Happy Friday to you! Any exciting plans for the long weekend? If you have an extra hour, I'd highly recommend checking out the Silent Evidence project from The Heart. The second part in the series, Ten Foot Pole [May 26, 29 minutes], is this week's standout pick! It's an incredibly powerful piece from co-producers Tennessee Watson and Kaitlin Prest. Through the Silent Evidence project, Tennessee is telling her story of childhood sexual abuse. She's stayed silent for years, but now she's speaking out about what happened to her when she was seven years old, and how it's had a lasting impact on her mental health. In Ten Foot Pole, she comes face-to-face with her abuser when she asks to interview him for a radio story. Her courage has me in total awe, and I'm really looking forward to hearing parts three and four of her story. If you haven't listened yet, I'd highly recommend checking it out. According to the Silent Evidence website, there's also an investigative piece from Reveal coming soon. I'll definitely be on the lookout for it.
If you're in the listening mood, these ten new podcast episodes were also incredible this week...
- How Jeff Daniels Got Sober, Again from Death, Sex & Money [May 25, 27 minutes]. The award-winning actor has an honest conversation with host Anna Sale about the time he broke 14 years of sobriety, and how he got it back again.
- Jonathan Menjivar from Tape [May 24, 59 minutes]. The veteran This American Life producer talks about his collaborative relationship with Hillary Frank (his wife!) and how he's come to terms with working behind the scenes, among many other things.
- Just Shut Up from Strong Opinions Loosely Held [May 22, 18 minutes]. Marketplace reporter Sally Herships and host Elisa Kreisinger discuss the frustrating common complaints female voices in radio endure on a daily basis.
- In One Ear and Out the Other from Soundproof [May 27, 42 minutes]. A beautiful and fascinating trip inside the ear of producer Tim Hinman, who's on a mission to map out sound as it travels through the brain.
- My Best Friend's Baby from The Longest Shortest Time [May 24, 41 minutes]. Two best friends attempt to stay close after one of them has a child and the other takes off as a touring musician (plus beautiful original music made especially for the show).
- On the Inside, Part III from Reply All [May 26, 45 minutes]. The series continues with an intense conversation between reporter Sruthi Pinnamaneni and Bob Faraci, the only person who's admitted to witnessing the murder Paul Modrowski was convicted of.
- Part 1: 'You Don't Watch Bollywood With Me Anymore' from Only Human [May 24, 27 minutes]. A young woman tells her mother about her struggles with depression in part one of an important new series on mental health.
- Quick Take: Race/Whiteness in 2016 from NPR Politics Podcast [May 24, 22 minutes]. The brilliant Gene Demby joins the crew for a special episode focusing on the central role race is playing in this year's presidential election.
- Sylvia from Human Race [May 23, 42 minutes]. Host Rachel Swaby talks with 85-year-old Sylvia Weiner, a prolific runner who shares heartbreaking stories from her childhood in Poland.
- What's love (styles) got to do with it? from The Uncertain Hour [May 26, 34 minutes]. Host Krissy Clark travels to Oklahoma to see how the government there spends its federal welfare block grants (spoiler: they're not going to needy families).