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The Heart

93 EpisodesProduced by Kaitlin PrestWebsite

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

93 Episodes | 2013 - 2023

SISTERS: But Beautiful

March 14th, 2023


Kaitlin and Natalie try to create boundaries for the first time in their lifelong relationship. They work to navigate their relationship together and separately. As they embark on creating the final episode of this …

SISTERS: What's Wrong-isode

March 7th, 2023


We go back in time to before Kaitlin hired Natalie. She brings us inside of her uncertain world, and her journey to figure out what is wrong.

TRIGGER WARNING: suicidal ideation, reference to childhood and sexual …

SISTERS: Work-isode

February 28th, 2023


It’s the pandemic, and KP hires her younger sister to work at her company. As an assistant producer. Natalie is having flashbacks to their youth, when she performed as the butler at Kaitlin’s dinner parties. Is this the …

SISTERS: Jem-isode

February 21st, 2023


Natalie and Kaitlin go into their 20s living separate and faraway lives. Kaitlin comes home from New York for christmas every year, and they hug and talk into the night, falling asleep spooning like they did when they …

SISTERS: Chapter One-isode

February 14th, 2023


Kaitlin was Daddy’s little girl. And then: Natalie was born. The older and the younger sister: competing for attention, being bossed around, …

SISTERS: A Preview

February 1st, 2023


She’s the talented one. She’s the hard worker. She’s the pretty one. She’s the one that Dad likes more….SISTERS. A preview into our newest series coming to you February 14th: on the day the world celebrates love, we …

Welcome to The Heart

February 23rd, 2022


Welcome to The Heart. We’ve been in operation for 14 years! What’s next? An overview for those new to the feed. And a window into what double double toil and radio we’ve been cooking up for 2022.

Support The Heart and …

Axel: A Sound Poem

May 27th, 2021


Axel Kacoutié brings you into his mind and his heart through rich sonic universe building. In this audio journey, he conjures sensations: warmth, light, and the feeling of waking up after having a disturbing dream.

Hurricane Boyfriend

December 30th, 2020


Love found in an unlikely place: a natural disaster. As we cozy down and prepare to say goodbye to 2020, The Heart is here to wish you all some pandemic love for 2021.


September 30th, 2020


Melanie, her family (the voices in her head), and her ill-fated lover discuss potentially having a baby, and her first pregnancy 9 years ago.

Appearances is an audio mindtrip by Sharon Mashihi and Mermaid Palace. …

Asking For It

March 25th, 2020


Meet Goldie.

The cycle begins, in episode 1 of Asking For It, a new fictional series from Mermaid Palace.

Mermaid Palace

October 29th, 2019


Named after the very bedroom within which many of the episodes of The Heart were made.

In this ep you heard the singing of Sharon Mashihi and …

The Shadows

September 22nd, 2018


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

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December 20th, 2017


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


In 2018, The Heart will be taking a break.

~* The Secret Link *~

Man Choubam (I Am Good)

December 6th, 2017


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


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


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 …


October 24th, 2017


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 …

Bodies: Goddess

September 19th, 2017


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


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


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


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


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.

No: Questions

June 14th, 2017


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


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


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


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


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

First Comes Marriage

April 4th, 2017


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

Pansy: The Beloved

February 7th, 2017


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


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


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 …

Mariya – Extended Cut

November 23rd, 2016


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


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


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


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: No Way Out

September 8th, 2016


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


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


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


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


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.

Silent Evidence: Salt in the Wound

June 9th, 2016


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 …

Silent Evidence: Hands on the Wheel

June 2nd, 2016


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 …

Silent Evidence: Ten Foot Pole

May 26th, 2016


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, …

Silent Evidence: Not the Right Time

May 19th, 2016


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, …


May 4th, 2016


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


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


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


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


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


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. …

Samara + Kelsey

January 13th, 2016


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


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


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


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 Magic Wand

September 22nd, 2015


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 …

The Beach

August 19th, 2015


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 Subway

March 17th, 2015


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


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 …


February 17th, 2015


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


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


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 …


January 6th, 2015


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


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 …


September 16th, 2014


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 …


August 20th, 2014


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


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


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


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


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


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


(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, how it came to …

A Valentine

February 13th, 2014


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? …


November 5th, 2013


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


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


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


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


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


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 …


May 8th, 2013


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


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 …


March 3rd, 2013


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 …


February 28th, 2013


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

The Sensorium

February 5th, 2013


Episode One.

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

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