Stories from the Stage: The Podcast

For fans of the show and new listeners alike, Stories from the Stage: The Podcast presents the stories and storytellers, at once inspiring and relatable, in a whole new way. Hosted by Liz Cheng and Patricia Alvarado Núñez, executive producers and co-creators of the series, the podcast features the most memorable stories from the stage. Listen to our collection of short, true stories that take you inside the mind and heart of people from all walks of life Mondays.

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About Season 1

From Liz Cheng and Patricia Alvarado Núñez, the executive producers and co-creators of WORLD Channel's STORIES FROM THE STAGE, welcome to THE PODCAST. The audio series features the most memorable stories and in some cases, the ‘next chapter’ - what happened after storytellers exited the stage.

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    Coming to America

    We all love stories about new Americans, especially when they overcome adversity. Roxy Azari experiences love & hate on an overcast journey to the iconic Ellis Island; Tereza Lee speaks up about her undocumented status - and changes the world; and Rosanna Salcedo discovers that friendship knows no borders.

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    Deadly Sins

    Meet Ashley Rose, a poet, writer, teacher and advocate for restorative justice. As a child, Ashley witnessed a sunny day turn into a nightmare when dark waters rose up from the basement to take over her home. Ashley takes us back to the neighborhood street that was destroyed by a man-made disaster and explores how this traumatic incident turned her into a crusader for others.

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    Whatever It Takes

    Annemarie Whilton, a pre-school teacher and artist, describes the difficult rescue of her child Sarah from a drug den. Both mother and daughter share honestly about Sarah’s descent into substance use disorder and their challenging journey towards recovery.

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    You Only Live Once

    Is a life worth living when one takes chances? Gianmarco Soresi goes on a harrowing skydiving trip and realizes that sometimes in love we jump too late; at 15, Brendyn Schneider’s dream of a first kiss finally comes true; and Alison Tocci defies the law and fulfills her colorful dad’s last wish to have his wake in the family tavern.

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    American Journey

    Immigrants and their children forge lives in the United States while maintaining connections to their past. Szifra Birke discovers the hidden meaning of her Polish Jewish name and Grace Talusan shares how a green station wagon helped transform her family into Americans.

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    Unlikely Love

    Why not risk it all for love? Stories of unexpected romance: Nimisha Ladva breaks her parents’ rules and dates outside her Indian culture, and Jeff Simmermon sells all of his possessions and crosses the globe to meet and settle down with his Internet love.

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    Courage is acting despite fear. Courtney Pong shuts down misogynistic stand-up comics and discovers the power of her voice, and Praveen Sahay oversees Mozambique's tumultuous first democratic elections as a United Nations Peacekeeper.

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    A pair of memorable stories about throwing caution to the wind and risking it all at a moment‘s notice. Korean American Eson Kim is held at gunpoint in her family’s store, and Christine Gentry donates a kidney to a stranger.

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    Unexpected Connections

    The twists and turns of a journey can lead to an unpredicted discovery. Angie Chatman crosses racial boundaries during a turbulent flight, and Kelli Dunham finds herself hilariously in a not-so-ordinary boot camp in Florida’s swamps.

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    School Days

    High school is the place to learn a lot and make friends for life. But for some, it can mean challenges, uncertainty and shame. Teen storyteller Cecilia Viveiros battles a hidden learning disability that leaves her high school teachers, her parents, and Cecilia herself baffled. A year after her story, we join her as she goes to college in New York City.

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