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StoryBoard Memphis is a nonprofit multimedia resource for news and feature-length stories on local arts, culture, history, and community.
This podcast is a longer cut of the half-hour radio show that airs on Memphis's FM 89.3 WYPL each Sunday evening at 5:30 PM. Taken right out of the pages of StoryBoard Memphis, this show asks Memphians to talk about their passions, their initiatives, or to just talk about what makes Memphis, Memphis.
SB 30 Episode 85: Angels among us, with author Susan Cushman
"For many years merely to talk of angels invited scorn. Belief bespoke of craziness, even schizophrenia, and certainly denoted a pitiful lack of intellect. But after eight decades of personal observation, I fearlessly assert that angels are real. We swim like fish in spiritual waters, and like fish we know nothing of water until we’re yanked out flopping and gasping on the grass. We’re tossed back and swim away, confused—“Was that real? Did I really see what I think I saw?” We live in a universe of goodness, one that wants more and better for us than we can possibly imagine, and, when our spiritual eyes open, we find beauty, hope and courage, even in our suffering. Angels form only one small part of it."
That's Sophy Burnham, from her forward to Susan Cushman's book All Night, All Day, life, death & angels, introducing readers to a subject that touches all of us. For this episode of StoryBoard 30, host Mark Fleischer sits down with author Susan Cushman for a personal, candid talk about losing friends or family members and the profound events, unexplainable connections, deep reflections, and spiritual awakenings that can accompany their deaths.
Recorded on June 12, 2023, at Playhouse on the Square in Midtown, Memphis, Tennessee.
SB 30 Episode 84: Talkin' Marvin Stockwell's Podcast Roadtrip
“To champion a cause, you have to reboot your fundamental belief in the goodness of people, and that goodness will win out. Because all of a sudden, out of nowhere, resources, people show up that you could not have imagined in a million years. There is power in beginning. The minute you decide to commit, all make and manner of support materializes out the ether that you could not have predicted. To me, that’s a marvel.”
That’s Marvin Stockwell, discussing his own passions and how forces come together once someone or a group takes on new causes. This June and into early July, Marvin is taking his Champions of the Lost Causes podcast on the road with his son and daughter, through the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, the northern Rockies and the Great Plains, to explore and discover people and their passions for taking on causes around the country.
SB 30 host Mark Fleischer sat down with Marvin on Friday, June 2nd, just a couple of days before the trio’s road trip was set to begin, to talk about how it came about and how he hopes it plays out, and what he hopes to discover along the way. Recorded on the 7th floor of Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tennessee.
SB 30 Episode 83 Building BRIDGES, with Dana Wilson and Emmanuel Mosley
“We’ve seen Bridge Builders transform young people in countless ways, and the result is a growing community of young leaders poised to reach across, lead the way, and build our community. Bridge Builders are not just the future leaders of tomorrow; youth today want to make a real difference. We are here to support them on that journey. And now more than ever, Memphis needs more Bridge Builders.” ~BRIDGES CEO Dana Wilson
"It was really a breath of fresh air. I didn't know what to expect. At first my mom told me to do it, and when I actually got there it was something completely different than what I had expected, and it ended up being one of the best things I've done in my life." ~Student and Youth Advisory Board Co-Chair Emmanuel Mosley
BRIDGES CEO Dana Wilson and student Emmanuel Mosley, speaking candidly about the importance of the BRIDGES program and its impact on Memphis's youth, are this episode's guests. Join host Mark Fleischer as he talks with both Dana and Emmanuel about how this program fosters collaborations and connections between Memphis teens and the community, and how it builds future leaders.
Recorded at BRIDGES main facility near the historic Pinch District on 5th Street and A.W. Willis Avenue, across from St. Jude, on March 20, 2023.
SB 30 Episode 82: A Tour with the Coliseum Coalition and co-founder Marvin Stockwell
"We’ve been working with the consultants that helped reimagine Crosstown Concourse. We had some of the same braintrust working with us. It wasn’t too long ago that people said ‘that will never happen,’ and I hear some of the same voices saying this (the Coliseum) will never happen – I’ve heard it for eight years. Honestly, the Crosstown project was a much much heavier lift than this would be comparatively.”
That's Coliseum Coalition co-founder Marvin Stockwell, during the March 15 press conference to rally support to save the historic Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Coalition also made public a detailed development plan for its revitalization, a plan that included Coliseum structural data compiled based on the results of two separate assessments, “including the city’s own assessment,” Stockwell said.
“Now that we know all that we know – culminated in this plan – now we know conclusively that this building is in excellent shape. One of the summary conclusions of this plan is that the Mid-South Coliseum is restorable,” Stockwell said. “These are the same people that said Crosstown Concourse was restorable and it turns out they were right. I trust that summary in intel.”
Join host Mark Fleischer for this exclusive, on-location StoryBoard 30 episode that includes the full press conference held on the north steps of the Mid-South Coliseum.
Read the full story in StoryBoard Memphis here, Community leaders rally support and call on city council to review revitalization plans.
SB 30 Episode 68: The A. Schwab Basement Tapes, Part 1
The introduction to StoryBoard's multi-year project to bring the basement archives and collections of Beale Street's iconic and historic A. Schwab Dry Goods & General Store to the public and the collection scanned and added to DIG Memphis, the digital archive of the Memphis Public Library. Listen in as host Mark Fleischer joins original project administrator Caroline Carrico as they discuss the origins of the project and the outlines as to how this massive project will move forward.
Recorded upstairs in the events space at A. Schwab, at 163 Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee, in December of 2021.
SB 30 Episode 80: Hot topics for this season, with Playhouse's Michael Detroit
“At Playhouse, we have the honor of producing a number of shows each season. Some are just fun and easy and ‘let’s go take a break and have fun and sing along,’ and then we’ll do shows where we need to talk about that subject matter.
“These are issues that are not new. And they won’t easily be resolved, so they’re going to be around for a while. And it’s going to be a messy thing, whether we’re talking about race or abortion rights or political leanings or journalism or anything like. . . there’s a discussion to be had that’s not going to go away any time soon. As theater, it’s our job at times to make sure that an important discussion is being had. (These upcoming shows) deal with timely issues.”
That’s Michael Detroit, Executive Producer of Playhouse on the Square, discussing the late-winter to early-spring slate of shows coming up at Playhouse on both the main Playhouse stage and across the street at Circuit Playhouse. Join Mr. Detroit with SB 30 host Mark Fleischer as they discuss this season’s upcoming shows, the hot subjects they happen to cover, and the job of theater to give patrons a chance to learn while being entertained.
Recorded on the Playhouse stage at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, Tennessee, January 23rd, 2023. Visit PlayhouseontheSquare.org for tickets and more information.