Love + Radio

From PRX’s Radiotopia, Nick van der Kolk’s Love + Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. You’ve never heard anything like it before. New installments are added monthly.


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July 24, 2017

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.

July 6, 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), performed by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

June 15, 2017

A preview of our next season, coming at you NEXT MONTH!

May 6, 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.

April 6, 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#.

March 24, 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.

March 10, 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 Rocío’s family.

March 3, 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 seems as Rosio becomes entangled with drugs, money, and mafioso. Produced in collaboration with Everything is Stories.

February 27, 2017

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

February 11, 2017

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

February 11, 2017

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

January 28, 2017

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

January 13, 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.

January 13, 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.

December 26, 2016

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

December 2, 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.

November 17, 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.

October 28, 2016

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

October 13, 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, he withdrew his consideration before being appointed.

September 29, 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’t even begin to scratch the surface of this unusual threesome.

September 9, 2016

September 29. Get ready. As if that’s even possible.

August 27, 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 conversation that followed that conversation.

 

July 22, 2016

Love + Radio presents “On The Shore Dimly Seen” by Gregory Whitehead: one day in the no-touch torture of detainee 063.

June 23, 2016

Love + Radio presents: “The Neighborhood” by Scott Carrier

May 27, 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 of Tim Robbins (yes, THAT Tim Robbins), Lonnie Johnson, Flame Simon, and Richard Haxton.

Originally broadcast in 2014.

April 20, 2016

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.

(Originally broadcast May 2011)

March 25, 2016

Music is Daryl Davis’ profession, but extreme racism is his obsession. (Originally broadcast February 2014.)

February 25, 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 into mommy’s tummy, so he could come back out as a baby girl. Marlo thought it was a phase–it wasn’t.

January 28, 2016

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 investigative journalism challenging the heights of government and corporate power. Originally published in 2012.

November 16, 2015

David is followed by a strange hooded figure

October 22, 2015

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

September 24, 2015

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

August 26, 2015

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

June 24, 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.

May 23, 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).

May 12, 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.)

March 27, 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.

March 6, 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.

December 19, 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.

November 25, 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.

September 25, 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.

August 21, 2014

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

July 29, 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.

June 12, 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.

May 13, 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 back.

April 8, 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 Robbins), Lonnie Johnson, Flame Simon, and Richard Haxton.

February 27, 2014

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

January 21, 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.

December 10, 2013

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

February 21, 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 $30,000 for just a couple hours of work each week. One with emotional and moral consequences she didn’t fully anticipate.

Produced by Mooj Zadie, Brendan Baker, and Nick van der Kolk, with help from Mark Ristich, Sharon Mashihi, Rachel James, Matthew Kielty, and Lingling Yang.

December 22, 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.

July 19, 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.

May 23, 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 investigative journalism challenging the heights of government and corporate power.

May 26, 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.

April 11, 2011

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

December 21, 2010

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

November 9, 2010

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

October 14, 2008

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

June 5, 2008

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

March 27, 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.

February 14, 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.

November 29, 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.

November 15, 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.

November 7, 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 fighting as a creative practice.

October 3, 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.

July 12, 2007

A horrible accident and a complicated friendship.

October 30, 2006

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

August 4, 2006

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

April 21, 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.

March 2, 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 penises. Many of them.

December 11, 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 of Olde English gets a coworker of his fired. Lev and his girlfriend try to rent a movie and enter a swirling emotional maelstrom of relationship doom. Lev’s story is from his excellent online comic Tales of Mere Existence. Check out the original version of Conversation at his website, (http://www.ingredientx.com/) along with the pretty drawrings that go along with it, and other stories that are sure to depress the shit out of you (in a good way).

November 20, 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 to Missouri to meet a Bajoran he met on a Star Trek simming board. Christina H meets up with some dude from craigslist. Bitch PHD describes the gender dynamics of an Adult Friend Finder chatroom. Christian Rudder explains how to tell if a boy likes you. Adam Conover of sketch comedy group Olde English discovers that girls really like to be told they’re secret agents. And finally, Christina’s leaves a businessman from Israel very frustrated.

October 30, 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 Kraskin of Catalogue of Ships. Also a spooky story from Hans Anderson.

October 18, 2005

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