By Paul VanDeCarr
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Conversations on the many forms of storytelling -- from psychotherapy to set design, from genealogy to journalism, from walking tours to oral history, the law, literature, film, theater, and more.
||CleanLove Shack: A radio play||Communist revolutionaries take over a radio station during a live call-in advice show. A comic audio play written and produced by Paul VanDeCarr.||10/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 40: The 18.5-minute gap in the Nixon tapes||Here is the solution to one of the great political mysteries of the past 50 years, and an explosive confession by the late President Richard M. Nixon. Thanks to advances in technology, audio experts have at last reconstructed the contents of the...||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 39: The Hill Cumorah Pageant, stories from the Book of Mormon||The Hill Cumorah Pageant is performed over several nights every July in Palmyra, New York, at the very site where Mormons believe that Joseph Smith found the tablets upon which were written the Book of Mormon. With a cast of over 650 people,...||6/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 38: A real-life "Casa Valentina" in New York City||Harvey Fierstein's 2014 play "Casa Valentina" told the story of one weekend in 1962 at an upstate New York resort for cross-dressers, and was based on a real place, long since closed. I visited a NYC-based center for cross-dressers to ask...||4/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 37: "Abril," argumentista de historietas mexicanas||Una entrevista con Laura Bolaños Cadena, mejor conocida como "Abril," la argumentista principal de "Historia Semanal de Amor y Pasión" y otras historietas duranta su larga carrera. www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||8/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 36: A new "Streetcar Named Desire"||A story on the recent Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire," featuring black and Latino actors in the lead roles. Originally produced for WNYC Radio's arts program, Studio 360. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||7/24/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 35: Jonathan Mitchell of "The Truth" podcast||A conversation with Jonathan Mitchell, a longtime public radio producer and now the producer of "The Truth," a podcast of short-form audio drama. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||6/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 34: WORTH, or Women On the Rise Telling HerStory||A visit to the writing group of WORTH, or Women on the Rise Telling HerStory, a NYC-based organization for women who are or have been in prison. More info www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||5/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 33: Casting and theater director Will Cantler||A conversation with Will Cantler, a casting director with Telsey and Co., and an artistic director at MCC Theater in NYC, about filling out a play, film, or TV show with the actors who make it real. Info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||4/15/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 32: Eddie Dowling and "The Glass Menagerie," part 3 of 3||Last of three parts, selected readings from the transcript of oral history interviews with Eddie Dowling about the original Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie." Interview copyrighted by the Columbia Center for Oral History. Info at...||9/18/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 31: Eddie Dowling and "The Glass Menagerie," part 2 of 3||Part 2 of 3, selected readings from the transcript of oral history interviews with Eddie Dowling about the original Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie." Interview copyrighted by the Columbia Center for Oral History. Info at...||9/11/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 30: Eddie Dowling and "The Glass Menagerie," part 1 of 3||Selected readings from the transcript of oral history interviews with Eddie Dowling about the original Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie." Interview copyrighted by the Columbia Center for Oral History. Info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||9/4/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 29: Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart"||A radio segment produced by Paul VanDeCarr for the arts and culture program "Studio 360," about the Broadway revival of Larry Kramer's 1985 play "The Normal Heart." Studio 360 is a co-production of Public Radio International, and WNYC Radio. Thanks to..||7/23/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 28: Taylor Krauss of "Voices of Rwanda"||Taylor Krauss, the director of "Voices of Rwanda," talks about how and why his organization records video testimonies of survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||5/12/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 27: Patrick Reinsborough of smartMeme||Patrick Reinsborough, co-founder of smartMeme and co-author of "Re:Imagining Change," talks about using "narratrive strategies" in social change campaigns. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||12/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 26: John O'Neal of Junebug Productions||As Junebug Productions celebrates its 30th anniversary, artistic director John O'Neal talks about the role of theater in social justice struggles. More at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||12/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 25: "The Long-Suffering Tree," a story||In a departure from the regular podcast, this episode is a story by Paul VanDeCarr, called "The Long-Suffering Tree," taking off from Shel Silverstein's famous children's book of a, um, similar title. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||10/30/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 24: Jon Funabiki of the Renaissance Journalism Center||Jon Funabiki talks about how the Renaissance Journalism Center is working to reinvigorate the practice of journalism to support communities not typically well served by big media. Info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||9/6/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 23: StoryCorps Memory Loss Initiative||Perri Chinalai of StoryCorps talks about the organization's Memory Loss Initiative. Includes clips of stories recorded by StoryCorps. More information at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||7/25/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 22: "Forget Memory" author Anne Basting||Anne Basting, a professor of theater and the author of "Forget Memory: Creating Better Lives for People With Dementia," talks about the nature of memory, and how storytelling can help people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Info at...||7/18/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 21: The Neighborhood Story Project||Abram Himelstein, co-founder and co-director of the Neighborhood Story Project in New Orleans, talks about working with high school students and adults alike in crafting "our stories, told by us." Info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||6/16/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 20: "The Secret City" with Allen Hahn||Allen Hahn talks about "The Secret City," his interactive "experiment in storytelling" that takes participants through a mysterious library in Braddock, Pennsylvania. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||5/11/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 19: "Treme" and "Faubourg Treme" writer Lolis Eric Elie||Lolis Eric Elie -- a staff writer for the HBO series "Treme," and the writer of director Dawn Logsdon's documentary film "Faubourg Tremé" -- discusses these fictional and factual treatments of New Orleans. More information at...||4/6/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 18: Comic and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg||A chat with Ophira Eisenberg -- comic, storyteller, and frequent host of "The Moth" shows -- about lying, outer space, and killing your darlings. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||3/22/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 17: Lincoln walking tour by Ford's Theatre||This episode of Inside Stories focuses on a walking tour about the search for President Lincoln's killer, which takes participants back to the days after the assassination. The tour is produced by Ford's Theatre, where Lincoln was shot. More info at...||3/4/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 16: Selections from "Word of Mouth"||This episode of "Inside Stories" features selected clips from "Word of Mouth," George King's 1987 radio documentary series about storytelling, which included such greats as Studs Terkel, Jackie Torrence, Corey Fischer, and others. More information at...||1/20/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 15: Documentarian Mark Hopkins||Mark Hopkins, director of the documentary "Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders," talks about the characters that populate his film on the humanitarian aid organization. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||1/10/2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 14: The Battlefield of History||A visit to the Greenwood Cemetery in New York City, for a living history day commemorating the anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle of Brooklyn. Featuring members of an African American reenactors regiment. More information at...||12/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 13: Comic radio play "Love Shack"||A little diversion from the usual fare on "Inside Stories." This episode is a comic radio play about the takeover of a radio station by revolutionaries during a sex/love advice program. (c) 2009 Paul VanDeCarr. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||12/10/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 12: Newseum, the museum of the news||A confab with Cathy Trost, the exhibit development director of Newseum, the museum of the news, which touts itself as Washington DC's most interactive museum. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||11/29/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 11: Housing is a Human Right||Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone talk about "Housing is a Human Right," a project they created and produced featuring audio stories about the struggle for home. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||11/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 10: Narrative Medicine with Dr. Rita Charon||Dr. Rita Charon, director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, talks about how the doctor-patient relationship is enriched through stories. Info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com||11/10/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 09: Thousand Kites||A conversation with Nick Szuberla, director of the Thousand Kites project, a community dialogue project about the criminal justice system. More information at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||10/30/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 08: Theatre of the Senses||The artistic director and members of "Teatro de los Sentidos" (Theater of the Senses) don't reveal their secrets in this episode, but they do chat about the magic behind their sensuous shows, including "Echo of the Shadow." More...||10/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 07: A story read by the author, Kris Kovick||My old friend Kris Kovick reads the chapter "Big Stump" from her novella "America's Least Wanted," which combines family lore, contemporary personal stories from her own life, and a murder mystery! This is the first of occasional...||10/11/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 06: Erotica writer Susie Bright||Susie Bright, a writer and editor of erotica (former longtime editor of "Best American Erotica") talks about the sexual imagination. Includes no profanity or explicit descriptions of sexual activity. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com||10/4/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 05: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum||Steve Luckert, a curator at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, talks about the museum's permanent exhibition, and about an exhibit he curated called "State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda." More info at...||9/27/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 04: Rimini Protokoll's interactive theatre||Stefan Kaegi of the Berlin-based theatre group Rimini Protokoll talks about their interactive theater -- including "Call Cutta in a Box," which is played out one-on-one over the telephone. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||9/20/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 03: Writer-actor Maya Lilly||Maya Lilly talks about her one-woman show "Mixed" -- the multiracial people she interviewed, how she develops their characters to be performed, and role-playing in real life. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||9/13/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 02: Transmedia producer Jeff Gomez||Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner Entertainment talks about producing "transmedia" franchises, or stories that cross from the web to video games to books and other media platforms. The new television show "Flash Forward" is cited as an example of how...||9/6/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanINSIDE STORIES 01: An introduction to the blog/podcast, and to your host||Premiere episode of "Inside Stories," a blog and podcast about the many forms of storytelling. This episode introduces host Paul VanDeCarr, and outlines what the blog and podcast are about. More info at www.InsideStoriesOnline.com.||8/30/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAUDIO TOUR: GEORGE MOSCONE'S CITY HALL||George Moscone was a San Francisco supervisor, a California state senator, and finally mayor of San Francisco from January 1976 until November 1978, when he was killed in City Hall. His work is often overshadowed by that of gay rights activist and...||6/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAUDIO TOUR: KRIS KOVICK AT THE PRESIDIO PET CEMETERY||"Sex & Dogs & Rock & Roll: The Presidio Pet Cemetery" is a self-guided audio walk in the Presidio Pet Cemetery, in San Francisco. The program contains no historical or other information about the Pet Cemetery itself. Rather, it is a story by Kris...||5/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAUDIO TOUR: HARVEY MILK - OUT OF THE BARS AND INTO THE STREETS||Harvey Milk was a San Francisco supervisor (like a city councilor) and gay rights activist who was killed in 1978 in City Hall, along with Mayor George Moscone. This tour is about Milk and the rise of gay power in 1970s San Francisco. It goes from the..||4/1/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
Paul VanDeCarr should be listened to.
I don't know what else to say because I'm going to go listen to him now, too. --Erika Lopez
Really thought-provoking episodes!
The episodes so far are really good, looks like a promising podcast about stories and storytelling. Perfect for fans of This American Life, The Moth, StoryCorps, The Treatment, stuff like that. I’m excited to see how the podcast evolves.
Well-suited for writers and media types like me.
I work in media, and I really like the way this podcast and blog cover all different kinds of storytelling, like history museum design, walking tours, novels, films, gossip. The blog is also definitely worth a look.