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Welcome to the show! The West and Sunbelt Storytellers Project, which includes Phoenix, Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; Ventura County, California; Reno, Nevada; and Salem, Oregon, presents "Growing UP" at 4 p.m. PT on March 4.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Wendy Leung and Brett McGinness, will emcee live!

Diana Dinshaw, 55, of Phoenix, Arizona
Natasha Buffo, 35, of Kirkwood, California
MaryJo Pollack, 72, of Tucson, Arizona
David Espinoza, 62, of Salem, Oregon
Alycia Marie Rosenberg, 47, of Los Angeles, California
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Diana Dinshaw, 55, of Phoenix, Arizona | My Father, The Feminist

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and through my story I want the listener to know that while distance may be separate us our human experiences, success, love, disappointment and loss are the same.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I am inspired by all the girls who are doing big things in small ways despite the challenges of their circumstances.

Natasha Buffo, 35, of Kirkwood, California | No Idea What I’m Doing

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
A parent’s — or aunt's, uncle's, sibling's, friend's — teaching can impact a child’s life indefinitely, in a way making you immortal in their life. Also, even when we have no idea what we are doing, the answers might be quite simple, if we slow down and pay attention to signals around us.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My mom inspired me to tell this story, as well as being in a period of my life where I am constantly trying to figure things out where I truly have no idea what I am doing. This past year, it seems that more people have found themselves in a similar place — of feeling clueless, lost, unsure. I seem to be more comfortable with this feeling than most, maybe because of the way I was raised, and the challenges I have faced and somehow navigated through.

MaryJo Pollack, 72, of Tucson, Arizona | Learning to Drive

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
Reflections of their own experience.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My dad. He was a lousy driving instructor, but a terrific father.

David Espinoza, 62, of Salem, Oregon | Half Blind with Full Vision

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope that people can learn that their life is precious and that they have a gift to serve in our community. We all face challenges in life, some more intense than others, however, it's how we respond that can make a difference.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My two boys, Jacob and Matt, inspired me to tell this story. They are the best — always supporting me in my author adventures. When I told them about the Storyteller Project, they were excited for me and gave me some amazing advice and applauded my effort. I love them so much.

Alycia Marie Rosenberg, 47, of Los Angeles, California | 90210, Spectrum and the High School Years

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope that listeners see that even if you have a disability that doesn't mean you don't dream.also that one needs to find the one thing that makes them strong and get through the difficult times and maybe just maybe you will come full circle.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I feel like people need to know what having high-functioning autism is like and what I experienced in high school. It's time for me to come out of the closet, so to speak, with my disability and use it help others with a disability.

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Upcoming shows

Storytellers Project - Growing Up show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Growing Up" at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on April 20.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices and Megan Finnerty, Storytellers Project founder and director, will emcee live!

Storytellers Project - Motherhood

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Motherhood" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on May 4.

It’s complicated. It’s joyful. It’s hard. It’s always a good story. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the moms we’re born to, the ones we choose and the ones we make of ourselves.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Storytellers Project - Entrepreneurship and Hustle show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Entrepreneurship and Hustle" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on May 18.

Big businesses and small start-ups. Hustle-culture and burnout. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the innovative people behind some of our favorite businesses.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

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Florida Storytellers Project - Growing Up

Welcome to the show! The Florida Storytellers Project presents "Growing Up" at 7 p.m. ET on April 8.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices and Andrew Atkins, a features reporter at the Naples News, will emcee live!

New England and Atlantic Storytellers Project - Growing Up

Welcome to the show! The New England and Atlantic Storytellers Project, which includes Rochester, New York; Asbury Park and Bergen, New Jersey; York, Pennsylvania; and Wilmington, Delaware, presents "Growing Up" at 7 p.m. ET on April 1.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Community Engagement Editor Sheila Rayam will emcee live!

South and Southeast Storytellers Project - Growing Up

Welcome to the show! The South and Southeast Storytellers Project, which includes Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee, as well as Spartanburg, Anderson and Greenville, South Carolina, presents "Growing Up" at 7 p.m. ET on March 25.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and the Tennessean's Opinion and Engagement editor, LeBron Hill, will emcee live!

Lafayette Storytellers Project - Growing Up

Welcome to the show! The Lafayette Storytellers Project will present "Growing Up" at 6 p.m. local time on March 23.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the Lafayette Storytellers Project and the Daily Advertiser for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Daily Advertiser Executive Editor Barbara Leader will emcee live!

Sponsored by Cox. Graciously brought to you by Humana.

Midwest Storytellers Project - Growing Up

Welcome to the show! The Midwest Storytellers Project, which includes Cincinnati, Ohio; Lansing, Michigan; Louisville, Kentucky; and Indianapolis, Indiana, presents "Growing Up" at 7 p.m. ET on March 18.

Many of us know from experience that growing up doesn’t come without sometimes awkward, sometimes funny and sometimes even heartbreaking moments. For some of us, it happens all at once. For others, it's a series of subtler moments. And it often comes at the unlikeliest of times.

Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating our youth and the rites of passage on the way to adulthood.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Louisville Courier journalist Kirby Adams will emcee live!

Storytellers Project - I Made This - Stories about the Arts show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project will present "I Made This: Stories about the Arts" at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on March 16.

Music. Movies. Memes. Art is all around us and this event explores the creatives behind the culture. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the arts.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Storytellers Project founder Megan Finnerty will emcee live!

I Am series from Storytellers Project - I am Black

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "I am Black" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on March 2.

Join the us for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the ways race and ethnicity weave through American identities.

This is the first in a series of five storytelling nights called “I Am” to more fully tell the stories of America. “I Am Black” features personal stories from people who identify as Black. The shows promise insightful, entertaining stories that invite listeners of all identities to consider what we all have in common, and what divides us — a mix of touching moments and hard truths.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Storytellers Project - Love and Heartbreak show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Love and Heartbreak" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 16.

Whether you swipe right or meet cute, or are still looking for “the one,” dating and everything that comes next is complicated and joyful. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the breakups and makeups that define us.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Storytellers Project - New Beginnings show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "New Beginnings" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 12.

We could all use a fresh start. Sometimes, it can be as small as getting a new haircut, having a baby, deleting a number or a big career pivot. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories about the choices, discoveries and accidents that change our lives.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

10 Years Later: Conversations about courage and resiliency with Gabby Giffords and friends

Welcome to the show! USA TODAY, Arizona Daily Star and The Arizona Republic present "10 Years Later: Conversations about courage and resiliency with Gabby Giffords and friends" at 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. ET on Jan. 7.

Featuring:

Gabby Giffords.

Dr. Fabi Hirsch of the Aphasia Center of Tucson and Arizona Republic journalist Karina Bland.

Arizona House Representative Dr. Randall Friese with former Arizona Daily Star journalist Stephanie Innes, now at the Arizona Republic.

Arizona House Representative Daniel Hernandez.

Survivors Mary Reed and daughter Emma McMahon.

Surviror Patricia Maisch and Sarah Garrecht Gassen, Opinion Editor at the Arizona Daily Star.

Arizona poet laureate Alberto Rios, Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Holiday Storytelling Spectacular

Welcome to the show! Arizona Storytellers Project presents "Holiday Storytelling Spectacular" at 7 p.m. MT on Dec. 21.

The holidays can be a time of gleeful surprise, gratitude, wrapping paper disasters or family mishaps. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the moments that unite our communities, faiths and families.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Holidays

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Holidays" at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on Dec. 15.

The holidays can be a time of gleeful surprise, gratitude, wrapping paper disasters or family mishaps. Join USA TODAY for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating the moments that unite our communities, faiths and families.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

I am an American

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "I am an American" at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Oct. 29.

These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors, reflecting on what it means to be an American. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Entrepreneurship and Hustle

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Entrepreneurship and Hustle" at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Oct. 1.

These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors about life, the grind, and the sacrifices of building something all your own. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!

Farthest You'll Ever be from Home

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Farthest You'll Ever be from Home" at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Oct. 21.

These are tough times, but we'll get through it together. Join us for true, first-person stories from the lives of your neighbors, who just happen to be scientists and astronauts, about dealing with loneliness and isolation in space and how that translates to life on Earth, and persevering through it all. They will tell their stories from their homes, using their devices, and Megan Finnerty, will emcee live!


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