For six years, Story Shuffle was a regularly organized, live recording of themed stories. In 2017, we closed the project with a podcast. The project is done; Enjoy our archives!

How to easily compress audio into mp3 files for Story Shuffle

Posted: November 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Story Shuffle News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on How to easily compress audio into mp3 files for Story Shuffle

Silly as it sounds, after each of the three Story Shuffles, we’ve taken a bit more time than we’d like to admit remembering the easiest way to compress the audio of each story for best playback and most versatile size.

This time, we’ve learned.

This is a simple process for those who know it, but, you know, give us a break, this is for the future, my friends.

Steps from Story Shuffle contributor and Temple University MURL adjunct professor Shannon McDonald:

  • Download audio onto computer with fully-functioning Audacity
  • Open each audio story file in Audacity
  • Save as a compressed file with an .aup file extension
  • Reopen the compressed file in Audacity
  • Export — with mp3 as the default extension — and click options and lower the bit rate to, say, 64, which seems to not reduce quality too much while reducing the size by half or as much as two thirds.
  • Change Meta Data — In Audacity, while exporting, change the track and album title.

Here’s to this being an easier process in the future.

A Story Shuffle logo

Posted: May 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Story Shuffle News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on A Story Shuffle logo

Just a thought…

Story Shuffle: a start

Posted: May 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Stories | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Story Shuffle: a start

I am a homeowner and want an interesting way to invite people to share my home.

I got it into my head at least as early as January that hosting a storytelling event could be just such an interesting chance to share time with friends and meet new people. Months later, with some progress made in making my house a home, I’m ready.

With the help of friends, my idea for Story Shuffle has developed, and I’m proud to share it for the first time with a small group on Saturday, May 29. At random, attendees will get the chance to tell a story related to a chosen theme, as yet undecided upon.


Story Shuffle is something like a random, live, first-person version of the radio show This American Life.

Everyone has to come prepared with a five minute to 10 minute story — likely personal nonfiction but not necessarily — that relates, however vaguely, to that night’s theme. Everyone is assigned a card in a deck, the deck is shuffled and a card is picked at random. Whoever’s card is picked, tells his or her story.

No pressure. Just entertain the collective. Be creative. Tell your story masterfully. We’re all friends, and we want to celebrate the beauty of good story telling. Everyone has great stories to tell.