The goal of the Bello Collective is to bring together writers, journalists, and other voices who share a passion for the world of audio storytelling.
Randy is a character (and real person) on Why Oh Why; listeners might know him as ‘quizno guy’. This week, a whole episode dedicated to Randy, in Randy’s Mema Died.
Randy is a character (and real person) on Why Oh Why; listeners might know him as ‘quizno guy’. This week, a whole episode dedicated to Randy, in Matt Smith does an excellent podcast called Biography that is consistently excellent. He just finished up an excellent three parter on Themistocles, who was an Athenian politician in the early days of democracy..
Despite our mixed feelings on the new Reply All logo redesign, we’re still impressed by the depth of their reporting; this week’s episode, The Reversal, follows the story of a hunt for a cure for ALS via (what else) the internet.
KCRW’s Unfictional’s story 'Solo Man' was a story of adventure, commitment, and loneliness, as it chronicles the five year journey of Erden Eruç as he became the first man to circumnavigate the globe under his own power. I have been alone before, but this is beyond anything I can imagine.
America is the most wasteful nation in the world, and we’re committing a lot of toxic colonialism. Reveal takes us deeper into our digital dumping grounds.
The Heart delves into their new season on femininity with an episode about straight, cisgender men who twirl (among other things).
Finally, listen to this bonus episode on female empowerment from WNYC's 2 Dope Queens
If you’re a regular listener, it would be hard to deny that Reply All was firing on all (breakmaster) cylinders this year. As the show brings in new voices, including the terrific Phia Bennin and Sruthi Pinnamaneni, they’re able to dig deeply into the myriad ways the Internet changes our lives. This episode offers updates on some of their best stories of the year.
This episode of Otherhood touches on a lot of hyper relevant issues facing modern journalism, including how the current political climate is changing the way journalists of color are able to do (or not do) their job. The more I hear thoughtful journalists discuss their craft, the more hope I have that a #posttruth world isn’t an inevitable race to the bottom.
Mike Fecile fell from a very great height that injured his brain much more than his bones. After the fall, his family and two caregivers (turned best friends) took care of Mike for four long years, filled with laughter and so many health problems. This stunning documentary is by one of the Fecile brothers about the impact, hardships, and heartbreak of a brain injury.
The cast of King Falls AM shows us some real singing talent — well, from most of them, at least — during a live broadcast of a Christmas tree lighting.
Radiolab’s annual pledge-drive-slash-episode episode.
Freakonomics three part series on “Bad Medicine” was overall a great history and overview of the current state of the U.S. medical system, but pretty one-sided in its approach.
За здоровье to the ladies of Spirits, who covered the Russian folktale of Koschei the Deathless.
Stuff You Missed in History Class covers Belinda Sutton and her (beautifully written) post-enslavement petitions for reparations.
A family of Strangers: two families from very different backgrounds move eleven people under one house, and Lea Thau will be there to document how they grow.
(Ira Glass talked about How To Be Amazing, too).
This American Life featured and Third Coast awarded a great documentary about the aftermath of a horrific crime.
Our parents read this, so we won’t go into a full review of the new Gimlet/Tinder show DTR, but if you’re a Tinder-er, we’d recommend this episode about the, er, art of photography in dating apps.
The Department of Energy teaches Ho-Ho-How Holiday Lights work.
The Truth tells the story of one brave elf who dares question the very premise that people might be both naughty AND nice.
All Things Advent, Culture Matters: Continuing the seasonal festivities, Texas megachurch The Village Church discusses the Christmas season from an evangelical Christian perspective. This roundtable analyzes Advent within historical & cultural contexts, intercut with vox-pops of church staff members’ Christmas traditions.
Sharyn Eastaugh is finishing the second act of her amazing show, History of the Crusades, and this deep dive (79 episodes) into the Cathars in southern France and the fight against heretics is such good storytelling that you find yourself deeply involved in the lives of Medieval subversives. Listen to Episode 187: The Crusade Against the Cathars.
Twice Removed is the newest from Gimlet, and it also just jumped to my favorite. The start of it feels a little like a hokey game show, but as you fall into it host AJ Jacobs brings a lot of earnest joy to family history. A lot of people view genealogy as an almost clinical or snobbish practice: forcing the drama of a family into lines, dates, and names, and maybe doing so to prove a privileged lineage. I’ve worked with a lot of genealogists though, and it’s a lot more than that: understanding h...more
There’s a good chance you’ve ingested a lot of media from Vox, including podcasts like The Ezra Klein Show or The Weeds. In Ezra Klein: From College Blogger to Political Powerhouse on The Tim Ferriss Show, Hear the surprising origin story of one of the creators of this new online empire, including how he used to blog everyday for only 35 people and how the opportunities he didn’t get turned out to be lucky breaks.
Switched on Pop’s breakdown of White Christmas and its universal success will make you think differently about it the next time you hear it.
Australian journalist Eleanor Gordon-Smith wanders the streets of Sydney to ask the men who cat-call her a question: why? And the resulting conversation is equally fascinating and infuriating.
While I’ve long known the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome”, until I heard this episode I knew little of the woman who inspired it. This is the story of Kristin Enmark — who was held hostage in a bank in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1973 — as she tells it. It’s a fascinating story: true crime from the victim’s perspective, when the victim doesn’t feel much like a victim at all.
What happens when society can no longer trust the media? Flash Forward’s Rose Eveleth takes us to a future where there’s so much fake news that no one knows what news is real. After this week’s ‘pizzagate’ — where a man fired a gun in a D.C. pizzeria while investigating a (very fake) child sex-ring run by Hillary Clinton — the dangers of this future are a little too real. Related: Reply All’s Voyage Into Pizzagate & The Allusionist’s Winterval.
If you’ve never wanted to be a scientist before, this hour will change your mind; if you have, it’ll remind you why. It’s a striking conversation about the need to think of the people behind the science, and of science as a service. I loved the way science and wonder was presented as a great equalizer: that, as they say in the interview, a Bernie Sanders supporter and a Trump supporter will have the same awestruck reaction from an inspiring natural science exhibition at a museum.
Leroy and Gloria Griffith got married in 1969. Leroy is white, Gloria is black, and they are believed to be the interracial couple to legally marry in their Tennessee county. I’m really appreciating stories where the personal meets the historical at the moment, and I loved hearing this couple’s account of both the positive and negative responses to their relationship and wedding, and how they dealt with them.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly talks about "PC culture,"coming forward about CEO Roger Ailes sexually harassing her, and how Trump's election has empowered white nationalists. Her new memoir is 'Settle For More.'
Nature is one of the premier academic journals in the world, and if they wanted to publish an exciting breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research simultaneously with a podcast story about it, who would they choose? Radiolab of course! This episode is the ultimate press release for research that shows that something as simple as pulsing lights in the right frequency can help wake up a part of the brain that is heavily affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Bringing something like this to market is a long roa...more
Reporter Asma Khalid’s beat for the 2016 election was on demographics and the voters, but now in the aftermath of the campaign she needed to reflect on what it was like to be on the trail as a Muslim woman. Reporter’s notebook style she published a reflection piece, but then she, host Sam Sanders, reporter Sarah McCammon, and editor Ron Elving got together on NPR Politics to talk about the piece and their different experiences covering the election and talking to voters. Such as: Sanders and Kha...more
Time to rejoice!: not only can we once again hear the laughter of Tracy and Heben, but in this first episode (of a new season? back from hiatus?) features Janet Mock, writer, trans rights activist, and producer of the recently released HBO film The Trans List. This has been said about many Another Round episodes, but this one in particular felt like I was listening in on a sleepover with three best friends. That’s just not a listening experience that producers can manufacture. Mock talks about D...more
The End of the Story is the end of Short Cuts for the year (don’t fret, Josie will be back in February of 2017). There are three stories, about stories. The first is such a moving and beautiful oral history upon oral history: layered on archival recordings of the story of the Kayak Man are stories about Arctic explorer who made the recordings, and on top of that is the contemporary retelling of the Kayak Man. The second, a Third Coast ShortDoc winner, reimagines a Robert Frost poem as a film (li...more
When people ask, “how are you?”, most of us brush it off with a simple “fine.” But what if we answered how we really felt? That’s the premise behind Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Deep dives into the tragedies in our lives and how we’ve recovered. In their 2nd episode about a boneheaded mistake in the New York Times, we see Terrible find it’s footing as a surprisingly sound-rich, tightly edited podcast hosted by the self-deprecating Nora McInerny from Minnesota Public Radio.
Stranglers, which I binged-listened to this weekend, is now near the top of my list of favorite true-crime podcasts. Like many true-crime shows, it ties the facts of the crime into larger issues — such as the threat of violence that women live with and the mid-20th century shift in American mentality around safety and stranger danger. Stranglers manages to balance the zoomed-in narrative of the Boston Strangler(s) and the zoomed-out narratives with grace and to keep both storylines interesting.
Walter asks for an explanation. Colin asks for the pot roast. Homecoming was created and written by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg; directed by Eli Horowitz; sound design, editing, and music by Mark Henry Phillips; produced by Alicia Van Couvering and Mark Henry Phillips; casting by Henry Russell Bergstein. Homecoming is a production of Gimlet Media. HEIDI BERGMAN - Catherine Keener WALTER CRUZ - Oscar Isaac COLIN BELFAST - David Schwimmer DARA EACKLES - Marsha Stephanie Blake
When I was 26, I started suffering from dizziness, brain fog, fatigue and chronic pain. I’d had migraines since childhood, but these felt different
Adam Zaretsky is a bioartist who explores the manipulation of DNA, the fringes of genetic modification, and butts up against the ethical boundaries of science and beyond.
It sounds like the plot of a movie: police discover the body of a young man who's been murdered. The body tests positive for a deadly infectious disease. Authorities trace the killing to a gang. They race to find gang members linked to the murder... who may also be incubating the virus. This week on Hidden Brain... disease, panic, and how a public health team used psychology to confront an epidemic.
A mental health crisis is taking root in Arctic Scandinavia among the indigenous Sami, as a changing climate threatens wildlife and ways of life. GroundTruth's Melody Schreiber reports from Sweden and Norway.
Comedians Dave Anthony, Gareth Reynolds, and Wil Anderson examine the men who changed the sex industry, Jim and Artie Mitchell EPISODE SOURCES
Porn. It’s something that people use in their most intimate, private moments. It’s a way to acknowledge desire—without any of the attachments of intimacy. For some of you, that's incredibly freeing. For others, it's caused some real problems. This spring, we heard from a listener named James* who described himself as a recovering porn addict. He was struggling to stay away from porn while his wife was out of town. His story made us wonder about your own relationship with porn, so we asked you...more
Planet Money takes their trace-the-path-of-one-thing tactic of investigative journalism and applies it to fake news.
Lots of Gilmore Girls recaps and postmortems after the release of Netflix’s A Year In the Life revival series. Favorites: Nerdette’s Gilmore Girls Revival Recap, and Pop Culture Happy Hour’s roundtable chat about it.
Celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain gets tough and tender in our etiquette segment… Breakout actor Mackenzie Davis (TV’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” the new film “Always Shine”) opts for reality over (manic pixie) dreams… Kurt Wagner, frontman of Nashville band Lambchop, turns back the clock with his party soundtrack…Iconic silver screen rebel Toshiro Mifune gets a […]
On the surface, Tove Lo's new hit "Cool Girl" boasts a snappy, earworm chorus and an empowering message of self-reliance. Beneath its chill exterior, though, Lo's song burns with a passion bordering on rage, and sinister sonic undertones suggest an unreliable narrator who doesn't always mean what she says. The more layers one pulls back from this song, the more Lo's source material—the novel and film "Gone Girl"—comes to the fore, turning "Cool Girl" into the kind of pop smash that sticks in you...more
You might think of Coca Cola as an iconic American brand… and you’d be right. But: it was born in the South. How did Coke’s Atlanta birthplace shape what the soft drink became? And how has Coke shaped the South? It’s a story that includes many surprising twists turns, from Civil War wounds to temperance movements, racist fears to philanthropy, small town soda jerks to Peruvian coca farmers.