The Leap

The Leap

Australia

A KQED storytelling podcast about people making dramatic, risky changes, told by award-winning public radio reporters Amy Standen and Judy Campbell.

Episodes

Episode 4: The Improbable Transformation of a Punk Pioneer  

James Williamson became a punk rock legend as part the 1970s band The Stooges. But, a few years into it, he just walked away.

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Episode 6: My Name Is Shawn and I Prefer He  

Lately we’ve heard a lot of stories about people who, after years in the closet, found the courage to come out as transgender. But for Shawn, courage was never the problem.

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Episode 5: Caught in a Pipe  

It started with a knocking sound, then whispers, then the strange conviction that he could read people’s minds. In this story, we meet Frankie as he sprints away from his history of mental illness and toward the “normal” life he always wanted.

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Episode 3: When a Stranger Gives You $125 Million  

After a Seattle businessman left his fortune to a San Francisco blindness organization, its director went in search of an explanation. He found a secret the two men had shared.

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Episode 2: The Dinner Date  

Two friends, brought together in a tragic coincidence, take a leap back out of the darkness.

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Episode 1: The Strange Journey of the World’s Worst Smell  

What does the smell of butt crack and dead animal have to do with the demise of the American manufacturing industry and the battlefields of Iraq?

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Episode 0: Welcome to The Leap  

The Leap is about what it takes to start out one place and end up somewhere, or someone, else. Here's a sample of what you will hear on the podcast.

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