Producer Picks

Chris Garcia and his dad were driving home, listening to oldies, sharing a bag of chips. They’d driven this route probably hundreds of time, but something odd was happening in the car, so Chris started recording their conversation on his phone.

Nancy Updike
This American Life
10 min 00 sec
Air Date: 11/08/2013

“The zone” is a sort of trance state that gamblers experience while they’re playing. One’s sense of time, space, body, and sense of self can disappear. So there’s an imperative to design against interruption.

Roman Mars
99% Invisible
19 min 28 sec
Air Date: 04/30/2013

When Kelley Benham and her husband finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was perfect. Until it wasn’t. Their story raises questions that, until recently, no parent had to face.

Jad Abumrad
Robert Krulwich
Radiolab
59 min 32 sec
Air Date: 04/30/2013

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He’s replaced the last doctor — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to prison for murder. But the more Dr. Gilmer talks to his new patients, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer.

Sarah Koenig
This American Life
60 min 33 sec
Air Date: 04/12/2012

Lewis Greenberg is fighting to preserve a giant installation in his yard, Holocaust Revisited. He calls the neighbors who object Nazis, but it’s not nearly so black and white.

David Weinberg
Love + Radio
23 min 00 sec
Air Date: 12/21/2012

David Foster Wallace first made his mark on the literary scene with his 1,079-page, three-pound-three-ounce novel, Infinite Jest. He discussed the book in 1996.

Leonard Lopate
The Leonard Lopate Show
29 min 22 sec
Air Date: 03/04/1996

In third grade, Shalom Auslander saw a chance to make his mom proud and push his drunk father out of the picture. The plan called for a lot of blessing, and a lot of sinning.

Shalom Auslander
This American Life
19 min 00 sec
Air Date: 01/21/2005

David Sedaris reflects on his mother’s lung cancer.

David Sedaris
This American Life
11 min 00 sec
Air Date: 10/31/1997

A daughter learns the truth about her mother’s pregnancy.

Erin Barker
The Moth
09 min 57 sec
Air Date: 02/09/2012

What if the moon were just a jump away? A beautiful answer to that question comes in Italo Calvino’s story, read live by Liev Schreiber.

Liev Schreiber
Radiolab
40 min 36 sec
Air Date: 04/16/2013