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What happens when you choose a vow of silence?

What's it like being an environmental activist who takes a vow of silence for 17 years?

What's life like as a Trappist monk who defaults to silence for a lifetime?

And what's it like to be a public radio host who gives up speaking for a week? The voice in Chion's head narrates the experience, and you'll hear audio she collected along the way.

Watch as Chion breaks her week-long vow of silence on a Facebook Live:


  • John Francis: an environmental activist who took a 17 year vow of silence when he was 27
  • Brother Paul Quenon: a Trappist monk and poet at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky
  • Chion Wolf: the host of Audacious who went without speaking for one week

Jessica Severin de Martinez and Catie Talarski contributed to this show.

Audacious with Chion Wolf is available as a podcast onApple Podcasts,Spotify,Google Podcasts,Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. Subscribe and never miss an episode!

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Jessica Severin de Martinez is a producer for Audacious with Chion Wolf.
Chion Wolf is the host of Audacious with Chion Wolf on Connecticut Public, featuring conversations with people who have uncommon or misunderstood experiences, conditions, or professions.