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Best True Stories podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best True Stories podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
Podcasts enable people to listen to real life stories told by people from all walks of life as they can be followed anywhere - in a bus, at picnic, with or without Internet access. In this catalog, there are podcasts revealing many true and captivating stories of hope, love, loss, transformation and aspiration, from every field of interest, some of them bad, others good, all of them told live and without notes. Also, there are podcasts where adults share good and embarrassing things they did as kids - letters and diaries, first crushes, and other breathtaking and heartbreaking moments - in front of total strangers. Aside from true to life stories, there are podcasts which cover scary and paranormal stories, with people discussing about encounters with ghosts and other supernatural beings. Some of the hosts encourage people to share their stories and be heard by many people.
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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world
 
Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
Radically empathic advice
 
Spend an hour in someone else's life. Conversations draws you deeper into the life story of someone you may have heard about, but never met.
 
Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.
 
Family Secrets. We all have them. And while the discovery of family secrets can initially be terrifying or traumatic, often these discoveries have the power to liberate, heal, and even uplift us. Join Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of the memoir Inheritance, and her guests as they explore astonishing family secrets and uncover the extraordinary lessons the truth can teach us.
 
What's the one secret you've never told anybody? Welcome to The Secret Room, a podcast about the true stories no one ever tells. Hosted by Ben Hamm.
 
The uncanny, extraordinary, true stories of events that have dramatically altered the lives of ordinary people; a son is shot by his own father, a woman's sister develops multiple personalities, a man wakes up in the morgue. These are riveting, moving and often haunting stories that will stick with you long after you listen.
 
Mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, and dramatic radio. Hosted by Glynn Washington.
 
Special audio projects from Slate.
 
If you like The Moth, This American Life or Snap Judgment, take a walk on the wilder side with RISK! Your colorful host Kevin Allison (of the legendary comedy group The State) helms this surprisingly uncensored show where people tell jaw-dropping true stories they never thought they'd dare to share in public. RISK! is hilarious, heart-wrenching and remarkably real. Think you've heard it all? Fasten your seatbelt.
 
Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.
 
True stories recorded live at The Narrators, the award-winning storytelling show from Denver, Colorado. Comedians, actors, musicians, writers, and other fascinating folks share first-person narratives from their lives, centered on a monthly theme.
 
1 phone call. 1 hour. No names. No holds barred. Thats the premise behind Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, hosted by comedian Chris Gethard (the Chris Gethard Show, Broad City, This American Life, and one of Time Outs 10 best comedians of 2015). Every week, Chris opens the phone line to one anonymous caller, and he cant hang up first, no matter what. From shocking confessions and family secrets to philosophical discussions and shameless self-promotion, anything can and will happen! T ...
 
First-person diaries, sound portraits, and hidden chapters of history from Peabody Award-winning producer Joe Richman and the Radio Diaries team. From teenagers to octogenarians, prisoners to prison guards, bra saleswomen to lighthouse keepers. The extraordinary stories of ordinary life. Radio Diaries is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm
 
Modern Love features top actors performing true stories of love, loss, and redemption. It has included performances by Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Angela Bassett, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sterling K. Brown, and more. A collaboration between WBUR and The New York Times.
 
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. PS: It totally likes you. The Mortified Podcast is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
 
Joel Huggins, America's last true folklorist, embarks on a journey to listen as everyday people sit around with him and tell him the best story from their lives. Crack open a beer and drop into The Storyhole!
 
This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
 
Every house is haunted. In each episode of Family Ghosts, we investigate the true story behind a mysterious figure whose legend has followed a family for generations. Grandmothers who were secretly jewel smugglers, uncles who led double lives, siblings who vanished without a trace, and other ghostly characters who cast shadows over our lives in ways that might not be immediately obvious. We are all formed in part by our familial collections of secrets, intrigues, and myths. By engaging with ...
 
When the stakes are life and death, you'd be surprised at the lengths you’d go to survive. Pain, hunger, and fear can seem like paralyzing obstacles, but in the face of real danger, they’re actually what keeps us alive. ​Every week, we'll follow a different survivor's visceral and inspiring fight for life, and examine how the trauma impacted them forever. ​These are the stories of what happens when the human self-preservation instinct is pushed to its limit, through the eyes of the world's m ...
 
What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia ...
 
Kind World is a show about compassion. Through stories big and small, we explore the effect one act can have on a life, to better understand each other and ourselves.
 
You know how every day someone asks "how are you?" And even if you’re totally dying inside, you just say "fine," so everyone can go about their day? This show is the opposite of that. Hosted by author and notable widow (her words) Nora McInerny, this is a funny/sad/uncomfortable podcast about talking honestly about our pain, our awkwardness, and our humanness, which is not an actual word. From American Public Media.
 
10 Things That Scare Me is a tiny podcast about our biggest fears. In each episode, one person talks. Alone in a room. It could be anyone. It could be you. It’s someone driven by fears that keep them up at night, that define their lives, and inform their choices. This is a podcast about them, about you, about us, and the world we inhabit together. New episodes every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
 
Revisionist History is Malcolm Gladwell's journey through the overlooked and the misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past—an event, a person, an idea, even a song—and asks whether we got it right the first time. From Pushkin Industries. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.
 
The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answer. The stories may be unfamiliar, but the themes are universal; this is a looking glass, a window into our own fragile, material existence that begs the question, “How will I be remembered?”
 
HumaNature is the podcast that explores where humans and our habitat meet. The show tells real stories about human experiences in nature. Along the way, we’ll meet people whose encounters help us reflect on our own place in the natural world.
 
Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
 
Grace Dent presents a series documenting the untold dramas of 21st-century Britain.
 
Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of true stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. The storyteller and the audience embark on a high-wire act of shared experience which is both terrifying and exhilarating. Since 2008, The Moth podcast has featured many of our favorite stories told live on Moth stages around the country. For informa ...
 
A storytelling show that explores the night, the landscape of the unseen, and how thoughts, feelings and behaviors transform in the dark.
 
Death, Sex & Money is a podcast about the big questions and hard choices that are often left out of polite conversation. Host Anna Sale talks to celebrities you've heard of—and to regular people you haven't—about the Big Stuff: relationships, money, family, work and making it all count while we're here. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Snap Judgment, On the Media, Nancy, Death-Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many ...
 
Raw, true, alternative storytelling. Join Michael, Nat, Jools and Chris as we pick our favourite stories from recent Natural Born Storytellers events and dip into the archives for our best past tales. We love creating fun, friendly and welcoming spaces for anyone to share true stories from their lives. Pop along to our events to hear these stories told live. Our podcast is produced and edited by Green Barge Audio, with original theme music from Nic Sims.
 
hey, girl. is a podcast that unites the voices of phenomenal women near and far. Created with sisterhood and storytelling in mind, author Alex Elle sits down with people who inspire her. From friends to family members and strangers, the hey, girl. guests give us a peek into their stories through candid and intimate conversations.
 
Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences.
 
High-stakes storytelling at its most artful and human — radio documentary on the next level. Stories lived, stories told.
 
Radio 4's weekly obituary programme, telling the life stories of those who have died recently
 
New Australian Storytelling
 
Honest and fun chat around all the questions you’re too scared to search for. Everyone has the same questions, so we can learn from each other’s experiences, however cringeworthy…
 
Whispered stories of true crime, weird disappearances, strange mysteries, wild adventures, spooky things, funny things. Every story will be 100 percent true.
 
Broadcaster and DJ Annie Mac returns with series 2 of her podcast Finding Annie. Recorded in the ‘rave shed’ at the end of her garden, expect deeply personal and hilarious discussions on life’s biggest themes.
 
“Only Here” is about the unexplored subcultures, creativity and struggles at the U.S.-Mexico border. The KPBS podcast tells personal stories from people whose lives are shaped by the tension reverberating around the wall. This is a show for border babies, urban explorers or those who wonder what happens when two cultures are both separated and intertwined.
 
Remembering the good, the bad, and the awkward parts of growing up
 
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 firsthand. Or spend time with an artist who gives away her life savings every night. You've never heard anything like it before.This show is moving to Luminary! For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.
 
Learn to tell better stories from the producers of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization. 45-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks partners with his wife, Elysha Dicks, to share stories recorded from years of Speak Up shows. More importantly, they offer tips, feedback, strategies, and advice on these stories, all in an effort to help you tell your best stories.
 
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Everyone thought Holly’s dad died in an accident. Now, ten years later, she’s discovered the truth. Hear why she can't tell her family. In pictures: Holly and her dad; her grandma's ring; Paddle Pops and Dunlop Volleys. They're waiting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Search @secretroompod. BETTER HELP Get 10% off your first month at betterhelp.…
 
On the evening of August 6, 1930, Judge Joseph Crater vanished from a street corner in New York City. He was never seen, or heard from, again. This episode shares the story with you – told entirely in Whisper, by Kit Caren. ==== BECOME A SUPPORTER OF THE PODCAST! Simply go to: Patreon Page – Whispered True Stories and contribute whatever you can. H…
 
Claire grew up running wild in the Banksia forests of Southern Western Australia. As an adult she had a period of homelessness, living on the streets of Melbourne. After learning the truth of her family's story, Claire found her focus
 
Today, Leon Bosch is one of the most respected classical double bass players in the world but as a teenager he was made a political prisoner in South Africa because of his peaceful resistance to the apartheid regime – an experience that has haunted him for most of his life. But that time in prison also drove him to commit to playing the double bass…
 
Shelly Boyd is Sinixt. She's from the Colville Reservation in Washington, just across the British Columbia border. Shelly is proud of her heritage and who she is... But her sense of home, of where her community belongs, is less solid. Over the last century and a half, the Sinixt were pushed off their land in B.C. and into the southern corner of the…
 
Rebecca Carroll is a cultural critic and Editor of Special Projects at WNYC. She met her husband on a subway platform in Brooklyn. He was on his way to a conference on race and social policy. He proposed to her on the same subway platform a year later. Join the "10 Things That Scare Me" conversation, and tell us your fears at 10thingspodcast.org.…
 
Cameron Esposito is a Los Angeles-based standup comic, actor and writer. Cameron did a stint as ringmaster for El Circo Cheapo Cabaret out of Chicago. Join the "10 Things That Scare Me" conversation, and tell us your fears at 10thingspodcast.org.By WNYC Studios
 
A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.By This American Life
 
Megan Phelps-Roper grew up inside the notorious Westboro Baptist Church family. In 2012 she left the church, and her family, to live in the world she once reviled
 
Alex sits down again with photographer, artist, and founder of The Body a Home for Love, Deun Ivory. They catch up about what's been going since their last chat and dive deep into a conversation around change, faith, and starting over. Follow & connect with Deun on Instagram at @DeunIvory Learn more about her organization here: https://thebodyahome…
 
If Cats or Rise of Skywalker ruined your holiday season, help is on the way. A boy writes a passionate defense of his favorite Star Wars film after critics trash it. The teenage journals of a “Cats” fanatic. Binge episodes @ getmortified.com. Mortified is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.By Mortified Media and Radiotopia
 
The Memory Palace is a proud member of Radiotopia, a collective of independently owned and operated podcasts. A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play…
 
Stephanie Summerville tells us about her eye-opening experience as a casual worker. It was her first job and it thrust her into a shocking situation. She was providing respite care for a terminally-ill man in her hometown of Evansville, in Indiana. As she looked around his bedroom she saw a white robe and a hood with eyeholes cut out. Stephanie was…
 
When it comes to love, money is supposed to be no object. But there’s no disentangling love from anything in our lives, and income is no exception. So how do you assess the role money should play in a relationship, and what happens when your desires and means change over time? The Sugars take on 5 letters in this rapid-fire episode. This episode wa…
 
Pictured: Sir Roger ScrutonMatthew Bannister on Sir Roger Scruton, the leading conservative philosopher of his generation, known for his work on aesthetics. His outspoken views made him a controversial figure for some on the left. Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman who overthrew his father in a coup and transformed his country.Bobby Neame, the Chairman…
 
This week, we’re asking the same question your high school guidance counselor asked you at age 15: “What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” Hosted by Dan “DJ” Kennedy Storytellers: Tim Lopez, Kelley CraigBy The Moth
 
Episode 203: Your next storyteller is author and screenwriter Kornblum Katz. Kornblum shared this story on 17 April 2019; the theme of the evening was "Nailing It." Special thanks to Horse Girl for the outro music in this episode. You can subscribe and listen to The Narrators for free wherever you get your podcasts. Browse our archives for past epi…
 
In this bonus episode we hear from listeners in the Family Secrets community. To share your secret, call 1-888-SECRET-0. This month, Dani’s taking Family Secrets on the road. To get your tickets, visit danishapiro.com. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisersBy iHeartRadio
 
An openly gay luchador full of talent faces an uphill battle to get the crowd and the press on his side. A woman takes on superhero duty, serving as a heroine of the streets. And Chapelle's other half rocks three mics. Snap Judgment presents, “The Performers.” Exploring the magic behind the stagecraft. Snap Classic - Season 7 Episode 10…
 
Laura Rothenberg spent most of her life knowing she was going to die young. She had cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs. When she was born, the life expectancy for people with CF was around 18 years. (It's more than double that now.) Laura liked to say she went through her mid-life crisis when she was a teenager. Joe met Laur…
 
Identical twins David and John Loftus had an idyllic and happy childhood. They were so alike that as toddlers you could hardly tell them apart. They were very close growing up together. But after a cricket injury and subsequent brain scan, they discovered that John had a brain tumour. David struggled but he remained strong for his brother. John did…
 
A Classic RISK! Singles episode! A story that Ray Christian first shared on the podcast in February of 2015 about dangerous play.By Kevin Allison
 
Rebecca Hall who stars in the upcoming movie "The Night House," reads a story about dating -- while manic. This is an encore presentation. Modern Love is brought to you by COUPLES THERAPY, a new Showtime docu-series following four couples during their weekly sessions with a world-class therapist. It’s a raw and intimate peek into the hidden world o…
 
The line of cars and people waiting to cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry is so big — so long — it’s got its own gravitational pull. It’s created this whole world of its own, an ecosystem that swirls all around it. A shorter line would be a thing of beauty. The long line is actually a problem that the federal governments and local business leaders …
 
Dr Andrew Rynne is Ireland’s first vasectomy doctor. He was an advocate for contraceptive rights in the Republic of Ireland during the 1970s and 1980s - at one point even facing prison time for selling condoms without a prescription. One afternoon in 1990, a man burst into his doctor’s surgery while he was performing a vasectomy and pointed a gun a…
 
Thanks to The Incontinentals for the music! Theme song: Fly By The Seat, The Incontinentals © 2000 RUH! Music Outro Music 1: I'm Yours, The Incontinentals © 1999 RUH! Music Outra Music 2: Little Trick Bike, The Incontinentals © 1998 RUH! Music Artwork by Ben Barnes Send us your feedback online: https://pinecast.com/feedback/the-storyhole/857a7a67-c…
 
When Wendy Hellowell’s son Oliver was born, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome. She realized the two of them would face enormous challenges. But they got help from a little faith and a camera. (more…)By HumaNature
 
On episode #81 of the Speak Up Storytelling podcast, Matthew and Elysha Dicks talk storytelling! In our follow up segment, we share about upcoming events in the Speak Up realm and update you on the condition of Nana! STORYTELLING SHOWS 2020 February 8: “Storytelling for Students” at Henry A. Wolcott School, West Hartford, CT February 22: “Leap: Sto…
 
Kierran grew up hearing stories about her grandfather's adventures owning diamond mines, tangling with the mafia, robbing banks, and other wild tales. But as she's gotten older, Kierran's starting to realize some of those stories might be total B.S. And if they are, she wants to know why everyone was so willing to let him get away with it. ~41~ The…
 
This week, a bullet wound helps heal; a little girl learns what love is all about after surviving a terrible car accident; a young man and and his father succumb to guilt at the animal shelter; and a burnt-out corporate executive tries to shake her A-type personality at art school.This hour is hosted by The Moth's Executive Director, Jenifer Hixson…
 
We’ll be back with brand new episodes in February. While you wait, here’s some of our favourites from the All The Best archive. Swipe Right, Think Twice by Hongnan Guo Can dating apps help with social anxiety and the search for true love? Special thanks to Gretchen Miller and Tina Matolov for production guidance and feedback. Additional production …
 
Sayragul Sauytbay is an ethnic Kazakh from Xinjiang in western China. In 2016, she was happily married with two children and loved her job as a head teacher at a kindergarten. But a year after – amidst a crackdown on Xinjiang’s predominantly Muslim population – she says she was summoned to teach in a different facility, one of many camps set up to …
 
Ben West shares the story of his brother's suicide with Katie Thistleton and Dr Radha.By BBC Radio 1
 
“I completely lost touch with reality. You can’t rely on those around you, and you can’t rely on what’s within you. That’s the most terrifying thing in the world.” Producer/Editor: Whit Missildine Content/Trigger Warnings: drug use, mental breakdown, explicit language thisisactuallyhappening.com Instagram: @actuallyhappening Episode Sponsors: Upsta…
 
The Sneak tells true crime stories from in and around the world of sports. This season, they will look at a football star who pulled off a bizarre bank heist complete with decoys, disguises, and an escape plan you have to hear to believe. Subscribe to The Sneak today: http://wondery.fm/TheSneak_IS
 
The night is a perfect canvas for magic. As both the inner and outer terrain transform into something less familiar, your mind opens, allowing spirits to find a place to land. The ancient Peruvian art of shamanism harnesses the mystery and power of darkness, and uses it to heal those who suffer. Eduardo Calderòn was a gifted curandero, or healer. H…
 
For decades, Bill Cosby brought warmth and laugher across the country, cementing his image as “America’s Dad.” But behind that disguise was the real Bill Cosby – the monster who preyed on women by promising them mentorship, only to then drug and violate them. Hosted by Nicki Egan, the lead investigative journalist on this case, the series features …
 
A caller in London talks to Geth about British & European politics, noting that there might be a problem with political parties founded by comedians. This episode is brought to you by You’re Not Listening, Brooklinen (www.brooklinen.com), Bombas (www.bombas.com/stories), and Teladoc (www.teladoc.com/stories).…
 
This week, we'll hear from veterans and their families as they navigate difficult conversations around deployment and the transition back to civilian life.By NPR
 
Jenna Brister, Betsy Bluto, and Amy Salloway share stories about a sexy massage, a message from beyond, and mysterious illness.By Kevin Allison
 
When Writer Nancy Davis Kho decided to spend an entire year writing "thank-you" letters, she didn't expect just how transformative it would be.By WBUR
 
talian Fishmonger Vittorio Fabris was inspired to sail from Venice to Nantucket by his favourite book, Moby Dick. But his epic voyage didn’t exactly go to plan. He faced storms and seriously damaged his boat along the way, keeping himself going with the company of music and dolphins. With his destination in sight, disaster struck - but Vittorio wou…
 
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