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.


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.
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
05/04/2017Alex 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.
05/09/2017 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.
05/09/2017This week, host Tavi Gevinson talks to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards about the work they are doing and challenges they face under this new administration, what she was like as a young activist, and how teens are a part of the fight to protect reproductive rights.. Rookie contributor Sandy Honig brings us a new Starter Pack: an intro to absurdist comedy. And Call Your Girlfriend co-host Aminatou Sow answers a question from a listener about homesickness.. Each week on the Rookie Podcast, we'll interview people we admire: artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, activists. We'll also spotlight the work of Rookie readers (now listeners!) and contributors. We'll discuss creativity, pop culture, feminism, activism, self-care, love, friendship, and more. --- Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tavitulle @rookiemag @mtvpodcasts  --- Find us at:  |  |
Wondering what an actual 16-year old thinks of Rookie? Here's a review from Madie, age 16: In the Rookie Podcast, Tavi has in-depth conversations with female powerhouses, such as Lorde and Ibithaj Muhammad, discussing everyday struggles of being a teen and the importance of self-care when things get tough. I found the topics very relatable, as Tavi is not afraid to dig into the deeper questions of what it really means to be a teenager in this day and age.
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
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.
03/22/20171978 set the record for most album sales with disco surpassing rock & roll for the first time ever. Industry insiders predicted the following year would continue to break sales records, but an economic downturn and a fierce anti-disco backlash proved their predictions false. This is the story of how disco became a four-letter-word.
This show is like listening to the audio of a high quality PBS documentary about music, with great use of songs and fascinating interviews. The two part series on the history of disco is superb, and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like disco.
02/21/2017In 1978, disco became the best selling music genre in the world. This is the story of how it arrived there.
This show is like listening to the audio of a high quality PBS documentary about music, with great use of songs and fascinating interviews. The two part series on the history of disco is superb, and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like disco.
This story is by one of my favorite producers, Sara Brooke Curtis, and published by one of my favorite podcasts, Rumble Strip by Erica Heilman. Curtis has a talent of editing audio into something so delicate but so powerful. Death and light surround this episode, featuring The Eventide Singers, a non-secular choir that sings to people who are ill, homebound, or actively dying. What a gift.
07/07/2014People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier. Up there with the ear-shaking voice of Adele, the desk dancingof Gogol Bordello, the stripped down version of Phoenix — not to mention magic moments with Alt-J, Angel Olsen andLucius and more — Moon Hooch blew me away with just two saxes and a drummer. Their music is a mix of the best jazz, EDM and rock have to offer. It's out there, it's danceable and you may find yourself feeling a sense of reckless abandon! The band is saxophonists Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler. They all studied in New York at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and every single moment of every song I've ever seen them perform has been full throttle. They call their music "cave music," taking the best elements of electronica — the brutal stops, starts and shifts — and performing those unnaturally precise hairpin turns organically by blowing on horns and banging on drums. This for the boldness in all of us. Embrace Moon Hooch.
This is the podcast version of the consistently great concerts performed in the middle of NPR's offices. If you haven't gone down a rabbit hole binging their videos, I highly recommend it, but the podcast is a surefire way to hear a unique performance from the most interesting artists around. This one from Moon Hooch is a classic, and I bet you'll be dancing to this brass band trio by the end of it (but your pets probably won't be fans).
04/20/2017One Direction wunderkind Harry Styles has just released his first ever single, "Sign of the Times," and it's a doozy. Strap in for a discussion of the apocalypse, late Beatles, teen wisdom, and the amen cadence—among other demons exorcised in this most peculiar pop tune.  Featuring: •Beethoven 5th Symphony - Scherzo •Harry Styles - Sign of the Times •Prince - Sign o' the Times •David Bowie - Space Oddity •Zayn Malik - Pillowtalk •Steve Aoki + Louis Tomlinson - Just Hold On •John Lennon - #9 Dream •George Harrison - All Things Must Pass •The Beatles - The End •British Pathe Broadcast •Meg Says YouTube Channel •Megan Elizabeth YouTube Channel
Switched on Pop does song breakdowns maybe better than anyone else. If you're not one of the many people crying over Harry Styles' new single, this episode will help explain his allure.
04/25/2017Special guests from the NPR Music team join All Songs Considered this week to share some of their favorite releases from April: 1. Shakey Graves: "Nobody's Fool," 2. Elliot Moss: "99," 3. Orgone: "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman," 4. The Mountain Goats: "Rain In Soho," 5. GAS: "Narkopop No. 4," 6. Trio Mediaeval: "Morgunstjarna," 7. The War On Drugs: "Thinking Of A Place
Switched on Pop and All Songs is where I get like 90% of my new music from. The newest one, with a mix of songs from Shakey Graves, Elliot Moss, and some offbeat intern music picks, is particularly good.
04/06/2017Why do four out of five dentists recommend Colgate? How many Americans really approve of Trump? This special episode is a two-parter: First, we talk to Prof. Dan Levitin, author of ‘Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era’, about some recent news stories and how to be skeptical of the statistics you see. Then, we bring you a surprise you won’t want to miss. It’s about deception, murder, and of course, ~science~. Credits: Ebay - Listen to Ebay's podcast Open For Business on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts Wordpress - go to to get 15% off a new website Hello Fresh - For $30 off your first week of meals go to and enter the promo code SCIENCEVS30 Our Sponsors: This episode has been produced by Austin Mitchell, Ben Kuebrich, Wendy Zukerman, Heather Rogers, and Shruti Ravindran. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. Our editor is Annie-Rose Strasser. Fact Checking by Ben Kuebrich. Sound engineering, music production and original scoring by Bobby Lord. The lemmings musical mega-mix was created by Austin Mitchell. Thanks to Dr. Malte Andersson, Dr. Anders Angerbjörn and Dr. Rolf Anker Ims. As well as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for the use of Cruel Camera.  Further Reading: Weaponized Lies by Prof. Dan Levitin A Theory on the Cause of Lemming Booms Linking Climate to Lemming Cycles
Literally just three separate stories about the Lemming-suicide myth that was perpetuated by a Disney documentary.
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New: Every Little Thing, from Gimlet, to replace the oddly-boring Surprisingly Awesome. Ironically, I actually would describe the first episode, Rapture Chasers, as, well, surprisingly awesome.
04/18/2017 In most wildlife films, the sounds you hear were not recorded while the cameras were rolling. Most filmmakers use long telephoto lenses to film animals, but there’s no sonic equivalent of a zoom lens. Good audio requires a microphone close to the source of the sound, which can be difficult and dangerous. And so many of the subtle movement sounds — a chimpanzee rustling through leaves, or a hippo squelching in the muck, or a lizard fleeing snakes — don’t come from animals at all. They’re made by Foley artists. Sound recordists and Foley artists go to great lengths to give us accurate and satisfying sounds. But both know that nature documentaries are not reality. As much as people want to believe it’s all real, nature documentaries are still movies, and they need a little movie magic just like any other film. Emmett FitzGerald reports. Sounds Natural Don’t forget: Radiotopia Live!
Literally just three separate stories about the Lemming-suicide myth that was perpetuated by a Disney documentary.