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A storytelling podcast where people tell true life stories - frequently funny, occasionally heartbreaking, always interesting.

Woohoo, we are blessed to have reached the goal, but we are not stopping, as we have more money to raise to cover our budget. Your continued support is greatly appreciated! 

If you don't know "Strangers," may I suggest checking out a couple of samples? I think you'll enjoy them. Here's Jennefer Ludwigsen's story from a recent episode : 

"Strangers" is a storytelling podcast where people tell true stories from their lives about how we live, how we love, why we travel, where we go, what we are seeking, who we meet, and who we become in the process. It's about travelers, seekers, dreamers, lovers and warriors. It's about fateful moments, bad dates, long lost friends, life-saving kindnesses, and those frightful moments when we discover that we aren't even who we thought we were. Just like life, the stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always poignant. It's produced by me, Lea Thau, Peabody award-winning producer and former Executive & Creative Director of The Moth for a decade. "Strangers" is my new storytelling baby. I'm raising money for season 2. Here's a full sample episode from Season 1:

"Strangers" is a co-production between my organization, Story Central, and KCRW's Independent Producer Project. My plan is to produce 12 episodes in Season 2, and if we meet our goal for this campaign, we will. But ultimately we need to raise more to cover the entire budget, and we are grateful for every penny you contribute!

Check out our SWEET rewards:

Our "Strangers...no more" t-shirts (yours with $25 gift):

The "Strangers" Bag (yours with just $15 gift!):

Please note that this is a digital mock-up and is an approximation of how the actual bag will look (and those weird lines will disappear)
Please note that this is a digital mock-up and is an approximation of how the actual bag will look (and those weird lines will disappear)

The "Six Degrees of Francis Bacon" poster created by Idiots'Books:

The "Strangers" print from artist Robbi Behr:

The KCRW "boom box" flash drive--how cute is that--and it comes loaded with the entire Season 1 of "Strangers."

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The greatest challenge with "Strangers" is that it takes TIME to produce. For each episode I interview the storytellers for hours, because I like to get to the deeper truth, which only comes out when you sit with someone for a long time. Then I plow through all those hours of interview tape and string them into one coherent story. That's a lot work, but it's worth to me, because what I've always loved about storytelling, more than any other art form, is that stories take us on journeys and show us that the world is vast and that there are many ways to live, but at the SAME time, good, true stories highlight those fundamental, human themes that bring us together across cultural and social and geographical divides. There are no shortcuts to finding and bringing out those kinds of stories, it requires, time, work, mental presence, patience (and therefore money!). I'm very fortunate to have the support of KCRW's Independent Producer Project, but I need your help raising the other half, so thank you for ANYTHING you can give.

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    Your own "Strangers" shopping/gym/beach bag. It's roomy, adorable and fun, and it will encourage interactions between strangers... Take it shopping and send us the stories of who you meet! Good for the environment too. What's not to love? Designed for "Strangers" by the brilliant Matt Jeans. (add $5 for international orders).

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    Your very own men's or women's "Strangers" t-shirt, which says "Strangers" on the front and "...no more" on the back, because the hope, as always, when meeting strangers is that when we part, we will be strangers-no-more. See images below. How beautiful are these? Designed for "Strangers" by the multi-talented Matt Jeans who also design my storycentral.org web site. (add $5 for international orders).

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    An amazingly clever and gorgeous poster designed by my favorite artists, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr --the team behind Idiots'Books (www.idiotsbooks.com). It's called The Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (playing of course on the theory of the Six Degrees of Separation and the spin-off game of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon), creating hilarious connections between 60 literary figures from Kafka to Danielle Steel, all relating back to Francis Bacon. It's everything "Strangers" is about: good stories and inter-connectedness. (add $10 for international orders).

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    An original "Strangers" art print created by Robbi Behr of Idiots'Books. See it below, that's all I have to say. Always wanted beautiful, original art for you wall? Here's your chance to support a great project and own a beautiful print at far below value. (add $10 for international orders).

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    The 'Holy shit, I love "Strangers"' package: the t-shirt, the poster and the bag! Style up your home and your person, then go to storycentral.org to tell us about the people you meet and the conversations that spark from these premiums. (add $10 for international orders).

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    All premiums listed above PLUS an extra t-shirt AND the "boom box" flash drive developed by our partner KCRW and loaded with the complete first season of "Strangers." It's a boombox hiding a mini-flash drive. It's adorable and it fits right in your pocket (add $20 for international orders).

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    Your choice: All premiums listed above with 3 additional t-shirts of any size--outfit the whole family! (add $20 for international orders). OR: four hours of one-on-one story editing/coaching with Lea Thau, who has worked one-on-one with hundreds or artists from Marc Maron to Gay Talese to Ethan Hawke and with executives at Nike and Google among many other companies. (Please note that the "estimated delivery date" for this option will depend on availability of both people). OR: underwriting credit for one episode of Strangers.

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    Your choice: 10 hours of one-on-one story editing/coaching with Lea Thau, who has one-on-one with hundreds or artists from Marc Maron to Gay Talese to Ethan Hawke and with executives at Nike and Google among many other companies. (Please note that the "estimated delivery date" for this option will depend on availability of both people). OR: underwriting credit for two episode of Strangers. OR: All premiums listed above, including family pack of four t-shirts. (add $20 for international orders for this option).

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    Your choice: A one-day storytelling workshop for your company or any group you wish to gather, up to 10 participants, by Lea Thau, who has taught business storytelling at more than 50 major companies including Nike, Google, Saatchi & Saatchi, Time, Inc. and to hundred of artists, writers, and individuals of all sorts (for workshops outside the Los Angeles area, add travel and one night of accommodations for Lea; date to be agreed upon within the next year). OR Underwriting credit on five episodes of "Strangers." OR: All premiums listed above, including family pack of four t-shirts and four bags (delivery date: January 2013, add $25 for international orders for this option).

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    Your choice: A private "Strangers Live" storytelling show at your company or home, featuring a selection of the very best storytellers from the "Strangers" podcast (for shows outside the Los Angeles area, add travel and one night of accommodations for five people; date to be agreed upon within the next year). OR an intensive two -day storytelling workshop for your company or any group you wish to gather, up to 10 participants, by Lea Thau. OR underwriting credit on 10 episodes of "Strangers." OR: All premiums listed above, including family pack of six t-shirts and six bags (delivery date: January 2013, add $30 for international orders for this option).

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