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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. Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories 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. Strangers is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at

Customer Reviews


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.
More please.


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.


I listen to a lot of storytelling podcasts and I really try to like this one, however, I really cannot stand the host. That's really unfortunate, because she seems like such a good person and I tried many times to get into this podcast. Although I appreciate what she's doing, the show just doesn't make the cut for me. It feels like the show was more centered around her than the contributors (with the exception of certain episodes [ie: BDSM episode]) when I feel it should be the other way around.