Falling Uphill: a podcast

Matt Elzweig

Falling Uphill is a podcast about ordinary people in unthinkable situations, flying blind and hoping for the best.
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11:03 | Oct 29th, 2018

Just in time for Election Day, Falling Uphill has received the infamous pee tape! No, not that pee tape. This one was recorded in London, not Moscow, and starts a punk rocker* not a useful idiot. *When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do...Show More
Falling Uphill My Secret Identity

17:32 | Sep 4th, 2018

One day, a stranger approached Cici McNair on a busy street in Midtown Manhattan. It was precisely the type of encounter that as a private detective, Cici McNair used assumed names and personas to avoid.
Punks at the Prom

17:42 | Jun 30th, 2018

In the early 90s, a group of teachers and administrators at a school in London invited a teenage punk band to play their prom. What were they thinking?
Earl's House

14:21 | Mar 28th, 2018

The race to build a house before winter arrives in Northern New Mexico sets in is upended by murder. Sound freesound: Blu_150058 blukotek Story told by Emily Ray Reese -- Instagram: @emilyrayreese Produced by Matt Elzweig Music ...Show More
Extra: The Issues with Liani Pérez, Dale Cover, & Anthony Smith

35:03 | Feb 3rd, 2018

Produced by Matt Elzweig with Liani Pérez, Dale Cover, and Anthony Smith: of the WhatTheDealDale Podcast Music “Waypoint F” by TeknoAXE “Jah Rastafari Loop Dub” by The Impossebulls “Reggaeton Bell” by GrWi2016
Spies Like Us

14:41 | Jan 14th, 2018

When you're in a park, in a country your parents told you was 'off-limits' after 9/11, and there's a man following you who you think may think you're a foreign spy, there's only one thing to do--become one.  Story told by Adam Valen Levinson Pr...Show More
Falling Uphill - Episode 13 - Prince's Assistant

21:14 | Dec 18th, 2017

A slight stretch of the truth takes Uluç Ülgen on two trips -- one good, one very, very bad.  Produced by Matt Elzweig Story told by Uluç Ülgen
8 Ball Radio - Falling Uphill - Ep. 4

34:05 | Nov 27th, 2017

1. The Third Degree Produced by Matt Elzweig Story told by John Dennehy 2. A Falling Uphill Extra: The Issues – with John Dorcic  Produced by Matt Elzweig
A Falling Uphill Extra: The Issues – November 20, 2017 – with John Dorcic

09:47 | Nov 20th, 2017

Produced by Matt Elzweig with John Dorcic      www.johndorcic.com                                                                    Music “Waypoint F” by TeknoAXE “Jah Rastafari Loop Dub” by The Impossebulls “Reggaeton Bell” by GrWi2016
Falling Uphill on 8 Ball Radio -- Episode 3

43:18 | Nov 12th, 2017

Featuring  Amy Oestreicher Erica Molfetto  Jeff Bennett
Falling Uphill Extra: The Issues - # 1 - 11.17 - Erica Molfetto

03:50 | Nov 5th, 2017

Produced by Matt Elzweig With Erica Molfetto                                                                                                                                                                          FB: Erica Molfetto Comedy  IG: erica...Show More
Falling Uphill -- Episode 12 -- Running on Empty

11:55 | Oct 9th, 2017

Brian McCullough avoided even over-the-counter painkillers. But one night, aching from rugby and softball, and with a grad school paper to write, he decided to make an exception. The problem was, there was no Advil or Tylenol to be found in his house...Show More
8 Ball Radio Episode 1 Falling Uphill 10/1/17

40:09 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Falling Uphill premiered on 8 Ball Radio today and featured three stories. It will be on 8 Ball every two weeks.
Falling Uphill - Episode 11 - Short-Staffed

15:06 | Aug 20th, 2017

With so many people out of town, the Sunday before Memorial Day should’ve been an easy shift at the New York cocktail lounge where this husband and wife team works. It got off to a good start. Then all hell broke loose. Story told by Laura Produc...Show More
Falling Uphill - Episode 10 - Scratching the Surface

19:45 | Jul 11th, 2017

You may remember Augustus* from Episode 6. He’s a guy to whom things tend to happen and then some. In this case, a pickpocket in Barcelona, a stolen suitcase, and a minor blemish on his passport set off a series of events that put his citizenship and...Show More
Falling Uphill - Episode 9 - Theater of the Absurd

11:20 | Apr 30th, 2017

To actors trying to get work in New York City or anywhere else, acting and staging plays is a labor of love and insanity where every opportunity that presents itself could be that once in a lifetime break, a complete waste of time, or something in be...Show More
Falling Uphill - Episode 8 - Blindsided

29:55 | Apr 15th, 2017

Amy Oestreicher was a gifted high school student who seemed destined for a career on the stage. After what seemed to be a auspicious meeting with a respected mentor to several Broadway stars took a very dark turn, her life began to spiral out of cont...Show More
Falling Uphill: The Short Version - Rash Judgment

09:04 | Apr 7th, 2017

Rash Judgment Dan woke up one morning and didn’t look or feel right. Fortunately, a doctor had sent a postcard to Dan’s house advertising his services not long before.
Episode 5 - The Extended Engagement

27:48 | Mar 25th, 2017

Sometimes you get a phone call that changes your life. Mina Liccione got that call while living in San Francisco and wondering what the next step in her career would be. She was already a Broadway veteran and was ready for something brand new. Not lo...Show More
Episode 6 - Father's Wishes

33:35 | Mar 25th, 2017

It’s hard to know where to start when you try to encapsulate Augustus’s* story in just a few pithy lines, so let’s try the beginning: born in the Phillippines to a Filipina mother and an American father, Augustus grew up in a privileged but dysfuncti...Show More
Episode 4 - The Chairman, Postscript

41:07 | Mar 25th, 2017

If you listened to Falling Uphill Episode 1 (“The Chairman”), you know that “Vito,” a filmmaker with no college teaching experience interviewed for a job at a small college, and through a series of unthinkable circumstances was named Chairman of the ...Show More
Episode 3 - Center of the Universe

23:19 | Mar 25th, 2017

Although Lou Perez ultimately chose atheism after a lifetime as a devout Catholic, he remained genuinely interested in people’s beliefs and why they held them. So when he saw that a convention of Geocentrists–those who still believe that the planets ...Show More
Episode 2 - Smoking Is Good For You

13:43 | Mar 25th, 2017

It’s the mid-1960s and actor-director Jeff Bennett has realized he doesn’t have the stomach to pursue a career on Broadway. To make things worse, he’s just received a letter requesting his presence at an Army recruiting station to see if he’s physica...Show More
Episode 7 - The Third Degree

24:55 | Mar 25th, 2017

Curiosity can lead in all sorts of directions. John Dennehy’s passions for history and travel led him to a place called Transnistria. This would prove to be a disaster. In between Moldova and Ukraine, it doesn’t officially exist. It reveres the forme...Show More
Episode 1 - The Chairman

23:09 | Mar 25th, 2017

When Vito* arrived at the interview, his teaching experience consisted of teaching English in Japan for six months and a job as a classroom assistant in a special needs school. Later, after a string of failures at various day jobs, he began working a...Show More