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Snap Judgment: The Last Mile
"A young storyteller goes through the motions during a family car ride, wondering whether his mothers will stay together. When I saw him perform this live in D.C. a few years ago, I was reminded that the next generation of storytellers are smart, daring, and full of stories the world must hear."
John Asante, Assistant Producer, Ask Me Another

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This American Life: When You’re In Love, The Whole World Is Jewish
"This is still my favorite thing I have heard on This American Life, from 1996. Ira talks about his efforts to try and remain friends with an ex-girlfriend. I truly believe that everyone who has made an attempt to keep a friendship with an ex can relate to this story."
Kevin Kniestedt,, Morning Edition Host, WFAE

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Morning Edition: An Empty Nest Brings New Context To Old Voicemails
"As a working mom of two, my connection to this sweet piece from NPR producer and mom Cindy Carpien is deep. Hearing her reflect on her kids and career triggers tears (the good kind!) every time. Plus, she saved phone messages her daughters left her for DECADES, waiting for the right story to come along to weave them into. The result is pretty perfect."
Heidi Glenn, Producer, NPR Digital

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WLRN: Remembering Andrew
"A one-hour documentary of the 20th anniversary of the category 5 Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in the early ’90s. This piece is moving and touching."
Maria Murriel, Digital Editor, WLRN

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99% Invisible: Billy Possum
"My favorites are everybody’s favorites. But, if I had to pick something, recently I re-listened to this story by Jon Mooallem and I just think it’s fantastic. What I really love about it is it’s simplicity. It’s a reminder that you don’t need bells and whistles to make good radio, just a really good story, filled with surprise, and details, and characters, and… oh you get it."
Mooj Zadie, Independent Producer

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Marketplace: Less Product, Same Price
"Sean Cole found a great story born out of his natural curiosity. The writing is sharp and hilarious (especially at the end). And he makes the most out of getting kicked out of a store by finding two wonderful characters in a parking lot."
Alex Cohen, Host, KPCC’s Take Two

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Living On Earth: Newfoundland: A Map Of The Sea
"A gorgeous meditation on change in Newfoundland as communities try to transition to something new after the loss of the cod fishing industry. Chris Brooks is a maestro of sound. Listen for the fog horns! The dancing!"
Tina Antolini, Senior Producer, State of the Re:Union

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Snap Judgment: Shannon Cason, The Street Evangelist
"This piece from the exemplary public radio show Snap Judgment is personal, approachable and absolutely hilarious. I remember exactly where I was when I heard it—the brilliant storytelling combined with the live music and the crowd’s reaction makes it an utterly memorable listen."
Dan Bloom, Producer, The Bob Edwards Show

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All Things Considered: Bus Showdown: New York vs. Los Angeles
"Public transportation does not sound like the most riveting subject, but this collaboration between Robert Smith and Mandalit Del Barco is a total earworm. It uses one catchy radio trick after another. Their piece stuck in my head so deeply that almost a decade later, it inspired me to attempt a similar collaboration with my colleague Joanna Kakissis in Athens. Our story turned out perfectly fine but nowhere near the masters, Robert and Mandalit." 
Ari Shapiro, International Correspondent, NPR

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Random Tape: 131 E 5th Street
"Random Tape from David Weinberg is true to its name—episodes range across everything from found tape to extended cuts of produced documentary to detritus picked up off the cutting room floor. My favorites are like this, short moments that hint at a larger, wonderful and scary world, ready to explore. Listening to it is like a homeopathic treatment for the exhilarating and overwhelming experience of being young." 
Nick van der Kolk , Director, Love + Radio & Co-founder, Megapolis Festival