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Author: Lea Thau

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From Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and creator of The Moth Podcast and The Moth Radio Hour, comes her new storytelling baby, Strangers. Each episode is an empathy shot in your arm, featuring true stories about the people we meet, the connections we make, the heartbreaks we suffer, the kindnesses we encounter, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren't even who we thought we were.
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Jennifer Fuller

Take care of yourself. Your shows have added a lot to my life. I'll be interested when you come back.

May 9th
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Jennifer Grace Hebel

I love the music on the Andrew and akina episode! what a sweet story about a subject that I expected to be somewhat put off by (arranged marriage).

Apr 16th
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Karen Nickerson Ranoni

Don't give the haters even a second thought because everybody's problems are the most important things going to them. No matter whether you live in the first world or you live in a third world you still have problems that impact your life and stress is a killer and the more you stress the worse it is for not just your physical being but everything you produce is going to be worse for it, your parenting your relationships your love life your work life everything suffers so we all have to step back and take some time for ourselves and I think that's really healthy and wonderful that you're doing that for yourself and for your children and I think you're definitely going to find out that you're going to prosper in so many ways from not only taking this positive journey of stepping back a little bit but also from opening up and expressing yourself and letting other people know that we're all in this together and even though we do get stressed out about stuff we can take time to love ourselves so thank you for that message I think it's wonderful.

Apr 11th
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Jennifer Grace Hebel

Okay, this was the second episode of Strangers that made me cry and actually made a huge impact on me. I can't imagine a world in which a child is so alone and has literally no one in the world who makes her feel safe. If Claire reads the comments, I want her to know what a strong woman she is. I'm so sorry for everything shes had to endure. it's things like this which make me disagree with the saying everything happens for a reason. sometimes, some things that are just so awful happen and there's no rhyme or reason for it. Its just sad and awful and makes you lose faith in the human race. My heart was just breaking for her and her early story was so tragic, but the way she pulled herself up and out of the trauma is absolutely inspiring. You always hear about awful things children have to go through but actually hearing from her firsthand and in her voice was absolutely moving and one of the most powerful things I've heard in a long time. i have gone through a lot of trauma myself and have survived through domestic violence, sexual assault and an attempted murder all at the hands of different men, but i can't imagine how it would feel if any of that had happened at the hands of a parent, someone who should be keeping their kids safe. Claire, you're an amazing woman. Never forget that, and keep thriving.

Apr 10th
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Jennifer Grace Hebel

the dumb shit we do #2 had me cracking up so hard. that guy was hella funny.

Apr 9th
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Jennifer Grace Hebel

oh my f-ing God. I can't even begin to imagine the rage and hurt and betrayal I would feel if I were their mother. wow. that was the most tragic story. What a strong woman for being able to pick herself back up and keep moving forward. I hope she doesnt blame herself too much. People can be incredibly convincing, he probably didn't even want to believe what he was himself and once he finally was able to recognize how sick he was, knew that he couldn't put anyone else at risk. I don't usually get very emotional from podcasts but this one had me crying with the narrator. if the story teller is reading, stay strong. you made the right decision and none of it is your fault. (this is in regards to the Truth episode)

Apr 9th
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Chelsea Heyer

No fear! As a fellow crier, I completely understand! Your listeners will be here when you get the stories you want. I love your voice, your stories, and the fact that you are true to you and what you need. I know that it will be worth the wait!!

Apr 4th
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Leanne Squire

So wonderful to hear your voice again, Lea. Thank you for being so candid. I cry at the mall too sometimes. ;) Welcome back!

Mar 27th
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Monique Hicks

what is going on with this (one of my favorites) podcast? does anyone know???

Mar 19th
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johnnski111

❤️❤️❤️

Mar 11th
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Monique Hicks

THANK YOU!!!!! this is what I'm talking about! ! this was a great podcast about a tragic touching story.. thanks again

Nov 12th
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Monique Hicks

(regarding the continental divide episode) ohhhmyyygoshhh...... just relax!!!! I can't listen to this, I JUST CAN'T!!! I tried, and I just cannot.. sigh.. good luck to you Leah, I'll check back in the hopes there's a show having NOTHING to do with Trump's ass, Hilary, Democrats, Republicans, Transsexual, Transgender, Cysgender, fill-in-the-blank-gender, pronouns, blahh blahhh blahh- no politics, no politically correct jargon, no apologies for past statements (or at least if you must, just keep it to a brief 1-2 sentence blurb & move on instead of dedicating massive amounts of time to it), etc... Can we PLEASE talk about something ELSE?! Whew. . . look, I am not trying to be rude or insensitive, but after leaving a looong comment on the preceding episode, I skip to the next one & here we go AGAIN!! . . . & I just can't. . please return to the "old" content.. Be well.

Nov 12th
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Andrew Itzigheine

Monique Hicks #preach

Nov 13th
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Monique Hicks

(Regarding the Code Switch episode) Yes....too complicated & too P.C. Calm down & please stop worrying soooo much about who you might offend because in today's world, no matter WHAT you say, you WILL offend some sensitive soul somewhere.. just be yourself dude! I enjoyed the Strangers podcast so much more when you didn't spend so much time on THIS type of stuff.. I still love the show for the most part.. MINUS the above mentioned commentary, as well as the political subject matter you've been doing (if I wanted more if that, I can easily find it almost anywhere else!! I come here, to Strangers, to escape all that rigmarole)!! I hope you decide to move on from the political or, if you feel like you need to do those kinds of shows, maybe you could start another podcast?? Again, I miss some of the topics of episodes gone by, when I felt like I was learning about ideas & lifestyles I didn't even know I wanted to learn about, thru the voices of people I would have NEVER met: Strangers. Just one listener's opinion..

Nov 12th
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Paige Doyle

amazing. just an amazing story. wow.

Nov 5th
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Ryan Wagoner

Some of the stories are so moving and inspirational I feel privileged to be part of the human race. However and unfortunately when the anti-Trump campaign sets in, the crash back to reality hits hard. I could do without it and would remain a listener

Oct 26th
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Justin Blanton

Jesus. F***ing. Christ.

Sep 26th
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Justin Blanton

This episode was kind of hard to listen to. it sounds like a lot of convincing people do something they don't want and or do not want to accept the reality of what is being said. regardless, I Hope both of you are okay.

Sep 25th
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Nancy Morito

love this podcast! It's my favorite out of around 30 that I listen to. I even like it better than 'The Moth' which was the first podcast I ever listened to. Strangers has a more personal touch to it.

Sep 25th
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iTunes User

I can't say enough good about the idea of "Strangers". Four days after listening to the episode about Stephen Rochelle I still find myself looking at people differently as I go about my day. Below is what I posted at KCRW's website.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

I'm in love!!@!!!! I heard about this from a friend and I cannot wait to hear more. Holy crap. Something in me is healed, hearing about the collisions of random people's lives, and the takewaways and wisdoms or shames that they illuminate. Its like I get to learn lessons without living through them. More please.

Aug 30th
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