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09/12/2016Two comedians, each with their own popular podcast, fall in love. And while recording their shows, they inadvertently capture the many ups and downs of their relationship. Episode #27 features clips from the following shows (please go to our website for links to the shows): This Feels Terrible with Erin McGathy Harmontown with Dan Harmon The Facts Special thanks to Erin McGathy, Dan Harmon, Dustin Marshall and Feral Audio. This episode was produced by Sarah Abdurrahman, Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Rose Reid and Brittany Luse. It was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney. Our theme music was made by Micah Vellian and our ad music was made by Mark Phillips. Additional music written by Cobey Bienert. This Feels Terrible’s theme is by The Fancy. The show was mixed by Haley Shaw and Matthew Boll. Sampler is a production of Gimlet Media. Our Sponsor Blue Apron – Delivering all the fresh ingredients you need to create home-cooked meals. Click now to get your first two meals for free.
Sampler's premise -- discussing other podcasts -- was a bit too inside baseball for mass listeners, so it wasn't all that surprising that Gimlet killed it. "This Feels Terrible," however, is a fun 40 minutes for everyone. The episode features clips from two comedians and their podcasts, Erin McGathy of This Feels Terrible and Dan Harmon from Harmontown, as they meet each other, fall in love, take that love on tour, and see how their relationship and respective podcasts fare through all those fights and feelings. The result provokes the audience to question how and why they take sides or feel loyal to certain partners when they watch other couples fight. Even though it feels impolite to gawk at the particulars of McGathy and Harmon's relationship, they took their exhibitionism to its logical extension, so we might as well have a look.
10/25/2016Galit was Jonathan’s first girlfriend. When she dumped him, he cried a lot and then locked away his emotional vulnerability in a safe for the next several decades. In this episode, Galit sends Jonathan a Facebook message asking if he’d like to meet up. Our Sponsors Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “HEAVYWEIGHT” to get 10% off your first purchase. Wealthsimple – Investing made easy. Get your first $10,000 managed for free. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Chris Neary and Kalila Holt. Our senior producer is Wendy Dorr. Editing by Alex Blumberg, Paul Tough, and Jorge Just. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Stevie Lane, John K Samson, and Jackie Cohen.  The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.  Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by Frisco J, Y La Bamba, Keen Collective, Hew Time, Sam Kogon, and Katie Mullins. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
This episode of this year's breakout podcast is about first love, a phenomenon that scars us all. At least, that's how it went for host Jonathan Goldstein, who combs through his own past for answers about how his first changed him. The story showcases more of its host than other episodes in the series, but Goldstein's charming detours and silly anecdotes buoy the journey and remind us to consider our own firsts, too. Despite how deep and complicated the tale is at times, it has the exact density you want in a podcast -- just the right amounts of vulnerability, tension, humor, depth, and analysis.
03/01/2016 The personal story of a terrible crime and its social consequences. Produced by Samantha Broun and Jay Allison. The post A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, And My Mother appeared first on Transom.
This American Life scooped us by repurposing this sublime episode of Transom and releasing it in early December. For good reason: "A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, and My Mother" covers the two decades since a felon named Reginald McFadden -- whose life sentence had been commuted prior to the crime -- committed a violent sexual assault. For producer Samantha Broun, the story is personal: Her mother was the victim, and Samantha later testified before Pennsylvania lawmakers to keep lifers in prison. In this comprehensive, engrossing hour, Broun confronts one act of evil that changed a gubernatorial race and scarred the Pennsylvania legal system, as well as her mother, who finally gets a chance to speak out about the crime here. While all that alone would make for a riveting podcast, Broun's talents as a producer expertly meld the details of the crime with her role in its aftermath to transcend the true-crime genre.
02/25/2016In the new year, I decided to pack up my life and move across the country, leaving my old home in Brooklyn for my new home in Los Angeles. At the same time, producer Sara Brooke Curtis was leaving her home in San Francisco for the northeast. We decided to keep track of our changing cities and changing lives through sound, through observation of the world around us. We wrote down our thoughts. We pressed record as things happened. We tucked away our favorite moments. And when we’d arrived at our destinations, we took our two stories and made them one chapters of the same book. Do you know that feeling you get when you’re about to leave a place? That clarity? Like you’re seeing it all for the first time. That all the sounds and sights that blended into the background of your life before, are now powerful and in your face? Today on ARRVLS we want you to put your headphones in. Go for a walk. And join us.
Found sound is not something you often hear in podcasting because, well, random noises strung together test listeners' patience. Against all odds, ARRVLS host Jonathan Hirsch and producer Sara Brooke Curtis recorded the sounds they heard as they moved across the country -- him from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, her from San Francisco to Beacon, New York -- and published them as a show. The effect is both a love letter to their new and old environments and an expression of hyper-awareness that evokes the same feeling as a great poem. When you listen, take the advice Hirsch gives in "Movements" at the start of the show: Put in your earbuds and go for a walk.
12/07/2016From NPR intern to the creator, host, and Executive Producer of This American Life, Michael talks to Ira Glass.
Every installment of Michael Ian Black's interview show is laced with a tiny nugget of irony: The comedian believes himself to have been on the verge of amazing for far too long, and expresses as much through perfectly self-deprecating jokes. Unlike other interviewers, Black crafts generous intros for his guests, which he delivers at the top of the hour. And he continues with the questions that most interest him about his guests, none of which can be answered through Google. His show with Ira Glass, the godfather of modern-day podcasting, is amazing meta-commentary delivered by two amazing people.
11/14/2016 Lin-Manuel Miranda is not only the creator of Hamilton and In The Heights, he's also a long-time WTFer. So he's well prepared to get into everything with Marc during a visit to the garage, including his multicultural upbringing, his early exposure to both hip hop and musical theater, his reasons for making Hamilton, and what "Weird Al" Yankovic has to do with all of it. This episode is sponsored by MeUndies, Sonos,, and Audible.
Marc Maron's conversation with the Hamilton creator paints the portrait of a relentless young artist. Miranda has all the goods that Maron likes -- a New York upbringing (including local government ties), gentrification stories, strong opinions about politics, and an encyclopedic knowledge of his craft. Miranda doesn't shy away from performing, either, and the sweetness and joy it brings out of Maron is a rare treat. You'd think they were talking about their favorite music instead of the state of the union -- though they do get into music, too, especially hip-hop. Even when the topics take a dour turn, the mood never does.
10/13/2016To reach a port, we must set sail.
A good internet story follows a meme around like a good detective novel chases after a lead -- or at least that's how Reply All hosts Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt see it. In this case, a picture of a guy sitting on a bed next to two young women and drinking a Miller Lite went viral. People projected all kinds of sadness and loserdom on him, and he even got a nickname: Wayne. So Goldman and Vogt do what they do: try to find Wayne and entertain you. "Boy in Photo" is a cliffhanger that wraps up in one episode and a giant billboard for the adventure that is Reply All, a show that reports on stories sprung from message boards and birthed in Photoshop.
06/01/2016Majd Abdulghani is a teenager living in Saudi Arabia, one of the most restrictive countries for women in the world. She wants to be a scientist. Her family wants to arrange her marriage. From the age of 19 to 21, Majd has been chronicling her life with a microphone, taking us inside a society where the voices of women are rarely heard. She records herself practicing karate, conducting experiments in a genetics lab, and fending off pressure to accept an arranged marriage. In her audio diary, Majd documents everything from arguments with her brother about how much she should cover herself in front of men, to late night thoughts about loneliness, arranged marriages, and the possibility of true love.
Radio Diaries has a unique way of collecting stories: asking the subject to record, diary-style, his or her own narrative. "Majd's Diary" exemplifies the virtues of this approach, capturing two years of teenager Majd Abdulghani's life in Saudi Arabia, where she yearns to be a scientist and earn a PhD but the trappings of an arranged marriage and restrictions placed on women threaten to derail her plans. Paced with the frenetic energy of youth, "Majd's Diary" maneuvers the battle lines of gender roles in a country not known for its generosity toward women, but because it's told in Majd's buoyant, determined voice, the cultural forces swirling around her appear to be nothing more than a small impediment en route to gender-defying successes.
09/27/2016Dan Rassier now wishes he'd insisted that police search his family's St. Joseph farm top to bottom the night Jacob Wetterling was abducted. That way, they would have known there was nothing to find. And it would have been harder for them to come back 21 years later to search with backhoes and declare him a "person of interest" in the case.
This new series revisits the investigation into the disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, a Minnesotan boy who was abducted at age 11 in 1989. It's shaped up to be required listening, as In the Dark finds its toehold as a critique of law enforcement. In this standout episode, host Madeleine Baran profiles Dan Rassier, who was wrongly identified as a "person of interest" in Wetterling's kidnapping and has been forced to deal with the harsh judgments of those who believe he is guilty. The episode's finest moment occurs when Baran challenges the sheriff who was hell-bent on pursuing Wetterling, in an interview about his handling of the case. In this episode, a whole community unravels.
08/29/2016In today’s episode, we meet a young woman from Texas, born and raised, who can’t prove that she exists.
Faith Pennington grew up homeschooled with her brothers and sisters on a rustic farm in Kerrville, Texas. Born to midwives sworn to keep her birth a secret, she reached maturity without any legal identity and a censored dose of TV, internet, music, and books. "The Girl Who Doesn't Exist" draws suspense from how Faith copes with her anonymity and where it leads her. Radiolab interviews people who see her existence on the family plot as the purest gift imaginable -- an idyllic, government intervention-free life -- to make sense of why her parents go to such lengths to shelter their children. Lacking a birth certificate means Faith can't go to college or get a driver's license, but she doesn't have to pay taxes either. In "The Girl Who Doesn't Exist," it's impossible to pin anyone down to your personal definition of freedom.
10/28/2016 Ashley’s husband, Corey, is accused of the worst thing imaginable. What follows sends the family on an ever darkening journey, swinging between answers, hypotheses, emotions, and, ultimately, the truth. This story is not appropriate for children.
Fans of Strangers have come to rely on host Lea Thau's voice to untangle emotion from a narrative. She has the remarkable power to take any story -- whether it's about heartbreak or an organ transplant -- and personalize it for the listener until there is almost no gap between you and the people in the episode. However, in "The Truth," the story of what happened after a single mother named Ashley fell in love, Thau leaves you alone with the worst grief imaginable. There is no hand-holding for what happens to Ashley and her daughters, just the spareness of someone you love committing unthinkable crimes.
03/11/2016How an outsider became the vanguard of a movement that made everything about debate debatable.
Debatable starts off sounding like a mind-numbing academic piece without any of the entertainment longtime listeners of Radiolab have come to expect. Turns out, it's a fair price to pay to set up a story that, 15 minutes in, has you rooting for the underdogs among high school and college debate-team kids whose words convey issues of race and privilege in our culture at large. The white kids can't see past their own rules of decorum and don't feel they're doing anything wrong, while the black kids' expression of alienation ends up alienating everyone else. You'll find yourself shaken up by how often progress can also mean destroying what came before it, but also ready to debate anyone who says tradition is more important than inclusion.
01/25/2016The economically depressed city of Flint, Michigan, is making headlines across the country because there’s something in its water that shouldn’t be there. You may have heard about the problems in Flint: about how the tap water can be brownish, stinky, funny-tasting. After denying there was a problem for more than a year, state and city officials finally admitted it – there was too much lead in the water. On this hour of Reveal, you’re going to hear the whole story of how people in Flint went from trusting their tap water to fearing it. And thanks to Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith, who produced an incredible documentary called “Not Safe to Drink,” we dive right in.
Through impressive investigative journalism, Reveal promotes social change with its in-depth, hour-long podcasts. This episode focuses on ordinary families like the Walters in Flint, Michigan, where the city's new, cheap "clean" water sourcing ravaged residents with lead poisoning. The negligence and misconduct discovered in "Do Not Drink" are enough to make you believe certain people in our country live in a banana republic. By synthesizing great personal narratives with long-form journalism, Reveal is quickly making a name for itself in the podcasting world.