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Top Audio of 2012

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Some amazing audio delighted our ears in 2012, from sources including storytelling nights, podcasts, radio shows, documentaries, sports events, personal commentary, and radio dramas. A brave comedian bared her soul on stage in front of a live audience. We heard the story of two scientists who met working at a topless bar. We listened in disbelief as the Captain of a doomed cruiseship abandoned his passengers. And the creator of Gangnam Style told us about his time at college in California. That's just some of the audio that TuneIn's editors chose as the best of 2012. Treat your ears and take a look at the full list below.

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A Comedian Tells the Audience: I've Got Cancer

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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 invasive cancer, and told that she might not make it. She took to the stage to talk about it, and ended up making stand up comedy history. She spoke to Terry Gross in October.

Strangers

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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 the toast of the gay fetish world. (Strangers, KCRW, 07/26/2012)

Storycorps: Rescue Romance

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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

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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

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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 Coast Guard released audio of one of it's commanders ordering Schettino to get back onboard and oversee the evacuation. (BBC, 01/13/2012)

Radiolab: Yellow Rain

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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 the Vietnam War - was decried by listeners as insensitive and unethical when one of the co-hosts, Robert Krulwich, upset the interviewee so much that she ended the interview in tears. (Radiolab, 09/24/2012)

Wayne Coyne's Human Head-Shaped Tumor

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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, 12/11/21)

Teen Contender: Female Boxing

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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 games. (Radio Diaries, NPR, 03/07/2012)

The Truth

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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

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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, Arkansas. (Stagedive, 11/14/2012)

Unfictional

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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. (Unfictional, KCRW, 07/07/2012)

Psy on Gangnam Style

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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 college in California. (All Things Considered, NPR, 09/15/2012)

Lionel Messi's Amazing Goals

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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

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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, 09/20/2012)

TED Radio Hour: The Pursuit of Happiness

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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

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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 Judgement, NPR, 11/02/2012)

360 Documentaries: If

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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

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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 here to Terry Gross and Ira Glass about the affliction that led to the whole thing. (Fresh Air, NPR, 08/20/2012)

Real Stories from Across Australia

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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 car, and an account from behind the scenes of an on-air radio disaster. (Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC, 11/30/2012)