Strangers Podcast

A bunch of mostly strangers got together at Old Sugar Distillery to tell stories. What follows is a document of those stories. What you miss in this document is the space before, between, and after the stories when people got to know each other, compliment the stories they heard, and have some really good drinks or not.


Mötley Crüe and James Joyce are no longer strangers thanks to us.

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

Our next event will be February 3rd at Old Sugar Distillery. Before we get to the stories please go and check out Madison Writers’ Studio to find out more about the storytelling class we are offering together in February.

And now, the stories.

Anonymous – Catinder
Rikkard – Everyone is Related
Jeff – Many Rats
Brendon – Diary
Anonymous – The Best Roommate
Anonymous – My Favorite Stranger
Anonymous – Driven
Anonymous – Kindness During Conflict
Anonymous – Cedi
Anonymous – Tourist Trap
Anonymous – Check the Bottom
Anonymous – Pierced
Anonymous – I Have Some Questions
Caitlin – Saved by a Magazine
Anonymous – Rockin’ and Rollin’
Milena – Joyce
Tom – Tony

Interruption Podcast

Interruption and I are intimate friends. I’ve spent a lot of time interrupting and being interrupted in my life. It is one of those things that I strive to deal with gracefully. Here are a slew of interruptions some of us countered with grace and some of us countered with a $20.


The only way to counter a shouted interruption is to shout right back.

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

Our next event will be January 6th at Old Sugar Distillery.

And now, the stories.

Brendon – For the People
Rikkard – Ranger Rick
Beth – Tackling the City
Keith – Whisper
Anonymous – Over and Over
Anonymous – Dinner
Anonymous – Is There a Doctor on the Plane?
Anonymous – A First, Second, and Third Time for Everything

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.

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.

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