The third season of the popular storytelling podcast features six new episodes about people making dramatic, risky changes
May 15, 2018, San Francisco, CA — The Leap, KQED’s award-winning storytelling podcast, is back for a brand-new season. Featuring remarkable stories of life-altering changes, Season 3 features six new tales of surprising and sometimes dangerous transformations.
Hosted by KQED reporter Judy Campbell and featuring story contributions by her, April Dembosky and Chris Colin, the new season builds on last year’s episodes, which include a story about a doctor in the early 1960’s who treated developmentally disabled children with massive doses of LSD; another about the unanticipated effects of extraordinary weight loss; and another about a woman’s decision to leave her ultra-orthodox Jewish community. Season 3 will bring even more of the unexpected.
Listeners will meet a family man who meets and tries to forge relationships with almost two dozen children he had never knew he had; a local punk rocker who leaves guitars and a girlfriend behind to join a Kurdish military in Syria, where he see combat and becomes a Twitter sensation; a professional dancer who poses an elaborate double-life as an attorney to appease her immigrant parents; and a mother seeking reunion with a daughter who had been abducted by an ex.
“These are stories about people who have made extraordinary, sometimes counter-intuitive decisions,” says Campbell. “Some are people throwing caution — and their comfortable lives — to the wind to do something completely new. Others are finding remarkable courage to change a bad situation. We’re telling stories of people’s leaps, and their consequences.”
About the Host
Judy Campbell is host of The Leap, producer of KQED’s daily talk show, Forum, and a former criminal justice reporter whose stories have appeared on NPR. She lives in Oakland.
Funding for the new season of The Leap is made possible by an anonymous donor and the American Conservatory Theater.
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.