The Bittersweet Life

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About The Bittersweet Life

Hello current and future listeners of The Bittersweet Life

For six years (and counting), Katy Sewall and Tiffany Parks have been your friendly guides to Rome, Italy... and to a less ordinary life. Whether you're an expat, a future expat, a repat, an adventurer, or a casual traveler, we aim make you curious about—and more open to—where your life could go next. And we'd like to do that for years to come. 

Supporting the show is a major thank you—like throwing a coin into the accordion player's cup on the Ponte Sisto bridge. It not only keeps the music coming, it helps your hosts not starve in the process. 

Here's a little more about us.

Katy Sewall is a senior producer and host, mainly for Public Radio in the United States. Over the years, she has toured with A Prairie Home Companion and worked on Radiolab. In 2013, she quit her prestigious job (totally out of character) and moved to Rome. That's where this show begins. Since then, she's repatriated to the States,  moved to Seattle where she lives the up-and-down life of exploring... uh, what next? 

Tiffany Parks is a writer and the author of Midnight in the Piazza, a mystery for young readers set in the Eternal City. She moved to Rome over fifteen years ago with no plan except to stay no matter what it took. And she did it! Since then, she's become fluent in Roman and art history (as well as the Italian language). Rome is her muse and an endless source of knowledge and inspiration which she readily shares with our listeners. 

Katy and Tiffany are childhood friends, which doesn't hurt when it comes to exploring issues of creativity, loneliness, belonging, grief, wonder, and risk. They met on the school bus in the sixth grade.

They also invite world-class writers and thinkers on the show regularly to share their ideas: New York Times best-selling authors, journalists, famous people—expect them all to to keep appearing (with your support, of course).

Thank you. We're glad you're sharing in our journey.

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