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Los Angeles, CA

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From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers, part of KCRW’s Independent Producer Project and of PRX’s Radiotopia network. Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were. Strangers is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm

Twitter:

@KCRW

Language:

English

Contact:

1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


Episodes

A Filipino-Albino-Gay-Straight-Boy-Girl-Poor-Privileged-Immigrant-American Life

9/7/2017
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Born in the Philippines as the only blond person for miles around, race was merely the first thing about the albino baby that confused people…

Duration: 00:38:51


Jack Be Nimble, Part 2

8/18/2017
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Ladies and Gentlemen: Jack, Part 2, in which there will be guns and fear and roses and magic. There will be frat boys and homeless ladies, sweet clowns, and sad selves. Above all, there will be Jack. He will be nimble and he will be bold.

Duration: 00:37:21


Jack Be Nimble, Part 1

8/4/2017
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A run-down trailer in small town Texas, Sunday mornings with Charlie Chaplin, heroine-dazed zombies, fighting off dragons, and narrowly escaping real life monsters — this was Jack’s life when she was a little girl. It was about survival from the very beginning. This episode is not suitable for children.

Duration: 00:36:01


Human/Ordinary

7/21/2017
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A couple of weeks ago we got an email from Sam in Australia about his podcast Human/Ordinary. We liked it so much we decided to share it with you. Here’s an adapted version of his 10th episode called Headstone: Breath and Bone. The content might be intense for some. You will glean the subject matter … Continue reading Human/Ordinary →

Duration: 00:32:22


Franky Carrillo: Life Now

7/12/2017
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We check in with Franky who did 20 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit (listen to our original Franky Carrillo episode “Life” for the backstory) and find out how he’s doing now and what he’s been up to for the last six years since his exoneration. It was worth the visit.

Duration: 00:31:01


A Brief Mea Culpa From the Land of the Danes

6/22/2017
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Where’s your episode? Where’s Lea? A short audio postcard from Denmark.

Duration: 00:02:57


Franky Carrillo: Life

6/8/2017
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Franky spent 20 years in prison for a crime he had nothing to do with. This is his remarkable story. We first published this story four years ago and are rerunning it this week as part of the network-wide Radiotopia theme, “Doing Time.” And we’re working on a follow-up story about Franky’s life now, so … Continue reading Franky Carrillo: Life →

Duration: 00:36:57


Dear Diary

6/1/2017
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This is not another Trump voter conversation. It’s not an end-point or a neat conclusion to the series. This is Lea crying into her iPhone at 10pm on Tuesday because she doesn’t know what to conclude, how to mend, where to go. It’s a messy, confessional audio letter about kidney stones, sea urchins, The Breakfast … Continue reading Dear Diary →

Duration: 00:33:05


Lea in Trumpland #2: Eugene

5/12/2017
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This is where the gloves come off. In this episode, Lea travels to New York to talk to a Trump supporter who defies a lot of the stereotypes: he’s coastal, young, urban, educated, Jewish, an immigrant… But man oh man do the punches fly, on both sides.

Duration: 00:58:50


Lea in Trumpland: Alicia

4/29/2017
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Lea has been traveling around interviewing Trump supporters and she’s tried to do it differently. She’s gotten drunk with them and high with them, she’s road-tripped with them and stayed overnight in their kids’ bedrooms, she’s cried with them, dined with them, yelled at them (and vice versa) to bring the conversation to a new … Continue reading Lea in Trumpland: Alicia →

Duration: 00:56:51


Kugel vs Khaled

4/16/2017
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In this episode we revisit the story of Alaa Khaled AKA Alec Ledd and ponder life’s big questions, such as kugel, identity, celebrity, and how far we will go to please Barbara Streisand or compete with a more-famous brother.

Duration: 00:38:24


Claire Obscure

3/10/2017
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It starts with a murder and ends with new questions. In between there’s Claire’s story. That’s not her real name. It’s nether her old name, nor her new name, it’s the name she took to tell this story. Warning: this episode contains graphic and disturbing content. Do not listen with children.

Duration: 00:59:44


12 Years On

2/25/2017
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In August 2004, a Somali refugee family arrived in Vermont. It was the beginning of many good things.

Duration: 00:35:23


Pabba’s 32nd Year

2/10/2017
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Imagine if your parents had access to your online dating profile. That happened to Pabba.

Duration: 00:29:56


Two Men and a Baby, The Final Episode

1/27/2017
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For nearly three years, we’ve been following Patrick and Steve and their attempt to adopt their foster daughter, and no other story we’ve done has generated as many emails from you, wondering how it all worked out. Today you will finally know. You can find out more about Patrick Hinds and his podcasts at www.theaterppl.com.

Duration: 00:25:06


Wouldn’t It Be Nice

1/13/2017
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It’s a new year, a time for hope or worry, for regrets or new plans, a time to count our blessings or pick up the pieces. Last year around this time, as 2016 was just beginning, Jared and Sharry in Utah were tremendously excited about the year ahead, but things did not work out as … Continue reading Wouldn’t It Be Nice →

Duration: 00:34:23


Eleven Up

12/12/2016
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Today’s story is about two families trying to become one family. One set of parents is white, one is black, one lives in Portland, OR, the other in Miami, FL, one is Canadian/American, the other is Haitian/American. So, geographically, demographically, and socio-economically they live in very different worlds, but when we started following them more … Continue reading Eleven Up →

Duration: 01:10:32


The People Next Door

11/24/2016
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Three stories about Mexican immigration, showing us that there are two sides to the border fence, but many sides to the story. On this episode, we find some unlikely bedfellows among liberals and conservatives, even immigrants and the border patrol. These stories come to us from the wonderful shows, “State of the Re:Union” and “UnFictional.” Also check … Continue reading The People Next Door →

Duration: 00:55:21


Lex

11/11/2016
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When you start to think your own child might have a propensity for violence, what do you?

Duration: 00:36:06


The Truth

10/28/2016
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Ashley’s husband, Corey, is accused of the worst thing imaginable. What follows sends the family on an ever darkening journey, swinging between answers, hypotheses, emotions, and, ultimately, the truth. This story is not appropriate for children.

Duration: 00:49:56

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