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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.)
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"