As I drove home a few nights ago skimming through the radio, I unintentionally and luckily tuned in to 91.5 WBEZ Chicago.
WBEZ is a public radio station presenting public broadcasting feeds, local programs, events, listener requests and audio archives.
It must’ve been fate because I tuned in at the top of the hour, and a new program was going to begin. The broadcaster announced that a radio documentary, Birdy, was next on the program.
Birdy, is a radio documentary about a German paragliding champion, Ewa Wisnierska, who was sucked into a storm that pulled her higher than Mount Everest. Ewa, was swept into a cloud thunderstorm, soaring from an astonishing 2,500 feet to a terrifying 32,000 feet in fifteen minutes, traveling up at 65 feet a second.
As the documentary was about to began, I realized that I was already home!
I parked quickly and ran inside to the kitchen radio. I sat atop my kitchen counter, in the dark, for 35 minutes completely entranced by Ewa’s story. It’s a haunting story of survival, that I think you all would enjoy.
Before, you go on to hear Birdy, it’s important to see what exactly paragliding is. Paragliding is a lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing. Check this out:
I present to you, Birdy. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I did.