Arts and Music

Stories from the Stage

Stories have the power to astonish us, make us laugh and cry, and open our hearts to the world. Hosted by Wes Hazard and Theresa Okokon, STORIES FROM THE STAGE invites storytellers from around the world to share extraordinary tales of what it means to be human. Each episode features both on-stage performances and interviews about their inspirations and craft, and the meaning behind their stories.

Outside, Looking In

26m 30s

Most of us crave a sense of belonging and want nothing but to be accepted. Sean attempts salsa moves and finds himself in the center; Shivani creates a marshmallow structure and discovers her place in the world; and Ivy learns that some friendships have an expiration date...while others last forever. Three storytellers, three interpretations of OUTSIDE, LOOKING IN..., hosted by Theresa Okokon.

Episodes

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    Outside, Looking In

    S5 E22 - 26m 30s

    Most of us crave a sense of belonging and want nothing but to be accepted. Sean attempts salsa moves and finds himself in the center; Shivani creates a marshmallow structure and discovers her place in the world; and Ivy learns that some friendships have an expiration date...while others last forever. Three storytellers, three interpretations of OUTSIDE, LOOKING IN..., hosted by Theresa Okokon.

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    Off the Press

    S5 E9 - 26m 30s

    The news cycle spins faster than ever, and the flow of stories never seems to end. Yet we rarely learn the story behind the story. A young Joe gets a chance to meet the Pope; Rinaz immigrates to the US from Syria on Christmas Eve; and Shannon jumps hurdles in her quest to become a journalist. Three storytellers, three interpretations of OFF THE PRESS, hosted by Wes Hazard.

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    Serving with Honor

    S5 E4 - 26m 30s

    Service members and their families demonstrate their character and resolve in the most trying of circumstances. As a case manager working with refugees, former military Kevin challenges his assumptions about others; after penpalling her brother’s Navy buddies, Juli-anne understands the impact of her letters; and James tries to connect with his brother killed in the Vietnam War.

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    One Way or Another

    S5 E17 - 26m 30s

    In this 100th episode, tellers share how dealing with challenges showed them strengths they never knew they had. Brandon bridges the gap between their deaf grandma and a police officer using ASL; an allergic reaction turns Sara's vacation upside down; and Jeff takes on Mt. Kilimanjaro for cancer research. Three storytellers, three interpretations of ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

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    Perfect Storm

    S5 E11 - 26m 39s

    The truth is that no one wants to be caught in a storm. While we don't know when or how they will hit, we do know there are lessons to be learned. Ellen attempts to balance pregnancy with caring for her stepmother; a friendship helps Kent weather adolescence; and Jen puts her skills to test against a tornado. Three stories, three interpretations of PERFECT STORM, hosted by Wes Hazard.

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    Resilience

    S5 E3 - 26m 40s

    Houston, Texas - the nation’s most ethnically diverse metropolitan area - is a community of people who have learned the fine art of resilience. Sneha travels a difficult road from sickness to health; actors and improv turn Brendan’s playwriting from lemon into lemonade; and Ebony learns the secret to taming her stress. Three stories, three interpretations of RESILIENCE, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

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    Newsworthy

    S5 E2 - 26m 30s

    The news is often attention grabbing. But sometimes the story behind the story is just as interesting as the headlines. Phillip navigates civil rights strife in Boston, MA; Anne manages a local news phone line as Nixon’s White House collapses; and Jeff gives a disastrous speech with a very influential guest in the audience. Three stories, three interpretations of NEWSWORTHY, hosted by Wes Hazard.

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    Growing Up Asian

    S5 E20 - 26m 30s

    Every day, millions of people are creating their own definitions of what it means to be Asian American. Suzanne works with a parents association to organize during Boston's busing desegregation crisis and gains strength from the women; David travels to China for the first time to connect with his roots; and after being held at gunpoint in her family’s store, Eson learns the definition of love.

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    Match Made

    S5 E19 - 26m 50s

    The search for a life partner is usually far from perfect - bad choices, parental pressure and twists & turns are all part of the journey. Tae crosses cultural barriers to find love; Diane turns to a how-to book to find her ideal partner; and Kevin fights to overcome his fear of marriage and finally tie the knot. Three storytellers, three interpretations of MATCH MADE, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

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    Family Ties

    S5 E18 - 26m 30s

    Sometimes, we are born into families that nurture us. And for all the other times, we need to create our own. Gabriel looks for the imprint of the father he barely knew; Ariel makes a new family after being bullied for her queerness; and Kathleen's life is changed by an encounter with a cousin from El Salvador. Three storytellers, three interpretations of FAMILY TIES, hosted by Theresa Okokon.

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    As Good As It Gets

    S5 E10 - 26m 30s

    How do we make the best of a situation? With imagination, initiative, and a willingness to take risks. And the results can be unexpected and amazing. Brendyn adds a roller coaster to his marriage proposal plan; Kristin discovers an unconventional remedy for pandemic fatigue; and Adam gets creative to deal with a nasty celebrity. Three storytellers, three interpretations of AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

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    Stay the Course

    S5 E8 - 26m 30s

    Staying in the game is hard. But when you hang in there for the ride, the memories you create can last a lifetime. Heather honors her father by running a road race dressed as Rudolph; Banafsheh learns a lesson from a disastrous dance performance; and Tim gives up watching sports for a year and discovers a new life. Three stories, three interpretations of STAY THE COURSE, hosted by Wes Hazard.

Extras + Features

  • In the Name of Justice | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In the Name of Justice | Preview

    S6 E3 - 30s

    Standing up for justice means encountering opposition. When we have the courage to do what is right, we can help justice prevail. After a gas explosion, Gladys helps her neighborhood fight back; Eben switches careers to advocate for climate equity; and Antonio's protest sparks a media frenzy in Brazil. Three storytellers, three interpretations of IN THE NAME OF JUSTICE, hosted by Wes Hazard.

  • Growing Up Latina | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Growing Up Latina | Preview

    S6 E2 - 30s

    Being a young Latina means living within a vibrant and varied global culture. It also means navigating identity and intersectionality. Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross all borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba forever; and Michele turns lemons into lemonade when she gets busted moonlighting. Three storytellers, three interpretations of GROWING UP LATINA.

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    Changemakers | Preview

    S6 E1 - 30s

    Change is never easy. But if we try hard enough, we can make the world a better place. Luciana strives for a new definition of beauty after experiencing sudden hair loss; Su extends a helping hand, even though it means breaking the rules; and Robin shows her fellow EMTs that women can excel. Three storytellers, three interpretations of CHANGEMAKERS, hosted by Wes Hazard.

Schedule

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    Stories from the Stage

    One Way or Another

    Sunday
    Sep 25

    30 Minutes

    Storytellers discuss how dealing with challenges showed them strengths they didn't know they had; with Brandon Kazen-Maddox, Sara Kaminski and Jeff Belanger.
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    Stories from the Stage

    One Way or Another

    Monday
    Sep 26

    30 Minutes

    Storytellers discuss how dealing with challenges showed them strengths they didn't know they had; with Brandon Kazen-Maddox, Sara Kaminski and Jeff Belanger.
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    Stories from the Stage

    One Way or Another

    Monday
    Sep 26

    30 Minutes

    Storytellers discuss how dealing with challenges showed them strengths they didn't know they had; with Brandon Kazen-Maddox, Sara Kaminski and Jeff Belanger.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Changemakers

    Monday
    Sep 26

    30 Minutes

    Luciana Naldi strives for a new definition of beauty after sudden hair loss; Su Joun extends a helping hand; Robin Schoenthaler proves that women can excel.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Changemakers

    Tuesday
    Sep 27

    30 Minutes

    Luciana Naldi strives for a new definition of beauty after sudden hair loss; Su Joun extends a helping hand; Robin Schoenthaler proves that women can excel.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Changemakers

    Tuesday
    Sep 27

    30 Minutes

    Luciana Naldi strives for a new definition of beauty after sudden hair loss; Su Joun extends a helping hand; Robin Schoenthaler proves that women can excel.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Changemakers

    Friday
    Sep 30

    30 Minutes

    Luciana Naldi strives for a new definition of beauty after sudden hair loss; Su Joun extends a helping hand; Robin Schoenthaler proves that women can excel.
  • Image
    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Changemakers

    Friday
    Sep 30

    30 Minutes

    Luciana Naldi strives for a new definition of beauty after sudden hair loss; Su Joun extends a helping hand; Robin Schoenthaler proves that women can excel.
  • Image
    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Changemakers

    Friday
    Sep 30

    30 Minutes

    Luciana Naldi strives for a new definition of beauty after sudden hair loss; Su Joun extends a helping hand; Robin Schoenthaler proves that women can excel.
  • Image
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    Stories from the Stage

    Growing Up Latina

    Monday
    Oct 3

    30 Minutes

    Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba; Michele turns lemons into lemonade.
  • Image
    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Growing Up Latina

    Tuesday
    Oct 4

    30 Minutes

    Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba; Michele turns lemons into lemonade.
  • Image
    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Growing Up Latina

    Tuesday
    Oct 4

    30 Minutes

    Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba; Michele turns lemons into lemonade.
  • Image
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    Stories from the Stage

    Growing Up Latina

    Friday
    Oct 7

    30 Minutes

    Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba; Michele turns lemons into lemonade.
  • Image
    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Growing Up Latina

    Friday
    Oct 7

    30 Minutes

    Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba; Michele turns lemons into lemonade.
  • Image
    Stories From the Stage: TVSS: Iconic

    Stories from the Stage

    Growing Up Latina

    Friday
    Oct 7

    30 Minutes

    Rosanna discovers that friendship can cross borders; Ana describes her last night at home before leaving Cuba; Michele turns lemons into lemonade.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Good Kind of Trouble

    Monday
    Oct 10

    30 Minutes

    Maulian Dana fights to ban Native American mascots in Maine schools; Ronald Smith supports his integrated marriage; Wanda Castro-Borrero's boss pushes back against patients who refuse to see her due to her last name.
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    Stories from the Stage

    Good Kind of Trouble

    Tuesday
    Oct 11

    30 Minutes

    Maulian Dana fights to ban Native American mascots in Maine schools; Ronald Smith supports his integrated marriage; Wanda Castro-Borrero's boss pushes back against patients who refuse to see her due to her last name.
  • Image
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    Stories from the Stage

    Good Kind of Trouble

    Tuesday
    Oct 11

    30 Minutes

    Maulian Dana fights to ban Native American mascots in Maine schools; Ronald Smith supports his integrated marriage; Wanda Castro-Borrero's boss pushes back against patients who refuse to see her due to her last name.

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