From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and former Director of The Moth, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers, part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and of PRX’s Radiotopia collective.
Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about 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 below.
Assistant Producer Luisa Beck. Musical supervisor Myke Dodge Weiskopf. Strangers is supported by The Leon Lowenstein Foundation, the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, the Annenberg Foundation, the Goldhirsh Foundation and the Roth Family Foundation.
Strangers, at its core, is about the beauty and the struggle of human connection and what happens in those moments when we get closer to someone else, or, say, further removed from ourselves. Often that change is subtle and slow, but sometimes it is sudden and monumental. Here is Lyena Strelkoff. Check out Lyena’s blog: http://itsnotaboutthechair.com/ Also, please support the Radiotopia Kickstarter. We have a challenge to get to 20,000 backers and will receive an extra $25,000 if we make it: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1748303376/radiotopia-a-storytelling-revolution
Murder, music, mystery. A controversial event in 1997 changed the fate of two band mates.
A tale of true love spanning four decades, two countries, and classic racial divides...
A story about the places we go and the people we find. (Sorry we don't want to give it away, just listen, please.)
A 40-year-old stroke victim demonstrates that a sense of humor can be the last thing to go.
Producer Lea Thau embarks on a strange online dating adventure.
A waitress, a former bomber pilot and a retired railroad engineer embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Story told by Jennefer Ludwigsen.
In this final installment of Love Hurts, Lea talks to a guy SHE turned down.
In this third installment of Love Hurts, Lea seeks dating advice from two experts and lets it all hang out. Love Hurts is a series in which Lea investigates why she is single. We recommend listening to the episodes in order.
Lea Thau tells more stories from her love life and interviews yet another guy who turned her down.
While doing a story about online dating, Lea gets her heart broken (yet again).
Kenna, formerly known as Ken, came out 5 years ago. This is her story.
Two young men receive a surprise delivery. And it's a newborn. Whaaa!
A stripper and a tattoo artist have a fateful encounter.
Jenni Rowell had surgery last year that altered her appearance forever. She wrote to us and said " I have a story about seeing a stranger every time I look in the mirror." As we worked on her story, things took a turn for the worse...
Just how fabulous is it to be fabulously rich? 4 stories of wealth--inherited and earned.
An online dater finds love after 16 years, and an exonerated prisoner goes to see the former District Attorney.
An immigrant boy receives an offer he can't refuse.
A hip young artist couple find themselves in an arranged marriage.
A woman finds her way to the all-american, suburban, lesbian life.
Does true altruism exist? Here are three stories that say yea, nay, and just maybe...
Legendary non-fiction writer, Gay Talese, discusses his marriage, his work, and the scandals that have made waves in both.
A man spends 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, but comes out ahead...
Moby shares moments with strangers, Alec Ledd goes Jewish for Barbara Streisand.
Three stories of heart break and true love.
The son of missionaries is taken to Greece at age 5 and returns to the U.S. in the 8th grade with a mullet and a Jesus shirt. And that's just the beginning...