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Five Things with Al Letson

Interesting people sharing cool things they love...

Five Things invites some of today’s most talented and successful producers, artists, writers and thinkers to share five things – audio, visuals, books, objects or something else entirely – that have shaped their creative practice over time. Or that inform how they approach their work now. Or, simply enough, that they dig, and want to share with you.

Five Things is an ongoing series at the Podcast Garage hosted by Radiotopia's Julie Shapiro. We're joined this month by Al Letson, host of the award-winning podcast Reveal.

Tickets are $15 and on sale here. We will have wine, refreshments, and snacks on hand.



Al Letson created, hosted, and executive produced NPR and PRX’s State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) from 2008-2014.  The program received critical acclaim, and numerous awards, including a Peabody Award. In 2015 SOTRU ended production and Letson joined the CIR and PRX to help launch and host public radio's first hour-long investigative journalism show, Reveal. Reveal has won several prestigious and is heard on over 470 public radio stations and over 1 million downloads a month.  In 2016 Letson launched his own podcast, showcasing a little bit of errthang. Errthang is just that, everything: storytelling, radio drama, pop culture reviews, and interviews. Letson is basically taking all the things that are floating in his head and turning it into a mixtape of delight for listeners.  A true renaissance man, Letson got his start on stage as a performance poet, actor, and playwright.  His plays and performances have been produced off-Broadway and on stages across the country.  A self-described comic nerd, Letson has written for DC Comics and published 2 graphic novels. While it may seem like his interests are varied, they are all aspects of who Al Letson is, a storyteller for the new millennium.




Julie is the executive producer of Radiotopia from PRX, and of the Ear Hustle podcast. From 2014-15, she was the executive producer of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Creative Audio Unit. In 2000 she co-founded the Third Coast International Audio Festival, where as artistic director she prioritized innovative audio and a cross-pollinating international listening culture. Shapiro has taught radio to university students, presented at conferences all over the globe, and produced stories for the airwaves and podcasts in the US and beyond. Find her online at @jatomic.

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