Best Storytelling podcasts (Updated June 2017; image)
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This American Life
Weekly
 
This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
 
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Snap Judgment
Weekly
 
Dramatic tales, killer beats and the edgiest new talent in storytelling come together for a weekly radio hour hosted by Glynn Washington.
 
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Serial
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Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episode ...
 
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the memory palace
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the memory palace
 
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The Moth
Weekly
 
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For informa ...
 
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Criminal
Monthly+
 
Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Death, Sex & Money
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A podcast hosted by Anna Sale about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Email the show at deathsexmoney@wnyc.org.
 
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Revisionist History
Monthly
 
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Panoply Media. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
 
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RISK!
Weekly
 
If you like The Moth, This American Life or Snap Judgment, take a walk on the wilder side with RISK! Your colorful host Kevin Allison (of the legendary comedy group The State) helms this surprisingly uncensored show where people tell jaw-dropping true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. RISK! is hilarious, heart-wrenching and remarkably real. Think you've heard it all? Fasten your seatbelt.
 
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Love + Radio
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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. Love+Radio is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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The Mortified Podcast
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The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids—diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond—in front of total strangers. PS: It totally likes you. The Mortified Podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
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Modern Love
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Stories of love, loss and redemption
 
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Mystery Show
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A podcast about mysteries, hosted by Starlee Kine. From Gimlet.
 
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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
 
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! T ...
 
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StoryCorps
Weekly
 
Some podcasts cover politics, others pop culture — the StoryCorps podcast covers the human heart. At the center of each episode is a StoryCorps interview, a candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most. Learn more at StoryCorps.org.
 
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Heavyweight
Monthly+
 
Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
 
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The Lapse Storytelling Podcast
Monthly
 
See with your ears. The Lapse’s award-winning audio wonderment thrusts listeners headlong into true stories as they transpire. Whether trapped in a touring carnival, running a marathon across Antarctica, or accidentally joining a cult, experience stories as diverse as they are fascinating. Beautifully edited and rich in sound, this is The Lapse.
 
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Strangers
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From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers, part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project. Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were. Strangers is a proud member of Radiotopi ...
 
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Outlook
Daily
 
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
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Radio Diaries
Monthly
 
First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm
 
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Undone
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When big news happens, the world tunes in and then moves on. But often the stories we thought were over haven’t really ended; they were the beginning of something else. Undone is a new show from Gimlet Media that digs up the surprising things that happened when we weren’t looking.
 
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The Guardian Long Read
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The Guardian Long Read - audio versions of our regular long reads published online and in the newspaper Monday through Friday. The long reads are long form articles on a wide variety of topics from global politics to the big cultural debates of our time.For the print version go to - http://www.theguardian.com/news/series/the-long-read
 
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The Kitchen Sisters Present
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The Kitchen Sisters Present… Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music. From powerhouse producers The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, The Sonic Memorial Project, Lost & Found Sound, Fugitive Waves and coming soon… The Keepers). “The Kitchen Sisters have done some of best radio stories ever broadcast ...
 
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Conversations
Daily
 
Spend an hour in someone else's life each weekday. 'Conversations with Richard Fidler' draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.
 
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The Secret Room
Monthly+
 
There's a new place to share secrets. Join Ben Hamm and Dahlia Beta as they explore the stories no one ever tells. Welcome to The Secret Room.
 
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Upvoted by Reddit
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Thousands of unique stories are happening on Reddit everyday, propelling people and ideas to an audience of millions. But what happens after those posts go up? What happened leading up to it? Upvoted gives these stories—from the seemingly ordinary to the extraordinary—the creative space to expand, breathe, and grow. Learn more by going beyond the upvote and see what makes Reddit so remarkable.
 
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Backseat Rider
Weekly
 
Journalist Anthony Ponce goes from the bright lights of a major news network to behind the wheel of a ride-share car, bringing you the real life stories of his passengers. From businessmen and baristas to strippers and students... hear the unique worldviews of people from all walks of life, as Anthony and his riders navigate the streets of Chicago. (interviews are recorded with full knowledge and consent).
 
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Tell The Bartender - A Storytelling Podcast
 
Tell The Bartender is a storytelling podcast hosted by Katharine Heller
 
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FOUND
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Have you ever found a note on the ground, maybe meant for someone else? Help Davy Rothbart solve these mysteries on the FOUND Podcast, where we explore personal stories of love, loss, hope, transformation and aspiration through the lens of lost and found notes --with the power of humor and music. You can see these notes, and more, on the FOUND App on iOS, and help us solve the mysteries behind them as part of a global community art project. New full episodes every other Wednesday, with updat ...
 
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Short Cuts
Monthly
 
Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
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Seriously...
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
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UnFictional
Monthly+
 
UnFictional is a program of storytellers and documentaries that cover the ground between the sophisticated and the profane. Audiences will hear captivating stories of real life told by writers and performers with a talent for tales that will suck you in. The program also features documentaries created by the most talented producers from around the country. UnFictional is one part of the Independent Producer Project , an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio produc ...
 
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Life Changing Stories
Monthly+
 
The Stories That Will Change Your Life
 
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Home of the Brave
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Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.
 
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That Story Show – clean comedy
Monthly+
 
Hilarious Real-life Stories for the Whole Family
 
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Trust the Random
Monthly
 
A conversation about how random circumstances or coincidences lead people down different paths to better lives through interviews with great people.
 
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The Radio 3 Documentary
Monthly+
 
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
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Work in Progress
Monthly+
 
Behind every working human, there’s a story. Work in Progress is a new show about the meaning and identity we find in work. Each week, hear stories of personal ambition and debilitating insecurities, great successes and abject failures, the plans we make and the luck that…happens. Hosted by Dan Misener, produced by Slack. Follow along @slackstories or slack.com/podcast
 
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Dear Sugar
Weekly
 
The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Dear Sugar is here, and speaking straight into your ears. Hosted by the original Sugars, Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return. *New episodes are released weekly.*
 
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Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
 
Remembering the good, the bad, and the awkward parts of growing up
 
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Radio Diaries
Monthly
 
First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
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Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.
 
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The Untold
Monthly+
 
Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
Multi award winning documentaries from Ireland. With over 1,500 documentaries on offer, the Documentary On One has the largest archive of documentaries available globally. These productions are radio stories about real life and contain documentaries dating as far back as 1954, right up to the present day. A wealth of life, ideas and experiences are on offer - but most importantly - stories. Winner of over 150 national and international awards since 2008, why not immerse yourself in a world o ...
 
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Funny, Cuz It's True
Monthly
 
Stories. Everybody’s got them. Funny, Cuz It’s True hosted by writer/comedian Kevin McGeehan is a bi-monthly storytelling show recorded LIVE at The Second City Hollywood in Los Angeles. People sign up on the night of the show and are randomly selected to come up on stage and tell a five-minute, TRUE story based on the theme of the night. This podcast is a mixed bag of some of the best ones.
 
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Newstalk Documentaries
Monthly+
 
Newstalk 106-108 FM features many documentaries from the plight of the Malawi people to video documentaries on Aurora Borealis.
 
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Story Club
Monthly+
 
Each week, we bring you stories told live from the Story Club chair at the Giant Dwarf Theatre in Sydney.
 
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Everything Is Stories
Rare
 
An ongoing audio survey of individuals who have experienced transcendence and/or power of the will. No story will be considered too troubled, no atmosphere too strange.Needed: tales from the underground, the underdog, the outlaw, and the outcast. Genuine characters of all kinds welcome.Everything Is Stories explores unconventional narratives of the past and present to preserve the eccentric, the authentic, and the personal.Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray.For dialogue ...
 
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Lancaster Story Slam podcast
Monthly
 
A monthly podcast featuring three stories chosen from live Story Slams in Lancaster, PA. Learn more at LancasterStorySlam.com.
 
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Stories We Don't Tell
Monthly+
 
Join Paul Dore, Brianne Benness and Stefan Hostetter as they debrief their candid monthly storytelling event. Tune in each week for an authentic story and an exploration of what makes a good workshop, story and event.
 
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Backseat Rider
 
If you had to choose one song that's had the biggest impact on your life, which one would it be? In this episode, Anthony takes this question to the Backseat Riders...yielding some compelling back-stories, including: the song that helped a passenger recover from being victimized by "liars and thieves," a man who walked in on his cheating girlfr ...…
 
Mark Yettica-Paulson travels the country talking about the place of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our constitution
 
To commemorate Pride month, we listen to StoryCorps founder Dave Isay's first radio documentary, Remembering Stonewall. That event marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement in America.
 
Micah Truran finds peace in wearing whatever, doing whatever, being whatever. Kiri Bear learns that some bonds are stronger biology. And Gil Reyes receives the best gift ever from the love of his life. Storytellers: Micah Truran, Kiri Bear, and Gil Reyes. There are so many stories and shades of pride within the LGBTQIA+ community, and we would ...…
 
In 1968, Mexico City was preparing to host the Olympics. It was the first time that a Latin American country would host the Games, and the government was hoping to show off the new, modern, Mexico. At the same time, student protests were regularly sweeping through the streets of Mexico City. And just 10 days before the Olympics were to begin, o ...…
 
In 1968, Mexico City was preparing to host the Olympics. It was the first time that a Latin American country would host the Games, and the government was hoping to show off the new, modern, Mexico. At the same time, student protests were regularly sweeping through the streets of Mexico City. And just 10 days before the Olympics were to begin, o ...…
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
Music in the 1960s was the form of articulation of a generation that was changing things and was quite aware that it was changing things. Flower power was short lived in Ireland but it had a profound effect on young people at the time. What was life like in Ireland during the swinging sixties?
 
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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
 
On her lunch break, today’s caller engages in some light hearted chit chat about office gossip and her (sometimes frustrating) side gig as a wedding photographer. But then, when a hot button political issue comes up, things start to get heated.This episode is brought to you by Redbox (www.redbox.com/games code: STORIES), Subaru (www.meetanowner ...…
 
Penny Greenhalgh returns to the farm after leaving boarding school to find that she has become a Nowhere Boy (any relation to the biographical film about John Lennon is, Penny would like to emphasise, unintentional and unfortunate).
 
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The Kitchen Sisters Present
 
In the 1930s and 40s, hundreds of Basques were brought to the western United States to do the desolate work that no one else would do—herding sheep. Alone for months at a time with hundreds of sheep the Basque’s improvised songs, baked bread in underground ovens, carved poetry and drawings into the Aspen trees, and listened to The Basque Radio ...…
 
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The Kitchen Sisters Present
 
In the 1930s and 40s, hundreds of Basques were brought to the western United States to do the desolate work that no one else would do—herding sheep. Alone for months at a time with hundreds of sheep the Basque’s improvised songs, baked bread in underground ovens, carved poetry and drawings into the Aspen trees, and listened to The Basque Radio ...…
 
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RISK!
 
Rob Lauta, Hallie Bulleit and Jonah Ray tell stories about streaking, mermaids and record sales on 9/11.
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
The story of Papua New Guinea's national public broadcaster, the NBC, which was born out of the hope and flourish of the country's independence from Australia in 1975.
 
Anna Krien examines the climate wars playing out on the Great Barrier Reef
 
Actor Michael Sheen explores the history of Port Talbot's Plaza Cinema. A beautiful art-deco building , first opening in 1940, the Plaza was the heart of cinema entertainment for the people of Port Talbot for decades - a place where Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins watched everyone from George Formby to Bogart and Cagney and where, growing up ...…
 
Richard L. Spencer was in US soul group The Winstons who unknowingly created one of the most famous drum breaks in the world. The Amen Break is a 6-second drum solo first featured on an obscure 1960s track called Amen Brother but has now been sampled in songs by artists including Amy Winehouse, NWA and the Prodigy.…
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
The story of Papua New Guinea's national public broadcaster, the NBC, which was born out of the hope and flourish of the country's independence from Australia in 1975
 
WWII's largest mass escape of Allied POWs, as told by Stephen Dando-Collins
 
Austin Eubanks hid under a table during the notorious school shooting. He told Anu Anand how the event affected him for years.Image: Austin Eubanks as a teenager and now Credits: Austin Eubanks and Jeff Nelson
 
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This American Life
 
We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of ...…
 
One day Ray finds out he's the father of a newborn baby who has been taken into care. He's now in another relationship with girlfriend Cally. Together they begin the the fight for custody of his daughter otherwise she'll be given up for adoption. Ray spent his own childhood in care and is determined to avoid that fate for his daughter. The proc ...…
 
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The Secret Room
 
A woman's teenage quest for love and the lengths she went to secure it. Secret Room Tee Shirts Now On Amazon Prime! Show your affiliation with the coolest indie podcast on the planet! Amazon.com. Free Audible Download. Get a free audiobook download at audibletrial.com/secretroom.
 
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The Radio 3 Documentary
 
James Rhodes is a massive Glenn Gould Geek: throughout his childhood he listened to Gould's recordings, had posters of him on his bedroom walls, and in the years since, those recordings have helped James through some of his darkest times.Gould is globally famous today not just for his astounding recordings as a pianist but also his many idiosyn ...…
 
A former mountaineer returns to the Himalayas for one last climb – to bury his long lost friend. A story from KCRW's newest podcast: The Document.By webmaster@kcrw.org (KCRW, Bob Carlson).
 
When a bottle washed up on an English beach containing a mysterious letter written in French, Karen Liebreich was asked to translate it. The mystery became an obsession. And in our second story, a prisoner passes love letters to his nurseImage: Addressing an envelopeCredit: stevanovicigor
 
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THC The Human Collection Podcast
 
I wrote this song many years ago and with the recent closing of Trout's I thought I'd dig it up and share it. Pretty cheesy but it is what it is. Enjoy,
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
A radio documentary about a self-confessed 'Irish Vagabond' Tony Sheridan. In his turbulent and rich life he has worked with the Beatles, entertained the troops in Vietnam, played with Elvis Presley's backing band - all that and far more.
 
On the next Snap..."Overthrow." You give the big speech, lead the big charge, but can you take them down?
 
Singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb on how growing up as the child of an Oklahoma preacher inspired his music
 
Cathy FitzGerald considers what we can learn about the body by experiencing it through the senses of artists. Imagine you're experiencing the human body for the very first time. Look at the spiderweb of lines on a palm, the delicacy of the skin at the pulse-point on the wrist. Feel the squishy warmth of an ear lobe, the dry honeycomb of elbow s ...…
 
In this final mini series of interviews, we go for something different. Singer/songwriter Arlene Paculan has performed at Stories We Don’t Tell and been a friend of the event since the beginning. Paul goes on location with Arlene, talking with her about storytelling through music. We included the song Arlene played at Stories We Don’t Tell, and ...…
 
Where’s your episode? Where’s Lea? A short audio postcard from Denmark.
 
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Revisionist History
 
What happens when a terrorist has a change of heart? Revisionist History is presented by Chanel. Discover the story of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel on inside.chanel.com.
 
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The Monti Podcast
 
Episode #183: A chance encounter at a Whole Foods triggers a young woman to confront her body issues. Recorded live at our Confrontations show on Feruary 4, 2017 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
 
Liz Tynan explains how Australia became the toxic testing ground for Britain's nuclear program (R)
 
Indian Ayisha Falaq has been called a hero after saving her brother-in-law who had been taken hostage. Little did the captors know they were facing an award-winning shooter.Image and credit: Ayisha Falaq
 
Danielle Brooks of "Orange Is The New Black" on a daughter's discovery of her father's secret investigative skills. The target? Her boyfriends.
 
You can get a lot of things out of work. For some people, it's satisfaction; for others it's a headache. Then there are the people who go to work one day and find love.
 
Heather Havrilesky of NY Magazine’s “Ask Polly”digs into found notes and dishes advice. Plus, the improbable story of a teenage phone psychic.Subscribe to FOUND so you never miss an episode: www.smarturl.it/foundpThank you to our sponsors:Blue Apron - Get 3 meals free on your first order when you visit them here: www.blueapron.com/FoundZip Recr ...…
 
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Backseat Rider
 
What keeps you up at night? For most of this week's riders, the answer to this question is anxiety. But for a select few, the answers were extremely specific. Hear a man's terrifying account of surviving a plane crash, why one woman hides all the knives in her house, the saga of a self-described "painkiller junkie," and the important issue faci ...…
 
More Americans are taking on more debt than ever before to pay for higher education: 44 million Americans have $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. But when we asked you to tell us how you feel about your debt, hundreds and hundreds of you told us about the guilt, shame and isolation that surrounds your loans. Next week, we'll share your stories ...…
 
Bob Tait’s enduring love of aviation has launched thousands of pilots to the skies
 
A man embraces his father’s music; a new dad has a breakdown in the grocery store; a young father struggles with his emotions; a son flies to Ghana for his father’s funeral, a daughter reveals an embarrassing truth, and an uncle steps in to play an important role. Hosted by The Moth’s Artistic Director Catherine Burns. The Moth Radio Hour is pr ...…
 
Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching onWritten by Alex Blasdel and read by Andrew McGregor
 
Everyone thought the election was a foregone conclusion. They had no idea what was really going onWritten by Gary Younge and read by Andrew McGregor
 
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Documentary on One - RTÉ Documentaries
 
During troubled times of grief and sorrow, the undertaker's job is to put the family at ease, guide them through the funeral and help them say goodbye to their loved ones. What type of person goes into the burying business?
 
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Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
 
Ever wonder what it's like to be paid to secretly watch shoppers on camera? This week's caller works in the retail field of "loss prevention." He tells Gethard about the time he confronted a shoplifter and got punched in the face, and discusses how the American heroin epidemic is directly correlated with retail theft. Plus, Gethard hears a litt ...…
 
Erin Popelka, Thandi Davis and Tim C. share stories of a Japanese flasher, a Christian cult and couple of kids saved from sex trafficking.
 
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Earshot - ABC Radio National
 
Many of us have heard stories about the difficulty of coming out as a gay person. But how do their families experience the coming out process?
 
Amal Awad was her Arab-Australian family's only daughter. As a teenager, so much was 'haram', or forbidden. But later in life, she surprised everyone.
 
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