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The Polybius Conspiracy #7 – The Final Level

36:13 | Nov 17th, 2017

In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly dis...Show More

The Polybius Conspiracy #6 – The Code

26:08 | Nov 10th, 2017

In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly dis...Show More

Spacebridge #4 – The Fifth Dimension

45:58 | Apr 8th

In the final episode of Spacebridge, big TV-satellite “spacebridges” become popular in the USSR, but remain a logistical nightmare—and for American producers, especially—a labor of love that few can afford. Meanwhile, a new breed of citizen diplomat ...Show More

Spacebridge #3 – A Live Studio Audience

44:32 | Mar 22nd

The Soviet Union faces a series of funerals for elderly heads of state; meanwhile the nation falls in love with a “citizen diplomat” from America, a young girl. Popular daytime TV host Phil Donahue agrees to co-host a spacebridge with Vladimir Pozner...Show More

Spacebridge #2 – Foreign Policy According to Freud

44:16 | Mar 8th

The first two-way satellite links between the US and USSR are strange, disorganized, and sometimes a little magical. Battling language and technological barriers, Soviet and American musicians, computing pioneers, scientists, and even kids find a way...Show More

Spacebridge #1 – Hidden Human Reserves

44:43 | Mar 1st

At a low point in the Cold War, three men walk into a bureaucrat’s office at Gosteleradio, the state broadcaster of the Soviet Union. Two are Americans: an astronaut, and a researcher of psychic phenomena. The third is a Russian utopian with a notebo...Show More

Next on Showcase: Spacebridge

08:31 | Feb 22nd

Spacebridge tells a largely-forgotten saga of the late Cold War, when despair about the prospects of a nuclear conflict gripped the world. Both Soviets and Americans grasped at emerging communication technology via satellite and early Internet “space...Show More

The Stoop #4 – You May Not Get It, But I Love You

22:25 | Dec 7th, 2018

The Stoop talks to interracial couples having difficult conversations around race, love and identity at a time when racial tensions are high. And when there’s kids in the mix, these conversations can be even harder. We also hear from Professor Shante...Show More

The Stoop #3 – I Got the Nod

32:43 | Nov 30th, 2018

It’s called “the nod,” that silent acknowledgement of solidarity that especially happens when Black folk see one another in spaces where they are “the onlys.” In this episode, The Stoop hits the streets with black radio producers to give the nod and ...Show More

The Stoop #2 – Gullah Geechee

20:25 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Lean in for this one, as The Stoop heads to the lowcountry of South Carolina to celebrate the language and culture of the Gullah Geechee, a people rooted in a mix of African cultures. Meet Gullah royalty Queen Quet, unwavering defender of Gullah Gee...Show More

The Stoop #1 – Your Blood Don’t Lie

36:06 | Nov 16th, 2018

Thin nose, high cheekbones, kinky hair, what you got in your blood? Your blood won’t lie, but does it determine your identity? We meet two women – Uzaz Shami, a Nubian woman who didn’t expect her results, and Shonda Buchanan who has always identified...Show More

Next on Showcase: The Stoop

01:59 | Nov 9th, 2018

Coming up next on Showcase: The Stoop. The Stoop celebrates black joy, digging deeper into stories about blackness that we don’t hear enough about. Hosts Leila Day and Hana Baba bring you honest, lively conversations from across the black diaspora. ...Show More

The Great God of Depression BONUS – A Visit With Tony Shalhoub

15:22 | Aug 17th, 2018

Actor Tony Shalhoub is well known for his role as one of the few openly mentally ill characters in television – an obsessive compulsive detective on the long-running show Monk. In this bonus episode of The Great God of Depression, Shalhoub sits down...Show More

The Great God of Depression #5 – The Shining World

20:43 | Aug 3rd, 2018

In the final episode, after years of struggling with depression, William Styron keeps his bargain with his readers, and his wife works hard to keep his spirits up until the very end. Alice Flaherty emerges from her own years of madness to a happier l...Show More

The Great God of Depression #4 – The White Whale

21:36 | Aug 3rd, 2018

William Styron could never finish the war novel that was meant to be his masterpiece. Did that failure lead to his final depression? Or did depression stop him from writing? He and his doctor Alice Flaherty pore over the question together, trying to ...Show More

The Great God of Depression #3 – The Stolen Brain

29:20 | Aug 3rd, 2018

After writing a revolutionary memoir, William Styron declares he has beaten depression, but he is wrong. A frightening repeat of madness and writer’s block brings on shame and desperate measures. He seeks help from brilliant neurologist Alice Flahert...Show More

The Great God of Depression #2 – The Angel of Death

25:58 | Aug 3rd, 2018

On the heels of enormous literary success, author William Styron experiences a near-fatal depression and emerges as a defender of the mentally ill. Neurologist Alice Flaherty tries to balance a rare mental disorder with the birth of her healthy twins...Show More

The Great God of Depression #1 – The Night Kingdom

24:04 | Aug 3rd, 2018

After a personal tragedy, newly minted neurologist Alice Flaherty falls into a rabbit hole of mania, delusions and creative overload—and encounters a famous writer who revolutionized the conversation about mental illness. The Great God of Depression...Show More

Escape to Radiotopia with Three New Shows

06:01 | May 31st, 2018

This summer, grab your earbuds and escape to Radiotopia! Take us along on your road trips, outdoor adventures and simple staycations. We’re launching a new Showcase from Radiotopia series, two new Radiotopia shows, plus new seasons and series from yo...Show More

Errthang #8 – Songs in the Key of Our Lives

41:36 | May 13th, 2018

Al and Willie wrap up the season right where they started – with each other. After 30 years of friendship, their origin story is finally revealed. Errthang is produced and hosted by Al Letson, with co-host and music supervisor Willie Evans Jr., show...Show More

Errthang #7 – John Coffey Refuses to Save the World, Part Two

52:51 | May 4th, 2018

In this second half of Errthang’s original radio drama: John Coffey doesn’t want to be Magical Negro anymore and the universe trembles in the aftershock of his decision. All John wants is a story all his own; a history deeper than him just saving whi...Show More

Errthang #6 – John Coffey: Part One

59:25 | Apr 27th, 2018

In this episode, Errthang takes on radio drama: John Coffey waits to play his part in The Green Mile in the room of Magical Negroes. With him are other Magical Negroes: Mother Abigail, Bagger Vance, and God (with a Little g). When John learns the nat...Show More

Errthang #5 – How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

40:03 | Apr 20th, 2018

This episode features Kiese Laymon’s memoir about growing up as a young black man in the South. The piece is performed by a small group of young black men who Al mentored in their youth. Errthang is produced and hosted by Al Letson, with co-host and...Show More

Errthang #4 – The Good Guy Myth

34:19 | Apr 13th, 2018

Al goes deep exploring the "good guy’s” relationship to the #MeToo movement, through a story about his old friend, Louis. After the story, Al sits down with feminist commentator Kimberly Foster of For Harriet, to talk about the story, Rape Culture, a...Show More

Errthang #3 – No Ordinary Love

38:02 | Apr 6th, 2018

Al and Willie tell stories about fatherhood. Al’s story is about being a black father to a white kid, while Willie recounts teaching his son how to handle a bully. Errthang is produced and hosted by Al Letson, with co-host and music supervisor Willi...Show More

Errthang #2 – What the Hell is Wrong with Al?

40:54 | Mar 30th, 2018

Al recounts when he went to a protest to report the news, but became the news. Letson saved a right-wing protester from a vicious beating by Antifa. This episode is about why he did it, how it all happened, and how he felt afterwards. Errthang is pr...Show More

Errthang #1 – 808s and Three Heartbreaks

42:09 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Al Letson and Willie Evans Jr. are back with season two of Errthang! After a long hiatus, the dynamic duo returns to tell stories, and have a good time. This season Letson and Evans focus on stories and interviews about fatherhood, the political unre...Show More

Next on Showcase: Errthang

03:57 | Mar 9th, 2018

Coming up next on Showcase: Errthang Errthang is just that: everything that’s percolating in journalist/storyteller Al Letson’s brain; stories told with a lot of heart, interviews with a lot of thought, music with a funky beat, and a good time with ...Show More

Secrets #6 – A Life in Lies is a Life with Loose Ends

45:30 | Feb 16th, 2018

Secrets is a show about the secrets we all carry inside of us. What happens when you face those secrets? In the final episode of our series, Mohamed’s secret sister Maria finally agrees to meet. Mohamed brings his daughter Samira with him to the mee...Show More

Secrets #5 – The Third Family

29:50 | Feb 9th, 2018

Secrets is a show about the secrets we all carry inside of us. How do you know if you ever truly know someone? Mohamed’s father abandoned Mohamed, his mother and his sisters and moved back to Morocco. There he started a third family. He told Mohame...Show More

Secrets #4 – Who Was My Mom?

35:55 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Secrets is a show about the secrets we all carry inside of us. How is it to be the one kept in the dark? When Mohamed’s mom was left alone with her six children, she worked herself to death and eventually collapsed at home with a heart attack. Moham...Show More

Secrets #3 – Broken Dreams

27:52 | Jan 26th, 2018

Secrets is a show about the secrets we all carry inside of us. What happens when you’re too ashamed to face the truth? Mohamed’s parents both worked as cleaners, trying to earn enough money to feed six children. When Mohamed was just a year old, hi...Show More

Secrets #2 – How to Create a Secret

29:01 | Jan 19th, 2018

Secrets is a show about the secrets we all carry inside of us. What happens when a secret becomes larger than life? When Mohamed’s mother was a young teenager in Morocco, she entered an arranged marriage with his father, Ben Assai. When Mohamed’s fa...Show More

Secrets #1 – Discover a Secret

33:11 | Jan 12th, 2018

Secrets is a show about the secrets we all carry inside of us. When Mohamed El Abed found out that he had a secret sister, it was 25 years before he could start putting the pieces together. Across six episodes of Secrets, you’ll hear Mohamed’s story,...Show More

Next on Showcase: Secrets

03:31 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Greetings from Showcase, a podcast from PRX’s Radiotopia featuring original series of all stripes. Coming up first in the new year on Showcase: Secrets, by Swedish producers Mohamed El Abed, Martin Johnson and Åsa Secher, explores the secrets we kee...Show More

The Polybius Conspiracy #5 – The Seller

28:10 | Nov 3rd, 2017

In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly dis...Show More

The Polybius Conspiracy #4 – The Rewind

22:13 | Oct 27th, 2017

In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly dis...Show More

The Polybius Conspiracy #3 – The Cassette

28:47 | Oct 20th, 2017

In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly dis...Show More

The Polybius Conspiracy #2 – The Missing

31:01 | Oct 13th, 2017

In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a few weeks in 1981 before abruptly dis...Show More

The Polybius Conspiracy #1 – The Player

35:36 | Oct 6th, 2017

Introducing our new Showcase series! In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a ...Show More

Next on Showcase: The Polybius Conspiracy

03:12 | Sep 29th, 2017

Introducing our new Showcase series! In The Polybius Conspiracy, producers Jon Frechette and Todd Luoto investigate the decades-old urban legend of Polybius, a mysterious arcade game that is purported to have briefly appeared in Oregon arcades for a ...Show More

Ways of Hearing #6 – NOISE

22:16 | Sep 22nd, 2017

Ways Of Hearing has looked at how digital technology has changed our world: our sense of time, of space, of intimacy and exchange. In the final episode, Damon lays out an essential choice: between a world enriched by noise, and a world that strives t...Show More

Ways of Hearing #5 – POWER

23:43 | Sep 8th, 2017

When you go into a bookstore, or record store, or library, you enter another world that you have to learn to navigate. You adapt to it. But today’s digital corporations have created a musical universe that adapts, predictably, to you. Guests include:...Show More

Ways of Hearing #4 – MONEY

23:12 | Sep 1st, 2017

In the 20th century, music seemed like an object — bought and sold like any other product. But digital technology has dematerialized music, separating it from money and revealing its real terms of exchange. Guests include: Artist and writer Jace Clay...Show More

Ways of Hearing #3.5 – BONUS: Ways of Song Exploding

16:02 | Aug 25th, 2017

On the hit podcast Song Exploder, we learn the digital secrets behind some of today's best songs. But we hardly ever hear the voice of the show's creator, Hrishikesh Hirway. In a special bonus episode to Ways of Hearing, Damon Krukowski interviews Hr...Show More

Ways of Hearing #3 – LOVE

23:31 | Aug 18th, 2017

You don't have to be the son of a jazz singer to recognize the voice of a loved one as music, made up of sounds so basic to our understanding that they precede language. And yet our digital devices strip much of that away, trading intimacy for effici...Show More

Ways of Hearing #2 – SPACE

23:20 | Aug 11th, 2017

In Tokyo, people on crowded trains pretend they’re asleep, to avoid eye contact. But in modern-day New York – richer, neater, just as noisy – count the headphones: it’s like we’re avoiding ear contact. In this episode, Damon examines how digital tech...Show More

Ways of Hearing #1 – TIME

23:03 | Aug 4th, 2017

Contemplate the way digital audio – in music recording, and in radio and television broadcast – employs a different sense of time than we use in our offline life, a time that is more regular and yet less communal. Guests include: Ali Shaheed Muhammed...Show More

Introducing… Showcase from Radiotopia

12:46 | Jul 31st, 2017

Radiotopia is pleased to introduce Showcase, a new podcast featuring original series of all stripes, from producers around the world. For this intro episode, Roman Mars (99% Invisible host / creator and Radiotopia partner) talks with Julie Shapiro (R...Show More