Here it is! The first episode of Love + Radio, Season 3: “Fix”


For the past several months I’ve been working on an a podcast called Love + Radio with my friend and co-producer, Nick van der Kolk. Love + Radio features intimate interviews with an eclectic range of subjects from the seedy to the sublime, permeated by music and unusual production and sound design. (Imagine an Errol Morris documentary combined with Radiolab-esque audio production–except completely different.) Last year we won the top prize at the 2011 Third Coast Festival Competition, often described as “the Sundance of public radio.”

This week we inked a deal with Chicago Public Media to license six new episodes of the show; we’re a bona-fide WBEZ podcast! (But don’t worry, NYC friends, I’m producing it remotely.) And as luck would have it, this happens to coincide with the release of our hour-long season 3 premiere, “Fix:”

A crusader for truth, or, as Karl Rove called him “a nut with internet access?” Jason Leopold always wanted to be a part of something big. We follow Jason’s labyrinthine misadventure through record industry decadence, threatening mafioso, long-distance love, and an unlikely career in investigative journalism.

When was the last time you heard about glam metal, the mafia, and Karl Rove all in the SAME radio story?

Come celebrate with us at Union Docs on Saturday, May 26th at 7:30 pm with a mind-blowing full-length audio screening of “Fix,” followed by Q+A and ample celebration. I’ll be there, along with co-producers Nick vdK and Sarah Lu via video conference from a simultaneous listening party in Chicago!


Where: Union Docs, 322 Union Ave. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
When: Saturday May 26th, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Where: High Concept Labratories, 220 E. Chicago Avenue
When: Saturday May 26th, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hope to see you there! And if you can’t make it to the party, please be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes (or the podcast tool of your choice).

OH HEY! We’re also planning a social media blitz when the episode drops next Wednesday and would really appreciate your help spreading the word. Follow us on Twitter @loveandradio for the latest info! (And why not “like” us on Facebook while you’re at it?)

Lotsa love,

– Brendan

Consider the source

September 29, 2011 1:31 pm  /  Sound Design

This morning I whipped together some audio for a short video clip to augment this Onion article. In it, Congress (having already figuratively taken the country hostage) decides to go all the way.

Video From Inside Congressional Hostage Situation

Several hours later, this post appeared on

“U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a series of Twitter postings from The Onion, the well-known fake news site, which posted several bogus tweets about a shooting inside the Capitol and lawmakers taking children hostages…

‘It has come to our attention that recent Twitter feeds are reporting false information concerning current conditions at the U.S. Capitol. Conditions at the U.S. Capitol are currently normal,’ said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, spokeswoman for the Capitol Police.

‘There is no credibility to these stories or the Twitter feeds. The U.S. Capitol Police are currently investigating the reporting.'”

This would be a relevant place to mention Literally Unbelievable, a website documenting Onion articles “as interpreted by Facebook.”

For those who have trouble discerning truth from fiction, always consider the source.

My previous portable recorder (an M-audio Microtrack II) is on its death bed, and I’ve spent some time researching what device ought to replace it.

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The Third Coast Festival (the South By Southwest of public radio) interviewed Nick van der Kolk, Nick Williams, and I about how we developed and produced our radio story The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt for Nick vd K’s show, Love and Radio.

I know, I know. I promised I’d write more about how we put the piece together back in April, and then quickly got swamped with other work. BUT Thanks to Third Coast, you can read everything I would have written here on their site.

Follow the link and click “extra.”

Eh. What the hell.  Or you can read the mirrored interview, below.

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…making the Federal Reserve Chairman sound sloshed.

Obama: Debt Ceiling Deal A Prime Example Of Democrats And Democrats Sacrificing For The Greater Good

You’re welcome, America.

We could only use a few seconds of the soundbite I made in the video, so here’s the exclusive full version: