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#101 The Way Things Ought To Be
Aug 11, 2015

#101 The Way Things Ought To Be

When looking for a book to steal, Andrew finds an unexpected paperback with an even stranger inscription.

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to WHYY’s NewsWorks. Photo credit: Maria Moller.

#100 Hundredth Episode Extravaganza!
Aug 04, 2015

#100 Hundredth Episode Extravaganza!

Human ashes are scattered at Disneyland, Luke Skywalker denies the force to find Jesus, and more. All of us here at First Person Arts, along with some special guests, look back at some highlights from our first 100 episodes.

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to WHYY’s NewsWorks.

#99 Striking Out
Jul 28, 2015

#99 Striking Out

Michael strikes out on his first bowling date, and not in the way that puts points on the scoreboard.

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to WHYY’s NewsWorks.

#98 Learning Laolish
Jul 21, 2015

#98 Learning Laolish

Three generations of family live under one roof, and the only language they share is love. Featuring Catzie Vilayphonh.

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This story was presented live at First Person Arts’ Translation Slam made possible thanks to Penn’s English Language Programs. The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to WHYY’s NewsWorks. Photo credit: Jen Cleary.

#97 Vote for Steve
Jul 14, 2015

#97 Vote for Steve

Steve gets into a clip art conundrum, and Avril Lavigne helps him redeem himself.

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to WHYY’s NewsWorks. Photo credit: Jen Cleary.

#96 Playing It Forward
Jul 07, 2015

#96 Playing It Forward

One small act of kindness inspires a musical memory in this tale by Gergana Haralampieva, a student at the Curtis Institute of Music.

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This story was performed at Composing Our Lives, a co-production with Curtis Institute of Music. The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Special thanks to WHYY’s NewsWorks.

#95 Potty Mouth
Jun 30, 2015

#95 Potty Mouth

Potty mouth Christy Shea can’t find the right words to say, but finds the wrong ones work just fine.

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This story was performed at FPA’s Translation Slam, which was made possible thanks to Penn’s English Language Program. Special thanks to WHYY’s NewsWorks.

#94 Kid Wizard Sings the Blues
Jun 23, 2015

#94 Kid Wizard Sings the Blues

Here’s what happens when parents confuse encouragement of their child’s natural abilities with social suicide. Story by Emma Hitchcock.

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This story was performed at Composing Our Lives, a co-production with First Person Arts and Curtis Institute of Music. Special thanks to Philadelphia Weekly and WHYY’s NewsWorks.

Photo courtesy of the storyteller.

#93 The Bomb Diggity
Jun 16, 2015

#93 The Bomb Diggity

In this Cinderella story, shy girl Kelsey puts on her dancing shoes, and catches the eye of the King.

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This story was performed at Composing Our Lives, a co-production with First Person Arts and Curtis Institute of Music. Special thanks to Philadelphia Weekly and WHYY’s NewsWorks.

Photo by Jen Cleary.

#92 Wooing on the WWW
Jun 09, 2015

#92 Wooing on the WWW

After 8 years of grade school awkwardness, and 4 years in an all boys high school, will online dating finally help Bill release his inner lothario?

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The First Person Arts Podcast is made possible thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This story was performed at Composing Our Lives, a co-production with First Person Arts and Curtis Institute of Music. Special thanks to Philadelphia Weekly and WHYY’s NewsWorks.

Photo courtesy of the storyteller.

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