The Stoop Storytelling Series
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The Stoop showcases the extraordinary true stories of “ordinary" people, told in front of live audiences as large as 1,400. Stoop stories are weird, wonderful, hilarious, and heartbreaking — and, above all, intimate. Founders Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin host the podcast.
||CleanUnder the Influence||This week on the podcast, two tales of homage. Artist Ashley Minner spins a tale of her artistic grandmother. And Mike Subelsky pays his respects to the programming language than made him fall in love with computers.||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLove Story||In honor of Valentine’s Day, we bring you three tales of unabashed romance. Ptolemy Slocum creates an explosive love ritual. Laura Laing finds her way down the aisle. And Ian Blumenfeld goes to great lengths to make a proposal.||2/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Moment That Changed Everything||The idea that one moment can change an entire life feels too neat to be true. And yet for these three storytellers - Damon Walker, Kel Millionie, and Steve Snyder - that’s exactly what happens.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHigh School Hijinx||This week on the podcast, three tales of high school shenanigans. Patrick Gilbert raises the roof. Richard Meltzer raids the refrigerator. And Diane Coraggio plays a prank — except the joke is on her.||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRaise, Call, Bet||This week on the podcast, two tales of high-stakes gambling. Joe Challmes bets on the horses ... and wins. Aaron Henkin plays blackjack with a system ... and wins (for a while).||1/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAcross the Divide||This week on the podcast, three complicated, contradictory, and confusing tales from young people confronted with the racial divide — and trying to find their way across it. David Schwarz recalls negotiating the hellish halls of high school as a...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Story Behind The Story||This week’s episode of The Stoop podcast, “The Story Behind The Story,” offers a peek behind the printed page, to the sausage-making of reporting, research and writing. Dan Fesperman offers a spy-worthy yarn from Guantanamo; Lauren Francis...||1/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst Times (Rebroadcast)||In honor of the New Year, The Stoop offers an encore version of its first podcast ever, a collection of stories about First Times. Ab Logan reminisces about his first kiss. Physician Ethel Weld remembers learning an important lesson about patients and...||1/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJews Loving Christmas||In honor of Hanukkah, we offer three tales of "Jews Loving Christmas." Arthur Magida spins a snow-globe tale of olde New York; Ana Goldseker yearns for a Christmas tree; and Linda Perlstein offers a behind-the-scenes look at life as an Elf. Learn more...||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Little Christmas Chaos||This week on the podcast, we offer "A Little Christmas Chaos" -- because if the holidays go exactly as planned, there are no good stories! Therese Lynch starts us off with a tale about her crazy family, the curse that befell them one Christmas, and...||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Santa Stories||What's better than one disaffected young man pretending to be Santa to make the world -- or at least, the mall -- a more wonderful place? Two. This week on the podcast, A Tale of Two Santas, one from Jim Ventosa and one from Sean Hannigan. You'll...||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Southern Family Yarn||This week on the podcast, "A Southern Family Yarn" from writer Dudley Clendinin, in which past, present, and future merge in a dreamy holiday tale. This story was told in 2009; Clendinin died in 2012 from Lou Gehrig's disease. Learn more at ...||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSilly Boys||This week on the podcast, we laugh at -- er....with -- three Silly Boys with three very different silly tales. Heath Harrison, best Water Boy ever, tastes forbidden honey. Raj Konar plays with fire. And Dave Reichley gives Donald Duck a golden shower....||11/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOff the Menu||In honor of Thanksgiving, this week The Stoop goes "Off the Menu," with three stories of unexpected dining adventures. Amy Cohen plays host to family members whose sandwiches weren't so ... fresh. Cynthia Shea shows up to cater ... without some key...||11/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Theme Song||Do we choose our theme song ... or does it choose us? This week on the podcast, Rahne Alexander reveals her secrets about Purple Rain. Steve Haddad and his mother bond over You Can't Always Get What You Want. And Charisse Nichols channels Michael...||11/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLadies in Love||This week on the podcast, three very different tales of Ladies in Love. Adriana Lecuona finds love with a fellow "loser." Allison Brown Jackson woos with a secret weapon: scrapbooking. And Sheri Venema tells a true tale of reluctant cougar-dom. Learn...||11/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGhost Stories||In honor of Halloween, three true tales that will scare the pants off ya! Kevin Farmer shares a story about a knife with staying power. Sujata Massey gets haunted through and through. And Peter R has a pirate tale that will make you go aaargh! ...||10/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCaretakers||Jessica Myles Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories of people trying their best to take care of others. Caroline Tufts has a ritual she does every night before she goes to her job as a forensic nurse. Jim Karantonis is a psychiatric technician;...||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWayward Travelers||There, and back again if you're lucky Laura Wexler and Jessica Myles Henkin share stories of vacationers going rogue. Michael Auerbach gets himself a free ride. Chris Yeiser has a bit too much fun on his trip to the...||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBody Shop||Jessica Myles Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories from the Stoop about people whose bodies are giving them a lot of trouble. Hilary Hansen has as many problems with her teeth as she has teeth. Phil Meeder and his wife need to procure a...||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGirly Mags||Jessica Myles Henkin and Laura Wexler share stories from two pinup-loving raconteurs. Mark Thistle becomes the neighborhood porn librarian. Stacy Barich's parents are at times unnervingly shameless about sex. Learn more about the...||10/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Mysteries||It's a family affair... Laura Wexler and Jessica Myles-Henkin share their favorite tales from the Stoop about families with skeletons in the closet - and what happens when they come out. Steve Luxenburg's mother can no longer keep the...||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Nemesis||Laura Wexler and Jessica Myles-Henkin are back for a fifth season of tales from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, Maryland. This week, storytellers face off - or come to terms with - their foes. Shelley Blake-Plock has a...||9/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGimme Shelter||If I don't get some...||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpiritual Healing||...it's good for me.||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinders Keepers||The trials, tribulations and joys of adopted families||8/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArt Project||Laura Wexler and Jessican Henkin share stories about artists taking their work about as far as it can go. Abe Burickson wonders if it's possible to create a work of art for just one person and kidnaps his friend in the process. Chrissy Ferrara...||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSinners aka Guilty Catholics||Catholic guilt is different from regular guilt.||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBeasts of Burden||I'll never bee.... Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share some fauna stories from Baltimore, MD's Stoop Storytelling series. Kristi Birch becomes her cat's psychiatrist. Chick Ochlech invents a new way of fishing. Mike McClure plays matchmaker...||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAwkward||Cringes abound!||7/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStranger in a Strange Land||Maybe some of those who travel are lost.||7/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBaltimoored||As the thrill of June fades into the oppressive humidity of July, Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share stories about being stuck in the city for the summer from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD.||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCar Trouble||Click and Clack were nowhere to be found, so Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler share their favorite Stoop stories about car difficulty, but without any quick fixes.||7/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHindsight||Coulda Shoulda Woulda... Everything makes so much more in retrospect. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite hindsight stories from the Stoop Storytelling Stage in Baltimore, MD. Ryan Shields learns the hard way to...||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTake This Job and Shove It||In the immortal words of Blink 182, "Work sucks. I know." Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of people quitting their jobs from the Stoop Storytelling Stage in Baltimore, MD. Jim Meyer recalls his days as a shopping...||6/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMother Nature is a Mother...||Sometimes the outdoors ain't so great. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of people facing natural obstacles from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD. Miriam Greenleaf-Miller has hot feet,...||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVisions and Hallucinations||Do you see what I'm seeing? Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of trips, visions, and supernatural sights from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD. Ryan Cole ditches the Running of the Bulls to take...||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYoung Love||The intersection of puberty and romance is full of wonder and terror. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite stories of young love from the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD. Ben Doyle (a storyteller still in high school!)...||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIllin'||Bring on the chicken soup, because we're calling in sick!||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFamily Secrets||Everyone has them. The stories about you're family you don't tell anyone else... Except on the Stoop Storytelling stage. Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share their favorite family secret stories from the Stoop Storytelling Series in...||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConjurings||Obsessions that test the boundaries of the living and dead. Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share stories of conjuring told live at the Stoop Storytelling Series in Baltimore, MD. Alexandra Deutsch has some help...||5/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHell Raisers||Not the literal hell! Pioneers who raised righteous hell tell their stories live on the Stoop Storytelling Series stage in Baltimore, MD. Liz McAlister, a former nun, takes on the US Military's nuclear power during the Cold War. US...||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRock & Roll||Hosts Laura Wexler and Jessica Henkin share some of their favorite Rock & Roll stories from The Stoop Storytelling Series, all told live in Baltimore, MD. Mimi Dietrich and her quilting friends wind up in an elevator with two bananas and more...||4/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mayoral Show||On this episode, an experiment in non-politics. What is an election if not a fancy job interview? We decided to ask our mayoral candidates to tell us a story from their first job, without campaigning. 13 candidates told their stories. In...||4/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFirst Times||You never forget your first...||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I discovered this podcast on stitcher app. for iPhone, and just LOVE it! I am so excited to find it at iTunes, the archives should keep me busy while I wait for the new episodes. I like how it's presented in short ( @10-15 min ) episodes, one storyteller per episode. It is easy to fit in a story or two throughout the day. Also, I like that it's labeled by storyteller, making it easy to navigate the archive!
If you like the moth, this American life, risk, or Joe frank, you should definately check these shows out!
Thanks to the producers! I can't believe this is only the 2nd review.
One of the best storytelling podcasts
This podcast is loaded with great, engaging stories. I cant stop listening.
Great Baltimore Institution
The Stoop stories cover the spectrum and are favorite event at CenterStage in Baltimore. Fun, funny, sad, wistful, outrageous--it's all here.