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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.

Outside the Bubble

At 2nd Story, we are thrilled when a storyteller walks to the mic for the first time, and harnesses all of the nervous energy and excitement to absolutely blow us away. That’s what Jeff Toth did this last March, telling …

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Dancing Outside Yourself

Khanisha has always felt apathetic towards Beyonce, but when her new album drops in the middle of a personal tragedy, Khanisha digs in to discover the radical joy she needs. Khanisha Foster is 2nd Story’s Associate Artistic Director, and makes …

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Neither the Mermaid Nor the Flying Unicorn

Using a little wit and a lot of sass, Alex gives you an inside look on how it feels to challenge society’s ideas of gender at the ripe age of six. Alex Kessler is a recent graduate from Columbia College …

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Something’s Afoot!

After Lott finds one of the family chickens mangled in the back yard, his older brother tells him to forget about it.  But when Lott solves the mystery, their relationship will change forever. Fans can find Lott’s work in Briefly …

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Seizing Chaos

Sometimes you get it wrong, and sometimes it takes a random moment of violence to get it right. Germania Solorzano is a teacher, writer, and in Chicago. She contributes to Ms. Fit Magazine, an online publication dedicated to the female …

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Lessons in Almost-Motherhood

When Paula met James, she made clear that she was not signing up to be a mother to his two young children. But years later, after slowly falling in love, leaving them behind is one of the hardest things she’s …

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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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