55 episodes

Stories of Our City is a worldwide project to cultivate community and understanding by sharing real stories from real people around the globe. We produce these stories to reveal that our everyday experiences with family, love, religion, and culture are often similar to those of others living in cities and villages across the globe. We believe that when we share and celebrate a common humanity we can begin to erase the boundaries and labels that divide us. When we take the time to listen, we can begin to recognize the “other” as the same as us, giving us the foundation for global community.

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    • 4.7, 11 Ratings

Stories of Our City is a worldwide project to cultivate community and understanding by sharing real stories from real people around the globe. We produce these stories to reveal that our everyday experiences with family, love, religion, and culture are often similar to those of others living in cities and villages across the globe. We believe that when we share and celebrate a common humanity we can begin to erase the boundaries and labels that divide us. When we take the time to listen, we can begin to recognize the “other” as the same as us, giving us the foundation for global community.

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    193: From A to Boutique

    193: From A to Boutique

    Since she was a little girl, Rasha Mubideen, of Amman, Jordan, always dreamed of being a fashion designer. But as she grew up and began to pursue her dream, she faced a culture that wasn’t yet as forward-thinking as she was. So, she did what any passionate creative would do: blaze her own trail forward—from A to Boutique.  

    • 4 min
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    192: Home Is Where the Bookstore Is

    192: Home Is Where the Bookstore Is

    Previously, we shared the story of Gaith, a street librarian who sold books from his classic Mercedes to spread reading culture in his native Jordan and to raise money for the first bookstore in his hometown of Madaba. Now, he’s finally fulfilling his dream of living in a bookshop.

    • 2 min
    191: Making Music that Feeds the Soul

    191: Making Music that Feeds the Soul

    It’s hard to deny the power of music. Many refer to it as the universal language that builds bridges between diverse peoples and cultures. Music has the power to connect us, move us, take us back, and propel us forward. In this week’s episode, Texas singer/songwriter Melissa Briseno shares how the magic of music has impacted her life and how she hopes her music will have the same powerful impact on others as she seeks to sing songs that feed the soul. May Melissa’s passion for her craft inspire you and leave you asking, “What is it that I cannot live without?”

    • 10 min
    190: Mindset Matters/Forsaking Fast Fashion

    190: Mindset Matters/Forsaking Fast Fashion

    This week’s episode is part two of a two-part series. If you haven’t had the chance to listen to the first part of Elles’ story, check it out in Episode 189!
    In the first half of her story, Elles shared about her start and life as a model. This week, she shares some of her other passions and achievements—touching on a multitude of topics such as mindset change, gaining courage to give her first TED talk, changing direction in her career, fast fashion, small steps toward living a more sustainable lifestyle, and being a learner and leveling up!

    • 10 min
    189: Model Behavior: Life on the Runway

    189: Model Behavior: Life on the Runway

    As a lover of fashion from a young age, Stories of Our City producer Jessica Spann spent her childhood cutting out photos from magazines of gorgeous models wearing brilliant outfits. Now living in a large city, on any given day on her commute she will likely see and admire fashion trends on a billboard or in an advertisement with a model posing for a brand wearing their latest products.
    One day, Jessica had the chance to meet one of these billboard models. Elles (pronounced “Ellis”) has been modeling all over the world for the last six years. She secretly dreamt of becoming a model as a teenager, and it came to fruition. She shares what a typical day in the life of a model looks like and how her career has shaped her into the woman she is today. In an industry where appearance is everything, Elles found that her true worth comes not from her looks, but from feeling good enough from the inside.
    This is part one in a two-part series, so be sure to stay tuned for the second half.

    • 10 min
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    188: Freed from Fighting

    188: Freed from Fighting

    Around the turn of the century, Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group, wreaked havoc in northern Uganda, murdering many and kidnapping tens of thousands of children. JR (not his real name) is one of these thousands. Listen as he shares his story of lost youth, sacrifice, forgiveness, and redemption.
    Editor’s Note: Due to the sensitive nature of this story, the subject's name has been changed and specific locations have been removed from the recording.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

EJ Friends ,

Take the time for stories

In a culture that values short, incomplete sentences via texts and tweets, Stories of our City is a breath of fresh air getting us back to face to face, old fashion conversations. I felt like I was sitting at the table, with my mug of steaming coffee, listening to the touching stories. Thanks SOOC.

J. Arthur

kh230056 ,

Excellent Project

This shows how people in the middle east live and that they are not all just bomb-throwing terrorists. they tell about actual life in the middle east and true stories.

-Student from Calvary Baptist Day School.

mmcleod2 ,

great project!

these podcasts are a great way to show people from all over how life in the middle east is. rami's story is a great podcast that i would deifnitley recommend to all.

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