WINNETKA is a ten-episode memoir created and produced by award-winning actress Jessica Harper, with original music. The podcast features the voices of the Harper family, who share in the telling of their remarkable story. WINNETKA tells of six Harper kids coming of age in Eisenhower’s post-war America, in a Chicago suburb called Winnetka. The siblings are buffeted by the rages of a father with PTSD, challenged by life in a big family, rocked by social change in the  sixties, and ultimately stunned by a long held family secret.
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Freddyapple
Dec 26 '19
Rating:   10
Thank you

I really liked the home spun honestly; I also loved the music.

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the modern medusa
Nov 29 '19
Rating:   10
Just Lovely!

Perfectly done. I am enjoying your story, your telling of it and especially the writing. ❤️

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Bellasmom214
Oct 15 '19
Rating:   2
Complete waste of time

I don’t know why I didn’t just quit listening. It was such a waste of time! Some of the memories shared were poignant, but the focus of the father’s secret was a waste. You will guess the big secret by episode 2 or 3. She should have focused on her MOTHER! Her story & life was much interesting & enlightening as an example of what a woman, wife & mother endured in that time period. The music is creepy & annoying. I honestly am quite angry with myself for finishing this.

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Lucygoosey65
Sep 6 '19
Rating:   10
The Music!!

I love the music !! It’s intoxicating I love hearing your momHow special to have her recorded Mom do you want to do a Podcast?I don’t even know what a Podcast is....I love ‘The Pod’ i guess i only said that cause We’re doing a Podcast’Loving this pieceThank You

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Sneezy913
Sep 5 '19
Rating:   2
Weird, Unremarkable Story

This was very odd. Strange telling of events that don't connect or are relevant to the big reveal they seem to be building up to. Very all over the place. The musical interludes are bizarre to say the least. I found odd tangents about losing virginity and drugs especially perplexing. The construction of this....story?...drove me nuts.

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libster809
Aug 3 '19
Rating:   2
Music ruins it

Ugh! I love the story, but Jesus, the musical interludes are so cringey. Not only that but the music interrupts the story every 2 seconds. I subscribed to listen to the memoir not some out of tune original folk music.

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H9834
Aug 1 '19
Rating:   4
Only need to listen to ep 10

Short episodes that consistently say she’ll tell you more about that.....in a future episode. Frequently uses the same sound bytes in more than one place. All leading up to a “reveal” that is easily guessed in episode 1. Could have been one 20 minute story. Good storytelling, albeit often corny.

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Sestras324B21
Jul 11 '19
Rating:   4
Snooze

This was so weird, in a bad way. The songs stuck in the middle of the storytelling were nails on a chalk board. Be prepared to fast forward a lot. Better yet, skip it all together. Episode 10 had the dramatic (not) secret that really doesn’t not pertain to her dad but to her dad’s ancestors. Yawn.

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ISpankEm
Jun 24 '19
Rating:   6
Not sure where the story is

I’m on episode 5, and so far it’s just a lot of this & that about a family. No real story. She keeps mentioning how “abusive” her father was but never gives an example of the abuse. I’m having a hard time with this one.

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Proud Binge Listener
Jun 12 '19
Rating:   8
Proud Winnetka Binge Listener

Dear Ms. Harper, Your account of your family is such a delight to listen to. Allow me to express my sincere gratitude for your testimony and candor. I am enjoying this podcast immensely!Best,Chavonne

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akaEvelyn
Jun 5 '19
Rating:   4
Humblebrag

Jessica Harper’s voice is beautiful. She has the humblebrag done to perfection. Her mother is the best part. She’s witty and clever.

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Svenn the Impaler
Jun 4 '19
Rating:   4
Polished but dull

Well written and produced but lacked much of an plot arc. The “secret” wasn’t worth the hours it took to get there. The music was amusing.

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Max Salmeron
Jun 4 '19
Rating:   4
An interesting way to promote her music

It’s a nicely told family tale but there’s nothing extraordinary about it. I do believe, however, with all the weirdly placed children’s songs, that the true purpose of the podcast was to give exposure to her career as a singer-songwriter in the children’s music genre. I’ll give her credit that was a clever thing to do but it just doesn’t work. Weird.

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Jaie
Jun 2 '19
Rating:   8
Charming, slow-paced family story

This is the charming tale of a large family in the 1950s and 60s. The stories are sometimes cute, sometimes disturbing, but always feel authentic. The telling is slower-paced than most pods, beautifully narrated and punctuated with songs, interviews and historical references.Overall, this podcast is more about style than content, but if you’re looking for something with a cozy feeling or for a long family car ride, this should meet your needs perfectly. If you’re looking for action or investigation, this isn’t for you, although you might enjoy an episode or two to get a taste of a different way of using podcasting to tell a story.

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avidlistenear
May 31 '19
Rating:   8
Great story, unnecessary music

Enjoying the story but the music is just distracting. It would be better without it.

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Manekinecco
May 30 '19
Rating:   4
Fun but tarnished

This memoir could have been a mostly-fun nostalgia trip for Baby Boomers and fans of mid-century history. . . think A Christmas Story, fast-forwarded a bit, and for all seasons. I actually really enjoyed the heavy use of original music! It was very cute, and elevated the podcast above a simple recounting of everyday memories. I also found it cool that the voice of the children’s mother was used, and she was able to give her honest perspective on a lot of the events. She wasn’t over-used to the point of bogging down the story, but it seemed like the very best parts of her commentary were pulled and highlighted. Jessica’s voice was very pleasant to listen to as well; while she has family recordings, she does narrate a lot of the story herself, and she does so with good humor and very tranquil but engaging delivery.Unfortunately, these positives were ultimately overshadowed for me by the BIG FAMILY SECRET teased in every episode. Listeners should know that the secret doesn’t appear until the final installment, and the content of the secret does not, to my mind, drive a 10-episode podcast with eight bonus segments. This commodification of the information discovered felt tacky to me and left a bad taste in my mouth. I felt that she made this “about them,” when it was really about the devastation of others, and the privilege of the entire family radiates glaringly against this backdrop in a way that the author seems unaware of. Additionally, because of the information surrounding the secret, listeners know that it can only possibly be so many things. . . most conclusions you will come to as possibilities will make the actual secret look even worse. Very fun to listen to overall, but sadly marred by the exact mystery overused as a plot device.

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mnmhutter
May 30 '19
Rating:   8
Good but an underwhelming ending

It’s a great podcast but I thought the “Big Reveal” of the big family secret left me shrugging my shoulders. That was it?! I mean , it’s horrible but very common for anyone who has family rooted in the south.

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Fischer540
May 12 '19
Rating:   10
A gem.

This podcast is a testament to the power of independent podcasters telling meaningful stories. It is well written and wonderfully narrated. The storytelling highlights the complexity of the family with refreshing honor and honesty.

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hlb2hls07
May 9 '19
Rating:   10
Love!!

I didn’t want it to end! Your brothers are hysterical!!

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NurseKyla
May 2 '19
Rating:   4
No more singing!

Could have been a lot better without erupting into song every episode. Also in every episode she brings up something and then says “but we’ll save that story for a later episode”... half of these things were never brought up again.

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