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The Storyworth Podcast

Since 2013, Storyworth has helped people write their life stories— the big stories and the small ones. On this podcast, our real-life writers volunteered to share their stories publicly... with you.

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Laura, have you ever lived through a hurricane?
Today, we dive into the thrilling and sometimes terrifying experience of growing up in Baton Rouge during hurricane season. Laura Hodge takes us back to the 1960s, when hurricanes provided the perfect excuse to skip school for a week and play cards by candlelight.
13:30 2/15/24
Walt, have you ever fallen in love at first sight?
In honor of Valentine's Day, we share a story of love at first sight. From the moment Walt laid eyes on Pam, he knew she was the one for him. It only took another four months to work up the courage to say hello. But forty-two years later, their partnership is stronger than ever -- and a testament to the power of taking chances and letting love lead.
18:54 2/1/24
Joan, who did you go to prom with?
In this episode of the Storyworth podcast, writer Joan Maxwell shares the hilarious and somewhat traumatic events surrounding her senior prom -- and the plan her family hatched to save the day. Then, Krista chats with Joan about high school in the 60s and how the rest of prom night turned out. 
11:52 1/18/24
Bryan, have you ever pulled a prank?
In this episode of the Storyworth podcast, an author tells us about his family of pranksters, and what it was like growing up together in rural Pennsylvania. Then he tells us about an epic prank gone wrong, and a narrow escape that kept him on his toes for the rest of the summer. Finally, Krista interviews our author, and finds out what he's been up to since leaving East Allen, PA.
18:59 1/4/24
Melissa, what’s a favorite holiday memory?
In this episode of the Storyworth podcast, we share a nostalgic story about the first time our author ever saved up enough money to buy a Christmas present for her parents. The story, read by Sarah O'Dwyer, celebrates the joy of Christmas in Australia, where it's a warm summer holiday perfect for swimming and outdoor picnics. After hearing this heartwarming story, we'll speak with the author about her childhood spent exploring the Australian bush.
16:58 12/21/23
Suzi, what's the best Christmas gift you ever gave?
In this heartwarming episode of the Story Worth Podcast, host Krista Baum introduces us to Susie Bevan, a writer and illustrator who shares a touching story about the best Christmas gift she ever gave her dad. Susie's dad, a talented poet, had always dreamed of having his work published in the Saturday Evening Post. Despite numerous rejection slips, Susie found a way to honor her dad's passion and surprise him with a gift that brought tears to his eyes. Susie reads her story and reflects on her dad's love for poetry and their shared creative endeavors.
14:44 12/7/23
Barbara, who was your first best friend?
In our Thanksgiving episode, the author shares a touching story about a lifelong friendship that she is endlessly grateful for. She introduces us to Dolores Marie Hickey, who came into her life when she most needed a friend. The two were instantly bonded, and remained close for the next forty years. 
27:15 11/22/23
Carol, do you have any love letters?
In honor of Veteran's Day, we're sharing a collection of love letters written between newlyweds during World War II.
28:55 11/9/23
Father's Day Special 2023
It’s Father’s Day! We’re sharing some less-conventional stories this time around– stories that go a little deeper than usual, and explore the man behind the incredibly important role of “dad.” Get started with Storyworth here! Check out photos and more details for this episode here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
35:45 6/13/23
Mother's Day Special 2023
We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with three beautiful stories read by their authors, from the joy of becoming a grandparent to ushering a beloved mother into their final years. We love you, moms!  A note: this episode contains mentions of suicide. Get started with Storyworth here! Check out photos and more details for this episode here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
29:59 5/10/23
Season 2 finale: short stories
We’re celebrating the end of our season with stories read by their authors– tales of childhood triumph, mischief, and adventure.  Get started with Storyworth here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
29:30 4/6/23
Larry, what were you like in high school?
As they say, the more things change, the more things stay the same, trends come and go and technology evolves, but the social hierarchy of high school is a tried-and-true standby of American life. Today’s author takes us back in time with the class of 1969. Get started with Storyworth here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
24:48 3/30/23
Scott, how did you ring in the new millennium?
What were you doing on New Year’s Eve 1999? If Y2K means anything to you, you may have been worried about what would happen at the stroke of midnight. Today’s author had bigger problems to tackle on New Year’s eve 1999, but that didn’t stop him and his friends from making it a wild night to remember. Get started with Storyworth here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
19:06 3/23/23
Sandy, how did you discover your new family?
With at-home DNA testing kits being all the rage, folks from all over the world are discovering their genealogical roots and distant relatives– and maybe some not-so-distant relatives as well. In this week’s story, one woman discovers her mom’s secret, and some new family. Get started with Storyworth here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
22:49 3/16/23
Don, what was becoming a parent like?
Every parent remembers the day of the positive pregnancy test, right? The excitement, the nervousness, the dreaming and the planning that goes into the arrival of a new addition to the family. It’s hard to imagine things going wrong– until they do.  Get started with Storyworth here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
33:49 3/9/23
Jill, what was your most awkward date like?
Dating sites can be overwhelming for anyone, but especially for those taking a chance on love later in life. Our story this week centers around one woman’s journey to find a new companion after a decades-long marriage. Get started with Storyworth here! Check out photos and more details for this episode here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
27:02 3/2/23
Dave, did you ever get in trouble at school?
This week’s story may sound all-too-familiar if you’ve ever attended a Catholic school… elementary-school pranksters vs. strict and stern nuns. It’s not just something that happens in the movies! Dave Conover shares his memories of getting in trouble at school.  Get started with Storyworth here! Check out photos and more details for this episode here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
20:49 2/23/23
Donna, how did you fix your storytelling problem?
If you’ve been in a relationship with someone for a long time– whether that be romantic, platonic, or familial, you’ve likely heard that person’s stories over… and over… and over again. Donna Guthrie, today’s author, is here along with her husband to share how they came up with the perfect tag-team storytelling strategy. Get started with Storyworth here! Check out photos and more details for this episode here! Submit your stories for podcast consideration here! Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
17:12 2/16/23
The Halloween Special
Let’s get spooky! We’re celebrating Halloween with a chilling special, sharing some of our favorite stories of brushes with the unexplained, the unsettling, the eerie, and the ghostly.  Check out photos and more details for this episode here!  You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here. Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
27:04 10/26/22
The Father's Day Special
We’re celebrating Father’s day with an episode all about the men in the family – from tales of baseball games and grilling on the back porch, to the deep love and fear that come along with fatherhood. Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here. Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
31:21 5/27/22
The Mother's Day Special
Celebrate Mother's Day with an episode all about moms. We're featuring our favorite portraits of mothers, daughters, and families by Storyworth writers. Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here. Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
29:36 4/29/22
Season Finale: Short Stories
Our season one finale is a little different. On this episode, you’ll hear a medley of our favorite short stories read by the Storyworth writers themselves! Check out photos and more details for this episode here!  You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here. Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
16:39 2/24/22
Janine, how has your life turned out differently than you imagined?
Today’s story is a personal one: one woman’s journey through the ups and downs of single motherhood. Janine Riley, the author of today’s story, and her two sons are here to share their memories of the boys’ childhood and Janine’s life as a single working mother.  Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here.  Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
23:08 2/17/22
Sam, what’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?
A routine business trip abroad took a dangerous turn in Russian airspace for Storyworth writer Sam Duran. He shares with us the details of this unnerving experience and how it inspired him to view his life from a new perspective. Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here.  Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
20:06 2/10/22
Jean, what was life like on the ranch?
The end of WWII brought unexpected consequences for Storyworth writer Jean Troy's family. Jean describes how they navigated the post-war housing crisis in Los Angeles, California. Then, Jean and her two siblings reminisce about this memorable time in their lives, and how their parents steered the family through it. Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here.  Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
18:53 2/3/22
Mary, what’s the most selfless thing you’ve ever done?
In 1968, amid the Vietnam conflict, Storyworth writer Mary Holloway discovered she was pregnant. She shares with us the dramatic decision she made to release her firstborn for adoption, and her decades-long journey towards closure. Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here.  Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook. 
24:53 1/27/22
Bob, what is the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you?
Today’s story has everything you’d find in a classic crime novel. Vehicles set ablaze, murder weapons recovered from unlikely places, and conflicting testimonies ALL characterize Storyworth writer, Bob Sherwood’s, pulse-pounding experience as the key witness in a small-town murder trial.  Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here.  Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
16:56 1/20/22
Charlotte, what is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Today’s story is every mother’s worst nightmare: being stranded in the woods with three young children at sundown and with no food, no tools and no shelter. Storyworth writer Charlotte Edgar shares how she made it through.  Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here.  Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
16:10 1/20/22
Carol, what was it like the first time you fell in love?
Storyworth writer, Carol Short, shares the tale of her first kiss at a Junior Red Cross training turned boisterous house party, with all the thrill and awkwardness of a tween “in love.”  Check out photos and more details for this episode here! You can get started writing your own life stories with Storyworth here.  Follow Storyworth on Instagram and Facebook.
16:41 1/20/22
Introducing: The Storyworth Podcast
Since 2013, Storyworth has helped people write their life stories— the big stories and the small ones. On this podcast, our real-life writers volunteered to share their stories publicly...with you. The StoryWorth Podcast, coming this fall.
01:48 11/3/21