Best Storytelling podcasts (Updated July 2018; image)
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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
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Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, and dramatic radio. 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 Moth
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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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the memory palace
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Criminal
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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.
 
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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Death, Sex & Money
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Anna Sale explores the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation.
 
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RISK!
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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.
 
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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StoryCorps
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Stories of the human heart. 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.
 
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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Modern Love
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Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more. A collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times.
 
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Mystery Show
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A podcast about mysteries, hosted by Starlee Kine. From Gimlet.
 
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Heavyweight
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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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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. 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.
 
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Outlook
Daily
 
Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
The Guardian's Audio Long Reads podcasts are a selection of the Guardian’s long read articles which are published in the paper and online. It gives you the opportunity to get on with your day whilst listening to some of the finest journalism the Guardian has to offer: in-depth writing from around the world on immigration, crime, business, the arts and much more.
 
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Radio Diaries
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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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Ear Hustle
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Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.
 
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Conversations
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Spend an hour in someone else's life. '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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Dirty John
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Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.
 
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Dear Sugars
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The universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. The Sugars are here, 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. Send your letters to dearsugars@nytimes.com.
 
An intimate journey into the hidden lives of ordinary people. Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells.
 
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Seriously...
Weekly
 
A rich selection of documentaries aimed at relentlessly curious minds, introduced by Rhianna Dhillon.
 
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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Short Cuts
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Short documentaries and adventures in sound presented by Josie Long
 
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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
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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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UnFictional
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Unbelievably true stories of chance encounters that changed the world. A pair of mail-order shoes that led to the film The Outsiders. A secret road to a California paradise. The day LA and smog first met. Stories that will stick in your head like a...
 
Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
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This is Love
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From the makers of the award-winning podcast Criminal, This is Love investigates life’s most persistent mystery. Stories of sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we bet everything on each other.
 
Join bestselling author Jon Ronson as he traces a very strange butterfly effect. A teen in Brussels had an idea – to make porn free and easy to stream online. The consequences of that idea are mysterious, delightful, surprising, and sad. This 7-part series takes you on a journey to places you’ll never expect.
 
You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.
 
Tell The Bartender is a storytelling podcast hosted by Katharine Heller
 
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The Habitat
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On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries ...
 
Jo and Simon hear listeners' shameful secrets, including ones that were too shocking for radio! Plus more from the Parish Notice Board and another Confessions From The Crypt.
 
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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 ...
 
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 ...
 
Through first person, short format storytelling with no commentary, This Is Actually Happening probes the chaotic interiors of the human experience as we find out what happens when everything changes. If you'd like to donate to the show, go to patreon.com/happening
 
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The Blue Expat
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There are many Vietnamese living outside of their countries, hence there is a need to connect them and let their stories be told. The Blue expat connects with Vietnamese expats and interview them on different topics. From this show, not only the expats can share their experiences and sympathy but also people living in Vietnam will have more realistic picture of lives of Vietnamese expats. Nơi những kinh nghiệm được chia sẻ, những câu chuyện xung quanh cuộc sống của người Việt Nam khi ở nước ...
 
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That Story Show
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That Story Show is a family-friendly clean-comedy podcast that shares funny real-life stories from listeners all over the world. Join hosts James Kennison and John Steinklauber and laugh along every week. Formerly known as Nobody's Listening
 
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Home of the Brave
Monthly
 
Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.
 
Remembering the good, the bad, and the awkward parts of growing up
 
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Making Obama
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Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. Season One of Making told the story of how Oprah built a media empire. Now, the story of how Chicago shaped the country's first African-American president.
 
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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.
 
Earshot presents documentaries about people, places, stories and ideas, in all their diversity.
 
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Family Ghosts
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Every house is haunted. In each episode of “Family Ghosts,” we'll investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace...these specters cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. But we are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with each oth ...
 
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Dan is a member of Debtors Anonymous. His path to fiscal sobriety came after many years of spending more money than he had, and earning less than he needed on which to live. As an actor, Dan had trouble earning a decent living while hoping for his big break in Los Angeles. He would borrow money in order to live as he wished. Dan wound up homele ...…
 
Today's guest talks about her lack of impulse control, harm thoughts, and OCD. She takes us down a path where she was on the brink of causing great harm to her fellow students. This episode will give listeners some insight into the Aurora shooter, Chardon HS shooting, and Parkland. We discuss things that can go right and wrong in the prevention ...…
 
Nelly Ben Or is a successful concert pianist born in Poland but behind her beautiful playing lies a past full of persecution and terror. She spent years on the run from the Nazi regime during the Holocaust but grabbed brief moments of joy whenever she could find a piano. Presenter: Saskia Edwards Image: Nelly Ben Or at the piano Credit: Nelly B ...…
 
When it comes to love, money is supposed to be no object. But there’s no disentangling love from anything in our lives, and income is no exception. So how do you assess the role money should play in a relationship, and what happens when your desires and means change over time? In today’s rapid-fire episode, the Sugars answer five letters from p ...…
 
From an early age Kate thought being an alcoholic and junkie were cool. Her first drink was at a Saint Patrick’s Day family gathering at the age of 13 or 14. By 16, Kate started snorting and smoking heroin and fell in love with it immediately. After a couple stints in rehab, Kate received what she calls “the gift of desperation” and got clean a ...…
 
John Gray argues that in the Brexit debate, few Remainers seem to have noticed the illiberal and fragmented Europe that has recently come into being. "Illiberal forces are advancing across the European continent", he writes, with hard right politics strengthening their hold in many countries. He says the idea that staying in the European Union ...…
 
Producer Brian Gallagher explores the ever-changing face of Irish society
 
Producer Brian Gallagher explores the ever-changing face of Irish society
 
A documentary exploring the experiences of seven Irish transgender people, in their own words. Produced by Maurice Kelliher and Shaun O’Boyle (aka Bureau)
 
A documentary exploring the experiences of seven Irish transgender people, in their own words. Produced by Maurice Kelliher and Shaun O’Boyle (aka Bureau)
 
Joan seeks forgiveness in ‘Empire Fete of Mind’, M spills his story ‘Sign of the Crimes’ and Kath shares her cycling confession ‘You’ve Placed a Hill in My Heart’, plus you'll hear Anoymous’ sausage story called ‘Come Fly with Me’. In this week's Confession from the Crypt we relive Mark’s hilarious underground prank, plus there's also a chance ...…
 
Jonathan Santlofer's tragedy has unexpected benefits. Bob Khosravi's wit and a war of words bridges a cultural divide. Storytellers: Jonathan Santlofer & Bob Khosravi Hosted by Dan Kennedy For more information about Jonathan Santlofer, his books, and events visit JonathanSantlofer.com Sponsored by: www.rocketmortgage.com/Moth www.squarespace.co ...…
 
Why are the Japanese having less sex? Chie Kobayashi and Ruth Evans investigate.Kunio Kitamura, the head of Japan's family planning association is worried he may soon be out of a job. The birth rate, condom use, the pill, abortions and sexually transmitted diseases are all declining. He says, "The only explanation is that Japanese people are ha ...…
 
When the people of Flint, Michigan, complained that their tap water smelled bad and made children sick, it took officials 18 months to accept there was a problem • Read the text version here
 
Not long into his job as prison superintendent, Frank Thompson was asked to write the manual on lethal injection for the state of Oregon. Capital punishment had not been implemented in more than 30 years, and no one knew how to do it. Frank had to travel around the country learning how other states do it, and he asked his staff to practice. The ...…
 
The documentary "Far From the Tree," based on the award-winning book by Andrew Solomon, explores the dynamics in families when kids turn out different from their parents' expectations. Filmmaker Rachel Dretzin profiles families encountering cases of Down's Syndrome, autism, dwarfism and incarceration. — Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen For mo ...…
 
Adam’s mother was an alcoholic. At 13 he started manipulating her to buy alcohol for him. When Adam was 19 he had to make the most difficult decision of his life after his mother had an accident and went into a comma: he had to sole responsibility of taking her off of life-support. After his mother’s death, Adam drank with even more intensity t ...…
 
Major Paul Moulds and his calling to ‘run a rescue shop within a yard of hell’
 
When Cait Harris' dad said he was worried about her, she realised she was too.
 
In 2009, Jane Gillooly came across an item on Ebay that piqued her imagination. The picture was of a suitcase filled with old audiotapes. The listing’s title was “Suitcase of Love and Shame.” You can purchase Jane’s feature-length documentary film, Suitcase of Love and Shame, on iTunes and learn more about it at Cinemaguild.…
 
In April this year Rodrigo Koxa broke a surfing world record after he surfed a wave 24 metres high, or 80 feet. As high as your average 8 storey building. And to cap it all, it was on the same beach where three years before he'd nearly been killed by a wave.Image: Rodrigo KoxaCredit: Francisco Leong/Getty Images…
 
The one song The King couldn’t sing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
 
Sarah believes she was born an alcoholic because alcoholism runs in her family. The second time she drank she blacked out. Sarah says she was suicidal since she started drinking at the age of 16. Within 4 years of drinking, Sarah hit bottom and with the help of a school councilor she attended her very first AA meeting and has been sober for ove ...…
 
Jay Ludowyke has traced the story of RMS Carpathia, from Titanic rescue mission to the bottom of the ocean
 
A gay family story with a twist.Gay couples John and Charlie, and Ruth and Betty hit some very modern day family dilemmas.
 
100 years ago today an icon was born. We've been talking to people intimately connected with the human rights crusader.Ndileka Mandela is Nelson Mandela's eldest granddaughter. Because her own father died when she was four years old, she saw Mandela as a father figure. She remembers getting to know him while he was imprisoned on Robben Island. ...…
 
The Riverchapel Ladies Group go on a Golden Years holiday to Westport, Co. Mayo. They dance, pray, sing, give out about each other and the hotel, post stuff on Facebook, hold starfish, keep each other company and chase the latest toy craze. Nathan is a young man with dreadlocks who Just before Christmas one year, decided to go with them…
 
Twenty years ago 2 gay couples met by chance in Sydney. Betty and Ruth wanted to have children, so did Charlie and John. But the boys didn't just want to be sperm donors, they wanted a family.Producer Ros Bluett tracks the foursome over the next 2 decades, as their unconventional family plan hatches
 
This week Nora wants you to listen to an amazing podcast called Forever35. Kate Spencer and Doree Shafrir talk about self-care and how to get some in their (and your) lives. On this episode, they also talk to an up-and-comer named Nora McInerny. Nora talks about dealing with tragedy, how to actually help people who are grieving, and the many jo ...…
 
Justin’s drinking and drug use started increasing during college where he established himself as “the party guy”. A week-long binge on LSD led him to his first psych ward and treatment center. Eventually Justin was arrested and kicked out of school three times, which led him to a 3-month outpatient treatment center and sobriety in Alcoholics An ...…
 
Sarah Percy explains the history and motivations of unconventional combatants (R)
 
Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old this week. And we’re marking the anniversary by bringing you our documentary, Mandela: An Audio History. This award-winning series chronicles the struggle against apartheid through intimate first-person accounts of Nelson Mandela himself, as well as those who fought with him, and against him. ******* ...…
 
Novelist Walter Mosley examines the power of language to break and form bonds; an artist connects with her father when he sends her coins he finds on the street; a woman describes her harrowing rape and pursuit of stability; and an actor proposes marriage, but waits a long, long time for an answer. Hosted by The Moth's Executive Producer, Sarah ...…
 
Aspen Matis decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail because she was looking for solitude, safety, and escape. She writes about what she found there in her essay, read by actor and comic Cameron Esposito.
 
One round the world sailing race, ten years of preparation and 48 hours stranded in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean. A dramatic tale of adventure, disaster and unexpected friendship as an Englishman and a Frenchman attempt one of the most difficult physical feats...and nature intervenes.Presenter: Datshiane NavanayagamImage: (L) Raphaël Di ...…
 
A doula is someone who helps support a mother-to-be, and prepares her for what's to come. Henry Fersko-Weiss wondered why people who are dying don't get the same kind of support. So he came up with the idea of an end-of-life doula, and now trains people in the United States and elsewhere. He's helped thousands in their last moments. His organis ...…
 
Journalist and author Jonathan Freedland looks at how journalists and newspapers have been depicted in fiction from the advent of the mass popular press to the present day, examining the changing public image of the fourth estate and its practitioners.Why did Edwardian novelists portray journalists as swashbuckling, truth-seeking heroes, but po ...…
 
From papal stools to singing priests to a youth mass, all part of the papal visit to Ireland in 1979. This documentary celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul’s visit to Ireland. Over 2.5 million people attended seven events over two and half days. The visit marked the centenary of the reputed apparitions at the Shrine of Knock.…
 
Victoria Dym, Michael Soviero and Lucy Linden share stories about a sexual predator, a suicidal journey and a mother's struggle with alcohol.
 
In a few days, this caller will turn herself over to federal authorities and begin a multi-year prison sentence. She tells Geth about how she ended up with a federal indictment, getting sober and all the fast food she’ll be eating before turning herself in. This episode is brought to you by Halo Top (www.halotop.com), Talkspace (www.talkspace.c ...…
 
In this very special Roundtable Discussion, we hear from young people in recovery who have already spoken on Steppin’ Out Radio, but now discussing such topics as what to expect when you first enter a 12-step meeting, getting a sponsor, the Twelve Steps, and having fun in sobriety. Click to Play
 
Lech Blaine grew up in a large family of foster siblings. When he was ten years old, his childhood ended suddenly (R)
 
Liliane Lijn explores the work of postwar French artist Yves Klein, famous for patenting ultramarine blue and jumping from a window in the suburbs of Paris. Leap into the Void!
 
Carlos Cano was part of a right-wing Colombian paramilitary group called the AUC, an armed organisation which was accused of numerous war crimes during its long fight against left-wing Farc guerillas. He was eventually caught in an ambush by the authorities, and while imprisoned he decided to start working towards reconciliation. Carlos is now ...…
 
A term that was derided and abandoned a decade ago has come roaring back to life • Read the text version here
 
Grace Dent follows Jade, a games designer with autism. She's heading to a world famous games festival in New York. Can she navigate her condition and make the trip a success?Coming to the end of University, Jade is determined to build herself a career in the gaming industry. In the games she designs, players are immersed in a simulation of Jade ...…
 
Matt pulls pranks, Yasmina visits Rome, Janna reads her personal mission statement, and much more. Recorded live at The Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa. Show notes Support GRTTWaK. Become a patron. Photos from our Ottawa event Rate or review GRTTWaK in iTunes Join the email newsletter Upcoming live events Music by Podington Bear and Lullatone Closi ...…
 
Complete with feather boa, Nickoleta grew up idolizing glamorous actresses in older movies. Nickoleta’s drinking didn’t start until college, but looking back she can see how her characteristics led up to her becoming an alcoholic even before she started drinking. Within a few years of drinking, and just beginning to experience blackouts, she cr ...…
 
After a chance encounter with a ghost from her past, Elizabeth Mora is forced to confront a decade old question: did coming to Australia break or save her family? As she reconciles her parents’ complicated love story, Elizabeth’s capacity for forgiveness is put to the test.
 
Aminata Conteh-Biger was kidnapped during the Sierra Leone Civil War, and endured months of terror at the hands of rebel soldiers.
 
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