Charles Payne tells a story about taking his class of middle school students to see the movie 'Wonder' starring Julia Roberts, the conversation he had with his students after the movie about what type of mothering they found believable, and he shared his own experiences with his mother. Our conversation got deep quickly as we talked about teaching, kids seeing their life experiences reflected by the teachers in their schools, and what Charles hoped people might learn from hearing his stories. Charles told at Cafe Coda in April 2019- as part of a poetry and storytelling happy hour.
Bill Stork tells a story about Sally, a dog he treated in his veterinary practice, and the impact Sally had on her family. Bill is a veterinarian by trade and a storyteller. We also talk about Bill's writing and the value that a small business brings to a community. You can learn more about Bill and his book at his website: https://www.drbillstork.com.
Jennifer Esperanza tells a story about growing up as the child of immigrant and what she was able to get away with as her parents didn't fully understand how everything worked in the US. This is tested one Christmas as she tries to convince her mom to put chocolate chip cookies out for Santa so she can get the Barbie Town House.
Lenora Rodin tells a story about her addiction and recovery. In our conversation she talks about the importance of telling the truth about herself. We talk about how a hard story and a funny story can be the same story. (This story was a crowd favorite the night she told it at the High Noon Saloon)
Raj Shukla tells a story about his daughter and how she taught him to be more open to the possibilities in life. President Obama makes a cameo appearance in the story. We talked about how Raj uses storytelling in his work with the River Alliance. (He told the story at the Moth StorySlam in Madison in 2019.)
Marisol Gonzalez told this story at the Odyssey Project writing class in 2018. She and her family moved into an all white neighborhood and were not fully welcomed. She was determined to win over her neighbors and threw a party. In our interview we talk about the impact this party had on her family and her neighborhood. We also discuss the difference between telling a story in a classroom to people you know versus on a large stage in front of 200 strangers.
In this episode Brendon tells a story about the impact his father's death had on him as a teenager and what he hoped to teach his young son about death. In our interview we explored how one story can change over time as the storyteller's perspective changes.
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In this episode we listen to a story Esteban Touma told about the road trip he and his girlfriend took to Las Vegas and their reluctant decision to get married. We had a great conversation about using comedy in storytelling. (Told at the Moth in Madison StorySlam in 2016. The theme of the night was Love Hurts.)
We explore Madison one story at a time. In each episode, Takeyla Benton and Jen Rubin feature a story told live in Madison, interview the storyteller to dig deeper into the story and discuss the mechanics of how they crafted the story.