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February 22 2014


February 06 2014


Aleks Krotoski meets Eli Horowitz to find out how tech can help reinvent the novel | Technology | theguardian.com

Aleks Krotoski meets Eli Horowitz to find out how tech can help reinvent the novel http://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2013/nov/27/podcast-tech-weekly-eli-horowitz

January 22 2014


Teju Cole: A “Seething Intelligence” on a Long Journey

January 08 2014


Murray Gell-Mann: Beauty, truth and ... physics?

Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones? http://www.ted.com/talks/murray_gell_mann_on_beauty_and_truth_in_physics.html

January 04 2014


December 24 2013


Christmas Stories From Hearth to War Zone

We asked, and you delivered: your most memorable Christmas stories. Weird, wild, and wonderful. We’ll all listen.

Santa chats with Asher Powell, age 6, while Asher's sister Alexis smiles during a visit to Santa's Wonderland House inside Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP)

Santa chats with Asher Powell, age 6, while Asher’s sister Alexis smiles during a visit to Santa’s Wonderland House inside Flatirons Crossing Mall, in Broomfield, Colo., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP)


Kevin Allison, comedic writer, actor and host of the storytelling podcast, RISK! (@thekevinallison)

From Tom’s Reading List

Albany Democrat-Herald: Think Too Much: Christmas stories trigger flood of emotions –”Some themes emerge with regularity: Writers reflect on how their parents scrimped and sacrificed to bring them happier holidays. Others marvel at how the holidays bring together families for beloved traditions – and other reflect on how those traditions sometimes fuel stressful situations. Most of them have happy endings, but not always – and even in many of the happy stories, a sense of loss is palpable just underneath the surface.”

The Guardian: Light And Space — “As I tiptoed towards Feretory with that fire axe on Christmas morning, I told myself that I was there to destroy the resin empress. But Hudson-Glasser 11 is mightier than a will as weak as mine.”

The New Yorker: The Christmas Miracle – “I am telling this story to you, K, even though you are a Russian Communist and a Jewish person who doesn’t believe Jesus was the son of God, and even though Christmas is an obnoxious holiday when millions of people decapitate pine trees and watch them slowly die in their living rooms, because miracles can happen on any day, and as long as man has existed he’s celebrated this weirdest time of year, the shortest stretch of sunlight, the winter solstice, as a time of fear, change, courage, and passion. I’m going to tell you the story of a miracle that happened at Christmas.”

Check Out More Listener Christmas Stories On Our Blog

December 15 2013


Chris Wilson - The Giving Life

Stories of love, death, revenge, forgiveness. Failures small and large. Double-crossing and two-timing. Shame and success. Epiphanies that happen just in time...and others that don't. Blood, sweat and tears - and lots of laughs. Each Stoop show features seven storytellers who get seven minutes each to tell a true personal story about a specific theme. Based in Baltimore, Maryland. http://www.stoopstorytelling.com/storytellers/1401

December 13 2013


On Point Wants Your Christmas Stories!

On Christmas Eve we’re airing an hour of Christmas stories – and we’d love to hear yours. Your story of that Christmas episode, or drama, or joy, or interaction that you’ll never forget. We’ll share a bunch on air, and online.

Call us at (617-353-0683) by December 20th  with your Christmas story for On Point. We can’t wait to hear. And Happy Holidays!

On Point associate producer Stefano Kotsonis – a Christmas baby himself — shared our first story.

The first thing to be said about my first Christmas story, just so you, dear reader, can judge the accuracy of my reporting, is that I was there, but didn’t know it.

It was Christmas 1956 in New York City.  My father was a skinny young doctoral student in his early 20s with a cigarette always in his mouth, his mouth still full of the heavy consonants of his mother tongue Greek.  My mother was living La Vida Bohemia with him, excited by New York and life, while her stern Greek father and Scottish mother were up in Montreal, completely unaware she was living with a Greek boy not commensurate, they believed with the with the well-placed marriage befitting her looks and brains.  (Only a young ship-owner would do.)  And they were still weeks away from learning that their daughter was about to give birth to a child.

From their telling, it sounded like a fun, but also burdened, poor Christmas.  My father’s younger brother had just arrived from Greece and was staying with them.  A good thing, but also tense.  My mother and here didn’t share much in the way of English or Greek.  The apartment was cramped.

Still, they got a small turkey and planned a stuffing.  They bought a pint-sized can of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce.

They never got to sit down to that Christmas feast, though, because my mother went into labor.

Those three kids, my mother, father and uncle, so much younger than I am, raced to a midtown hospital. And after some hours and a lot of discomfort and, knowing the times, probably too much medication, my mother bore me.

My parents kept the can of cranberry sauce to remember the Christmas day their family began.  And raised me with all the stories you’d expect of being their little Christmas present, and the forgotten Christmas dinner.

In the years that followed, my family moved a lot –to Upstate New York, New Jersey and then Athens, Greece.  And the can of cranberry sauce came with us, unmarked but for the old, yellowing ‘50s-era Ocean Spray label among the other cans and bottles on our cupboard or pantry.

Many years later, it is summertime, a hot late afternoon in Athens.  Late 1970s –I am post high school and pre-college.  We are sitting around the dinette table chatting when suddenly we hear a boom or a loud pop, or something in that range.  “What the–?” I got up and strode to the pantry.  The walls, the ceiling  and shelves were covered in a red goo.  We stood there perplexed –till I spotted the old can of cranberry sauce, torn open by that cranberry sauce gone bad.”

We’ll collect all your stories and share them, on our site and on air on Christmas Eve. Share soon, and thanks!

December 11 2013


#075: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook [Podcast] | Michael Hyatt

Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Gary Vaynerchuk, author of the new bestseller, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. This is one one of the best social media books I have read in a long time. http://michaelhyatt.com/076-an-interview-with-gary-vaynerchuk-podcast.html

December 05 2013


Pat Grant / Make it then tell everybody

Pat Grant and Dan Berry talk about academic writing, Pat’s creative process, his background and about comics storytelling that leaves the page. http://makeitthentelleverybody.com/2013/12/pat-grant/

October 07 2013


Sophie Townsend - NOW HEAR THIS - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

For the first time since their father's death, Sophie Townsend has to take her two daughters to the Easter Show. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/nowhearthis/now-hear-this-sophietownsend2/4694010

October 06 2013


Piper Kerman: Wall of Sound

An inmate at a women’s prison describes the surprising value of an ordinary transistor radio.

August 19 2013


It'€™s complicated | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The State We're In, 12 February 2011. A young British man poses as his lover’s long-lost son to keep the affair a secret; a Canadian woman stages a public fight with her boyfriend as a way of protesting Valentine’s Day, Parsi singles try speed dating to shore up their ever-shrinking numbers and a Dutch photographer puts an ad in newspapers around the world for "the world’s most beautiful people" to come forward. http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/it%E2%80%99s-complicated

March 15 2012


Rob Willis - ABC Conversations with Richard Fidler

Folklorist Rob Willis has been travelling around Australia for decades recording old songs and stories. http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2012/02/03/3422561.htm?site=conversations

July 19 2011


The Moth: Audrey Pleasant: Lil’ Mama

A wallflower teaches herself the slide and ends up in the spotlight. A gloriously told story.

July 17 2011


Klosterman's Questions

Jonathon Goldstein asks Klosterman's big questions.

July 12 2011


Kevin McAuliffe & Julie Kraut: StorySLAM Favorites

Two friendships made overseas must withstand the toils of international travel.

May 25 2011


The Signal on WYPR - May 13 & 14, 2011

This week (May 13 & 14, 2011) on The Signal… The members of Orfeia Vocal Ensemble introduce us to the hauntingly dissonant harmonies and intricate rhythms of traditional Bulgarian music. We talk with author Marion Winik about The Glen Rock Book of the Dead. It’s a collection of essays about 51 people whose lives (and deaths) have touched her life. Contributor Sam Hopkins gets a local history lesson from a long-time produce vendor at Baltimore’s Northeast Market. Plus: At Charm City’s live storytelling series, The Stoop, Kevin Griffin Moreno tells a tale of culture shock. After traveling to more than 30 different countries during his life, Kevin says the most foreign place he’s ever been is right here in the USA.

May 24 2011


Podcast #6 - Stories

The secret of good storytelling in presentations, or anywhere else for that matter, is not to make up a new story, but to tell a familiar one. Here's why -- and how to do it -- in my 6th podcast... http://publicwords.typepad.com/nickmorgan/2011/05/the-secret-of-good-storytelling.html

April 28 2011


The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 43 - The Stranger | /Film

The first episode of Stephen's episodes I'd listened to in a long while, and a touching story about fatherhood and family.
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