He watched pugilists moon-eyed as a kid: He-Man, Jean Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport, but especially the turgid giants of the squared circle. He loved the stories, the characters, the conflict. H...Show More

107 - With Conviction

15:08 | Apr 3rd, 2015

Antione Day spent a decade in prison for a murder he didn't commit. While there, he witnessed physical and mental abuse, beatings and killings. Day finds it hard to forget the incessant noise of prison, the dank must of the air. But Day adapted. He c...Show More

106 - Revolver

11:09 | Feb 11th, 2015

When the Robert Taylor Homes was finished on the South Side of Chicago in 1962 , it was the largest public housing project in the United States. Spread over large swathes of land, the projects consisted of 28 identical 16-story buildings with wide pl...Show More

105 - Trigger

10:43 | Jan 11th, 2015

When Joshua Ryan was five, he accidentally set his family's trailer ablaze. Though he and his mother were able to escape without harm, his two-year-old brother was caught in the fire. He suffered third-degree burns over most of his body. His parents...Show More

104 - Seamless to the Hip

10:55 | Dec 14th, 2014

Christopher Hale woke up a year ago to find that he couldn't see fully out of his left eye. He was told he'd had a stroke, three quarters of his vision gone. Hale was over 300 pounds, depressed, and was told by doctors that he was lucky to have survi...Show More

103 - For Your Country

07:37 | Nov 30th, 2014

As a young man, Don Catherall shook hands with John F. Kennedy minutes before he was assassinated. When told of the Kennedy's murder, he thought it a cruel joke. Catherall's father, a quiet man who seldom talked of his service during World War II, w...Show More

102 - Prisoner of Hope

16:44 | Nov 16th, 2014

Father Michael Pfleger knows the pain of loss. As a Catholic pastor for a Faith Community on the South Side of Chicago, Pfleger has been to more funerals than he cares to remember. He is passionate. He is honest. Sometimes to a fault: like when he m...Show More

101 - Middle Gray

16:27 | Nov 2nd, 2014

It's raining hard on the South Side of Chicago. A photojournalist and his wife have already put their two children to bed when a series of loud cracks brings them to their window. They see a man scampering over a fence and yelling for help. Near the ...Show More