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English, Social, 1 season, 12 episodes, 5 hours, 30 minutes
FICTION There’s the family you grew up with:  your mom, your dad, your siblings.  And then, there’s the family you carry around in your head for the rest of your life.  This show is about that second family, the one that lives within you. From Mermaid Palace ( ( Radiotopia (, Sharon Mashihi brings you Appearances, a one woman audio show that straddles the line between fiction and truth.  Appearances brings to life an Iranian American family and community through the real and fantastical mental machinations of Melanie Barzadeh. Melanie is in her mid 30’s and desires nothing more than to become a mother. The difficulty of finding the right partner seems to be directly connected to the struggles witnessed in her home throughout her entire childhood. As Sharon Mashihi voice-acts all the characters in one family, the depth of the love, pain, and struggle is felt with a visceral, profound compassion at every turn.
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Executive Producer, Kaitlin Prest invites you to listen to a new series we think Appearances lovers will enjoy. It’s called SISTERS and it’s a five-episode story about an older and younger sister following their fights, their high points, their low points, and their ongoing attempt to even the balance. Can we ever re-write the birth order dynamics that get invented when we are children? Listen to Kaitlin and her sister figure it out as they look through their past and their present and work together to tell the story of it all. What we have for you here is the first episode of a new mini-season on The Heart, a long-standing show that Sharon Mashihi worked on for many years. To hear the next episodes subscribe to The Heart, wherever you get your podcasts.
3/7/202338 minutes, 40 seconds
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An audio mindtrip about an Iranian American woman, the family she carries around in her head, and the family that she wants to have.
9/11/20203 minutes, 14 seconds