Ep. 4: Finding luv

In celebration of Valentines Day, a story about about love — or at least an attempt at it.

After college, Sophie Nikitas turned to online dating as a way to meet people, to connect. This is the story of one of her first online dates — a date that didn't turn out as expected. 

This piece originally aired on Sophie's podcast The Zoo

Ep. 3: Oh, brother

Minneapolis writer Graison Dangor has only recently started to forge a relationship with his brother. It’s been going well with the exception of one sticking point, and it’s a big one: his brother’s career choice. He’s enrolled in a law enforcement training program and wants to be a cop in the Twin Cities.

For Graison, a supporter of Black Lives Matter and proponent of police reform, it’s hard to imagine a worse choice. Graison decides to confront the situation head on, and tells this story about what happens next.

Music from Podington Bear and Lee Rosevere via Free Music Archive. Special thanks to Sophie Nikitas, Max Nesterak and Soraya Dangor. 

Episode artwork created with icons from the Noun Project. Clockwise from top left: "Mortar Board" by Catia Marsh Mallow, "Duplicate Image" by Creative Stall, "Badge" and "Gun" by Joana Pereira.

Ep. 2: Finding Family

Mark and Marge. 

Mark and Marge. 

Growing up in a Scandinavian family in St. Cloud, Minn., Mark Nordling never quite fit in. 

His olive complexion and jet-black hair stood out against his fairer-skinned relatives. And he always wondered why something was just a little off with his dad. 

Then, in 2000, his father passed away. And his mom let slip a family secret that would change his life forever.

This episode is by Hans Buetow, producer of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. Music from Chris Zabriskie and LJ Kruzer via Free Music Archive.

 

Ep. 1: The guy on the corner

 Quentin Nguyen, or 'Q.'

 Quentin Nguyen, or 'Q.'

If you've ever seen the house featured in this story, you'll know it. It's near Como Park in St. Paul, and it's actually the yard — not the house — that's remarkable. 

The house caught the eye of independent audio producer Rob McGinley Myers, who lives in the neighborhood. He decided to introduce himself to the owner, Quentin Nguyen, and he heard a fascinating story of Nguyen's vision and the response he's received from neighbors.

This episode was produced by Britta Greene, with help from Rob McGinley Myers. Rob is a teacher and host of the podcast Anxious Machine. Music from Dave Depper via Free Music Archive.