You Should Listen To Friday

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


05/13/2015Norah Vincent is a former “immersive journalist,” but she’s left that all behind now. (Vincent’s latest book is Adeline: A Novel of Virgina Woolf.)
Genderbending, immersion journalism, and the pyschedelic experience of Virginia Woolf.
03/10/2015What happens for a visually oriented person when the darkness of night takes away all of the reference points for making a memory?
On being blind at night.
04/09/2015A girl is lost and can't find her mom. Why won't anyone help her? Performed by Bee Herbstman, Melanie Hoopes, Ed Herbstman, Evan Sudarsky Abadi, Gregory C. Jones, and Blanche Ames. Written by Diana McCorry, Produced by Jonathan Mitchell. (Image by Luis Mariano González)
04/08/2010"Night in London is a brief period of infinite possibility" wrote the journalist and travel writer HV Morton in the 1920s, and nowhere is this truer than in Hackney, which from doors open till dawn chorus becomes an asphalt jungle for revellers, criminals, artists, lovers, all night eateries and taxi drivers. In the latest and […]
04/03/2015Police officer John Edwards was patrolling a quiet neighborhood in Bellaire, Texas when he saw an SUV driven by two young African-American men. It was just before 2am on December 31, 2008. Edwards followed the SUV and ran the license plate number. His computer indicated that the SUV was stolen, and Edwards drew his gun and told the two men to get down on the ground. It wasn't until later that he realized he'd typed the wrong license plate number into his computer. He was off by one digit. By the time he realized his mistake, one of the men had already been shot in the chest at close range. To learn more about Criminal, visit us at Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
The unarmed African-American man who was shot by a police officer—and lived to tell the story.
04/08/2015The financial crisis of September 2008 overshadows one of the most important events in recent New York History: the arrival of Airbnb. And while your host wasn't paying attention back then either, today he is fed up with the commodification of every square inch of the city. But what if the Airbnb economy is also changing the way New York City dreams and makes art? Can it be stopped? Housing Activist Murray Cox gives us a tour of his insideairbnb project, Sociologist Richard Ocejo takes us on a jaunt through Hell Square, and legendary performance artist Penny Arcade shows us around "the big cupcake".
05/08/2015An aspiring writer tries to channel David Foster Wallace, and a man comes to terms with his given name.
03/27/2015For the past year our resident philosophers Natalie Kestecher and Sophie Townsend have been sharing deep thoughts on shallow subjects, also known as Frozen Garbage. They have covered such topics as dreams, voice coaching, garbage, onions as flu remedies and weevils. In the season finale: ruining things.
Something about the fringe. If you know what, please let me know.
07/14/2015Seventy years ago this week, the U.S. Army detonated the first atomic bomb in New Mexico. To mark this anniversary, we look at where America’s nuclear program is today and whether the U.S. is living up to its promises not to increase its nuclear capabilities.
No new nukes? Then what are these? A deep dive into America's nuclear bomb industry.
04/13/2015April 13, 2015 / Additional Music by Qatarsis -
More relentless analysis on the Adnan Syed case—from Adnan's defense team.
11/06/2015 An original radio drama written by Lena Dunham and performed by Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff.   Note: This episode contains explicit content.
You know when your already-if-not-soon-to-be-ex breaks into your apartment, rifles through your things, sits on your bed, and chases pills down with alcohol?
11/05/2015 The Arcs is a new project from Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. He started the band with some of the musicians and producers he's worked with over the years. For this episode, Dan and his bandmates Richard Swift and Leon Michels break down how they made the song Put a Flower in Your Pocket, and how its title was inspired by a three-year-old girl. Plus: the story behind the Radiotopia logo, and the sounds that went into making it. This episode is sponsored by Hover (use promo code POCKET), MeUndies, and
From playground antics to drug dealer anthem, with Dan Auerbach of The Arcs.
10/04/2015The NSA has tasked the Cypher Group with decoding a verified alien message that has plaguedcodebreakers for decades. In this episode, Nicky introduces the members of the Cypher Group and “TheMessage” to the world in her podcast Cyphercast. [ep1 | 1min 03sec]
If you experience any acute difficulties breathing, call 911 immediately. Fair warning: they're going to quarantine you.
How do you write a love poem to a 2,000 year old stranger?
How do you write a love poem to a 2,000 year old stranger? Seamus Heaney and the Long Dead: #radiostory