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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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#29 Elyse

#29 Elyse

2019-11-2100:43:413

When Elyse was 21, her father, Billy, disappeared without explanation. When Elyse finally learned of his whereabouts, she was shocked by the new life he was living. Now, for the first time in five years, Billy and Elyse sit down to talk.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was produced by BA Parker, Kalila Holt, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Kaitlin Roberts, Alex Goldman, Caitlin Kenney, Alex Blumberg, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Bobby Lord, Michael Hearst, and Shanghai Restoration Project. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
Heavyweight will be back with a brand new episode next week. In the meantime, we’re excited to introduce you to a favorite podcast of Jonathan’s: Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel. Jonathan talks with Esther, and then plays an episode of her show.
#28 Dr. Muller

#28 Dr. Muller

2019-11-0700:49:069

In his twenties, Jonathan began seeing an inscrutable, mysterious therapist. After 6 years without progress, she told him it wasn’t working out because of him. 25 years later, Jonathan wants to know if it was really his fault.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was produced by Stevie Lane, BA Parker, and Kalila Holt.Editing by Jorge Just.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Tim Howard, Annika Witzel, Sir Richard Evans, Dr. Robert Proctor, Alex Blumberg, Luisa Beck, Emanuele Berry, David Berman, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Bobby Lord, Y La Bamba, Shanghai Restoration Project, and of Tropique. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#27 Scott

#27 Scott

2019-10-2400:53:4129

Eight years ago, when Scott was addicted to heroin, he crossed a line he thought he would never cross. And he’s been trying to uncross it since.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was produced by Stevie Lane, along with Kalila Holt and BA Parker.Editing by Jorge Just.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Alex Blumberg, Nathan Foster, Jacob Eppler, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Hearst, Michael Charles Smith, Podington Bear, Shadowlands, Stratus, Haley Shaw, and Bobby Lord. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
Heavyweight will be back with a brand new episode next week. In the meantime, we bring you a special episode of Without Fail, co-hosted by Jonathan. He and Alex Blumberg interview comedian Nick Kroll.
#26 Beverley and Van

#26 Beverley and Van

2019-10-1000:45:5318

Ashley’s grandmother, Beverley, had a hard life and an unhappy marriage. But she spoke frequently of a man named Van. Ashley believes Van was the great unfulfilled love of her grandmother’s life. And now, she wants to know: did Van feel the same way?CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was produced by Kalila Holt, along with Stevie Lane and BA Parker.Editing by Jorge Just.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Alex Blumberg, Phia Bennin, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Charles Smith, and Bobby Lord. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
#25 Becky and Jo

#25 Becky and Jo

2019-10-0300:44:5118

Becky and Jo were raised by a procession of eccentric babysitters, 16 in total. But their favorite was Leticia. The girls adored her… right up until the day she mysteriously vanished. Twenty years later, Becky and Jo want to know what happened.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was produced by Kalila Holt, along with Stevie Lane and BA Parker.Editing by Jorge Just.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Lulu Miller, Anna Sullivan, Kate Parkinson-Morgan, Mathilde Urfalino, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, 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.
#24 Jimmy and Mark

#24 Jimmy and Mark

2019-09-2600:34:5631

When he was only 10 years old, Jonathan Marshall was sent on a 240 mile bicycle trip. 3 days. Across 2 states. With no adult supervision. 45 years later, Jonathan can’t stop thinking about the trip. Or the little boys he made it with.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was produced by Stevie Lane, along with BA Parker, and Kalila Holt.Editing by Jorge Just.Special thanks to Emily Condon, PJ Vogt, Anna Ladd, Haley Shaw, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Bobby Lord. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, Edwin, 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.
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 8—the final chapter—Jonathan takes a co-reporting trip.
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 7, the most challenging interview of Jonathan’s life.
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Rachael Scott

Some of these episodes are the best in all of podcast land. I always look forward to Jonathan's narrative style.

Nov 11th
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Geri Tardy

Great one Monsieur Goldstein

Nov 9th
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Daniel Bauernschmidt

unexpectedly touching. great episode

Nov 8th
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Rashida Taskin

Love the way the episode ends!

Nov 8th
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Jkl

awesome one Jonathan

Nov 7th
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Gail Herman

I love all of Jonathan's work all the way back to Wiretap but this one episode is right out of the park. ♡♡♡

Oct 26th
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Jai

Great story and all, but the production seemed forced. My 1st instinct was to trace the steps of the gun. Unfortunately that was Jonathan's last resort. Also the dad buying it was a no brainer.

Oct 25th
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Allison Bothley

I'm not crying...you're crying....*sniffle*

Oct 25th
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jmzcolton

This one really got to me, damn. Excellent episode, the series is only getting better.

Oct 24th
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Wendy Miller

❤️❤️❤️😍😍😍🥰🥰🥰🥰

Oct 24th
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Christa Frye

fantastic!! what a sweet story about a father and son. one of my FAVORITE podcasts 😍

Oct 24th
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Mae Lee Arant

crying while driving to work

Oct 24th
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Nicholas Crawford

good episode, addiction, and war is very damning. at least this guy seen his way through it. he's got a great dad. he saved his sons life.

Oct 24th
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BOO DADDY

Heavyweight is awesome, too bad they felt they should throw this episode in here.

Oct 18th
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Amy Scott

Beverley and Van. This is the heavyweight I love 😍 thanks.

Oct 18th
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Geri Tardy

ok this is my first Heavyweight listen, thought I'd start with the most recent. I'm hooked. what a beautiful and sad story. The host cracks me up!

Oct 14th
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Amie

Thanks for making me cry again, Heavyweight

Oct 10th
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Trisha Ross-Quinn

So good. Johnathan is a master at taking a story that I am not that interested in and making me cry at the end- So Good. Welcome back

Oct 3rd
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Nicholas Crawford

So glad this show is back on! yay! 😁

Oct 3rd
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Laura Kuperus

Jacky is back YES

Oct 2nd
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