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Podcasts on the topic of “Storytelling” 63 results

First Time: First Dream - Ashley Holman

Ashley Holman is ¼ of the local Chicago party punk band So Pretty. She also is the co-founder of Chicago-based collective The Pretty Pit Skill Share. She is a relentless seeker of inclusion and destroyer of hierarchies. She has been described as a “Professional life-changer, expert screamer, aggressively positive and affirming” by people much cooler than her.  Thinks green rooms are stupid status symbols and donuts are delicious. Not a great writer of bios.

Recorded and produced by Brian Heath

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Topics: first time, first time three band, live lit, storytelling

First Time: First Dream - Tyler Clark

Tyler Clark is a writer, musician, and CHIRP DJ from Chicago. His storytelling work includes local appearances with Mortified, Story Lab, and Story Club, as well as national appearances on the Mortified podcast and upcoming Netflix series The Mortified Guide. When he's not telling tales, he writes for Consequence of Sound and sings with the Blue Ribbon Glee Club. Every Thursday night from 6-8 p.m., he also plays his favorite songs on his CHIRP Radio show, Local Mythologies.

Produced and recorded by Brian Heath

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Topics: chicago, chirp, local, podcast, storytelling

First Time First Catch | Micki LeSueur

Micki LeSueurIn addition to writing stories for fun and her own amusement, Micki LeSueur is a creative director and copywriter, writing fiction posing as non-fiction and putting on shows for major corporations and their agencies. She is also the founder and host of Fictlicious, a live reading and music series at The Hideout in Chicago, and president and founder of Coat Angels, a local not-for-profit proving warm winter coats for cold Chicago kids.  

produced by Brian Heath

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Topics: chicago, dating, first catch, martyrs, micki lesueur, storytelling, the first time, the hideout

First Time First Test - Allie Wachowski

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The self appointed Mariah Carey of the midwest, Allie Wachowski has been described by bouncers as the "Wicked Witch of Logan Square," "Logan Square Famous", and "Can You Stop?" She's an aspiring Instagram honey and one third of the world's only living podcast, Amateur Hour. You can find her in her element on twitter @alliewach. She politely requests you refrain from speaking to her about anything that isn't hot dogs.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, depression, first time, gerald dowd, hospitalization, liam davis, live lit, look what they've done to my song, martyrs', melanie safka, mental illness, normal, ptsd, schizophrenia, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling

First Time First Test - Dan Epstein

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Dan started in radio in the 1990s as a DJ and producer for jazz stations in San Diego and San Francisco. During that time, Dan was co-producer of an occasional radio comedy series called The Cabinet of Dr. Marconi. As a CHIRP volunteer, Dan's been news director, one-third of the production director triumvirate, and features producer. He likes hats, and his 1979 Vespa scooter. Dan can trace his lineage all the way back to the first single-celled organism.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein
 

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Topics: 1980s, alan price, army, basic training, chicago, conflict, cooperation, first time, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', o lucky man, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, the reagan years

First Time First Test - Bill Ayers

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William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has written extensively about social justice and democracy, education and the cultural contexts of schooling, and teaching as an essentially intellectual, ethical, and political enterprise. His books include A Kind and Just Parent; Teaching toward Freedom; Fugitive Days: A Memoir; Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident; On the Side of the Child; To Teach: The Journey, in Comics;  and Demand the Impossible! A Radical Manifesto.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, first time, gerald dowd, i wish i knew how it would feel to be free, innauguration, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', nina simone, peace ball, pussy hats, resistance, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, trump election, women's march

First Time First Test - Britt Julious

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Britt Julious is a twenty-something journalist, essayist, storyteller and filmmaker. She regularly contributes to Esquire, ELLE, GQ, The Guardian,  Vice, Pitchfork, and many others. Her work focuses on the intersection of feminism, race, music, art and culture. She's a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and an editor for Vice’s THUMP. She also hosts The Back Talk, a storytelling podcast featuring original stories from women of color. She wants to remind everyone that although 2016 was been terrible, both Beyonce and Solange released new albums, so there's that.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, driving, driving test, first time, freedom, gerald dowd, grandmother, guided by voices, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', mobility, motor away, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, trapped, withdrawal

First Time First Test - Sarah Sherman

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Sarah is a visual artist, stand-up comedian and all-around Gross Girl currently living in Chicago. She runs a monthly showcase HELLTRAP NIGHTMARE: A Night of Comedy Horror and Noise Music Terror, that has been really freaking everybody out.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: bloody nipple, chicago, chris pontius, comedy under trump, enter sandman, fake exploding boob, first time, gerald dowd, jackass, liam da, live lit, martyrs', metallica, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling

First Time First Issue - Tristan A. Smith

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Tristan A. Smith is an actor, writer, and comedian born in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up on the city's South Side in the Bronzeville neighborhood. It's a known fact amongst performers that great art comes through Chicago. Tristan has spent more than enough time in the city to provide all the evidence you need of just how special the homegrown talent is. A lot of elements have had a hand in crafting Tristan's artistry both in Chicago and in his travels. From his time in Atlanta at Morehouse College, to his improv and writing training at Act One Studios and Second City, to his everyday experiences. All of it makes an impact. He is honored to be working with Chirp Radio for the first time and happy you are listening.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: atlanta, black lives matter, chicago, comedian, first time, gerald dowd, good man, india arie, liam davis, martyrs', police, race, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling

First Time First Issue - Chris Trani

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Comedian and immigration rights activist Chris Trani tells the story of how he posed as a journalist from Street Wise to interview Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: assumed identity, beyonce, chicago, comedian, eve ensler, gerald dowd, girls, jane fonda, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', mexico, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, street wise, sundance film festival, vagina monologues

First Time First Issue - Dustin Drase

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If you’ve been to Chicago in the past two decades, you've probably seen or heard Dustin somewhere -- be it DJing, hosting a radio show, or peddling records at local fairs and events. Obsessive record collecting as a teenager led him down the path of music journalism (Magnet, Dusted, MTV2, Stop Smiling), then to hosting a radio show and DJing. You can currently hear Dustin at monthly gigs at Coles or the Whistler in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A veteran of the local record label scene, Dustin spent time in the trenches at Locust, Drag City, and the archival reissue label The Numero Group. In 2015, he was nominated for a GRAMMY (Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package) an A2IM Award (Creative Packaging) and won an AIM award (UK) for his work on the Numero release, Cities of Darskcorch. As if all that weren't enough to keep him busy, he also runs/owns two boutique record labels, Addenda and Plustapes. In the few instances when he has free time, Dustin enjoys playing board games and indulges his more nerdy interests by collecting comic books and vintage synthesizers.

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, dj muppet fucker, gerald dowd, guerilla journalism, guided by voices, happy hardcore, hipsters, hold on hope, liam davis, live lit, magazine, martyrs', plustapes, scott stevenson, steve frisbie, stop smiling, storytelling, sxsw, zine

Artist Interviews Pool Holograph

Wyatt, Zach, and Paul of local band Pool Holograph recently came to the CHIRP studios to chat with volunteer Amelia Hruby. They talked about how the band got started, the origin of their most recent EP Town Quarry, and the ways in which rock 'n roll is particularly well suited for storytelling.

produced by Amelia Hruby (@ajhruby)


Be sure to catch Pool Holograph live at this month's CHIRP Night at the Whistler on February 22nd at 9pm.

poster by Wyatt Grant of Pool Holograph

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Topics: amelia hruby, chicago music, interview, interviews, local, local music, logan square, mp3, music, storytelling

First Time First Gig - Elle Quintana

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If good stories come from a riotous life, Elle’s background is just the thing. Born in Albuquerque, she traveled her whole life, which involved attending 22 different schools, before landing in Chicago 20 years ago. She’s been a talent buyer (translation: books bands) for 17 years, and loves whiskey, taking naps, bad decisions, and her daughter. In 1980 at Washington Elementary in Kalamazoo, MI, she won student of the month. She considers that the pinnacle of her success.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: addict, addiction, chicago, debauchery, drugs, first time, gerald dowd, hole, junky, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', pole dancing, storytelling, stripper

First Time First Gig - Megan Ensley

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Megan is a writer, actor, singer, political activist, and aspiring psychologist. She sings with the band, The Mashed Potatoes, has performed in numerous cabarets with Brown Paper Box Co., and has told stories for Story Lab Chicago and TUTA Theatre. She has also been a performer, writer, and director for various sketch comedy shows at The Second City Training Center and Stage 773. When not performing, Megan can be found working on graduate school applications to become a clinical psychologist.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: beauty pageants, chicago, first time, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, miss america, miss kansas, perfection, queen, storytelling

First Time First Gig - Rachel McCartney

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Rachel McCartney has performed in way too many bars to still look so out of place in them. Based in Chicago, she is a regular at the Laugh Factory, and recently made her Comedians You Should Know debut opening for Drew Michael at his album recording. She has also performed at the Comedy Exposition, the Green Gravel Comedy Festival, and the Orlando Indie Comedy Festival.


The Chicago Tribune once described her as a "New Year's treat," which probably made more sense when the article was published in early January. In less calendar-sensitive praise, local legend Peter-john Byrnes once called her "Chicago's foremost grammar comedian," and she plans to have that distinction carved into her headstone.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: acceptance, chicago, first time, gerald dowd, guys and dolls, influential teacher, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', procrastination, school musical, special ed, special education, storytelling

First Time First Gig - Ada Cheng

Ada Cheng is renegade academic and a professor turned storyteller, improviser, and comedian. She is a recent Moth story slam winner, Bughouse Square Debate runner up, and presenter at The National Storytelling Network Conference. In her free time, she loves sleeping (with or without cats) and playing with cats (sleeping or not). Her motto is: Make your life the best story you tell.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: chicago, driver's ed, driving lessons, first time, learning, live lit, mansplaining, martyrs', mistakes, practice, sara bareilles, storytelling

First Time First Gig - Alicia Swiz

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Alicia Swiz is a professor and performer who facilitates conversations about feminism and pop-culture through humor, candid observation and being really smart. She teaches Media & Gender Studies at Harold Washington College and is the creator of SlutTalk, a performance that raises awareness of slut shaming and encourages sex positivity. Sometimes she's funny; sometimes she's not. Find her on the Internet @popgoesalicia

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: activism, chicago, cunt, feminism, gender studies, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', performance, sociology, storytelling, tlc, vagina monologues, women's studies

First Time First Gig - Billy Kalb

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Billy is a CHIRP Radio lifer – he was there the weekend it first came together, and they've been stuck with him ever since, as a board member, erstwhile DJ, and even Music Director for the station's first five years. In his 30 years on this planet, he's owned three iPods, gotten his picture taken with Ludacris, and had a letter published in Yahoo! Internet Life, not necessarily in that order. When he's not striving to make an honest living, he lives with his wife and their two pet rabbits in Humboldt Park, where he cooks, mourns the decline of the modern super hero comic, and tries not to drink his beer so fast.

 

produced by Brian Heath and Dan Epstein

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Topics: alt rock, band, cool, fiasco, first time, gerald dowd, high school, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', nirvana, storytelling, teenager

Artist Interviews The First Time Four Amps Up CHIRP’s Live Storytelling Series

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The First Time Four is the house band at CHIRP’s quarterly storytelling series, The First Time. Steve Frisbie, Liam Davis, Gerald Dowd, and Scott Stevenson bring their considerable talent and experience together to provide a musical component to the series. But they’re more than just a cover band. They’re an essential part of the First Time experience.

produced by Dan Epstein (@radiovespa)

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Topics: broadway, chicago, constraints, country, covers, folk, folk rock, gerald dowd, happy accidents, hip hop, interpretation, liam davis, live lit, martyrs', musicals, oddball, punk rock, quartet, rap, rock, scott stevenson, soul, steve frisbie, storytelling, surprise, the first time

First Time First Taste - Fran Hoepfner

Fran Hoepfner is a writer and comedian from Chicago. She has written both pop culture criticism and personal essays for The AV Club, Brooklyn Magazine, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, and Jezebel, among several  others. She can be seen performing stand-up around the city, most notably as a resident of the monthly Bell Hop showcase with Ian Abramson at the Virgin Hotel. She currently works as the Digital Editor at The Onion.

 

produced by Dan Epstein and Brian Heath

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Topics: cancer, charli xcx, chicago, comedian, drinking, english breakfast, first time, food, gerald dowd, liam davis, live lit, london, martyrs', scott stevenson, steve frisbie, storytelling, study abroad, the onion, writer

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