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Tune in to Chicago’s finest storytelling. Broadcasting live from 2ndStory.com, we bring you the 2nd Story Podcast. Listen to recordings of our favorite stories from Webster’s Wine Bar and beyond. Listen below or subscribe with iTunes or your favorite reader.

Madonna and Me

In 1992, Shaun read from the Torah and became a man. Then, he danced to Madonna’s Vogue for his gathered friends and family. 20 years later, after a YouTube posting goes viral, 13-year-old Shaun’s fantasies begin to come true. Shaun Sperling …

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No, Honestly

The truth? Who needs it? Certainly not grade-school age Lizzie, who finds she can get by just fine by taking a little artistic license. Ozzie comes to your earbuds straight from the annual 2nd Story Fundraiser at Revolution Brewing, with …

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StoryWeek 2014: The Fight

The annual 2nd Story and StoryWeek collaboration has resulted in brave and powerful stories of identity and strength. In advance of the annual StoryWeek Performance, we feature Ames Hawkins and Devon Polderman, sharing stories of the struggle and the fight …

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2002

Feeling trapped within the constraints of the family he was born into, a young boy tries to regain control in a world that is spinning out.

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Impressions

A man is bringing his girlfriend of four months home for the first time. They expect jitters meeting the parents, but a phone call before arriving completely changes the level of distress they are actually walking into. Chad Hauge is …

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Horses, Paper Dolls and Dreams

Her older sister was in the first dream Ann remembers having as a child. Now, 16 years after her sister’s death, she still dreams of Leslie and her invaluable guidance. Bio: Ann Hemenway is a frequent 2nd Story collaborator, and …

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The Regal

JC always felt a bit out of place in Los Angeles, but never more than at a dive bar in the valley where porn stars go to sing karaoke. JC performs with 2nd Story and with Paper Machete, and with …

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Change It Up: Stories for the New Year

As 2014 rapidly approaches, we present three stories of persons making a big change! A single mother explores the meanings of different kinds of love, a lonely man finds bravery in Spain, and a teenager opts into a modern New …

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The Long Ride Home

A Christmastime car ride with a grown up has some unintended consequences for its participants. Ozzie Totten is a Company Member with 2nd Story, where he hosts and curates the 2nd Story Podcast. He has lived in Chicago for the …

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Second Languages

Trying to establish herself in the Buenos Aires theater community in Argentina, Jess finds herself at an audition that feels strange compared to the others she’s gone on. Is it just harder to read the situation in her second language, …

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