This week on the podcast, two stories that prove Christmas isn't about the gifts.
Christmas with the family. What could possibly go wrong?
Chas Eby - A boy falls out of the window on Christmas. Or does he?
Robert Pelrine — A boy’s aunt falls through the ceiling while taking a bath when visiting for the holidays
Music: "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole
This week on the podcast, three stories about celebrating Christmas miles from home and hearth.
Music: "Please Come Home for Christmas" by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
This week on the podcast, two women share stories that took them years to understand….and be able to share.
Lil Hughes Knipp
Music: "Suggestion" by Fugazi
This week on the podcast, three stories of turkey and dressing — with a side of shock.
Music: "Thanksgiving," from A Charlie Brown Christmas
Three stories about how the Big Day often includes Big Oops.
Music: "Marry Me" by St. Vincent
This week on the podcast, three stories about how race — or rather our ideas about race -- obscures our ability to see people clearly.
Music: This is America by Childish Gambino
The pleasures and perils of watching your first R-rated movie in a theater.
Larry Doyle — After failing his driver's test, a boy has his mom take him and his date to an R-rated movie.
Anna Beidelman — A story about going to her first R-rated movie
Music: "I'm An Adult Now" by the Pursuit of Happiness
Two stories of the highs — and lows — of taking drugs.
Michael Furr A young man overdoses on heroin after finding his lover cheated on him
Tommy Sinbazo Man goes to see a Star Trek movie in the theater on too many mushrooms and freaks out
Music: I'm Waiting for the Man by Velvet Underground
Two stories about the adventures of chaperoning a boy scout camping trip.
Rosemary Raun - Story about chaperoning a camping trip and finding a porcupine in the latrine
Eliot Wagenheim Story about an out of shape dad who hiked Mt. Baldie with his son
Music: Fearless by Pink Floyd
This week, two stories about coming face to face with your own misconceptions.
Jaspreet Chowdhary - Judging a young mother for not cleaning her newborn, only to find that the mother was scared of hurting her baby
Maisha Drayton - A "super mega ultra diamond black woman" who complains about service to her at a gas station
Music: Feeling Good by Nina Simon
Three stories of the adventures — and adversities — of live theatre.
Jimmy Kinstle - Hit head on sign and got knocked out during play
Kimberely Lynne - Almost got run over by a car while setting a set for Centerstage
Jay Herzog Almost killed a folk singer by accidentally hanging a stage light incorrectly
Music: Here's Rose by Ethel Merman
This week, two stories of women living large in later life.
Natalie Sokoloff - Story of a woman falling on black ice and fighting to get her mobility back
Madeline Mysko - Story about an older woman who, herself, works in an elder care center
Music: Veronica by Elvis Costello
Two stories of people about what happens when you get caught on the wrong side of the dotted line.
Holden Warren - A peace worker accidentally crosses into another country.
Naomi Cross - A story about getting smuggled into East Berlin.
Music: In a Big Country by Big Country
Two stories of tough broads standing up for justice and getting results.
Adell Cothorne - A principal who finally got her dream school catches two staff members cheating on the standardized assessment. She became a whistle blower and was then blackballed.
Leigh Maddox - After her friends are killed, a police officer vows to avenge their deaths.
Music: Roar by Katy Perry
Not! This week, two stories about Reagan-era uber-nerds!
Robin Yasinow - She feared Mutually Assured Destruction as a high school model UN geek
Bill Henry - Playing D and D in the basement of Govans library leading to finding his people in life
Music: Games Without Frontiers by Peter Gabriel
These two storytellers find themselves in a very different place than they ever imagined.
Towanda Carter A woman gets herself out of generational poverty and works her way up to a management position in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Yitzy Halon A man who wanted to be a rabbi struggles to find his way after he realizes he’s not cut out for the holy life.
Music: Once In a Lifetime by Talking Heads
Two stories of young people who face harrowing situations — and live to laugh about it.
Julia Dugan - Story about getting stuck on top of a mountain in Scotland and having to be rescued
John Couzee — A young man’s snowboarding accident leads to internal bleeding
Music: Mountain Song by Jane's Addiction
This week, three stories about the doggedness of man’s best friend.
Kelli Harris - Going on a trip to Greece. Drank Grand Marnier and went skinny dipping while dogs stole their clothes
Jen Antonelli - Story about running after a dog to rescue it and getting hurt
Joey Haavik - Story about a dog following a group of bikers on a race
Music: Dog Days are Over by Florence and The Machine
This week, three stories celebrating nudity in all its freedom and glory.
Paige Bourne - Hiked the El Camino/Santiago
Thom Hawkins - A man in a figure drawing class finds his calling as a comic nude model.
Sophia Garber - Story about doing a naked while in a bike race
Music: Naked Kids by Grouplove
This week, two stories about young people in jobs they never wanted or trained for. Yup, they learn A LOT.
David Alima - story about a man who works for a kung fu movie store after college
Tracey Hall - story about a woman who works as a phone-sex operator after college
Outro Song: “School Spirit” by Kayne West
This week, two behind-the-scenes stories that reveal show business isn’t for the faint of heart (or nose).
Jessica Murphy Garrett - story about a woman who tried to protect her pregnant castmate from toxic fumes from a nearby spray paint alley
Tom Hall - story about a conductor having serious imposter syndrome
Outro Song: “Give My Regards To Broadway” by Joel Grey
These week, two stories of boys put in adult situations. They struggle and overcome — and dedicate their lives to helping others.
Ta’von Vinson Young man contracts HIV and becomes an advocate for others
Dr. Jason Ramirez The son of two heroin addicts grows up to become a doctor
Outro Song: “Needle in the Hay” by Elliott Smith
This week, two stories about adventures of riding the bus that will remind you of Sandra Bullock in “Speed” — and make public transportation so much more exciting.
Greer Verhyeyen - a young woman depends on a public bus driver to save her from an aggressive mugger
Patrick Hampton - Story of a bus driver driving a group of teens getting shot at while in Ghana
Outro Song: “Bus Driver” by Muddy Waters
This week, two stories about American women who fall hard for Mexican culture and work hard on behalf of immigrants and migrants.
Marybeth Lennon Story about coming from a large Irish family and connecting with the hispanic immigrant community in Baltimore City
Rachel Micah Jones - story about a woman starting a migrant workers' rights legal organization in Zacatecas, and about falling in love with Mexico and living there for many years
Outro Song: “La Llorona” by Alanna Ubach