May 8, 2020

How Long Is The Dark?

How Long Is The Dark?

A living saint asks an ominous question during the 2017 total solar eclipse in Tennessee—"how long is the dark?"

In August of 2017 Neighbors co-host Jakob and his wife Catherine got to witness a total solar eclipse from inside an orchard owned by a living saint—Hector Black. Hector is 95 and has lived a storied life, most notably he did the hard work of forgiving the man who murdered his adopted daughter Patricia. Through Hector’s ominous question “how long is the dark?” we explore our current circumstance amidst this pandemic and the wisdom that Hector’s story might have for us.

You can visit Hector’s family’s plant nursery website here:

As has become our custom this episode also contains YOUR voices from the Neighbors “Reverse Complaint” Line sharing one thing that’s difficult right now and one things that you’re grateful for.

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Music from the Blue Dot Sessions and Dan Burns

Our sonic logo at the beginning of the episode is by Dallas Taylor’s company Defacto Sound. Dallas makes a podcast about sound called Twenty Thousand Hertz listen at

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Cover Art features photo by Palmer Richardson