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Society-and-culture • Comedy

Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals hisRead more

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#40 Barbara Shutt

Nov 18 • 42:53

In 1968, Jonathan’s mother-in-law Becky spent spent one of the best summers of her life with a woman named Barbara. But then they never spoke again. Now, over fifty years later, Becky learns something about Barbara that makes her question whether she ever really knew her at all....

#39 Stephen

Oct 28 • 38:39

This is the second and final part of last week’s episode. So if you’ve not yet heard the episode “Justine,” go back and listen to that first....

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#38 Justine

Oct 21 • 41:25

Growing up, Justine’s father always told her unbelievable stories about his life: that he was a big winner on Jeopardy; an outlaw who robbed banks armed only with flowers. But now, as an adult, Justine has started to question—are her father’s stories so unbelievable because none of them are true? In the process of fact-checking her dad’s life, something surprising emerges ...

#37 John

Oct 7 • 35:57

Before he became a best-selling author, John Green was going to dedicate his life to God. Until he crossed paths with Nick. Twenty years later, John sets off to find Nick and revisit the day that changed the course of both their lives....

#36 Brandon

Sep 30 • 36:16

Throughout high school, Brandon was a misfit. Then one day, out of the blue, one of the school’s prettiest, most popular girls asked him to prom. Fifteen years later, Brandon wants to know: why him?...

A Heavyweight Short: A Canadian Tale

Jul 15 • 18:01

Adam swears he met Fidel Castro in Montreal 25 years ago. But ever since, no one’s believed him. Fortunately for Adam, the one person—one Canadian—who can prove his story is Jonathan Goldstein....

A Heavyweight Short: The Sharing Place

Jul 1 • 23:20

Heavyweight often features grownups grappling with childhood trauma. But in today’s Heavyweight Short, Jonathan visits a place where children grapple with trauma in the present. At The Sharing Place, kids talk about things most adults can’t even face. A warning: This episode deals with sensitive topics like suicide and death....

A Heavyweight Short: Hallie

Jun 17 • 17:23

When Hallie was 17, she spent a few minutes with a stranger who changed her life. A decade later, Hallie sets out to find her....

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Check In: Holiday Special

Jan 12 • 34:50

Just before the holidays, we recorded three Spotify-exclusive check ins, and today we’re excited to release one of them internet-wide. Stevie confronts her grandfather with a question she’s been afraid to ask for over twenty years, and Kalila solves the mystery of an enigmatic gravestone....

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Dec 3 • 01:29

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