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Love and Radio

Nick van der Kolk's Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. Get inside the mind of a rogue taxidermist. Find out what it's like to experience a stroke firsthand. Or spend time with an artist who gives away her life savings every night. You've never heard anything like it before.

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F Your Feelings

Evan has a secret. 

39mins

23 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Gotcha!

A rowdy breakfast radio show in Australia is turned upside down when a one-off prank call turns into a real life, on-air soap opera.

54mins

29 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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Hey kids, this interview isn’t for you. You should skip this one. Ellen was struggling for money, working as a Subway “sandwich artist” (yes, that’s a real thing). So she decided to find a new job, and settled on one that allowed her to make over $30,000 for just a couple hours of work each … Continue reading Jack and Ellen → 

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A Red Dot

Frank has been an advocate for the perhaps the most universally abhorred group in America: sex offenders.

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The Living Room

Diane's new neighbors across the way never shut their curtains, and that was the beginning of an intimate, but very one-sided relationship. 

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Love in Bits

Stories from the World of Online Dating. Christian Rudder of OKCupid.com describes how he knows everything about what kind of lover you are. Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s The Signal reads a sample of the OKCupid Love Personality Types. Eric Herot flies down to Missouri to meet a Bajoran he met on a Star Trek simming … Continue reading Love in Bits →

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The Boys Will Work It Out

Adult content. Listener discretion is advised. Since a child, Sarz had a deep connection to the Lord of the Rings books. After the movie version came out in 2003, that connection went several layers deeper. Outro song: By Your Side (Sade cover), performed by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

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The Superchat

A couple months ago, a friend handed Julia a scrap of paper with a phone number on it. One night, bored and maybe a little tipsy, she called it up. This is who she met.

32mins

21 Jan 2014

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A Girl of Ivory

Davecat and Sidore had a blissful marriage together in the suburbs of Detroit. One day, a Russian woman showed up unexpectedly at their doorstep, declared her love for both of them, and asked to move in. It was a complicated situation, but that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of this unusual threesome.

39mins

29 Sep 2016

Rank #9

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Suitcase of Love and Shame

Adult content. Again. A man and woman in the 1960s trade reel-to-reel audio “letters” over the course of years. Final song: Hobbies Galore by R. Stevie Moore.

49mins

24 Jul 2017

Rank #10

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Show Me Yours

First experiences with sex. Adrianne tells the harrowing experience of “the first time I saw one.” Lance Anderson of The Verge of the Fringe can’t seem to get his first kiss. Paul keeps pushing his hand down further. Harlyn Aizley creates penises. Many of them.

47mins

2 Mar 2006

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Discarnate Rebel Angel

In the remote, high deserts of New Mexico, Timothy Wyllie reflects on a life of testing the limits of reality and spirituality.

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Choir Boy

Tom Justice is passionate about cycling, and was on the shortlist for the US Olympic Team. Also, he’s a bank robber. Originally broadcast in 2014.

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Upper Left

Julie needed a fresh start, so she moved back home to the Bay Area, and made a new group of friends.

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28 Oct 2016

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Black Feminist Thot

Mistress Velvet specializes in the subjugation of white men.

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23 Apr 2019

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Dirty Balloons

Amy was dead broke when she found a Craigslist ad looking for a balloon porn fetish model.

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9 Nov 2010

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Bride of the Sea

Sam Najjair works in insurance now, but four years ago he had a very different occupation.

56mins

26 Aug 2015

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Murdertown, USA

Content warning! If you’re squeamish around violent stuff, you should skip this one. Will is a collector. Final song: Pour Endormir les Démons by Merle Bardenoir from Chants D’Avant L’Aube.

41mins

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Rank #18

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The Enemy Within

A co-production with the podcast Reckonings. In the 1980s, Glenn Loury was one of the most prominent black conservative intellectuals in the United States, and was selected to be a top official within the Reagan administration. Unexpectedly, however, he withdrew his consideration before being appointed.

1hr 5mins

13 Oct 2016

Rank #19

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The Secrets Hotline, Vol. IV

Our listeners divulge their deepest and darkest secrets. To leave your own secrets for a future show, call +1 (641) 715-3900, then dial 55403#.This show has moved to Luminary! For more info, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. 

27mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #20