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 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


Jul 9, 2018

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

Jul 2, 2018

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

Jun 25, 2018

This week, two stories about nighttime events so surreal you couldn’t make them up. One happens on a street in Baltimore, one in a palace in Abu Dhabi.

Lauren Ross - a young woman happens upon a drug deal late night in Baltimore

Gillian Quinn - illegal nighttime boat trip in Abu Dhabi Xmas 1987 that resulted in a capsize and young foreigners being arrested and taken prisoner in the Sheiks palace (it ended well)

Outro Song: “Oh, What a Night” by The Dells

Jun 18, 2018

This week, two stories about the perils and pleasures of getting up close and personal with a hero. Cameos by Marcel Marceau and Prince!

Skip Case - a young man faces Marcel Marceau at a school assembly in the 50s

Steven Parke - a man gets the chance to work with one of his heros - Prince

Outro Song: “Purple Rain” by Prince

Jun 11, 2018

This week, two stories about what happens when pursuing justice is personal. A young prosecutor sees the man she’s trying to convict in the most unlikely place. And a young man struggles to get closure after he’s the victim of a crime.


Marilyn Mosby - a prosecutor sees the criminal she put in jail in a local store

Zeb Drinkwater - a man who was shot rescuing a girl from a carjacking tries to get justice in the court system


Outro Song: Shaolin’s Theme

Jun 4, 2018

This week, two stories that raise two fascinating questions: What if the drugs that are supposed to help us, hurt us? And the drugs that are supposed to hurt us, help us?

May 28, 2018

In honor of Memorial Day, we offer two stories about the adventures and challenges of military service — one from WWII and one from the war in Iraq.

May 21, 2018

This week, two stories about how sometimes it’s no fun being Up in the Air. But, hey, you got places to go.

May 14, 2018

Why is is that we know the least about the people closest to us?


May 7, 2018

For Mother’s Day, two dads talk about what to expect when you’re not expecting the baby RIGHT NOW!


Apr 30, 2018

Two stories of friendship and adventure.

Apr 23, 2018

Three men share three wild wedding tales.

Apr 16, 2018

It may seem like nothing interesting happens on those safe streets, but these two storytellers know better.


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