1. Friends, we need your help. NPR’s Melissa Block recently interviewed musician Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) and he shared a story about a chance encounter with a stranger who had a profound impact on his life. We want to find that stranger.

    Here’s the deal: Last year during a tour stop in Minneapolis, Rosenberg made a late-night gas station trip to buy cigarettes. He struck up a conversation with an older man who was smoking outside next to his motorcycle. He learned that this gentlemen had been diagnosed with lung cancer and was midway through a cross-country road trip to see his family in New York, where he planned to spend the rest of his days. 

    Rosenberg never got the man’s name, but the experience affected him deeply. He quit smoking and wrote the song “Riding to New York.”  

    We’d love to reach this man or his family. If you think you might know who he is, please email nprcrowdsource@npr.org

    Please reshare this. I know we can track this guy down. (We did it once before.) 

    Update #1, 12:21 PM:  He met the man on Tues. July 30th, 2013 in Minneapolis.

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