State of the Human
By Stanford Storytelling Project
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State of the Human, the radio show of the Stanford Storytelling Project, shares stories that deepen our understanding of single, common human experiences—belonging, giving, lying, forgiveness—all drawn from the experiences and research of the Stanford community.
||CleanCrashing||Sometimes, marching steadily through the steps of…||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNavigating||Ants navigate to and from food using pheromone tr…||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreathing||Breath and spirit have been closely related in hu…||4/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInheritance||In this episode, we explore inheritances’ many fo…||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBurying||As a society, we still maintain many ancient trad…||12/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImagining||The mind’s ability to envision more than what is …||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeaching||Teaching seems pretty straightforward: one person…||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLosing||When you lose something, there’s an emptiness, a …||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSecret Keeping||Nearly three decades ago, Psychologist James Penn…||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHealing||We’ve come to think of healing in mechanical term…||4/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBelieving||In this show, we are talking about a very special…||3/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPromising||Promises can be made about almost anything. From …||7/16/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanControl: The Stanford Prison Experiment||In 1971, Dr. Philip Zimbardo created a mock priso…||6/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDatafying||Today, we generate data with every mouse click, p…||6/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBelonging||Sometimes you’re in your own country, your own ho…||5/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeyond Human||Humans aren’t the fastest or strongest animal, bu…||5/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoking||When we joke with our friends, our coworkers and …||4/3/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrisis||Crises can take many shapes, from earthquakes, to…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStorytelling||We can't live without stories, so today on State …||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRecovery||Recovery can be pretty straightforward - you take…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing in the Dark||This week on State of the Human, we're hearing st…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanObsession||This week on State of the Human, we're looking at…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWildness||When is wildness on our side, and when does it ha…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBreaking into Song||Sometimes, the only way to voice our feelings is …||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanListening||Listening is way more than just paying attention,…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQuesting||Whether or not there's a cape, a sword, or a nobl…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitReturning Home||What is it like to be a student who has fought in…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHaunting||October is full of ghosts, but in our show we wil…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Between||We all come from somewhere—and then life happens.…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLearning to Lie||When asked what trait they want to instill in the…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Give||This week on our show, four stories of giving. Fi…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeeing Ourselves||Since the days of Narcissus and the looking pool,…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResilience||Almost 100 years ago, a rogue geologist named Alf…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrial and Error||Firsthand, empirical knowledge is a way of knowin…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarking up the Wrong Tree||Have you ever kept pursuing an idea even when eve…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpace Craft||Unless you're a hermit living under a rock, you a…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Human Voice||The human voice was once considered sacred. Pries…||2/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
like a college radio version of This American Life
I fell in love with Stanford Storytelling Project in 2007, which is also when I fell in love with This American Life. It's not a coincidence. SSP bases a lot of its structure on TAM's: they play 1-hour episodes with various acts that relate to a single theme. It's a brilliant format.
Sometimes SSP will post "bonus" pieces, which reminds me of Radiolab's "shorts." There are also some episodes that remind me of Radiolab and its "on the verge of conventional science" sort of stance. Episode 114 is especially this way.
I also recommend episodes 214 and 301 - I've listened to every episode of SSP, and these are my favorites.
SSP is great for people who enjoy This American Life, and it's especially great for members of the Stanford community (broadly defined) who enjoy great radio storytelling.
Amazlngly well produced and informative
I've been listening to this show regularly for the past year, and I believe it ranks on the level of radio shows such as This American Life, Radio Lab, and The Moth. Its produced by Stanford students and includes interviews with many fascinating Stanford students and faculty (but is not just limited to the Stanford community by any means) who are on the cutting edge of fascinating research and questions which pertain to us all.
Each show centers around a common human theme (Resilience, Trial and Error, etc) and explores stories which investigate different facets of this theme. Also includes some very well-produced original music by Stanford students. I personally have learned a lot from this show and I highly recommend to all. Another bonus is that this podcast is completely free of charge.
Can't get enough!
I am so glad all the episodes are up! I live in San Francisco and I can't always hear the show on KZSU. I've listened to all of radiolab and this American life, and this is the next best thing. Each episode i've heard is entertaining and thought provoking. They've got stories, they've got science, the've got humor and grit. I can't believe it's the work of students. I bet Ira Glass will snatch them up as soon as they graduate!