The Dark Room
If you're looking to crack a few windows in your echo chamber, this show is one way to make a start. Through interviews with compelling characters, hosts Paul Salvatori and Jordan Randall explore controversial subcultures and people. Their subjects might occupy the borderlands of sex and relationships (e.g. a dominatrix, a polyamorist) or gender and sexual identity (e.g. a man who believes in "reparative therapy" for gay people) or the law (kleptomaniacs, graffiti artists, the wrongly accused). Our hosts attempt to stand out of the way and allow these stories to be told freely, which can be hard to hear, especially when the views espoused are in conflict with one's own deeply-held beliefs. But in our increasingly siloed world, the hearing of views with which one vehemently disagrees begins to feel like responsible fieldwork. A year's worth of weekly episodes are available now, with Season 2 due to launch early in 2017.
Gateway episodes: #50 Wrongfully Accused: Raffaele Sollecito (13 Sep 2016) / #21 Linda Redgrave (27 Apr 2016) / #63 Dominatrix: Mizz Barbie Bitch / #69 - Men's Rights Advocate Karen Straughan