°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

What exactly does a sex surrogate do? Meet Kendra Holliday to find out. Warning: This content is not suitable for children.    


Love Hurts – One Year Later

Friday, July 31, 2015

One year ago today, July 31st, Lea went to interview Robert, a guy she’d dated, about why he’d turned her down. That became the first of a series of episodes called “Love Hurts,” where Lea investigated why she was having trouble finding love again in the four years since she found herself pregnant and alone … Continue reading Love Hurts – One Year Later


The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read

Friday, July 10, 2015

John Corcoran graduated from high school and college and then spent 17 years as a high school teacher without knowing how to read or write. How on earth did he pull that off? And why? This is his story. A different version of this story was originally presented on Strangers in early 2012. Get the … Continue reading The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read


American Mormon — International Mr. Leather

Friday, June 26, 2015

A new – and improved! – version of an old Strangers story: A Mormon boy grows up to become “International Mr. Leather,” which is the “Miss Universe” equivalent of the leather fetish world, and he’s forced to acknowledge some surprising parallels between his childhood church and the kinky gay, male leather world… Get the full … Continue reading American Mormon — International Mr. Leather


Like a Pizza: Two Men and a Baby – the Follow-Up

Friday, June 12, 2015

In 2014 Patrick and Steve received a surprise delivery…and it was a newborn, whaa! A story ensued, which became the episode Two Men and a Baby. Now, a year later we check in to see how things are going. Get the full story here.

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Adrian’s Race 2

Friday, May 29, 2015

This is the second installment in our series about Adrian Wagner, who at 25 is losing his eyesight, and who is in a race to try to locate his birth parents in time to qualify for upcoming clinical trials, which might cure his condition but require genetic testing of both parents. And that is just … Continue reading Adrian’s Race 2



Friday, May 15, 2015

This is a story of mothers, love, regrets and redemption, and of secrets from many years passed that cast long shadows in our lives. It’s about how Deborah Jiang-Stein came to be pulled over by two highway patrolmen at 19 years-old, with a trunk load of dope, a .38 revolver and a 10” switch blade…and … Continue reading Unconditional


The Cruellest Month?

Friday, May 01, 2015

April is the cruellest month. At least it can be. If you are depressed or heartbroken, there is nothing worse than the thaw and the blossoms and the girls in short dresses and the lovers on park benches licking melting ice cream off each other’s faces and fingers. It makes your heart ache more because … Continue reading The Cruellest Month?


Adrian’s Race

Friday, April 17, 2015

Adrian is 25 and losing his eyesight. He’s in a race against time. He’s also in a battle between humility and pride. When is it stubborn, perhaps even foolhardy, not to make concessions to one’s disability? When is it the only way out? And where do you find wisdom to know the difference? Get the … Continue reading Adrian’s Race

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Jenni, Now

Thursday, March 26, 2015

We revisit Jenni Rowell from the episode “Life, Interrupted” to see where things stand, and learn some sh*t about life. Get the full story here.


And Justice for All?

Friday, March 13, 2015

A booker for TV court shows shares highs and lows from the merry-go-round of daytime justice… Get the full story here.


Love – Good and Bad

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For Valentine’s Day we return to the theme of love, with a story about someone else’s heartbreak for a change. As for Lea’s heart, well, you’ll see… Get the full story here.


A Father’s Story – Then and Now

Friday, January 16, 2015

To mark the three-year anniversary of Strangers we share with you the very first story ever featured on the show, about Stephen Rochelle and his son Matthew, and we return to Stephen to see how they’re doing now, three years later. In July 2011, Matthew Rochelle stood trial for murder. This is the story of … Continue reading A Father’s Story – Then and Now


Love Hurts — The Follow-Up

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lea received hundreds of messages in response to her raw, personal four-part series, “Love Hurts.” In this follow-up episode, she strings together the funny, poignant and moving voice mails she received from listeners in response to the series and tries to make sense of this thing called love, finally. She also gives an update on … Continue reading Love Hurts — The Follow-Up


The Mind Shaft

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Greg O’Brien was in his late 50s when strange things started happening… Get the full story here.


Alaska Bingo

Friday, November 07, 2014

Sam Feirstein takes a broken heart to Alaska and finds surprising kindness in “enemy territory.” Also, producer Lea Thau takes a broken heart to India and has a “stranger” experience that inspires her to create this show. Please support the Radiotopia Kickstarter and help Strangers double our frequency in 2015 + create a Strangers-branded website. … Continue reading Alaska Bingo


Screaming with Professionals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

For Halloween, we give you a ghost story of sorts. Not in the traditional sense, but we think you’ll know what we mean when you hear it. As a little boy, Bill Ratner experienced a series of tragedies. Then he learned to scream…. And please support the Radiotopia Kickstarter. We have a challenge to get … Continue reading Screaming with Professionals


Falling Slowly

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Strangers, at its core, is about the beauty and the struggle of human connection and what happens in those moments when we get closer to someone else, or, say, further removed from ourselves. Often that change is subtle and slow, but sometimes it is sudden and monumental. Here is Lyena Strelkoff. A version of this … Continue reading Falling Slowly


Big Jim & Smokey Joe

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A waitress, a former bomber pilot and a retired railroad engineer embark on the adventure of a lifetime. A version of this story was previously featured on Season 1 of Strangers. Get the full story here.


Love Hurts 4

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In this final installment of Love Hurts, Lea talks to a guy SHE turned down. Get the full story here.