From PRX’s Radiotopia, Nick van der Kolk’s Love and Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. You’ve never heard anything like it before.

If you’re new to the show and don’t know where to start, might we recommend The Wisdom of Jay Thunderbolt and Fix?

In 2011, L+R became the first podcast to win the top prize at the Third Coast Festival Competition (often described as the “Sundance of public radio”). In 2013, it won an honorable mention at Third Coast, becoming the first podcast to win multiple TCF awards.

Here are some nice things some people have said about the show:

If you want to know more, read some features by the Nieman Journalism Lab, Third Coast Audio Festival (check out the Extras tab),, Boston Magazine and Bostonist.

Got feedback or questions? Email contact [at] loveandradio [dot] org.


Nick van der Kolk

Nick van der Kolk, creator

Nick van der Kolk is an actor who has appeared in several feature films, including Risky Business, Beverly Hills Cop, The First Wives Club, True Romance, Courage Under Fire, and It’s My Party. Van der Kolk is best known for his role in the ABC family sitcom Perfect Strangers, where he played Balki Bartokomous. He is currently the star of The Nick van der Kolk Project, a home restoration show on DIY Network based on his own hobby of restoring old homes using salvaged materials. He is also a 2012 USA Collins Fellow.

Brendan Baker

Brendan Baker, director of sound

Brendan Baker is is a humanoid/plant creature elemental. In the early 20th century, Baker was caught in a lab explosion caused by his co-worker, Damian Ridge, who intended to kill him to gain the hand of Baker’s wife Linda. Baker was physically altered by chemicals and the forces within the swamp. He changed into a monstrous creature who killed Ridge before the latter could murder Linda. However, Baker was unable to make Linda realize his true identity, and returned to the swamp, where he studied music composition before working with Studio 360, The Onion News Network, Curtis Fox Productions, Antenna Audio, and El Taller Latino Americano.