Producer Picks

It’s Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school. Six weeks later, detectives arrest her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he’s innocent, though he can’t exactly remember what he was doing that afternoon. Episode 1 of a season-long investigation into the murder.

Sarah Koenig
53 min 49 sec
Air Date: 10/03/2014

The Suskind family found an unlikely way to access their silent son’s world — through Disney movies. Radiolab sets off to figure out what their story can tell us about autism, a disorder with a wide spectrum of symptoms and severity.

Jad Abumrad
44 min 39 sec
Air Date: 09/18/2014

For a decade, the California Department of Corrections had denied press access to all death rows in the state. But for one day in 2012, the reporter was given exclusive press access to those cell blocks and the prisoners inside, serving death sentences.

Nancy Mullane
Life Of The Law
27 min 28 sec
Air Date: 07/17/2014

Occasional infidelity adds excitement to Dan Savage’s marriage. He’s not afraid of talking about that. What he doesn’t like discussing is money.

Anna Sale
Death Sex & Money
27 min 53 sec
Air Date: 07/16/2014

“I sort of love imagining a small army of 22-year-old men who are just like, ‘Fuck that book, I wish it was never published,’” the writer says of her own work.

Max Linsky
Longform Podcast
54 min 10 sec
Air Date: 05/14/2014

The Education of Little Tree, by Forrest Carter, is marketed as a simple homespun autobiography of a Cherokee orphan. But the book is not at all what it seems. Its author shared a deep secret with the segregationist speechwriter Asa Carter. A non-narrated version of this story was originally produced for Radio Diaries.

Alex Blumberg
Joe Richman
This American Life
31 min 00 sec
Air Date: 06/13/2014

Does marriage make you happier? Is divorce as common as we think? How is the institution perceived these days, and has it outlived its original purpose? Listen to Part 2.

Stephen Dubner
Freakonomics Radio
19 min 57 sec
Air Date: 02/13/2014

After watching a loved one get sick and die, the producer takes some personal questions about death and dying to a place where they’re happening all the time.

Nancy Updike
This American Life
36 min 00 sec
Air Date: 04/25/2014

It’s happened to you. A song comes over the radio, and, in just a few notes, you’ve been transported to some personal history, awash in memory and all its image and emotion.

Dan Mauzy
13 min 22 sec
Air Date: 02/28/2013

The reporter and her boyfriend were in love, but she was working in New York and he studied wildlife out west. She didn’t think it could work. He did. And he thought that if a U.S. senator intervened, the relationship could turn around.

Anne Sale
Death Sex & Money
24 min 41 sec
Air Date: 05/07/2014