From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and former Director of The Moth, comes the storytelling podcast Strangers — part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and of Radiotopia from PRX.  Strangers is hosted by Lea Thau, and produced by Lea Thau, Laura Fetherstonhaugh and Paul Dreux Smith.

Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were. Subscribe in iTunes join us on Facebook or SoundCloud. All episodes are available here.

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Latest Episode:

Franky Carrillo: Life

Franky spent 20 years in prison for a crime he had nothing to do with. This is his remarkable story. We first published this story four years ago and are rerunning it this week as part of the network-wide Radiotopia theme, “Doing Time.” And we’re working on a follow-up story about Franky’s life now, so this is your chance to get caught up on Chapter 1. Don’t miss it. 

Franky Carrillo

Young Franky with his dad

Franky the teenager with his father and siblings, before he was arrested

Frank Carrillo in prison

Franky’s (shared) cell at Folsom

Franky at his retrial 20 years later. Grabbing his arm is attorney Ellen Eggers who led the effort to free him and represented him pro bono.

Franky on the day of his release, after 20 years in prison

Franky the college student

Franky the activist
(on his left is Scott Wood, Director, Restorative Justice Program,
Loyola Marymount University)



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