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.