The Stanford Storytelling Project is an arts program at Stanford University that explores how we live in and through stories and how we can use them to change our lives. Our mission is to promote the transformative nature of traditional and modern oral storytelling, from Lakota tales to Radiolab, and empower students to create and perform their own stories. The project sponsors courses, workshops, live events, and grants, along with its radio show State of the Human.


  • Home is Little Tokyo by Leah Chase

    20/12/2022 Duration: 26min

    Home is Little Tokyo by Leah Chase by Stanford Storytelling Project

  • Journey Through Generations by Arundathi Nair

    20/12/2022 Duration: 27min

    Journey Through Generations by Arundathi Nair by Stanford Storytelling Project

  • Soles Returning Home by Autumn Parrott

    20/12/2022 Duration: 26min

    Every year, a small group of Stanford Students are awarded grants to complete audio stories under the teaching, training, and mentorship of the Stanford Storytelling Project. These are the stories that came out of that process in 2022.

  • Off the Beaten Path by Alina Wilson

    20/12/2022 Duration: 24min

    Every year, a small group of Stanford Students are awarded grants to complete audio stories under the teaching, training, and mentorship of the Stanford Storytelling Project. These are the stories that came out of that process in 2022.

  • Home of the Hodag by Isabella Saracco and Sam Waddoups

    20/12/2022 Duration: 21min

    Every year, a small group of Stanford Students are awarded grants to complete audio stories under the teaching, training, and mentorship of the Stanford Storytelling Project. These are the stories that came out of that process in 2022.

  • She Was There by Paloma Moreno

    17/12/2021 Duration: 22min

    Every year, a small group of Stanford Students are awarded grants to complete audio stories under the teaching, training, and mentorship of the Stanford Storytelling Project. These are the stories that came out of that process from 2020 to 2021.

  • Missed Connections by Neeharika Bandlapalli

    17/12/2021 Duration: 26min

    A story about people experiencing homelessness and their path to reconnection with their loved ones. Listen to learn why no matter where you are and what your journey in life has been, you will always be someone’s somebody.

  • Radical Puppets: Revisiting the 1999 Seattle WTO Protests by Emily Zhang

    17/12/2021 Duration: 28min

    What does it mean to protest and are there ways to do so that bring creativity to the forefront along with the issues? Listen to how those who were on the front lines of the WTO protests in Seattle used puppetry to get their ideas and demands across to those in power.

  • Wonder Under Water by Gracie Newman

    17/12/2021 Duration: 33min

    Come on a journey to understand our fascination with sea monsters and what they inspire in humans. In particular, hear about the Icelandic Lagarfljótsormur, the water monster that sparked a 13 person commission of the Icelandic government to investigate its existence.

  • Experiencing Sankofa

    09/06/2020 Duration: 20min

    What are you supposed to do after a noose is found on your campus? Stanford’s answer to that question was, in part, to invite The Experience Sankofa Project, a living museum on black history to campus. This story details what the Project can teach us about racism, activism, and (maybe most importantly), community. Producer: Adesuwa Agbonile Featuring: Venus Morris, Dereca Blackmon, Mizan Alkebulan-Abakah, Sizwe Andrews-Abakah, Frank Omowale Satterwhite, Jeanette Smith-Laws, Persis Drell Music: “Multiple Crystal Bowl Rhythm - - Geerose “All the Answers” - Lee Rosevere “It’s a Mystery” - Lee Rosevere “You’re Enough Version C” - Lee Rosevere

  • Seekers

    20/12/2019 Duration: 29min

    Producer: Sophie McNulty In her late thirties, Lanie, Sophie’s mom, became a born again Christian. Christianity gave her life meaning and happiness. When Lanie found God, “All the heaviness was just lifted.” Sophie, an atheist, struggles to find purpose in her own life. In this story, Sophie sets out to determine if what saved her mother could save her, too. Music: The Healing (Sergey Cheremisinov) Precisamos de um plano (rui) Valantis (Blue Dot Sessions) Waves (Pictures of the Floating World) Multiverse (Ketsa) Postcards mastered

  • Klezmer For My Grandmother

    20/12/2019 Duration: 24min

    Producer: Daniel Helena Alexander In the summer of 2019, I fly to Israel with a single goal in mind. I want to play a song. But not just any song. I want to play a Klezmer song. This podcast follows my journey meeting Jewish musicians and dealing with family tragedy to compose a personal song. “Music doesn’t lie.” You'll agree when you hear how beautiful, haunting, and inspiring Klezmer music can be. Music: “Miter Der Lerrer” by Di Gasn Trio “Schwartz Doina and Al’s Dances” by Daniel Hoffman “San Diego” by Blink-182 “Bagopolier Freylekhs” by Klezmer Israel “Hora de Concert” by Emil Aybinder “In Your Arms” by Forestt “Music for Bows and Feet” by Daniel Hoffman “Festival Excerpts” by HaBalkania “Hora Mittsibeles” by Alicia Svigels “Excerpts” by HaBalkania “Niggun” by Gal Klein

  • Swimming In Dreams

    20/12/2019 Duration: 18min

    Producer: Ethan Lo What’s the point of all of this? It’s a question we've all asked ourselves. For child-refugees who’ve come to America (and their descendants), attempting to answer this question is inevitably tied with wondering why fate, God, or whatever higher power they believe in has given them opportunities that those who came before them did not have.If you’ve ever asked yourself what it is that you need to be doing in life, this story is for you. You don’t have to come from a refugee background to relate. It’s simply the story of a young man who’s beginning to seriously question his lot in life, intertwining it with his family background, and coming to terms with the nature of it all. By exploring the three lives of a now-reintegrated middle-aged man who was sentenced to prison at 15, a college student who once couldn’t dream, and a high school student balancing what she owes to her mother and to herself; Ethan hopes to answer one question: what am I here for, if anything? Featured voices: Ethan Lo

  • The Reality Teacher

    20/12/2019 Duration: 22min

    Producer: Elena Press In the summer of 2019, I took off on a cross-country road trip to discover my father’s mysterious hippie past. Though I grew up with a dad who worked as an accounting professor, all throughout my childhood I heard stories of my dad building log cabins in Washington Woodlands, running a granola coop and my half-sister born on the kitchen table. Join me as I travel across time and space to uncover the truth of it all and learn from “the reality teacher.” Music: Unthunk Monplaisir An Eagle in Your Mind Les Hayden Lobo Loco Kathleen Martin Mutherpluckin Silicon Transmitter Latch Swing

  • To The Beat Of The Drum

    20/12/2019 Duration: 30min

    Producer: Mylan Gray When you feel at home thousands of miles away from your birthplace, what choice do you have but to return? I take a return trip to the Festival of the Rosary—an African syncretic festival in the southeast of Brazil. In returning, I learned African diasporic peoples might be connected by more than just African ancestry. Marked by cultural loss from the middle passage, this festival births a culture of its own. Its songs and rituals speak to the suffering of slavery and embrace a remembrance of forgotten homelands. As a black person from the United States, being in the presence of this grieving made room for something else to take root. Featuring: Ana Luzia Da Silva Padre Jailson Rainha Cleusa Dayonna Tucker Ramona Greene Cameron Woods Music: Original music from the Festival of the Rosary Blear Moon Brevyn Kai Engel Zion Dirty Sound Ikebe Shakedown

  • Weird, F***** Up, Amazing

    20/12/2019 Duration: 21min

    Producer: Hannah Scott I grew up in the sprawl of Los Angeles. I grew up on garage shows, Whiskey-A-Go-Go on Sunset Boulevard, classmates rapping on SoundCloud, my mom driving me an hour and a half to a venue in Orange County. My experiences with DIY music communities have been among the most important aspects of my life; yet, the deeper I get into this world, the more I hear people tell me that I missed out on “the glory days.” In this story, I travel to Asheville, North Carolina to prove that DIY is, in fact, not dead, but that young people today are making the subculture more accessible and creative. Featuring: Mark Hosler Emma Hutchens Davaion “Spaceman Jones” Bristol Music: Scott Shoemaker, the Well Drinkers (live at the Grey Eagle) alright lover: “II”, “divorced father son all stars”, “furukawa” Ulises Lima: “Mark 1” Richard Jonas: “hhhaaarrrdddcccooorrreee” Pudge: “Sweetheart” Negativland: “Destroying Anything” Spaceman Jones and the Motherships: “My City Has Lights” “Around the Cliffs” Slugly: “Poi

  • Coming of Age (Online): Imagining Queer Futures

    20/12/2019 Duration: 16min

    Producer: Julie Fukunaga What does it mean to (be queer) and come of age on the internet? In the past ten years, the queer games movement has exploded. Around the world, more and more people feel like they can make free and simple and strange games - ones that speak to queer stories and experiences. But it wasn’t always this easy. Some queer gamers used the earliest, clunkiest internet to find each other in crisis, to find friends, community, and a lifeline support in a time when no one was paying attention. Follow the journeys of queer gamers as they reflect on their earliest experiences online - experiences of freedom and discomfort, of community and isolation. They’ve since become architects of the internet, contributing to online communities as media scholars and game developers, but for these queer gamers, it all started way back. Featured voice (subjects names if they want to share): Pedro Gallardo (he/him), Teddy Pozo (they/them), Kat Brewster (they/she) Au Clair de Lune (Sunhiilow) Sad Day Slow

  • Maddy

    15/06/2019 Duration: 08min

    Class projects

  • Isabella: The New Normal

    15/06/2019 Duration: 07min

    Class projects

  • Hailey

    15/06/2019 Duration: 07min

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