50 episodes

Selected stories from Porchlight, San Francisco's longest-running storytelling series, hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick.

Co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization.

Porchlight Storytelling Series Porchlight

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    • 3.5, 10 Ratings

Selected stories from Porchlight, San Francisco's longest-running storytelling series, hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick.

Co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization.

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

terriblytwee ,

Not great.

I really like storytelling podcasts (Risk, The Moth, etc), so I was interested to try this.

I know in the tagline they say "without notes or memorization!" but to be honest... people are not NATURALLY good storytellers. We ramble, we use filler words, we lose track of our thoughts. It's not necessarily bad but there's a reason interviews are edited and spliced together, and there's a reason why good storytelling tends to be, at the very least, somewhat guided.

So for me, this missed the mark completely. It's like listening to someone tell you about a dream they had, which is to say.. uninteresting and, the most criminal sin of all, boring.

elfdart ,

Annoyingly amateur

I'm a fan of storytelling podcasts, The Moth and DNTO are a couple of the ones that I listen to on a regular basis, so I was excited to try this out. I was severely disappointed.

The hosts babble shrilly into their microphones, yelling over each other to be heard saying… nothing relevant. They also seem to be too close to the mic, because their voices are painfully loud in comparison with the storytellers, who for some reason speak at a normal volume, so I had to constantly adjust the volume while listening to this on my radio. Annoying.

The storytellers weren't amazing either. They pause at insignificant times, like they're waiting for laughter, or stress a point that doesn't add to their story, or don't complete a thought that could have made the story very powerful. For example, one guy was telling a story about how he was on mushrooms. That's not what the story was about, but for how many times he repeated that fact and waited a couple of seconds after each time for some sort of reaction, I don't even remember what it was about. I just remember how many times I yelled at my radio for him to get on with his story. The guy seemed to be more concerned with the potential shock value of what he was saying rather than the flow of the story… get over yourself. The stories weren't bad… but the tellers weren't that experienced and lacked that skill of picking up on some main theme or point. They just told a series of events, some didn't even leave their story with any kind of conclusion, just dropped it. The themes spoken about have a lot of potential to make for a good story, a powerful story, but the skill just isn't there.

Overall, between the annoying and unnecessarily piercing commentary of the hosts, and the lack lustre storytelling, there are better podcasts to spend your time on.

*Ruby Tuesday* ,

Great stories

Im a fan! So glad to have discovered porchlight.

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