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Make-Believe

Radio Drama Podcasts

Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discover how they shape our world.

Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discover how they shape our world.

Location:

United States

Description:

Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discover how they shape our world.

Language:

English


Episodes

Our Decameron: Shakespeare in Utopia

4/24/2020
Following the cancellation of Shakespeare in the Park, Oskar Eustis talks about a utopian story in one of Shakespeare's plays. A practical guide to what a vision of the future can do--and what it can't. --------------- Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman ---------------- Share Make-Believe on social media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakeBelieveFM IG: https://www.instagram.com/makebelievefm/ FB:...

Duration:00:35:13

Our Decameron: Lorraine Hansberry at the End of the World

4/16/2020
Can a new society arise from a cataclysm? Does humanity deserve a second chance? Chicago author and journalist Natalie Moore joins a virtual audience to explore utopia, dystopia, and the radical imagination while discussing the great Chicago dramatist's "What Use Are Flowers?". -------------------------------------- Listen to Lorraine Hansberry’s What Use Are Flowers?: https://makebelieve.fm/flowers Listen to Natalie Moore and Jeremy McCarter’s City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot...

Duration:00:39:22

Our Decameron: The Tortoise, the Hare, and Will Leitch

4/1/2020
To tide us over until baseball returns, sportswriter Will Leitch breaks down the most famous athletic contest of all time, and a lively virtual audience debates its moral today. ------------------------------------------- Subscribe to Will Leitch's newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/williamfleitch Consider an actual tortoise vs. an actual hare: https://metro.co.uk/2016/10/15/someone-staged-an-actual-race-between-a-rabbit-and-a-tortoise-6194091/ Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing,...

Duration:00:39:19

Our Decameron: Chicken Little

3/24/2020
The sky might or might not be falling, but the story that gave rise to that phrase is everywhere. In episode two of our series inspired by Boccaccio, Stephanie Ybarra and a group of fascinating people from all over the country reconsider the tale of the moment. --------------------------------------- Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman Join the conversation - @MakeBelieveFM

Duration:00:39:13

Our Decameron: Zen in Seattle

3/17/2020
Inspired by Boccaccio, a new series of conversations in which we share a story and invite a fascinating person to talk about what it means. In episode one, Martin Edlund of Malaria No More interprets the Zen fable about the tiger and the strawberry. --------------------------------------------- Hosted by Jeremy McCarter Music, mixing, and mastering by Mikhail Fiksel Graphics and social media by Carly Pearlman Special thanks to Maria Tatar Join the conversation - @MakeBelieveFM

Duration:00:27:37

City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

10/4/2019
A docudrama about the summer that ravaged a city--and remade it. Co-produced with WBEZ. ------------------------------------------- CITY ON FIRE: CHICAGO RACE RIOT 1919 A co-production of WBEZ Chicago and Make-Believe Association Written by Natalie Moore and Jeremy McCarter Original music and sound design by Mikhail Fiksel Executive produced by Cate Cahan for WBEZ and Jeremy McCarter for Make-Believe Recorded at WBEZ Studios and The Revival, Chicago CAST Ayanna Bria...

Duration:00:46:10

What Use Are Flowers?

3/21/2019
Does humanity deserve another chance? A fable from the great Lorraine Hansberry about a hermit and some children at the end of the world--or the beginning. To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm --------------- What Use Are Flowers?: A Fable By Lorraine Hansberry Music by Mikhail Fiksel Sound by Erisa Apantaku and Mikhail Fiksel Directed by Daniel Kyri Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter Performed and recorded live at the Harold Washington Library,...

Duration:01:09:36

Lost Books of the Odyssey

3/1/2019
Odysseus, the “man of twists and turns”, goes on five new adventures, portrayed by five amazing actors. Sing for our time, too. To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm --------------- Lost Books of the Odyssey By Jeremy McCarter Adapted from the novel by Zachary Mason Music composed and sound team led by Mikhail Fiksel Directed by Jess McLeod Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter Performed and recorded live at the Harold Washington Library, Chicago CAST...

Duration:01:00:34

Bruh Rabbit

2/7/2019
Brer Rabbit, the iconic trickster of African-American folklore, returns in new tales by the poet Nate Marshall: It’s a whole new briar patch now. To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm This program is dedicated to the life of George Terrell, a storyteller and enslaved man on the Turnwold Plantation in Eatonton, Georgia. He is one of countless storytellers with names that we will never know or get right. --------------- Bruh Rabbit And the Fantastic Telling of Remington...

Duration:00:54:45

Brava

1/15/2019
A brave girl's journey through a land of many monsters, adapted from a Mexican folktale by Nancy García Loza. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, followed by audience conversation. To contact Make-Believe, email us at talk@makebelieve.fm --------------- Brava A folktale con música Script and corrido by Nancy García Loza Music direction and additional music by Eréndira Izguerra Sound team led by Mikhail Fiksel Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker Executive produced by Jeremy...

Duration:01:01:32

Overture: Where Do Stories Come From?

1/10/2019
How can creative artists make each other more creative? As we count down to the release of Make-Believe's first audio drama, we talk with Monica Beletsky, acclaimed writer for TV and film, about artistic collaboration, the highs and lows of the TV writers' room, and the fable of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. See Monica's thread on storytelling: https://twitter.com/MonicaBeletsky/status/946479909903282177 See @edithdrod's...

Duration:00:25:08

Coming Soon: Brava

1/3/2019
A preview of the first audio drama in our season of Grown Folks Fables, a Mexican folktale con música by Nancy García Loza. A brave girl faces many monsters. #muchowowwow #muchoguaoguao

Duration:00:00:53

Overture: Why Talk About Stories?

12/12/2018
Michael Sandel, philosopher and showman, helps us prep for Season 1 by showing how it's done. Plus: the art of listening, upstaging Matt Damon, and the case of Grasshopper v. Ant. Want to talk with us? We're at info@mbelieve.org. Want to support our work? Please consider a tax-deductible contribution here.

Duration:00:26:28

Coming Soon: Make-Believe

12/6/2018
Welcome to Make-Believe Association, a Chicago-based company producing new audio dramas--recorded live--and conversations about how stories shape our world. It's independent. It draws from the breadth of our vibrant city. And it's coming very soon.

Duration:00:01:26