Deborah L Blicher

Radio producer, essayist

Sudbury, Massachusetts

Deborah L Blicher

We swim in stories.


Stearns Farm: Early Spring

Stearns Farm CSA sharer Debbie Blicher interviews farm manager Ember Fleming about what's been happening at the farm all winter and how the season starts up.
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Hands-on Bird Science at Hog Island Audubon

Senior Producer Debbie Blicher spent a week at Hog Island Audubon Camp exploring different kinds of bird science. Here’s what it sounded like and how you can go, too.
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds Link to Story

Why Study Crows?

Debbie interviewed Dr. Andrea Townsend at the 2017 Mass Audubon Annual Birders Meeting. Townsend is called "The Crow Lady" on campus at Hamilton College. Listen to find out why, and why it's worth studying this ubiquitous urban bird.
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds Link to Story

A Grand Canyon Ranger

Debbie interviewed Grand Canyon ranger Ron Brown on site in September 2016. Here's Ranger Ron's perspective on Hawkwatch and what it's like to work at Grand Canyon National Park.
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds Link to Story

The Comeback of the California Condor

Debbie gets the story on the comeback of the California Condor from Tice Supplee, Director of Bird Conservation at Audubon Arizona.
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds Link to Story

Leap of Faith

The little boy I hope will become my son lines up his scuffed shoes on the edge of the sandbox, gauging the distance to the ground. It’s sixty degrees out, but like all the children I have seen in this Russian city, he’s overdressed to my American eye. Between his striped, knitted cap and puffy blue coat, I can hardly see his face.
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How My Church-Going Boyfriend Made Me a Jew

I started attending synagogue out of revenge. In the mid-1980s, while living in Texas, I abandoned a Ph.D. program. My research involved hours alone in the lab with a speech synthesizer, building and rebuilding single syllables. I hated it, but I resolved to finish my Masters project because I didn’t know what else to do.
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Rock Rock Boom

The little blond boy sits too still on the playroom carpet, his feet out in front of him like a doll’s. He stares vaguely at his sister, his cousins, and me. He should be crying. A minute ago I was in the kitchen, scrubbing peanut butter off the lunch dishes, when the cousins surged in yelling, “Misha hit his head!
Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers Link to Story

Taking Control By Giving Control

When my nine-year-old daughter Katya announced, "I'm done with homework for today. I'm going to play," my first thought was not, Oh, no you won't. It was, I am not going to nag her.
Psychology Today Link to Story

Love lessons from a latrine

HANGING BY MY HANDS in the pit of an outhouse in rural Brazil, I ponder my impending marriage. I’m furious. Now 38 years old, I spent what felt like forever searching for a trustworthy partner. I found him, followed him here, fell into an outhouse, and where is he? Directing a clinic in another village.
The Boston Globe Link to Story


Deborah L Blicher

I have a deep knowledge of first-person written forms and a background in speech science. I construct stories that convey you through a landscape of new information.

Radio training:
Duke Center for Documentary Studies
Salt Institute, Maine College of Art

Graduate study:
MFA, Emerson College (creative writing)
MA, University of Texas at Austin (experimental psychology—speech perception)

Undergraduate study:
BA, Brown University (cognitive science—psycholinguistics)



  • tape syncs
  • recording
  • teaching
  • blogging
  • print editing
  • radio production