No, YOU Tell It!
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No, YOU Tell It! is a nonfiction reading series dedicated to performing true-life tales with a twist: Each participant develops their own story on the page and then flips scripts with a partner to present each other’s story on stage. Podcast episodes feature one pair of swapped stories from our live shows in NYC.
||CleanEpisode 46 – Schooled||Since our own Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons started No, YOU Tell It! six, WOW, yes, six years ago one of her favorite things has been going out to Fairleigh Dickinson University to switch-up stories with students, faculty,||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 45 – Mayday (Part 2)||Angela Cobb’s story is a romantic liaison set against the backdrop of Hurricane Sandy. After the storm subsides, she finds the attempt to recapture that intimacy fraught and even the best-laid plans might require a “Plan B.||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 44 – Mayday (Part 1)||In the first half of our “Mayday” show, recorded live at The Astoria Bookshop on May 10th, Allison Escoto is forced to listen to an unexpected SOS of the heart. Here is M. Skye Holly reading, “Vessel in Distress.” Switching it up, M.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 43 – Wild Card (Part 2)||A young man’s obsessive quest to complete a set of Batman trading cards embroils his extended family in a hunt across the borough of Queens. First up, from our Wild Card show, Raquel Penzo presents Roger Nassar’s story “The Elusive Card #66” Swi||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42 – My First||Give a listen to this alternate No, YOU Guess It?! version of our show featuring switched-up stories from students, faculty, and alums of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Plus,||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41 – Outdated||After switching up stories at Jimmy’s No. 43 for the past five years, we were saddened to hear that influential East Village beer and cider bar has quietly closed its doors. Read the full story here. In celebration of Jimmy’s No. 43,||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40 – On the Spot Story Swap!||When we asked No, YOU Tell It! alums to bring in stories for an impromptu switch-em-up as part of our four-year-anniversary celebration, Mike Dressel and Alexandra Gray – who also happen to be birthday twins – came through in a big way.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39 – No Regrets||We’re thrilled that No, YOU Tell It! is once again part of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Our own Kelly Jean is in Madison, NJ right now working with the MFA students, alums,||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38 – Blowback (Part 2)||A simple neighborly gesture plus an ill-advised night of drinking leads to stalking, harassment, and an ever-escalating sense of danger. Kicking off the second half of our “Blowback” show, here is Courtney Frances Fallon’s story “Wine Wednesday||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37 – Blowback (Part 1)||A superfan desperately wants to connect with the Wonderful Wizard of YouTube, Todrick Hall, in Ariel Mahler’s story “Under the Rainbow, Over the Sea” read for us here by Molly Touger. Switching it up, when Molly Touger spends the summer as an inte||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36 – Migration (Part 2)||After years of staying on the fringes, Erika Iverson finds community and comfort through the intricate act of folding paper cranes in Union Square. Kicking off the second half of our “Migration” show, Ken Crossland reads, “September 18,||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35 – Migration (Part 1)||After a devastating loss, an heiress comes to terms with the one thing that money can’t buy. First up from our “Migration” show, Leslie Malaika Lewis asks the big questions in “A Broader View” read for us by Elisa DeCarlo.||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34 – Deleted Scenes (Part 2)||What begins as a letter to a long-lost childhood friend leads to meditation on the fragments of memory that linger after a person passes through our lives at a crucial stage… Kicking off the second half of our special TLR team-up at the AWP conference||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33 – Deleted Scenes (Part 1)||We were excited to team up with the editors of The Literary Review to present a special switched-up storytelling panel at the 50th AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washington D.C. Our first true-life tale was written by No, YOU Tell It!||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32 – Alter Egos||A gig playing the role of mystery woman at the bar – part of a scavenger hunt team building exercise – has the narrator of “Agent Hotpants” questioning what it means to play games. From our “Alter Egos” show,||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31 – Fiction Edition (Part 2)||It’s the Fiction Edition! For this special anniversary show, we invited a few of our favorite storytellers back to experiment with a change from our usual true-life tales. Spending time with your family over the holidays?||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30 – Noted||First up from our “Noted” show is a story about accepting your accomplishments and honoring your failures. Of gratitude in the face of disappointment. Of learning to take the note as they say in the theatre – when to wear the mask and when to le||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 – Elected||Our recent show fell the day after the presidential election and was a special evening of swapped stories, welcome laughter, and free hugs. Kicking off the night, which featured a tri-flip of three true-life tales inspired by the theme – Yep,||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28 – Firsts (Part 2)||Free Only want to be free We huddle close Hang on to a dream Iracel Rivero contemplates her life in America and her first trip back to Cuba after leaving as a small child, and along the way tries to answer the question –Where are you from?||10/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 – Just Desserts||Listen up for a story of online dating and childbirth, the contrast between big moments and small gestures, and lives moving at different paces — where a near stranger knows the right words and sometimes you get blood on your shoe.||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 – Blanked (Part 2)||Did you ever get a song stuck in your head? What about a place? Or a moment in time? Kicking off the second half of our recent “Blanked” show, Tobias Carroll contemplates the quirks of the mind in “Ambient Spaces.” Read for us here by Alex Rub||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 – Blanked (Part 1)||What exactly happens at No, YOU Tell It! show? Give a listen to the first half of our recent “Blanked” night at Jimmy’s No. 43 featuring a story swap from Ryan Donovan and Jennifer Harder and all will be revealed… Ryan Donovan grew up rootles||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 – In Transit (Part 2)||We give our storytellers a new, evocative theme for each No, YOU Tell It! and ask them to come into our into our initial story meeting with a first draft inspired by that theme, allowing wide space for interpretation. For our “In Transit” show,||9/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 – Firsts||Does the internet bring us together or keep us isolated? When you learn about the death of a loved one via Facebook, the answer isn’t simple. Flashing back to our second show, ironically themed “Firsts,” Todd Faulkner reads “Confirmation: Or Mou||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 – Q-Boro Lit Crawl (Leg 2)||Was she my first diva? What else fell out of my vagina along with my kid? These kinds of questions are best tackled at a literary bar crawl. We were thrilled to be part of the Queens Book Festival’s Q-boro Lit Crawl in Long Island City this past Ap||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 – Uproar (Part 2)||Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our “Uproar” show at Jimmy’s No. 43 on November 18th, 2014. Minna Zallman Proctor is an editor, essayist, and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she is th||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 – No Vacancy (Part 2)||Starting out the second half of our recent “No Vacancy” show at Jimmy’s No. 43, Sydney Beveridge learned that the space between two college roommates is often more than the physical 12 feet separating their single beds.||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 – No Vacancy (Part 1)||Beginning our recent “No Vacancy” evening at Jimmy’s No. 43, a semester abroad is nearly ruined by one aggressive, sloppy, dim-witted, and perpetually horny housemate in Laura Forer’s story of her time in Spain.||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 – Dark Woods||Today’s Two on Tuesday stories were performed live as part of our “Dark Woods” show. Were you ever told you had an over-active imagination? When you have an older sibling who loves to tease, it can be a tricky business.||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 – Lock & Key (Part 2)||Today’s pair of “Two on Tuesday” stories comes from our show LOCK & KEY. In “What Am I Doing Here?”, Ryan Holmes risks jeopardizing a new-found sense of security by being true to himself. It’s a story of negotiating friendship,||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 – Wild Card||Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories were performed live at Jimmy’s No. 43 as part of our WILD CARD show. Lucky at cards, unlucky in love. Can you be unlucky at both? And what if the cards are being dealt by a psychic?||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 – Revelation Workshop Showcase||A year ago, we expanded No, YOU Tell It! by offering workshops at QED: A Place to Show & Tell in Astoria. These workshops are open to writers of all levels looking to switch-up their story. (pictured left to right: Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons,||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 – Lock & Key||This episode we’re featuring a pair of stories from our LOCK & KEY show. In our first story, author Stella Kaufman has devised a coping mechanism for dealing with the sleights, pain, and humiliation life can deal out.||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 – Buyer Beware||Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories were first read during our evening titled BUYER BEWARE. With the discovery of a lover’s secret sex blog, the only rational thing to do is turn away from the screen and run. But once that first thread pulled begin||1/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 – Fiction Edition||Our own Kelly Jean Fitzsimmons was interviewed about how our series might help a fiction writer. Read the interview on About.com here. Then give a listen to our special “Fiction Edition” show to hear firsthand how No, YOU Tell It! works across g||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 – In Transit||For this special episode, you can LISTEN to these switched-up stories from our live show and READ Molly’s story at The Literary Review via TLR SHARE. In “Song Lines,” a singer/songwriter has an adventure in Ireland and finds all sorts of new doo||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 – Glory||At first Vicki Cabrera said to us, I’ll take the class, but I’ll never do the show. She was in our very first No, YOU Tell It! workshop and with a little coaching by director Erika Iverson, she gave one of the most moving performances we’ve seen.||12/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 – Temper, Temper||It’s our first Tri-flip! And our first “Three on Tuesday” episode featuring switched-up stories from Gloria Beth Amadeo, Morgan Pielli, and Elizabeth Jaeger. Click here to meet our storytellers. Plus, special guest Colby Black started our show off||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – Uproar||Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our show UPROAR. Peter Tinaglia is a graduate of the master’s program in voice at Manhattan School of Music. In this story, he reflects on a horrifying undergraduate experience where a mere slip of the t||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – Fear Itself||Today’s “Two on Tuesday” story swap is from our ‘Fear Itself’ show – Edward Campbell finds himself across the globe on the search for the perfect symbol to ink on his body, only to return home with something more meaningful.||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 – Revival||Today’s “Two on Tuesday” stories are from our ‘Revival’ show recorded live at Jimmy’s No. 43. How much should we reveal about ourselves? And what exactly do we leave behind? Jessica Cannon contemplates these questions for the digital er||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 – Alumni Show||This episode features a pair of stories from our first No, YOU Tell It! alumni reading at The Astoria Bookshop, written and performed by returning participants Marcos Stafne and Jeff Wills (pictured left to right). We’ve all had to deal with erratic,||10/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 – Legacy||Citizens of Earth! Episode 4 features a pair of sweetly geeky swapped stories from E. James Ford and Nicole Greevy. Part of The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival, for this special edition our ‘Legacy’ storytellers based their true-life tales ar||10/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 – Three Strikes (part 2)||In the second half of our ‘3 Strikes’ show, Daniel Mahler and Jenn Wehrung swap stories about a first love and many, many lives not content to stay in the past. Did you know that part of the fun at our lives shows is to ask the author a personal||9/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 – Three Strikes (part 1)||Episode 2 of our new weekly No, YOU Tell It! podcast features the opening half of our team-up with TLR show. Listen to switched-up stories inspired by the theme ‘3 Strikes’ from The Literary Review’s Kahle Alford and Tim Waldron.||9/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 – Urban Dwellers||From our Urban Dwellers show, here is a pair of switched-up stories about love, loss, and leaving your punk rock youth behind. Monograph Series written by Alexandra Gray & performed by Fred Backus written by Fred Backus & performed by Alexandra Gray GG.||9/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Fun, clever, often moving
Great idea- storytellers write 15 minute essays based around a theme, but then the piece is read by a different person. Some really great writing and there are some great performances, too. Highly recommend.
I listen to these on the subway, and the segments are the perfect amount of time for my ride. The writing is fantastic, and you can tell the writers/performers that are reading the stories understand them on a deeper level (and actually enjoy reading the stories). It’s a snapshot of human experience that I think we all crave. Makes a great addition to my podcast rotation, and the hosts are fantastic, as well.
Say “YES!” to “No, YOU Tell It!"
It’s clever; it’s witty, and, make no mistake; one day, this humble podcast will save the world. The premise is simple. Write your own story based on a given theme and agree to tell another’s. That person agrees to tell yours. The courage to see things from another’s point of view for a few minutes, to speak with another’s voice, and to hear what your words actually sound like coming from someone else’s mouth…these are experiences with value beyond entertainment, and they are needed in this age of polarization and cellular isolation. That is what “No, YOU Tell It!” both promises and delivers, and its potential is infinite.