It Ain’t Fair Podcast

Ahhhh, think back to November 4th. When the things that we were saying “It Ain’t Fair” about included brain tumors, speeding tickets, and the continued marginalization of indigenous people. Well, sounds about the same as what we think ain’t fair now.

It Ain't Fair

It Ain’t Fair that we only get to do this once a month.

Thanks to everyone who came and listened. Thanks to everyone who came and told a story. Let’s have more of both please.

Our next event is December 2nd and the theme is Interruptions.

And now, the stories.

Ann – An Unpleasant Surprise
Roni – Hair Cut
Kelly – I AM an Indigenous Woman
Anonymous – The Day I Learned
Anonymous – No Shit
Victoria – Most People Know Me By My Middle Name
Rikkard – 2 Instead of 3
Anonymous – Bit of a Hypocondriac

Transition Podcast

TransitionAnother month, another guest host, another Transition. This time it was Alison Ahlgrim hosting our event. Alison did such a nice job getting you up there and you did such a nice job getting your stories out.

Coming out, suicide, breakups, and farts.

They also involves bravery. All different levels and forms of it and the kind of bravery that lets you come out to your dad or talk about attempting suicide in front of strangers commingles with the kind of bravery that lets you let someone else take the blame for your stanky cleanse fart.

Our next event is October 7th at Crescendo and the theme is It Ain’t Fair.

And now, the stories.

Stories
Alison Ahlgrim – They Get Harder
Rick – Really Similar
William – Essential, but Inefficient
Andrew – Remain in Transition
Kevin Gibbons – Eat, Pray, Fail
Anonymous – Something about the Twin Cities
Susan – Don’t Resist
Kevin Gibbons – Still Dreaming
Rick – Men Do Not

Crossing the Line Podcast

Crossing the Line

Welcome back to Crescendo after a summer off for our Crossing the Line story night. Our friend Esteban Touma hosted the event and he’s funny and charming as always. Esteban also noticed that you all have a thing about dead animals.

Turns out that crossing the line involves a lot of dead animals.

Our next event will be October 7th at Crescendo. We’ll announce the theme on our Facebook page. We’ll also be continuing our storytelling workshops. The next one is September 18th at Madison Central Library’s Bubbler Room. We’ll be working with Jen Rubin who is a producer for The Moth in Madison and has told stories at our mic. Speaking of The Moth, Esteban will be hosting their event this coming Monday.

And now, the stories.

Stories
Esteban – The Biggest Line in the World
Heather – D.I.N.K.s
John – Tight Clamp
Alan – Threshold, Stolen Cookies, The Belt, Threshold
Eric story bloc – Know What You Are About; Ghengis Khan and the Hawk; Power of No; Chamber of Treasures
John – Another Dog Story
Mykel – Breaking the Law and Crossing the Line

Spilt Milk Podcast

Spilt Milk

We came back to Crescendo one more time before taking July off. And boy did everyone sound good. Come out in August and hear just how amazing you can sound on Crescendo’s mic.

Both Spilt Milk and Spilled Milk were harmed in the recording of this podcast.

Our next event will be August 5th at Crescendo. We’ll announce the theme on our Facebook page. We’ll also be continuing our storytelling workshops. The next one is June 22 at Madison Central Library’s Bubbler Room. We’ll be working with Jen Rubin who is a producer for The Moth in Madison and has told stories at our mic.

And now, the stories.

Spilt Milk Podcast

Stories
1. Kay – Spilt Milk
2. Ben – Remembering Grandpas and Guilt
3. Brendon – Take the Hint
4. Laurie – Crash
5. Anonymous – List of Options
6. Renee – Little Cave

I Should Have Known Better Podcast

I Should Have Known Better
It’s always so much fun to have an event at Old Sugar Distillery and it keeps looking nicer and nicer in there. It’s come a long way from being lit by one small clip on light in the corner. The vibe keeps improving and the stories are consistently fun. It seems appropriate that our I Should Have Known Better event was in a bar.

I Should Have Known Better, You Should Have Known Better, and That’s Why We’re Here Together.

This time a whole bunch of bartenders slipped out from behind the bar and behind the mic to tell their stories, but they were only a few of the stories in the mix. Continuing what is at least a trend and maybe some day will be a tradition we even had a 13 year old get up in front of the crowd to tell her story. You’ll know it when you hear it.

Our next event is May 6th at Crescendo. We’ll announce the theme on our Facebook page. We’ll also be at the Bubbler at Central Library tomorrow (Sunday April 10th) for a storytelling workshop at 3 pm. We’ll be working with Jen Rubin who is a producer for The Moth in Madison and has told stories at our mic.

And now, the stories.

I Should Have Known Better Podcast

Stories
1. Tom – Shitting On Your Friends
2. Brendon – The Right Party
3. Mel – Best Meal I Ever Had
4. Stephanie – Do I Want to Be a Teacher?
5. Kat – Kids and Butter
6. Cody – Black Hole
7. Micro Stories
-Anonymous: A List of Don’ts
-Anonymous: Drinking Math
-Daniel: Blindsided
-Anonymous: You Learn Something New
-Anonymous: Butthead’s Radio
-Anonymous: Greatest Coffins in the World
8. Muirrieyah de la O – If You Seek Amy
9. Jake – Eternal Grounding
10. Abbey – My Dad
11. Marian – Cello Hands

A Good Habit is Hard to Find Podcast

A Good Habit is Hard to Find and Only Getting Harder.

A Good Habit is Hard to Find

Ugh, I just broke a CFL in my house and I’m not leaving the room because it is 11 pm and I have to write this. I might be getting mercury poisoning for all of you. I just want you to hear these stories about habits and micro stories about things we will never do again. Like what I’m doing right now. Sitting in a mercury contaminated room, writing this post, chewing on my fingernails, and eating my boogers. A good habit IS hard to find right here, right now.

We told these last week at Crescendo Music Cafe and boy, did we pack it in there. Chemo and bras and moving and babies and fireworks and on and on and on.

Our next event is April 1st at Old Sugar Distillery. The theme will be I Should Have Known Better.

And now, the stories.

A Good Habit Is Hard to Find Podcast

Stories
Amanda – Why Move to South Carolina?
Renee – First Day of Class
Chris – Automatic Habit
Brendon – Mental Habit
Micro Stories
-Anonymous: I Didn’t Know I Would Be Talking to a Bunch of People
-Angie: Baby Feet
-Brendon: Caffeine Fix
-Anonymous: I Will Never Do This Again
-Chris: Poor Chemo Choices
-Melissa: Driving Long Distances

Flip Flop Podcast and Recordings

Flip Flop all the way to the bank.

Flip FlopThis is hot off the audacity presses and hot onto the wordpresses. We told stories about changing our minds and micro stories about falling down. We also had a lot of fun.

This will probably be our last story night at Arboretum Cohousing for the foreseeable future as we next month we move over to our new regularly scheduled home of Crescendo Music Cafe. Thanks to both of these places.

Our next event is March 4th at Crescendo Music Cafe Map.

And now, the stories.

Flip Flop Podcast

Stories
Brendon – Waiting to Wake Up
Jim – My Letter
Amanda – Pranks
Micro Stories
-Keith: Two Stories
-Glen: Early Adopter
-Annie: Those Things are Dangerous
-Coral: The Dangers of Undressing
-Sue: What Kind of Companion
-Amanda: HA HA HEH
-Phil: Jumping in too Quick
Linda – Sister from Hell

Fandom Podcast and Recordings

Kingdom of Fandom

Fandom Here we are in the afterglow of another wonderful Madison Storyteller’s evening. We tried out a new location, Crescendo Espresso Bar and Cafe, and it worked out really nicely. We are hoping to be there all the time now.

And you, you were all wonderful too. You listened rapturously, you laughed loudly, and clapped like the Devil was after you and you believed in the Devil and thought for some reason that clapping would get the Devil to stop chasing you. We all know that isn’t true. Clapping brings fairies back to life. You also told the paint off of some stories about Fandom. Here they are in the podcast form and if you want to download your story or your favorite story to make some new club jam out of it you can go to Recordings section of our website.

Our next event is February 5th so that you can get excited for The Moth on February 15th.

Fandom Podcast

Tracklist
Amanda – Not a Great Fan
Brendon – Canadians Can Be Mean
Alison – X-Philes
Micro Stories
-Amanda: I’ve Recovered
-Anonymous: Performance and Deceit
-Keith: The Trick
-Mallory: Struggin It
-Matt: Finally Recorded
-Anonymous: Metason Storytellers
-Anonymous: True Fan
-Anonymous: Somehow I Was Acting
-Anonymous: Meeting Robin
Stephanie – Accidental Director
Anonymous – Don’t Push Boundaries Too Much
Fern – I Have One Fan

From the Ashes Recordings

Dusting ourselves off and leaving the ashes behind.

from the ashes
The Bubbler at Madison Central Library keeps having us back and we keep having a lot of fun there. Even when we are telling stories about times that weren’t so very much fun.

This time there was a whole lot of other stuff happening before the stories got underway. 100state had the award ceremony for their Pynk Phoenix contest. This involved a bit of body paint and streamers. Also some dancing. These are all things we can get behind as an organization.

from the ashesIt was also the gallery opening for local artist Romano Johnson. Go see it because there is glitter, bright colors, and incredible hairdos. These are all things we can get behind as an organization.

Thanks for another fine year of stories and thank you to another fine year of fine, fine audiences. People get up and tell stories about difficult times in their lives and they always say that we are welcoming and supportive as an audience. Which means the world. Just the whole world.

Amanda – Switch

Laurie – Out of the Shadows

Jonathan – Catechism with Carl Bernstein

Fire Microstories

-No Cake
-No Fire
-Like A Lot of Very Stupid Young People
-Blind Date
-Parents Who Don’t Pay Attention


We are taking December off and will see you all in January.

Let us know if you have a storytelling event coming up and we’ll tell everyone we know about it. Just everyone.

From the Ashes Podcast

from the ashes
We got another great crowd at The Bubbler at Madison Central Library for our stories about coming back from total and utter defeat. There was a whole lot going on at the event. 100state had the culmination of their Pynk Phoenix contest. So there were a few people in a lot of body paint and streamers.

It was also the gallery opening for local artist Romano Johnson. Go see it because there is glitter, bright colors, and incredible hairdos. All the things you were missing from fine art.

Here’s the podcast:

Tracklist:
Amanda – Switch
Laurie – Out of the Shadows
Jonathan – Catechism with Carl Bernstein
Fire Microstories
-No Cake
-No Fire
-Like A Lot of Very Stupid Young People
-Blind Date
-Parents Who Don’t Pay Attention


We are taking December off and will see you all in January.

Let us know if you have a storytelling event coming up and we’ll tell everyone we know about it. Just everyone.

Other People’s Stories Recordings

Aaaaaaand we’re back with other people’s stuff.

Other People's Stories

We got together with Madison Community Discourse at Old Sugar Distillery to tell other people’s stories. We told them the way they were always meant to be told, by us. We told them over whisky. We told them to each other.

Old Sugar had dressed up their place since we had been there last. The lovely overhead lights were a nice touch. Especially since last time the one bright spot light gave the place a slaughter house feel.

Please check out Madison Community Discourse’s page. They are out their stumping for the fine arts with classes and a fine and fancy free storefront in Hilldale starting in October. What good friends we have.

It was good to see everyone gather together again. Even if we were all just there to steal some intellectual property or talk about stealing actual property. Nothing will bring you together like some larceny.

Rebecca – A Life on the Land

Keith – 48 Guns

Amanda – Groupon Compulsion

Various – Microstories

Jonathan – To Sir (and Viv) With Love

Anonymous – Ghosting


Our next event is next Friday October 23rd at 100state. Watch our facebook page like a hawk to find out more!

Other People’s Stories Podcast

Other People's StoriesWe came back from August to one of our favorite venues, Old Sugar Distillery. They’ve got a totally bitchin’ room for us to tell stories in.

Thanks to all the people who were just hanging out in that room before we showed up and decided to stick around to see what would happen. You are deeply appreciated and this blog post proves it.

Here is our podcast in one big chunk this time. Here’s to a very good year.

Tracklist:
Rebecca (Orpha) – A Life on the Land
Keith (Steve) – 48 Guns
Amanda (Phil) – Groupon Compulsion
Microstories: Stealing
-April 1st
-Honest Abe
-Something Very Valuable
-Every Time
-The One About the Dog
-Jesus Hemp
-Serendipity
-Uncomfortable Wrong-Doer
Jonathan (Lou and Ram) – To Sir (And Viv) With Love
Anonymous (Alexander) – Ghosting


Our next event is next Friday October 23rd at 100state. Watch our facebook page like a hawk to find out more!

Summer Podcast

STORYTELLERS! We are taking this month off.

eagle_heights_childcare99But we didn’t want you to go without. Not that you ever really need to since you can check out most of the stories we’ve ever had on our stages and at our mics up in our recordings section.

Back in May we spent some time working with Madison Story Project collecting stories for their A Day in a Kid’s Life story project. We collected stories at community centers and schools and libraries from anyone who was 18 or younger. We have put up the full recordings, but now we made a podcast out of some of those stories. Congratulations, August!

That’s All Folks Recordings

We don’t stutter when we say “That’s All Folks.”

That's All Folks

For our last story night of the season we gathered at Hudson Park, or as everyone seems to know it that-one-park-kind-of-over-by-Olbrich-that-has-an-amphitheater-thing-right-on-the-water. So there we were right on the water and it didn’t really smell and you could kind of hear FĂȘte de Marquette, but the people over there didn’t know what they were missing anyway, and we had a good time. It was a perfect summer moment for me there with some stories in our mouths and homebrew in our bellies.

To the woman in the pink dress who drove up in her minivan and then drove away after a minute or two, you don’t know what you missed. Please come back to us.

To the middle aged man who biked by and told his wife he didn’t want to stop because he didn’t want “to be lectured at.” We aren’t those kind of storytellers! Our lessons are personal, but relatable. We’re also pretty funny. Listen to these stories if you don’t believe me or if you do.

To everyone else who came to an event this past season. Thank you. Come to another one. Share a story. You’ll feel amazing afterwards.

Keith – Happy Birthday, Matt

Jen – Could I Have Done It?

Amanda – Coming of Age with Katie

Various – That’s All Folks Microstories

That’s All Folks Podcast

ThatsAll-724485Here’s the podcast from our final story event of the season. We met out at Hudson Park, drank some homebrew, and heard from some excellent storytellers.

People who lived in the neighborhood kept swooping in to check out what was going on. The middle age crew on bikes didn’t stick around long since they thought we were giving lectures, but there was a nice family on a boat who stuck around and even applauded a little from out on the water.

Thanks to everyone who told stories in front of our mic and our crowds this year. We’ll see you in September. Check out this page or our Facebook page for up coming events.

Tracklist:
Keith – Happy Birthday, Matt.
Jen – Could I Have Done It?
Amanda – Coming of Age with Katie
Anonymous – A Way With Words
Peter – 3 Dozen Roommates
Blake – A Boss
Adam – The Neighbor and Homemade Fireworks

Last Times Recordings

Last Times for the Last Time

Last Times

Thanks to everyone who came out and told stories at our Last Times Event and to everyone who listened and drank Forequarter’s drinks. You made this fun. Also thanks to Private Public for teaming up with us to bring the art. Sorry to those of you who told stories, but aren’t seeing them here. We had an equipment failure and lost one story and all of the micro stories. Sorry forever, Avery. You and Jess can make a club about it.

Anonymous – Rocky Mountain High

Ian – Where Do Missing Socks Go?

Gerri – Initiation

Keith – Last Laugh


Our next event is next Friday July 10th at Hudson Park’s boat launch. We’re having our end of season showcase featuring a few storytellers from this past year. We’ll also a chance for people to tell micro stories and be splashing around some beer so bring cups.

Last Times Podcast

Last Times Here’s the podcast from last Friday. Thanks to The Bubbler at Madison Central Library for having us back to tell stories about Last Times. I want to apologize to some of the storytellers because we lost the recordings of your stories due to equipment failure. Sorry, Avery.

We did lock down four stories though and here’s the podcast about them:

Tracklist:
Anonymous – Rocky Mountain High
Ian – Where Do Missing Socks Go?
Gerri – Initiation
Keith – Last Laugh


Our next event is next Friday July 10th at Hudson Park’s boat launch. We’re having our end of season showcase featuring a few storytellers from this past year. We’ll also a chance for people to tell micro stories and be splashing around some beer so bring cups.

In Over Our Heads Recordings

We were way in over our heads.

So we started doing this new thing where we ask the audience what they want the theme of the next story night to be. We’ve only tried it a couple of times and it is working alright. But at the Adventure story night when I asked for a theme no one really had an idea and then a guy called out “Water” uncommittedly and I went with it. You maybe able to understand why I wasn’t too sure about how this theme would go. I even tried to dress it up with “In Over Our Heads:”. When you use a colon you are seriously trying to compensate. But the storytellers nailed it. It just so happened that there were a few people who had just been waiting to tell stories that were very important to them and involved water.

Madison Sourdough were great hosts for the event and we’d be happy to go back there again. What a beautiful space to tell stories involving mountains, rivers, pools, weddings, sisters, refried beans, U2, and security concerns. Thanks to everyone who came out to make it what it is, was, and ever shall be.

Darwin Did This To Me

I Was Real Comfortable

I’m a Very Strong Swimmer

Temper Tantrum

Water Micro Stories

Water Pump

The Case of the Handgun in the River

I Don’t Know What Else To Say


Our next event is next Friday at Madison Central Library. We’ll be back for another Night Light event The theme is The Last Time I… and you get to talk about the last time you did, looked, ate, said, loved, died, left, came back, evaporated. Sign up to tell a story at the event here.

In Over Our Heads Podcast Part 2

8581107702_865e828081_o This is the second part of the podcast for May 22nd’s In Over Our Heads: Stories with Water event at Madison Sourdough. Here is where you might expect a water pun, but instead I will let you write the puns after you hear the stories.

Playlist
Tom and Erica – Look Around
Anonymous – How I Helped My Sister Along
Brendon – The Beginning of Critical Thought
Libby – Water Pump
Chris – The Case of the Handgun in the River
Peter – I Don’t Know What Else to Say


Our next event is next Friday at Madison Central Library. We’ll be back for another Night Light event The theme is The Last Time I… and you get to talk about the last time you did, looked, ate, said, loved, died, left, came back, evaporated. Sign up to tell a story at the event here.

In Over Our Heads Podcast Part 1

8581107702_865e828081_o This is the first part of the podcast for May 22nd’s In Over Our Heads: Stories with Water event at Madison Sourdough. All of the stories stayed right on target too. There was a story about a lack of water and a couple of stories about too much water and a story about taking refuge in water. Tomorrow we’ll have the rest of the stories for you.

Playlist
Brendon – Darwin Did This To Me
Tom – I Was Real Comfortable
Sarah – I’m A Very Strong Swimmer
Fern – Temper Tantrum


Our next event is next Friday at Madison Central Library. We’ll be back for another Night Light event The theme is The Last Time I… and you get to talk about the last time you did, looked, ate, said, loved, died, left, came back, evaporated. Sign up to tell a story at the event here.