Producer Phoebe Judge speaks with Alex Stone, who knows the back rooms of the magic scene in New York City. He learns tricks from old-timers and uses his knowledge of math and physics for his own card tricks. Alex is the author of Fooling Houdini.
The life of a cartoonist was not easy and certainly wasn't lucrative. Keith Knight caught a big break when he launched his first syndicated comic strip, which started running in many high profile papers. Then the bottom fell out of the newspaper industry. Also in the show: A woman tries to save her ancestral language.
Can an album cycle actually be reduced to a single day? That’s what three musicians, a lyricist and a producer set out to discover recently. The project is called “Eight in Eight." The crew holed up overnight, podcast the session live, and set out to write, record and distribute an album of eight songs in a single night. Amanda Palmer sang lead on many of the songs; Sean Slade produced the session.
Each year Huy Dao receives thousands of letters from prisoners across the country hoping to be freed. Huy is the intake coordinator for The Innocence Project. It is his job to decide which cases the organization will take on and who has enough evidence to prove that they were wrongfully convicted.
Albert Smith was a drug dealer for more than twenty years in Oakland. But this past year, he has made a big change. He’s stopped dealing and he’s training to do solar panel sales and installation. Also in this episode, Deborah Dunbar, who works in Flint, Michigan as a machinist.
Kevin Chandler is a former state legislator with a new job: he is rehabbing foreclosed homes. He works with a friend from high school - a furloughed pilot - to bring the homes up to code. He says that when he first walks into a home, there is almost always a wall punched in near the bedroom, testament to the stress the former owners were under.