An oldie, but oh so special. I remember hearing the NPR story on it and being so moved, not only by the tale but by the song. It's stuck with me and continues to affect me every time it shuffles onto my playlist. I hope you enjoy it as much as I.
The Ivory Billed Woodpecker was thought to be extinct – until 2004, when it was rediscovered near the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas. The sightings were big news in a community depressed by recession and population loss. Our story weaves the locals' reaction with an original song written and performed by musician Sufjan Stevens.