We explore Madison one story at a time. In each episode, Takeyla Benton and Jen Rubin feature a story told live in Madison, interview the storyteller to dig deeper into the story and how they crafted it.
INSIDE STORIES: Mark Espanol
Mark Espanol shares his personal journey from his time in prison to present life. He explores how a local radio DJ and her show changed his life and we talk about what it was like to tell a very personal story in front of a crowd of strangers.
INSIDE STORIES: Danielle Hairston Green
Taking big leaps isn't something we all are comfortable doing. Danielle shares the wisdom gained and lessons learned from the big leaps she took in life. We enjoyed the connection, conversation, and laughs on this one.
INSIDE STORIES: Jessica Jacobs
After leaving a toxic relationship during the pandemic, moving in with her sister, Jessica decides to treat herself to a vacation. She gets on an airplane for the first time, travels by herself for the first time, and reconnects with herself on a Florida beach.
INSIDE STORIES: Nitisha Tomar
When Nitisha was seven years old she saw her mom act with great courage to protect herself, Nitisha, and her younger sister. This moment and her mother's act of bravery has stayed with her. Nitisha developed this story as part of a workshop with the Chazen Museum and Inside Stories podcast.
INSIDE STORIES: Dave Emanuel
High school is a time where we often find ourselves and our people. Dave tells a story about being bullied at school and at his church because everyone thought he was gay. He recounts formative moments where he found a strong community of friends with other kids that were considered outsiders and thrived. Dave brings considerable humor, vulnerability, and insight to his stories. We enjoyed the connection, conversation, and laughs on this one.
INSIDE STORIES: Jennifer Esperanza
Jennifer tells a story about one night during high school that brought to the surface the impact of intergenerational trauma from growing up in the U.S. with her immigrant family and undocumented grandmother. She chronicles her family letting go of some of their fears and letting her have more freedom to explore her world, live a fuller life and find her place.
Stories Are Powerful!
There is great power in telling of one’s story. There is great humility in listening. I love that this podcast focuses on ordinary people in our community and allows us to see how extraordinary they really are!
Great real talk storytelling podcast
Love this podcast soo much. The discussion of people’s stories after we hear them is awesome. Really help me get into them and get to know the story tellers. Love the commentators style and openness. Keep it going however you can