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Marisol Batioja Kreuzer Podcast
June 3, 2018

Marisol’s story, “A Mother’s Mantra,” is something we can all relate to: our mother’s influence on our lives. In this story, decisions transformed a relationship between a mother and a daughter, creating a bond like no other. Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard talk with Marisol about her experience discovering and crafting this story.

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Ruiyuan Gao Podcast
May 27, 2018

Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy sit down with Ruiguan Gao to talk with her about her amazing story about a secret that her family kept for 7 years. She has struggled with this secret for 26 years. This secret is like a scar growing within her since she was a baby. This secret is about breaking, hiding, fear, struggle, and blame; it is also about protection, support, understanding, empathy and love. Listen to her story, Double-Edged Sword, and then her her conversation with Lawrence and Lynne.

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Mary Welch Podcast
May 20, 2018

Mary shares her story, “Breaking The Sound Barrier” about how her anticipated peace of retirement is invaded by a neighbor’s sound system. Then she talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how even calm and loving people can be driven to the edge of sanity. Ultimately, it means making radical change to take care of yourself.

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Jamie Shanhan Podcast
May 13, 2018

Jamie Shanahan, who uses her maiden name Houghton as her pen name, shares her story “My Big Fat Dysfunctional Wedding” about how opposites attract, and it ends – as all comedies do – with a wedding. Jamies talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how she found her way past dysfunction to a healthy way of life.
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Jiao Liu Podcast
May 6, 2018

Jiao’s story, “Secret Heart’s Desire,” touches on some of those things in life that we think we hate but that turn out to be something truly wonderful – such a surprise! And like so many things in life, is tied to her complex relationship with her mother. Jiao shares her heartfelt story and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard giving us all a glimpse into her struggle for self-identity within the context of family and societal norms.
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Preethi Srinivas Podcast
April 29, 2018

Preethi Srinivas tells her story “Pretty Young Thing” about what it was like to grow up as a dark skinned girl in a fair skinned obsessed country. Then she talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about her experience in Portland, Oregon that redefined her concept of her beauty. Never did she think that she would find the idea of beauty preserved so differently in different parts of the world.
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Rodrigo Aguirre Podcast
April 22, 2018

Rodrigo’s story, Perseverance, is about how he chose to self-exile in the US after a lifetime journey plagued by obstacles and denial of his personal identity. Through hardship and pain, he found in Portland what was necessary for him to experience a life worth living. He talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about his years of working towards a master’s degree in teaching and how he now works as an elementary school teacher.
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Leigh Hancock Podcast
April 15, 2018

As both writer and storyteller, Leigh Hancock is fascinated with how our memories and stories shape who we are. This story, “Peaches,” is about revisiting fond memories only to discover that the reality is something very different than the memory. Leigh talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about her process for creating a story, getting to the heart of what matters to her, and how this story triggered some deeply held memories.
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Aristanto Bayu Aji Podcast
April 8, 2018

Anto (Aristanto) shares this story about how he discovered that he should appreciate what he no longer has. Then he talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about the reasons he came to the US, how he is coping with the realities of life here, and what Bali will always be home.
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Lily Ningsih-Waldman Podcast
April 1, 2018

Lily Ningsih-Waldman shares her story “The Voice” about the prejudices she faced coming to America with limited skills in English. In her journey from ESL classes at PCC to graduating with high honors from Lewis & Clark College, she discovered something about herself that had been long suppressed. She talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about this discovery and how it transformed her life.
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Joan-Carrol (Brynn) Baron Podcast
March 25, 2018

Yes, the book “Black Beauty” is definitely a gateway drug for little girls to discover who they are. This is the story of a horse who appeared as if by magic and taught Joan-Carrol to anticipate the delights of the universe. Joan-Carrol talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about the ways she is resilient and how she has continued to develop that throughout her life.
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Amanda Rain Podcast
March 18, 2018

There are times when life’s journey opens to allow us to touch the tender places and wash the pain of the past with the rains of new beginnings. Amanda talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how she found her way to work that inspires courage and empowers lives.
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Maria-Luisa Baragli Bevington Podcast
March 11, 2018

There is no “us” and “them” and Maria-Luisa’s point of view makes that clear. Her story takes us from a sense of belonging in Argentina to Portland, Oregon, where she had to pretend in order to belong. In conversation with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard she talks about how she has finally found her true voice and spirit within herself.
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Chuch McConnell Podcast
March 4, 2018

Sometimes there’s no GPS. But Chuck McConnell knows that the only way to travel is by trial and error, cut and try, look and loop back. Chuck shares his story and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about what draws him to storytelling and how he’s finding his way back to himself.
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Dana Dennis Podcast
February 25, 2018

Dana Dennis, a geriatric social worker, shares the story of a woman who taught her to love in new ways and to cherish the right of others to make choices in their own lives. Then Dana talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about her love of storytelling and what drew her to this amazing art form.
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Steve Eggerts Podcast
February 18, 2018

Steve shares his story of how he loved and cared for his dying wife, Amy, through her battle with breast cancer. Then he talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about this was the toughest job he ever had, how fighting cancer is definitely a team effort and ultimately, it involves loving and caring for your self.
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Leah Carey Podcast
February 11, 2018

After a lifetime of being a “good girl”, this summer Leah Carey threw out all the rules and departed on a year-long road trip around the country, landing in Portland just in time to take the Art of Personal Narrative workshop with Portland Story Theater. Leah talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how all along the way, she has been rediscovering her long-buried sense of fun, adventure, and sexuality.
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Samuel Willoughby Podcast
February 4, 2018

Samuel Willoughby (Samiel Willowbee) shares his story about searching for his biological mother in Guatemala. Then Samuel talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how his biological brother found him through this story and how they met for the first time in Sweden.
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Zahra Abukar Podcast
January 28, 2018

People always say, “It is just politics; don’t take it personal.” But for Zahra Abukar’s family the current political climate is very personal! Zahra shares her heartfelt story and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard giving us all a glimpse into her struggle for self-identity in a world that continues to try to fit her into pre-defined boxes.
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Eva Rotter-Johnson Podcast
January 21, 2018

Ever since the presidential election, Eva has been wrestling with the labels society bestows on its members and what it means to be an immigrant in this country today. Originally from Venezuela, Eva Rotter-Johnson talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how empathy plays a role in our daily connections in our community.
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Gigi Rosenberg Podcast
January 14, 2018

The relationship with our mothers can be complicated. Sometimes it can take years before we can assert ourselves. But when you finally put your foot down, what could happen? Gigi Rosenberg talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about her approach to story crafting and the backstory for finally setting some boundaries.
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Donna Zerner Podcast
January 7, 2018

Donna shares her story, The Shadow Behind The Light, about working behind the scenes in the spiritual / self-help realm and how she learned that there are sometimes huge gaps between between spiritual leaders’ public personas and their private behavior. Then Donna talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how she got deeply swept up by a particularly dark charismatic teacher and why she decided to tell her story.
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Amy Clemons-Kormendy Podcast
December 31, 2017

Making the startling discovery that you cannot solve every problem by yourself might be one of the most transformative experiences that any person can have. Amy Clemons-Kormendy talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard at the Story House about her process and how delivering this story on stage may have been one of her greatest opportunities — ever — to be real, authentic, present in the moment.
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Jeff Burke Podcast
December 24, 2017

Carrying the burden of childhood fibs can weigh heavily on the spirit. Finally, at 60, as Jeff Burke enters the third act of his life, he is able to tell the story of family dynamics and how he came to forgive himself. Jeff Burke visits the Story House to talk with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about his story, how it came to be, and what it means to him today.
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Sukita Crimmel Podcast
December 17, 2017

Many of us hold certain standards of beauty dictated by the cultural norms all around us. It takes a lot of courage to find your own definition of beauty to live by. Sukita sits down with Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy to talk about that process and how she came to tell this story at Portland Story Theater’s Urban Tellers.
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Frank Engel Podcast
December 10, 2017

Who are we really? Were we once the persona of the name we claimed? What happens after our names are taken from us? Sifting through his life experiences, Frank sits down with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard to explore his identify through the names he has had throughout his life.
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Stefanie Brown Podcast
December 3, 2017

Stefanie shares her story of battling an escalator, an ego, and a broken heart. Then she talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about how she has spent her has been working on the delicate balance between helping others and helping herself.
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Kathy Gillis Podcast
November 26, 2017

Kathy Gillis tells her coming-of-age story about playing the hand you are given, making choices and discovering the light within. Then she shares the experience she had discovering and crafting this story with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater.
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Yashar Vasef Podcast
November 19, 2017

Since childhood, Yashar Vasef has tackled issues of identity. Most importantly, he is coming to grips with the empowerment that comes through owning a label. Yashar shares his story and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater about how he came to tell this story
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Beth Rogers Podcast
November 12, 2017

Beth Rogers comes from a clan of feisty “Pittsburgh Irish” who learned quite a lot about life from her father, including how to box. Beth shares her story about her relationship with her father… even with the ghost of her father, and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about her relationship with her father.
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Julie Rosenberg Podcast
November 5, 2017

Julie Rosenberg’s story takes place during a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat. In a profound and hilarious process of self-discovery, Julie shares her story and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard, sharing some insights into her experience at the retreat and why she went there in the first place.

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Jim Fairchild Podcast
October 29, 2017

Jim Fairchild has had multiple sclerosis (MS) aka Margaret Swanson for almost 20 years. In this episode he talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about the events that led him to tell this story and how he uses story to navigate the ups and downs of living with MS.

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Lynn Fitch Podcast
October 22, 2017

The folly of youth, when you often lack good sense, understanding and foresight can be a long the road to forgiveness. Lynn Fitch talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard about her approach to story crafting and the backstory on her path to forgiveness.

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Talen Nikolai Moe Podcast
October 15, 2017

Sometimes we get lucky and are given the kind of father-love that gives us the resilience to live life to the max. Talen Nikolai Moe talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater about his creative process aka ‘The Moe Method,’ and the story behind his relationship with his Grandfather Petter.

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Beth Duckles Podcast
October 8, 2017

What you think is just a secret creative project can have a much more lasting impact. Beth Duckles talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater about how her selfie-a-day project gave her much more than she expected.

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David Dale Podcast
October 1, 2017

What does God expect from us? What does Mom expect? What does “perfect” mean and where do we go when we die? Stay tuned for the answers to these and other important questions when David Dale shares his story and then talks with Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard of Portland Story Theater.

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