What happens when a San Francisco journalist flips into Driver Mode and brings his field recorder along for the ride? If you have six minutes to spare, stop what you're doing and listen to this.
When Sam Harnett isn't donning the 'stache, he works as a freelance journalist for various radio shows and publications. One day he had the brilliant idea to begin recording the stories he was hearing on the road, which led to the creation of his weekly podcast, Driving With Strangers.
Ever since I started working in radio, I wanted to create a show with spontaneous, short-form story-telling. When I heard about ride share companies, I thought they could work as a way to meet people and hear their stories. The first time I went out with my microphone I was blown away. People opened up to me about their regrets, secrets, odd jobs, out-of-body-experiences, obsessions--the list goes on. In a single week, I talked with three women about working as dominatrices, a passenger visited by an angel, and a guy who grew up with Alice-in-Wonderland syndrome. It has been incredible to be in a space where two complete strangers can get very intimate very quickly. This unique interaction makes for a powerful experience and compelling radio.
With episode titles like "Breaking the Law" and "Near Death Experiences," Sam's podcast reminds us that any conversation is possible when you're Driving With Strangers.