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The Stanford Storytelling Project is an arts program at Stanford University that explores how we live in and through stories and how we can use them to change our lives. Our mission is to promote the transformative nature of traditional and modern oral storytelling, from Lakota tales to Radiolab, and empower students to create and perform their own stories. The project sponsors courses, workshops, live events, and grants, along with its radio show State of the Human.

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The Stanford Storytelling Project is an arts program at Stanford University that explores how we live in and through stories and how we can use them to change our lives. Our mission is to promote the transformative nature of traditional and modern oral storytelling, from Lakota tales to Radiolab, and empower students to create and perform their own stories. The project sponsors courses, workshops, live events, and grants, along with its radio show State of the Human.

    Experiencing Sankofa

    Experiencing Sankofa

    What are you supposed to do after a noose is found on your campus? Stanford’s answer to that question was, in part, to invite The Experience Sankofa Project, a living museum on black history to campus. This story details what the Project can teach us about racism, activism, and (maybe most importantly), community.

    Producer: Adesuwa Agbonile

    Featuring: Venus Morris, Dereca Blackmon, Mizan Alkebulan-Abakah, Sizwe Andrews-Abakah, Frank Omowale Satterwhite, Jeanette Smith-Laws, Persis Drell

    Music: “Multiple Crystal Bowl Rhythm - Freesound.org - Geerose
    “All the Answers” - Lee Rosevere
    “It’s a Mystery” - Lee Rosevere
    “You’re Enough Version C” - Lee Rosevere

    • 20 min
    Seekers

    Seekers

    Producer: Sophie McNulty

    In her late thirties, Lanie, Sophie’s mom, became a born again Christian. Christianity gave her life meaning and happiness. When Lanie found God, “All the heaviness was just lifted.” Sophie, an atheist, struggles to find purpose in her own life. In this story, Sophie sets out to determine if what saved her mother could save her, too.

    Music:
    The Healing (Sergey Cheremisinov)
    Precisamos de um plano (rui)
    Valantis (Blue Dot Sessions)
    Waves (Pictures of the Floating World)
    Multiverse (Ketsa)
    Postcards mastered

    • 29 min
    Klezmer For My Grandmother

    Klezmer For My Grandmother

    Producer: Daniel Helena Alexander

    In the summer of 2019, I fly to Israel with a single goal in mind. I want to play a song. But not just any song. I want to play a Klezmer song. This podcast follows my journey meeting Jewish musicians and dealing with family tragedy to compose a personal song. “Music doesn’t lie.” You'll agree when you hear how beautiful, haunting, and inspiring Klezmer music can be.

    Music:
    “Miter Der Lerrer” by Di Gasn Trio
    “Schwartz Doina and Al’s Dances” by Daniel Hoffman
    “San Diego” by Blink-182
    “Bagopolier Freylekhs” by Klezmer Israel
    “Hora de Concert” by Emil Aybinder
    “In Your Arms” by Forestt
    “Music for Bows and Feet” by Daniel Hoffman
    “Festival Excerpts” by HaBalkania
    “Hora Mittsibeles” by Alicia Svigels
    “Excerpts” by HaBalkania
    “Niggun” by Gal Klein

    • 24 min
    Swimming In Dreams

    Swimming In Dreams

    Producer: Ethan Lo

    What’s the point of all of this? It’s a question we've all asked ourselves. For child-refugees who’ve come to America (and their descendants), attempting to answer this question is inevitably tied with wondering why fate, God, or whatever higher power they believe in has given them opportunities that those who came before them did not have.If you’ve ever asked yourself what it is that you need to be doing in life, this story is for you. You don’t have to come from a refugee background to relate. It’s simply the story of a young man who’s beginning to seriously question his lot in life, intertwining it with his family background, and coming to terms with the nature of it all. By exploring the three lives of a now-reintegrated middle-aged man who was sentenced to prison at 15, a college student who once couldn’t dream, and a high school student balancing what she owes to her mother and to herself; Ethan hopes to answer one question: what am I here for, if anything?

    Featured voices: Ethan Lo, Choy, Paw, Neesha

    Music:
    Opening Credits, Johnny Ripper
    Rain, Aaron Ximm
    Night Caves, Lee Rosevere
    Ominous Beat, Setuniman freesound.org/people/Setuniman/
    Harmonious Ending, Setuniman freesound.org/people/Setuniman/

    • 18 min
    The Reality Teacher

    The Reality Teacher

    Producer: Elena Press

    In the summer of 2019, I took off on a cross-country road trip to discover my father’s mysterious hippie past. Though I grew up with a dad who worked as an accounting professor, all throughout my childhood I heard stories of my dad building log cabins in Washington Woodlands, running a granola coop and my half-sister born on the kitchen table. Join me as I travel across time and space to uncover the truth of it all and learn from “the reality teacher.”

    Music: Unthunk
    Monplaisir
    An Eagle in Your Mind
    Les Hayden
    Lobo Loco
    Kathleen Martin
    Mutherpluckin
    Silicon Transmitter
    Latch Swing

    • 22 min
    To The Beat Of The Drum

    To The Beat Of The Drum

    Producer: Mylan Gray

    When you feel at home thousands of miles away from your birthplace, what choice do you have but to return? I take a return trip to the Festival of the Rosary—an African syncretic festival in the southeast of Brazil. In returning, I learned African diasporic peoples might be connected by more than just African ancestry. Marked by cultural loss from the middle passage, this festival births a culture of its own. Its songs and rituals speak to the suffering of slavery and embrace a remembrance of forgotten homelands. As a black person from the United States, being in the presence of this grieving made room for something else to take root.

    Featuring:
    Ana Luzia Da Silva
    Padre Jailson
    Rainha Cleusa
    Dayonna Tucker
    Ramona Greene
    Cameron Woods

    Music: Original music from the Festival of the Rosary
    Blear Moon
    Brevyn
    Kai Engel
    Zion Dirty Sound
    Ikebe Shakedown

    • 30 min

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