By Lea Thau
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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.
||ExplicitKenna Fisher: Renaissance Woman||Kenna, formerly known as Ken, came out 5 years ago. This her story.||7/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Two Men and a Baby||Two young men receive a surprise delivery. And it's a newborn. Whaaa!||6/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Long Shadow||Murder, music, mystery. A controversial event in 1997 changed the fate of two band mates.||5/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCora Leighton: The Gift||A stripper and a tattoo artist have a fateful encounter.||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jenni Rowell: Life, Interrupted||Imagine waking up every morning and seeing a stranger in the mirror...||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Liz Fletcher: Little Orphan Edie, a Valentine’s Story||A tale of true love spanning four decades, two countries, and classic racial divides...||2/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Born Rich (or Poor): Moby, Jamie Johnson and Others||Just how fabulous is it to be fabulously rich? 4 stories of wealth--inherited and earned.||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anniversary Episode: Strangers Revisited||An online dater finds love after 16 years, and an exonerated prisoner goes to see the former District Attorney.||12/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alfredo Corchado: Midnight in Mexico||An immigrant boy receives an offer he can't refuse.||11/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andrew and Akina Cox: Meet the Moonies||A hip young artist couple find themselves in an arranged marriage||10/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Andrea Askowitz: Be My Baby||A woman finds her way to the all-american, suburban, lesbian life.||9/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Matjames and Tyler: Flee, Flood, Float||A story about the places we go and the people we find. (Sorry we don't want to give it away, just listen, please.)||8/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Henry and Jane||A 40-year-old stroke victim demonstrates that a sense of humor can be the last thing to go.||7/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Altruism||Does true altruism exist? Here are three stories that say yea, nay, and just maybe...||6/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gay Talese: Committed Voyeur||Legendary non-fiction writer, Gay Talese, discusses his marriage, his work, and the scandals that have made waves in both.||5/9/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Franky Carrillo: Life||A man spends 20 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, but comes out ahead...||4/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alec Ledd, Moby: A.K.A.||Moby shares moments with strangers, Alec Ledd goes Jewish for Barbara Streisand.||3/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lauren Whaley, Jake de Grazia, VS. Dobbs: Love||Three stories of heart break and true love.||2/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||David Terry: Jesus||The son of missionaries is taken to Greece and returns to the U.S. in the 8th grade with a mullet and a Jesus shirt.||1/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Terry’s Treasure||Producer Lea Thau embarks on a strange online dating adventure.||12/13/12||Free||View In iTunes|
This program is gem.
I am a sucker for a real good story telling and I am always searching for new stuff. "Strangers" is gem. I feel like I am right there sitting next to Stephen Rochelle, listening to him telling his story about his son. I like the whole concept of a program based on strangers.
I'm in love!!@!!!!
I heard about this from a friend and I cannot wait to hear more. Holy crap.
Something in me is healed, hearing about the collisions of random people's lives, and the takewaways and wisdoms or shames that they illuminate. Its like I get to learn lessons without living through them.
I can't say enough good about the idea of "Strangers". Four days after listening to the episode about Stephen Rochelle I still find myself looking at people differently as I go about my day. Below is what I posted at KCRW's website.
--Dan Kennedy, Host of The Moth podcast.
There are a handful of reasons to hear people's stories, some of the reasons are purely anecdotal: 'What has this person done or seen that is funny or remarkable?', or 'What has this person had the privilege of being a part of that I haven't?' that's one thing. But the bigger thing is that when we walk down the street we have to be reductive to get down it. You can't walk down the street and feel and understand the humanity and heart of every person you pass, or you'd never get down the block, it would be emotionally exhausting, so we reduce people in the blink of an eye if only to get down the street and through our busy days and lives. People become 'the guy who doesn't know how to drive and stranded everyone at the red light' or 'the kid dressing like some gangster and wondering why people treat him that way' or 'another person walking slowly and right in my way when I was running late'. Then along comes a podcast that takes each person you pass on the street, or in the grocery store, or airport, or on the freeway, pauses on them and zooms in, and let's you discover for yourself just how off you were when you typecast them in the passing blink of an eye. That is a massive idea. "Strangers" goes a lot further than the pure entertainment of a story or performance -- it's an idea that makes you challenge the way you've seen your world day-in and day-out for your entire life so far, and it does it one person at a time. You can't look at people the same way after listening to just one -- if you ask me, that's the definition of important work and brilliant art.