The Heart

95 EpisodesProduced by Kaitlin Prest & RadiotopiaWebsite

The Heart is an audio art project and podcast about intimacy and humanity.

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Love Me: To My Heart

December 4th, 2018

30:48

Our friends Cristal Duhaime and Mira Burt-Wintonick launched Season 3 of their amazing show LOVE ME. The story we are featuring from them is about a man who learned all about love while imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

It's Here: The Shadows

October 10th, 2018

21:57

It’s here. Finally. All 6 episodes of The Shadows, presented by Kaitlin Prest and CBC Podcasts.

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KP + CBC Present: The Shadows

August 29th, 2018

5:24

~* Things are happening. *~

The Shadows, presented by Kaitlin Prest and CBC Podcasts, launches in late September.

Here’s a sneak peek.

Subscribe to The Shadows –> here.

Dream

December 20th, 2017

29:07

Kaitlin has a dream, and The Heart says goodbye (for now). Listen on headphones.

Produced by Kaitlin Prest with help from Phoebe Wang. Thank you to …

An Announcement

December 8th, 2017

14:53

In 2018, The Heart will be taking a break.

~* The Secret Link *~

Man Choubam (I Am Good)

December 6th, 2017

46:11

Sharon is a weirdo and refuses to conform to cultural standards. Her mom does not approve. They confront their longstanding differences on a Persian …

God + The Gays

November 22nd, 2017

37:48

Growing up, Phoebe was a Jesus kid. In college, after Tinder-swiping her way to gayness, she comes out to Christians and hopes that they’ll accept …

Signature Research

November 7th, 2017

11:17

There is a way that these narratives are supposed to go. But life isn’t simple and linear, it’s messy and loud, and everything keeps coming back again and again and again. This piece by Dylan Gauche won the Best Student …

Darqness

October 24th, 2017

25:35

Being a queer or trans person of color is hard anywhere, but can feel especially isolating if you’re living in Seattle, WA. A heavily fractured city …

A Woman on the Road is Alone

October 11th, 2017

23:02

“A man on the road is solitary,” the writer Vanessa Veselka said. “A woman on the road is just alone.” This is a spotlight episode via Bitchface …

Bodies: Goddess

September 19th, 2017

22:52

Maria is a poet and activist living in Houston, Texas who Mitra spent a few days with.  Mitra got to meet some of Maria’s family, hung out with her pets and ate delicious food during her time with Maria. For Maria’s …

Bodies: Itch

September 5th, 2017

19:53

For years, Cassie has been plagued with an itch in her butt. The itch has travelled with her across the country, from one apartment to the next and transcended all of her major relationships. Cassie talks to past and …

Bodies: Meat

August 22nd, 2017

43:32

Meatis an international podcast created on the surface of a person’s skin. It is a vision of the world from the point of view of human flesh. In people’s everyday life, there’s a wall between their ideas, dreams and …

Bodies: It’s not me it’s you

August 9th, 2017

25:45

Abigail wants to have penetrative sex but it’s not working. She is worried it’s her fault or at least her vagina’s fault. In her quest to find out …

People Who Need People

July 10th, 2017

25:37

Samara and Kelsey got hitched. We celebrate their marriage by re-releasing this episode (originally ‘Samara + Kelsey’) with a life / wife update.  

This episode was originally produced by Samara Breger with The Heart.

Doing Time

June 21st, 2017

15:27

This story is part of Radiotopia’s network-wide theme, Doing Time. In the early 2000’s, Kathleen reads through the personal ads of a magazine; on a whim, she writes to a man. Thus begins a relationship with the greatest …

No: Questions

June 14th, 2017

35:18

Episode Four: Many listeners were left with lingering questions and thoughts after the first three episodes.  What do I tell my kids? What if my no …

No: Answers

June 7th, 2017

43:07

Episode Three: Kaitlin’s search for the answer to why coercion is so omnipresent lands her in one obvious place. Straight, cis-gendered men. In this …

No: Inheritance

May 23rd, 2017

36:25

Episode Two: We catch up to Kaitlin while she is in her mid-twenties, waiting to fall in love. [Trigger Warning]

Part of “No”, a mini season.

Produced with the generous support of the IWMF.

No: Advance

May 10th, 2017

19:20

Episode One: We meet young Kaitlin as she navigates her first sexual experiences and the confusions of girlhood. [Trigger Warning]

Part of “No”, a mini-season.

Produced with the generous support of the IWMF.

Trailer: No

April 28th, 2017

3:58

Our new season, starting May 9th. Kaitlin explores her sexual boundaries from youth to adulthood.

First Comes Marriage

April 4th, 2017

23:55

Arranged marriages, although they sound scary to our Western ears, are considered extremely successful. Divorce rates are much lower. But those are …

Pansy: Local Honey

February 20th, 2017

17:58

Local Honey is a transfemme performance artist and musician living in New Orleans. Let her modulated voice and soft giggles croon you into her …

Pansy: The Beloved

February 7th, 2017

21:21

Some say there are as many genders as there are people.  And even more ways to creatively think about and claim them. In this story, Allen’s gender is complicated by a discovery he makes through meditation.

Ep 3 of …

Pansy: Ultraslut

January 25th, 2017

24:29

Blake’s crushing. Hard. On his new best friend and favorite person: Korry. They spend every day together. They sleep in the same bed together. They plan their futures together. But there are signs that show that Korry …

Pansy: Twirl

January 11th, 2017

22:36

Todd once loved a woman. And she loved him back, but there was one thing that she just couldn’t get over, he twirls. This piece explores what it …

That Smell

December 7th, 2016

8:35

“The first time I tasted her was the first time I felt like I could know her.” Rhonda spends their entire day relishing and re-living the sensation …

Mariya – Extended Cut

November 23rd, 2016

44:38

Featuring never-before-heard scenes and a post-award interview with Mariya Karimjee, this is an extended version of the award winning documentary, “

Love, Harry

November 8th, 2016

20:30

Have you ever had a friend you thought you might be in love with? Have you ever slept in a bed beside this person, and wondered if your hand was grazing yours on purpose?

Sharon receives emails from Harry, a …

For Helen

October 18th, 2016

11:58

This episode is a rerun of Mouthwash, in honor of the late Helen Breger and all of our grandparents’ salacious histories.

Produced by Samara Breger with The Heart.

Diaries: My Everything, My Bear

October 4th, 2016

25:30

In a suitcase full of books and papers there is a little notebook with a bear sitting alone in a hot air balloon. This journal is one of the only …

Diaries: Mortified

September 21st, 2016

14:41

In this episode we refer to Radiotopia’s own in-house diary experts, Mortified. The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the …

Diaries: No Way Out

September 8th, 2016

24:07

Ashley’s Livejournal features the angsty outpourings of a teenager from the early 2000s living in Southwest Florida. Just like many who came of age at the time, she flushed feelings out into the anonymous online public. …

Diaries: The Big House

August 16th, 2016

20:45

At the back of a closet, in a cardboard box, writer Tina Horn’s diaries gather dust. In the box there are girlhood diaries covered in collages of …

Diaries: BFF

August 2nd, 2016

27:46

Writer Molly Osberg has carried her journals to every house she’s lived in since 2007. They’re decorated with pictures of her and her friends’ faces …

The Understudy

July 19th, 2016

12:17

Sophie Townsend has been a widow for a year and a half. She is too busy taking care of her children to entertain the idea of dating, until a man compliments her shoes.

Voicing by Andy Leonard. Produced by CBC’s Love Me

Mr. Fix-it

July 5th, 2016

9:59

A conversation between mother, Sophie Townsend and daughter, Anna about Mr. Fix-it, husband and father.

Produced by Sophie Townsend and Marty Peralta for The Hearsay International Audio Festival.

SE: Salt in the Wound

June 9th, 2016

28:03

Episode four of Silent Evidence; one woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.

In the final episode of the Silent Evidence mini-season, Kaitlin and Tennessee sit down and talk about what happened and didn’t happen in …

SE: Hands on the Wheel

June 2nd, 2016

49:01

Episode three of Silent Evidence; one woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.

In episode three, a court case unfolds. Tennessee decides to call the …

SE: Ten Foot Pole

May 26th, 2016

29:07

Episode two of Silent Evidence; one woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.

In Episode two, Tennessee tries to reconcile with the abuse that she suffered. From performance art to installations to hair-brained schemes, …

SE: Not the Right Time

May 19th, 2016

27:09

Episode one of Silent Evidence; one woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.

Tennessee Watson is a documentarian and artist who has been struggling to speak out about something that happened to her when she was a kid, …

Mariya

May 4th, 2016

39:12

Based on the 2015 essay from The Big Roundtable, writer Mariya Karimjee takes us on a journey from her childhood in Pakistan, to her adolescence in …

Ghost: You

April 6th, 2016

12:30

We end our series with a final ghost; it’s you. Every time I hear that song, you’re next to me. Whether I like it or not. In a cafe, in my bedroom, when I watch that stupid vampire series. The ache pains me but what’s …

Ghost: Violet

March 22nd, 2016

15:00

Kari is nothing like the actresses in the scenes that she films. She’s tall, robust, the kind of girl who can pick up a camera and take it where it …

Ghost: Emily

March 8th, 2016

16:42

Does love ever really die? Even though Kaitlin has a beautiful boyfriend she still hears the ghost of those she once loved ring in her ears. But, …

Ghost: Alex

February 23rd, 2016

18:35

Powerful memories are like paused tapes in our minds – a hum barely heard beneath the noise of our everyday – ready to be played at any moment. This …

Ghost: Bobby

February 10th, 2016

12:12

A personal account of the haunting absence of a lost love. This is a story about grief, loss and reaching for freedom. The sense of emptiness that comes after saying, I love you, every day until, suddenly, you don’t. …

The Wrath of the Potluck

January 20th, 2016

11:54

Devon is one of Kaitlin’s oldest friends from high school. The two live in different cities now and occasionally see each other over the holidays. On …

Samara + Kelsey

January 13th, 2016

21:40

At the beginning of a relationship, the small decisions feel like big decisions: When to text? What to wear on the second date? How naked to get. For Samara and Kelsey, the first decisions were a bit bigger. When …

Mr. Claus + Mrs. Claus

December 22nd, 2015

6:41

You’ve got a squeeze on Christmas Eve? You know you’ll have their lovin’ — but what about ol’ Mrs. Claus? Her man’s out — she’s got nuffin! In our …

Idiot + Dummy

December 9th, 2015

21:16

Idiot + Dummy met where many boneheads meet: in grad school. One night, they ran into each other on the subway. The two are alike in a lot of ways. …

Desiray + Aaron

November 17th, 2015

33:01

Desiray felt a deep, human connection the moment she first heard his voice: Aaron Carter spoke to her through his music. When Desiray was down, Aaron always cheered her up. When she needed him, his music was always …

The Shit

October 6th, 2015

12:35

Poo might be the most embarrassing, shameful bodily function. So of course, there are lots of people who bring it into the sexual domain, because …

The Magic Wand

September 22nd, 2015

7:52

Vibrators have been the friend of the female orgasm for over a century now. Back in the 1800s you could only get access to one via a doctor’s …

Save The Date: 10/16/15

September 9th, 2015

7:39

The Heart is hosting a celebration of love, commitment and business, also known as…a WEDDING! Kaitlin and Mitra are getting married (well, sort of). …

The Beach

August 19th, 2015

14:57

Being naked can be scary. There you are, your whole self. No decorations, no cool skirt or shoes or shorts to look at instead of…you. This story is …

The P-Spot

August 4th, 2015

7:32

Once upon a time, Kaitlin went to a radical sex education workshop. At the workshop, the facilitators spent 45 minutes going into extreme detail of the complexities of the female system of sexual arousal. Then they …

The Intimacies

July 21st, 2015

13:19

Once upon a time, we did an episode about what happens when there is too much going on sexually. The Ethical Slut says that love isn’t finite. Loving more than one person means having more love instead of less. This can …

The Real Squishy

July 7th, 2015

6:26

Most people remember the first time they got off, most of us conveniently forget the era before that when we have no idea what masturbation was. When all we knew is what felt good. We develop strategies that seemed very …

Riis Park

June 30th, 2015

14:14

In the summer of 1960 Joan Nestle was 20 years old and in love. At the time she lived in a Lower East Side tenement apartment and the city was hot, …

Gina Gold

June 17th, 2015

25:44

At 5 years old, Gina was parading around the stage with a number pinned to her chest. But as the host of The Little Miss America Competition sang the …

The Lost Pardner

May 20th, 2015

9:19

Badger Clark is remembered for shaping the poetry of the Old West with striking impressions of the cowboy life. But his poem “The Lost Pardner” about the intimate love of two cowboys has a special kind of beauty. It …

How to Become a Princess

May 5th, 2015

25:05

Just after the new year, Kaitlin and Mitra take a business trip to small town Ontario to meet Steffy. At six foot two inches, Stefonknee is the …

Dual Control Model

April 21st, 2015

8:45

Our friend Dr. Emily Nagoski debunks tired, widely held ideas about sex and replaces them with perfectly clear, scientifically sound explanations. One of those new ideas totally blew our minds, so we’re bringing you our …

The Spark

April 13th, 2015

15:56

The final story of our series is about two people who took a one day’s love and tried to make it last for ever.

Sarah and Kim were braver than most of us. Instead of leaving the one day’s love to linger in their …

The Subway

March 17th, 2015

11:19

A one day’s love has a life cycle. It’s born, it lives a very brief life, and then it dies. That’s it. It’s usually cut short by circumstance, often by time or distance. Sometimes there’s only enough magic for the one …

The Hurricane

March 3rd, 2015

18:10

Eintagsliebe, a sort of real German word meaning one day’s love. Or, a fling. This can be analogous to the mayfly, eintagsfliege. The mayfly sneaks …

Lili

February 17th, 2015

9:44

It was sometime in the early years of their marriage when Gerda Weganer asked her husband, Einar, to dress in women’s clothes and sit for a painting. The intended subject was running late, and suggested to Gerda that …

Beauty Is Pain

February 3rd, 2015

28:15

It’s fun to try to be beautiful when people are giving you positive attention for it. It hurts if you’re not meeting that standard and people treat …

And 27 Other Firsts

January 20th, 2015

5:37

Short and Sweet:

Mid month we bring you something short. Whitney Jones (producer at PITCH) tells us about his first love, and 27 other firsts in …

First

January 6th, 2015

17:09

When we do something for the first time, we enter into a world with new rules. It’s the creation of a new path, a new possibility. We meet this …

Welcome to the Heart

December 1st, 2014

8:37

A radio show is born.  Again. We all go through phases and have an identity crisis or three. Audio Smut started as an hour long broadcast radio show at CKUT in Montreal, and has transformed into a delicately crafted …

Mouthwash

September 16th, 2014

14:11

An Interlude.

This is an interview about necking (or lack thereof). A kiss over time: at the beginning, in the middle, at the end. If you don’t like how somebody kisses, can you grow into it? Samara’s Grandma tells us …

Last

August 20th, 2014

17:04

Episode Twelve.

Kaitlin and Kyle. They met at a kissing booth. On their first date they went on a recording adventure (for one of the early Audio Smut documentaries about the Drag Queens). They became obsessed with …

Movies In Your Head

June 23rd, 2014

24:54

Episode Eleven.

Audio Smut presents: a radio play. This episode was a documentary experiment, produced in collaboration with composer Shani Aviram. …

My Natural Pocket

June 8th, 2014

7:42

A Quickie.

Behold the almighty power of the V. Vaginas can hold the largest and smallest of objects with barely the slightest uncomfort. So it just …

Coming Of Age

May 12th, 2014

39:39

Episode Ten.

This episode is about growing up, becoming an adult, entering a stage of independence: shaving cream, tampons, driving, voting, doing …

Love Letters

April 2nd, 2014

36:27

Episode Nine.

The written word: a way to fuel a romance, a way to capture someone’s attention, a way to break up. We read people’s most private letters, and tell the story of the relationships that were made and broken …

To Nora

March 9th, 2014

6:56

A Quickie.

In 1909, James Joyce wrote his wife, Nora Barnacle, a series of very sexy letters. While her side of the correspondence has been lost, we still have Joyce’s letters–and they’re really good. In this quickie, …

Fu*k Love

February 23rd, 2014

50:07

Episode Eight (Welcome to Season Two)

FU*K LOVE. Family. Responsibility. Survival. Economic Stability. These were once much more important to things to build your life on. This episode looks at the ideal of true love, …

A Valentine

February 13th, 2014

5:33

A Quickie: Do you believe in true love?

Does it really exist, or is it just a mythology made up by Hollywood? How would you define true love? …

Lovemaps

November 5th, 2013

36:01

Episode Seven.

Psychologist and sexologist, John Money came up with the theory of a lovemap. A lovemap is a template. It’s a template that we are …

Afternoon Delight

July 26th, 2013

9:46

A Quickie: This quickie is a history- a love map, if you will- of how Kaitlin manages to be such a productive person.

Also, this is the reason why …

Getting By

July 8th, 2013

40:17

Episode Six

Homelessness isn’t really something that can be easily defined. Sometimes people make choices, other times people have no choices. In this episode, we have three situations from three very different people …

Yellow Jumpsuit

June 25th, 2013

8:55

A Quickie: Keith’s virginity story.

Keith is and always has been an extremely charming man. I know it was the 90s, but there is nothing charming about a yellow jumpsuit. Poor clothing choices aside, Keith still proves …

Happens to the Best of Us

June 11th, 2013

30:16

Episode Five.

It’s your highschool sex ed class. Mrs. Green is going to play a movie. You are very excited. The room goes dark, the movie begins. …

Movie Night

May 20th, 2013

11:36

A Quickie: What will people think?

This story happened to a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of Audio Smut Producer, Erin. When surfing the Casual Encounters on Craigslist one must be prepared to be …

Pregnant

May 8th, 2013

32:32

Episode Four.

The good times and the bad times of making babies. Babies being born is a topic we accidentally avoid on audio smut. But the fact is, …

The Wrath of the Potluck

March 25th, 2013

12:07

A Quickie: The time that god punished you for having a threesome with my sister.

Devon is one of Kaitlin’s oldest friends from high school. They now …

Poo

March 3rd, 2013

31:07

Episode Two.

Seriously, what’s the big deal.

In this episode, we tackle one of the biggest taboos. We eat food, everyday and eventually that food has to come out. Yeah it’s gross and stinky but it is one of the most …

Mozart

February 28th, 2013

6:01

A Quickie: We bring to you a surprising letter from Mozart.

The Sensorium

February 5th, 2013

26:02

Episode One.

Experience more than sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Venture with us beyond the 5-way sense scape.

The Illicit Couples Retreat

January 25th, 2013

10:42

Audio Smut Experiments: ventures beyond radio into the realm of sound installation, performance and audio art work.

The Penn Hills Hotel and Resort was abandoned by it’s owner in the late 2000′s after failing to pay …

I Like Me

January 13th, 2013

6:25

Audio Smut Experiments: ventures beyond radio into the realm of sound installation, performance and audio art work.

Audio Smut in collaboration with …

Audible Picture Show

October 15th, 2012

8:22

Audio Smut Experiments: ventures beyond radio into the realm of sound installation, performance and audio art work.

People sitting in a dark movie theater in Brooklyn sat and listened to a series of sound art pieces. …

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