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Nick van der Kolk's Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. Get inside the mind of a rogue taxidermist. Find out what it's like to experience a stroke first...Show More

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The Silver Dollar

40:24 | Feb 11th, 2017

Music is Daryl Davis' profession, but extreme racism is his obsession.

How to Argue

43:01 | Feb 11th, 2017

We revisit Daryl Davis and ask him, "how should we argue?"

The Living Room

27:35 | Mar 6th, 2015

Diane's new neighbors across the way never shut their curtains, and that was the beginning of an intimate, but very one-sided relationship.

The Enemy Within

1:08:20 | Oct 13th, 2016

A co-production with the podcast Reckonings. In the 1980s, Glenn Loury was one of the most prominent black conservative intellectuals in the United States, and was selected to be a top official within the Reagan administration. Unexpectedly, however,...Show More

Choir Boy

36:21 | Apr 25th, 2018

Tom Justice is passionate about cycling, and was on the shortlist for the US Olympic Team. Also, he’s a bank robber. Originally broadcast in 2014.

WWCD?

45:40 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Since 2008, Mike Merrill has been operating himself as a publicly traded company. Final Song: Keep Me Hanging On by The Supremes, Kim Wild version as performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Seventy Weeks

37:26 | Sep 14th, 2017

Originally broadcast in 2012. Andre Taylor identified strongly with Daniel from the Bible, who interpreted the visions and dreams of kings. And like Daniel, he spent 3 years in a Babylonian captivity of sorts. But Daniel never had quite the unorthodo...Show More

Reunion

46:05 | Aug 25th, 2017

When Barbara was reunited with the son she gave up for adoption, it opened up a whole world of weird feelings. Final song: Your Life in the End by Prince Rama.

No Bad News

1:03:04 | Jan 14th, 2017

Three decades ago, American hypnotist Larry Garrett committed himself to abstaining from the news. So, in 2001, when he received a phone call inviting him to Iraq, he said yes.

A Girl of Ivory

42:16 | Sep 29th, 2016

Davecat and Sidore had a blissful marriage together in the suburbs of Detroit. One day, a Russian woman showed up unexpectedly at their doorstep, declared her love for both of them, and asked to move in. It was a complicated situation, but that doesn...Show More

Choir Boy

39:48 | Aug 21st, 2014

Tom Justice is passionate about cycling, and was on the shortlist for the US Olympic Team. Also, he’s a bank robber.

Big News

03:10 | Apr 12th

We're joining Luminary Audio! Visit luminary.link/love to listen to more L+R.

RIP Melvin Dummar

29:41 | Dec 13th, 2018

Melvin Dummar, who was featured on our podcast in 2011, died on Sunday.

Such is the Way to the Stars

1:22:30 | Nov 21st, 2018

Richmond, Virginia: Sic Itur Ad Astra.

Points of Egress

49:37 | Oct 28th, 2018

Cynthia discovers her boyfriend Max’s journal. Hilarity ensues.

Points of Egress

49:37 | Oct 28th, 2018

Cynthia finds her boyfriend Max’s diary. Hilarity ensues.

The Secrets Hotline, Vol III

44:52 | Oct 13th, 2018

Our listeners divulge their deepest and darkest secrets. Sound design by Stephen Vitiello. Final song: Chipmunk Party by Maja Ratkje. To leave your own secrets on a future secrets show, call +1 (641) 715-3900, then dial 55403#.

The Battle of Cumorah

56:56 | Oct 1st, 2018

Mike Norton has a change of heart. Produced by Noam Osband. Final song: Emblem by Colin Self.

Stones in a Bag

52:32 | Sep 21st, 2018

At the age of nine, Laura Ulloa was kidnapped for a short time by the Colombian leftist guerrilla group ELN. She figured that would be the last time she’d ever be kidnapped. Final song: Charlev by Oliver Coates.

Imagine What I Could Do To You

40:48 | Aug 13th, 2018

The Exotic Adrian Street grew up in a three generation family of Welsh coal miners, but he wasn’t destined to be in the dark.

The Exciting World of the Totally Free

49:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

In 1968, Paulette Cooper was one of the first journalists to investigate a then-little-known religious group.

The Recruiter

56:46 | Jun 29th, 2018

Rob Navarro: gospel singer, the voice of Spanish-language Ronald McDonald, and one of the most successful gay pornographers in America.

True Parents

45:04 | Jun 23rd, 2018

As a young woman, Diane Benscoter had a burning idealism, and a desire for purpose.

Coming Back

28:10 | Jun 8th, 2018

In 1991, Pam Reynolds underwent surgery to remove a large aneurism from her brain stem. Doctors cooled her body to less than half of normal temperature and temporarily stopped her heart during the procedure. This is what she experienced. Final song: ...Show More

Counter Melody

21:41 | May 17th, 2018

Bob Padgett, a violin teacher from Plano, Texas, believes he’s found the answer to a 119-year-old mystery. Produced by Daniel Estrin. Final song: Atmospheres Touch by Lucrecia Dalt.

Another Planet

34:31 | Mar 16th, 2018

The true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s, and the creator of a place called Another Planet. Also featuring the voices of Tim Robbins (yes, THAT Tim Rob...Show More

Eternity Through Skirts and Waistcoats

36:46 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Norah Vincent is a former “immersive journalist,” but she’s left that all behind now. Originally broadcast 2015.

L+R Presents: Secrets from Showcase

36:31 | Jan 19th, 2018

Secrets, as you probably know, have been a lifelong obsession for us at L+R. So when Radiotopia’s Showcase podcast decided to put out a series called “Secrets,” we were all over it like flies on sherbert. It comes to us from Mohamed El Abed and Marti...Show More

The Secrets Hotline, Vol. II

24:32 | Dec 21st, 2017

Awkward, funny, and tragic. You tell us your deepest darkest secrets. Featuring totally original music from Build Buildings. Leave your own secret at +1 641 715 3900, extension 55403#.

The Machine

56:54 | Dec 12th, 2017

When a neighbor wanted to build a concrete plant next to Marvin Heemeyer’s property, he fought back. Final song: Black Shore by Úlfur.

44 Years

37:28 | Nov 6th, 2017

Albert Woodfox lived in solitary confinement in prison longer than any other American, confined to a 6 foot by 9 foot cell for 23 hours each day—for nearly 44 years. Produced in collaboration with Amnesty International UK. Final song: It’s My Brown S...Show More

Murdertown, USA

43:46 | Oct 24th, 2017

Content warning! If you’re squeamish around violent stuff, you should skip this one. Will is a collector. Final song: Pour Endormir les Démons by Merle Bardenoir from Chants D’Avant L’Aube.

Photochemical

33:04 | Oct 13th, 2017

Meags loves photo booths. Final song: Laisse Autant Le Vent Tout Emporter by Les Breastfeeders

For Science!

36:29 | Sep 28th, 2017

Karaoke is Alex’s main gig, but that’s not how he makes his money. Final song: Road Soda Reggae by Indian Agent.

Suitcase of Love and Shame

51:58 | Jul 24th, 2017

Adult content. Again. A man and woman in the 1960s trade reel-to-reel audio “letters” over the course of years. Final song: Hobbies Galore by R. Stevie Moore.

The Boys Will Work It Out

47:12 | Jul 6th, 2017

Adult content. Listener discretion is advised. Since a child, Sarz had a deep connection to the Lord of the Rings books. After the movie version came out in 2003, that connection went several layers deeper. Outro song: By Your Side (Sade cover), perf...Show More

Relevant Questions

46:05 | Jun 15th, 2017

A preview of our next season, coming at you NEXT MONTH! Doug Williams has been waging a war for decades against the polygraph machine (aka the lie detector). Produced by Jacob McCleland and Ana Adlerstein.

The Pandrogyne

31:21 | May 6th, 2017

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the founding fa/mo/ther of Industrial music, a performance artist, and a very, very, very devoted husband. Originally broadcast in 2013.

The Secrets Hotline

27:11 | Apr 6th, 2017

Recordings from the Secrets Hotline, with original music and production by George Langford. Find more of George’s work at georgelangford.com. You can leave your own secret at +1 (641) 715-3900, extension 55403#.

La Retirada, Part Three

33:03 | Mar 24th, 2017

With Carlos' enemies enraged, the Gomez family is forced into hiding with the Witness Security Program, or WITSEC. But making a clean break from the past is a lot harder than they expected.

La Retirada, Part Two

42:22 | Mar 10th, 2017

The story continues as Rocío Gómez divorces her husband Rodrigo, a master drug trafficker in Colombia. Rocío and her children move to Miami where she begins a relationship with a new man, Carlos, whose dangerous past with the mafia catches up with Ro...Show More

La Retirada, Part One

32:42 | Mar 3rd, 2017

In Colombia, Rosio Gomez marries into an empire of wealth and power. She is told the family operates a low-profile import/export business, and finds comfort in her role as wife and mother. However, she soon learns the family business is not what it s...Show More

Understood as to Understand

39:41 | Feb 27th, 2017

Carey believed she was assigned the wrong gender, but transitioning wasn’t how she expected.

Snakes!!!!!!!!

33:48 | Jan 28th, 2017

Tim loves Tool, Steel Reserve, and snakes. Not necessarily in that order.

Blink Once for Yes

1:02:38 | Dec 26th, 2016

When Mike comes home, his family is faced with a new reality and an impossible choice. Produced by John Fecile.

Doing The No No

1:16:47 | Dec 2nd, 2016

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.

Wood Fighting with Steel

32:21 | Nov 17th, 2016

Deep in the woods of Norway, a man from a strange, foreign land chops wood and reminisces over the love of his life from a bygone time. Produced by Sindre Leganger for NRK.

Upper Left

37:25 | Oct 28th, 2016

Julie needed a fresh start, so she moved back home to the Bay Area, and made a new group of friends.

An Old Lion or a Lover’s Lute, Special Extended Cut

50:11 | Aug 27th, 2016

Jerome and Ana work a couple blocks from one another in Oakland, California. When Jerome called out to her in the street, she pulled out her microphone and asked if he could repeat what he said to her. This is the conversation that followed. And, the...Show More

On The Shore Dimly Seen

49:36 | Jul 22nd, 2016

One day in the no-touch torture of detainee 063.

The Neighborhood

27:24 | Jun 24th, 2016

Love + Radio presents: "The Neighborhood" by Scott Carrier

Another Planet

34:18 | May 27th, 2016

Producer David Weinberg brings us the true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s, and the creator of a place called Another Planet. Also featuring the voices...Show More

The Man In The Road

29:20 | Apr 20th, 2016

Melvin Dummar says he came across a bloodied man lying by the road. The story of that discovery would profoundly alter the course of his life forever.

Deep Stealth Mode

26:05 | Feb 25th, 2016

From our friends at the Here Be Monsters podcast: Marlo Mack gave birth to a son. At least, she thought she did. But her son crawled towards dresses, wanted to be a princess, and asked to grow long blonde hair. At age 3, Marlo's son asked to go back ...Show More

Points Unknown

41:06 | Nov 17th, 2015

David is followed by a strange hooded figure

Discarnate Rebel Angel

33:37 | Oct 22nd, 2015

In the remote, high deserts of New Mexico, Timothy Wyllie reflects on a life of testing the limits of reality and spirituality.

A Red Dot

59:21 | Sep 24th, 2015

Frank has been an advocate for the perhaps the most universally abhorred group in America: sex offenders.

Bride of the Sea

1:01:58 | Aug 26th, 2015

Sam Najjair works in insurance now, but four years ago he had a very different occupation.

Greetings from Coney Island

35:49 | Jul 29th, 2015

Rachel Prince receives a mysterious letter from 1938.

The Adventures of Zoe Nightingale

30:16 | Jun 25th, 2015

For the last few years, Zoe Nightingale has been recording random, often hilarious, and sometimes harrowing conversations with people from all walks of life, exploring the balancing act of sin and virtue.

Paremoremo

43:36 | May 23rd, 2015

Paul Wood was sentenced to life in prison for murder at age 18, and began his adult life negotiating the social dynamics of some of New Zealand's toughest prisons, including the maximum security wing of Paremoremo Prison (now Auckland Prison).

Eternity Through Skirts and Waistcoats

39:16 | May 13th, 2015

Norah Vincent is a former “immersive journalist,” but she’s left that all behind now. (Vincent’s latest book is Adeline: A Novel of Virgina Woolf.)

Thank You, Princess

51:01 | Mar 27th, 2015

Ceara Lynch has a ten year career as a self-described humiliatrix, catering to a wide variety of sexual fetishes over the internet, and gaining exposure to a unique part of the human psyche.

An Old Lion, or a Lover’s Lute

33:32 | Dec 19th, 2014

Jerome and Ana work a couple blocks from one another in Oakland, California. When Jerome called out to her in the street, she pulled out her microphone and asked if he could repeat what he said to her. This is the conversation that followed.

The Magical World of Eva Julia Christiie

30:45 | Nov 25th, 2014

Next to an imposing, largely abandoned circus building in Chisinau–the house-techno-soaked capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova–a Norwegian illusionist tries to figure out her next steps after escaping the chaos of Ukraine.

Of Birds and Boundaries

34:15 | Sep 25th, 2014

An eruv is a ritual enclosure that allows religious Jews to negate rules against carrying certain objects (like housekeys or strollers) during the Sabbath. This conversation is not about that.

Sesquipedalian

53:47 | Jul 29th, 2014

Charles Farrell was born to a sophisticated middle class family in Boston, but at age 12, he left home and came of age on the street, joining “low-life culture”, the underbelly of boxing, and avant garde piano.

I, Sitting Beside Me

40:01 | Jun 12th, 2014

In 1987, during the last years of the Cold War, a West German teenager with only about 50 hours of flying experience rented a Cessna and departed on a two week trip. His goal was to fly over the Iron Curtain and land in Moscow.

Hostile Planet

29:44 | May 13th, 2014

We think of certain events as profoundly life-altering. Getting married or emigrating to a new country, say. But you can always get divorced, and you can almost always move back. Taylor is weighing a life decision from which there would be no turning...Show More

Another Planet

36:52 | Apr 8th, 2014

The true story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime in Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s, and the creator of a place called Another Planet. Also featuring the voices of Tim Robbins (yes, THAT Tim Rob...Show More

The Silver Dollar

42:29 | Feb 27th, 2014

Music is Daryl Davis’ profession, but extreme racism is his obsession.

The Superchat

35:04 | Jan 21st, 2014

A couple months ago, a friend handed Julia a scrap of paper with a phone number on it. One night, bored and maybe a little tipsy, she called it up. This is who she met.

The Pandrogyne

31:33 | Dec 10th, 2013

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the founding fa/mo/ther of Industrial music, a performance artist, and a very, very, very devoted husband.

Jack and Ellen

33:45 | Feb 21st, 2013

Hey kids, this interview isn’t for you. You should skip this one. Ellen was struggling for money, working as a Subway “sandwich artist” (yes, that’s a real thing). So she decided to find a new job, and settled on one that allowed her to make over $30...Show More

Greenberg’s War

25:29 | Dec 22nd, 2012

Lewis Greenberg is an artist unlike any other, a winner of the coveted Geezer of the Year award, and a man on a mission–much to the chagrin of his Ballwin, Missouri neighbors.

Seventy Weeks

38:28 | Jul 19th, 2012

Andre Taylor identified strongly with Daniel from the Bible, who interpreted the visions and dreams of kings. And like Daniel, he spent 3 years in a Babylonian captivity of sorts. But Daniel never had quite the unorthodox career path of Andre.

Fix

57:11 | May 23rd, 2012

A crusader for truth, or, as Karl Rove called him: “a nut with internet access”? Jason Leopold wanted to be a part of something, and that quest brought him through a labyrinthine world of decadent glam metal, dangerous mafioso, love, and investigativ...Show More

Bedouin Love (Revisited)

11:57 | Nov 4th, 2011

Bedouin Love (Revisited) by Love + Radio

The Man in the Road

29:36 | May 26th, 2011

On a late night along an empty Utah highway, Melvin Dummar says he came across a bloodied man lying by the road. It’s cliched to say this, but it’s really true: the story of that discovery would profoundly alter the course of his life forever.

The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt

30:41 | Apr 11th, 2011

Jay Thunderbolt’s business card is a little mysterious. It reads, “Thunderbolt – Party Naked” and gives a phone number.

The List

38:23 | Dec 21st, 2010

Adam Warner has a very ambitious list of accomplishments he’s trying to achieve. It’s not his list though.

Dirty Balloons

35:32 | Nov 9th, 2010

Amy was dead broke when she found a Craigslist ad looking for a balloon porn fetish model.

Split Brain

30:34 | Oct 14th, 2008

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who remembers every moment of her life-altering stroke.

Strip, Pt 2

19:32 | Jun 5th, 2008

Sara Juli–who was previously featured on our “Take It, It’s For You” episode–recounts her epic bachelorette party.

We’ve Got Your Back, Ashley Dupré

23:05 | Apr 16th, 2008

A meditation on the brave new world of 21st century news.

Aftermath

19:53 | Mar 27th, 2008

The Aftermath, Inc., headed by Tim Reifsteck, headquarters is nestled in a strip of ordinary office buildings in the Chicago suburbs, but there’s nothing bland about the service the company provides.

Take It, It’s for You

20:45 | Feb 14th, 2008

When Sara Juli decided her relationship with money was fucked up, she figured the only way to deal with it was to give it to you.

Animal Parts

16:44 | Nov 29th, 2007

Nate Hill and Takeshi Yamada are two rogue taxidermists, artists whose raw material is gathered from dead animals. Also featuring a story by Dan Deacon.

Strip, Pt 1

14:25 | Nov 15th, 2007

Sean Cole is a public radio reporter who did a story for Marketplace about a group in Memphis assisting women who left the sex industry. This is what got cut from that story.

Violent

25:49 | Nov 7th, 2007

Stories of violence. Excerpts from Penelope Spheeris’ seminal 1981 punk documentary “The Decline of Western Civilization.” Mixed martial artist “Travis” explains when it’s time to call mom. Adam takes a punch to the face, and Nick Salvatore describes...Show More

Lady Sovereign vs. Jelly Donut

17:36 | Oct 3rd, 2007

Zach Slow had a dream to go on a date with UK rapper Lady Sovereign, something that became the catalyst for the unlikely events leading to the greatest rap beef in the history of pastrycore.

Bloody Fingers

25:51 | Jul 12th, 2007

A horrible accident and a complicated friendship.

How I Found Out My Relationship Had No Future, Pt 2

11:09 | Jun 21st, 2007

Adrianne downs most of a bottle of Riesling and calls her college boyfriend Adam Conover.

How I Found Out My Relationship Had No Future, Pt 1

15:40 | May 7th, 2007

Adrianne sips on some whiskey and calls her ex-boyfriend from high school to get some shit figured out. Let’s call him “Jason.” Also featuring Brendan Sullivan.

In the Company of Men

11:42 | Jan 1st, 2007

Nick interviews his friend Matt while they’re peeing.

Insane vs. Unsane

53:20 | Oct 30th, 2006

Meditations on insanity and unsanity. Featuring Clay Pigeon of The Dusty Show.

Tell Me the Future

35:27 | Aug 24th, 2006

Discussions of prediction and soothsaying.

Secrets

23:13 | Aug 4th, 2006

Stories about Secrets. Babar, adoption, Post-Secret, and so many more secrets waiting to be discovered.

Elimination

31:54 | Apr 21st, 2006

A cribbage bet ends with someone pissing their pants. A conversation about drinking your own urine. The worst 21st birthday ever. And so much more.

Show Me Yours

51:10 | Mar 2nd, 2006

First experiences with sex. Adrianne tells the harrowing experience of “the first time I saw one.” Lance Anderson of The Verge of the Fringe can’t seem to get his first kiss. Paul McEvoy keeps pushing his hand down further. Harlyn Aizley creates peni...Show More

Flip Yr Sh!t

30:38 | Dec 11th, 2005

Stories about anger. Adam Allington (edited by producer Kerry Seed) hates Tim Hortons. Julian James gets in deep shit with the vice principal. Adrianne learns how to swear in middle school. Shig the Unmentionable tells us to PUT THAT DOWN. Ben Popik ...Show More

Love in Bits

54:17 | Nov 20th, 2005

Stories from the World of Online Dating. Christian Rudder of OKCupid.com describes how he knows everything about what kind of lover you are. Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s The Signal reads a sample of the OKCupid Love Personality Types. Eric Herot flies down...Show More

Ghost Stories

33:20 | Oct 30th, 2005

Exploring the Frankenstein Family Crypt in 1952. Paranormal observations by an eight-year-old. The haunting of an unkind kitty, a discussion of the ghost story structure, and a very scary pantry door. This episode features contributions from Michael ...Show More

With a Bullet

37:05 | Oct 18th, 2005

Stories about guns and the people who come in contact with them.