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The Things You Would Not Tell Friends: 'Craigslist Confessional'


A burned-out Washington DC lobbyist got into a long conversation with a homeless man who was panhandling outside the building housing the lobbying firm's office.

The experience inspired her to gather anonymous stories of people's lives. So she turned to Craigslist to solicit contributions.

Helena Dea Bala tells the story in her book Craigslist Confessional: A Collection of Secrets from Anonymous Strangers. Listen for the kinds of things people are willing to tell people they don't know.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.