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About Lea Thau

Lea ThauLea Thau is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director. She is the producer and host of the podcast Strangers. With more than 6 million downloads per year, the show is popular with fans and critics alike. Slate named an episode of Strangers one of “The 25 Best Podcast Episodes Ever” and Strangers won the 2015 Public Radio March Madness Bracket Contest, beating out shows like This American LifeSerial and Radiolab for the top honor.
Lea is also a storytelling teacher and coach. She has worked one-on-one with the likes of Ethan Hawke, Marc Maron, Gabriel Byrne, Darryll “DMC” McDaniels, Gay Talese, and Suzanne Vega, among many, many others, as well as with Nieman fellows at Harvard and inner city kids in New York and Los Angeles. She has taught storytelling for business at Google, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Tiffany & Co, The Home Depot, Saatchi & Saatchi and many other companies. She previously served as Executive & Creative Director of the live storytelling organization The Moth, where she created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour. Originally from Denmark, she first came to the U.S. as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in New York City. She lives in Los Angeles with her son.

What people are saying:

“Holy cow, Lea Thau! Thank you, thank you for your humor, warmth, and sincerity — I hugely and ravenously love what you are doing on Strangers. I savor that puppy each time it comes out with a special cherished, sacred feeling and I seriously can’t think of a better gift. A reliable portal to gentleness in the world. That it awaits every month eases something panicked and dark in me.” –Lulu Miller (NPR, Radio Lab, Invisibilia)


“Lea Thau is a secret ninja story conjurer. If you were locked in a room with her for a few hours, you’d come out telling your best story, because she knows better than you do where your stories lie and she’ll find a way to summon them from deep inside you. Look out.”
-Jay Allison (Atlantic Public Media,


“Lea Thau’s stories get under my skin.  They linger, they re-arrange the way I think. They are full of observation and wonder. Her honesty, her piercing words, the array of people that I know because she transports me there, her voice that I am mesmerized by…”Strangers” is music you need to hear.”
-Davia Nelson (The Kitchen Sisters)


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