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By KCRW, Bob Carlson

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UnFictional is a program of storytellers and documentaries that cover the ground between the sophisticated and the profane. Audiences will hear captivating stories of real life told by writers and performers with a talent for tales that will suck you in. The program also features documentaries created by the most talented producers from around the country. UnFictional is one part of the Independent Producer Project , an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio producers and other writers and artists. The idea is to create a clearinghouse of creativity both online and on the air. The program is hosted and curated by KCRW producer, Bob Carlson. He has an ear for compelling radio stories that are funny, sad, sincere and often dark. Listen for stories of hometowns and family secrets, as well as tales of drugs, sex, and aliens (both extraterrestrial and earthbound.) The stories on UnFictional will stick in your head like a memory. Thanks to the Annenberg Foundation, the Goldhirsh Foundation and the Roth Family Foundation for their support of the Independent Producer Project and UnFictional. Photo credit: Marc Goldstein   Subscribe to this Podcast:

Customer Reviews

Solid quirky storytelling

UnFictional is a little bit like going to an established open mike night: almost everything is good and compelling as you're listening to it, plus you've got the added benefit of possibly discovering somebody or something before it's, say, broadcast on This American Life. Not every story is a homerun, but overall it's well-produced and brimming with talent. Plus props to KCRW for spending the money and time to support independent radio producers.

Holly Rothschild

I find Holly Rotschild's story not just strange but terribly disturbing. The story itself is weird - father performing autopsies and little Holly riding around with tricycle. Autopsy in your garage? I know she is from little bitty town where your barber is also your gynecologist but God, why?? Ms. Rotschild cheerfully tells a story about prisoners in dehumanizing, terrible condition. I don't know what's more strange - the story or the storyteller who seems to be completely disconnected from this world. I appreciate the uniqueness of her childhood - just how many people do know who have a father performing autopsy in your own garage? I was fascinated by her story. More fascinating was how she laughed through out the story. Why am I not finding her story funny? I feel like I was listening to someone describing seeing a dead body and laughing about it. In fact Ms. Rothschild was describing dead bodies in her garage. I think I missed the point....what does she find so funny I wonder....Is the point of this program about strange stories or disburting storytellers? I'm's creepy.

Great show

Cant wait to hear more!