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An elderly man standing in a garden, wearing overalls, holding a very large bunch of celery.

Episode 30: Cheers

Episode #30

2020-12-09 13:19:30

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In June of 2020, a 72-year-old man in the UK named Gerald Stratford posted a photograph of himself in his garden on Twitter. He wrote, “Just giving my onions their daily inspection, a crucial time now for veg.” The tweet, like many of Gerald Stratford’s tweets, went viral. Gerald told us he never expected so many people to like his tweets about his garden, but that he just tries to be nice and polite and so far, people like it.
Carlos Acosta as a young man, performing in a ballet, mid-leap.

Episode 29: The Dancer

Episode #29

2020-11-25 13:01:50

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When Carlos Acosta was a kid, he wanted to be the next Michael Jackson. He spent all his time break-dancing in the streets of Havana. Until one day, when his father decided to put Carlos in a ballet class.
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Episode 28: The Clearwater Monster

Episode #28

2020-11-11 00:02:31

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Early one morning in 1948, a phone call woke up the police chief in the small town of Clearwater, Florida. The caller said he’d seen something strange at the beach. Residents woke up that morning to find an odd set of footprints in the sand, and a rumor began circulating...
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Episode 27: He Left in a Storm, He’ll Return in a Storm

Episode #27

2020-10-28 12:38:32

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There’s an old story on Cape Cod about a woman named Maria Hallett who fell in love with a pirate. According to legend, when he died at sea, she became so heartbroken that she started walking along the cliffs in storms and cursing other ships. The story goes that she believed that if she had lost the person she loved to the sea, everyone else should too. She became known as “The Sea Witch of Billingsgate,” and her story has haunted Cape Cod for the last 300 years.
A photograph from the 1960s of a Black couple smiling happily.

Episode 26: The Kinseys

Episode #26

2020-10-14 12:49:32

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Bernard Kinsey met Shirley Pooler in 1963, when they were both students at Florida A&M University, after a protest to integrate the movie theaters in Tallahassee. Years later, when their son Khalil was born, Bernard and Shirley made a plan — they wanted him to understand where he came from, and where his ancestors came from. So they decided to become detectives, uncovering the history of the Black experience in America.

Episode 25: City Birds

Episode #25

2020-06-24 12:02:18

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Meet a woman who decided to devote her life to the wild birds of New York City, and a Los Angeles man who formed a once-in-a-lifetime friendship.

Episode 24: Gobi

Episode #24

2020-06-10 12:08:17

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In June of 2016, Dion Leonard attempted one of the toughest races in the world—155 miles through the Gobi Desert. At the start of day two, he looked down and saw a little brown dog chewing on his shoes. Dion and the little dog were about to embark on an adventure that would change both of their lives.

Episode 23: Into the Ice

Episode #23

2020-05-27 11:47:56

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The B-15 iceberg in Antarctica was the largest iceberg in recorded history. Explorer Jill Heinerth wanted to see what it looked like from the inside. She assembled a team of the most accomplished divers in the world, and they traveled for 12 days through the rough waters of the Southern Ocean. Attempting to dive into cracks in the iceberg, her life was in very real danger three times. And the third time, she would be saved by an animal so small, so transparent, that you can see its heart beating right through its skin.

Episode 22: Prairie Warbler

Episode #22

2020-05-13 13:05:26

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When Drew Lanham was a child, he used to lie down in a field and play dead, just so he could get a glimpse of vultures flying over him. He made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls, and wings out of cardboard. He loved birds. But when he went to college, he says "I was trying to live up to the expectations of others who said, ‘you're a black kid who's good at math and science.’” So he studied engineering, and was miserable. And then, one day he heard the call of a Prairie Warbler.

Episode 21: Antelope Island

Episode #21

2020-04-29 12:42:11

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When Kayleigh Davis saw Kyler Bourgeous’ profile on a dating app, she liked that he loved the outdoors as much as she did. But what really stood out is that he said he’d survived a bison attack. So, Kayleigh messaged him, and asked to hear the story. And then, something...

Episode 20: Roselle and Michael

Episode #20

2020-04-15 12:58:55

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Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He says the first indication that something was wrong was the sound of a muffled explosion. Then the building began to tilt, and he felt the floor drop like an elevator. But Michael Hingson didn’t panic because his guide dog, Roselle, was calm.

Episode 19: The Wolves

Episode #19

2020-04-01 12:22:38

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We go searching for wolves in Yellowstone, and learn about the dramatic and surprisingly relatable relationship between a powerful young wolf and the small, elderly wolf who had raised him.

The Memory Artist

Episode #18

2019-07-10 14:45:46

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One day Franco Magnani picked up a paintbrush.

Anna and Massimo

Episode #17

2019-06-26 14:22:39

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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...

Everything Floats

Episode #16

2019-06-12 13:22:59

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We visit a place where the “black sheep” of the Guggenheim family went to be free.

Silvia and the Cats

Episode #15

2019-05-29 11:33:32

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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.