75 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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    • 4.8 • 12 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.

    223: El Camino (The Way)

    223: El Camino (The Way)

    Javier was only five years old when he was separated from his mother and older sister as they tried to cross into the United States from Mexico. His family made it. But he was sent back. After two further failed immigration attempts with a protective stranger, little Javier made a solo attempt in hopes of finally being reunited with his family. Could he find the way? Listen as Javier shares the details of his harrowing journey.

    • 19 min
    • video
    222: Sticks & Stones

    222: Sticks & Stones

    Osama Al-Issawi first learned how to work with stone from his father, who was a grouter, during summer breaks in middle school. His craftiness and respect for the environment eventually led Osama to seek to turn other people’s trash into treasure by upcycling various objects—namely cardboard—into works of art and décor.

    • 3 min
    221: Hope Floats

    221: Hope Floats

    Welcome to a new season of Stories of Our City—real stories from real people around the globe. 
    This week's story comes from Lima, Peru. The daughter of Mexican immigrants to the United States who was born during the Great Depression, Gloria Aguilera Nichtawitz (Nēsh-ta-vitz) has a can-do spirit that perseveres. Coming from a line of honest, hardworking people, she found a way through various obstacles and challenges to realize her dream of helping others around the world through nursing.

    • 14 min
    220: The New Skool

    220: The New Skool

    Hip-hop is more than a genre of popular music; it’s a global culture and lifestyle. Having left its mark across the globe in the last several decades, no place has been untouched—not even the farthest islands. Ireland is no exception. Irish native Stevie G, both a music and radio DJ and one of the many worldwide influenced by this global phenomenon, has taken up the mantle of passing the history and culture of hip-hop on to the next generation. Listen as he shares his passion for sharing the knowledge and values of hip-hop culture with today’s youth in Ireland and beyond.

    • 16 min
    • video
    219: Music to My Eyes

    219: Music to My Eyes

    For fine artist Muhammad Abu Aziz, music and art—particularly that of Arabic calligraphy—share an intimate relationship. The Arabic calligrapher’s pen itself is made from the same material as that of the flute. And, so, the role of calligraphy in Muhammad’s eyes ultimately becomes “making rhythms on its own like music.”

    • 3 min
    218: Lone Star Love

    218: Lone Star Love

    Although her collegiate studies initially brought Begum, a native of Turkey, to the United States, love is what ultimately brought her back. As one of only a handful of Turks in a small Texas city, this holistic nutritionist and expectant mother found that breaking out of her comfort zone was eventually the way to home sweet home.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 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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