Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
— Robert Kennedy, April 4, 1968. Indianapolis, IN

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

The show is inspired by a speech Robert Kennedy gave in Indianapolis the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. During the speech -- in which Kennedy calls for compassion and a non-violent response to King's murder -- he quotes his favorite poet, the Greek tragedian Aeschylus. The quote is above.

Awful Grace tells stories using both contemporary and historical settings in an attempt to unearth that wisdom and share it with our audience.

The show is grounded in a simple concept: Make gentle the life of this world.

The show is produced out of Chicago.

You can listen to Awful Grace on iTunes, Stitcher, Pocket Casts and wherever else podcasts are available.

Robert Andersson is a freelance audio producer living and working in Chicago. He has worked with WBEZ, WGBH, Snap Judgement, The Art Institute of Chicago, Ground Truth, UnfictionalCurious City and Nerdette, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is the creator, host and executive producer of Awful Grace. You can email Robert at robert@awfulgraceradio.org and he will do his damnedest to get back to you.

Awful Grace is produced using Abelton Live, Reaper, Sony Vegas and Adobe Audition.