Story Archive

The Lost Art of Peanut Percussion

April 20, 2017
Produced by: Alex Hanesworth
Illustrated by:

The Lost Art of Peanut Percussion

Sit for a while and listen to the folk music of Monique Belisle, raconteur and French Canadian musician extraordinaire. Oral History tape courtesy of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

All the music in the piece is performed by Monique, Christy, Dena, and Priscilla and recorded by Geraldine. A few short clips are included of Monique’s friend, Paul Pelletier, on the violin, and Le Vent du Nord’s foot percussion.


Good Teacher

April 13, 2017
Produced by: Chantal Feitosa
Illustrated by:

Students reflect on what makes someone a good educator in their personal experiences with academia.

MUSIC: 90’S Golden Boom Bap Hip-Hop Beat *Fuck With Da Funk* – By Dustfingaz


5am, Rockefeller Library

April 6, 2017
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson and Lauren Black
Illustrated by: Lily Wright
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5am, Rockefeller Library

A late night in the library leads to reflections on time, fate, and the story of Abraham.


To the Moon and Back

April 6, 2017
Produced by: Ariana Martinez
Illustrated by:
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To the Moon and Back

During the 2015 lunar eclipse, Eloise Sherrid took a four-hour walk across Providence and recorded her conversations with people out on the streets that night. Eloise generously entrusted this trove of audio to producer, Ariana Martinez so she could tease out the essence of that experience. This is a story about what happens when a whole city gazes skyward.

MUSIC: Endless Story of Sun and Moon by Kai Engel


From Martial Law to Democracy

March 23, 2017
Produced by: Dorinda Fong
Illustrated by: Morgan Florsheim
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From Martial Law to Democracy

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During the span of a generation, Taiwan transition from a military dictatorship to democratic rule. One family reflects on their experience during this tumultuous time and what it means for new generations.

Music: “Cloud Line” by Blue Dot Sessions, “Down and Around” by Podington Bear, “Aguirre the Wrath of God” by Gary Lucas, “Fragile, do not Drop” by Podington Bear


I am Cat Lady, Hear Me Roar

March 16, 2017
Produced by: Georgia Wright
Illustrated by: Lily Wright
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I am Cat Lady, Hear Me Roar

Cats and women have always been connected. Or so thinks producer and renowned crazy cat lady Georgia Wright, who takes on the cat-haters in her life in an investigation of feline and feminine.

MUSIC: Podington Bear AUDIO: The Simpsons, Batman Returns (1992), Disneyland – “The Great Cat Family” (1956)


Emoji Linguistics

March 9, 2017
Produced by: Justin Bai
Illustrated by:
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Emoji Linguistics

See what producer Justin Bai discovered about the intersection between emoji and linguistics at Emojicon in 2016.

MUSIC: “And So Then” by Lee Rosevere & “Fragile, Do Not Drop” by Poddington Bear


Mermaids Part One: Mermaids for Life

March 9, 2017
Produced by: Margaret Barry
Illustrated by: Emma Merrick, RISD ‘17
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Mermaids Part One: Mermaids for Life


Emma Merrick tells us how she finds strength and empowerment in the dark depths of mermaid folklore.

Thoughts from Emma Merrick, a mermaid enthusiast
Narrated and produced by Margaret Barry

MUSIC: “Warm Sea” by Alex Bett


Partying in a Progressive La La Land

February 23, 2017
Produced by: Babette Thomas, with help from Niki Sanders and Ari Snider
Illustrated by:
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Partying in a Progressive La La Land

A student at Brown University explores the racial divides that exist in the school’s nightlife.

MUSIC: “BUS RIDE” by KAYTRANADA, “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, “Broccoli” by Big Baby D.R.A.M., “Am I the Only One” by Dierks Bentley


A Song Portrait of Michael Kennedy

February 12, 2017
Produced by: Vandhana Ravi
Illustrated by: Kevin Hong
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A Song Portrait of Michael Kennedy

A Brown University professor reflects on his musical choices at different points of his life and how particular songs to impact him today. MUSIC: Up, Up and Away by the Fifth Dimension, A Horse with No Name by America, Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat and Tears, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus, Dominance and Submission by Blue Oyster Cult, Fables of Faubus by Charles Mingus, Ave Maria by Schubert


Love and Binary

February 12, 2017
Produced by: 3619
Illustrated by: Kevin Hong
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Love and Binary

Two hopeful high-schoolers exchange letters filled with declarations of love and binary code.

MUSIC: “Doxepin” by Christoph Schindling
“all these wires between us” by Lucky Dragons


The Nanny Affair

December 15, 2016
Produced by: Georgia Wright
Illustrated by: Chamisa Kellogg
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The Nanny Affair


A blissful day of babysitting takes a dramatic twist when a nanny finds herself smack in the middle of a real-life soap opera.

MUSIC: Podington Bear, Lawrence Elow, As the World Turns, and The Edge of Night.


28 Notes Toward a Theory of Normalized Pain or, The Gender of Wellness

December 15, 2016
Produced by: Liza Yeager
Illustrated by: Margaret Barry
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28 NOTES TOWARD A THEORY OF NORMALIZED PAIN OR, THE GENDER OF WELLNESS

Written by Anne Fosburg.
With help from Sarah Cooke, Stefania Gomez, Kamille Johnson, Sophie Kasakove, Addy Schuetz, Katie Murphy, Dolma Ombadykow, Niki Sanders, and Sophia Washburn

MUSIC BY: Free Music Archive


Chapman

December 8, 2016
Produced by: Grant Goldman
Illustrated by: Lily Wright
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A retelling of the Johnny Appleseed legend.

MUSIC: Reflector by Podington Bear


What’s Your Favorite Emoji?

December 8, 2016
Produced by: Justin Bai
Illustrated by: Ellen He
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What's Your Favorite Emoji?

“Probably the upside-down smiley face ’cause it conveys a sense of existential despair that permeates all of Millennial existence.” Hear what else producer Justin Bai found out at Emojicon about people’s favorite emojis.

Music: “Tech Toys” by Lee Rosevere


Buzzfeed and Gentrification

December 1, 2016
Produced by: Kristin Ramcharan
Illustrated by: Kevin Hong
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Two collegiate scholars describe the connection between Buzzfeed’s social influence and the process of gentrification.

Buzzfeed and Gentrification


Music: “Otis McDonald” by Erykah,
“Two Step” by Ryan Little,
“Silent Partner” by Clobber


Reverberations

December 1, 2016
Produced by: Ariana Martinez
Illustrated by: Mithra Krishnan
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The Fort Adams “listening tunnels” serve to remind us that we respond to this fear the only way we know how: by creating something equally unfathomable, dark, and deep with which to fight it.

Special thanks to Steve Marino, tour guide at Fort Adams in Newport, Rhode Island for providing history and narrative.

Reverberations


Home

November 21, 2016
Produced by: Travis Williams
Illustrated by: Margaret Barry
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Students from Brown University reflect on what they miss most from home: dogs, food, and the sound of a firetruck at midnight. Listen to what they had to say.


Music: Podington Bear


sobre la guayaba y la gente gay

November 21, 2016
Produced by: Stefania Gomez
Illustrated by: Margaret Barry
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“Today my professor lectured us on the queers.”

sobre la guayaba y la gente gay


Music: “Esta Es Para Tí” by Danay Suarez
“Eleggua” by Ibeyi
“River” by Ibeyi


93 Benevolent

November 3, 2016
Produced by: Liza Yeager
Illustrated by: Chamisa Kellogg
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One Providence resident takes photos of a house with many, many histories.

93 Benevolent

Music: Free Music Archive


Is Love Rational?

October 28, 2016
Produced by: Kristin Ramcharan
Illustrated by: Chamisa Kellogg
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Students explore the connection between love and rationality.

Is Love Rational?


MUSIC: “Cry” by Nangdo


Lessons from a Cuban nursery school

October 21, 2016
Produced by: Stefania Gomez
Illustrated by: Ellen He
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“If I did that at a nursery school I was working at in the United States, I would probably get fired. I would definitely get fired.”
MUSIC: “Aceitunas” and “ Pequeña Serenata Diurna” by Silvio Rodriguez

Lessons from a Cuban nursery school


Card Index Emoji; Or, Who is John Appleseed?

September 14, 2016
Produced by: Justin Bai
Illustrated by:
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Producer Justin Bai starts on an investigative journey to find out whose face is on the card index emoji to later find out a shocking finding.

MUSIC: Curiosity, And So Then, Slow Lights, Old Regrets, Under Suspicion, Thoughtful, and Credit Roll by Lee Rosevere


locks@brown

May 12, 2016
Produced by: Lovinia Reynolds, Kristin Ramcharan, Christopher Pineda, and Alyson Smith, with production help from Liza Yeager
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Highlighting the voices of folks who love and appreciate their dreads!

Featuring: Keren Alfred, Shamara Alhassan, Maya Finoh, Rodell Jefferson, Kemi Odusanya, and Ryan Van­Low

MUSIC: The Conquering Lion (Unplugged) by Lauryn Hill


looking for trans

May 12, 2016
Produced by: Jake Kuhn with help from Lauren Black
Illustrated by:
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Three transgender people reflect on transphobia in Grindr, “that gay sex app.”

MUSIC: “Old Skin” and “Wonderblues” by Poddington Bear

Looking for Trans


A Messy Answer to an Impossible Question

May 12, 2016
Produced by: Andrew Ganem, with help from Ari Snider
Illustrated by: Julie Kwon
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A student talks to his friends about astrology to understand the divide between his spiritual theater education and a history of skepticism.

Special thanks to Evan Silver, Peter Bowden, Emma Miller, Brad Weekes, and Sam Rubinek

MUSIC: Toppler and Pickers by Blue Dot Sessions

A Messy Answer to an Impossible Question


Call Your Mother

May 8, 2016
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:

Some voicemails from Mom.

Call Your Mother


The Hole

May 5, 2016
Produced by: Emma Funk
Illustrated by:
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Two parents discuss their solution to teen dating.

MUSIC: Water in the Creek by Josh Woodward


Lizards

May 5, 2016
Told by: Isabelle Doyle
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Liza Yeager and Sophie McKibben
Julie Kwon

The most lizards Isabelle has ever had is eight.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.


Abdi the American

April 28, 2016
Produced by: Edward Li, with help from Sophie McKibben
Illustrated by: Julie Kwon
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A refugee travels 8000 miles to escape terror, only to realize that living in a new country means a new set of challenges.

Abdi the American


Driving Sober

April 28, 2016
Produced by: Liza Yeager and Mark Benz
Illustrated by: Soraya Ferdman

Two college students in a relationship made messy by anxiety and alcoholism are on the verge of ending things. Instead, they start driving across the country together.

Driving Sober


God Bless the Broken Road

April 28, 2016
Told by: Sean Manning
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Liza Yeager and Sophie McKibben

Sean Manning braves a heterowasteland, comes out accidentally, and (eventually) finds some inner peace.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

God Bless the Broken Road


The Dawn Keeps Coming

April 21, 2016
Produced by: Lauren Black
Illustrated by:
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An elderly woman in hospice reflects on the feeling of living while waiting to die.

MUSIC: Summer Days by Kai Engel

The Dawn Keeps Coming


It’s Very Fun to Scrum

April 21, 2016
Produced by: Ari Snider
Illustrated by: Julie Kwon
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Brown University’s women’s rugby team is one of the best in the country. For the team members, the rugby pitch provides a space to embrace a powerful physicality that is often unavailable in most other aspects of life.

It's Very Fun to Scrum


Men’s Story Project: Looking Within, Speaking Out

April 14, 2016
Produced by: Individual Speakers, Recorded Live and Mixed by Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:

On March 23rd, 2016, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, along with Masculinity 101, hosted a night of stories about masculinity on Brown’s campus, focused on exploring and challenging common notions about masculinity and taking a public stand together for justice, love and equality.

AJ Whitman: Pretty Cool
AJ Whitman tells a story about escaping femininity, only to find that masculinity is just as confining.
 

AJ Whitman: Pretty Cool

Benjamin Koatz: Waves and Eggshells
Benjamin Koatz reads a poem about expressing their gender identity amid violence, expectations and self-doubt.

Benjamin Koatz: Waves and Eggshells

Eli Beck: Twinning
Eli Beck talks about the emotional toll of competing with his twin brother.

Eli Beck: Twinning

Isaac Albanese: “I”dentity
Isaac Albanese tells a story about trans masculinity and accepting uncertainty.

Isaac Albanese: "I"dentity

Juan Carlos Carranza: Special Boy (Niño Especial)
Juan Carlos Carranza tells a story about coming out to his father.

Juan Carlos Carranza: Special Boy (Niño Especial)

Lars Tiffany: To Love and Be Loved
Lars Tiffany, coach of Brown Men’s Lacrosse, talks to his players about practicing healthy masculinity.

Lars Tiffany: To Love and be Loved

Marc Peters: His Footsteps
Marc Peters tells a story about losing trust in a male role model.

Marc Peters: His Footsteps

Ramon Stern: My Gender’s Shroud
Ramon Stern talks about growing up confined by gender expectations.

Ramon Stern: My Gender's Shroud

Scott Turner: Keeping the Book Open
Scott Turner tells a story about his father, manhood, and butterflies.

Scott Turner: Keeping the Book Open

Tariq Cannonier: What’s Really Scary…
Tariq Cannonier tells a story about navigating his Black masculinity in a racist society.

Tariq Cannonier: What’s Really Scary...


Sticky, Smelly Gold

April 7, 2016
Produced by: Ari Snider
Illustrated by:
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Rhode Island is running out of room for its trash. Leo Pollock sees this as an opportunity to create a large-scale composting industry in the state.

PHOTO: Ari Snider
MUSIC: “Sally Ann” by Shake That Little Foot

Sticky, Smelly Gold


Rosy Colored Eyeglass People

April 7, 2016
Produced by: Liza Yeager
Illustrated by:
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Historian Ray Rickman tells the story of Hardscrabble and Snowtown, the race riots that turned Providence into a city.

Rosy Colored Eyeglass People


Four-and-a-Half Moms

March 24, 2016
Produced by: Georgia Wright with help from Isabelle White
Illustrated by:
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Emily Neilson has many moms: four and a half, to be exact. Still, somewhere out in the world is her sperm donor, a man she’s never met, and isn’t sure she wants to.

MUSIC: “Big Poppa” by Chad Crouch
ILLUSTRATION: Emily Neilson

Four–and–a–Half Moms


Therapy Olympics

March 24, 2016
Produced by: Isabelle White
Illustrated by:
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Will discovered chatroom robots were very poor substitutes for therapists.

MUSIC: “Big Poppa” by Chad Crouch

Therapy Olympics


Close Encounters with the Ghost of Mrs. Atterbury

March 17, 2016
Produced by: Ari Snider
Illustrated by:
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A school on an island in Maine is supposedly inhabited by the ghost of an old woman. A boy who is terribly afraid of the dark spends a night in the school to try and make contact with the spirit.

MUSIC: “Slow Slow Sky”, and “Tyrano Theme” by Blue Dot Sessions; “It Ain’t Right” by Underscore Orkestra

PHOTO: Ari Snider

Close Encounters with the Ghost of Mrs. Atterbury


The Magic Love Card

March 17, 2016
Produced by: Molly Schulson, with help from Niki Sanders and Lauren Black
Illustrated by:
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Five girls find themselves forever connected by one “magic love card.”

The Magic Love Card


Discretion Advised – Divine Amnesia

March 10, 2016
Produced by: Niki Sanders
Illustrated by:
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“Divine Amnesia” is the first episode of Discretion Advised, a series about the people who listen to and keep our secrets. This episode is a portrait of a Catholic priest who must deal with the sins heard in confession.

MUSIC: Balloon Waltz Memory (Dana Boul), Gone (Dana Boul)

Discretion Advised – Divine Amnesia


Dancing with Mori

March 10, 2016
Produced by: Joseph Frankel, with help from Ari Snider
Illustrated by:
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Mori Granot Sanchez is addicted to Salsa. From Haifa, Israel to Providence, Rhode Island, nothing can stop her from doing what she loves. Not even the military.

MUSIC:”Opening para SONGO 21″ and “La Mujer de Antonio” (SONGO 21)

CORRECTION: Mori’s dance company is RI Latin Dance, Team Fusion is a different group that she takes part in. Also, she has been teaching at Brown University for seven years.

Dancing with Mori


Home is Where the Heart Is

March 3, 2016
Produced by: Dorinda Fong
Illustrated by:
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A return trip to a childhood home brings back many memories.

Home is Where the Heart Is


Sandstorm

February 26, 2016
Told by: Anna Martin of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Lauren Black and Sophie McKibben
Soraya Ferdman

Anna Martin tells all about the best part of high school model UN…the dance.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.


Life at the Museum

February 25, 2016
Produced by: Ari Snider
Illustrated by: Julie Kwon
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Timothy Welsh did not set out to be a museum security guard, but he may be better at the job than anyone else.

PHOTO: Timothy Welsh

MUSIC: “Tar and Spackle” and “Lathe” by Blue Dot Sessions

Life at the Museum


It’s a Peregrine Falcon, It’s a Zeppelin

February 18, 2016
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:
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The Superman Building, in downtown Providence, is completely empty. Except for all the ghosts, film crews, and wild birds.

PHOTOS: Kate Talerico

It's a Peregrine Falcon, It's a Zeppelin


Memes

February 11, 2016
Produced by: Justin Bai
Illustrated by:
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The story of how a fandom arose from a standardized test.

MUSIC: “Positive Ringling,” “Kitten,” “Inspiring Prismatone,” and “Encouraging Intermezzo” by Poddington Bear


An Affair in the Stacks

February 11, 2016
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by: Julie Kwon
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In 1848, Edgar Allan Poe and Sarah Helen Whitman had a torrid affair in a Providence library.

An Affair in the Stacks


The Karaoke Singer

December 10, 2015
Produced by: Sophie McKibben
Illustrated by: Soraya Ferdman

Meet Jstar, the sexagenarian karaoke singer. After raising 7 kids, surviving abuse, and overcoming alcoholism, Jstar (aka Joyce Korsak) became a regular on the Providence karaoke scene.

This is her story.

The Karaoke Singer


Jeopardy!

December 10, 2015
Told by: Sam Heft-Luthy of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Lauren Black

Sam Heft-Luthy tells the story of a lifelong dream.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.


Just Talk Like a Person

December 3, 2015
Produced by: Chelsea Fernando
Illustrated by:
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As his college years come to a close, a student comedian reflects on the social meaning of being considered funny and examines the relationship between humor and self-doubt with a younger stand up comic.

MUSIC: live performance of “I Want You Back (Jackson 5 cover)” by Clyde Lawrence “Gentle Marimbas” by Chad Crouch

Just Talk Like a Person


The Imaginary Norwegians

December 3, 2015
Produced by: Lauren Black
Illustrated by:
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As a little girl starts taking her fantasy world very seriously, her mom goes to great lengths to help her make it as real as possible.

MUSIC: “Rolands Vegners” by Ergo Phizmiz & Margita Zalite, “Pigalle” by Jahzzar, “The Shoes They Wear” and “On Three Legs” by Blue Dot Sessions

The Imaginary Norwegians


Felege is Afraid of Dogs

November 26, 2015
Produced by: Isabelle White
Illustrated by:
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Well, not afraid. He’s just a person who doesn’t like them, prefers to avoid them, and acts very scared when he’s around them.

MUSIC: “Thick Irony” & “Strikes Again” by Chad Crouch

Felege is Afraid of Dogs


Kidding Yourself

November 19, 2015
Produced by: Niki Sanders
Illustrated by:
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A girl keeps a very creative diary. After finding it years later, Niki Sanders investigates why.

MUSIC: “Happy Ending” and “Orange Juicier” (Chad Crouch)

Kidding Yourself


Antiquarian

November 5, 2015
Produced by: Katherine Long, with help from Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:
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Death, property, and Ebay.


Comrade

November 5, 2015
Produced by: Justin Bai
Illustrated by:
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With what appears to be a critical article about him written by his own mother, Cory, a leftist environmentalist, talks about what it was like for Rush Limbaugh to disparage him on national radio.

MUSIC: “Scott Joplin’s New Rag” by Scott Joplin, performed by Gerluz, “Comrades of the Legion” by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band 


Frontier Town: The Chef

October 29, 2015
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:
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After a loss, a woman rediscovers her small-town roots.

MUSIC: Last Dance by Jahzzar

Frontier Town: The Chef


Frontier Town: The Gardener

October 29, 2015
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:
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A husband and wife reckon with a changing world.

MUSIC: Italo-Texan Interlude by Thiaz Itch

Frontier Town: The Gardener


Frontier Town: The Gambler’s Wife and Daughter

October 29, 2015
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:
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A traumatic event sets a mother and daughter on different paths.

MUSIC: My One True Love by Ben Seretan, Time (feat. Devendra Banhart) by Stray Dogg, It Came Out Of The Mountian (Instrumental) by The Builders And The Butchers, Perigee Moon by Daniel Bachman

 

Frontier Town: The Gambler's Wife and Daughter


Cul-de-Sac Dreams

October 22, 2015
Produced by: Ari Snider and Gwendolene Mugodi
Illustrated by:
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Growing up in Colorado as the son of Nigerian immigrants, Chibuikem Nwizu wanted more than anything to just fit in. He now relates differently to his identity, but is still attached to one particular aspect of American culture.

MUSIC: “Burning Van” by Big Mean Sound Machine and “Multitudes” by Gillicuddy

Cul–de–Sac Dreams


Someone to Pee With

October 1, 2015
Produced by: Lauren Black
Illustrated by:

Four stories of embarrassment, friendship, and, of course, pee.

MUSIC: Tongue Tied and Twisted (for Your Love) by Squire Tuck

Someone to Pee With


Another Kitchen Table Chat

September 16, 2015
Produced by: Erin West, with help from Lauren Black
Illustrated by: Soraya Ferdman
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Inspired by NPR’s Story Corps, Erin West speaks honestly and openly with her father about his experience with suicide and depression, as well as their changing relationship as father and daughter.

SONG: “Untitled” (Perennial Reel)

Another Kitchen Table Chat


Mutiny

May 7, 2015
Produced by: Ari Snider
Illustrated by:
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A boy finds solace in the story of Paul Cuffe, a 19th century sailor, whale-hunter, and overall badass. An actor uses his “sailor voice” to read excerpts from Cuffe’s written account of his adventures.


Filed Away

May 7, 2015
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:
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Mitchell Johnson tries to see his college application file.


Safewalk With Me

April 30, 2015
Produced by: Niki Sanders
Illustrated by:
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Niki Sanders explores a world that only comes alive between 9pm and 2am: the secret world of Safewalk.

Safewalk With Me


High School Memories

April 23, 2015
Produced by: Charlotte Hacke
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Brown students answer: What is your fondest high school memory?

High School Memories


Walking Straight Ahead in the Middle of the Ocean

April 23, 2015
Produced by: Ari Snider
Illustrated by:
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A quest for mountains, scenic trails, and Portuguese speakers leads two friends to the Azores, a volcanic archipelago far out in the Atlantic Ocean.

Walking Straight Ahead in the Middle of the Ocean


Things That Are Heavy

April 16, 2015
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by:
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Elizabeth Cory reads a lyric essay on the importance of trampolines, The Twilight Zone, and a fully-loaded Super Soaker.

Things That Are Heavy


Groundhog Season

April 16, 2015
Produced by: Lauren Black
Illustrated by:
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A quiet neighborhood and a suburban hippie mom lose their sanity in the face of a groundhog invasion.

Groundhog Season


Seeing The Forest Through The Hats

April 9, 2015
Told by: Race Archibold of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben and Will Tavlin

Race Archibold tells the story of an unlikely friendship.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

Seeing The Forest Through The Hats


How did you get your scar?

April 9, 2015
Produced by: Niki Sanders
Illustrated by:
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Fell off a skateboard? Bitten by a lion? Survived Lord Voldemort’s killing curse? Brown students answer: How did you get your scar?

SONG: “Squeezing Blood” (Surfer Blood)

How did you get your scar?


My Friend the Adrenaline Junkie

April 2, 2015
Produced by: Niki Sanders
Illustrated by:
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An anonymous student tells the story of the time he explored a little too much of Scotland.

My Friend the Adrenaline Junkie


Overflow

April 2, 2015
Produced by: Stefania Gomez
Illustrated by:

Confronting Trauma, the Color Purple, and Other Things in Maria’s Head

Before my friend Maria leaves Brown, maybe for good, I talk to her about her life-size, double self portrait, and everything else she’s leaving behind.

CONTENT WARNING: This piece contains explicit language.

Overflow: Confronting Trauma, the Color Purple, and Other Things in Maria’s Head


The Igloo is Serious Business, Dude

March 19, 2015
Produced by: Ari Snider
Illustrated by:
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A group of friends build an igloo, become deeply attached to it, and grapple with loss as temperatures start rising.

The Igloo is Serious Business, Dude


Paradise Island

March 19, 2015
Told by: Ellie Duke
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Lauren Black
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Ellie Duke sets out in search of solitude and instead finds a strange admirer.

SONGS: Untitled (Tongan Music), Ya Oumana (Noura Mint Seymali), The 49th Street Galleria (Chris Zabriskie)

Paradise Island


Repeat After Me

March 12, 2015
Produced by: Mitchell Johnson
Illustrated by: Julie Kwon
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Maatla Motsosiemang talks about living in a place where almost no one can say her name.

Repeat After Me


The Wicked Oyster

March 12, 2015
Told by: Sarah Weiss of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Sarah Weiss learns a life lesson from an unlikely source.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

The Wicked Oyster


Fast Foods & Good Moods

March 12, 2015
Told by: Andy Li
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Stefania Gomez
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An oral essay by Andy Li on Polish sausage sandwiches, the Maxwell Street Depot and the cultural narrative of fast food.

Fast Foods & Good Moods


The CyberAtlas of Ice & the International Ice Patrol

March 5, 2015
Produced by: Stefania Gomez
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Andrew Beers ’15 talks about research he has done on two distinct scientific narratives about Arctic ice. His work examines and interrogates the very way scientific research is usually conducted.

The CyberAtlas of Ice & the International Ice Patrol

Andrew Beers '15 talks about research he's done on two distinct scientific narratives about Arctic ice. His work examines and interrogates the very way scientific research is usually conducted.


Pee.com

March 5, 2015
Told by: Race Archibold of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Race tells a hilarious story about his mischievous childhood.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.


Ordinary People Sharing Extraordinary Experiences

March 5, 2015
Produced by: Jackson Melnick
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Brown students answer the question: what’s something you can’t explain?

SONG: I’se a Muggin (The Underscore Orkestra)

Ordinary People Sharing Extraordinary Experiences


Love in Four Hours

February 26, 2015
Produced by: Lauren Black, with assistance from Will Tavlin
Illustrated by:
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Lauren Black tries to fall in love with a stranger by answering the thirty-six questions that can make you fall in love with anyone.

SONGS: Baby With Uranium Mouth (Din Strange Dresses), BayBe and 1 (Morus Alba), Q (Inara George & Charlie Wadhams), Drawn From Life (Driven Like the Snow)

Love In Four Hours


MPCs x NHT: Brown Privilege

February 26, 2015
Produced by: Liza Yeager and Maya Finoh
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NHT teamed up with Brown’s Minority Peer Counselor Program to record this roundtable discussion on social justice work in Providence and how to be productive with privilege.

Featuring: Representatives from End Police Brutality PVD, Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Chanelle Adams

Facilitated by: Maya Finoh and Andrew Vann in collaboration with JoVaun Holmes, Elisabeth Perez, Kristin Ramcharan, and Yansy Salmeron

MPCs x NHT: Brown Privilege


Cockroaches

February 19, 2015
Produced by: Stefania Gomez
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Megan Hauptmann ‘14.5 chronicles a cockroach infestation in her college apartment.

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Dying in Jersey City

February 19, 2015
Produced by: Will Tavlin
Illustrated by:
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Musician Tim Erbach discusses his hometown and the only place he’d like to die in—the Jersey City Heights.

SONGS: “Misty” (The AnaBel Trio), “Untitled” (Perennial Reel)
PHOTO: John Erbach

Dying in Jersey City


What was your most memorable Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2015
Produced by: Stefania Gomez
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Brown students answer: What was your most memorable Valentine’s Day?

What was your most memorable Valentine's Day?


What was your first kiss like?

February 12, 2015
Produced by: Will Tavlin
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Sloppy? Passionate? Empowering? Emasculating? What was your first kiss like?

SONG: They Can’t Take That Away From Me (The AnaBel Trio)

What was your first kiss like?

 


Contemplative Studies

February 12, 2015
Produced by: Jackson Melnick
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This last spring something rare happened: a new major in Contemplative Studies was created at Brown University. What does it mean to have a critical first-person perspective, why might it change the nature of higher education in North America, and what are the implications of this emerging field for academia at large?

Contemplative Studies


Shooting Fish in a Barrel

February 12, 2015
Told by: Danny Sobor of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Danny Sobor goes up against the Asian Carp in this epic bow fishing adventure.

Image source: Peoria Carp Hunters.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

Shooting Fish in a Barrel


How YOU Walk

February 5, 2015
Produced by: Lauren Black
Illustrated by:
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How do people walk? A cognitive scientist avidly pursues this seemingly simple question through virtual reality and reveals a set of rules that we all subconsciously follow while walking.


What don’t you know right now?

February 5, 2015
Produced by: Charlotte Hacke
Illustrated by:

We spend a lot of time talking about what we know, but what about what we don’t know? Here are some responses from people around Brown & Providence.

What don't you know right now?


The Poop Chafe

January 21, 2015
Told by: Haley Moen of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Haley Moen tells the fateful story of her fastest track meet ever.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

The Poop Chafe


Sophie Is a Punk Rocker

January 27, 2014
Produced by: Liza Yeager
Illustrated by: Soraya Ferdman

Sophie Kasakove on tween fame, Patti Smith, and having no idea what you’re talking about ever.

Sophie Is a Punk Rocker

Sophie Kasakove on tween fame, Patti Smith, and having no idea what you're talking about ever.


Teen Marine Adventure

October 24, 2010
Produced by: Will Tavlin
Illustrated by:
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Where is your 6th grade crush now? Will Tavlin looks for his while revisiting his golden years—time spent in a camp called Teen Marine Adventure.

SONGS: Baby with Uranium Mouth (Din Strange Dresses), They Can’t Take that Away From Me (The AnaBel Trio)

Teen Marine Adventure

Where is your 6th grade crush now? Will Tavlin looks for his while revisiting his golden years—time spent in a camp called Teen Marine Adventure.


A River Story

September 20, 2010
Told by: Mark of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Convinced he’s met the woman of his dreams, Mark heads out on a kayaking mis-adventure.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

A River Story

Convinced he's met the woman of his dreams, Mark heads out on a kayaking mis-adventure.


Magical Thinking

August 20, 2010
Produced by: Stefania Gomez
Illustrated by:
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I talked to magicians and occultists at Brown about magic, and why it’s so important to some people. Delving into the magical community at Brown eventually helped me get at much larger questions about the world around me.

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Magical Thinking

I talked to magicians and occultists at Brown about magic, and why it's so important to some people. Delving into the magical community at Brown eventually helped me get at much larger questions about the world around me.


Bienvenue Aux Glénans

June 20, 2010
Told by: Lauren Stone of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Lauren Stone tells the hilarious story of of her disastrous summer at a sailing camp in the north of France.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

Bienvenue Aux Glénans

Lauren Stone tells the hilarious story of of her disastrous summer at a sailing camp in the north of France.


Unspoken Connections

May 20, 2010
Produced by: Lauren Black and Jackson Melnick
Illustrated by:

You know those people you see everywhere but have never approached? You know their face, their mannerisms, and maybe you think they know yours, too. Calling these people focal points, we explore this phenomenon on the Brown University campus, and see what happens when focal points are approached.

Unspoken Connections

You know those people you see everywhere but have never approached? You know their face, their mannerisms, and maybe you think they know yours, too. Calling these people focal points, we explore this phenomenon on the Brown University campus, and see what happens when focal points are approached.


The Absolutely True Story of my Laughing Sunflower

February 23, 2010
Told by: Sarah Van Cleave of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Sarah Van Cleave remembers her brother, Brett, and a childhood of being his protector, caregiver and best friend.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

The Absolutely True Story of my Laughing Sunflower

Sarah Van Cleave remembers her brother, Brett, and a childhood of being his protector, caregiver and best friend.


The Way You Look When You Clean Your Room Alone

January 20, 2010
Told by: Sara Winnick
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Stefania Gomez

Sara Winnick ’15 explores how loneliness has appeared in her own life and how it has been scientifically quantified and studied in the United States, where 45% of adults self-report loneliness.

The Way You Look When You Clean Your Room Alone

Sara Winnick '15 explores how loneliness has appeared in her own life and how it has been scientifically quantified and studied in the United States, where 45% of adults self-report loneliness.


To the people who insist on pointing out my accent

August 24, 2009
Told by: Sheena Raza Faisal
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

A spoken word poem by Sheena Raza Faisal, an international student from India, about the power of voice.

To the people who insist on pointing out my accent

A spoken word poem by Sheena Raza Faisal, an international student from India, about the power of voice.


From A Gas Station in Glacier

June 20, 2008
Told by: Ian Shank
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Unlike most of his type-A Ivy League classmates who cultivate prestigious internships at banks, law firms and the like, Ian Shank spends his summer working long hours at a nondescript gas station on the outskirts of Glacier National Park.

From A Gas Station in Glacier

Unlike most of his type-A Ivy League classmates, Ian Shank spends his summer working long hours at a nondescript gas station on the outskirts of Glacier National Park.


FroYo Land

January 27, 2007
Told by: Ezra Nelson of the Brown University Storytellers
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

Ezra Nelson prepares listeners for the imminent takeover of the frozen yogurt industry.

The Brown University Storytellers are Brown’s first and only performance storytelling group dedicated to 100% true stories told live, from the heart. The Storytellers audition, workshop, direct, and perform stories like this one live at biannual Storyslams. They also host weekly meetings open to all. Email anna_martin@brown.edu to be added to the Storytellers listserv.

FroYo Land

Ezra Nelson prepares listeners for the imminent takeover of the frozen yogurt industry.


The Steadfast Tin Soldier

January 24, 2007
Told by: Gabrielle Guadalupe
Recorded Live and Mixed by: Sophie McKibben

A poem by Gabrielle Guadalupe, written and performed after finding out that her boyfriend had enlisted in the Marines.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

A poem by Gabrielle Guadalupe, written and preformed after finding out that her boyfriend had enlisted in the Marines.