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Yarn | A Story Podcast

35 EpisodesProduced by John RocheWebsite

Documentaries and dramas. Whether we're spinning yarns or unraveling them, Yarn is about telling interesting stories. We have about 26 different stories now, each in a different style. Most episodes are standalone but some bigger stories are part of a series. We've done a 3-part doc series on the hi… read more

35 Episodes | 2017 - 2022

Yarn Drama Hour

April 22nd, 2022


[Audio drama collection]

We've released 25 and a bit stories for Yarn. To celebrate we're going to take a look back in this omnibus episode. Lately …

The Stalker

March 30th, 2022



"I had no contact with this man. All I ever said was hello to him. It's stalking. And it builds and builds."

These are the words of my mother, Eileen Byrne. She’s going to recount her ordeal with a …

Kyiv Calling

March 2nd, 2022


[Special Interview]
On Day 6 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine I talked to an old friend of the podcast, our tour guide from the Chernobyl episode.
He …

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury

October 12th, 2021



Inside stories from the jury room.

I wanted to see inside this secretive world and get a sense of what it feels like to serve.
I talked to 7 former jurors about their 7 separate trials.

I also talked to a …

Lone Actor Terrorism

May 14th, 2021


[Deep Dive Interview] 

The Oklahoma City bombing of 1995… The 2011 Norway attacks… The 2016 Nice truck attack… The 2019 Christcurch, New Zealand shootings… 

What do all these attacks have in common? They were all …

The Secret Palace

May 2nd, 2021



We visit the Mezhyhirya estate in the Ukraine.

The vast estate covers over 340 acres. That’s just shy of the area of Monaco. The …

Ep3: Disability. A Parallel History | Darkest before the dawn

November 22nd, 2020


[3-part documentary]

Episode 3 of 3 - Darkest before the dawn.   

1900s - 2000s   

In this new Yarn Miniseries I’m going to give you a rough history of Disability.   

In episode three things start with one of modern …

Ep2: Disability. A Parallel History | Two Steps Forward. One Step Back.

November 15th, 2020


[3-part documentary]

Episode 2 of 3

Two Steps Forward. One Step Back.  

1500s - 1800s 

In this new Yarn Miniseries I’m going to give you a rough history of Disability. 

In episode two we will see how the aftermath of …

Ep1: Disability. A Parallel History | Parallel worlds.

November 8th, 2020


[3-part documentary]

Episode 1 of 3 - Parallel Worlds. 

Prehistory - 1400s 

In this new Yarn Miniseries I’m going to give you a rough history of Disability. 

The story of Disability runs in parallel with the story of …

Ep2: How Not to be a Spy

June 3rd, 2020


[Two part Docu-drama] 

Episode 2 of 2
This is the true story of Hermann Goertz. The Nazi spy who landed in neutral Ireland during the Second World War, on a mission to meet the IRA and organise a German-led invasion of …

Ep1: How Not to be a Spy

June 3rd, 2020


[Two part Docu-drama] 

Episode 1 of 2 This is the true story of Hermann Goertz. The Nazi spy who landed in neutral Ireland during the Second World War, on a mission to meet the IRA and organise a German-led invasion of …

Trailer... Yarn

May 22nd, 2020



Whether we're spinning yarns or unraveling them, Yarn is what you could call- a storytelling playground. We’re in our 3rd year of …


April 16th, 2020



My friend Dermot has a stammer. He’s had one as long as I’ve known him. Like most people I didn’t take much notice of it. After all, everyone stumbles over words sometimes don’t they? Whats the big deal? …

Yarn Extra | The music of Yarn

April 13th, 2020


[A behind the scenes documentary] 

Welcome to this Yarn Extra.
Our second special edition episode. I thought it might be nice to give you a look behind the scenes into what goes into composing and mixing the music that …


February 18th, 2020


[A travel and history documentary] 

It’s October 2019 and we're visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine. We'll spend two days exploring the zone with a small group of tourists and a guide and we'll stay …

The Eyes Don't Lie

December 25th, 2019



On patrol with a drug recognition expert. I went on a ride along with a police officer who's specialty is to determine if drivers are …

Blak Bisnis

October 29th, 2019


[A true crime story] 

Modern piracy and the hijacking of the Petro Ranger. - You probably don’t think of pirates as wearing expensive suits and working in high rise office buildings. In the 90’s the biggest pirates of …


April 15th, 2019


[A deep dive interview] 

"I treated it like it was my best friend but in fact it was my worst enemy". 

A sober alcoholic tells his son just what it …

The Boxer and the Bomber

March 10th, 2019


[An historical audio drama]  

Based on a true story. Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day 1923. 

A bloody civil war has been raging in the city for almost two years. Brothers, sisters and friends have often found themselves on …

Chancin' Me Arm (Spotify Video version)

February 16th, 2019


[A dramatic monologue]

Drinkin’, workin’, emigratin’ and boilin’ spuds in hot tar. The life of a chancer.

Performed by Lorcan Cranitch.

Spotify users …

Chancin' Me Arm

February 15th, 2019


[A dramatic monologue]  

Drinkin’, workin’, emigratin’ and boilin’ spuds in hot tar. The life of a chancer.  

Performed by Lorcan Cranitch.  

See a …

Yarn Extra | Yarn in Vermont

December 12th, 2018


[A behind the scenes documentary] 

A Yarn special - Live and with varying sound quality.
Our adventures at ITV Fest 2018 in Vermont, where we were nominated for the best podcast award. Come with us as we ramble around …

Brick Lane

August 8th, 2018


[A beat poem] 

Walk with the narrator on a six minute stroll down one of London's most famous streets. You'll meet its inhabitants and visitors, all …

Oonagh and the Giant

July 26th, 2018


[A mythic audio drama]  

The Irish legend of how the Giant’s Causeway 
came to be.

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Cuban Missile Crisis

July 18th, 2018


[An historical documentary]  

October 1962. A bold move on the Cold War chessboard makes America very nervous. Russia installs nuclear missiles in …

Wild Night

May 29th, 2018


[A true crime audio drama]  

"You met a murderer that night you know" 

A night out to the pub in rural Ireland leads to gossip and ends in murder.

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Every Second Saturday

May 21st, 2018


[An emotional short story]  

A story about the effect divorce and shared custody has on children and parents.  

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May 13th, 2018


[A music and culture documentary] 

The melody of nations Respected and revered, the national anthem is a country's musical tribute to itself. But in …


February 14th, 2018


[An autobiographical short story] 

When you think one of 
your legs is possessed. I have cerebral palsy. It mainly affects my left leg. Lefty tries to disrupt my life whenever possible, especially in public or in …

The Siren

February 9th, 2018


[An autobiographical and historical documentary] 

An accidental sounding of the Civil Defence Siren causes one concerned citizen to get a little too …

How to Dismantle a Porn Bomb

December 5th, 2017


[An autobiographical audio drama]  

Having access to a car when you’re a teenager has its upsides and its downsides.

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Not Exactly Legal

December 5th, 2017


[An autobiographical audio drama]  

When you think your housemate 
might be a fugitive. 


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The Absence of Gary

December 4th, 2017


[An autobiographical audio drama]  

Excuses from the world’s worst employee.  

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