We urge you to sink into the warm embrace of The Heart. Once known as Audio Smut, and reborn under its new moniker, The Heart tells stories of intimacy in all its incarnations: the moments that define our relationships; the ways we think about the people we love; the ways - all the ways - we do sex. We hear romantic letters read aloud, stories of relationships that ended or never began, and one about a man who pooped on someone for money. Even as we write this, we feel the thing resisting our attempts at synopsis; it's experimental but never inaccessible; the stories are bigger than they sound, and funnier. They are sexier. The Heart, actually, is flirting with us, and in doing so it employs every storytelling trick in the book.
The backlist comprises past episodes of Audio Smut, as well as new instalments, and warrants a very deep dive.
Gateway episodes: Mariya (4 May 2016 ) / Kaitlin + Mitra, Part 1 (21 Oct 2015) / Subway (18 Mar 2015) / Beauty is Pain (3 Feb 2015) / Last (20 Aug 2014) / F*ck Love (3 Apr 2014) / Poo (4 Mar 2013)
We're still gobsmacked in the aftermath of this instalment of The Heart, the boundary-pushing love and sex podcast from Radiotopia. It actually represents the first episode of what will be an entirely new podcast: Meat by Jonathan Zenti, an Italian radio producer who, in the words of Heart host Kaitlin Prest, "is a fucking genius" (spoiler: she's right). Meat will explore the way we think about our bodies, and in this early-release episode, we are treated to a trip inside the brain and body of Zenti himself, a happy fat man who nonetheless recognises that the world is not kind to fat people. In this episode, he explains why he grew his body, and also attempts a diet. It's a sensory rollercoaster and one of the most intimate audio experiences we've ever had. Comprising documentary recordings from Zenti's life, magical, immersive sound design, and winning narration, this single episode represents an enormous achievement. We can only imagine what the rest of the series will bring. Meat will launch in October, but for now, stay up-to-date via meatpodcast.com and Jonathan Zenti on Twitter.
Released: 23 Aug 2017