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PRX presents podcasts of all stripes - from those included in Radiotopia to freestyle offerings on all sorts of subjects with creative collaborators.

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Sidedoor (Series)

Produced by Smithsonian

Sidedoor is a podcast only the Smithsonian can bring you. It tells stories about science, art, history, humanity and where they unexpectedly overlap. From dinosaurs to dining rooms, this podcast connects big ideas to the people who have them.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Art of War

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 23:14

Side_door_logo_640x640_small In this episode, we look at artists whose work has helped reveal the human side of war. You’ll hear about a famous artist who got his start sketching Civil War soldiers and landscapes, and was never the same again. Also featured are two contemporary artists: a painter whose work depicts war's psychological impact on his best friend, and a female combat photographer who repeatedly risked her own life to document her fellow soldiers’ experiences on the battlefield.

Offshore (Series)

Produced by Honolulu Civil Beat

Stories from Hawaii. Because sometimes being in the middle of nowhere gives you a good perspective on everywhere else.

Most recent piece in this series:

S2 Ep. 6 Creation

From Honolulu Civil Beat | Part of the Offshore series | 35:08


When we started out our journey to Mauna Kea for Offshore, we were looking at this story as a clash of science versus culture. What we’ve discovered is a whole lot more complex than that. But where does that leave things? 
Is there room on Mauna Kea for both the observatories and Native Hawaiian practitioners? Does one side have to push the other out, or is there room to coexist? 
And if what we’re seeing across the country at places like Oak Flat and Standing Rock is a clash between western values and indigenous values, is there a way for us to find a better balance in the future?

Outside Podcast (Series)

Produced by Outside Magazine

Brought to you by the editors of Outside and PRX, this podcast aims to apply the magazine’s long-standing literary storytelling methods to the audio realm. Each episode is either prompted by a feature from the archives or simply inspired by a theme Outside has explored. The podcast’s first series delves into the science of survival in some of nature’s most extreme environments.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Devil's Highway Part 2

From Outside Magazine | Part of the Outside Podcast series | 28:06

Oustide_podcast_small In the spring 2001, a large group of men set out from Mexico to cross the border into Arizona through some of the harshest desert terrain anywhere. The tragic result helped researchers develop the Death Index, a new model for predicting dehydration fatalities.

Esquire Classic (Series)

Produced by Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Hosted by acclaimed journalist David Brancaccio (Marketplace and PBS' NOW), this podcast dissects classic Esquire stories and reveals the cultural currents that make them as urgent and timely today as when they were first published. Guests include Esquire writers, along with noted authors, comedians, and actors who offer unique and personal perspective on some of the most lasting stories ever published.

Most recent piece in this series:


From Public Radio Exchange (PRX) | Part of the Esquire Classic series | 29:12

Cover170x170_small We will all get old one day. Mike Sager’s astonishingly intimate portrait of Glenn Sandberg, age ninety-two, is about what it actually feels like to be close to the end. It’s a story about mortality and love and companionship and the things in life that matter most—and how those things we once held as so important fall away. 

Sager, a longtime Esquire writer at large, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss how and why he wrote “Old,” which was published in 1998, and how the story continues to ripple and shape his own views on work, death, and what matters most. 

HerMoney with Jean Chatzky (Series)

Produced by HerMoney with Jean Chatzky

Anyone who tells you women don’t need financial advice specifically for them is wrong. Women, whether they’re the caretakers, the breadwinners, or both, face a unique set of financial challenges. That’s where HerMoney comes in. In her frank, often funny, but always compassionate way, Jean Chatzky takes every audience of women through the steps they need to take today to live comfortably (and worry-free) tomorrow, offering the latest research, expert tips and personal advice. A co-production with PRX.

Most recent piece in this series:

Ep 67: Mindfulness 101 With Caren Osten

From HerMoney with Jean Chatzky | Part of the HerMoney with Jean Chatzky series | 30:25

Hermoney-3000x3000-768x768_small We’re in the heart of summer and it's time to sloowww dowwwnn. That means shifting out of your comfort zone as a type-A person, who wears busy as a badge of honor, to dropping the ball (à la Tiffany Dufu — check her out on episode #57) and saying “no” more often. This week we break that down with my friend Caren Osten, a certified positive psychology life coach. She helps her clients find balance, resilience and positivity during transitions and challenging times, and she walks us through the steps. Then, Kelly and I cover how to get a break on your credit card fees and eliminate clutter in the kitchen. Oh, and we've got research on how bad perfectionism is for your health. P.S. We have another Mailbag show coming your way this Friday. Happy summer!

Orbital Path (Series)

Produced by Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Orbital Path with Michelle Thaller takes a look at the big questions of the cosmos and what the answers can reveal about our life here on Earth. From podcast powerhouse PRX, with support from the Sloan Foundation.

Most recent piece in this series:

Mini-sode 3: Dr. Thaller Helps You Prep for The Eclipse

From Public Radio Exchange (PRX) | Part of the Orbital Path series | 11:16

Orbitalpath-cover1_small The big one is coming! That is, the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21. Dr. Thaller shares her wisdom on how best to view the eclipse and its larger implications for science.

Blank on Blank (Series)

Produced by Blank on Blank

Blank on Blank is building and broadcasting an archive of journalists' lost interviews.

Most recent piece in this series:

Alvin Toffler and Margaret Mead: Future Shock, Innocence and Innovation

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 16:07

Theexperimenterslogo_social_chalkboardgreen_small Alvin Toffler and Margaret Mead: an author and an anthropologist who endeavored to understand the impact of scientific invention. In this episode of our series, The Experimenters, we hear from two visionaries who believed that while we’ve started a technological revolution, we don’t quite know where it’s going to take us. But maybe most interesting of all – we get to hearing these archival interviews from the very future these thinkers were trying to imagine. Mead and Toffler guide us into a view of what the present might have been — or perhaps in some ways actually came to pass.

Transistor (Series)

Produced by Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Transistor is a podcast of scientific curiosities and current events, featuring guest hosts, scientists, and story-driven reporters.

Much as the transistor radio was a new technical leap, this Transistor features new women voices and sounds from new science producers. Learn more at transistor.prx.org.

Most recent piece in this series:

Engineering NYC from Below

From Public Radio Exchange (PRX) | Part of the Transistor series | 10:11

Transistor1400x1400_small Head underground to hear how the first subways were built, and how they are built today.

How To Be Amazing (Series)

Produced by How To Be Amazing

In this in-depth interview show, Michael Ian Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

Most recent piece in this series:

#16 Ingrid Michaelson

From How To Be Amazing | Part of the How To Be Amazing series | 01:02:19

Im_headshot_small Ingrid Michaelson is the best-selling recording artist of such hits as "Girls Chase Boys" and "The Way I Am."  While her voice certainly qualifies her as amazing, it's the path she chose to follow as a recording artist that is so interesting.  Michaelson bypassed the established labels so that she could release her music on her own and found success as a recording artist on her own terms.

Israel Story Podcast (Series)

Produced by Israel Story

Israel Story is a bi-weekly podcast, hosted by Mishy Harman and distributed by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. It tells modern tales from an ancient land - the kind of stories you'd share with a friend over a plate of hummus on a Friday afternoon, or with your partner at the end of a long day. These are everyday stories, told by, and about, regular Israelis. The award-winning show is one of the most popular programs in Israel, where it is aired nationally, on prime-time. Available every-other Wednesday.

Most recent piece in this series:

The White Elephant

From Israel Story | Part of the Israel Story Podcast series | 32:00

Centralbusstation In "The White Elephant,” Yochai Maital walks us through the history of Tel Aviv’s ‘New’ Central Bus Station — a derelict eight-story behemoth and modern day Tower of Babel — which mirrors much of modern Israeli history, with its grand vision and messy implementation.

HowSound (Series)

Produced by HowSound

The backstory to great radio storytelling.

Most recent piece in this series:

#46 - Recording in Remote Locations

From HowSound | Part of the HowSound series | 14:33

Howsoundxprx_240_small I have field recording envy. Daniel Grossman has recorded science stories in so many places on my travel list - Greenland, the Arctic, Madagascar, Mongolia.... I just might secretly stow away in his bags next time he leaves to report. Of course, the problem would be finding space.

Dan says he usually carries about fifty pounds of recording gear when he reports in remote locations. Much of it is back-up equipment because, as he says, anything can go wrong. Dan doesn't ever want to be left unable to make quality recordings so he's built a serious amount of redundancy into his set-up.

On this HowSound, Dan shares some of his favorite field recordings --- calving glaciers, stick throwing howler monkeys, penguins, and elephant seals --- along with his overseas reporting tips for gear and how to prepare.

And, while I'm on the subject of science, PRX recently launched the STEM Story Project . They're eager to fund stories about science, technology, engineering, and math. Got a story idea along those lines up your sleeve? Then hurry because the deadline is April 22, 2013.



NAUTILUS podcast from PRX (Series)

Produced by David Schulman

The podcast of NAUTILUS, a different kind of science magazine. Distributed by PRX.

Most recent piece in this series:

"To Save California, Read Dune." With Andrew Leonard

From David Schulman | Part of the NAUTILUS podcast from PRX series | 20:00


Frank Herbert's science fiction epic "Dune" is set on a desert planet. For the indigenous Fremen of 'Dune," the water in even a single tear is precious. 

Could Herbert's sci-fi world of 1965 offer any lessons for the drought-stricken California of 2015? Andrew Leonard takes  on that question in his provocative piece in the water issue of Nautilus

In this edition of the Nautilus podcast, Leonard talks with host David Schulman about water, fog, fog-catchers, gigantic sandworms — and the prescience of "Dune."  

This sound-rich podcast also features a field visit with environmental scientist Daniel Fernandez, who has established a network of Dune-like fog-catchers along the California coast. And we’ll hear a field recording of a fog-catcher at work in one of the dries places on planet earth, the Atacama desert, in Chile.

Strangers (Series)

Produced by Lea Thau

Since the beginning of time, strangers and strange places have given rise to our wildest dreams and our deepest fears — and to the greatest stories on earth. Hear them here. Real people, true stories.

Most recent piece in this series:

Love Hurts 3 (podcast)

From Lea Thau | Part of the Strangers series | 40:31

Brokenheart_small In this third installment of Love Hurts, Lea seeks dating advice from two experts and lets it all hang out. Love Hurts is a series in which Lea investigates why she is single. We recommend listening to the episodes in order.

99% Invisible (Director's Cut) (Series)

Produced by Roman Mars

Trying to comprehend the 99% invisible activity that shapes the design of our world.

Most recent piece in this series:

99% Invisible #266- Repackaging The Pill (Director's Cut)

From Roman Mars | Part of the 99% Invisible (Director's Cut) series | 17:52


In 1960, a new wonder drug hit the U.S. market. And while lots of new drugs promise dramatic results, this one would actually transform millions of lives and radically shift American culture. It was called Enovid. It was the first oral contraceptive, and it ushered in extraordinary changes and opportunities for women.

Different kinds of birth control pills, image by Ceridwen (CC BY-SA 2.0 FR)

Within just two years, 1.2 million American women were taking the birth control pill. Within five years, the pill would become the most popular form of birth control in the United States.

Most people are familiar with at least one version of its packaging — a round plastic disc which opens like a shell and looks like a makeup compact. But the pill wasn’t always packaged this way. The first birth control pill to hit the market came in a simple glass bottle of loose tablets, like any other prescription pill.

The first birth control pill, Enovid, by G.D. Searle, from 1960. The Percy Skuy Collection, Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University. Photo by Carrie Eisert.

How the pill traveled from these nondescript bottles into some of the most heavily designed and recognizable pill packages in history, tells a story about the medical and cultural anxieties of the time. And it begins with a family in Illinois.

In 1961, David and Doris Wagner were a middle-aged couple with four kids. They didn’t want more children, so they were thrilled to learn about the pill. Doris got a prescription. The pills came in a big glass bottle. The instructions said to begin the pill on the fifth day of her period, and to take one pill every day for twenty days, followed by a five day break for menstruation.

If Doris lost track of her cycle, or if she forgot whether or not she had taken her pill that day, she was instructed to pour all the pills out of the bottle, count how many pills were left, subtract that by the original number of pills, and consult a calendar. Not a very user-friendly design.

If Doris missed a pill, she risked getting pregnant again. That made both Doris and husband David very nervous.

The Wagner Family. Wagner Collection, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Photo courtesy of Carrie Wagner.

David Wagner was an engineer and used to solving mechanical problems. He figured he could create a packaging system that would make the pill-taking process easier. First, he created a simple calendar on a piece of paper and placed each pill on the correct day.

That worked pretty well, until the inevitable accident, when the pills were scattered and fell to the floor. What David Wagner came up with next is very similar to what is still used today.

Original prototype, 1962. Wagner Collection, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Photo by Carrie Eisert.

Wagner’s original prototype was made out of two disks of clear plastic and a snap fastener he borrowed from his child’s toy. The bottom disk held twenty pills. The top disk had one hole drilled through it, which could be rotated each day to expose the correct pill along with the corresponding day of the week.

Wagner received a patent for the design, and decided to try and convince pharmaceutical companies to use his packaging. But they were reluctant to adopt it.

Medication dispensing means, patent US 3143207 A (1954 D. P. WAGNER)

At the time, drug companies were known for the boring sameness of their prescription packaging. Wagner was told that a special package just for birth control wasn’t needed and seemed commercial and flashy. His design was turned down by every company he approached.

Ortho Pharmaceuticals ‘DialPak’ released in 1963. Wagner Collection, Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Photo by Carrie Eisert.

Then, just few months after Wagner had approached a company called Ortho Pharmaceuticals, they released their first birth control pill. And these pills came in a circular plastic container, with a dial that moved each day to reveal the next pill. It was called the Dialpak. It looked very familiar to Wagner. He threatened a lawsuit, and in December 1964, signed an agreement with Ortho Pharmaceuticals — and later with other companies — for royalty payments.

Eventually, David Wagner got tired of chasing royalty obligations from pharmaceutical companies and he sold the patent rights to Ortho Pharmaceuticals. He returned to his quiet life in Illinois. But his design became a national sensation.

As pharmaceutical companies began marketing these new birth control pills they faced a couple of obstacles — obstacles that packaging design would help to overcome.

First of all, the pill marked a major turning point in the pharmaceutical industry. Before birth control, only sick people took pharmaceutical drugs. The birth control pill was one of the first prescriptions intended to be taken by healthy Americans.

And so pharmaceutical companies designed the packaging to look, not like medicine, but instead like an ordinary, everyday object. It was Wagner’s disc with bright colors and graphics.

The other challenge faced by the pharmaceuticals companies was the conservative outlook of the predominantly male corps of doctors. Some were wary about the revolutionary impact the birth control pill would have on sex and gender roles. In 1967, a group of doctors gathered in a symposium called “The Pill and the Puritan Ethic” where they discussed the ethical dilemmas posed by young and unmarried women “demanding and needing” contraceptive advice.

Ortho-Novin Dialpak 21 ad. Syntex Collection of Pharmaceutical Advertising, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Photo by Carrie Eisert.

Not only were physicians grappling with issues that were actually none of their business, they were also wondering if women were even capable of following the directions for taking the pill. Pharmaceutical companies responded with ads aimed at physicians, which declared their packaging as “the fool-proof” method.

As the 1960s progressed, more and more women began taking the pill, and its invention was hailed as a major feminist milestone. But there was a darker side to the pill as well. The pill of the 1960s was not the same pill prescribed today.

Ortho-Novum I-80 pill packaging and informational booklet. Syntex Collection of Pharmaceutical Advertising, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. Photo by Carrie Eisert.

The old pill had about seven times more estrogen. And this high dose of estrogen caused negative side effects like dizziness and nausea, as well as more serious problems like blood clots and a higher risk of cancer.

Some of these problems had been apparent in early birth control trials. But the trials had been conducted in the 1950s in Puerto Rico, where the pill was primarily tested on low-income women, many of whom were not even aware they were participating in a medical trial. Researchers mostly ignored their complaints.

As the pill moved into the mainstream, most women did not hear about these health risks from their doctors. And it was hard to fathom that the pill that came in pink plastic compacts — the pill that millions of women carried around in their purses — could be dangerous.

Then in 1969, journalist Barbara Seaman published a book called “The Doctor’s Case Against The Pill,” which exposed the dangers of the birth control pill. Her book inspired Congress to hold hearings to investigate their safety. But no women were invited to testify. It was a panel of men.

So women started showing up at the hearings, demanding that their views be heard. A group of women from the activist group DC Women’s Liberation convened at the Capitol with prepared questions and bail money tucked in their socks. The women strategically placed themselves in the middle of audience rows and repeatedly interrupted the hearings demanding more transparency.

These hearings exposed the fact that some doctors had long been aware of the negative side effects of the pill, and many had failed to adequately alert their female patients. The situation left many women feeling torn. They were grateful for the freedom and autonomy the pill gave them, but they also felt betrayed.

The hormonal dosage of the pill was gradually lowered, and it became much safer for women. And one of the longer term legacies of the pill has been to elevate the status of patients from passive receivers to active consumers who could raise questions and concerns.

Despite opposition from organized medicine and industry, the FDA mandated a patient package insert for oral contraceptives in June of 1970

In turn, this has led to another enduring innovation related to pill packaging: feminist health activists successfully changed FDA policy to require a typed warning of side effects to be included in every birth control package. This laid the groundwork for the side effect warnings that come in all prescription packages today.

So today, when you pick up a prescription — any prescription — that little typed sheet you get that lists every side effect, from the mild to the terrifying — you have birth control to thank for that too.

Updated Ortho Dialpak case designed with disposable inserts by Martha Davis

Meanwhile, other designers have also improved on the packaging itself — in 1999, Martha Davis helped develop a compact reusable exterior case (the “Personal Pak“) to look more discreet and reduce waste, all while carrying forward the circular shape of Wagner’s original design.



Reporter Lila Cherneff spoke with Carolyn Eisert, a women’s health expert who has researched the Wagners and their role in the history of birth control packaging; Diane Wendt, a curator of the extensive birth control archive at the Smithsonian Museum of American History; and medical historian Dominique Tobbell.


Original music by Sean Real
Périhélie by Melodium
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Can You Help Me Find My Mom?

From The Truth | 09:04

The Truth features dramatic short stories that combine great writing with authentic-feeling performances and rich sound design. Host and producer Jonathan Mitchell works with a team of screenwriters and actors to create each original episode, revitalizing the craft of audio fiction for a new generation.

Icon_small A girl is lost and can't find her mom. Why won't anyone help her?

Bee Herbstman as MAGGIE
Melanie Hoopes as ROSE
Ed Herbstman as EDDIE
Evan Sudarsky Abadi as BODEGA CLERK
Gregory C. Jones as OFFICER
Blanche Ames as MAGGIE

Written by Diana McCorry, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

The Heart: Season One (Series)

Produced by The Heart

The things you whisper. The things you do in the dark...or light. The things you feel but you don’t know how to name. This is a radio show about all of those things. It’s about the triumphs and the terrors of human intimacy, the bliss and banality of being in love and the wild diversity of the human heart.

Most recent piece in this series:


From The Heart | Part of the The Heart: Season One series | 31:36

The Heart


When we do something for the first time, we enter into a world with new rules. It’s the creation of a new path, a new possibility. We meet this threshold with no knowledge of what will happen, how we or the world will react.

Once the rules of the game change, once we do something that we’ve never done before, the question of how to navigate the new world is what comes next. What do we do after the first kiss? Will it give way to the first holding of hands, the first public display of affection, the first sex, the first week sleeping in someone else’s bed every night? Or will it be the first, but also — the last?

This is a story featuring Drew Denny, a singer, songwriter, filmmaker and artist. You can check out her first feature film here.

The Allusionist (Series)

Produced by The Allusionist

Small adventures in language with Helen Zaltzman. Part of Radiotopia from PRX. http://theallusionist.org

Most recent piece in this series:

Allusionist 31: Post-Love

From The Allusionist | Part of the The Allusionist series | 18:28

Post-love_small_small Breaking up is hard to do, and it's hard to put into appropriate words. Comedian Rosie Wilby seeks a better term for 'ex', and family law barrister Nick Allen runs through the vocabulary of divorce.

NOTE: this episode is not full of bawdy talk, but there are adult themes and a couple of category B swearwords.

There's more about this episode at http://theallusionist.org/post-love. Don't go breaking my heart: say hi at twitter.com/allusionistshow and facebook.com/allusionistshow.

The Allusionist is a proud member of Radiotopia.fm for PRX.org.

50: The Boy Band Episode

From The Mortified Podcast | 34:19

The Mortified Podcast is a storytelling series where adults share the embarrassing things they created as kids– diaries, letters, lyrics & beyond– in front of total strangers.

This episode: From those who "Hung Tough" to those who "Wanted It That Way," fan-girls share stories of their biggest boy band obsessions -- with a very special appearance from a boy band icon. As well as cameos by Song Exploder's Hrishikesh Hirway, Answer Me This' Martin Austwick & The Memory Palace's Nate Dimeo.

Mortifiedboybandsrev2_copy_small From those who "Hung Tough" to those who "Wanted It That Way," fan-girls share stories of their biggest boy band obsessions -- with a very special appearance from a boy band icon.  As well as cameos by Song Exploder's Hrishikesh Hirway, Answer Me This' Martin Austwick & The Memory Palace's Nate Dimeo. The Mortified Podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Listen @ getmortified.com/podcast

the memory palace (Series)

Produced by Nate DiMeo

the memory palace is a series of short, surprising history stories from veteran producer, Nate DiMeo. Each episode tells the story of a forgotten moment or figure from the past or asks us to remember the reality behind history's more familiar facts and faces. New episodes posted every ten days or so here, on iTunes, and at thememorypalace.us

Most recent piece in this series:


From Nate DiMeo | Part of the the memory palace series | 09:14

Nate DiMeo

Chavez_small "Peregrinar" is about a march led by Cesar Chavez.

Criminal (Series)

Produced by Criminal

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime but something a little more complex. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

Most recent piece in this series:

Episode 68: All the Time in the World

From Criminal | Part of the Criminal series | 31:13

Criminalzag_small The “body farm” at Texas State University is a place almost no one except researchers and law enforcement is able to see, because it’s one of very few places in the world that deliberately puts out human bodies to decompose in nature. Forensic Anthropologists observe decomposition in order to help law enforcement discern when and how someone may have died. We asked if we could visit, and they agreed.

Love + Radio - (CENSORED VERSIONS) (Series)

Produced by Love + Radio

All the great L+R stories you know and love, just without the swears.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Living Room

From Love + Radio | Part of the Love + Radio - (CENSORED VERSIONS) series | 22:56


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

Diane Weipert is a writer and filmmaker. Produced by Briana Breen.

Theory of Everything (Series)

Produced by Benjamen Walker

Theory of Everything plunges listeners into a whirl of journalism, fiction, art, interviews, and the occasional exploding pipe dream. Host Benjamen Walker connects the dots in a hyper-connected world, featuring conversations with philosophers, friends, and the occasional too-good-to-be-real guest.

Most recent piece in this series:

Artifacts (Redux)

From Benjamen Walker | Part of the Theory of Everything series | 22:58

Toe12_small Photographer Robert Burley takes pictures of the end of analog for his book The Disappearance Of Darkness. Christine Frohnert and Christiane Paul explain why it is difficult to care for digital artworks and Social Media theorist Nathan Jurgenson wants us to understand what is truly revolutionary about ephemeral photographs and platforms like Snapchat.

Fugitive Waves (Series)

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters

Fugitive Waves --  Lost recordings and shards of sound, along with new tales of remarkable people from around the world. Stories from the flip side of history.

Most recent piece in this series:


From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the Fugitive Waves series | 11:40

Ks_fugitivewavessm_small For the last five years The Golden State Warriors have been going inside San Quentin, the legendary maximum security California State prison, to take on The San Quentin Warriors, the prison’s notorious basketball team. The Kitchen Sisters Present team up with Life of the Law Podcast to take us to a recent showdown between these two mighty Bay Area teams. Featuring Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Bob Myers, and Golden State Warriors' support staff — and San Quentin Warriors players, inmate spectators and prison officials. Go Warriors!

The Radio Diaries Podcast (Series)

Produced by Radio Diaries

The extraordinary stories of ordinary life.

Most recent piece in this series:

Walter Backerman, Seltzer Man

From Radio Diaries | Part of the The Radio Diaries Podcast series | 12:27

Waltercorrected_small Back in 1919, Walter Backerman's grandfather delivered seltzer by horse and wagon on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Today, Walter continues to deliver seltzer around the streets of New York. Some customers, like Mildred Blitz, have been on the family route for more than 50 years. When Walter's grandfather drove his cart there were thousands of seltzer men in the city; today Walter is one of the last.

Trace Elements (Series)

Produced by Trace Elements

Two hosts, one adventure. An off-road trip into the science that connects us. With support from PRX and the Sloan Foundation.

Most recent piece in this series:

Mystery At The Lake

From Trace Elements | Part of the Trace Elements series | 14:03

15571440056_f58cbbac80_h_small In the 1970s, a geochemist and a biologist banded together to solve a mystery at Lake Oneida in upstate New York. What they found is changing the way we think about human life, and where the origins of life come from.

If These Bones Could Talk

From Smithsonian | Part of the Sidedoor series | 26:29

A forensic mystery, 135 years in the making.


Explorer, scholar and 19th Century Smithsonian darling Robert Kennicott seemed destined to lead a full and adventurous life. Then, at the age of 30, on an expedition to Russian Alaska in 1866, Kennicott was mysteriously discovered dead by a riverside. Rumors of all colors circulated about the cause of his death, although, it wasn’t until 135 years later, in 2001, that two Smithsonian forensic scientists cracked the case.