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From a doctor’s controversial LSD treatments to a mother’s high-risk efforts to recover her abducted child to a punk rock pioneer’s radical career reinvention, these are stories of people making dramatic, risky changes—and the big and small decisions that change the course of lives. Hosted by award-winning journalist Judy Campbell.
||The Company We Keep||Stories of odd ducks and unlikely friendships.||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Her Double Life||A strange dream made My Linh Le wonder, should she finally tell her parents the truth about who she was?||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Little Girl Lost||Sunday, December 9, 1984 is a day Beth McGhee will never forget. It’s the day her three year-old daughter, Neola, vanished, kidnapped by her ex-husband. As Beth launched into the painful search for Neola, she had no idea how long she would be waiting||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Listener Stories – A Boat, a Baby and the Blue Skies of Montana||We’ve been asking for your stories, and on the last episode of Season 2, we highlight three of our listeners’ leaps. Gavin McClurg embarked on a death-defying adventure on the Pacific that changed the direction of his life.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||An Unorthodox Life||Henny Kupferstein grew up in the Belz sect of ultra-orthodox, Hasidic Jews in Borough Park, Brooklyn. From early childhood, she felt like a misfit. After getting married to a virtual stranger at age 18, Henny began secretly rebelling against the confin||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Elementary Kool-Aid Acid Test||In the early 1960’s, a psychologist named Gary Fisher carried out a radical experiment on severely emotionally disturbed children at a residential hospital in Southern California. Fisher believed these children’s behavioral problems could be traced||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Mirror Mirror||Jill Sutherlin has been numbing her feelings of emptiness with food, drugs and alcohol since she was a child growing up in California’s Central Valley. Several years ago she did something she’s always wanted to do,||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Big Pitch||San Francisco International High School is the city’s only high school exclusively for recently arrived immigrants. But you can also think of it as a factory. What comes in are immigrant teenagers speaking 18 different languages, including Arabic,||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Out of the Pond||Tesilya Hanauer grew up on a commune deep in a Northern California forest. When she was five, her mother joined a nomadic group of people whose philosophy involved breaking the bond between mother and child. They were called the Shivalila,||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||12/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||12/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||11/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||11/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Dinner Date||Two friends, brought together in a tragic coincidence, take a leap back out of the darkness.||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||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?||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||10/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great new podcast
Love it! Great storytelling.
What a delight!
The Leap is an exciting and engaging new Podcast. Judy Campbell & Amy Standen are breath of fresh air, just like their podcast. Thanks to the author Peggy Orenstein for posting this on Facebook! Three cheers for a fascinating podcast, my morning walks will be vastly improved.
A joy to listen to on my commute. Great storytelling and what a great first episode. Looking forward to the next!