THE INTRODUCTORY EPISODE IS NOW UP.
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this is the first post of "Inside Stories," a blog and podcast about storytelling in its many forms. When I say "storytelling," I'm talking about everything from fairy tales, to psychotherapy, to sermons, to gossip, to journalism, genealogy, courtroom cases, the theatre, film, literature and lots more. You'll hear stories, and conversations about how and why people tell stories. I'm especially interested in how people use storytelling to build community, and advance peace and social justice. In both the blog and podcast, I'll be aiming for insight, imagination, and fun.
ABOUT ME: My name is Paul VanDeCarr, and I've long been fascinated by how and why people tell stories. Most of my studies (Russian language and literature, theology) and my work (arts writer, radio reporter, mediator, storytelling program coordinator, oral history interviewer) has related to storytelling in one form or another. You can hear a bit about me in the first episode of the "Inside Stories" podcast, available by clicking the links at the top of this post.
ABOUT THE BLOG: Here on the blog you can expect to find short interviews, digests of storytelling-related stuff I'm reading, occasional behind-the-scenes videos, links to articles I'm reading, bursts of imagination from people I talk with, and yes, stories! As the blog evolves, I'll give readers a chance to share their own stories on certain themes. And you're always more than welcome to comment on posts. I'll post at least a few times a week. Please stay up-to-date on the blog by bookmarking this page, subscribing to the RSS feed, or entering your email in the field at the upper-right-hand corner to receive notifications about new posts.
ABOUT THE PODCAST: Each episode of the weekly podcast will be 10-15 minutes long, and will be released on the weekend -- I'll aim for Sundays. You'll hear conversations with storytellers and story-listeners of all sorts, as well as little storytelling excursions. Some of the first episodes include chats with playwright Maya Lilly, erotica writer Susie Bright, transmedia producer Jeff Gomez, and Holocaust museum curator Steve Luckert. I'm also working on episodes about a dinner cruise for soap opera fans, another one about fortune-telling, and more. As I get more in the swing of things, I'll invite podcast listeners to submit their own stories on any number of themes.
TO LISTEN TO THE PODCAST: Please subscribe to the free podcast on iTunes by clicking here. That'll open up iTunes, and you can click "subscribe" there. You can also download or listen to podcast files online; each podcast episode will have a corresponding blog post, and there will be a link you can click to listen online or to download the mp3 file. For the introductory podcast episode, click here to listen online.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK: Stay in touch! Comment on the blog posts, or write to me at InsideStoriesOnline (at) gmail (dot) com. Tell me what interests you or what bores you about the blog and podcast. Let me know if there are people, organizations or stories you think I might like to write about.
Thanks for reading, listening, and writing. The story begins...
P.S. Below, you'll find a few free audio walking tours of San Francisco that I produced. You can get them on iTunes, or you can download or listen online.