Daniel Laikind has sort of been doing what I’ve been doing and for almost as long: chronicling Amish life, its charms and its flaws. I’ve done mine primarily in print, while he has the tough task of capturing their life on film. I was thrilled to get to talk to him this past week to reflect upon the just-concluded 10-part series “Amish: Out of Order” which aired on the Nat Geo channel. He’s a New York City guy, but he enjoys a genuine connection to Amish culture. I’ll confess that on many of his shows I’ve squawked loudly about how they wouldn’t be worth watching and that there wouldn’t be much redeeming. Each time, however, I’ve had to eat my words. I enjoyed the Nat Geo special and his first Amish-oriented documentary, Devils Playground. And, look, I even came ’round on Amish in the City after watching a few episodes. A photo of Daniel appears to the left. Click below to listen to this week’s episode of “Amish, Etc”. Let me know how you all are enjoying these podcasts!
By the way, Daniel kept a blog of his thoughts and observations as the Nat Geo show aired. Here is one of his more poignant pieces.