Rank #1: Terry’s Treasure
Producer Lea Thau embarks on a strange online dating adventure. Get the full story here.
Rank #2: Claire Obscure
It starts with a murder and ends with new questions. In between there’s Claire’s story. That’s not her real name. It’s neither her old name, nor her new name. It’s the name she took to tell this story. Warning: this episode contains graphic and disturbing content. Do not listen with children.
Rank #3: The People Next Door
Three stories about Mexican immigration, showing us that there are two sides to the border fence, but many sides to the story. On this episode, we find some unlikely bedfellows among liberals and conservatives, even immigrants and the border patrol. These stories come to us from the wonderful shows, “State of the Re:Union” and “UnFictional.” Also check … Continue reading The People Next Door →
Rank #4: Lea in Trumpland: Alicia
Lea has been traveling around interviewing Trump supporters and she’s tried to do it differently. She’s gotten drunk with them and high with them, she’s road-tripped with them and stayed overnight in their kids’ bedrooms, she’s cried with them, dined with them, yelled at them (and vice versa) to bring the conversation to a new … Continue reading Lea in Trumpland: Alicia →
Rank #5: Love Hurts
While doing a story about online dating, Lea gets her heart broken (yet again). Get the full story here.
Rank #6: Eleven Up
Today’s story is about two families trying to become one family. One set of parents is white, one is black, one lives in Portland, OR, the other in Miami, FL, one is Canadian/American, the other is Haitian/American. So, geographically, demographically, and socio-economically they live in very different worlds, but when we started following them more … Continue reading Eleven Up →
Rank #7: The Truth
Ashley’s husband, Corey, is accused of the worst thing imaginable. What follows sends the family on an ever darkening journey, swinging between answers, hypotheses, emotions, and, ultimately, the truth. This story is not appropriate for children.
Rank #8: Pabba’s 32nd Year
Imagine if your parents had access to your online dating profile. That happened to Pabba.
Rank #9: My Father’s Bones
One day when Susan was five, her father came home and nailed her bunk bed shut. That was the beginning of a long strange journey.
Rank #10: The Waxing Virgin — Then and Now
Four years ago, we met Becca, a virgin in her 30s who waxed g******s for a living. On this episode we play her original story, along with an update about what Becca has been up to since then…
Rank #11: Go, Kalan
The story of a young man who decided to say yes.
Rank #12: Left Right Black White
A stereotypical, Whole-Foods-shopping, NPR-listening liberal finds herself in an alliance of Republicans.
Rank #13: Lea in Trumpland #2: Eugene
This is where the gloves come off. In this episode, Lea travels to New York to talk to a Trump supporter who defies a lot of the stereotypes: he’s coastal, young, urban, educated, Jewish, an immigrant… But man oh man do the punches fly, on both sides.
Rank #14: Jack Be Nimble, Part 2
Ladies and Gentlemen: Jack, Part 2, in which there will be guns and fear and roses and magic. There will be frat boys and homeless ladies, sweet clowns, and sad selves. Above all, there will be Jack. He will be nimble and he will be bold.
Rank #15: Lex
When you start to think your own child might have a propensity for violence, what do you do?
Rank #16: Not By Accident
So you’re 37 and single…. On this third installment of our “Summer of Love” series, we explore the singles’ experience with two intimate stories from the lovely podcast “Not by Accident” by Sophie Harper.
Rank #17: Franky Carrillo: Life
A man spends 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, but comes out ahead… Get the full story here.
Rank #18: Sexistential
What exactly does a sex surrogate do? Meet Kendra Holliday to find out. Warning: This content is not suitable for children.
Rank #19: Elizabeth and Mary, Part 1
Would you give a kidney to a stranger? Inspired by a previous episode of Strangers, Elizabeth decided to do just that. This is Part 1 of the story that ensued.
Rank #20: Love Hurts 2
Lea continues her quest to discover why she’s been single for nearly four years. She interviews yet another guy who turned her down to find out why he didn’t want to date her, and tells stories of her past loves and present dates. Get the full story here.