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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!

Evan Turk, 32, of Riverside, California
Anel Arriola, 37, of Phoenix, Arizona
Cara Romero, 43, of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mizell Stewart II, 55, of Aurora, Ohio
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS
VIRTUAL EVENT
Evan Turk, 32, of Riverside, California | Our National Parks

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners take away a desire to go out and have their own unique experiences in nature and the National Parks, and maybe the nudge to take a look at what institutions they love and how they can help make them more welcoming to all.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I was inspired to tell this story because of the powerful impact that nature and the National Parks have had on me, and wanting as many people as possible to have that same transformative experience.

Anel Arriola, 37, of Phoenix, Arizona | From Airplanes to Exit Signs

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope listeners obtain new knowledge about immigration.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
This was the first story. It was for a storytelling show in Phoenix called Storyline. The theme was “Brave New World.” When I heard the theme, a memory about me coming to the US came to my mind. That inspired me to tell this story. I was definitely coming over to a “new world,” a new way of life.

Cara Romero, 43, of Santa Fe, New Mexico | Native Woman on the Rise

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
I hope to open peoples’ minds to the fascinating diversity of Native Americans, and relate how self-representation can counter harmful stereotypes and why it’s important to support artists of color.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
I hope my story encourages young women from communities of color to explore their identities and strengthen their self-esteem through art.

Mizell Stewart II, 55, of Aurora, Ohio | The Power of Community

What do you hope listeners take away from your story?
The value of focus and commitment.

Who or what inspired you to tell this story?
My grandfather, Mizell Stewart Sr.

VIDEOS

Upcoming shows

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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 dads 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!

Midwest Storytellers Project - My Family, My Culture

Welcome to the show! The Midwest Storytellers Project, which includes Lansing, Michigan; Columbus, Ohio; Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Louisville.

Every family has its own quirks, traditions, recipes and memories. Join us for a night of tales about the families we’re born into and the ones we choose.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, Kirben Adams a reporter at the Louisville Courier Journal will emcee, live!

Lafayette Storytellers Project - My Family, My Culture

Welcome to the show! The Lafayette Storytellers Project will present "My Family, My Culture" at 6 p.m. local time on June 22.

Every family has its own quirks, traditions, recipes and memories. Join us for a night of tales about the families we’re born into and the ones we choose.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, Leigh Guidry a reporter at the Daily Advertiser will emcee, live!

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I Am series from Storytellers Project - I am Hispanic

Welcome to the show! Storytellers Project presents "I am Hispanic" at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET on June 9.

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

This is part of a series of five storytelling nights called “I Am” to more fully tell the stories of America. “I Am Hispanic” features personal stories from people who identify as Hispanic. 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.
Daniel Gonzalez, Race, Equity & Opportunity reporter at The Arizona Republic and Storytellers Project founder and director Megan Finnerty will emcee!

Storytellers Project - Fashion and Culture show

Welcome to the show! The Storytellers Project presents "Fashion and Culture" at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on June 8.

Clothes, makeup and hairstyles are a statement of who we are and how we want the world to see us. Join the USA TODAY Network for an hour of true, first-person stories celebrating how fashion and beauty help us define ourselves.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices. Arizona Republic/azcentral producer Kaila White will emcee live!

West and Sunbelt Storytellers Project - My Family, My Culture

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 "My Family, My Culture" at 4 p.m. PT on June 3, 2021.

Every family has its own quirks, traditions, recipes and memories. Join us for a night of tales about the families we’re born into and the ones we choose.

Our storytellers will share their personal stories from their homes, using their devices, Brett McGinness, Opinion/Engagement editor at the Reno Gazette Journal 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!

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 - 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!

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!

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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!

West and Sunbelt Storytellers Project - Growing Up

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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!

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!

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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