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.

Greg Busby: Growing up on a farm

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Greg Busby tells a story about what he learned growing up on a farm.

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Episode 11: Unwanted Guests

Posted: April 7th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Visitors aren’t always welcome. In this episode, we’ll hear from two storytellers who were visited by some unwanted guests. First, Melissa Weigel tells us about a guest of the animal variety who entered her home when she least expected it. Then, Dan Papa will deliver a tale about the time he was robbed while wearing nothing but a towel.


Episode 10: Growing Up

Posted: April 5th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Lessons come fast and cheap in childhood. We have two tales of Growing Up in this episode of Story Shuffle, the weekly, first-draft storytelling podcast. First hear storyteller and columnist R. Eric Thomas talk about snitching as a kid. Then hear social services worker and writer Patrick McNeil remember a passed loved one.


Episode 9: First Impressions

Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Most times we go with our gut. On the ninth episode of Story Shuffle, the weekly first-draft storytelling podcast, we hear two stories of people doing just that, experiencing First Impressions. First we have author and literary agent Eric Smith remembering the first day he moved to Philadelphia — and the cultural differences between there and New Jersey. Next, journalist Daniel Victor shares his first look at a conference of pickup artists — yes, pickup artists.

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Episode 8: Discipline

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We get hard lessons from all sorts of places, particularly when we’re growing up. The eighth episode of Story Shuffle, the weekly first-draft storytelling podcast, features two stories on Discipline. First, as recorded in 2010, Shannon Wink tells a story of Catholic Justice from her childhood in Northeast Philadelphia. Next Brady Dale remembers hazing from his Kansas high school debate team, as recorded in 2012.


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

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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.