One day Franco Magnani picked up a paintbrush.
At 43, Anna Bonavita had given up on finding love. But then she traveled to Cesena, Italy, and met Massimo. She says it was worth the wait. We also speak with Anna about Pennabilli—the town that helped her recover. For a transcript of this episode, send us an email with the episode...
We visit a place where the “black sheep” of the Guggenheim family went to be free.
We visit ancient ruins in Rome where cats have taken over. We speak with Silvia Viviani, who co-founded the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary in 1994. For a transcript of this episode, send us an email with the episode name.
We visit a city in Northern Italy where everyone decided to stay quiet to save something beautiful. We speak with Paolo Bodini, Leonardo Tedeschi, Virginia Villa, and others about the Cremona Violin Museum’s “Stradivarius Sound Bank.” For a transcript of this episode, send us an email with the episode name.
We visit a place where it's good to be ugly.
More than 40 years ago, Billy Barr moved to an abandoned mining town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to be alone. He says that there are days in the winter “when it’s so quiet that the noisiest thing is the snow hitting your jacket.” For a transcript of this episode, send...
In 1983, Susan Rogers moved thousands of miles from home to work with her favorite artist in the world: Prince. “He was unlike any human I’d ever known,” she says. A story about making remarkable things, together—plus the secret history of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” that Prince wrote...
The story of a color marked by effort and desire.
A story about moving at your own pace. In 2016, Angus Davison found a rare, left-coiling snail. So he began a quest to find a mate for Jeremy the snail. We speak with Angus Davison, Jade Melton, and Miguel Àngel Salom. For a transcript of this episode, send us an email with...
A woman finds a mysterious message in a bottle, and becomes consumed with finding out who wrote it and why.
An experiment in living together, forever. We speak with Bruce Duncan, Martine Rothblatt, Bina Aspen-Rothblatt, and Bina48. For a transcript of this episode, send us an email with the episode name.
"People wanted to put him up for sainthood because he married me, like he'd made the ultimate sacrifice."
Nino Esposito and Drew Bosee kept their relationship a secret for more than 40 years. And then, they decided to do something to protect their relationship, that would also force them into the spotlight. We speak with Nino, Drew, Andrew Gross, and Melaine Rothey. For a transcript of this episode,...
A story about finding your way home.
A woman becomes a best-selling novelist by writing 120 books about her first romance. This episode contains adult material.