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There are 24 hours in a day. Seems pretty straightforward. But what do you really know about the hours between say, 11pm-6am. From graveyard shift jobs to “secret identities”, who we are and what we do at night is often less fully perceived by others, whether by choice or by circumstance. Peering into the dusty corners of the night, Nocturne explores these often overlooked and undisclosed slices of life. Under cover of darkness, our thoughts and feelings can take on strange new shapes, sometimes barely recognizable as our own. And the pulse of the world seems to alter too, sort of creating a curtain of privacy around our behaviors and even our appearance. Do I truly know you if I only know the daytime you? Let’s find out in Nocturne. Nocturne is essay radio - a hybrid form of audio storytelling that blends elements of documentary, fiction and sound-art. The Nocturne podcast was created by Vanessa Lowe and Kent Sparling, and is produced by Vanessa Lowe. Theme music composed by Kent Sparling.

There are 24 hours in a day. Seems pretty straightforward. But what do you really know about the hours between say, 11pm-6am. From graveyard shift jobs to “secret identities”, who we are and what we do at night is often less fully perceived by others, whether by choice or by circumstance. Peering into the dusty corners of the night, Nocturne explores these often overlooked and undisclosed slices of life. Under cover of darkness, our thoughts and feelings can take on strange new shapes, sometimes barely recognizable as our own. And the pulse of the world seems to alter too, sort of creating a curtain of privacy around our behaviors and even our appearance. Do I truly know you if I only know the daytime you? Let’s find out in Nocturne. Nocturne is essay radio - a hybrid form of audio storytelling that blends elements of documentary, fiction and sound-art. The Nocturne podcast was created by Vanessa Lowe and Kent Sparling, and is produced by Vanessa Lowe. Theme music composed by Kent Sparling.
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There are 24 hours in a day. Seems pretty straightforward. But what do you really know about the hours between say, 11pm-6am. From graveyard shift jobs to “secret identities”, who we are and what we do at night is often less fully perceived by others, whether by choice or by circumstance. Peering into the dusty corners of the night, Nocturne explores these often overlooked and undisclosed slices of life. Under cover of darkness, our thoughts and feelings can take on strange new shapes, sometimes barely recognizable as our own. And the pulse of the world seems to alter too, sort of creating a curtain of privacy around our behaviors and even our appearance. Do I truly know you if I only know the daytime you? Let’s find out in Nocturne. Nocturne is essay radio - a hybrid form of audio storytelling that blends elements of documentary, fiction and sound-art. The Nocturne podcast was created by Vanessa Lowe and Kent Sparling, and is produced by Vanessa Lowe. Theme music composed by Kent Sparling.

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Episodes

Ep. 32 – The Dream You Should Be Having

9/11/2017
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The Sleepless project is two things: It's a voicemail that people can call when they can't sleep, so they can talk about what's on their mind and hopefully get back to sleep. It’s also an art project where the creator of the project makes short videos to accompany the voice messages. She came to the project through her own sleepless nights. Read more → The post Ep. 32 – The Dream You Should Be Having appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:21:15


Ep. 31 – Shortboard

8/9/2017
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On a beautiful day in April, Matthew Bryce went out to surf by himself off a remote beach in Scotland. Usually he goes out for 3 or 4 hours, and then goes about his life. This time was different. Read more → The post Ep. 31 – Shortboard appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:42:43


Ep. 30 – A Catalogue of Nights

6/6/2017
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In January I left my home for 6 months of wandering, and of course one of the main things I explored were the infinite shades of night in each new place. What I noticed more than ever is that every night is a finger print - each is unique, with no one the same as another. The sounds tell the stories. Read more → The post Ep. 30 – A Catalogue of Nights appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:24:56


Ep. 29 – 3am

4/28/2017
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Have you every woken up in the wee hours of the night to find that you’re gripped by fears and anxieties that just didn’t exist in the light of day? You can lie there awake in bed, in your comfortable home, maybe even next to a loved one, and find your thoughts circling like persistent vultures. And then the morning rolls around, and it’s almost impossible to recreate the sense of foreboding that existed just a few hours earlier. Read more → The post Ep. 29 – 3am appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:20:55


Ep. 28 – They’re All Asleep

3/31/2017
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Lots of museums have regular evening hours or events, often lasting until 8 or 9pm. But I wonder - what do these worlds become in the wee hours, when the last visitor has heeded the call to leave, and the doors are locked? What transformations take place when no one is watching? Read more → The post Ep. 28 – They’re All Asleep appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:15:56


Ep. 27 – The Radical Shift

2/26/2017
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In that place where darkness and isolation meet, fear can take hold in a particularly visceral way. When you’re alone in the dark, every sense works overtime. It can feel like the darkness and the fear are interchangeable. One comes to represent the other. The darkness can paralyze you. Or you can walk straight into it. Read more → The post Ep. 27 – The Radical Shift appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:26:26


Ep. 26 – Moon Shadow

1/30/2017
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In September 2015 the full moon crossed into the Earth’s shadow and turned redish gold. It was the first blood moon, or total lunar eclipse of a super moon, in over 30 years, and it wouldn’t happen again for almost twenty more. The moon was old and strange, and we were seeing it in a form that occurs only very rarely. It was something we had to show up for, because it wasn’t available on demand. We had to come out of our homes and out of our routines.Also, the moon that night made us look...

Duration: 00:11:57


Ep. 24 – The Kindness of Others

11/29/2016
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The ethos of randonneuring emphasizes personal challenge and comraderie. Randonneurs share the goal of having everyone make it to the finish line. They take care of each other, because what they’re doing is kinda crazy and a little dangerous. Read more → The post Ep. 24 – The Kindness of Others appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:35:11


Ep. 23 – Proof of Passage

10/31/2016
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Picture it. You’re biking along a winding country road, 30 miles from the nearest town. The air is cool, there’s a slight wind, maybe a gentle mist. It’s three o’clock in the morning. You’ve been awake for 23 hours. Read more → The post Ep. 23 – Proof of Passage appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:29:00


Ep. 22 – Freedom and Control

9/30/2016
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The police play an important role in civil society. Their first mandate is to serve and protect - the ultimate goal being the maintenance of social order. Often this is accomplished with out undue assaults on individual liberty. But many factors come into play in the tension between freedom and order. It can be a fine balancing act, without clear edges. And it only takes one dark night to color lasting impressions. Read more → The post Ep. 22 – Freedom and Control appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:30:11


Ep. 21 – To Separate Chambers

8/24/2016
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Some surveys suggest that up to a quarter of couples sleep in separate beds. Dave and Sue have both experienced the need to sleep alone, and while they miss things about sharing a bed all night, the arrangement seems tolerable to both of them. This is not the case for another couple I spoke to. Brooke and Bob have been struggling for years to find a solution to what seems like an insurmountable sleep impasse. The post Ep. 21 – To Separate Chambers appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:36:10


Ep. 20 – A Luminous Bubble

7/22/2016
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The night bus rolls through the city like a small enclosed world. You never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll see. One night, Helen Zaltzman’s bus ride home from the movies took a dark turn. The post Ep. 20 – A Luminous Bubble appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:26:28


Ep. 19 – The Vampire Beat

6/29/2016
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Jade Walker hates the daylight so much that most of her neighbors have rarely seen her. The sun is a personal affront to her. But she’s not disconnected from life. In fact, she sees it all. And because of her, so do we. The post Ep. 19 – The Vampire Beat appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:30:31


Ep. 18 – Look Up!

5/31/2016
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The stars are always there in the sky, even when we can’t see them. Why should we look? Why should we care? Paul Salazar cares, and he has compelling reasons why you should, too. The post Ep. 18 – Look Up! appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:28:49


Ep. 17 – I Was Flying

4/30/2016
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Our dreams can allow us to experience things that are – impossible. Yeah, some dreams take us where we’d rather not go. But others invite us into a world filled with joy, and ease, and wonder. They connect us to a forgotten part of ourselves. It feels realer than real, this realm we can only inhabit when we’re sleeping. The post Ep. 17 – I Was Flying appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:15:02


Ep. 16 – Standing Over The Bed

3/28/2016
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Sometimes the world of our dreams can be unsettling; even terrifying. The fear can be like an echo or a shadow of true emotion; or it can be utterly real, even justified. At times the fearful experiences we have at night can introduce questions into the nature of reality, itself. Many explanations have been offered for some of the most terrifying intrusions into sleep, but questions are not always answered, phenomena are left unexplained, there is no resolution. The post Ep. 16 – Standing...

Duration: 00:28:38


Nocturne Bake Sale

3/23/2016
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Please consider supporting Nocturne on Patreon. Go to http://www.patreon.com/nocturnepodcast . Music: Taiga, Kent Sparling Johnny Bear, Jeffrey Foster and Kent Sparling Artwork:Robin Galante The post Nocturne Bake Sale appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:07:34


Ep. 15 – To A Distant Continent

2/29/2016
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Lynne Cox has spent her life swimming vast distances and pushing herself to the edges of possibility. Since the beginning, she has thrived on exploring uncharted territories, including the ocean at night. The post Ep. 15 – To A Distant Continent appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:27:24


Ep. 14 – Best Feeling in the World

1/28/2016
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The night can be like the great frontier to a kid; a forbidden zone; the perfect place to explore autonomy and independence. At first it might be tempting for parents to just lay down the law. But they're up against a lot. They're up against the best feeling in the world. The post Ep. 14 – Best Feeling in the World appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:24:00


Ep. 13 – Letting Go

12/29/2015
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Sleep can serve as both refuge and captor. That’s the case for Monica, who’s blessed with the enviable ability to consistently sleep through the night, almost without fail, no matter what’s going on. During one of the most difficult times of her life, this gift became a painful liability. The post Ep. 13 – Letting Go appeared first on Nocturne.

Duration: 00:25:44

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