KCRW's UnFictional UnFictional is a program of storytellers and documentaries that cover the ground between the sophisticated and the profane. Audiences will hear captivating stories of real life told by writers and performers with a talent for tales that will suck you in. The program also features documentaries created by the most talented producers from around the country. UnFictional is one part of the Independent Producer Project, an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio producers and other writers and artists. The idea is to create a clearinghouse of creativity both online and on the air.The program is hosted and curated by KCRW producer, Bob Carlson. He has an ear for compelling radio stories that are funny, sad, sincere and often dark. Listen for stories of hometowns and family secrets, as well as tales of drugs, sex, and aliens (both extraterrestrial and earthbound.) The stories on UnFictional will stick in your head like a memory.
KCRW's UnFictional

KCRW's UnFictional

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UnFictional is a program of storytellers and documentaries that cover the ground between the sophisticated and the profane. Audiences will hear captivating stories of real life told by writers and performers with a talent for tales that will suck you in. The program also features documentaries created by the most talented producers from around the country. UnFictional is one part of the Independent Producer Project, an initiative to cultivate and support the work of independent radio producers and other writers and artists. The idea is to create a clearinghouse of creativity both online and on the air.The program is hosted and curated by KCRW producer, Bob Carlson. He has an ear for compelling radio stories that are funny, sad, sincere and often dark. Listen for stories of hometowns and family secrets, as well as tales of drugs, sex, and aliens (both extraterrestrial and earthbound.) The stories on UnFictional will stick in your head like a memory.

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The Dream is Over

Pete's always known there was treasure buried in the mountains near El Paso. But knowing there's treasure and going to get it are two very different things. Plus, Eddie Hart had been training for years – steadily making his way to the Olympics with laser-sharp focus. But once he got there, one mistake sent the whole dream crashing down around him. Will McCarthy is a furniture mover and freelance journalist in Central Texas. Kerstin Zilm is an independent producer from Germany living in Los Angeles. The hole in Pete's backyard. Photo credit: Logan Dorne. Pete. Photo credit: Logan Dorne.

Denial

When Janey Williams was sexually assaulted by one of her best friends, she was afraid to face it. Once she did the big scary thing – tell the truth about what had happened – she found that it wasn't enough. Because everyone around her covered it right back up again. Janey Williams is the creator of the podcast This Happened, for which she initially did all the interviews featured in this episode and which has hours of intimate and revelatory tape and reflection beyond what's in this version of the story. Williams has also produced for Scene On Radio. She lives in Los Angeles, her hometown, with her husband and two sons, and recorded her most recent story while holding her baby in studio. Janey Williams in her 20's. Courtesy of Williams.

1-800-KISS-MY-ASS

At the turn of the millennium, Aric Allen reluctantly started work at a call center selling get-rich-quick schemes to the hapless folks still awake in the wee hours of the morning. He eventually unleashed a side of himself that he could barely recognize.

Vampire of Barcelona

Enriqueta Marti was connected to several child disappearances in Barcelona during the early 20th Century. She has been immortalized in stories, songs and operas. Hers is the scary story that's told to make children behave. According to legend, she would steal children and would sell unguents made from human ingredients to aristocrats. But then, a 21st Century historian uncovered the truth about Enriqueta Marti. Barcelona Shadows (ENGLISH) by Marc Pastor El Cielo Bajo los Pies by Elsa Plaza Barcelona 1912 by Jordi Corominas

Strangers in a Good Way

One woman discovers that her childhood crush has grown up into someone she doesn't recognize.

Purple Rain

A romantic daytime drive becomes a nightmare when Mihai's mind betrays him – and he turns on the person he loves.

My Foolish Illusion

When John Elder Robison gets an experimental treatment for Asperger's, he feels like he's suddenly seeing the world in technicolor. But that doesn't mean he likes what he sees.

Stories of Perception

This season on UnFictional, we're looking at how we come to know the unknown parts of ourselves. Get the first episode January 31st.

Halloween 2018

It's a bonus episode! We'll be back in January, but we've got two spooky stories to tide you over – a Halloween classic, and a brand-new, never-before-heard story of a haunted house gone terribly wrong.

Punk Jubliee

A girl gang goes on a rampage of sex, larceny and murder. But what happened when the cameras weren't rolling? Go behind the scenes of a riotous '70s punk film.

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