14 episodes

Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discover how they shape our world.

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    • Drama
    • 4.8, 45 Ratings

Every story is a crossroads. A diverse company of Chicago artists produces new audio dramas—recorded live—and stages freewheeling audience conversations about them. Led by Founder and Executive Producer Jeremy McCarter, Make-Believe shares suspenseful, moving, hilarious stories, and tries to discover how they shape our world.

    Our Decameron: Shakespeare in Utopia

    Our Decameron: Shakespeare in Utopia

    Following the cancellation of Shakespeare in the Park, Oskar Eustis talks about a utopian story in one of Shakespeare's plays. A practical guide to what a vision of the future can do--and what it can't.

    • 35 min
    Our Decameron: Lorraine Hansberry at the End of the World

    Our Decameron: Lorraine Hansberry at the End of the World

    Can a new society arise from a cataclysm? Does humanity deserve a second chance? Chicago author and journalist Natalie Moore joins a virtual audience to explore utopia, dystopia, and the radical imagination while discussing the great Chicago dramatist's "What Use Are Flowers?".

    • 39 min
    Our Decameron: The Tortoise, the Hare, and Will Leitch

    Our Decameron: The Tortoise, the Hare, and Will Leitch

    To tide us over until baseball returns, sportswriter Will Leitch breaks down the most famous athletic contest of all time, and a lively virtual audience debates its moral today.

    • 39 min
    Our Decameron: Chicken Little

    Our Decameron: Chicken Little

    The sky might or might not be falling, but the story that gave rise to that phrase is everywhere. In episode two of our series inspired by Boccaccio, Stephanie Ybarra and fascinating people from all over the country reconsider the tale of the moment.

    • 39 min
    Our Decameron: Zen in Seattle

    Our Decameron: Zen in Seattle

    Inspired by Boccaccio, a new series of conversations in which we share a story and invite a fascinating person to talk about what it means. In episode one, Martin Edlund of Malaria No More talks about the Zen fable about the tiger and the strawberry.

    • 26 min
    City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

    City on Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

    A docudrama about the summer that ravaged a city--and remade it. Co-produced with WBEZ.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

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Opens Your Eyes

Incredible storytelling with narratives hard to find anywhere else.

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SO GREAT!

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Wow

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