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Maybe you’ve laid awake and imagined how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Spotify Studios.

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Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 1, Alex wants to see Jonathan in the studio. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 2, Jonathan tells a ridonculous lie. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 3, Jonathan goes to a strategy meeting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 4, Jonathan spends the weekend in a terrible funk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 5, the Heavyweight union rep threatens Jonathan’s dominion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 6, Jonathan gets a new co-host. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 7, the most challenging interview of Jonathan’s life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight Season 4 begins September 26th. Until then, we bring you The Heavy Wait Diaries. Each Thursday, a new chapter will be presented to ease the burden of your wait. In Chapter 8—the final chapter—Jonathan takes a co-reporting trip. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight will be back with a new episode next week. In the meantime, we’re excited to introduce you to a show we love from our friends at Serial and The New York Times. The Retrievals follows a group of women who went to the Yale Fertility Center for a procedure called an egg retrieval. For months, patient after patient complained that they were experiencing excruciating pain during the procedure. And time after time, they were essentially brushed off. Until, finally, everyone found out what was really going on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Heavyweight will be back next week with a brand new episode. But today, we’re excited to introduce you to Death, Sex & Money — a show hosted by Anna Sale about the topics that we tend to shy away from in polite conversation. The story we have for you is about a New York City mover named Adonis Williams. Over the past 20 years, Adonis has moved thousands of people in and out of the city. With each move, he catches a glimpse of a life in transition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Welcome to Heavyweight

Welcome to Heavyweight

2016-09-0302:003

Maybe you’ve laid awake imagining how it could have been, how it might yet be, but the moment to act was never right. Well, the moment is here and the podcast making it happen is Heavyweight. Join Jonathan Goldstein for road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine. From Gimlet Media. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#1 Buzz

#1 Buzz

2016-09-2341:285

Buzz and Sheldon are brothers in their eighties who have been estranged for decades. Buzz visits Sheldon to see if there’s still a relationship left to salvage. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.  This episode was also produced by Wendy Dorr, Chris Neary, and Kalila Holt.  Editing by Alex Blumberg and Peter Clowney.  Special thanks to Caitlin Kenney, Starlee Kine, and Rachel Ward.  The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.  Music in this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music and ad music by Haley Shaw. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records.  A version of this story appeared on This American Life, and we had a lot of help from the folks there: Ira Glass, Julie Snyder, Jonathan Menjivar, Sean Cole, and Robyn Semian. A very special thanks to Emily Condon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#2 Gregor

#2 Gregor

2016-09-2445:385

20 years ago, Gregor lent some CDs to a musician friend. The CDs helped make him a famous rockstar. Now, Gregor would like some recognition. But mostly, he wants his CDs back. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein, along with Wendy Dorr, Chris Neary, and Kalila Holt.  Editing by Alex Blumberg & Peter Clowney.  Special thanks to Emily Condon, Jackie Cohen, Paul Tough, Stevie Lane, Michelle Harris, Dimitri Erlich, Sean Cole and Jorge Just.  The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.  Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by Talk-star, The Eastern Watershed Klezmer Quartet, Hew Time, Michael Smith, Farnell Newton, and Haley Shaw, who also did our ad music. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#3 Tara

#3 Tara

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Jonathan watched a short experimental video in college in which a little girl sat in silence while her parent sobbed. Now, Jonathan wants to know if that girl is okay. You can find Maxi Cohen's website here: http://www.maxicohenstudio.com/ Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Chris Neary and Kalila Holt. Our senior producer is Wendy Dorr. Editing by Alex Blumberg and Jorge Just.  Special thanks to Emily Condon, Caitlin Kenney, Peter Clowney, Michelle Harris, Dr. Susan Boulware at Yale Pediatric Endocrinology, Maxi Cohen, Jack Hitt, Jack Turban, Lida Drummond, Mario Falsetto, Peter Rose, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Haley Shaw. Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by Chris Zabriskie, Blue Dot Sessions, Katie Mullins, Y La Bamba, Stratus, and Matthew Boll. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#4 Tony

#4 Tony

2016-10-1131:243

Years ago, Tony messed up his relationship with each of his three godchildren owing to three difficult chapters in his life. Now, childless and single in his late 40’s, and fearing he may never have kids of his own, Tony wants to win them back. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Chris Neary and Kalila Holt. Our senior producer is Wendy Dorr. Editing by Alex Blumberg and Jorge Just.  Special thanks to Emily Condon, Anna Asimakopulos, and Jackie Cohen.  The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.  Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by John K Samson, Michael Smith, Wonderly, Blue Dot Sessions, and Hew Time. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#5 Galit

#5 Galit

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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. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Chris Neary and Kalila Holt. Our senior producer is Wendy Dorr. Editing by Alex Blumberg, Paul Tough, and Jorge Just. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Stevie Lane, John K Samson, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Haley Shaw. Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by Frisco J, Y La Bamba, Keen Collective, Hew Time, and Katie Mullins. Sam Kogon’s song “My Love It Burns” can be found here. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#6 James

#6 James

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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. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Chris Neary and Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Wendy Dorr. Editing by Alex Blumberg and Jorge Just. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Stevie Lane, Derek Hurst, Stephen Hughes, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.  Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by Paul De Jong, Blue Dot Sessions, Benny Reid, Caspar Babypants, and Hew Time. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#7 Julia

#7 Julia

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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. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Chris Neary and Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Wendy Dorr. Editing by Alex Blumberg and Jorge Just. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Maya Goldberg-Safir, Lina Chambers, Emily Kennedy, Laura Scott, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.  Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by Blue Dot Sessions and Keen Collective. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#8 Jeremy

#8 Jeremy

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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. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Chris Neary and Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Wendy Dorr. Editing by Alex Blumberg, Paul Tough, and Jorge Just. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Steven Page, Paul de Jong, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Haley Shaw.  Music for this episode by Christine Fellows, with additional music by Steven Page, Y La Bamba, Farnell Newton, Chris Zabriskie, Todd Hannigan, and Marmoset. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#9 Milt

#9 Milt

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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. Credits Heavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein. This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Kaitlin Roberts. Editing by Alex Blumberg and Jorge Just. Special thanks to Emily Condon, Stevie Lane, Wendy Dorr, Kate Parkinson-Morgan, and Jackie Cohen. The show was mixed by Matthew Boll with assistance from Kate Bilinski.  Music by Christine Fellows and John K Samson, with additional music by Y La Bamba, Blue Dot Sessions, Hew Time, and Caspar Babypants. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Neil Green

cannot stand the episodes with this lady hosting

May 13th
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Linda Potter

I really miss jonathan's creativity

Mar 31st
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Beth Sturgeon

Love this podcast. The Jessie episode was an actual tear jerker. Beautiful story!

Mar 16th
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Jan 24th
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Steven Maurice

another one of the best podcasts ever gone

Jan 4th
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Gavin Drohan

can't wait for the heavyweight episode where spotify realizes what a horrible mistake it made and tries to find you again

Jan 4th
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Dayna Anokye

Kalila, I beg you, get rid of the vocal fry. please

Jan 4th
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Nancy

aww I'm going to miss this podcast. great episode btw

Dec 22nd
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Hiruyasumii

I hope you find a new home for the show that truly appreciates what a treasure this podcast is!! :) ❤

Dec 21st
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Rebecca Lopez

nooooooo 💔 I hope you find another home for the podcast!

Dec 21st
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Emily Sweden

Search engine podcast brought me here. Beautiful episode, conjuring such a range of emotions. Looking forward to more like this.

Dec 17th
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Thea Bryan

I listen to the show for Johnathon Goldstein. I guess he no longer does the actual shows? I guess I'll unsubscribe because this is the second one in a row with someone else. Unfortunate.

Dec 14th
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Amber Jackson

This was such a special episode, thank you so much for having the courage to share it.

Nov 17th
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Carlos Barron

I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Heavyweight' podcast as it skillfully weaves together captivating narratives with a unique blend of humor, empathy, and introspection. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein, each episode takes the listener on a journey of personal discovery and resolution, often revisiting pivotal moments from the past. https://globalcatalog.com/waxpaperie.us The storytelling is masterful, drawing you in with its authenticity and relatability. Goldstein's ability to navigate the complexities of the human experience with wit and sensitivity is commendable. The diverse range of stories, from family dramas to long-lost connections, keeps the content fresh and engaging. https://www.whatsyourhours.com/california/los-angeles/manufacturers-suppliers/wax-paperie

Nov 15th
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Kev Mea

It’s hard to listen to recordings when only the person recording knows. They always sound the same, the recorder voice never raises their voice. This isn’t a natural conversation. Toby’s mom was an alcoholic, and had problems for sure. I think it’s sad Doug made these tapes, because it’s not a real conversation since he knows he was recording the conversation.

Nov 6th
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Aakash Amanat

"Heavyweight" is a podcast that truly delves into the complexities of human relationships and the lingering issues that can weigh us down. Jonathan Goldstein's storytelling and narration are both poignant and humorous, making for a compelling listening experience. https://www.diggerslist.com/stickerprintingpros/about The way he navigates the intricacies of people's lives and the unresolved questions they carry is both empathetic and insightful. The podcast is a testament to the power of storytelling to bring about closure, healing, and sometimes even reconciliation. It's a must-listen for anyone who enjoys heartfelt, character-driven narratives and a touch of humor. https://www.smartmoneymatch.com/Sticker%20Printing%20Pros

Nov 4th
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Aakash Amanat

Heavyweight is a captivating and heartwarming podcast that delves into the unresolved issues and emotional baggage we all carry. "https://sites.google.com/view/deli-paper-pros/home" Host Jonathan Goldstein's unique blend of humor and sensitivity makes for a delightful exploration of the past and its impact on our present lives. It's a must-listen for anyone who enjoys thought-provoking storytelling with a touch of humor.

Oct 30th
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