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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.

Customer Reviews

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!

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