It might’ve been an interesting story, but the host wants to make it too much about himself. Also, the style and tone is too silly given the subject matter. It’s very unserious in an attempt to be entertaining but ends up being narcissistic.
I needed a binge. Something to keep my mind occupied on a long day of laborious tasks. And, wow, did this podcast do the trick. It is absolutely fascinating. And nuanced. And funny. And a real labor of love, it is clear. I started out knowing nothing about Svetlana and ended it feeling real envy of the people who had known her.
Thank you for telling this beautiful story with such love and enthusiasm. It is an inspiring life that she lived and we could all learn to be a little more like Svetlana in our own courageous, approach with life.
What an extraordinary podcast! Fascinating story, thoroughly researched, well told, entertaining, serious yet funny!
I read Rosemary Sullivan’s book Stalin’s Daughter some 10 years ago and knew I had to listen to this podcast when it came out, and I am so glad I did. I so admire and appreciate Dan’s enthusiasm for Svetlana and her passion for life in spite of all her losses and heartaches.
Yes, Dan, Svetlana’s story has meant something to me. Thank you!
I’ll be listening to this again, soon.
I had no clue who Sletvana was before this podcast. I started listening because I was intrigued by an ad. I found this to be a fascinating story and I would recommend it to anyone. Also, I enjoyed the humor dispersed through out. Well done!
The most entertaining history lesson I’ve ever heard. I want that Frank Lloyd Wright podcast now! I couldn’t get enough of this. Looked forward to it each week and each episode had moments that made me laugh. Love Dan’s humor!
It was fun to listen to Daniel’s excellently researched take on an aspect of history that I previously knew nothing about. His narration, and especially his asides to the listener, made this very enjoyable.
The story is fascinating, yes, but Daniel does it so much service and I cannot stop listening. I am recommending to everyone. And I laugh out loud on my walks while listening. Thank you. More podcasts, Daniel.
Ditch your stage play version of this, get a production deal with Netflix or Hulu… this story needs to be told as a series. Episode one needs to be expanded (with material from 20 Letters) into season one!
I love love love this podcast!! Not only is it incredibly interesting, it is so entertaining!! Dan is hilarious and I want to totally be friends with him! I hope he does more podcasts after this because I am here for it!! I would love to listen to Dan talk about his life or the scripts he’s writing!! Whatever it is I’ll listen!
I love his enthusiasm and the story is incredible. This style is what podcasting is supposed to be - the narrator puts himself into it! Heart and soul and doesn't do dry narration. You have to be into that though, if not, I warned you.
I was sucked into this podcast from the first episode. Dan’s storytelling style is captivating and hilarious. I love hearing his take and how Svetlana’s story impacted his own life. He’s true to himself and relatable. (Unlike some hosts who pretend they’re journalists when they’re so clearly not. Or at least not good ones.) Highly recommend!
Love this podcast. He tells her story so well. It’s like a great book that you just can’t put down. There are many funny and witty parts and it’s very entertaining and interesting. We really enjoyed it!
I don't usually write negative reviews about podcasts, but this one is the quintessential example of a good story combined with bad narration. I got through two episodes before deciding I'd rather read Svetlana's Wikipedia page than continue listening to Dan talking about how Dan is writing a play about Svetlana and about his personal obsession and speculation about her. He has a good time with it, and you may too, but I found his narrative style distracting from an otherwise fascinating topic.
I was skeptical coming in. I usually listen to dry historical stuff and wasn’t sure about the first peaks into Daniel’s life and creative process. He and Svetlana won me over. This podcast is a breath of fresh air. I love how he uses his life to tell her story without centering himself. I think his ability to poke fun at himself while also poking fun at Svetlana’s experiences removed much of the snark I’ve found in similarish podcasts. Bravo!
This story is fascinating and Dan does a great job going beyond storytelling and bringing this to life. Interesting interviews and clips and funny quips and jokes along the way. More, Dan. Please make more.
This podcast is seriously so interesting and entertaining, but the very best part is Dan. He is hilarious and I would listen to him talk about traffic patterns. He’s that much fun. Tune in and find your new best friend.
I’m a huge “podcast person” with a particular affinity for fun historical nonfiction, and this is the best historical nonfiction podcast I’ve listened to in a long time (maybe ever?!). Svetlana’s story is captivating and the primary source content is incredible. Dan cracks me up without distracting from the story, paints complicated historical events into approachable vignettes, and treats each character with empathy and respect. More more more!!!
Just so you know, if you just want to hear about Svetlana and anything else will make you explode like a volcano, you can leave now. Maybe reading the autobiography would be better for you!
Dan really brings energy and enthusiasm to this delightfully intense story! I love the little side stories and the jokes are nice.
The actual story is fantastic too, and I really feel like I got to know Svetlana.
I hadn’t heard the story of Svetlana, and the host makes it an intriguing listen. His enthusiasm is contagious and his good-natured humor is a pleasure! I loved it and will be looking out for more podcasts by Dan Kistrosser.
This is really interesting and a blast to listen to. For all the, “The host blah blah blah…”. The host is a huge part of why you’re listening to it. You can listen to this story on a bunch of other podcasts. It’s a pretty well known story that happens to be adjacent to other well known interesting stories. I love the host and look forward to giggling on my bus ride home from work.
This podcast is a documentary, but also offers a peek into the storytellers life. If that sounds good to you, this podcast is good at both of those things. For what it’s worth, I care that you’re gay and from Portland, Dan.