Average rating:

out of 335 ratings.

I love this podcast

by Noyesdesigns on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am so glad I came across this podcast. If you like serial, or this American life you will love this one. I only found it a couple days ago and I binged through all 3 seasons. I really hope there is a season 4.

Favorite podcast

by Gingergage on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great stories. I need more please.

Head-over-Heels for These Poignant and Thoughtfully-Crafted Stories

by Yalie54 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is exquisite, intelligent, touching podcasting!

Sweet, poignant stories

by mikhailharamati2002 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’m really enjoying these.


by jimcremer on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this podcast! When I listen in the car, I sit in the garage even after I get home because I'm so engrossed. Thoughtful, creative, inspiring. Thanks!

The single greatest thing I have listened to on radio

by m3ph1st0pheles on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am a fan of KQED and learned about the podcast through it.The Leap is truely the single greatest radio program / podcast I have ever listened to. Every episode takes you on a journey into somebody else's life and what struggles or opportunities they face. It provides you a different perspective on your own life, your own struggles and chances, and especially the choices (leaps) you may face to make a difference for yourself or others.I have been listening to every single episode mostly during my commute and I am desperatly awaiting the next season. The Leap is reason enough for me to donate to be a KQED donor.


by SA SJ on
Rating: ★★★★★

Really appreciate the thoughtfully crafted stories.

Love it!

by j00dles on
Rating: ★★★★★

One of my favourite podcasts! I always recommend it when people ask me for a new podcast series. Can’t wait for another season!!


by Caroline MB Paul on
Rating: ★★★★★

Tight stories that develop character and move the narrative. Impressive. Wish there were more.

Best thing ever!

by Bunnybelle101 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I can’t recommend this podcast enough, it is literally what gets me out of bed in the morning.

Love this podcast live it Bay Area

Rating: ★★★★★

Fantastic story telling and it feels like I’m falling more in live with the Bay Area. This has it going on in the Bay Area. My wife hates the other podcast that I listen to but she loves loves this one and my kids enjoy it too . Keep up the great work I’m going to share this w everyone I know .

Captivating and broad ranging storytelling

by EDiFranco on
Rating: ★★★★★

The leap is engaging and entertaining. It makes my commute fly-by and often keeps me thinking about the stories all day long. Often I can't wait to get back in the car to hear the end! The last installment, "I'm Your Man" was so well produced and completely captivating. Congratulations to the whole KQED team & please keep them coming!

I’m your man

by Marygoldjustice on
Rating: ★★★★★

The show is generally great and I never miss an episode. I’d like to specifically mention the new episode, “I’m your man.” It is incredible. The emotion of it tore into my heart. Thanks for telling your story, April.

Wonderful, wonderful.

by joydowninmyheart on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is a top notch Podcast for those of us who appreciate really great, super interesting storytelling. I appreciate that I don’t feel led politically in any direction, like I do with other podcasts. It’s simply great storytelling without agendas. Enjoy!

Captivating storytelling

by Jackee Dee on
Rating: ★★★★★

I heard an episode on NPR One and was hooked immediately. I’m working my way through the previous seasons now and every single story is amazing. Love the host, the editing - it’s great!

So glad I found KQED’s ‘The Leap’

by Novato2OaklandNback on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have a long commute, 1 hour on a good day, and podcasts help me stay above grind. I’m so happy to find KQED’s ‘The Leap’. Great story-telling and just the right size. I can hear 2-3 stories and suddenly I’m home. The premise is intriguing and the reporting is excellent. I’m a new fan, playing catch-up on the back episodes.P.S. After reading the other reviews I just gotta say: I LOVE theme song!

Excellent storytelling

by Hilbot on
Rating: ★★★★★

These stories can be sad, sweet, bizarre disturbing, triumphant, and always worth the listen. What a great podcast. Thank you.


by teresitatita on
Rating: ★★★★★

Already addicted. Definitely my new favorite show.


by chauncey platypus on
Rating: ★★★★★

Solid podcast!

I love it

by Tushariscoolster on
Rating: ★★★★★

Awsome podcast. Love it

Love The Leap!

by Long-time Hoopla user on
Rating: ★★★★★

I am fascinated by The Leap’s story choices...varied, touching, interesting and so well done. Only complaint: theme song at the end. I wanted to like it...but I end up muting it every time. Keep up the great work!

Love the podcast, hate the music at the end

by Nilu r. on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love the stories and the story telling. Absolutely fantastic But that song at the end of each episode is just tough hahahahaha

Love this Podcast!

by CoolCatMama on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love these stories about character, life and change. I've been listening (to most) with my fourth grade daughter and she can also relate. Please keep making!


by Proud neighbor on
Rating: ★★★★★

Another amazing story from the amazing Judy Campbell. Check out The Leap. It may change YOUR life.

Great to have it back.

by JC from Tokyo on
Rating: ★★★★★

S3E1 is outsanding, heartrending.

One of my favorite podcasts

by Emeraldjelly on
Rating: ★★★★★

Amy and Judy are great story tellers. I’m looking forward to more of The Leap!

Great Podcast!

by meibarrola on
Rating: ★★★★★

Relatively short stories that range from personal to historical - always engaging, always compelling. Great listening!

Hidden Gem - High Caliber Production

by Callihj987654321 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent stories and storytelling. Captivating in that way only audio can be. I enjoyed the top notch production quality, which is so rare these days. This show should top the charts, it’s just missing the exposure. Please rate and comment so that others can find it and enjoy.


by Kopita on
Rating: ★★★★★

amazing story tellers with a fresh perspective!

Into it!

by Tuning in right now on
Rating: ★★★★★

I just subscribed and thoroughly enjoy! Moving storytelling

Leaping Lizards!

by Diva1959 on
Rating: ★★★★★

A wonderful show that touches the soul and mind.

Get lost in this podcast

by datiba75 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I started listening to this podcast skeptically but have been drawn into every episode and now can’t wait for more. Great storytelling

Love this podcast

by ColleenMaryMoore on
Rating: ★★★★★

I've loved every episode. This is my favorite podcast since the first season of Serial. One idea - I'd love to hear the theme song reinterpreted each season as done on the Wire. Would also love to see you catch up again with some of your subjects. Thanks for such a great podcast!

An Unorthodox Podcast

by WanderWoman18 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I really appreciated S2E5: A Unorthodox Life. Henry Kupferstein's story was both tragic and uplifting - and really interesting. Keep up the good work!

Top notch

by Royalaxation on
Rating: ★★★★★

A hidden gem in the podcast world. None of the gimmickry or coy faux-authenticty you hear on some other shows. Just great stories well told. Actually, the style is most reminiscent of feature articles in the New Yorker!

Fascinating stories

by Ofidkvkgfg on
Rating: ★★★★★

The Leap presents stories about "ordinary" people who have led extraordinary lives. Not all storybook happy endings, but truly fascinating. Each story grabs my curiosity and often teaches me something about life.

Wonderful listen

by Lizzie Nolan on
Rating: ★★★★★

A thoughtful and delightful narrative journalism!

Real, honest and captivating

by Vahdez on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is wonderful show. It has made me laugh and cry. It's so honest and raw. I love that it feels like I'm watching a movie as I listen.


by Amymomofthree on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love people and have always been captivated by hearing people tell their life stories. The Leap does an amazing job of sharing fascinating/inspiring/moving life stories.

Entertaining and Intriguing

by MikeCampbell on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I've just started listening to this show, but each of the episodes so far have been eye-opening and interesting.

Rockridge mom

by progressive politics girl on
Rating: ★★★★★

Great storytelling! Love this podcast!

1st-time Listener

by Podcasj Junkie on
Rating: ★★★★★

The NPR One app suggested The Leap podcast. I am glad I clicked "Listen Now".

Great listen

by Sgrif347 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I listened to one episode and subscribed. It was heartfelt, informative and down to earth.

Very interesting

by Ingy2017 on
Rating: ★★★★★

The stories are great and the interviews are engaging.


by WrittenInk on
Rating: ★★★★★


It pulls you in!

by Mel.davis12 on
Rating: ★★★★★

The Leap is such an amazing podcast. I am so happy that The Leap got a second season. The stories are personal, honest, and wonderfully produced. Keep up the great work!!

Riveting, thoughtful

by Bringin Betty Back on
Rating: ★★★★★

Just discovered this podcast and I'm so glad I did! I find myself hanging in every word due to the wonderful story telling. This podcast tugs at your heart strings and makes you think.

The Bay Area's own This American Life!

by sfredhead on
Rating: ★★★★★

I'm so happy to have found such a high quality podcast about local human interest stories! Brilliant!

Awesome stories

by rdevillers on
Rating: ★★★★★

I have come to love this podcast. The first two episodes were so-so but I loved the concept and kept listening. The stories and interviews are amazing. Thank you!!

This Californian Life

by msprich on
Rating: ★★★★★

I love this show thanks guys so much I wish you had more episodes!