This kind of podcast is what I was looking for when I originally subscribed to the Moth and Snap Judgment. What people need to understand is that on those other podcasts, you are dealing with *professional* story tellers whose job it is to dress up stories and tell them with a neat beginning, middle, and end to entertain an audience. They are professional entertainers who might work with editors and then travel the country to tell people in theaters about their misadventures. It ends up feeling like a play. I have been to live events including the Moth, and this podcast is so much better.
The stories in this podcast are real, raw, and immensely relatable. These are ordinary people telling a story about their lives that are clearly not dressed up in any way. These are the kinds of stories you listen to when you want to know more about the human experience. I have listened to about 10 episodes now, and each story, even if it lacks a clear direction or a moral, is fascinating. These are intimate stories about growing up or dealing with the boorish realities of life. They don't feel like an entertainer is telling them, but rather a friend that has decided it is time to share something with you.
So in response to the criticisms that this isn't like the Moth: no, it isn't. This isn't a podcast where Malcolm Gladwell will tell some over-animated, unbelievable, over-the-top-story that feels (at least to me) manufactured to evoke a certain emotion at a certain point in the story. And I'm glad it's not. These are raw stories where you often have mixed feelings about what is happening in them, and the endings aren't necessarily happy or complete. But they always make you a little more understanding of the experiences others have had, and allow you to step back to consider what this enterprise we are all engaged in is. If anything, some of these stories may hit too close to home for some people. While there is definitely a place for professional entertainers, I am glad this podcast fills the large gap that otherwise remains. This is one of my top three podcast/radio shows of all time. Well done.