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Tell Us Something awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the Missoula community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something are true. Stories last for 10 minutes and are told from memory. There is a theme for each event.

Tell Us Something awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the Missoula community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something are true. Stories last for 10 minutes and are told from memory. There is a theme for each event.
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Missoula, MT

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Tell Us Something awakens imagination, empowers storytellers and connects the Missoula community through the transformative power of personal storytelling. It is a celebration of each other, our stories and how we move through the world together. All of the stories at Tell Us Something are true. Stories last for 10 minutes and are told from memory. There is a theme for each event.

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@pssttellus

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English


Episodes

10/31/2018
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In this week’s podcast you’ll learn about a man’s exploration of his family’s ancestry, you’ll hear a young woman’s struggle to keeping her young daughters safe while writing and promoting her first book and memoir while surviving domestic abuse at home, you’ll descend into addiction and come out on the other side, before finally making friends with a person with whom you once vehemently disagreed. Our podcast today was recorded in front of a live audience on October 2, 2018, to a...

Duration:00:49:00

“It’s Complicated” Part 1

10/26/2018
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Our podcast today was recorded in front of a live audience on October 2, 2018 to a sold out crowd at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their true personal story on the theme “It’s Complicated”. Our first story comes to us from Liz Boeheim (bay hiem), who finds her birth parents and learns that expectations don’t always meet reality as she begins building a relationship with her new found family. Liz calls her story “Family Doesn’t Always Come Easy”. Liz Boeheim moved to...

Duration:00:47:28

Tell Us Something – “Risk” Audience Participation

7/10/2018
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Our podcast today was recorded in front of a live audience on June 13, 2018 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their true personal story on the theme “Risk”. Audience members were invited to anonymously submit their stories on the night’s theme of “Risk”. Selected stories were chosen from a hat and read live on stage by Lauren Ciampa and her sister Johanna Ciampa.

Duration:00:08:09

“Risk” Part 2

7/3/2018
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Our first story comes to us from Joe Nickell, who shares his discovery story about the world of polyamory in this coming of age tale. Joe calls his story “Coming Out Poly”. Joe Nickell is a leftie writer and the creator and cohost of the first TV series ever broadcast on the Internet. He plays percussion in the Missoula Symphony and drums in the band Motorhome, which once wrote a song inspired by a Tell Us Something story. Joe’s relationship status is complicated, which is how he likes...

Duration:00:52:00

“Risk” Part 1

6/27/2018
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Delany Wascherol is 17 years old and on the precipice of womanhood as she contemplates jumping off a cliff in Utah with some badass women. She calls her story “Testing Gravity”. Delany Wascherol is an avid volunteer of many Missoula nonprofits, a backpacking enthusiast, an artist and a self-identified cool girl. A merit badge in canoeing doesn’t help John Schneeberger on the Lochsa River and he ends up on the wrong side of the river with a friend and his 4-year-old son. John calls his...

Duration:00:42:02

Didn’t See That Coming – Part 2

5/22/2018
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Young entrepreneur Jerry Spencer and his partner are working the largest trade show of their careers: Macworld Expo, and they barely have time to take a break. Jerry stops for a quick bite to eat and shares a table with an unexpected guest. Jerry calls his story “A Surprise Lunch That I’ll Never Forget”. Jerry Spencer first came to Montana in 1979, when he got a summer job as Desk Clerk at a lodge in Glacier Park. That is where he met the love of his life and partner, Janet. Jerry is a...

Duration:00:32:14

Didn’t See That Coming (part 1)

5/15/2018
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A philosophical discussion in the principal’s office changes the course of young Aaron Parrett’s life. A few years after that conversation, he has the unexpected opportunity to apologize for the behavior that landed him in the principal’s office in the first place. Aaron calls his story “How to Make a Teacher Cry”. Aaron Parrett is a professor of English at the University of Providence. His most recent book is MAPLE & LEAD, a collection of short stories with woodcuts by Seth Roby. He also...

Duration:00:42:19

Right Place Right Time – Act 2

5/9/2018
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After living as an exchange student in Paraguay and meeting her host family’s nephew, Raphael, Jane Doherty loses track of her love for years. All of that changes one afternoon with the arrival of a blue airmail letter in her NYC apartment mailbox. Jane calls her story “Blue Airmail Letter or International Exchange, Paraguayan Style”. Jane Doherty was born in Southeast England and emigrated to the Philadelphia suburbs with her family when she was ten. She went to college in New York...

Duration:00:47:27

Tell Us Something Season 7 episode 1 act 5

5/2/2018
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Our first set of stories features mead sample sippers at a farmers market, love stories in a bookstore, at The Top Hat and Luke’s Bar, true love under the Higgins Street Bridge, and meeting President Obama. These stories and more in this week’s audience participation podcast brought to us by Lauren Ciampa and Sara Raz reading from the anonymously submitted audience participation forms just after intermission at the live event. This act was recorded in front of a live audience on March...

Duration:00:53:26

Heather Adams – “In and Out of Africa”

4/24/2018
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This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on March 20th, 2018, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Right Place, Right Time”. After years of imagining the life and rhythm of Africa, Heather Adams visits Malawi in Southeast Africa. The moment she steps off the plane she’s vibrating on a higher frequency and her visit provides her more opportunity than she could ever have imagined. Heather Adams early...

Duration:00:14:48

Sarah Black – “It Got Better”

4/17/2018
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This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on March 20th, 2018, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Right Place, Right Time”. After falling in love and marrying the man of her dreams, Sarah Black meets someone new who knows more Ani DiFranco songs than she does and this changes everything. Sarah Black grew up in Helena, MT. After high school she moved around several times and is happy to currently...

Duration:00:14:07

Michael Peery Herrick – A Question to Consider

4/10/2018
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This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on March 20th, 2018, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Right Place, Right Time”. A heart attack gives voice to the recurring question in Michael Peery Herrick’s life and he returns with a hard won answer. 30 years as a psychotherapist taught Michael Peery Herrick a deep biting respect for the healing power of story. In June he turns 70 and in the fall he’s...

Duration:00:15:15

Great Alex Miller – Scott

4/3/2018
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This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on March 20th, 2018, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Right Place, Right Time”. After attending MisCon Alex Miller meets Doc Brown who takes him for a ride back to the future in a Delorean. Alex Miller is 13-year-old human from the sunny, exotic paradise of Lolo, Montana. He has two eyes, two ears, a nose, a mouth, two arms, and two legs. He is the perfect...

Duration:00:14:58

You Can’t Sleep Here – Making a New Story at the Yellowstone River

3/20/2018
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Josh Slotnick finds gold camping on the banks of the Yellowstone River, but not the kind you’re thinking of. This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on December 12th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Getting Away With It”. Josh Slotnick is a vegetable farmer. He is the director of the PEAS farm, a teacher in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Montana, and sells produce...

Duration:00:13:20

Changing The Narrative

3/13/2018
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Victoria Gannon shares her story of defiance, reckoning, and getting away with being exactly as she is. Victoria (Katy) Gannon grew up in Missoula and is the youngest of five in a loud and chaotic family. She currently works for Meyer, Shaffer & Stepans, a law firm in Missoula where she is the firm’s primary support for sexual abuse and sexual harassment victims. Through her own experiences, she has come to firmly believe that helping those who have been subjected to sexual harassment and...

Duration:00:16:03

Richelle DeVoe – How I Became a Boy Scout

3/6/2018
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Richelle DeVoe shares her story of being a Boy Scout, getting thrown out, and making something better. This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on December 12th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Getting Away With It”. Richelle DeVoe is a Missoulian who, despite leaving often, always happily comes back. She runs a small internet business (that she’s never been fully able to explain to her...

Duration:00:15:35

Audience Participation – Getting Away With It

2/27/2018
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This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on December 12th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Getting Away With It”. Lauren Ciampa and Alex King read from the anonymously contributed “Getting Away With It” stories from the audience.

Duration:00:09:57

Court-Ordered Christmas

2/20/2018
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This episode of the Tell Us Something podcast was recorded in front of a live audience on December 12th, 2017, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story on the theme “Getting Away With It”. Kristi Hager, painter, writer and photographer, has been working in Montana since 1984. She wrote the text for Evelyn Cameron: Montana’s Frontier Photographer, a 2007 Montana Book Award honor winner. The Berkeley Pit, Hager’s long-standing muse, was the center of her art action...

Duration:00:18:44