Bello Collective

The goal of the Bello Collective is to bring together writers, journalists, and other voices who share a passion for the world of audio storytelling.

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05/12/2017After breaking his back, doctors told Gary Havener he would never walk again. So…he decided to run.
How do you work through the pain of depression and loss? This is the story of one man’s struggle to do just that.
05/30/2017 Eddie and Mary Helen live in Chattanooga, Tenn. — a city, like many in the country, that still feels the effects of segregation. They started examining their hometown through the lens of race and ended up throwing a party. Credits: Edited by Emily Siner, Mack Linebaugh and Anita Bugg. Production assistance by Caleb Shiver. Music by Podington Bear, Chris Zabriskie, and Jason Goforth
Segregation is a huge, complicated issue in the United States—one that no individual can overcome alone. But small actions can shift the tide, and sometimes those tide-shifting actions come in the form of a party. This is one of those times.
05/17/2017Most people think of Twin Peaks as a place in their imaginations or on TV. But the show caused an identity crisis for the folks living in the towns where Twin Peaks was filmed. Kyle Twede, who owns Twede's Cafe which was a major location on the show, has to walk the line between being a real place and an imaginary one that caters to tourists. Dana Hubanks thinks David Lynch did capture something authentically dark about her hometown. And Cristie Coffing says whether the show captured the area is less important than the fact that it brought in a steady influx of tourists. But none of them were as disturbed by the show as Harry "Buzz" Teter. Not only did his hometown of Twin Peaks, CA resemble its TV counterpart -- but his late girlfriend shared many similarities with Laura Palmer, including her tragic fate.
Which is the real Twin Peaks: The town where the iconic 1990s TV show was filmed, or the place whose history is eerily similar to the show’s storyline? I’ve never watched Twin Peaks, but having heard this episode, I have questions (and theories).
05/26/2017We celebrate our 15th birthday by surprising Jad and Robert with a look back at when “Radiolab” was just that: a lab for experimenting with radio.   
Radiolab's retrospective episodes usually feel a little... lacking, but this one is worth it. In honor of the 15th birthday/anniversary of Radiolab, they dig up the tape from the very first show (hint: still pretty impressive).
05/25/2017We want YOU to help #SavetheNEH. If Congress passes this budget, the National Endowment for the Humanities will be eliminated in 2018. What do we, as a society, stand to lose for savings of a mere .006% of the federal budget? Liz interviews Xine about the devastating impact this would have on the cultural, historical, artistic, and ethical lives of communities of every size everywhere in the US. The PhDivas share the specifics of the "human" in the "humanities." Xine put out a call for stories from academics who received funding from the NEH -- and in less than 24 hours, received an overwhelming response. We try to do justice to these stories from scholars from every rank and institution who wrote in about their innovative NEH-funded research, teaching, and archival projects. This work has directly and indirectly contributed to mentoring and training, the lives and concerns of local and international communities, and the public understanding of everything from historical and present sciences to media to immigration to personal artistic practices. We end with recommendations on how to TAKE ACTION. National Humanities Alliance on what you can do: http://www.nhalliance.org/take_action Interactive visualization of NEH impact created by CUNY Digital Fellows: https://digitalfellows.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2017/04/04/visualizing-neh-open-data/ Many thanks to those who responded to our call on social media and on the C19 Americanists listserv. We did our best to represent your work and to pronounce names properly! In no particular order, thanks to Jonathan Senchyne, Rose Casey, Catherine Gouge, Kevin Modestino, Sandra Petrulionus, Edlie Wong, Anne Boyd Rioux, Lucinda Damon-Bach, Stephanie Ann Smith, Ellen Gruber Garvey, Phyllis Weliver, Hsuan Hsu, Michelle Tong, Linda Luu, Seth Perlow, Dana Luciano, Katy Chiles, Michele Currie Navakas, Peter Reed, Evan Cortens, Matt Fellion. And special thanks to Jennie Row and Brittany Pladek who first brought Xine's attention to the NEH Appropriations report.
This show will be especially of interest to those in academia, but it;s going to be a relatable listen to anyone who has ever been in graduate school of all fields. This episode particularly spoke to me, since the job I just finished was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and I’ve been keeping an eye (and calling my legislators) on budgets that cut it. Save the NEH! And the NEA, and the NIH, and the CPB, and, and, and, and ….
05/24/2017Hillary Frank of The Longest Shortest Time. Jonathan Menjivar of This American Life. You know their voices. You love their work. But did you know they are ALSO mash-up married? Hillary, a Russian-Jewish-American Mash-Up, and Jonathan, a Mexican-Salvadoran-American Mash-Up, joined Rebecca and Amy in the studio for their first-ever interview as a couple. We talked parenting, chanclas, Gael Garcia Bernal, latkes, and what it feels like when your insides don’t match your outside. Mash-Up HQ: Where America Goes For Therapy.
Hillary Frank, host of The Longest Shortest Time and Jonathan Menjivar, producer on This American Life, discuss marriage, cultural heritage, and parenting their daughter, Sasha.
12/30/2016This episode we look at a high profile sporting event where, thanks to a quirk in the tournament rules, the best shot at winning was … to lose. 
Radiolab’s foray into sports delves into a curious spectacle that occurred during in a 2012 Summer Olympic badminton match. It takes the Radiolab approach (interrupted interviews and all) to sports reporting and asks some large questions about the nature of competition.
05/12/2017 Yoga enthusiast, expert and internationally recognized teacher Jessamyn Stanley breaks all the stereotypes of a yogi. Nerdette’s Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda sat down with Stanley to talk about her new book, Every Body Yoga; how yoga is for everyone (and not just the models drinking coconut water in the Lululemon ads); and why yoga is more than just a way to burn calories.
Just this past Sunday, my yoga instructor interrupted our usual meditations + poses to sit down and talk about inclusivity, exclusivity, spiritual bypassing, and social justice. It was a great conversation to have with the people I practice yoga with every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, but we all saw the limitations too: our yoga instructor is wonderful woman who focuses on making your practice your own but she’s also an athletic, lean, tan, blonde, financially stable white woman. I had just listened to this episode with Jessamyn Stanley, a body positivity yogi who recently wrote Every Body Yoga. Jessamyn said loud and clear all of the things that can make me feel uncomfortable about practicing but she also said all the things that can make me feel so damn good about practicing. Her message was full in my head while we sat on our mats this Sunday. PS: Also give a listen to Helen Zaltzman and Hrishikesh Hirway to forever re-evaluate saying Namaste, on the Allusionist.
02/14/2015 Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds examine Lenny Dykstra Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thedollop   EPISODE SOURCES
In this very NSFW episode of the comedy-history podcast, The Dollop. Gareth and Dave tell the story of troubled pro-athlete Lenny Dykstra with humor and wit. It’s a surprising, twisty-turny true story that isn’t always happy but will leave you laughing pretty hard.
05/25/2017 A year ago, I launched the first of a three-part series about starting a new kind of podcast company. Then I went silent. This is long-delayed follow up, a story I’m almost reluctant to tell, about what it’s like to walk the fine line between an ambitious dream and a delusion. Support Anxious Machine on Patreon Subscribe (or write a review) in iTunes Links: Radio North The Zoo The Heard Music: CGI Snake by Chris Zabriskie Divider by Chris Zabriskie The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow by Chris Zabriskie Heavy Flutter by Podington Bear gaël by johnny_ripper Cylinder Two by Chris Zabriskie Respiration by Podington Bear Massive by Podington Bear Tea Tea Tea by johnny_ripper I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie Take off and Shoot a Zero by Chris Zabriskie The House Glows (with Almost No Help) by Chris Zabriskie Another Version of You by Chris Zabriskie
I often hear podcasters talk about the importance of consistent release schedules. While I appreciate knowing which shows drop on which day of the week, I waited a year for this episode and it was worth every minute.
05/08/2017Buddy Cianci was once a crusading prosecutor who took on the mob. Now, he’s behind bars. For the mayor of any other city, this would be the end of the road. But Buddy isn’t any other mayor. And Providence isn’t any other city. For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
The first season is over and I have been really impressed. The fact that they started in Providence, Rhode Island rather than in one of the bigger, more prominent cities makes it somehow more intimate and real. The final episode ties together all of the parts and sums up the story in a tidy bow.
05/04/2017Alex agreed to let PJ hack his phone, giving him 24/7 uninterrupted surveillance over his life. This week, everything you can learn about someone who completely surrenders their privacy.
In a weirdly charming episode, Alex lets PJ hack his phone, in an exercise to see how hard it would be to hack the same phone Trump uses (hint: not hard). He uncovers sweet family moments, creepy alone-in-car-laughing, and white-hat hackers in the process.
05/08/2017In 1972, Maureen and Tony Wheeler bought a beat-up car and drove from London "as far east as we could go." They wound up in Australia, by way of Afghanistan, India and Thailand. Their notes on how to travel on a shoestring became a book, which grew into Lonely Planet — the largest travel guide publisher in the world. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," how 15-year-old Michael Mendicino, with help from his mom, took a teenage trend and turned it into a board game called Bottle Flip.
NPR's How I Built This chats with the founders of Lonely Planet
05/09/2017 The city of Olathe, Kansas, has been shaken since February, when a man gunned down two Indian immigrants in a bar there. Witnesses say the shooter yelled,  “Go back to your country!It was the first hate-crime killing after the 2016 presidential election. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal traveled to Kansas to speak with members of the Indian community about how they’re dealing with the deaths, and with their changing status in America. Indian Americans enjoy the highest household income of any ethnic group in America. Their socioeconomic success and status as a ‘model minority’ has increasingly been reflected in American popular culture, as well as Bollywood films, and has played into arguments that America is a meritocracy, rather than one defined by white supremacy. But increasingly, members of the community argue that their wealth will not insulate them from racial bigotry.   We hear from Professor Raj Bhala, a specialist in international law who is half-Indian and half-Scottish, along with his wife Kara, a Chinese-American woman from Malaysia. The couple is dreading July 1, when a law allowing the concealed carry of weapons on college campuses goes into effect. Kara Tan Bhala even wrote her U.S. Senators and congresswoman about concerns for her husband's safety. The congresswoman, the only one to reply, sent a defense of the Second Amendment. “It just made me feel as if my voice wasn't being heard in a very conservative state and that perhaps it was time to just take a break from the country and come back when things get better," Tan Bhala said. "I know things go in cycles so the pendulum has swung really one way to quite an extreme. We're waiting for it to swing slowly back.” But for the first time since the couple arrived in 2003, they are seriously considering leaving the state — and the country.  Episode Contributors: Kai Wright Arun Venugopal Karen Frillmann Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
United States of Anxiety is back for season two: Culture Wars. This season starts in Kansas, where Arun Venugopal talks to Indian-Americans about race and racism in the aftermath of the February shooting that targeted three south Asian men, killing one.
05/06/2017Some police departments are embracing a set of tactics designed to reduce the use of force – and prevent police shootings. Rather than rushing in aggressively, officers back off, wait out people in crisis and use words instead of weapons. But this training isn’t required in most states. Reveal teams up with APM Reports and … Continue reading What cops aren’t learning
Two of the best investigative groups in audio, Reveal and APM Reports, teamed up for this look into the benefits of police de-escalation training and why so few police forces require it. It’s rare that an episode about police violence leaves me not just sad about a problem but enthusiastic about an answer.