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One December evening in 2019, Chris Stedman noticed a new message in his inbox from his friend Alex, sent at exactly 7 p.m. He and Alex hadn’t talked in a while—was Alex writing to tell him off for being a bad friend? But it wasn’t that. “listen,” the note read. “i am writing to let you know that when you receive this scheduled email, i will no longer be alive.” At the bottom of his message, Alex included a link to a private SoundCloud account. “here’s Alice recordings,” he wrote.  
 
Alice. Alex had talked to Chris about her before. A Britney Spears superfan, Alex had befriended this anonymous figure in a Britney fan forum years earlier. Alice had become the stuff of legend in Britney fan circles, and for good reason—she happens to sound exactly like Britney herself. Why was Alex including these recordings in his goodbye email? Who was Alice, really, and what had she meant to Alex? More importantly, could she help Chris understand why his friend was gone? With help from Alex’s loved ones, Chris decides to track down the elusive Alice, in the hopes that she can answer some of the questions Alex couldn’t. 

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    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

One December evening in 2019, Chris Stedman noticed a new message in his inbox from his friend Alex, sent at exactly 7 p.m. He and Alex hadn’t talked in a while—was Alex writing to tell him off for being a bad friend? But it wasn’t that. “listen,” the note read. “i am writing to let you know that when you receive this scheduled email, i will no longer be alive.” At the bottom of his message, Alex included a link to a private SoundCloud account. “here’s Alice recordings,” he wrote.  
 
Alice. Alex had talked to Chris about her before. A Britney Spears superfan, Alex had befriended this anonymous figure in a Britney fan forum years earlier. Alice had become the stuff of legend in Britney fan circles, and for good reason—she happens to sound exactly like Britney herself. Why was Alex including these recordings in his goodbye email? Who was Alice, really, and what had she meant to Alex? More importantly, could she help Chris understand why his friend was gone? With help from Alex’s loved ones, Chris decides to track down the elusive Alice, in the hopes that she can answer some of the questions Alex couldn’t. 

    Episode 4: Give Me a Sign

    Episode 4: Give Me a Sign

    Chris finds some of the answers he's looking for in a Google folder Alex left behind—and others during a conversation with someone else who loved Alex dearly.

    Note: This series discusses topics that may be triggering to some listeners, including depression and suicide. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to speak to somebody immediately.

    Created, written, hosted, and executive produced by Chris Stedman
    Co-executive produced by Beth Anne Macaluso
    Story edited by Aaron Edwards
    Sound design by Dylan Fagan
    Music by Aaron Wong Kaufman, with additional music by Ben Seretan 
    Episode 4 theme performed by Aaron Wong Kaufman, Ben Seretan, and Sadie Dupuis of Sad13
    To listen to “Music Inspired by Unread” go to unread.bandcamp.com

    For photos, videos, memes, and other visuals referenced in this episode, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @unreadpod. 
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 3: If U Seek Alice

    Episode 3: If U Seek Alice

    Chris goes down the rabbit hole.

    Update: Cara Cunningham, creator of the iconic “Leave Britney Alone” video referenced in this episode, announced her transition in August 2021. “I’m happy to be in a place where I can embrace who I am,” Cunningham wrote in her announcement. We couldn’t be happier for her, too.

    Note: This series discusses topics that may be triggering to some listeners, including depression and suicide. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to speak to somebody immediately.

    Created, written, hosted, and executive produced by Chris Stedman
    Co-executive produced by Beth Anne Macaluso
    Story edited by Aaron Edwards
    Sound design by Dylan Fagan
    Music by Aaron Wong Kaufman, with additional music by Ben Seretan 
    Episode 3 theme performed by Sadie Dupuis of Sad13
    To listen to “Music Inspired by Unread” go to unread.bandcamp.com

    For photos, videos, memes, and other visuals referenced in this episode, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @unreadpod. 
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 49 min
    Episode 2: Piece of Me

    Episode 2: Piece of Me

    Some of the people who knew Alex best look back on how he changed their lives—and then give Chris the push he needs.

    Note: This series discusses topics that may be triggering to some listeners, including depression and suicide. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to speak to somebody immediately.

    Created, written, hosted, and executive produced by Chris Stedman
    Co-executive produced by Beth Anne Macaluso
    Story edited by Aaron Edwards
    Sound design by Dylan Fagan
    Music by Aaron Wong Kaufman, with additional music by Ben Seretan 
    Episode 2 theme performed by Ben Seretan
    To listen to “Music Inspired by Unread” go to unread.bandcamp.com

    For photos, videos, memes, and other visuals referenced in this episode, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @unreadpod. 
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 48 min
    Episode 1: Email My Heart

    Episode 1: Email My Heart

    A scheduled goodbye email raises as many questions as it answers. 

    Note: This series discusses topics that may be triggering to some listeners, including depression and suicide. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to speak to somebody immediately.

    Created, written, hosted, and executive produced by Chris Stedman
    Co-executive produced by Beth Anne Macaluso
    Story edited by Aaron Edwards
    Sound design by Dylan Fagan
    Music by Aaron Wong Kaufman
    To listen to “Music Inspired by Unread” go to unread.bandcamp.com

    For photos, videos, memes, and other visuals referenced in this episode, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @unreadpod.
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 46 min
    Introducing: Unread

    Introducing: Unread

    A show about looking for answers in the digital breadcrumbs people leave behind.

    (To learn more about Unread, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @unreadpod.)
    Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

TheDeadLands ,

A must listen

A moving, absorbing and at times, witty, listen that I binged on two days of walks. Unread is a tribute to the love, quirks, and particularities of online friendships. And loss; trying to put the digital pieces together of someone who has died so unexpectedly by suicide. Chris’ scripting was careful, loving and thoughtful throughout which is no small feat when faced with Alex’s labyrinth to navigate. And it never felt mawkish. As we age with the internet, and more of our relationships and friendships are lived through it than in co presence, the loss of people takes on a different manner. The podcast is an important contribution to mapping out this reality. It’s, hands down, the most beautiful listen I’ve encountered for a very long time.

Benfcardiff ,

Simply a must listen

Such a wonderful, funny, but heart breaking story. So well done. I was hooked from the moment it began. I’ve shared with my friends and family who all feel the same and I’d encourage anyone reading this to listen to this amazing podcast ❤️

Kirsty P , Pink Leaf Resin x ,

What a story …

An amazing podcast , so beautifully written for such a sweet guy . I don’t want to give anything away but Britney fan or not . It’s a great story of mystery , love and friendship xxxxx

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