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Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media.
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#23 Alex

#23 Alex

2018-12-1300:53:1440

16 years ago, Gimlet Media CEO and founder Alex Blumberg made a promise that he didn’t keep. And it’s been eating at him ever since. In this season finale, Jonathan sets out to clean up his boss’s mess.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Peter Bresnan, Kalila Holt, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Lynn Levy, Kimmie Regler, Amanda Melhuish, Mia Bloomfield, Phoebe Flanigan, Jasmine Romero, Matthew Boll, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows and Bobby Lord. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#22 Marchel

#22 Marchel

2018-12-0601:05:5638

Russian Ark is a cinematic masterpiece. Dozens of sets, thousands of actors, years of planning. It’s a perfectly executed work of art. Almost. In this episode, Jonathan sets off to find the one guy who ruined it for everyone.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Stevie Lane, Peter Bresnan, and Kalila Holt.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Sruthi Pinnamaneni, and Chris Neary.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Hearst, Bobby Lord, Y La Bamba, Michael Charles Smith, Graham Barton, Hakan Eriksson, Katie Mullins, and Virginia Violet and the Rays. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#21 Rachael

#21 Rachael

2018-11-1500:39:1526

Ten years ago, Rachael had a baby. She never told the father. All these years later, she thinks it’s about time she did.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt, Peter Bresnan, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Katelyn Bogucki, Andrew Goldberg, Rachel Ward, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Bobby Lord, Michael Charles Smith, Hew Time, and Benny Reid. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#20 Soraya

#20 Soraya

2018-11-0800:40:1540

When Soraya was in college, her favorite professor hired her to help research a book she was writing. But when she fell into a deep depression and dropped out of school, she abandoned both the book and the professor who’d shown her so much kindness. Now, with Jonathan’s help, Soraya wants to make things right—with a grand gesture.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Peter Bresnan, Kalila Holt, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Jasmine Romero, Mathilde Urfalino, Amber Davis, B.A. Parker, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, Blue Dot Sessions, Chris Zabriskie, Hew Time, and Bobby Lord. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#19 Joey

#19 Joey

2018-11-0100:46:1327

Joey recently had a very bad day, all due to awkward misunderstandings. So now, he's enlisted the help of Jonathan "Debonair" Goldstein and Jonathan’s friend Gregor to redo the day and set things right.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt, Peter Bresnan, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Flora Lichtman, PJ Vogt, Saidu Tejan-Thomas, Grace Hawkins, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Bobby Lord, and Y La Bamba. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
Zoe, PJ, and Chanel

Zoe, PJ, and Chanel

2018-10-2500:44:2012

Heavyweight performed a sold-out live show in Brooklyn, NY, last June. Jonathan is joined by This American Life’s Zoe Chace and Reply All’s PJ Vogt to talk about Heavyweight stories that never made it onto the air… until now. Plus: human beatboxing, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg’s vape pen collection… and Jackie Cohen.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Stevie Lane, Peter Bresnan, and Kalila Holt. Editing by Jorge Just. Special thanks to Zoe Chace, PJ Vogt, Victoria Barner, Chris Neary, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Emma Munger, Julian Kwasneski, and Bay Area Sound. Music by Christine Fellows and Blue Dot Sessions. Animation by Arthur Jones.Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records and was performed by Matthew Boll with beatboxing by Devon Guinn. Our ad music is by Haley Shaw.Links“Chanel” animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3tSSOVglHg&feature=youtu.be“Buddy Picture” (the Little Mermaid story) on This American Life: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/203/recordings-for-someone/act-one
#18 Sven

#18 Sven

2018-10-1800:38:0629

Sven was on a jury that sentenced a man named Paul Storey to death. He's regretted it ever since. Then, eight years later, Sven gets an email from Paul’s mother.The original article that Maurice Chammah reported with Sven about his experience on the jury: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/03/10/my-regrets-as-a-juror-who-sent-a-man-to-death-rowCreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Stevie Lane, Peter Bresnan, and Kalila Holt.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks Emily Condon, Maurice Chammah, Emanuele Berry, Caitlin Kenney, Jon-Mikel Tuttle-Gates, Amanda Marzullo, Mike Ware, Emily Fallis, Brian Reed, Sean Cole, Diane Wu, Christopher Swetala, Ira Glass, the rest of our friends at This American Life, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Michael Hearst, Blue Dot Sessions, and Bobby Lord. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#17 Skye

#17 Skye

2018-10-1100:50:0931

When Skye was in middle school, her best friends showed up at her home one night and wrote “f*ck you” on her garage door. After that, they never spoke again. Now Skye has a son entering middle school, and he can’t believe his mom never asked her friends why they did it. So, thirty years later, Skye and her son set off to find out.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt, Peter Bresnan, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Devon Taylor, Annika Pillsbury  and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Bobby Lord, and Edwin, with additional music by Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Hearst, and Hew Time. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#16 Rob

#16 Rob

2018-10-0400:59:0251

Rob remembers breaking his arm as a kid. But the rest of his family says it never happened. Did he break his arm? The answer will determine Rob’s sanity.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt, Peter Bresnan, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just, with additional editing by Alex Blumberg.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Phia Bennin, BA Parker, Matthew Nelson, Sandra Corddry, Maximum Fun, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows and Bobby Lord, with additional music by Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Hearst, and Hew Time. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#15 Dina

#15 Dina

2017-12-0700:41:1231

During a visit back home, Jonathan’s mother inadvertently admits something that forces him to question his past. In this season finale, Jonathan turns the mic around on himself for one of the more personal episodes of the series.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Kaitlin Roberts.Editing by Jorge Just, Alex Blumberg, and Wendy Dorr.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Emanuele Berry, Pat Walters, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Kate Bilinski. Music by Christine Fellows and John K Samson, with additional music by Y La Bamba, Caspar Babypants, Michael Charles Smith, and Blue Dot Sessions. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
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Eli

So many tears

May 1st
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Sonia Tencic

I have binge listened to this podcast in days. You are so funny and so interesting. I am really worried that you are not having a 4th season 😥

Apr 30th
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Coralee Hall

good!

Apr 30th
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Alycia Chapple

This is my favorite podcast by far... always makes me happy #22 Marchel.... so so funny. more please!

Apr 29th
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Kimmy Summers

OMG. Johnathan is the most annoying person ever! This was a cringy episode. Don't get me wrong, I love this podcast and I'll continue to listen to it. God, I hope he doesn't push anyone else like that again.

Apr 24th
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Karl George

Gregor is great, really interesting episode and i was shocked by the discovery of who his friend was.

Apr 23rd
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Eli

ahhhhhhhh

Apr 18th
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nono

Jonathan's the only person I've heard who pronounces Toyota as "Tie-Yoda"

Apr 17th
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Sharon Hornbeck

what has happened to Heavyweight? Where are you??

Apr 10th
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David Trent

This pod cast seems to be one from a position of anger, and retribution not of teaching and healing.

Apr 1st
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Kendra Wong

I love this podcast.

Mar 26th
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Pocket Glitter

I need Season 4!!!

Mar 23rd
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Sharon Hornbeck

What has happened to Heavyweight? I dont see any new episodes. Please don't tell me this incredible podcast has ended!

Mar 4th
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Eric Anderson

love the garbage titles! worth the wait!

Mar 3rd
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Eric Anderson

Jonathan you're in good company! "In book seven of The Republic, Socrates tells Glaucon, who is his interlocutor, to imagine a group of prisoners who have been chained since they were children in an underground cave." https://medium.com/indian-thoughts/education-and-platos-allegory-of-the-cave-bf7471260c50

Mar 3rd
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Eric Anderson

the kid has too much power. stfu, you're a child

Mar 1st
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Eric Anderson

adults are stupid and project their past onto their kids. not much of a mystery

Feb 28th
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michelle pacheco

Amazing podcast. Listened to Sven episode as my first and I have been hooked! Some episodes have made me cry while others make me laugh and smile. Highly recommend!

Feb 27th
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Eric Anderson

fuck Gregor. I dont think he's worth being friends with Jon

Feb 26th
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Eric Anderson

if this non-consensual calling to his Dr. continues next episode I'm not listening anymore

Feb 26th
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