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Make-Believe

14 EpisodesProduced by Make-Believe AssociationWebsite

Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discove… read more

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Our Decameron: Shakespeare in Utopia

April 24th, 2020

35:15

Following the cancellation of Shakespeare in the Park, Oskar Eustis talks about a utopian story in one of Shakespeare's plays. A practical guide to …

Our Decameron: Lorraine Hansberry at the End of the World

April 16th, 2020

39:23

Can a new society arise from a cataclysm? Does humanity deserve a second chance? Chicago author and journalist Natalie Moore joins a virtual audience to explore utopia, dystopia, and the radical imagination while …

Our Decameron: The Tortoise, the Hare, and Will Leitch

April 1st, 2020

39:20

To tide us over until baseball returns, sportswriter Will Leitch breaks down the most famous athletic contest of all time, and a lively virtual audience debates its moral today.

Our Decameron: Chicken Little

March 24th, 2020

39:15

The sky might or might not be falling, but the story that gave rise to that phrase is everywhere. In episode two of our series inspired by Boccaccio, Stephanie Ybarra and a group of fascinating people from all over the …

Our Decameron: Zen in Seattle

March 17th, 2020

26:45

Inspired by Boccaccio, a new series of conversations in which we share a story and invite a fascinating person to talk about what it means. In episode one, Martin Edlund of Malaria No More interprets the Zen fable about …

City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

October 4th, 2019

46:12

A docudrama about the summer that ravaged a city--and remade it. Co-produced with WBEZ.

 

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CITY ON FIRE: CHICAGO RACE RIOT 1919


A co-production of WBEZ Chicago and …

What Use Are Flowers?

March 21st, 2019

1:09:38

Does humanity deserve another chance? A fable from the great Lorraine Hansberry about a hermit and some children at the end of the world--or the beginning.

 

To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm

 

Lost Books of the Odyssey

March 1st, 2019

1:00:35

Odysseus, the “man of twists and turns”, goes on five new adventures, portrayed by five amazing actors. Sing for our time, too.

To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm

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Lost Books of the …

Bruh Rabbit

February 7th, 2019

54:46

Brer Rabbit, the iconic trickster of African-American folklore, returns in new tales by the poet Nate Marshall: It’s a whole new briar patch now.

To …

Brava

January 15th, 2019

1:01:31

A brave girl's journey through a land of many monsters, adapted from a Mexican folktale by Nancy García Loza. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, …

Overture: Where Do Stories Come From?

January 10th, 2019

25:07

How can creative artists make each other more creative? As we count down to the release of Make-Believe's first audio drama, we talk with Monica …

Coming Soon: Brava

January 3rd, 2019

0:53

A preview of the first audio drama in our season of Grown Folks Fables, a Mexican folktale con música by Nancy García Loza. A brave girl faces many …

Overture: Why Talk About Stories?

December 13th, 2018

26:30

Michael Sandel, philosopher and showman, helps us prep for Season 1 by showing how it's done. Plus: the art of listening, upstaging Matt Damon, and the case of Grasshopper v. Ant.

 

Want to talk with us? We're at

Coming Soon: Make-Believe

December 6th, 2018

1:25

Welcome to Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based company producing new audio dramas--recorded live--and conversations about how stories shape our world. It's independent. It draws from the breadth of our vibrant …

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