Heavyweight

A Society and Culture podcast featuring Jonathan Goldstein
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16 years ago, Gimlet Media CEO and founder Alex Blumberg made a promise that he didn’t keep. And it’s been eating at him ever since. In this season finale, Jonathan sets out to clean up his boss’s mess.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by…
Russian Ark is a cinematic masterpiece. Dozens of sets, thousands of actors, years of planning. It’s a perfectly executed work of art. Almost. In this episode, Jonathan sets off to find the one guy who ruined it for everyone.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episo…
To celebrate Canadian Halloween, we’ve got a special treat for you: a podcast that’ll give you the shivers. And NOT the cold kind. The horror kind! It’s called The Horror of Dolores Roach. Jonathan talks with Gimlet's head of scripted fiction, Mimi O’Donnell, about making this new show, and then we…
Ten years ago, Rachael had a baby. She never told the father. All these years later, she thinks it’s about time she did.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt, Peter Bresnan, and Stevie Lane.Editing by Jorge Just, with additiona…
When Soraya was in college, her favorite professor hired her to help research a book she was writing. But when she fell into a deep depression and dropped out of school, she abandoned both the book and the professor who’d shown her so much kindness. Now, with Jonathan’s help, Soraya wants to make t…
Joey recently had a very bad day, all due to awkward misunderstandings. So now, he's enlisted the help of Jonathan "Debonair" Goldstein and Jonathan’s friend Gregor to redo the day and set things right.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by…
Heavyweight performed a sold-out live show in Brooklyn, NY, last June. Jonathan is joined by This American Life’s Zoe Chace and Reply All’s PJ Vogt to talk about Heavyweight stories that never made it onto the air… until now. Plus: human beatboxing, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg’s vape pen collect…
Sven was on a jury that sentenced a man named Paul Storey to death. He's regretted it ever since. Then, eight years later, Sven gets an email from Paul’s mother.The original article that Maurice Chammah reported with Sven about his experience on the jury: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2016/03/…
Today, the tables have turned. CEO and Gimlet Media founder Alex Blumberg has come to Jonathan’s studio* to ask for Jonathan’s help promoting a brand new podcast. Who’s groveling now, Mr. Blumberg? Why, it’s the Podcast Prince himself! With his new show “Without Fail.” Alex and Jonathan talk about …
When Skye was in middle school, her best friends showed up at her home one night and wrote “f*ck you” on her garage door. After that, they never spoke again. Now Skye has a son entering middle school, and he can’t believe his mom never asked her friends why they did it. So, thirty years later, Skye…
Rob remembers breaking his arm as a kid. But the rest of his family says it never happened. Did he break his arm? The answer will determine Rob’s sanity.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt, Peter Bresnan, and Stevie Lane.Edit…
Heavyweight returns this fall. In the meantime, Gimlet has just released its newest fiction show. Sandra.Sandra is Gimlet’s newest fiction series, about a world where artificial intelligence isn’t so artificial. Helen thought her new job would help her forget her dreary hometown, but working behind…
During a visit back home, Jonathan’s mother inadvertently admits something that forces him to question his past. In this season finale, Jonathan turns the mic around on himself for one of the more personal episodes of the series.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This e…
In 1999, an old suitcase was found abandoned on a Brooklyn street corner. The suitcase contained 5 years worth of love letters between a young man and young woman. In this episode, Jonathan tries to track them down.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was als…
Ken Carter was a Canadian daredevil who dreamt of performing the biggest stunt the world had ever seen. He wanted to jump a rocket car one mile over a river. For 5 years he prepared, only to have his dream hijacked at the very last moment by the very last person he ever expected.Thanks to the Natio…
Four years ago, Jesse was hit by a car and nearly died. Now he wants to find the driver. And thank him.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Kaitlin Roberts.Editing by Jorge Just, Alex Blumberg, and Wend…
When Christina was in 11th grade, her foster mother made her quit playing basketball. After that, she felt like her life never got back on course. And so, she’s always wanted to ask her foster mother: why’d you make me quit?CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episod…
Over a decade ago, Rose was kicked out of her college sorority. “You know what you did,” was the only explanation she was ever given. All these years later, Rose still wants to know what it is she did.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by …
Heavyweight returns October 26th. But in the meantime, we wanted to share another show we love. Uncivil, Gimlet’s new history podcast, takes you back to a time when America was so divided that it split in two. In each episode hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika ransack the official history of t…
Last season’s episode, "Gregor," led to an unfortunate event that Jonathan could’ve never predicted. In this pre-season episode, he tries to set things right.Heavyweight’s second season begins October 26th.Our SponsorsMVMT Watches | Sundance Now | Spotify | Hello FreshCreditsHeavyweight is hosted a…
Jonathan sits down with Eli Horowitz to promote Eli’s new show, Homecoming. It’s Gimlet’s first scripted series and features big name actors. Jonathan asks Eli what it’s like directing stars, and whether we can ever really come home. Then, we hear the first half of Homecoming's first episode.
When Jonathan was 16, he went to synagogue every morning. He even thought that one day he might become a rabbi. Things didn’t exactly work out that way, but he’s always wondered what if they had. In this episode, he finds out.Our SponsorsGE - Listen, subscribe and download "Life After" today.Mailch…
In grade 8, Julia was bullied so badly by a group of girls that she changed schools without telling anyone. Soon after, the girls from her old school showed up at her house and rang her doorbell. She didn’t answer it. For the past 20 years, Julia’s been wondering what those girls wanted.Go to Gimle…
James’s father’s dying wish was for his ashes to be disposed of on the 18th hole of a fancy private golf course. That was 16 years ago. In this episode, James, Jonathan, and their friend Howard attempt a golf heist to get into the club and set things right.Our SponsorsBlue Apron - Check out this we…
Galit was Jonathan’s first girlfriend. When she dumped him, he cried a lot and then locked away his emotional vulnerability in a safe for the next several decades. In this episode, Galit sends Jonathan a Facebook message asking if he’d like to meet up.Our SponsorsMailchimp – More than 12 million pe…