Top Audio of 2012
A Comedian Tells the Audience: I've Got Cancer12/14/12
Comedian Tig Notaro had the comedy world abuzz back in August. “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night” tweeted Louis C.K. the next day. Notaro had just been diagnosed with...
A new show from KCRW, Strangers, brings us the story of a Mormon boy from Utah who grew up to become International Mr. Leather, which is the Miss Universe contest of the leather fetish world. He tells the story of changing from a good kid in church to...
Storycorps: Rescue Romance
Two biologists in Yellowstone National Park tell the amazing story of how they met at a bar, and how they went on to get married and go from being high school dropouts to scientists - together. (StoryCorps, 09/14/2012)
I Stole A Joke For Al Gore
Ex-Whitehouse speechwriter Mark Katz tells the story of accidentally stealing a popular joke, claiming as his own, giving it to Al Gore, and the predicament he got himself into as a result. (The Moth, 11/05/2012)
Costa Concordia Audio
Thirty two people died, and more than 60 were injured after the Costa Concordia cruiseship ran aground off Italy. The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, allegedly abandoned the ship before passengers and was charged with manslaughter. The Italian...
The architecture and design podcast 99% Invisible turned to Kickstarter in 2012 to fund its next season and was wildly successful in its effort. This year the show brought us the amazing history of pneumatic tubes. Did you know they still exist - and...
Radiolab: Yellow Rain
An interview that went awry for hit public radio show, Radiolab, sparked an outcry from listeners and an unusual apology from the show. The interview - conducted for a story that revisits an investigation of the use of chemical weapons at the end of...
Wayne Coyne's Human Head-Shaped Tumor
The Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne teamed up with literary journal McSweeney's and KCRW to create an old school radio drama, featuring music from the Flaming Lips, Bill Callahan, Okkervil River, Eleanor Friedberger, Nico Muhly, and Oneida. (KCRW,...
Teen Contender: Female Boxing
This diary followed female boxer Claressa Shields as she trained and competed for a spot on the first ever American women’s Olympic boxing team. Later in the year, she became the first American woman to win a boxing gold medal at the London Olympic...
The Truth is a radio drama - or as they describe it: a movie for your ears. In this story, two urban explorers take a trip down into an abandoned subway. (The Truth, APM, 06/06/2012)
Beth Ditto Meets Bill Clinton
Gossip's Beth Ditto is a fierce rockstar known for her wild on stage antics, but offstage she's just a regular Southern girl who likes to shop at discount stores. Here, she tells us a story about her first brush with fame in her hometown - Georgetown,...
Unfictional brings us two stories about homegrown crime. First, a man's evil plan takes an ironic turn. And then a Brooklyn dad (and off-duty cop) hits the streets and launches an investigation into the case of his kid's stolen yorkie dog....
Psy on Gangnam Style
Earlier this year Korean pop singer Psy posted a song on YouTube that went on to become the most viewed video ever and became a cultural touchstone of 2012. In this interview with NPR, Psy explains the meaning of the song and talks about his time at...
Lionel Messi's Amazing Goals
Lionel Messi, the Argentine soccer superstar, demonstrates his skill once again in this goal from the game between Cordoba and Barcelona. (Tiempo de Juego, 12/12/12)
Actually, I Am Disabled
In the most popular Perspectives episode from 2012, a young woman talks about what it's like to be disabled in a way that people can't see, and details the abuse she suffers when she uses disabled seating on public transport. (Perspectives, KQED,...
TED Radio Hour: The Pursuit of Happiness
Measurements of happiness rose to prominence over the past few years, but does one increase her level of happiness? Three speakers share some of their ideas for attaining true happiness in this TED Radio Hour. (TED Radio Hour, NPR, 05/02/2012)
The Great Outdoors
Snap Judgement brings us some incredible stories straight from the Great Outdoors - including a comedian whose underwater rivalry almost kills him, a man who becomes trapped on a mountainside, and a couple who live off the grid in Alaska. (Snap...
360 Documentaries: If
As a way to escape his grim reality, a boy in hospital imagines life as it could be in this inspiring radio doccumentary - one that has pushed countless radio producers to create their own kind of creative radio. (360 Documentaries, ABC, 08/05/2012)
Spending the Night With Sleepwalking Mike Bribiglia
When comedian Mike Birbiglia was diagnosed with a very rare sleep disorder, he didn't anticipate that it would become a New York Times bestselling book. He especially didn't think he would end up staring in a film about that time in his life. He talks...
Real Stories from Across Australia
This episode of Conversations presents a series of amazing true stories, told live on stage, across Australia during 2012. They include the story of a man in hospital with amnesia, one woman's terrifying tale of being trapped on the hood of a stolen...
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