Strangers

Strangers

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From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers, part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and of PRX’s Radiotopia network. 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.

Episodes

The People Next Door  

Three stories about Mexican immigration, showing us that there are two sides to the border fence, but many sides to the story. On this episode, we find some unlikely bedfellows among liberals and conservatives, even immigrants and the border patrol. These stories come to us from the wonderful shows, “State of the Re:Union” and “UnFictional.” Also check … Continue reading The People Next Door

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Lex  

When you start to think your own child might have a propensity for violence, what do you?

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The Truth  

Ashley’s husband, Corey, is accused of the worst thing imaginable. What follows sends the family on an ever darkening journey, swinging between answers, hypotheses, emotions, and, ultimately, the truth. This story is not appropriate for children.

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I’m an American  

Lea recounts the personal journey that led her to become an American citizen this summer. It starts in Sweden in 1945….

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Me For Mayor?  

Have you ever had the fantasy that a chance encounter with a stranger could tell you who to be? Karin Gutman was working as an assistant when a senior advisor to a US Senator came out of the blue with an offer to change her life… This story first aired on Strangers in April, 2012.

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Blue Astringent Blues  

A wanna-be artist finds himself in a dual-life dilemma. Can you be the next Bukowski and the king of high-end skin care — at the same time? When push comes to aftershave, which do you choose? Brian Finkelstein tells this story, which originally aired on the first season of Strangers. Brian Finkelstein (@bsfinkestein) is an … Continue reading Blue Astringent Blues

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Matjames Returns: Scenes from Yellow Springs  

Three years after Tyler issued a dare for Matjames to return to Yellow Springs, and 26 years after he fled, Matjames finally makes the trip. For optimal enjoyment of this episode, please listen to the first story about Matjames and Tyler, “Flee, Flood, Float.”

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Matjames and Tyler: Flee, Flood, Float  

This is a rebroadcast of a story we produced three years ago. It’s a story we’ve always really liked, and we're sharing it with you this week because we'll have an update on the story next week. So be sure to check this out and stay tuned for the follow-up.

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Love Hurts — Two Years Later  

Lea revisits her own love life. Two years ago, Lea produced "Love Hurts,” a series about her ill-fated adventures in online dating throughout the 4 years since she'd suddenly found herself single with an infant in her late 30s. The same week that the first "Love Hurts" episode went live, Lea met a man, and a year ago she posted an anniversary update with that man about their first year of dating. But where is Lea now, two years after "Love Hurts"? Tune in to find out.

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The Bus & The Duff  

Two stories from two stages of love about chance encounters, bold moves, tough luck, predictable fights, unlikely angels, and those unavoidable moments where you simply have to "sh*t or get off the pot."

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Not By Accident  

So you’re 37 and single….  On this third installment of our “Summer of Love” series, we explore the singles’ experience with two intimate stories from the lovely podcast “Not by Accident" by Sophie Harper.

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Jo & Fayaz  

Fayaz asked Jo to marry him after they’d spent just one week in the same place. Here’s how that worked out. This story is the second installment in our Summer of Love series, but as it unfolds it becomes about more than just love.

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As Far As You Can Get  

Welcome to our new series, "Summer of Love,” inspired by this quote from a Danish newspaper: "For decades women seem to have been asking themselves the following questions: How do I get a man? How do I hold on to him? How do I put up with him? How do I get rid of him? How do I find a new one?" Gender aside, are those the stages of love in the modern world? Or what are the stages of love in the modern world? Each episode in this series will look at a different stage in a love relationship. But of course sometimes the most formative relationships are not the ones that turn into forever-after. Sometimes the relationships that make us who we are — that make us grow up and find our path on this earth — are the ones that don’t last. Tamara Lindeman tells this story.

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The Son, The Goddess, and Leopoldo  

Born in a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune after the fall of Saigon, young Joshua Safran soon hit the open road with his single mother, Claudia, and things only got stranger from there. A word of warning: this story contains some disturbing moments.

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Outside In  

One day when her daughter was 1 month old, Nanna Balslev took the elevator to the top floor of one of the tallest buildings in Copenhagen. Here’s why.

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Dumb Sh*t We Do #3: Stow Away  

Wanna go to Europe? Got no cash? Why not stow away? Well….

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Dumb Sh*t We Do #2: Rob Banks  

We feature the story of Joe Loya’s bank robbing career by producer Ben Adair of the podcast "First Time Last Time,” along with a follow-up conversation between Lea and Joe about the dumbest sh*t he’s pulled as a bank robber. Check out the "First Time Last Time” podcast, which has the simple but wonderful premise that people tell stories about the first time and last time they did something. You can find it right here in iTunes.

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Dumb S**t We Do #1: Fib  

Melia Mills was working as a lobby-greeter at a hotel, when one day Dave Chapelle came to stay…This is the first in our April mini-series “Dumb S**t We Do.”

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Worth Saving  

Annie Bradley was raised to believe that women shouldn’t have opinions or make decisions. But what happens when her life depends on a radical split-second decision?

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Elizabeth and Mary: The Aftermath  

Do altruists make us uncomfortable? Hell freakin’ yeah. Or so it seems. The most generous person we’ve ever profiled became the center of a social media storm. Lea called up some of the harshest critics to find out, eh, WHY?

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