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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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Oct 10, 2016

Jessica Myles Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories from the Stoop about people whose bodies are giving them a lot of trouble. 

Hilary Hansen has as many problems with her teeth as she has teeth. Phil Meeder and his wife need to procure a kidney. Rosemary Raun loses her voice, and it takes a doctor who's not great at his job for her to get it back. 

The song at the end of the episode is "Sick Love" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com.

Oct 3, 2016

Jessica Myles Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories from two pinup-loving raconteurs. 

Mark Thistle becomes the neighborhood porn librarian. Stacy Barich's parents are at times unnervingly shameless about sex. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com. 

 

 

Sep 26, 2016

It's a family affair...

Laura Wexler and Jessica Myles-Henkin share their favorite tales from the Stoop about families with skeletons in the closet - and what happens when they come out.

Steve Luxenburg's mother can no longer keep the enormous secret she's kept for decades. It turns out that Jen Mendelsohn has a bigger family than she thought she did.  

The song at the end of this episode is "Time Has Told Me" by Nick Drake. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com. 

 

Sep 19, 2016

Laura Wexler and Jessica Myles-Henkin are back for a fifth season of tales from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, Maryland. This week, storytellers face off - or come to terms with - their foes.  

Shelley Blake-Plock has a blanket-wearing, Billy Joel-loving bully who makes his life hell. Laurel Clark's enemy is way too close for comfort. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at www.stoopstorytelling.com.

 

 

Sep 7, 2016

Laura Wexler and Jessica Myles-Henkin share stories from the Stoop about home - making it, losing it and leaving it. 

Nancy Murray finds home and family after she loses the only home she ever really had. Joe Challmes' apartment becomes a home for lost boys. Adote Akwei can't go back to his native Togo, but he's come to love his new home in the U.S. (in spite of the absurdity of American football). 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com.

Aug 29, 2016

Jessica Myles Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore about people trying to figure it all out through faith (or lost faith). 

SB Morgaine undergoes an exorcism that makes her more gay. Baynard Woods goes on a mission for truth and along the way finds a smart stripper girlfriend and a group of elderly Zen monks. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com.  

Aug 22, 2016

Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories about adoptive parents and their kids live from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore. 

Jim Mancini and his wife go across the globe to meet their daughter for the first time. Kevin Darrow Brown becomes a father to children who can't always stay with him. Kelly Rudis goes in search of her birth story and can't get enough - she becomes a midwife. 

Music at the end of this episode came from Dubb Nubb. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

Aug 15, 2016

Laura Wexler and Jessican Henkin share stories about artists taking their work about as far as it can go. 

Abe Burickson wonders if it's possible to create a work of art for just one person and kidnaps his friend in the process. Chrissy Ferrara starts a love affair with Starbucks. Kim Yates takes her childhood obsession with monster paraphernalia to a new level after her father's death. 

Music at the end of this episode came from Sir Deja Doog. You can find his work at sirdejadoog.bandcamp.com. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com.

Aug 8, 2016

Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories from the Stoop about lapsed Catholics and their sins from the past. 

Mide Akinsade plays a trick on his friend that backfires. Mary Cosimano sneaks into her school gym for illicit trampolining. Barbara DeCesare's dad is forced to face approaching old age when he gets an accidental taste of muffins with a special ingredient. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com.

Aug 1, 2016

I'll never bee.... 

Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share some fauna stories from Baltimore, MD's Stoop Storytelling series.

Kristi Birch becomes her cat's psychiatrist. Chick Ochlech invents a new way of fishing. Mike McClure plays matchmaker for elephants.

Learn more about the Stoop at stoopstorytelling.com.

Jul 25, 2016

Cringes abound when Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin dip into the Stoop Storytelling series archives for some of the most beautifully awkward stories of the series. 

Eric Leikus takes a class on minority relations. Matt Hayat teaches some fighting words. Joe Wall sleepwalks at summer camp.

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com.

Jul 18, 2016

Maybe some of those who travel are lost. 

Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their stories of foreign travels from Baltimore's Stoop Storytelling Series.

Homayra Ziad visits Jerusalem's Western Wall as a feminist Muslim, Charlie Wiener hunts down some Jewish soul food in Malaysia, and Kinobe survives a bumpy plane ride. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com.

Jul 13, 2016

As the thrill of June fades into the oppressive humidity of July, Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share stories about being stuck in the city for the summer from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD. 

Susan Kim waits poolside for adult swim to be over. Michael Ziccardi's porch party falls apart. Larry Doyle weighs investing in A/C for his new home. 

 

Learn more about the Stoop at stoopstorytelling.com.

Jul 5, 2016

Click and Clack were nowhere to be found, so Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler share their favorite Stoop stories about car difficulty, but without any quick fixes. 

Bridget Caviola feels stuck in a rut. Andrea Seabrook has some car troubles crossing the border. Marc Maurer tells of the blind leading the sighted in designing a car that everyone can drive.

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

Jun 27, 2016

Coulda Shoulda Woulda...

Everything makes so much more in retrospect. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite hindsight stories from the Stoop Storytelling Stage in Baltimore, MD.

Ryan Shields learns the hard way to never borrow a friend's car. Violet Gray wishes she noted where she parked her car on a night out. Tad Klobcic comes to terms with his adopted son's medical condition. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

Jun 20, 2016

In the immortal words of Blink 182, "Work sucks. I know." Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of people quitting their jobs from the Stoop Storytelling Stage in Baltimore, MD. Jim Meyer recalls his days as a shopping mall monarch. Meghann Shutt learns the perils of being a mascot duck. Kevin Hoffman encounters a bizarre employee health care plan.

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

 

Jun 13, 2016

Sometimes the outdoors ain't so great. 

Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of people facing natural obstacles from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD.

Miriam Greenleaf-Miller has hot feet, Rona Kobell wades into the wrong part of the Chesapeake Bay, and Josh Granger has a bad day at the beach. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

Jun 6, 2016

Do you see what I'm seeing?

Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of trips, visions, and supernatural sights from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD.

Ryan Cole ditches the Running of the Bulls to take acid in Pamplona. Kate Pratt feels a presence in the morgue. Matt Manning checks in a patient who's being visited at night by her dead husband.

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

May 30, 2016

The intersection of puberty and romance is full of wonder and terror. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of young love from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD.

Ben Doyle (a storyteller still in high school!) crushes hard on his best friend. Marion Winik sneaks around to find a good place to make out in the 70s. Katherine Noel worries about her love letters to a camp crush were wrong.

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

May 23, 2016

Bring on the chicken soup, because we're calling in sick! Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share adventures in sickness and health from the Stoop Storytelling stage in Baltimore, MD.

Morgan Smith's game of blackjack goes worse than he could have ever imagined. Beth Stierman was living in Uganda, but she had a bout with malaria that transcended time and space. Josh Kuderna investigates a weird lump on his head. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

May 16, 2016

Everyone has them. The stories about you're family you don't tell anyone else... Except on the Stoop Storytelling stage. 

Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite family secret stories from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD. Josh Riley's step-father's erratic behavior helped him understand what made him different growing up. Kim Le tries to unpack the meaning behind some archival footage featuring someone who looks a lot like her father. And Barbara Gale doesn't quite finish finishing school. 

Learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

May 10, 2016

Obsessions that test the boundaries of the living and dead. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share stories of conjuring told live at the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD. 

Alexandra Deutsch has some help preparing an 1896 Christmas Diner Party in her century-old home. Violet LeVoit seeks comfort from heartache at a punk rock grave. Michael Hughes experiences an awakening in the middle of the night.

Email the grave you'd visit with a broken heart to info@stoopstorytelling.com and learn more about the Stoop Storytelling Series at stoopstorytelling.com

May 2, 2016

Not the literal hell! Pioneers who raised righteous hell tell their stories live on the Stoop Storytelling Series stage in Baltimore, MD. 

Liz McAlister, a former nun, takes on the US Military's nuclear power during the Cold War. US Representative Elijah Cummings still feels the repercussions of fighting for equality all the way back to his playground swimming pool days. Deborah "Dakini" Keane celebrates the joys and shenanigans of skinny dipping with her friends during a simpler time. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin take us from story to story.

For more about The Stoop visit stoopstorytelling.com.

Apr 25, 2016

Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share some of their favorite Rock & Roll stories from The Stoop Storytelling Series, all told live in Baltimore, MD.

Mimi Dietrich and her quilting friends wind up in an elevator with two bananas and more tattoos than she'd ever seen in Hershey, PA. Terry Sapp follows his favorite Hair Metal band on tour decades after their heyday. Jeff Eline's high school rock group does their best at a Battle of the Bands. We encounter fans and fanatics of Journey, Kansas, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, The Cure, Twisted Sister, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

For more about The Stoop visit stoopstorytelling.com.

Apr 18, 2016

On this episode, an experiment in non-politics. 

What is an election if not a fancy job interview? We decided to ask our mayoral candidates to tell us a story from their first job, without campaigning. 13 candidates told their stories. In this episode we hear highlights from each candidate's story. You can find the candidates' unedited stories on our website: stoopstorytelling.com

Candidates in order of appearance: Emanuel McCray (D), Elizabeth Embry (D), Alan Walden (R), David Marriott (Green), Brian Vaeth (R), Catherine Pugh (D), Armand Girard (R), Carl Stokes (D), David Warnock (D), DeRay McKesson (D), Joshua Harris (Green), Patrick Gutierrez (D)

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