You Should Listen To Friday

Sam Greenspan from 99% Invisible curates his favorite radio stories from the week and of all time.


02/18/2016 Clipping is a trio made up of producers William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes, and rapper Daveed Diggs. You might be familiar with Daveed’s voice from his roles as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. But in Clipping, the whole band takes on different roles, playing with different tropes and genres within hip-hop, but setting up these strict overarching rules for how they make their music. In this episode, the three of them break down how they made their song "Work Work," featuring guest vocals from rapper Cocc Pistol Cree. This episode is sponsored by Slack and MeUndies.
Hear about Diggs's rap trio Clipping in this episode of Song Exploder, one of my favorites from the whole show
05/22/2017 Meet Philando Castile, the elementary school cafeteria worker whose name became a chant and whose face became a symbol.
In July 2016, three people begin a normal conversation in Falcon Heights, MN. 74 seconds later, one of them is dead—and even though the entire world witnessed what happened, in real time, there's still much to be learned about Philando Castile, the officer who shot him, and what will happen next. 74 Seconds, from APM.
01/18/2017Season 2 begins. Terrible things happen to Dan. Twitter: Facebook: Website: Email: Tumblr: Patreon: We now have merchandise. Adorn your naked flesh with Archive 81 merch.
Daniel thought he was just signing up for a job organizing an oral history archive; now he's a cyborg in another dimension on the run from literal monsters with a quasi-immortal biohacker and a woman known as Suit. Season 2 of the audio fiction series Archive 81 has just wrapped up. (Obviously, you'll want to start at the beginning)
05/19/2017As discussed in episode 51, Under the Covers part II, the vocabulary for sex and associated body parts is tricky to navigate in many ways – but even more so if you are trans or gender non-binary. CONTENT NOTE: this episode contains strong language and frank discussions of sex and bodies. There’s more about the … Continue reading 56. Joins
Finding the language to talk about your body is tricky, and it's even trickier when your body resist easy categorization. Joins, from The Allusionist
05/17/2017 I love Maine, but sometimes I feel isolated here. Could my creative problems be solved if I moved to New York City? 
Megan Tan of Millennial tries to suss out the ideal fish-to-pond ratio and asks "Should I move to New York?" (NB: I refuse to uninstall the Snake Person Chrome extension**, so forgive me if the name of Megan's podcast was inadvertantly changed)
03/31/2016Meet the people inside a house at the center of an HIV outbreak in Indiana. Find Kelly McEvers on Twitter @kellymcevers. Email us at
An uncomfortable visit to a house at the epicenter of an addiction and HIV crisis. From Kelly McEvers's new NPR podcast, Embedded.
03/31/2016This week, PJ helps a listener named Matt ask a very large company a simple question. Are you telling me the truth?
Why it's so hard to get FiOS in New York City (spoiler: it's capitalism). From Reply All.
08/08/2014 What happens when you curse your own country? In this version of the classic Americana tale your host is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a hot air balloon.  In part one we hear the story of what happened when he fought the "three strikes you are out forever" law and lost. Plus Howard Zinn on the myth of American Exceptionalism.
A Walker is banned from ever touching ground again. It's a great day to revisit Man Without A Country, from Theory of Everything.
01/15/2013 We turn to doctors to save our lives -- to heal us, repair us, and keep us healthy. But when it comes to the critical question of what to do when death is at hand, there seems to be a gap between what we want doctors to do for us, and what doctors want done for themselves.
What doctors don't tell you about end-of-life decisions
01/06/2015Amy was dead broke when she found a Craigslist ad looking for a balloon porn fetish model.
You will not look at balloons the same way
Thursdays are Serial Days once again! As with last season, it's an on-going story told week-by-week, much of it through compelling phone tape. Episodes 1 and 2 now available.
12/08/2015For Americans, the sight of pagoda roofs and dragon gates means that you are in Chinatown. Whether in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, or Las Vegas, the chinoiserie look is distinctive. But for those just arriving from China, the Chinatown aesthetic can feel surprisingly foreign. Pagodas and Dragon Gates
Why Chinatowns are generally the only ethnic neighborhoods with their own style of architecture.
12/15/2015Strawberries used to be a delicacy. The fruit is fragile, prone to disease and requires a very particular climate to grow. But these days, you can buy strawberries almost anywhere at any time – including in Barrow, Alaska, a polar community with an average annual temperature of -9 degrees Fahrenheit. So how did strawberries become … Continue reading From the battlefields to the strawberry fields
What does it mean to be able to get strawberries year round in Alaska? From Reveal.
12/17/2015 In January 2015, Björk released Vulnicura. She described it as "a complete heartbreak album." And in November, she released Vulnicura Strings, a companion album that stripped away the electronics. In this episode, Björk breaks down the making of both the original version of the song "Stonemilker," as well as the strings version. She traces her writing and recording process for the track, her collaboration with the electronic producer Arca, and why she wanted to make a second version. This episode is sponsored by Hover, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Turntable Lab.
A tower of equilibrium that you are standing in, a monument of equilibrium... Björk offers one of her best and most accessible interviews to Song Exploder, making this episode easily one of the show's best.
12/08/2015"Somewhere in the world there's a Tupperware Party starting every 10 seconds." And we're going to one with The Kitchen Sisters.
This Kitchen Sisters story from 1980 showed a whole generation of producers what's possible with the medium. And with Tupperware. From Fugitive Waves.