Deep archive of stories, lost recordings and shards of sound, along with new tales from remarkable people around the world.
First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history
Plunges listeners into a whirl of journalism, fiction, art, interviews, and the occasional exploding pipe dream.
In-depth, otherworldly-produced conversations exploring all of life’s gray areas on an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime.
It’s about history, but you don’t have to be a history nerd to like it.
I like what Alex is doing in this fairly new show about starting his own business.
Strangers, Moth Podcast
Who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Lea Thau and I produce and host the podcast Strangers. I formerly created The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour.
What podcasts do you listen to?
I’m part of a collective called Radiotopia from PRX and I love all my Radiotopia partners. Sorry if that sounds self-promotional, but it’s just the truth. They inspire, entertain and move me, because they are all driven by excellent storytelling and high production values. It’s hard too pick just one episode by each of the shows, but check these out: Tennessee Williams: The Pennyland Recordings by Fugitive Waves, Teenage Diaries Revisited – Melissa’s Story by Radio Diaries, A Better Tomorrow by Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt by Love + Radio, Moon Grafitti by The Truth, U.T.B.A.P.H. by 99% Invisible.
The Memory Palace by Nate Dimeo. I’d like inject this podcast into my veins if I could. It was my first experience of being truly hooked on a podcast, before I created Strangers. There were 36 episodes when I first started listening and I heard them all in two days. It’s about history, but you don’t have to be a history nerd to like it. It’s for anyone who enjoys first-rate writing, storytelling and simple but elegant audio production. Check out, for instance, Episode 48 – Picture a Box.
Start-up by Alex Blumberg. I like what Alex is doing in this fairly new show about starting his own business. In the very first episode he makes a pitch to a possible investor, which is so bad that you cringe and laugh and are hooked all at once. He records all his conversations with possible partners, funders, clients, his wife, and it’s personal in a way that suits the podcast medium well. And it has a bit of the “serial” element in that it’s one continuous story from one installment to the next (as does the podcast actually called “Serial” which I assume most of you know by now, but if you don’t you should check that out too), so start with the first episode.
How do you listen to podcasts?
Most often through iTunes.
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