What is the real power of a story?

Photo by <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/29501884@N04/4552647815/'>Brendan Murphy</a>

Photo by Brendan Murphy


Apr. 28/May 8

Sit right back and you'll hear a tale... or several, as we take an encore look at the power of storytelling this week on a two-hour show. A two-hour show.

Read on to find out what's on the show, or click "Listen" to hear the podcast.


Samantha Reynolds tells us how she set out in search of her "epic travel story" while backpacking in Greece... and got a little more than she bargained for. (Samantha, by the way, makes her living telling stories with her company, Echo Memoirs, where they write memoirs and company history books. She also writes one poem a day on her blog.)

The Winnipeg school where Marc Kuly teaches is made up of immigrants and refugees from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, plus Aboriginal and white kids. But Marc noticed that these different groups of kids hardly ever talked to each other. So he started an after-school program with a pretty simple goal: get kids together, tell stories, and see what happens. He'll explain why "The Storytelling Class" had some surprising lessons for him. (And if you're interested in seeing the documentary The Storytelling Class, you can find out how to get a copy by e-mailing the filmmakers - John Paskievich and John Whiteway - here.)

Storytelling has a power to change how you look at the world - or how people look at you. Mariko Tamaki will tell us how she survived a summer of swimming lessons by weaving a whole new personal history. 

Here at DNTO, we like to say "everyone's got a story." 'Cause it's true. So if your life was a movie, what kind of story would it be? Sook-Yin takes her mic to the street to find out.

"Did I tell you about the time....?" Clare Lawlor gets the story behind why we tell the same tales over and over and over again.

Why is it that so many important messages are wrapped up in those sometimes-cryptic stories we call "parables?" Sook-Yin will talk with Rabbi Jordan Cohen about the role of storytelling in religious matters.

A great story can get you out of a sticky spot... but it can just as easily get you into one. Sook-Yin heads to the street for your stories of stories that helped, and stories that hurt.

We like it when people share their stories - but comedian Candy Palmater may be guilty of "oversharing" one about her mom. She'll tell us how her family reacted when she told a potentially embarrassing story about her ma onstage.

Storytelling has a particular power in aboriginal cultures where, for centuries, it's been a way of uniting communities and passing knowledge from one generation to the next. So what happens when traditional native storytelling collides with new ways of telling stories? We'll talk with filmmaker Loretta Todd about combining traditional storytelling with modern technology.

Russ Cooper tells us why the story that earned him fame in junior high school wasn't just a good one, it was a "Great One." He'll tell us about rubbing shoulders with Wayne Gretzky - and what it taught him about the nature of fame.

We've all met someone who knows how to spin a good yarn. But telling stories is more than just pure entertainment - it can be a very powerful tool. Rachel Sanders explains how storytelling can win people over and help get you what you want.

We tell stories throughout our lives...all the way to the very end. And sometimes there's good reason for that. Sook-Yin will talk with Dr. Harvey Chochinov, author of Dignity Therapy: Final Words for Final Days about the power of stories to help us undeerstand the lives we've lived.

And here's this week's playlist:

The Esquires - "The Oldest Story"
The Be Good Tanyas - "Ootischenia"
Bobbie Gentry - "Ode To Billy Joe"
Girls In Trouble - "We Are Androgynous"
Good, Pinsent and Keelor - "She's Gone Again"
Elisapie Isaac - "Turning My Back"
The Northern Pikes - "Teenland"
Rufus Wainwright - "Out Of the Game"

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