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. From 4-5pm Sunday, July 23, 2017, we'll record live to close the podcast. Join us.

Eric Smith on finding love 7 years earlier on craigslist

Posted: February 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Eric Smith kicked us off by sharing the story he told the night before at First Person Arts. Here’s that performance.


Shotgun survival

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


“You have to go far enough away to be seen:” Christopher Wink on Voyager II

Posted: August 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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Thirty four years after Voyager II lifted off, reporter Christopher Wink told its story and drew meaning for the space shuttle program and our own vision of ourselves.

Listen here.


Ask Men gives storytelling advice from comedians

Posted: January 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Storytelling advice | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

AskMen.com ran an item on on some lessons hopeful storytellers can take from comedians, most of whom, in the end, do more storytelling than joke telling. Read the item here to get more details on these tips.

  • Be Brief
  • Give Details
  • Use Story Twists
  • Work the Crowd
  • Act out the Characters
  • Practice
  • End on the Biggest Laugh
  • Spin a Yarn

Listen to Dave Chappelle tell a story or two and watch his methodology in filling these suggestions.


West Philadelphia story teller Juliet Hope Wayne

Posted: September 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Ahead of this Saturday’s Story Shuffle 3.0 Terror taking place in Cedar Park, we thought it prudent to share the work of another West Philadelphia story staple.

Back in August, West Philly gal Juliet Hope Wayne appeared on the Moth podcast.

Updated: This content has been removed at the request of Wayne.


How to tell a story (even when nothing happens)

Posted: September 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Storytelling advice | Tags: , | No Comments »

Some cat shows you why no story needs to fizzle at the end and no story needs to be boring.


Aaron Stella wins First Person Story Slam with ‘involuntary public nudity while defecating’

Posted: July 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Our friend Aaron Stella won the July 12 First Person Story Slam at World Cafe Live with his entry on ‘Criminal Intent,’ an ‘involuntary public nudity while defecating’ story.

H/T Philebrity


Ira Glass of This American Life gives his storytelling basics

Posted: May 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Storytelling advice | Tags: , , | No Comments »

In this four-part video clip series, Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, gives some lessons for storytelling in audio and broadcast.

In this first video, he gives his basics of storytelling.

Below, he also talks about letting go of bad stories, accepting you’ll be bad at first and will be able to tell and that there need to be enough characters in each story you tell, so don’t just speak about yourself.

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