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.

Episode 7: India

Posted: March 15th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Episode 7: India

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It’s one of the biggest and most populous countries in the world. It is as diverse as countries are. And we’ll offer two different perspectives in Episode Seven of Story Shuffle, the weekly, first-draft storytelling podcast, with a theme of India. First, we hear Indian-born Archna Sahay talk about growing up an immigrant kid and building a bubble elsewhere. Next, we’ll hear Kathryn Bezella tell the story about two different versions of traveling in India, business and explorative.


Episode 6: Living Together

Posted: March 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Episode 6: Living Together

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On this crazy mixed up earth, we have to work with those alongside us. And we have some tips for you in Episode Six of Story Shuffle, the weekly, first-draft storytelling podcast, with a theme of Living Together. First, we hear a reading from short story Jared Levy about getting along on a life raft. Then Lansie Sylvia, a designer and organizer, shares a story about growing up and telling on people.


Episode #5: Kid Tales

Posted: February 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Episode #5: Kid Tales

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You can always look for conflict in your childhood. The fifth episode of weekly first-draft storytelling podcast Story Shuffle is “Kid Tales.” In it, two accomplished storytellers mine their childhoods for conflict worth hearing. First, as recorded in 2012, author and literary agent Eric Smith answers with heart the provocative question: “can a person be regifted?” Second, as recorded in 2014, frequent storyteller Andrew Panebianco offers laughs as he remembers the first time he was cool, on a cruise ship as a pre-teen of course.


Episode #4: Crushes and Technology

Posted: February 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Episode #4: Crushes and Technology

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Today love intersects plenty with technology. The fourth episode of weekly first-draft storytelling podcast Story Shuffle is “Crushes and Technology.” First, as recorded in 2014, we hear Allie Ilagan (then Harcharek) recall the importance of video games in understanding her sexuality.  Then, a 2016 recording of Patrick “Big Timbs” McNeil remembering a tricky first date initiated from an online dating site.


Episode #3: Learning to Love

Posted: February 13th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Episode #3: Learning to Love

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As natural as love is, it can also be as complicated as anything. The third episode of weekly first-draft storytelling podcast Story Shuffle is “Learning to Love.” First, as recorded at the very first Story Shuffle ever, in May 2010, photographer and urban farmer Neal Santos tells us his coming out story, by looking back at coming to understand as a kid that he was gay. Next, as recorded in 2014, Story Shuffle creator Christopher Wink remembers a trip to Italy for what might have become love.


Episode #2: Phone Calls with Mom

Posted: February 6th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Episode #2: Phone Calls with Mom

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The theme of the second episode of weekly first-draft storytelling podcast Story Shuffle is “Phone Calls with Mom.” Everyone has a special kind of relationship with her mom. Good, bad or other, the dynamics insist it is so. This week we have two stories about people with their own unique relationships with mom. First, social worker Michael O’Bryan recalls growing up ‘kinda poor’ and how that has influenced how he works with youth. Second, Kathryn Bezella, an academic executive, tells of her relationship with a bit of family folklore in Wisconsin as told in 2012.


Episode #1: Leaving Home

Posted: January 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Episode #1: Leaving Home

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This is the kickoff first episode of Story Shuffle, a first-draft storytelling podcast. For the next six months, every week we’ll share with you two of the best of more than 200 stories told over the last six years. In this first episode, we hear two stories that connect around the theme of LEAVING HOME. First, we hear Stephen Zook tell a story recorded in 2015 about growing up Amish. Second, Uri Pierre Noel shares memories of growing up in a Haitian immigrant family, as recorded at last year’s Philadelphia Podcast Festival. You’ll note some POPPING P’s in this first episode: forgive us, better to come.


Welcome to the Story Shuffle Podcast

Posted: January 20th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Welcome to the Story Shuffle Podcast

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After more than six years and 200 recorded stories, 36 events and 85 storytellers, Story Shuffle is launching as a weekly podcast. Hear a bit about what to expect.


Story Shuffle 37: stories inspired by BELLS

Posted: December 10th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Story Shuffle News | Tags: , | No Comments »

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The 37th Story Shuffle was held Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Fishtown, Philadelphia with the theme of BELLS as part of an annual holiday party.

Find all the recorded audio here or choose from below.

  1. Cory Donovan: My Brother’s Wedding Day
  2. Italian Stories from Luke Butler’s Wedding
  3. Michael O’Bryan Grew Up Kinda Poor
  4. Patrick McNeil’s First Tinder Date
  5. The Maintenance Cottage by Chris Wink

Cory Donovan: My Brother’s Wedding Day

Posted: December 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Cory Donovan tells the story of conflict at his brother’s wedding.

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