The Stoop Storytelling Series

"Everyone has a story. What's yours?" The Stoop features "ordinary" people telling the extraordinary true tales of their lives in front of live audiences as large as 1,400. Stoop stories are weird, wonderful, hilarious, and heartbreaking — and, above all, intimate. Founders Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin host the podcast.
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Dec 31, 2018

This week, two stories about big things happening as the year creeps to an end.

Music: "Auld Lang Syne" by Chris Isaak

Dec 24, 2018

This week on the podcast, three stories about The Big Jolly Guy.

Music: "Good Morning Blues" by Ella Fitzgerald

Dec 17, 2018

This week on the podcast, two stories that prove Christmas isn't about the gifts.


Dec 10, 2018

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

Dec 3, 2018

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

Nov 26, 2018

This week on the podcast, two women share stories that took them years to understand….and be able to share.

Sarah Sullivan

Lil Hughes Knipp

Music: "Suggestion" by Fugazi

Nov 19, 2018

This week on the podcast, three stories of turkey and dressing — with a side of shock.


Music: "Thanksgiving," from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Nov 12, 2018

Three stories about how the Big Day often includes Big Oops.

Esther Weiner

Erica Rimlinger

Marc Young

Music: "Marry Me" by St. Vincent

Nov 5, 2018

This week on the podcast, three stories about how race — or rather our ideas about race --  obscures our ability to see people clearly.

Petula Caesar

Sam Carwin

Mike Molina

Music:  This is America by Childish Gambino

Oct 29, 2018

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

Oct 22, 2018

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 

Oct 15, 2018

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

Oct 8, 2018

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


Oct 1, 2018

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   

Sep 24, 2018

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  

Sep 17, 2018

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 

Sep 10, 2018

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

Sep 3, 2018

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 

Aug 27, 2018

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 

Aug 20, 2018

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 

Aug 13, 2018

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 

Aug 6, 2018

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 

Jul 30, 2018


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

Jul 23, 2018

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

Jul 16, 2018

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


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