Stories that are Dreamy

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

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

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

An investigation into internet sleuths — like Todd Matthews of Doe Network — amateur detectives who use the web to solve cold cases and identify missing persons.

Sara Parker
Falling Tree
27 min 38 sec
Air Date: 04/24/2007

Completing an accurate map of all the stars in the night sky is the lifelong goal of astonomer and self-confessed nocturnal hermit Brian Skiff. Diane Hope documents a night in the life of one of this dwindling number of professional stargazers.

Diane Hope
Falling Tree
27 min 33 sec
Air Date: 05/26/2008

A contemplation of time and mortality, including stories about a family’s tragic visit to Palestine and a man who attends a dinner party after learning he might be dying.

Joe Frank
Unfictional
28 min 30 sec
Air Date: 07/24/2012

In early August of 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi had a run of the worst luck imaginable. A double blast of radiation left his future, and the future of his descendants, in doubt.

Jad Abumrad
Radiolab
20 min 57 sec
Air Date: 07/16/2012

When she was a young girl, Rebecca Johnson and her mother took a trip to a department store in Boston, where Rebecca found a book that she begged her mother to buy. What happened next stays with her to this day, 38 years later.

Nate Goldman
WBUR
02 min 09 sec
Air Date: 07/10/2012

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a “solar-powered jukebox.”

Krista Tippett
On Being
51 min 07 sec
Air Date: 05/10/2012

Playing around with audio samples taken from pornography films, producer Ed Prosser was struck by how much the moans and groans came to resemble the calls of whales.

Ed Prosser
On The Nature Of Things
02 min 16 sec
Air Date: 05/16/2012