By KCRW, Bob Carlson
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Unbelievably true stories of chance encounters that changed the world. A pair of mail-order shoes that led to the film The Outsiders. A secret road to a California paradise. The day LA and smog first met. Stories that will stick in your head like a...
||CleanPunk Jubilee||A girl gang goes on a rampage of sex, larceny and murder. But what happened when the cameras weren’t rolling? Go behind the scenes of a riotous ‘70s punk film.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHaunted||Tara has always believed in ghosts, so she wasn’t surprised when a ghost starting haunting her Los Feliz apartment. That is, until she found out that the ghost was actually something far more frightening.||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHer Name is Ember||Ember has pretty much always known who she truly was. But it was a long, obstacle-ridden path to live that true life – as a woman.||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Sur: The Secret Road||A secret road leads to a marooned community and an ocean paradise – along the coast of California.||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBay of Smokes: The Day Smog Showed Up In LA||When you think of Los Angeles, you think of smog. But have you ever heard about the day when smog just showed up in Los Angeles? An impressionistic trip the hazy history of the skies over Los Angeles.||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMan Choubam (I am good)||After years of living in the space between who she really is, and who her mother wants her to be, Sharon decides she’s finally going to confront her mother – on a cruise with a famous Iranian talk show psychiatrist.||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Outsider||A young movie nerd from Los Angeles finds himself in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s redemption film, “The Outsiders,” thanks to a strange cosmic twist of fate (and a pair of mail-order shoes).||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnFictional returns!||The new season of UnFictional is right around the corner. Unbelievably true stories of chance encounters that changed everything. A pair of mail-order shoes that led to “The Outsiders.” A secret road to a California paradise. The day Los Angeles...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Past Can Hold a Terrible Power||The past can warp a person in mysterious ways. Sometimes we can figure out what's eating at us, but sometimes, we just have to push forward – into the darkness.||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBecause It's There||A former mountaineer returns to the Himalayas for one last climb – to bury his long lost friend. A story from KCRW's newest podcast: The Document.||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFather's Day 2017||There comes a time in every child's life when they realize they can strike their own path. But often, that path leads straight back to their parents. This week, three stories of fathers and their children.||6/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLost Bird||A bird and a cat are saved, and so – somehow – are their saviors.||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSister Aimee||Sister Aimee combined faith and fame in 1920s Los Angeles. She was the most popular woman in the country. Then she disappeared.||6/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Other Man||Stories of two men who meet by chance and emerge indelibly changed – or at least, one of them does.||5/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Enemy Within||Coming home from war can be messy, especially when the battle doesn't stay on the battlefield. This is the story of what it means to love and care for soldiers who have brought the war home with them.||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarcelona: The View from the Streets||A tour through the life… of the tour guide.||4/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoe Frank: Dreamers||A work by legendary radio storyteller Joe Frank.||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreen Goblins||A story of baseball, fatherhood and what it's like to be the black team.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRunning Away||Perseverance is a funny thing. Some people are addicted to finishing the job, no matter the cost. Running away with an idea, no matter where it takes them. And sometimes, it turns out to be worth it.||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThought I Was Dead||Death is a state of mind.||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConspiracy, Not the Crime||When you're in trouble, do you fight or do you run? The story of a man who fled from the US government for 31 years.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThat Escalated Quickly||Life comes at you fast and sometimes – sideways. And, before you know it, things have gone totally off the rails.||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Liberace of Lucha Libre||Into the hyper-masculinized world of Mexican wrestling steps Cassandro, an unapologetically gay man whose 27-year-career exploded traditional ideas of what it means to be a lucha libre fighter.||3/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Road Warriors||When it comes to crazy, immoral and stupid decisions, nothing can match a teenager looking for a good time.||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBait and Switch||It can be a masterful feat of salesmanship, or it can be a total mistake – an unhappy case of mistaken identification. This week on the show, Bait and Switch. Three stories from our live show at Riot LA.||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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.
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 confused....it's creepy.
Cant wait to hear more!