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  • Bonus Episode: The Magic 8 Ball


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    08:04
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  • 1

    Louis, Can of Cola


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    “Sheets Two” by Mountains, off the album Choral
    "Doghouse" and "Holo" by Blue Dot Sessions

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    24:13
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  • 2

    Maeve, Lamppost


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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

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    21:25
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  • 3

    Dennis, Pillow


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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

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    22:14
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  • 4

    Tara, Bar of Soap


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    "L'elisir d'amore, Una furtiva lagrima," Gaetano Donizetti. Performed by the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Adam Kerry Boyles, director, and Brendan Buckley, vocalist.

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    21:40
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  • 5

    Ana, Elevator


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    Music in this episode from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    17:49
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  • 6

    Paul, Tooth


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    Music in this episode from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    23:26
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  • 7

    Chioke, Grain of Sand


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    Music in this episode from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    26:47
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  • 8

    Annie, Jack o' Lantern


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    Music from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    23:42
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  • 9

    Ayo, Balloon


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    Music in this episode from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    24:00
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  • 10

    Sean, Subway Seat


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    Music in this episode from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    24:00
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  • Bonus Episode: Deleted Scenes


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    Music by Blue Dot Sessions

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    10:36
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  • 11

    Shannon, Bath Towel


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    Music from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    27:45
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  • 12

    Alligator, Alligator


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    "Winter Theme," Blue Dot Sessions
    "Fifth Partita for Solo Violin," Johann Sebastian Bach, Performed by Ben Goldstein
    "Angle of Light" by David Hilowitz
    "Curiously & Curiously," Blue Dot Sessions

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    22:33
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  • 13

    Emmy, Pregnancy Test


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    "Spring Cleaning," Blue Dot Sessions
    "Bridgewalker," Blue Dot Sessions

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    22:45
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  • 14

    Petey, Baseball Cap


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    Music in this episode by Blue Dot Sessions.

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    20:06
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  • 15

    Connor, Painting


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    25:51
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  • 16

    Alex, Alex, and Sebastian, Russian Dolls


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    "Are We Loose Yet," Blue Dot Sessions
    "Vik Fenceta," Blue Dot Sessions
    "Nutcracker, Dance de la Fee Dragee," Tchaikovsky, (Creative Commons)
    "So We Go (Strings Only)," Blue Dot Sessions
    "Thannoid," Blue Dot Sessions

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    27:24
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  • 17

    Chioke, Pane of Glass


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    Music from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    22:08
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  • 18

    Jennifer, Newspaper


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    Music in this episode from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    17:57
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  • 19

    Charu, Satellite


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    Music from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    19:25
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  • 20

    Scott, Stethoscope


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    Music from Blue Dot Sessions.

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    21:13
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PRESS

“Poignant, touching and at times laugh-out-loud funny examinations of the human condition...prepare to think deeply about yourself, to laugh and at times, cry.”
--BBC

“It's made with care and understated wit, and it has a surprising frisson of seriousness, quietly provoking thoughts about the objects in our lives, unwittingly laden with our emotions."
--The New Yorker

“Laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly informative and often moving...a profound pleasure.”
--Time Magazine

"What starts out as a clever send-up, with its ticklishly absurdist dialogue...is also more than that, with surprising moments of poignancy."
--The New York Times

Everything is Alive has its own realness, the enveloping authenticity of good films and theater and novels: Frankenstein’s monster has feelings, so why wouldn’t a can of cola have them too?”
--The Guardian

“The reality-construction is exquisite…Everything Is Alive is a unique, quirky, and smart little package with an unexpectedly moving edge.”
--New York Magazine

“Touching and powerful...unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.”
--CBC

“Everything is Alive will change the way you view the world...it’s as bizarre as it sounds and just as wonderful, too.”
--LA Review of Books

ACCOLADES

Apple Best Podcasts of 2018
Time Magazine Top 10 Podcasts of 2018
New York Magazine Best Podcast Episodes of 2018
Indiewire Best Podcast Episodes of 2018
Indiewire's Best Podcast Episodes of 2019 (So Far)
LA Review of Books Best Podcasts of 2018
BBC Culture's 10 Best Culture Podcasts of 2018
CBC's 25 Best Podcasts of 2018
Fast Company's 15 Best New Podcasts of 2018
The Globe and Mail Best Podcasts of 2018
Webby Best Interview/Talk Show Podcast 2019
Webby People's Voice Award 2019

Everything is Alive is an interview show in which all the subjects are inanimate objects. In each episode, a different thing tells us its life story--and everything it says is true. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

HOST BIO

Ian Chillag is the host and creator of Everything is Alive. Previously he was a producer for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and he co-created and hosted the NPR podcast How To Do Everything. He’s also worked on videos for The New York Times, contributed regularly to the literary magazine A Public Space, and has recorded four episodes of a podcast about a post-apocalyptic public radio pledge drive besieged by pestilence and death that he can’t quite figure out what to do with.