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The Heart

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The Heart is an audio art project and podcast about intimacy and humanity.

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The Heart is an audio art project and podcast about intimacy and humanity.

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1907 Ratings
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Intrigued by the new episodes!

By MariaHhhhhL - May 10 2020
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I’m finding the new episodes thought-provoking and creative. I can’t wait to hear more!

Love the new episodes

By lobosdude - Mar 27 2020
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Thank you NK & Phoebe! I love both of your voices. Thank you for making complex and deep media!

iTunes Ratings

1907 Ratings
Average Ratings
1300
469
59
35
44

Intrigued by the new episodes!

By MariaHhhhhL - May 10 2020
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I’m finding the new episodes thought-provoking and creative. I can’t wait to hear more!

Love the new episodes

By lobosdude - Mar 27 2020
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Thank you NK & Phoebe! I love both of your voices. Thank you for making complex and deep media!
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The Heart

Latest release on Jul 01, 2020

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The Heart is an audio art project and podcast about intimacy and humanity.

Rank #1: Dream

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Kaitlin has a dream, and The Heart says goodbye (for now). Listen on headphones.

Produced by Kaitlin Prest with help from Phoebe Wang. Thank you to all of the listeners who sent us your voices so KP could meet you on the moon. In this episode, you also heard the voices of Mitra Kaboli, Phoebe Wang, Jen Ng, Sharon Mashihi, Samara Breger, Meg Bell, Jessica Grosman, Pejk Malinovski, Sean Cole, Lulu Miller, Veronica Simmonds, Johnny Spence, Nancy Prest, Natalie Prest, Allen Watts and Brendan Baker.

Music by Inne Eysermans, special thanks to Katharina Smets.

If you wanna keep up with KP: ~*click here*~

Dec 20 2017

29mins

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Rank #2: No: Advance

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Episode One: We meet young Kaitlin as she navigates her first sexual experiences and the confusions of girlhood. [Trigger Warning]

Part of “No”, a mini-season.

Produced with the generous support of the IWMF.

May 10 2017

19mins

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Rank #3: The Sensorium

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Episode One.

Experience more than sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Venture with us beyond the 5-way sense scape.

Feb 05 2013

26mins

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Rank #4: The Intimacies

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Once upon a time, we did an episode about what happens when there is too much going on sexually. The Ethical Slut says that love isn’t finite. Loving more than one person means having more love instead of less. This can be true. However, love is a complicated emotion. And sex can often be wrapped up in all these complicated and conflicting emotions. More isn’t always better.

This piece was submitted to The Heart by an anonymous Dominatrix and produced by Julia Alsop.

Jul 21 2015

13mins

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Rank #5: Mariya

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Based on the 2015 essay from The Big Roundtable, writer Mariya Karimjee takes us on a journey from her childhood in Pakistan, to her adolescence in Texas, through college, all the way to where she is now, back in Pakistan as she navigates family, love, her body and her personal relationships, all despite the physical and emotional trauma that she has suffered.

Mariya Karimjee is a writer based in Karachi, Pakistan. Read her original essay here.

Editorial support from Brendan Baker, Allen Watts, Kelsey Padgett, Samara Breger and Nadia Bajwa. Additional support from Kari June.

Another version of this story can be heard on This American Life.

May 04 2016

39mins

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Rank #6: The Magic Wand

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Vibrators have been the friend of the female orgasm for over a century now. Back in the 1800s you could only get access to one via a doctor’s appointment. To cure your irrational woman feelings, hysteria. When they started selling them for home use in the 20th century, companies made up weird, fake uses for them; nail buffing tools,special attachments for vacuum cleaners, etc. One very popular way to market the vibrator was to call it a back massager.

Probably thousands of different vibrator have come and gone but there is one that has outlasted them all and maybe will go on into the future as the queen of vibrators: The Hitachi Magic Wand.

Sep 22 2015

7mins

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Rank #7: First

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When we do something for the first time, we enter into a world with new rules. It’s the creation of a new path, a new possibility. We meet this threshold with no knowledge of what will happen, how we or the world will react.

Once the rules of the game change, once we do something that we’ve never done before, the question of how to navigate the new world is what comes next. What do we do after the first kiss? Will it give way to the first holding of hands, the first public display of affection, the first sex, the first week sleeping in someone else’s bed every night? Or will it be the first, but also — the last?

This is a story featuring Drew Denny, a singer, songwriter, filmmaker and artist. You can check out her first feature film here.

Jan 06 2015

17mins

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Rank #8: SE: Not the Right Time

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Episode one of Silent Evidence; one woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.

Tennessee Watson is a documentarian and artist who has been struggling to speak out about something that happened to her when she was a kid, something that she knew was wrong. When Tennessee was seven her gymnastics coach fondled her vulva. In part one of Silent Evidence, Tennessee takes us in and out of her memories, from childhood to adolescence as she comes to terms with what happened to her and finally revisiting the gym where she was abused.

Find out more about Silent Evidence here.

Produced by Tennessee Watson and Kaitlin Prest, with The Heart. Editing by Sharon Mashihi.

This project was made possible with funding from the IWMF Howard Buffett Fund for Women Journalists.

May 19 2016

27mins

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Rank #9: Samara + Kelsey

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At the beginning of a relationship, the small decisions feel like big decisions: When to text? What to wear on the second date? How naked to get. For Samara and Kelsey, the first decisions were a bit bigger. When Samara’s dad was hospitalized for a mysterious, dangerous illness, Kelsey decided to move in with Samara and spend every night at the hospital with her and her family. As the two fell in love within the cold, stale confines of the hospital, a new decision appeared on the horizon: Would they keep loving each other when things were okay? Or did they need chaos and tragedy to keep them going?

Jan 13 2016

21mins

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Rank #10: No: Inheritance

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Episode Two: We catch up to Kaitlin while she is in her mid-twenties, waiting to fall in love. [Trigger Warning]

Part of “No”, a mini season.

Produced with the generous support of the IWMF.

May 23 2017

36mins

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Rank #11: Fu*k Love

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Episode Eight (Welcome to Season Two)

FU*K LOVE. Family. Responsibility. Survival. Economic Stability. These were once much more important to things to build your life on. This episode looks at the ideal of true love, how it came to be and what exists outside of it.

Feb 23 2014

50mins

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Rank #12: Gina Gold

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At 5 years old, Gina was parading around the stage with a number pinned to her chest. But as the host of The Little Miss America Competition sang the national anthem, she felt he might have as well been singing,“You’re so whiiiiite, you’re so bloooooonde.” Even still, Gina, the toothless, black Shirley Temple, made it to the final round. When she didn’t hear her number called she looked out into the sea of eager parents and found her parents. Her mother, sullen and disappointed. Next to her mother, sat her father with tears streaming down his face. From that point on all Gina wanted to was to be seen, to fit in and to be beautiful.

By the time Gina was 24, she didn’t feel too different from that little pageant girl. She got into theater school but her optimism didn’t last. Soon after getting accepted she was drinking beer for breakfast, failing her classes, and fantasizing about skipping town. That’s in addition to the issues she was having with her boyfriend…

Jun 17 2015

25mins

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Rank #13: Ghost: Alex

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Powerful memories are like paused tapes in our minds – a hum barely heard beneath the noise of our everyday – ready to be played at any moment. This audio fiction explores the process of falling in love with someone, fading away and eventually discovering all that you have left of them is a memory. Carter, our narrator, is on a present-day first date with Frankie but is distracted by memories of past lover, Alex, which play like a tape in his head. But with each replaying, the tapes seem to have warped, or maybe Carter has.

Produced by Dane Stewart, Katie Hill, Matthew Kariatsumari and Michelle Macklem. Special thanks to Renée Hodgins, Emily Skahan and Mira Burt-Wintonick.

Feb 23 2016

18mins

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Rank #14: The P-Spot

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Once upon a time, Kaitlin went to a radical sex education workshop. At the workshop, the facilitators spent 45 minutes going into extreme detail of the complexities of the female system of sexual arousal. Then they spent 15 minutes on the male system. The facilitator insinuated that it was very simple – touch the dick, make him come. During the question and answer period the male bodied people in the room protested, insisting that the male anatomy is just as mysterious and complicated as the female anatomy. This is when Kaitlin learned about the P-spot – the prostate orgasm.

One Saturday night, Kaitlin ventured onto St. Laurent Boulevard in Montreal and asked strangers if they had ever had their P-spots touched. This is a collage of their answers.

Aug 04 2015

7mins

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Rank #15: The Shit

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Poo might be the most embarrassing, shameful bodily function. So of course, there are lots of people who bring it into the sexual domain, because that’s the place where taboos get worked out and subverted.

The hero of our story has always had a thing for poo and one day he places a craigslist ad looking for the sundae to his cherry.

Oct 06 2015

12mins

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Rank #16: The Wrath of the Potluck

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Devon is one of Kaitlin’s oldest friends from high school. The two live in different cities now and occasionally see each other over the holidays. On one such holiday reunion he recounted a story to Kaitlin of what could have been one of the best nights of his life. However, Devon also attended a potluck that evening.

Originally produced for Audio Smut in 2012.

Jan 20 2016

11mins

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Rank #17: Desiray + Aaron

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Desiray felt a deep, human connection the moment she first heard his voice: Aaron Carter spoke to her through his music. When Desiray was down, Aaron always cheered her up. When she needed him, his music was always there. And when they finally met, it was almost as if Aaron could read her mind. Maybe the deep, human connection Desiray felt as a kid was real. Dozens of concerts later, Desiray and Aaron are almost friends — almost. Now Desiray wonders: “Can a fan ever be a true friend?” Does Aaron value her as a friend, or as a fan? And if she’s just a fan like any other, can she live with it?

This story was produced by Galen Koch in collaboration with The Heart. Special thanks to Kelsey Padgett, Justine Champine, Desiray Roy, and Aaron Carter.

Nov 17 2015

33mins

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Rank #18: That Smell

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“The first time I tasted her was the first time I felt like I could know her.” Rhonda spends their entire day relishing and re-living the sensation of going down on their girl. After they’re down South, face buried between her legs all morning long, they spend the rest of the day rediscovering the lingering scent. 

This episode is a re-release from the “Sensorium” episode, originally produced in 2013.

Dec 07 2016

8mins

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Rank #19: No: Answers

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Episode Three: Kaitlin’s search for the answer to why coercion is so omnipresent lands her in one obvious place. Straight, cis-gendered men. In this episode, Kaitlin consults the men in her life that she trusts the most to see if they had ever pressured someone into having unwanted intimacy. But she knows she cannot end her search here. [Trigger Warning]

Part of “No”, a mini-season.

Produced with the generous support of the IWMF.

Jun 07 2017

43mins

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Rank #20: The Illicit Couples Retreat

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Audio Smut Experiments: ventures beyond radio into the realm of sound installation, performance and audio art work.

The Penn Hills Hotel and Resort was abandoned by it’s owner in the late 2000′s after failing to pay their taxes. The expansive property is a time capsul: heart shaped bathtubs, floor to ceiling shag carpet and circle beds. Seven exclusive couples were invited on a late night getaway to the Penn Hills Hotel and Resort in the Poconos. There was live music and drinks. They were then checked into their rooms and given time to get intimate in whatever way they liked.

Jan 25 2013

10mins

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Swelter: A Dream

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What would you sound like if no one ever told you that’s all a woman could be?

Part 1 of a 3-part summer series.

“The reallotment of material resources is going to be the only thing that will save us.” - Yocheved Zenaida Cohen

Listen to Fuck U Pay Us and pay them!

Support Yocheved Zenaida Cohen

Produced & hosted by Nicole Kelly and Phoebe Unter.

Jul 01 2020

21mins

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Race Traitor: betray white fathers

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Phoebe has an idea of a white race traitor: someone who makes personal sacrifices for the betterment of humanity. Someone whose actions halt the patterns of white supremacy. She goes looking for one and meets Stephanie Hofeller.

Part 4 of a 4 part series. Produced by Phoebe Unter, edited by Sharon Mashihi and hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

Jun 17 2020

30mins

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Race Traitor: what makes a mom a white mom?

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All parents shape our identities. Phoebe’s affluent white parents made a particular set of choices to raise her in an all-white neighborhood with a sordid history. Phoebe investigates what she inherited as a result.

Part 3 of a 4 part series. Produced by Phoebe Unter, edited by Sharon Mashihi and hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

Jun 03 2020

37mins

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Race Traitor: can we be friends?

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In a community with a strict “no new white friends” policy, Phoebe asks: how does my being white affect our relationship?

Part 2 of a 4 part series. Produced by Phoebe Unter, edited by Sharon Mashihi and hosted by Kaitlin Prest. Featuring Nicole Kelly & Kamala Puligandla.

May 20 2020

32mins

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Race Traitor: who taught you to be white?

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Phoebe is surprised to learn that even she, an angry Jewish dyke, still participates in upholding white supremacy culture.

Part 1 of a 4 part series. Produced by Phoebe Unter, edited by Sharon Mashihi and hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

May 06 2020

29mins

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Every Happy Ending Is Normative

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So what’s the point of a crush?


This episode was produced by Nicole Kelly, with anise cinquepalmi. anise is a poet teaching in Los Angeles. Find her writing workshop info on Instagram by following @bashfulhole.

Apr 22 2020

27mins

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Mardi Gras Is a State of Mind

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What can a body do?

This episode was produced by Mara Lazer & hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

Apr 08 2020

18mins

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Divesting From People Pleasing: Affirmation

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In the final episode of the Divesting From People Pleasing season, NK talks with her friends & Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis about some of the things that surround her personal narrative.

This episode was produced by Nicole Kelly & hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

Mar 25 2020

53mins

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Asking For It

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Meet Goldie.

The cycle begins, in episode 1 of Asking For It, a new fictional series from Mermaid Palace.

Mar 11 2020

26mins

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Divesting From People Pleasing: Memory

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When trauma is held in the individual and collective body, shame, grief, and rage are passed down for generations.

Part 3 of a 3 part series.

Divesting From People Pleasing is a mini series produced by Nicole Kelly, edited by Chiquita Paschal, and hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

Feb 26 2020

30mins

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Divesting From People Pleasing: Power

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The body has information.

Part 2 of a 3 part series.

Divesting From People Pleasing is a mini series produced by Nicole Kelly, edited by Chiquita Paschal, and hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

Feb 12 2020

37mins

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Divesting From People Pleasing: Threat

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As NK gets older, she gets smaller, she gets more and more quiet. But the self loathing voice in her head just gets louder.

Part 1 of a 3 part series.

Divesting From People Pleasing is a mini series produced by Nicole Kelly, edited by Chiquita Paschal, and hosted by Kaitlin Prest.

Jan 29 2020

30mins

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Lesbian Separatism Is Inevitable

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How NK & Phoebe fell in art love.

Jan 15 2020

27mins

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We're Back

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After a long break, The Heart is starting up again.  Since we left, the world has changed. And we’ve changed too. 

At the core of the new Heart are artists Nicole Kelly and Phoebe Unter. Phoebe and NK started making a podcast called bitchface in 2016. They make transformative media that sets out to change how people see the world and themselves. Stories about power and love, about intimacy and humanity. 

Together with host Kaitlin Prest, editors Sharon Mashihi and Chiquita Pascal, they will produce The new Heart.

From Radiotopia and Mermaid Palace.

Jan 06 2020

14mins

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Mermaid Palace

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Named after the very bedroom within which many of the episodes of The Heart were made.

In this ep you heard the singing of Sharon Mashihi and phone answering of Mooj Zadie. The manifesto writing of Nicole Kelly and Phoebe Unter, the mic meandering of Dylan Gauche, the phone answering of Mooj Zadie, the song of Drew Denny and Christina Gaillard and the big dream of Kaitlin Prest.

Additional credits: Jen Ng, Mo LaBorde, Allie Pinel, Chiquita Paschal, AJ Moultrie, Sarah Rose, Allison Light, Caitlin Thompson, Rider Alsop, Bianca Grimshaw, Alexandria Fisk, and one long phone call with Jenna Weiss Berman.

Extra special thanks to Jen Ng, our design queen. You can see her incredible work on the website, www.mermaidpalace.org.

Oct 29 2019

14mins

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Love Me: To My Heart

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Our friends Cristal Duhaime and Mira Burt-Wintonick launched Season 3 of their amazing show LOVE ME. The story we are featuring from them is about a man who learned all about love while imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

Website: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/loveme/\
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbcpodcasts/\
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CBCPodcasts/

Dec 04 2018

30mins

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It's Here: The Shadows

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It’s here. Finally. All 6 episodes of The Shadows, presented by Kaitlin Prest and CBC Podcasts.

Subscribe to The Shadows.

Follow on Insta / Twitter at @theshadowscbc. You can find our FB group here.

Oct 10 2018

21mins

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KP + CBC Present: The Shadows

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~* Things are happening. *~

The Shadows, presented by Kaitlin Prest and CBC Podcasts, launches in late September.

Here’s a sneak peek.

Subscribe to The Shadows –> here.

Aug 29 2018

5mins

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Dream

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Kaitlin has a dream, and The Heart says goodbye (for now). Listen on headphones.

Produced by Kaitlin Prest with help from Phoebe Wang. Thank you to all of the listeners who sent us your voices so KP could meet you on the moon. In this episode, you also heard the voices of Mitra Kaboli, Phoebe Wang, Jen Ng, Sharon Mashihi, Samara Breger, Meg Bell, Jessica Grosman, Pejk Malinovski, Sean Cole, Lulu Miller, Veronica Simmonds, Johnny Spence, Nancy Prest, Natalie Prest, Allen Watts and Brendan Baker.

Music by Inne Eysermans, special thanks to Katharina Smets.

If you wanna keep up with KP: ~*click here*~

Dec 20 2017

29mins

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An Announcement

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In 2018, The Heart will be taking a break.

~* The Secret Link *~

Dec 08 2017

14mins

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iTunes Ratings

1907 Ratings
Average Ratings
1300
469
59
35
44

Intrigued by the new episodes!

By MariaHhhhhL - May 10 2020
Read more
I’m finding the new episodes thought-provoking and creative. I can’t wait to hear more!

Love the new episodes

By lobosdude - Mar 27 2020
Read more
Thank you NK & Phoebe! I love both of your voices. Thank you for making complex and deep media!