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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 of 'Audacious with Chion Wolf.'
Chion Wolf is the host of the radio show and podcast 'Audacious' on Connecticut Public.
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