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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Apr 3, 2017

This week on the podcast, three tales of the relationships between humans and animals. Starring a gerbil, a goose, and an iguana.

Mar 27, 2017

This week on the podcast, three tales of losing virginity, from one involving a Canadian Mountie to one involving a Tampax box, to one involving a security guard.

Mar 20, 2017

This week on the podcast, three tales of women’s lives intersecting with a larger political moment. In the wake of the recent presidential election, a woman ends a relationship after her boyfriend tells her he can’t tolerate her activism. A woman files an EEOC complaint after being told she can’t apply for a job because she’s “a girl.” And finally, a young intern in the Nixon White House has to choose between honoring her personal beliefs and supporting the President in the landmark Roe V. Wade Supreme Court case.

Mar 13, 2017

This week on the podcast, three two-fers: stories of couples falling for each other (awww!) told by both members of the couple (awww!). From the made-for-Hollywood tale of a TV reporter falling for a local sports mascot to a 1957 teenage romance reignited nearly four decades later to a romantic meeting on a Bud Light Party Cruise, these tales will make you go awwww!

Mar 6, 2017

This week we hear from three different storytellers with three very different obsessions. Janet Stephens pursues a hairy mystery. Maranda Kosten searches for a missing pet. And Ira Gewanter finds a way to stay faithful to his two religions: Judaism and Orioles baseball.

Feb 27, 2017

What do you do when another person shares your name — or your art? This week on The Stoop podcast, Lee Gardner and Cara Ober tell tales of their unwelcome doppelgangers.

Feb 20, 2017

This week on the podcast, two tales of homage. Artist Ashley Minner spins a tale of her artistic grandmother. And Mike Subelsky pays his respects to the programming language than made him fall in love with computers.

Feb 13, 2017

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we bring you three tales of unabashed romance. Ptolemy Slocum creates an explosive love ritual. Laura Laing finds her way down the aisle. And Ian Blumenfeld goes to great lengths to make a proposal.

Feb 6, 2017

The idea that one moment can change an entire life feels too neat to be true. And yet for these three storytellers - Damon Walker, Kel Millionie, and Steve Snyder - that’s exactly what happens.

Jan 30, 2017

This week on the podcast, three tales of high school shenanigans. Patrick Gilbert raises the roof. Richard Meltzer raids the refrigerator. And Diane Coraggio plays a prank — except the joke is on her.

Jan 23, 2017

This week on the podcast, two tales of high-stakes gambling. Joe Challmes bets on the horses ... and wins. Aaron Henkin plays blackjack with a system ... and wins (for a while).

Jan 16, 2017

This week on the podcast, three complicated, contradictory, and confusing tales from young people confronted with the racial divide — and trying to find their way across it. David Schwarz recalls negotiating the hellish halls of high school as a minority; comedienne Meshelle moves a few miles west in Baltimore and discovers a very different world; and David Ross tests his teacher.

Jan 9, 2017

This week’s episode of The Stoop podcast, “The Story Behind The Story,” offers a peek behind the printed page, to the sausage-making of reporting, research and writing. Dan Fesperman offers a spy-worthy yarn from Guantanamo; Lauren Francis Sharma tells the tale that leads to her debut novel; and journalist Wil Hylton gets a lesson in changing his mind.


Jan 2, 2017

In honor of the New Year, The Stoop offers an encore version of its first podcast ever, a collection of stories about First Times. Ab Logan reminisces about his first kiss. Physician Ethel Weld remembers learning an important lesson about patients and death; and Baltimore City Health Commissioner shares the story of finding her voice.

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Dec 26, 2016

In honor of Hanukkah, we offer three tales of "Jews Loving Christmas." Arthur Magida spins a snow-globe tale of olde New York; Ana Goldseker yearns for a Christmas tree; and Linda Perlstein offers a behind-the-scenes look at life as an Elf.

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Dec 19, 2016

This week on the podcast, we offer "A Little Christmas Chaos" -- because if the holidays go exactly as planned, there are no good stories! Therese Lynch starts us off with a tale about her crazy family, the curse that befell them one Christmas, and the miracle of Wedgie the parakeet. Prescott Gaylord follows with a heartwarming story about a boy and a videocamera (and the war between them). And former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon recalls a "warm and mushy" Christmas Eve.

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Dec 12, 2016

What's better than one disaffected young man pretending to be Santa to make the world -- or at least, the mall -- a more wonderful place? Two. This week on the podcast, A Tale of Two Santas, one from Jim Ventosa and one from Sean Hannigan.

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Dec 5, 2016

This week on the podcast, "A Southern Family Yarn" from writer Dudley Clendinin, in which past, present, and future merge in a dreamy holiday tale. This story was told in 2009; Clendinin died in 2012 from Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Nov 28, 2016

This week on the podcast, we laugh at -- er....with -- three Silly Boys with three very different silly tales. Heath Harrison, best Water Boy ever, tastes forbidden honey. Raj Konar plays with fire. And Dave Reichley gives Donald Duck a golden shower.

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Nov 21, 2016

In honor of Thanksgiving, this week The Stoop goes "Off the Menu," with three stories of unexpected dining adventures. Amy Cohen plays host to family members whose sandwiches weren't so ... fresh. Cynthia Shea shows up to cater ... without some key ingredients. And Manil Suri cooks a fancy feast for his family ... and survives to tell the tale. Learn more at

Nov 14, 2016

Do we choose our theme song ... or does it choose us? This week on the podcast, Rahne Alexander reveals her secrets about Purple Rain. Steve Haddad and his mother bond over You Can't Always Get What You Want. And Charisse Nichols channels Michael McDonald.

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Nov 7, 2016

This week on the podcast, three very different tales of Ladies in Love. Adriana Lecuona finds love with a fellow "loser." Allison Brown Jackson woos with a secret weapon: scrapbooking. And Sheri Venema tells a true tale of reluctant cougar-dom.

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Oct 31, 2016

In honor of Halloween, three true tales that will scare the pants off ya! Kevin Farmer shares a story about a knife with staying power. Sujata Massey gets haunted through and through. And Peter R has a pirate tale that will make you go aaargh!


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Oct 24, 2016

Jessica Myles Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories of people trying their best to take care of others. 

Caroline Tufts has a ritual she does every night before she goes to her job as a forensic nurse. Jim Karantonis is a psychiatric technician; it's the Vietnam War, and his charges decide to have a game of baseball. Cheryl Conners is a nurse, and recalls a patient whose story can't quite be explained by modern medicine.

The song at the end of this episode is "More Fool Me" by Genesis.

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Oct 17, 2016

There, and back again if you're lucky 


Laura Wexler and Jessica Myles Henkin share stories of vacationers going rogue. 


Michael Auerbach gets himself a free ride. Chris Yeiser has a bit too much fun on his trip to the Netherlands to procure banned goods. Ramsey Mihavetz explores her wild side with a friend and an unsuspecting asparagus farmer. 


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