Reporter looking for drivers who learned new skills on the road

I'm a reporter, not a trucker (though my step-dad was one while I was growing up). I work for a radio show called This American Life and I have a kind of hail mary request.

Has anyone ever learned some new skill or talent while on the job? Or maybe just tried to? I mean something not related to trucking. Like did you learn a dead language? Or memorize musical scales. Or study up on astronomy so you could impress someone you were dating.

I'm basically looking for a story of something you learned while on the job that our listeners would be surprised to hear.

I'll be checking in here, but you can also reach me by email at

Thank you!


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