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Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
||Explicit#23 Alex||16 years ago, Gimlet Media CEO and founder Alex Blumberg made a promise that he didn’t keep. And it’s been eating at him ever since. In this season finale, Jonathan sets out to clean up his boss’s mess.||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#22 Marchel||Russian Ark is a cinematic masterpiece. Dozens of sets, thousands of actors, years of planning. It’s a perfectly executed work of art. Almost. In this episode, Jonathan sets off to find the one guy who ruined it for everyone.||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#21 Rachael||Ten years ago, Rachael had a baby. She never told the father. All these years later, she thinks it’s about time she did.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#20 Soraya||When Soraya was in college, her favorite professor hired her on to help research a book she was writing. But when she fell into a deep depression and dropped out of school, she abandoned both the book as well as the professor who’d shown her so much k||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#19 Joey||Joey recently had a very bad day, all due to awkward misunderstandings. So now, he's enlisted the help of Jonathan "Debonair" Goldstein and Jonathan’s friend Gregor to redo the day and set things right.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitZoe, PJ, and Chanel||Heavyweight performed a sold-out live show in Brooklyn, NY, last June. Jonathan is joined by This American Life’s Zoe Chace and Reply All’s PJ Vogt to talk about Heavyweight stories that never made it onto the air… until now. Plus: human beatboxin||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#18 Sven||Sven was on a jury that sentenced a man named Paul Storey to death. He's regretted it ever since. Then, eight years later, Sven gets an email from Paul’s mother.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing Without Fail||Gimlet's new show, hosted by Alex Blumberg||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 Skye||When Skye was 11, her best friends turned on her out of seemingly nowhere. Now Skye has a son who's 11, & he can’t believe his mom never asked her friends why they did it. So, 30 years later, Skye & her son set off to find out.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#16 Rob||Rob remembers breaking his arm as a kid. But the rest of his family says it never happened. Did he break his arm? The answer will determine Rob’s sanity.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#15 Dina||During a visit back home, Jonathan’s mother inadvertently admits something that forces him to question his past. In this season finale, Jonathan turns the mic around on himself for one of the more personal episodes of the series.||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#14 Isabel||In 1999, an old suitcase was found abandoned on a Brooklyn street corner. The suitcase contained 5 years worth of love letters between a young man and young woman. In this episode, Jonathan tries to track them down.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#13 Kenny||Ken Carter was a Canadian daredevil who dreamt of performing the biggest stunt the world had ever seen. For 5 years he prepared, only to have his dream hijacked at the very last moment by the very last person he ever expected.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 Jesse||Four years ago, Jesse was hit by a car and nearly died. Now he wants to find the driver. And thank him.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 Christina||When Christina was in 11th grade, her foster mother made her quit playing basketball. After that, she felt like her life never got back on course. And so, she’s always wanted to ask her foster mother: why’d you make me quit?||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#10 Rose||Over a decade ago, Rose was kicked out of her college sorority. “You know what you did,” was the only explanation she was ever given. All these years later, Rose still wants to know what it is she did.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGimlet Presents: Uncivil||Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two.||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#9 Milt||Last season’s episode, "Gregor," led to an unfortunate event that Jonathan could’ve never predicted. In this pre-season episode, he tries to set things right.||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: A Homecoming Infomercial||Jonathan sits down with Eli Horowitz to promote Eli’s new show, Homecoming. It’s Gimlet’s first scripted series and features big name actors. Jonathan asks Eli what it’s like directing stars, and whether we can ever really come home. Then, we hear the first half of Homecoming's first episode.||11/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 Jeremy||When Jonathan was 16, he went to synagogue every morning. He even thought that one day he might become a rabbi. Things didn’t exactly work out that way.||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#7 Julia||In grade 8, Julia was bullied so badly by a group of girls that she changed schools without telling anyone. Soon after, the girls from her old school showed up at her house and rang her doorbell.||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#6 James||James’s father’s dying wish was for his ashes to be disposed of on the 18th hole of a fancy private golf course. That was 16 years ago. James, Jonathan, and their friend Howard attempt a golf heist to get into the club and set things right.||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#5 Galit||Galit was Jonathan’s first girlfriend. When she dumped him, he cried a lot and then locked away his emotional vulnerability in a safe for the next several decades. In this episode, Galit sends Jonathan a Facebook message asking if he’d like to meet||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#4 Tony||Years ago, Tony messed up his relationship with each of his three godchildren owing to three difficult chapters in his life. Now, childless and single in his late 40’s, and fearing he may never have kids of his own, Tony wants to win them back.||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3 Tara||Jonathan watched a short experimental video in college in which a little girl sat in silence while her parent sobbed. Now, Jonathan wants to know if that girl is okay.||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2 Gregor||20 years ago, Gregor lent some CDs to a musician friend. The CDs helped make him a famous rockstar. Now, Gregor would like some recognition. But mostly, he wants his CDs back.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#1 Buzz||Buzz and Sheldon are brothers in their eighties who have been estranged for decades. Buzz visits Sheldon to see if there’s still a relationship left to salvage.||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrailer||A podcast about journeying back to the moment when everything went wrong. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein. From Gimlet Media.||9/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
In keeping with Gimlet's highest production quality and substantive content, Heavyweight has the added bonus of disarming, charming, hypnotic Jonathan Goldstein. This podcast is now my favorite from Gimlet (though I listen to and enjoy each one). Insightful, funny and at times touching, it's the best of Goldstein and Gimlet.
Well written, a delight
Jonathan Goldstein is one of the best writers for audio that I know; this show, with a great team behind it, brings all that greatness to the fore. Here's hoping his circle of neurotic friends widens out as the season progresses.
Long time coming.
I've been waiting for this podcast since Goldstein taught me about hi/bye friends on This American Life. I'm so glad it's here. The episode with his father hits all the right notes and then some.