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Yarn | A Story Podcast

John Roche

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Yarn | A Story Podcast

Yarn | A Story Podcast

John Roche

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Documentaries, short stories and dramas - Whether we're spinning yarns or unraveling them, Yarn is all about good storytelling. Episodes are mostly standalone and are told in the genre best suited to the story we want to tell. The hallmark of a Yarn story is clear writing, immersive sound design, original music, intimate narration and engaging voice acting talent.www.yarnpodcast.comTwitter: @YarnStoryPod

Latest Episodes

Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 2

E[Two part Docu-drama] Episode 2 of 2 This is the true story of Hermann Goertz. The Nazi spy who landed in neutral Ireland during the Second World War, on a mission to meet the IRA and organise a German-led invasion of Northern Ireland. Goertz’s time in Ireland has become something of a legend. This story is based on his own written accounts and recently declassified British and Irish secret service files. The story is full of ridiculous plans, double crosses and colourful characters. Through Goertz’s eyes we learn about the attitudes of normal people towards the new Irish Free State, the uncomfortable truths people dealt with after a vicious civil war and how Dublin during the ‘Emergency’ became a centre of covert espionage. Start with episode 1 here: https://anchor.fm/yarnstorypod/episodes/Yarn-19--How-Not-to-be-a-Spy---Episode-1-eg3jgg/a-a2j9gkpProduced and edited by John Roche --- Transcript here: https://medium.com/@mrjohnroche_42475/yarn-19-how-not-to-be-a-spy-part-ii-9f4d3...

36 MINJUN 3
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Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 2

Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 1

E[Two part Docu-drama] Episode 1 of 2 This is the true story of Hermann Goertz. The Nazi spy who landed in neutral Ireland during the Second World War, on a mission to meet the IRA and organise a German-led invasion of Northern Ireland. Goertz’s time in Ireland has become something of a legend. This story is based on his own written accounts and recently declassified British and Irish secret service files. The story is full of ridiculous plans, double crosses and colourful characters. Through Goertz’s eyes we learn about the attitudes of normal people towards the new Irish Free State, the uncomfortable truths people dealt with after a vicious civil war and how Dublin during the ‘Emergency’ became a centre of covert espionage. Continue to episode two here: https://anchor.fm/yarnstorypod/episodes/Yarn-19--How-Not-to-be-a-Spy---Episode-2-eg3jgb/a-a2j9gko --- Transcript here: https://medium.com/@mrjohnroche_42475/yarn-19-how-not-to-be-a-spy-a3b4fd48b17e ---- Comments and feedback ver...

39 MINJUN 3
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Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 1

Introducing... Yarn

E[Introduction] Whether we're spinning yarns or unraveling them, Yarn is what you could call- a storytelling playground. We’re in our 3rd year of bringing you original stories. In that time we’ve released over 20 episodes, we’ve been featured in the guardian, won a best podcast award, appeared on WPEZ radio in Chicago And been selected for the UK audio drama festival. Each of episodes is in a different style and genre . Documentaries… Short stories… Interviews… and dramas…. Our stories feature atmosheric sound design, great voice acting talent and original music scores. Dive in and see what you get.

2 MINMAY 22
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Introducing... Yarn

Yarn 18 | Stammer

E[Documentary] My friend Dermot has a stammer. He’s had one as long as I’ve known him. Like most people I didn’t take much notice of it. After all, everyone stumbles over words sometimes don’t they? Whats the big deal? I certainly didn’t think about what was happening behind the stammer. The thoughts, the anxiety and all the tricks being employed under the surface of what most would consider a minor blip in someone's speech. In this documentary Dermot tells us about the secret war he wages every time he speaks. Produced and edited by John Roche --- Comments and feedback very welcome! Email: yarnstorypodcast@gmail.com. Twitter: @YarnStoryPod ---

32 MINAPR 16
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Yarn 18 | Stammer

Yarn Extra | The music of Yarn

E[A behind the scenes documentary] Welcome to this Yarn Extra. Our second special edition episode. I thought it might be nice to give you a look behind the scenes into what goes into composing and mixing the music that features on a lot of our episodes. I sat down with Yarn's composer - Drembot. Drembot’s music appears on several of our stories. In this episode he’ll take us through the work he's done for the following; Lefty - a story about an erratic left leg Brick Lane - an immersive walk down the famous London street Blak Bisnis - A true crime story about modern piracy And finally Chernobyl - a guided tour of the infamous exclusion zone So if you haven’t listened to any of those stories yet - I encourage you to scroll down in you podcast app and have a listen We’ll still be here when you get back. -- Comments and feedback very welcome! Email: yarnstorypodcast@gmail.com. Twitter: @YarnStoryPod --- Drembot on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5PjdfdGAzsxgAX3GFuMWR4?si=_l...

42 MINAPR 14
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Yarn Extra | The music of Yarn

Yarn 17 | Chernobyl

E[A travel and history documentary] It’s October 2019 and we're visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine. We'll spend two days exploring the zone with a small group of tourists and a guide and we'll stay overnight inside the exclusion zone, in Chernobyl’s only functioning hotel. This year the exclusion zone has received a surge in visitors following the popular HBO TV drama series starring Jared Harris. That series took an in-depth look into what exactly happened the night of the disaster and the events in the immediate aftermath. In this podcast we will focus much more on the zone as it is today, its most intriguing sites and its recently declassified secret origin. So come with us as we explore what was once, the most dangerous place on earth. - Written and produced by John Roche. Music score and sound mixing by Drembot. Very special thanks to our tour guide* - Comments and feedback very welcome! *For information about the guide and tour company we used contact us her...

51 MINFEB 19
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Yarn 17 | Chernobyl

Yarn 16 | The Eyes Don't Lie

E[Documentary] On patrol with a drug recognition expert. I went on a ride along with a police officer who's specialty is to determine if drivers are impaired by drugs. Thanks to The Ulster Town Police department. Website cover illustration by Stephen Morton.

40 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Yarn 16 | The Eyes Don't Lie

Yarn 15 | Blak Bisnis

E[A true crime story] Modern piracy and the hijacking of the Petro Ranger. - You probably don’t think of pirates as wearing expensive suits and working in high rise office buildings. In the 90’s the biggest pirates of South East Asia were impossible to tell apart from high powered business people. It was hard to tell them apart because they could be both. This is the true story of one of the most sophisticated pirate syndicates in South East Asia and it's mythic leader Mister Wong. The syndicate was run like a business. They had assets, employees, customers, lawyers and accountants but they operated outside the law and in secret with little regard for human life. Locals called their activity Blak Bisnis… - Written by John Roche. Music score and mixing by Drembot. - Full transcript here: https://medium.com/@mrjohnroche_42475/yarn-15-blak-bisnis-682db21ef576 - Bibliography: Books The Brutal Seas: Organised Crime at Work. Stewart, Douglas. Piracy, Maritime Terrorism and Securing the ...

48 MIN2019 OCT 30
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Yarn 15 | Blak Bisnis

Yarn 14 | Billy

E[A deeply personal interview] "I treated it like it was my best friend but in fact it was my worst enemy". A sober alcoholic tells his son just what it was that made him drink the way he did. Produced by Dermot Tobin, John Roche and Pearse O'Caoimh. Music by Drembot. - Comments and feedback very welcome! Email: yarnstorypodcast@gmail.com

34 MIN2019 APR 15
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Yarn 14 | Billy

Yarn 13 | The boxer and the bomber

E[An historical audio drama] Based on a true story. Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day 1923. A bloody civil war has been raging in the city for almost two years. Brothers, sisters and friends have often found themselves on opposing sides. In an attempt to restore order the new state have started executing dissidences in high numbers. Opposing forces react by calling for a compulsory period of national morning. All public amusements are to be shut down. Anyone staging or attending a public event leave themselves open to terrorist attacks by the opposition. Sounds like the perfect time to stage a world championship boxing match in the city right? What could go wrong? Our story is told from the point of view of two characters you normally wouldn’t associate with civil war Ireland. The Battling Siki – The current light heavy-weight champion of the world. A Senegalese fighter, who’s faced racism and marginalisation his whole life. His last title fight in Paris was marred by a match fixing scan...

38 MIN2019 MAR 11
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Yarn 13 | The boxer and the bomber

Latest Episodes

Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 2

E[Two part Docu-drama] Episode 2 of 2 This is the true story of Hermann Goertz. The Nazi spy who landed in neutral Ireland during the Second World War, on a mission to meet the IRA and organise a German-led invasion of Northern Ireland. Goertz’s time in Ireland has become something of a legend. This story is based on his own written accounts and recently declassified British and Irish secret service files. The story is full of ridiculous plans, double crosses and colourful characters. Through Goertz’s eyes we learn about the attitudes of normal people towards the new Irish Free State, the uncomfortable truths people dealt with after a vicious civil war and how Dublin during the ‘Emergency’ became a centre of covert espionage. Start with episode 1 here: https://anchor.fm/yarnstorypod/episodes/Yarn-19--How-Not-to-be-a-Spy---Episode-1-eg3jgg/a-a2j9gkpProduced and edited by John Roche --- Transcript here: https://medium.com/@mrjohnroche_42475/yarn-19-how-not-to-be-a-spy-part-ii-9f4d3...

36 MINJUN 3
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Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 2

Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 1

E[Two part Docu-drama] Episode 1 of 2 This is the true story of Hermann Goertz. The Nazi spy who landed in neutral Ireland during the Second World War, on a mission to meet the IRA and organise a German-led invasion of Northern Ireland. Goertz’s time in Ireland has become something of a legend. This story is based on his own written accounts and recently declassified British and Irish secret service files. The story is full of ridiculous plans, double crosses and colourful characters. Through Goertz’s eyes we learn about the attitudes of normal people towards the new Irish Free State, the uncomfortable truths people dealt with after a vicious civil war and how Dublin during the ‘Emergency’ became a centre of covert espionage. Continue to episode two here: https://anchor.fm/yarnstorypod/episodes/Yarn-19--How-Not-to-be-a-Spy---Episode-2-eg3jgb/a-a2j9gko --- Transcript here: https://medium.com/@mrjohnroche_42475/yarn-19-how-not-to-be-a-spy-a3b4fd48b17e ---- Comments and feedback ver...

39 MINJUN 3
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Yarn 19 | How Not to be a Spy - Episode 1

Introducing... Yarn

E[Introduction] Whether we're spinning yarns or unraveling them, Yarn is what you could call- a storytelling playground. We’re in our 3rd year of bringing you original stories. In that time we’ve released over 20 episodes, we’ve been featured in the guardian, won a best podcast award, appeared on WPEZ radio in Chicago And been selected for the UK audio drama festival. Each of episodes is in a different style and genre . Documentaries… Short stories… Interviews… and dramas…. Our stories feature atmosheric sound design, great voice acting talent and original music scores. Dive in and see what you get.

2 MINMAY 22
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Introducing... Yarn

Yarn 18 | Stammer

E[Documentary] My friend Dermot has a stammer. He’s had one as long as I’ve known him. Like most people I didn’t take much notice of it. After all, everyone stumbles over words sometimes don’t they? Whats the big deal? I certainly didn’t think about what was happening behind the stammer. The thoughts, the anxiety and all the tricks being employed under the surface of what most would consider a minor blip in someone's speech. In this documentary Dermot tells us about the secret war he wages every time he speaks. Produced and edited by John Roche --- Comments and feedback very welcome! Email: yarnstorypodcast@gmail.com. Twitter: @YarnStoryPod ---

32 MINAPR 16
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Yarn 18 | Stammer

Yarn Extra | The music of Yarn

E[A behind the scenes documentary] Welcome to this Yarn Extra. Our second special edition episode. I thought it might be nice to give you a look behind the scenes into what goes into composing and mixing the music that features on a lot of our episodes. I sat down with Yarn's composer - Drembot. Drembot’s music appears on several of our stories. In this episode he’ll take us through the work he's done for the following; Lefty - a story about an erratic left leg Brick Lane - an immersive walk down the famous London street Blak Bisnis - A true crime story about modern piracy And finally Chernobyl - a guided tour of the infamous exclusion zone So if you haven’t listened to any of those stories yet - I encourage you to scroll down in you podcast app and have a listen We’ll still be here when you get back. -- Comments and feedback very welcome! Email: yarnstorypodcast@gmail.com. Twitter: @YarnStoryPod --- Drembot on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5PjdfdGAzsxgAX3GFuMWR4?si=_l...

42 MINAPR 14
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Yarn Extra | The music of Yarn

Yarn 17 | Chernobyl

E[A travel and history documentary] It’s October 2019 and we're visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone in the Ukraine. We'll spend two days exploring the zone with a small group of tourists and a guide and we'll stay overnight inside the exclusion zone, in Chernobyl’s only functioning hotel. This year the exclusion zone has received a surge in visitors following the popular HBO TV drama series starring Jared Harris. That series took an in-depth look into what exactly happened the night of the disaster and the events in the immediate aftermath. In this podcast we will focus much more on the zone as it is today, its most intriguing sites and its recently declassified secret origin. So come with us as we explore what was once, the most dangerous place on earth. - Written and produced by John Roche. Music score and sound mixing by Drembot. Very special thanks to our tour guide* - Comments and feedback very welcome! *For information about the guide and tour company we used contact us her...

51 MINFEB 19
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Yarn 17 | Chernobyl

Yarn 16 | The Eyes Don't Lie

E[Documentary] On patrol with a drug recognition expert. I went on a ride along with a police officer who's specialty is to determine if drivers are impaired by drugs. Thanks to The Ulster Town Police department. Website cover illustration by Stephen Morton.

40 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Yarn 16 | The Eyes Don't Lie

Yarn 15 | Blak Bisnis

E[A true crime story] Modern piracy and the hijacking of the Petro Ranger. - You probably don’t think of pirates as wearing expensive suits and working in high rise office buildings. In the 90’s the biggest pirates of South East Asia were impossible to tell apart from high powered business people. It was hard to tell them apart because they could be both. This is the true story of one of the most sophisticated pirate syndicates in South East Asia and it's mythic leader Mister Wong. The syndicate was run like a business. They had assets, employees, customers, lawyers and accountants but they operated outside the law and in secret with little regard for human life. Locals called their activity Blak Bisnis… - Written by John Roche. Music score and mixing by Drembot. - Full transcript here: https://medium.com/@mrjohnroche_42475/yarn-15-blak-bisnis-682db21ef576 - Bibliography: Books The Brutal Seas: Organised Crime at Work. Stewart, Douglas. Piracy, Maritime Terrorism and Securing the ...

48 MIN2019 OCT 30
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Yarn 15 | Blak Bisnis

Yarn 14 | Billy

E[A deeply personal interview] "I treated it like it was my best friend but in fact it was my worst enemy". A sober alcoholic tells his son just what it was that made him drink the way he did. Produced by Dermot Tobin, John Roche and Pearse O'Caoimh. Music by Drembot. - Comments and feedback very welcome! Email: yarnstorypodcast@gmail.com

34 MIN2019 APR 15
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Yarn 14 | Billy

Yarn 13 | The boxer and the bomber

E[An historical audio drama] Based on a true story. Dublin, St. Patrick’s Day 1923. A bloody civil war has been raging in the city for almost two years. Brothers, sisters and friends have often found themselves on opposing sides. In an attempt to restore order the new state have started executing dissidences in high numbers. Opposing forces react by calling for a compulsory period of national morning. All public amusements are to be shut down. Anyone staging or attending a public event leave themselves open to terrorist attacks by the opposition. Sounds like the perfect time to stage a world championship boxing match in the city right? What could go wrong? Our story is told from the point of view of two characters you normally wouldn’t associate with civil war Ireland. The Battling Siki – The current light heavy-weight champion of the world. A Senegalese fighter, who’s faced racism and marginalisation his whole life. His last title fight in Paris was marred by a match fixing scan...

38 MIN2019 MAR 11
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Yarn 13 | The boxer and the bomber

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