one-off stories that defy categorization
Kaitlin has a dream, and The Heart says goodbye (for now). Listen on headphones.
In 2018, The Heart will be taking a break.
Sharon is a weirdo.
Phoebe was a Jesus kid.
I still hear his voice. [Trigger Warning]
Darqness: where techno, party, and protest all meet in one beautiful, sweaty night.
Ryan Kailath’s parents met for 15 minutes before they married.
“Oh I do miss my husband,” she wailed, “Where is he? Why do all sweethearts cuddle tonight except me?”
Rhonda spends their entire day relishing the sensation of going down on their girl.
Sharon receives love letters from Harry, a not-so-secret admirer.
Dedicated to Samara Breger’s grandmother Helen, who shared stories of her first and last kiss with her husband of 30 years.
When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small, but significant part of me.
A widow learns to grieve by dating her worst match.
A conversation between mother, Sophie Townsend and daughter, Anna about Mr. Fix-it, husband and father.
season: bodies (2017)
Our bodies vs the world.
How Maria R Palacios became a woman.
Cassie has an itch.
Jonathan Zenti is fat.
When penetrative sex is painful or impossible.
season: no (2017)
Kaitlin explores her sexual boundaries from youth to adulthood.
A processing party.
Kaitlin talks to the men in her life that she trusts the most.
All of the invisible things that happened between us that night.
Kaitlin's non-psychedelic trip through girlhood.
season: pansy (2017)
Where masculinity and femininity meet.
Transfemme Artist + Noise Diva
No Fats//No Femmes
Kaitlin talks to friends, exes and her dad about what it’s like to be feminine as a cis-man.
season: diaries (2016)
Life stories told via our personal documents, tattered and dear.
Alex and Joan met at a bar in the East Village in 2012. At the time, they were drastically different people, strangers to even themselves.
Our Diary series would not be complete without hearing from fellow Radiotopia show, Mortified. From Episode 61: “How Not To Masturbate (and Other Hollow Victories).”
In the vast ocean of the internet, there are thousands of diaries that are locked by forgotten passwords and AOL email addresses; Ashley’s LiveJournal is one of them.
On a residential street in a working class neighborhood of a major American city, there is a house with boarded-up windows. The mistresses who work there call it The Big House.
August 31, 2004: Amelia and I hugged and said our goodbyes and now it’s just me.
season: silent evidence (2016)
Journalist Tennessee Watson confronts her childhood sexual abuser, told in 4 episodes.
Episode one of Silent Evidence: One woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.
Episode two of Silent Evidence: One woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.
Episode three of Silent Evidence: One woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.
Episode four of Silent Evidence: One woman’s story of childhood sexual abuse.
season: ghost (2016)
Loves Lost: when they go, something always remains.
"I will listen to the song when I’m 80, a grandmother to children born of someone other than you."
“It was April, unseasonably cold, cruelly wet. You were in a restaurant pumped hot with studio lights.”
“Her past loves are with her always, in the form of small objects that she keeps. Her boyfriend has his own objects.”
“Sometimes you can be in one place and everything seems right. And then the wind changes, even just a little bit, and everything seems different, or everything seems normal and that's terrifying.”
“Leaning over my shoulder, you cast a shadow on everything. Things are dark and blurry — and I am drowning.“
season: make/break (2015)
Couples decide whether to stay together or to go their separate ways.
I didn’t really know her. I didn’t know why I called her. She came over and watched me watch ‘Sister Wives’ until we fell asleep.
“Oh, I do miss my husband,” she wailed. “Where is he? Why do all sweethearts cuddle tonight except me?”
This is the kinda-sorta-true love story of Idiot + Dummy — two boneheads in love.
What happens when a girl meets the teen pop star of her dreams?
[pt 1] Are we better off together than we are apart? This is a celebration of love and business. Also known as: a wedding.
[pt 2] In the second installment, we hear about all the struggles and complications of a creative partnership from Kaitlin’s perspective.
season: heatwave (2015)
Steamy hits from our smutty archives.
The last episode of our Heatwave series is about one man’s solitary quest to fulfill a desire and to overcome shame.
Probably thousands of different vibrators have come and gone over the decades, but there is one that has outlasted them all.
After getting an ostomy, being naked was forever-changed.
One Saturday night, Kaitlin ventured onto St. Laurent Boulevard in Montreal and asked strangers if they had ever had their P-spots touched.
After a night of performing intimate acts in exchange for cash, Gloria heads home. Once in bed with her own lover, she wonders if she can really keep personal life and work life separate.
There was a time when nothing had names, and we were just kids.
season: the beginning (2015)
We began making stories about feelings and love.
It’s a hot summer day and we are taking the train to Riis Park with Joan Nestle.
At 24, Gina Gold headed west in search of fame, freedom, and her first good lay.
Going out West offered queers and transfolk a context outside of mainstream society. And there were many people who were looking for that new context.
Stefonknee Wolscht has been on a lifelong journey for love and acceptance. At age 52, she has found a family — one who gives her freedom from all of life's rules and norms. She is finally a princess.
Being a sexual being is more than getting from point A (getting horny) to point B (having an orgasm). It’s a complicated, nuanced balance of desire and apprehension, and nobody knows that better than Dr. Emily Nagoski.
The mayfly sneaks in through an open window and lives her mayfly life to the fullest — perhaps even finding her true mayfly love. Before she knows it, death has overtaken her.
Is a one-day’s love ever really dead?
Two people — and how they took a one-day’s love and tried to make it last forever.