For six years, Story Shuffle was a regularly organized, live recording of themed stories. Now the best of these stories are being rereleased as a weekly podcast.

Chris Reber loves Apollo 13

Posted: February 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Chris Reber at right, Alex Irwin at left. Photo by Rachel Playe.

Reading Eagle stringer Chris Reber recalls just how much he loved the 1995 Tom Hanks movie retelling of the Apollo 13 space mission. …It involved a fourth grade production.

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Shannon McDonald breaking hearts on IM

Posted: February 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Shannon McDonald of WHYY developed a reputation in high school for breaking hearts over instant messenger.

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Flat Mary Road gives acoustic set of LOVE

Posted: February 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Photo by Rachel Playe.

Three fourths of West Philly folk rock band Flat Mary Road — Steve Teare, Alex Irwin, Chris Reber with some kicking backing toy electronic keyboard from Dan Papa –  landed in the story tent for an exclusive acoustic set.

First, the group performed ‘Waltz your problem?’ in the dimly lit blanket fort on the third floor of a West Philly rowhome.

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Then, downstairs, the group shared ‘Wildman.’

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Finally, Steve Teare tore up ‘Books.’

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Rachel Playe reads Wendell Berry’s ‘Mad Farmer Liberation Front’

Posted: February 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Farmer and photographer Rachel Playe reads a poem from Wendell Berry, called ‘Manifesto: the Mad Farmer Liberation Front.’

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Water Ice is a lot like love: it’s more about the technique than the ingredients, says Christopher Wink

Posted: February 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

James Kennedy, Chris Wink and Shannon McDonald in a blanket fort. Photo by Rachel Playe.

Journalist Christopher Wink talks about why water ice is a lot like love.

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Story Shuffle 5.0: I Love was held in a blanket fort

Posted: February 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Story Shuffle News | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

James Kennedy and Rachel Playe putting the story blanket fort together.

Tomorrow, we kick off sharing Saturday’s Story Shuffle 5 items from West Philly with the ‘I Love’ theme.

We just thought you should know that it all happened in an impressively involved blanket fort set up by photographer and farmer Rachel Playe. It also featured some live acoustic music from our friends Flat Mary Road.

We’ll see you tomorrow.


Adam Bruckner talks about finding his Christian mission within Philly’s homeless population

Posted: February 2nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Adam Bruckner is a legend among Philadelphia’s homeless population and social services community.

Bruckner is a former professional soccer player and Kixx indoor soccer assistant coach, but what he’s better known for is signing checks on Mondays at 4 p.m. outside the Free Library on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Center City Philadelphia.

With a signed letter from an accredited social services agency, Bruckner will write checks for small sums of money for people to get ID cards so they can apply for jobs, drivers licenses and the like. In doing so, he helped launch a nonprofit called Restart.

It’s his small but impactful way of filling a crack in city services. (Well, he does that and he solves homicide investigations). The religious man also happens to be a fine storyteller. Listen to this four-part sermon from the end of 2005.

Part one, on becoming a Christian and seeking a mission.

Part One

Part two,

Part Two

Part three, on affecting one person’s life, not the world.

Part Three

Part Four

H/T Restart