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A preview of our next season, coming at you NEXT MONTH! Doug Williams has been waging a war for decades against the polygraph machine (aka the lie detector). Produced by Jacob McCleland and Ana Adlerstein.

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RIP Melvin Dummar

December 13th, 2018

27:11


Melvin Dummar, who was featured on our podcast in 2011, died on Sunday.

Such is the Way to the Stars

November 21st, 2018

1:20:00


Richmond, Virginia: Sic Itur Ad Astra.

Points of Egress

October 28th, 2018

47:07


Cynthia discovers her boyfriend Max’s journal. Hilarity ensues.

The Secrets Hotline, Vol III

October 13th, 2018

42:22


Our listeners divulge their deepest and darkest secrets. Sound design by Stephen Vitiello. Final song: Chipmunk Party by Maja Ratkje. To …

The Battle of Cumorah

October 1st, 2018

54:26


Mike Norton has a change of heart. Produced by Noam Osband. Final song: Emblem by Colin Self.

Stones in a Bag

September 21st, 2018

50:02


At the age of nine, Laura Ulloa was kidnapped for a short time by the Colombian leftist guerrilla group ELN. She figured that would be the …

F Your Feelings

August 23rd, 2018

38:18


Evan has a secret.

Imagine What I Could Do To You

August 13th, 2018

38:18


The Exotic Adrian Street grew up in a three generation family of Welsh coal miners, but he wasn’t destined to be in the dark.

The Exciting World of the Totally Free

July 25th, 2018

47:09


In 1968, Paulette Cooper was one of the first journalists to investigate a then-little-known religious group.

The Recruiter

June 29th, 2018

54:16


Rob Navarro: gospel singer, the voice of Spanish-language Ronald McDonald, and one of the most successful gay pornographers in America.

True Parents

June 23rd, 2018

42:34


As a young woman, Diane Benscoter had a burning idealism, and a desire for purpose.

Coming Back

June 8th, 2018

25:40


In 1991, Pam Reynolds underwent surgery to remove a large aneurism from her brain stem. Doctors cooled her body to less than half of normal …

Counter Melody

May 17th, 2018

19:11


Bob Padgett, a violin teacher from Plano, Texas, believes he’s found the answer to a 119-year-old mystery. Produced by Daniel Estrin. Final …

A New Season is Almost Upon Us

May 4th, 2018

1:05


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Choir Boy

April 25th, 2018

33:51


Tom Justice is passionate about cycling, and was on the shortlist for the US Olympic Team. Also, he’s a bank robber. Originally broadcast in 2014.

Another Planet

March 16th, 2018

32:01


The true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s, and the creator of a place called Another Planet. Also featuring the …

Eternity Through Skirts and Waistcoats

February 23rd, 2018

34:16


Norah Vincent is a former “immersive journalist,” but she’s left that all behind now. Originally broadcast 2015.

L+R Presents: Secrets from Showcase

January 19th, 2018

34:01


Secrets, as you probably know, have been a lifelong obsession for us at L+R. So when Radiotopia’s Showcase podcast decided to put out a series called “Secrets,” we were all over it like flies on sherbert. It …

The Secrets Hotline, Vol. II

December 21st, 2017

22:02


Awkward, funny, and tragic. You tell us your deepest darkest secrets. Featuring totally original music from Build Buildings. Leave your own secret at +1 641 715 3900, extension 55403#.

The Machine

December 12th, 2017

54:24


When a neighbor wanted to build a concrete plant next to Marvin Heemeyer’s property, he fought back. Final song: Black Shore by Úlfur.

WWCD?

November 22nd, 2017

43:10


Since 2008, Mike Merrill has been operating himself as a publicly traded company. Final Song: Keep Me Hanging On by The Supremes, Kim Wild version as performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

44 Years

November 6th, 2017

34:58


Albert Woodfox lived in solitary confinement in prison longer than any other American, confined to a 6 foot by 9 foot cell for 23 hours each …

Murdertown, USA

October 24th, 2017

41:16


Content warning! If you’re squeamish around violent stuff, you should skip this one. Will is a collector. Final song: Pour Endormir les …

Photochemical

October 13th, 2017

30:34


Meags loves photo booths. Final song: Laisse Autant Le Vent Tout Emporter by Les Breastfeeders

For Science!

September 28th, 2017

33:59


Karaoke is Alex’s main gig, but that’s not how he makes his money. Final song: Road Soda Reggae by Indian Agent.

Reunion

August 25th, 2017

43:35


When Barbara was reunited with the son she gave up for adoption, it opened up a whole world of weird feelings. Final song: Your Life in the …

Suitcase of Love and Shame

July 24th, 2017

49:28


Adult content. Again. A man and woman in the 1960s trade reel-to-reel audio “letters” over the course of years. Final song: Hobbies Galore by …

The Boys Will Work It Out

July 6th, 2017

44:42


Adult content. Listener discretion is advised. Since a child, Sarz had a deep connection to the Lord of the Rings books. After the movie …

The Secrets Hotline

April 6th, 2017

24:41


Recordings from the Secrets Hotline, with original music and production by George Langford. Find more of George’s work at georgelangford.com. You can leave your own secret at +1 (641) 715-3900, extension 55403#.

La Retirada, Part Three

March 24th, 2017

30:33


With Carlos' enemies enraged, the Gomez family is forced into hiding with the Witness Security Program, or WITSEC. But making a clean break from the past is a lot harder than they expected.

La Retirada, Part Two

March 10th, 2017

39:52


The story continues as Rocío Gómez divorces her husband Rodrigo, a master drug trafficker in Colombia. Rocío and her children move to Miami …

La Retirada, Part One

March 3rd, 2017

30:12


In Colombia, Rocío Gómez marries into an empire of wealth and power. She is told the family operates a low-profile import/export business, …

Understood as to Understand

February 27th, 2017

37:11


Carey believed she was assigned the wrong gender, but transitioning wasn’t how she expected.

How to Argue

February 11th, 2017

40:31


We revisit Daryl Davis and ask him, "how should we argue?"

Snakes!!!!!!!!

January 28th, 2017

31:18


Tim loves Tool, Steel Reserve, and snakes. Not necessarily in that order.

No Bad News

January 14th, 2017

1:00:34


Three decades ago, American hypnotist Larry Garrett committed himself to abstaining from the news. So, in 2001, when he received a phone call inviting him to Iraq, he said yes.

Blink Once for Yes

December 26th, 2016

1:00:09


When Mike comes home, his family is faced with a new reality and an impossible choice. Produced by John Fecile.

Doing The No No

December 2nd, 2016

1:14:17


Adam Zaretsky is a bioartist who explores the manipulation of DNA, the fringes of genetic modification, and butts up against the ethical …

Wood Fighting with Steel

November 17th, 2016

29:51


Deep in the woods of Norway, a man from a strange, foreign land chops wood and reminisces over the love of his life from a bygone time. Produced by Sindre Leganger for NRK.

Upper Left

October 28th, 2016

34:55


Julie needed a fresh start, so she moved back home to the Bay Area, and made a new group of friends.

The Enemy Within

October 13th, 2016

1:05:50


A co-production with the podcast Reckonings. In the 1980s, Glenn Loury was one of the most prominent black conservative intellectuals in the United States, and was selected to be a top official within the Reagan …

A Girl of Ivory

September 29th, 2016

39:46


Davecat and Sidore had a blissful marriage together in the suburbs of Detroit. One day, a Russian woman showed up unexpectedly at their …

An Old Lion or a Lover’s Lute, Special Extended Cut

August 27th, 2016

47:41


Jerome and Ana work a couple blocks from one another in Oakland, California. When Jerome called out to her in the street, she pulled out her …

On The Shore Dimly Seen

July 22nd, 2016

47:06


One day in the no-touch torture of detainee 063.

The Neighborhood

June 24th, 2016

24:54


Love + Radio presents: "The Neighborhood" by Scott Carrier

Another Planet

May 27th, 2016

31:48


Producer David Weinberg brings us the true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s, and the creator of a place called …

The Man In The Road

April 20th, 2016

26:50


Melvin Dummar says he came across a bloodied man lying by the road. The story of that discovery would profoundly alter the course of his life …

Deep Stealth Mode

February 25th, 2016

20:47


From our friends at the Here Be Monsters podcast: Marlo Mack gave birth to a son. At least, she thought she did. But her son crawled towards dresses, wanted to be a princess, and asked to grow long blonde hair. …

Points Unknown

November 17th, 2015

34:53


David is followed by a strange hooded figure

Discarnate Rebel Angel

October 22nd, 2015

28:11


In the remote, high deserts of New Mexico, Timothy Wyllie reflects on a life of testing the limits of reality and spirituality.

A Red Dot

September 24th, 2015

55:33


Frank has been an advocate for the perhaps the most universally abhorred group in America: sex offenders.

Bride of the Sea

August 26th, 2015

56:33


Sam Najjair works in insurance now, but four years ago he had a very different occupation.

Greetings from Coney Island

July 29th, 2015

27:57


Rachel Prince receives a mysterious letter from 1938.

The Adventures of Zoe Nightingale

June 25th, 2015

25:19


For the last few years, Zoe Nightingale has been recording random, often hilarious, and sometimes harrowing conversations with people from all walks of life, exploring the balancing act of sin and virtue.

Paremoremo

May 23rd, 2015

35:06


Paul Wood was sentenced to life in prison for murder at age 18, and began his adult life negotiating the social dynamics of some of New …

Eternity Through Skirts and Waistcoats

May 13th, 2015

34:32


Norah Vincent is a former “immersive journalist,” but she’s left that all behind now. (Vincent’s latest book is Adeline: A Novel of Virgina …

Thank You, Princess

March 27th, 2015

46:31


Ceara Lynch has a ten year career as a self-described humiliatrix, catering to a wide variety of sexual fetishes over the internet, and gaining exposure to a unique part of the human psyche.

The Living Room

March 6th, 2015

22:53


Diane's new neighbors across the way never shut their curtains, and that was the beginning of an intimate, but very one-sided relationship.

An Old Lion, or a Lover’s Lute

December 19th, 2014

29:01


Jerome and Ana work a couple blocks from one another in Oakland, California. When Jerome called out to her in the street, she pulled out her …

The Magical World of Eva Julia Christiie

November 25th, 2014

26:29


Next to an imposing, largely abandoned circus building in Chisinau–the house-techno-soaked capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova–a …

Of Birds and Boundaries

September 25th, 2014

29:05


An eruv is a ritual enclosure that allows religious Jews to negate rules against carrying certain objects (like housekeys or strollers) …

Choir Boy

August 21st, 2014

33:37


Tom Justice is passionate about cycling, and was on the shortlist for the US Olympic Team. Also, he’s a bank robber.

Sesquipedalian

July 29th, 2014

49:08


Charles Farrell was born to a sophisticated middle class family in Boston, but at age 12, he left home and came of age on the street, joining …

I, Sitting Beside Me

June 12th, 2014

35:20


In 1987, during the last years of the Cold War, a West German teenager with only about 50 hours of flying experience rented a Cessna and …

Hostile Planet

May 13th, 2014

23:54


We think of certain events as profoundly life-altering. Getting married or emigrating to a new country, say. But you can always get divorced, and you can almost always move back. Taylor is weighing a life …

Another Planet

April 8th, 2014

31:48


The true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s, and the creator of a place called Another Planet. Also featuring the …

The Silver Dollar

February 27th, 2014

38:31


Music is Daryl Davis’ profession, but extreme racism is his obsession.

The Superchat

January 21st, 2014

32:33


A couple months ago, a friend handed Julia a scrap of paper with a phone number on it. One night, bored and maybe a little tipsy, she called …

The Pandrogyne

December 10th, 2013

28:05


Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the founding fa/mo/ther of Industrial music, a performance artist, and a very, very, very devoted husband.

Jack and Ellen

February 21st, 2013

30:03


Hey kids, this interview isn’t for you. You should skip this one. Ellen was struggling for money, working as a Subway “sandwich artist” (yes, …

Greenberg’s War

December 22nd, 2012

22:36


Lewis Greenberg is an artist unlike any other, a winner of the coveted Geezer of the Year award, and a man on a mission–much to the chagrin of his Ballwin, Missouri neighbors.

Seventy Weeks

July 19th, 2012

34:56


Andre Taylor identified strongly with Daniel from the Bible, who interpreted the visions and dreams of kings. And like Daniel, he spent 3 years in a Babylonian captivity of sorts. But Daniel never had quite the …

Fix

May 23rd, 2012

52:56


A crusader for truth, or, as Karl Rove called him: “a nut with internet access”? Jason Leopold wanted to be a part of something, and that …

Bedouin Love (Revisited)

November 4th, 2011

9:12


Bedouin Love (Revisited) by Love + Radio

The Man in the Road

May 26th, 2011

26:23


On a late night along an empty Utah highway, Melvin Dummar says he came across a bloodied man lying by the road. It’s cliched to say this, …

The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt

April 11th, 2011

28:16


Jay Thunderbolt’s business card is a little mysterious. It reads, “Thunderbolt – Party Naked” and gives a phone number.

The List

December 21st, 2010

32:37


Adam Warner has a very ambitious list of accomplishments he’s trying to achieve. It’s not his list though.

Dirty Balloons

November 9th, 2010

30:04


Amy was dead broke when she found a Craigslist ad looking for a balloon porn fetish model.

Split Brain

October 14th, 2008

26:07


Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who remembers every moment of her life-altering stroke.

Strip, Pt 2

June 5th, 2008

17:02


Sara Juli–who was previously featured on our “Take It, It’s For You” episode–recounts her epic bachelorette party.

We’ve Got Your Back, Ashley Dupré

April 16th, 2008

19:35


A meditation on the brave new world of 21st century news.

Aftermath

March 27th, 2008

16:36


The Aftermath, Inc., headed by Tim Reifsteck, headquarters is nestled in a strip of ordinary office buildings in the Chicago suburbs, but there’s nothing bland about the service the company provides.

Take It, It’s for You

February 14th, 2008

17:08


When Sara Juli decided her relationship with money was fucked up, she figured the only way to deal with it was to give it to you.

Animal Parts

November 29th, 2007

14:14


Nate Hill and Takeshi Yamada are two rogue taxidermists, artists whose raw material is gathered from dead animals. Also featuring a story by Dan Deacon.

Strip, Pt 1

November 15th, 2007

11:21


Sean Cole is a public radio reporter who did a story for Marketplace about a group in Memphis assisting women who left the sex industry. This …

Violent

November 7th, 2007

23:19


Stories of violence. Excerpts from Penelope Spheeris’ seminal 1981 punk documentary “The Decline of Western Civilization.” Mixed martial …

Lady Sovereign vs. Jelly Donut

October 3rd, 2007

13:41


Zach Slow had a dream to go on a date with UK rapper Lady Sovereign, something that became the catalyst for the unlikely events leading to the greatest rap beef in the history of pastrycore.

Bloody Fingers

July 12th, 2007

23:05


A horrible accident and a complicated friendship.

How I Found Out My Relationship Had No Future, Pt 2

June 21st, 2007

7:56


Adrianne downs most of a bottle of Riesling and calls her college boyfriend Adam Conover.

How I Found Out My Relationship Had No Future, Pt 1

May 7th, 2007

12:24


Adrianne sips on some whiskey and calls her ex-boyfriend from high school to get some shit figured out. Let’s call him “Jason.” Also …

In the Company of Men

January 1st, 2007

8:58


Nick interviews his friend Matt while they’re peeing.

Insane vs. Unsane

October 30th, 2006

49:31


Meditations on insanity and unsanity. Featuring Clay Pigeon of The Dusty Show.

Tell Me the Future

August 24th, 2006

32:50


Discussions of prediction and soothsaying.

Secrets

August 4th, 2006

19:28


Stories about Secrets. Babar, adoption, Post-Secret, and so many more secrets waiting to be discovered.

Elimination

April 21st, 2006

29:00


A cribbage bet ends with someone pissing their pants. A conversation about drinking your own urine. The worst 21st birthday ever. And so much more.

Show Me Yours

March 2nd, 2006

47:42


First experiences with sex. Adrianne tells the harrowing experience of “the first time I saw one.” Lance Anderson of The Verge of the Fringe …

Flip Yr Sh!t

December 11th, 2005

27:40


Stories about anger. Adam Allington (edited by producer Kerry Seed) hates Tim Hortons. Julian James gets in deep shit with the vice …

Love in Bits

November 20th, 2005

51:22


Stories from the World of Online Dating. Christian Rudder of OKCupid.com describes how he knows everything about what kind of lover you are. Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s The Signal reads a sample of the OKCupid Love …

Ghost Stories

October 30th, 2005

30:33


Exploring the Frankenstein Family Crypt in 1952. Paranormal observations by an eight-year-old. The haunting of an unkind kitty, a discussion …

With a Bullet

October 18th, 2005

34:19

Stories about guns and the people who come in contact with them.

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