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Hello and welcome to Kismet, a podcast about how people met and connections are made. Each week we capture the real memories of how friendships, rivalries, romances and adventures began. We weave stories with sounds and music to set the scene and document the separate sparks, the quickened hearts and the unintended consequences that lead to life-changing encounters.




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#18. The Oasis - Jade and Morgos

When the Oasis was hurtled through the void and landed in Amroth, peace was at hand until the armies of Frah descended. Jade and Morgos soon found themselves defending the citizens against the Orks, and found each other beneath strategy and battle.

Duration: 00:18:53

#17. LS Fix - James, Jamie and Alice

The podcast My Dad Wrote A Porno is just the latest in the long line of productions that James, Jamie and Alice have been making ever since their times at Leeds Student Television. One fateful Halloween party and one chance bus ride has intertwined their lives for 10 years and still going strong.

Duration: 00:21:22

#16. Blotto - Bob and Molly

Not all boozy ideas see the light of day, but when Bob and Molly met at a rained-in bar at sxsw, it became a fruitful meeting of the minds.

Duration: 00:12:32

#15. Chatrooms - Cyril and Gino

Back in 2002 the everyone knew that way to find sex if you were young and gay was on the internet, specifically chatrooms, specifically That's what Cyril and Gino were expecting.

Duration: 00:11:50

#14. Persistence - Olive and Jasper

Olive is like a debonair southern lady, while Jasper a glad-handing attentive, working the room type. When they met, their personalities totally clashed, but with a little persistence they were soon hanging out and sharing toys.

Duration: 00:08:23

#13. The Rome Prize - David and Suzanne

When Suzanne met David, his "nerd coefficient" was off the charts, but after both were accepted into The Rome Prize, a romance grew from their encounters with lock-ins and walnut shells.

Duration: 00:09:28

#12. Visit - Kouraboure and Diana

On any given day, thousands of immigrants in the United States are being held in detention, mostly to the benefit of for-profit prison corporations. Kouraboure, who fled political persecution in his home country of Burkina Faso, is one of them.

Duration: 00:30:52

#11. Sponge Bath - Sheri and John

Sheri and John's best friends decided to get married and have them as their best man and maid of honor. They didn't know each other but got in touch over the phone weeks in advance. Soon they were racking up $600 phone bills. Until, that is, a difficult event brought them face to face.

Duration: 00:14:21

#10. Haymakers - Jessica and Asmeret

Asmeret and Jessica are about as competitive as you can imagine, crushing marathons & triathlons on the regular. Their latest physical feat pits them against each other in the ring, but for a greater cause: fighting cancer

Duration: 00:18:19

#09. DADT - Bryan and Jordan

Bryan wanted to be an all American hero. Jordan wanted to play with swords. For both of them, joining the Marines had nothing to do with their sexuality, but as homosexual men during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the issue was in many ways unavoidable.

Duration: 00:18:46

#07. Saint Never Comes Day - Paul and Annie

Paul and Annie-B are the directors of the experimental dance and performance group Big Dance Theater. They have performed worldwide. On top of founding an internationally recognized theater company, Annie-B is well known for her choreographic collaborations with Nico Muhly, St. Vincent, and David Byrne, and Paul is known for his acting roles in Silence of The Lambs, Married To The Mob & many other films and TV shows.

Duration: 00:08:02

#6. Comfy Pants - Marie and Kate

Kate and Marie may have initially met comfort eating all the hors d’oeuvres at a party in Brooklyn, but their conversation soon turned to the instruments they each played. They are the hilarious duo behind the musical comedy band Reformed Whores.

Duration: 00:10:34

#05. A Letter - Cindy and Belinda

Cindy grew up knowing that she was adopted. She would watch The Phil Donahue Show and see detectives finding missing family members. She knew that one day she would hire a private investigator to find her birth mother. Finding anyone else had not crossed her mind.

Duration: 00:13:22

#04. Double Knees - Colt and Grado

As a twelve year old, Graeme Stevely from Kilmarnock, Scotland was obsessed with wrestling. One of his favorite wrestlers was Colt Cabana. When Colt visits Kilmarnock to wrestle, Graeme cannot believe his luck.

Duration: 00:15:35

#02. Palm Treo - Brittany and Eric

In "Palm Treo", Brittany and Eric talk about the secret parties that the RA's at at Howard University were throeing in 2005. Their podcast "For Colored Nerds" is a show where BFFs Brittany and Eric humorously deep-dive into the uncool topic of their choice while testing the outer limits of their friendship.

Duration: 00:11:46

#02. Dust - Greg and Sue

Greg, a New York City cop, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia 11 years after being covered in dust and debris at the World Trade Center attack in 2001. A forgotten moment from Sue 30 years prior was to be crucial if he was to survive.

Duration: 00:16:21

#01. Love Train - Morgan and Nathan

One of the things that people who live in New York know is that “you don't talk to people on the subway”. Episode 1 explores what happens when two people, with the help of impulse and chance, decide to ignore all they have been told.

Duration: 00:12:47