51 episodes

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 Takeyla Benton & Jen Rubin

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.9, 16 Ratings

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: Marisol Gonzalez & Rudy Bankston

    INSIDE STORIES: Marisol Gonzalez & Rudy Bankston

    Marisol Gonzalez tells a fun story about teaching herself to ski by watching youtube videos and trying to keep up with her husband and teenager son. We talk about her interest in telling positive stories and why storytelling has become so important to her.

    Rudy Bankston recorded a Haiku poem he wrote during Covid-19 and talks about why he started writing when he was incarcerated. You can check out his books at https://www.iamweclassics.com/.

    • 32 min
    INSIDE STORIES: Jenie Gao

    INSIDE STORIES: Jenie Gao

    Jenie Gao shares a story about winning a blue ribbon when she is 9 years old at a state-wide art contest, how her father's reaction to her prize shaped her young life as an artist, and how understanding evolves over time.

    Jenie is a working artist and you can learn more about Jenie Gao studio at https://jenie.org/.

    • 29 min
    INSIDE STORIES: Dina Nina Martinez

    INSIDE STORIES: Dina Nina Martinez

    From painful childhood fishing trips with her dad telling her that 'boys don't cry' to her “quinceañera on a bus", when she is first recognized as a woman, Dina Martinez shares her story of realizing she is a trans woman.

    Dina is a comedian, actor, speaker, and empowerment coach and you can learn more about her here: http://dinamartinez.com/.

    • 29 min
    INSIDE STORIES: Covid-19 stories (6)

    INSIDE STORIES: Covid-19 stories (6)

    We asked listeners to record and send us their stories related to Covid-19. This week's episode we have 3 stories. Brian Lee Huynh, (a student at the University of Wisconsin), Laurie Zimmerman, (the rabbi at Congregation Shaarei Shamayim), and Jenie Gao, (an artist).

    • 25 min
    INSIDE STORIES: Covid-19 (5)

    INSIDE STORIES: Covid-19 (5)

    We asked listeners to record and send us their stories related to Covid-19. This week's episode we have 3 stories, a poem and a PSA about your dog from a rural veterinarian. Stories from Amber Walker, Danielle Hairston-Green, and Catherine Lanser. Poem by Dana Maya. PSA from Bill Stork.

    • 27 min
    INSIDE STORIES: Covid 19 stories (4)

    INSIDE STORIES: Covid 19 stories (4)

    We asked listeners to record and send us their stories related to Covid-19. This week's episode has sports, poetry and politics. Simon Rosenblum-Larson tells his story about being in the minor leagues when MLB suspended its season. Angela Trudell Vasquez shares her experience being Madison's poet laureate when all public events are cancelled. And from Coburn Dukehart we learn what it was like to be a photojournalist covering the April 7th election for Wisconsin Watch, when Wisconsin was forced to vote during a pandemic.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Xxxindie1901 ,

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!

Ramspacher ,

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

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