Story Central produces independent radio features as well as the renowned storytelling podcast Strangers.
Since the beginning of time, strangers and strange places have given rise to our wildest dreams and our deepest fears — and to the greatest stories on earth. These days, as we fly around the world, or the Internet, we come into contact with a hundredfold more strangers than our grandparents did. This podcast is the about the people we meet, the people we become, and the places we go. It’s about travelers, seekers, dreamers, lovers and warriors. It’s about fateful moments, bad dates, long lost friends, life-saving kindnesses, and those frightful moments when we discover that WE aren’t even who we thought we were. Subscribe in iTunes, join us on Facebook or Souncloud.
Lhakpa Tsering: Man on Fire
A boy escapes to a foreign country by himself, on foot, with no money or passport. He grows up to set himself on fire and lives to tell the tale…
Jennefer Ludwigsen: Big Jim and Smokey Joe
A Hollywood waitress, a retired rail road engineer and a former bomber pilot take the trip of a lifetime…
Stephen Rochelle: A Father’s Story
In July 2011, Matthew Rochelle stood trial for murder. This is the story of what happened from the point of view of his father, Stephen Rochelle. How did his sweet little boy end up in this place? What does it feel like when your own child becomes a stranger? Can you make a difference if you do everything in your power to get him back?
Lyena Strelkoff: Falling Slowly
A supremely life-affirming story about falling from trees and falling in love.
Sharon Houston: And Justice for All?
A booker for a TV court show shares the highs and lows from the merry-go-round of daytime justice. Wow!
More Recent Episodes
Mike Gerle: American Mormon-International Mr. Leather
A Mormon kid grows up to become “International Mr. Leather”….
Mike & Garrett: International Mr. Leather Part 2
In this follow-up to Mike Gerle’s story, American Mormon-International Mr. Leather Part 1, we revisit Mike with his partner Garrett to talk about their slave-master relationship relationship.
Karin Gutman: Me for Mayor?
Have you ever had the fantasy that a chance encounter with a stranger could tell you who to be and what to do with your time on earth? Karin Gutman was working as an assistant when a Senior Advisor to a U.S. Senator came out of the blue with an offer to change her life…
John Corcoran, Part 1: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read
John Corcoran graduated from high school and college and taught high school for 17 years without knowing how to read or write. Here’s Part 1 of the story about how he pull it off, why did he do it and where it all lead…
John Corcoran, Part 2: The Teacher Who Couldn’t Read
John Corcoran graduated from high school and college and taught high school for 17 years without knowing how to read or write. How did he pull it off? Why did he do it? Where did it all lead? This is Part 2 of his story.
Gil Garcetti: ‘You Prosecuted Me for Murder’
As L.A. District Attorney, Gil Garcetti has had a massive impact on the lives of thousands of strangers. Sometimes they recognize him on the street…
Dave Kessler: Looking for Love in El Paso
Dave Kessler first signed up for online dating in 1996 and he’s lived to tell the tales. If you think you’ve been on some crazy dates, check out Dave’s story about going flying to El Paso to meet a woman from eHarmony…
Debbie Jhoon: The Waxing Virgin
A thirty-something year old virgin waxes genitals for a living…
Sam Feirstein: Alaska Bingo
Sam Feirstein takes a broken heart to Alaska and finds surprising kindness in enemy territory. Also, Strangers producer/host Lea Thau takes a broken heart to India.
Abdi Hussein: Coming to America
Abdi Hussein came to America when he was seven after being shot in the eye during the war in Somalia. It’s not easy fitting in when you are a tall, African kid with a strange looking eye, who speaks no English and wears unusual clothes. Until you discover that you have a talent for the one thing that will make American kids love you more than anything…
The Moth and “Strangers:” Jessica Lee Williamson and Brian Brown
This episode features to live stories from a special collaboration between “Strangers” and the storytelling organization The Moth, of which “Strangers” creator Lea Thau was the Executive & Creative Director for 10 years.
Holly Rothschild: Growing Up in Mayberry
Holly Rothschild’s dad was the sherriff in McHenry County, Illinois, and the county prison was attached to their house. 5-year old Holly could open a door in her kitchen and walk right in…
Brian Finkelstein: Blue Astringent Blues
A wanna-be artist finds himself in a dual-life dilemma. Can you be the next Bukowski and the king of high-end skin care — at the same time? When push comes to aftershave, which do you choose?
Suzanne Ely, Dave Kessler, Mace Neufeld: Fame
What do Frank Sinatra, Moammar Qadaffi, Jackie Onassis, Demi Moore, and Bob Dylan have in common? They’re all part of this Strangers episode about fame.