Nocturne

Vanessa Lowe

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There are 24 hours in a day. Seems pretty straightforward. But what do you really know about the hours between say, 11pm-6am. From graveyard shift jobs to “secret identities”, who we are and what we do at night is often less fully perceived by others...Show More
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41:23 | Apr 23rd

What is it about the night, about what happens in the darkness, when most people are asleep? Vanessa and radio host, Rod Quinn muse about this and much more, and hear from callers across Australia sharing their feelings and observations about the...

28:37 | Dec 11th, 2018

What makes a place home? Is it a place that feels like a refuge? Is it somewhere you sleep really, really well? What if the place that feels like home is a secret apartment in the bowels of a giant mall?
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26:01 | Jul 9th, 2018

Traveling at night as a passenger is an act of trust. As the sensations of movement lull you to the edge of sleep or beyond, you surrender to dislocation; disconnecting from place and time. The only constant is motion.  As your consciousness bobs up ...Show More

28:29 | May 9th, 2018

Research in 2013 found a connection between night owls and those with a sinister constellation of personality traits, ominously labeled, “The Dark Triad”. The study got a lot of attention in the media, with headlines claiming that night owls are more...Show More
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42:43 | Aug 10th, 2017

On a beautiful day in April, Matthew Bryce went out to surf by himself off a remote beach in Scotland.  Usually he goes out for 3 or 4 hours, and then goes about his life. This time was different. Read more →
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28:05 | Dec 30th, 2016

The night can be a desperate and lonely place. Fortunately, there’s a group of people who make it their mission to bring comfort and hope to people in the night. Read more →

27:25 | Feb 29th, 2016

Lynne Cox has spent her life swimming vast distances and pushing herself to the edges of possibility. Since the beginning, she has thrived on exploring uncharted territories, including the ocean at night. Read more →
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21:37 | Nov 23rd, 2015

The moon, the stars and the tides are through-lines connecting us to the beginning of life on our planet. These lines can flicker in and out of awareness in the glare of modern culture. But there are ancient creatures living among us, for whom every ...Show More
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21:52 | Jan 22nd, 2015

While working at night in the wilds of the Marin Headlands, baker Eduardo Morell witnesses the struggle between life and death. This struggle plays out all around us all the time, in ways both large and small. Read more → The post Ep. 3 – What the Ba...Show More

17:29 | Dec 10th

Candles were a lifeline until they became merely ornamental. So, how do the candles feel about this?

38:56 | Nov 12th

Comfort turns to horror when the night becomes weaponized - used to terrorize and control. This is the most ominous embodiment of the night. Its most salient symbols are those of burning crosses, and the nightriders delivering their messages of terro...Show More

36:31 | Oct 8th

Getting into character and scaring people silly is one of Campbell Harmon's favorite things in life. But his relationship to being a monster goes deeper than playing one in a haunted attraction.

05:39 | Sep 24th

The theme of this year’s KCRW 24-Hour Radio Race was “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”. One entry received the Nocturne Award. It’s called “The Telltale Arse” and it’s by producer Matt Livadary.  The piece truly peers into the dusty...

33:03 | Sep 10th

Kristin’s daughter was just 16 years old when she began to struggle with drug addiction - methamphetamine, heroin, and more. It brought Kristin to her knees. Of all the painful challenges, the worst was not knowing where her daughter was in the...

34:59 | Aug 13th

There is a cave in southern France that contains some of the world’s most deeply hidden secrets. To get there you must crawl on your belly through a long tomb-like passage, with your only light held between your teeth.

30:14 | Jul 9th

There are over 3500 species of crickets and each has a different song. One man fills his apartment in Brooklyn with their music, and then takes them out in public to perform alongside them. And then he eats them.

34:17 | Jun 11th

Zoe and Sarah were young, free explorers on a spontaneous summer road trip. As darkness began to fall, the map on Zoe’s phone directed them to a short cut that would speed up their drive and get them to a safe place to spend the night. But that's...

33:31 | May 14th

Ever since he was a child, Clark Strand has awoken in the middle of the night and gone out walking. One night a voice spoke directly in his ear, saying, “Don’t go out tonight. Remain calm and be very very still.” His life has never been the same.

31:17 | Apr 9th

There’s really nothing else like late night call in shows on the radio – other humans, in real time, just chatting. It can bring comfort and normalcy to the hours that can feel like anything but comforting or normal.

24:54 | Mar 12th

Most people are in bed at night and then get up during the day. But journalist Katie Nelson felt the need to sleep all the time.

17:45 | Feb 26th

Here Be Monsters is a gorgeous podcast that explores the dark corners of the human mind, fear and the unknown.  It’s transporting and surprising and you should definitely subscribe.

27:57 | Feb 12th

For two months a year, in a small Norwegian city, the sun never goes above the horizon. One researcher visits to find out why its citizens are happy despite the lack of light.

28:05 | Jan 8th

Poetry and the night are some of the last remaining domains of “unknowing”; places where it’s acceptable to digest the world slowly and without conclusion, and where one can linger in, and traverse, experiences like solitude, impermanence, and...

29:59 | Nov 13th, 2018

This crazy thing happens in NYC as night approaches – as rush hour picks up and the streets get evermore hectic than normal, delivery men on bikes start racing through the streets to get people their restaurant food while it’s still hot.

01:25 | Nov 8th, 2018

Nocturne is now distributed by KCRW!

28:19 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Sometimes it takes losing your way in the dark, to realize that you were already lost. Read more →

28:17 | Sep 5th, 2018

Something is happening to the animals. Can we all coexist on a crowded planet? Read more →

28:33 | Aug 8th, 2018

The shift into the darkness of night triggers our bodies to relax. Perhaps this is why so many babies begin their journey into the world at night. That adds a whole new dimension when they're born at home. Read more →

27:21 | Jun 6th, 2018

There has never been a world without tragedy and heartache and injustice. But there has also never before been a time when human beings have had constant access to the breadth of human suffering. Our technology bathes us in this information, and it c...Show More

44:18 | Apr 11th, 2018

Malcolm Saunders is a fisherman in Cornwall, on the southern tip of the UK. While most of the old fishing ports have transformed into tourist attractions, there are still some working fishing boats, manned by seasoned weathered fisherman. They’re hol...Show More