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UnFictional

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This season, unbelievably true stories of perception and what it’s like to experience the world the way someone else does. An experimental treatment that works all too well. A man selling get rich schemes until he unleashes a part of himself he...

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This season, unbelievably true stories of perception and what it’s like to experience the world the way someone else does. An experimental treatment that works all too well. A man selling get rich schemes until he unleashes a part of himself he...

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Meant to click the 5 star

By dumdlo - Jan 04 2019
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New at this. Unfic has become my new go to. Thanks

The perfect story podcast

By Hanaruckus'sdogmom - Sep 28 2018
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Thank you guys for introducing me to Joe Frank and a whole new genre of radio! I love this podcast!

iTunes Ratings

510 Ratings
Average Ratings
402
60
25
11
12

Meant to click the 5 star

By dumdlo - Jan 04 2019
Read more
New at this. Unfic has become my new go to. Thanks

The perfect story podcast

By Hanaruckus'sdogmom - Sep 28 2018
Read more
Thank you guys for introducing me to Joe Frank and a whole new genre of radio! I love this podcast!
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UnFictional

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This season, unbelievably true stories of perception and what it’s like to experience the world the way someone else does. An experimental treatment that works all too well. A man selling get rich schemes until he unleashes a part of himself he...

Rank #1: The Outsider

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Randy was a young nerd in 1982, obsessed with film director Francis Ford Coppola. When Randy ordered a pair of shoes from a magazine, it set off a chain of unlikely events that led him to the Tulsa, Oklahoma set of “The Outsiders” and a friendship with his favorite director. Randy’s cosmic twist of fate put him smack in the center of the “Brat Pack,” and jump-started his show business career.

Theme Music by Alex Weston  with music help from Joe Augustine and Narrative Music. Production help from Nomin Ujiyediin.

Episode art by Tina Carlson

You can find the Outsiders House on Facebook


Randy's first picture with the venerable Panaflex camera. Courtesy  Randy Shanofsky.
Randy poses with actors Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe. Courtesy Randy Shanofsky.
Francis Coppola and Randy, May, 1982 and March, 2016. Courtesy Randy Shanofsky.
Randy on the set of The Outsiders with Susie Hinton and David Inhofe, May, 1982. Courtesy Randy Shanofsky.
Randy with Danny Boy O'Connor. Courtesy of Randy Shanofsky

Feb 22 2018

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Rank #2: The Past Can Hold a Terrible Power

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Photo: Johnny punching the steel pole (Ryan Sweikert)

Jul 01 2017

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Rank #3: The Other Man

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Photo: A photo from an interrogation room of a former Stasi prison, Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, now a memorial museum (rytc

May 27 2017

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Rank #4: Because It's There

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Meru is a documentary about the obsession of one man – world-class climber Conrad Anker. It tells the story of a 1999 avalanche that killed Anker's friend and partner, Alex Lowe, as well as a young climber named David Bridges.

Now, 16 years later, the bodies of the two climbers have been discovered, and the former mountaineer returns to the Himalayas for one last climb – to bury his long lost friend.

Joel Koury is a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney and former high-altitude moutaineer.


Setting out on the first day on Shishapangma


The monument built by the group for Alex and David


The monument and the group


Building the funeral pyre

Episode image: The plateau between the ABC and the glacier. This and all photos courtesy of Joel Koury.

Jun 24 2017

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Rank #5: Sister Aimee

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After preaching her way across the country in the early 20th century, Sister Aimee McPherson decided to settle in Los Angeles, where she built a veritable religious empire. Her sermons hovered at the intersection of Hollywood glitz and glamour and fiery evangelist rhetoric. She was a hit.

Dressed in eye-catching costumes, she acted out her sermons for thousands of followers who lined up around the block to see her in action. And long before the arrival of televangelism, she pioneered the use of radio to spread her message across the airwaves. Her allure was such that even Charlie Chaplin was a fan. But with celebrity came loneliness and scandal.

This week, we dive into the colorful life story of Sister Aimee, visit her temple in LA, and explore her mysterious disappearance at the height of her popularity.

That story first aired on BBC’s The Documentary. It was produced by Nick White and hosted by Naomi Grimley.

Photo: Sister Aimee McPherson. ©  Courtesy of The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel

Jun 03 2017

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Rank #6: Lost Bird

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Jun 06 2017

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Rank #7: The Enemy Within

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The true cost of war is difficult to measure. It hides in the crying fits and night terrors and flashbacks that mark many soldiers' return home from war. This delicate and often-wrenching patchwork of audio diaries and interviews brings that struggle into full focus, told through the innermost fears and thoughts of the people who love and care for former service members with PTSD.

That story was produced by Eleanor McDowall with Matthew Green. It was a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 3, and originally aired on the BBC program Between the Ears.


Luke and Nikita Dallison
Courtesy of Luke and Nikita Dallison


Eileen (R) and Kelly at the Sergeant's Mess Christmas Ball


Episode image by enki22

May 06 2017

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Rank #8: Father's Day 2017

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Photo: Bob Carlson and Matthew Carlson (Bob Carlson)

Jun 17 2017

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Rank #9: UnFictional returns!

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The new season of UnFictional is right around the corner. Unbelievably true stories of chance encounters that changed everything. A pair of mail-order shoes that led to “The Outsiders.” A secret road to a California paradise. The day Los Angeles and smog first met. Stories that will stick in your head like a memory. Coming on February 22nd, hosted by Bob Carlson.

Feb 14 2018

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Rank #10: Strangers in a Good Way

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First, a hypnotic search for a common language, and one girl’s ardent prayers to speak in tongues.

Then, another girl’s ardent prayers for letters. When 12-year-old Lauren fell for Darryl in the ‘90s, he was a skater boy who loved Nirvana and drawing. They were pen pals for years. She’d check her mailbox multiple times a day, hoping for a letter from him. But when she finds him online decades later, his feed is filled with guns and right-wing hashtags. It seems like he's become an entirely different person. So she gives him a call to catch up.


A TripAdvisor review for Smith Island.


One of Darryl's letters to Lauren.



The envelope of a letter from Darryl to Lauren.
The envelope of a letter from Darryl to Lauren.


The envelope of a letter from Darryl to Lauren.

Lauren with her "new troll doll."

Feb 14 2019

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