This first-person account of a professional footballer's exploration of his sexuality is an odd bird. It purports to be based on true events, but it's actually fiction, conceived by writer and actress Issa Rae. It's direct to the point of naivety, presented as a kind of journal. It's unflinchingly erotic. And, setting aside the form, its content steps outside the ordinary bounds of audio narrative, drawing us into the hyper-competitive, hyper-masculine world of pro football. Negotiating that world only becomes more complicated when the anonymous protagonist, X, a rookie on the rise, begins to explore his feelings for men. Originally produced as an Earwolf exclusive, Season 1 of Fruit is now available everywhere.
Gateway episode: 1st & 10 (18 Jul 2017)
From: Issa Rae
Released: Season 1 concluded