Our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy have changed. We think you'll like them better this way.

  • 01:01

    Storytelling, Part V: A Path to Happiness

    in Relationships

    Welcome to Happiness Index.  This month began with laughter and stories and we are ending the month with laughter and stories.  we continue our focus on storytelling.  July is the essence of summer and it inspires, evokes and awakens our heart with stories that are telling.  Storytelling is an ancient art form. Storytelling paints events with words and images often by improvisation or embellishment.  Stories are rooted in every culture as a means of entertainment, igniting joy, knowledge, inspiration and education.  Stories are intercessors and they offer a way for us to connect with our ancestors, ancient cultures and moral values. We need intermediaries. Tune in and share your story. Call 347-539-5818 and share a story with us.  

  • 01:40

    Thuli Dumakude- A History Lesson not in a classroom

    in Culture

    Africa the motherland and where there are many storytellers passing on traditions to the African and African American Communities. The stories told answer questions of history, tell of lessons passed on and taught to generation after generation. Through oral tradition the storytellers pass on folktales, traditional knowledge, practices and the richness of the people. History is in the word spoken by storytellers. Thuli will join us and talk about South Africa and through her stories about the young generation and the growth of South Africa. She will talk about how Africa has stayed true to nature and it’s cultural. Thuli will also grace us with stories and information about a new generation that is thriving in Africa. Thuli stated all eyes are on Africa and there is a new birth in the continent. Thuli is winner of the Sir Lawrence Olivier Award in London and the Obie in New York for her lead role in Poppie Nongena. She’s the winner of three (3) Audelco Awards in New York for writing, directing and performing her one woman show Buya, Africa, she also won the FNB Vita Award when she performed Buya Africa at the Civic theatre in Johannesburg South Africa.Thuli played Rafiki in the Lion King on Broadway, Poppie Nongena in New York, London, Toronto, Australia and Chicago. She performed Bongi in Bongi’s Journey at Crossroads theatre in New Brunswick, Lost in the Stars, Kamadonsela (Lady Macbeth) in Welcome Msomi’s Umabatha in South Africa, London, Israel and New York City. Halala the musical at The Ariel off broadway, Sheila’s Day at Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, Grahamstown Festival and The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, Madre, in Juan Darien, directed by Julie Taymor. She just played the role of grandma in Generations at Soho Rep.Thuli is currently at The Playroom Playroom Theater in NYC performing in Africa My Beautiful. 

  • 01:41

    Michael Surbrook -- Gaming and Watching American Folktales

    in Entertainment

    This week we'll be talking with Michael Surbrook about the American Folkhero and his upcoming game book Folk Hero and about the recent trend of Folk Tale influenced TV Shows.
    Folk Hero examines an assortment of classic American folklore and tall tales archetypes in detail. It covers the first two centuries of America's existence, from 1700 to 1900. Divided into four broad eras (the Colonial Era, the Tall Tales Era, the Wild West Era, and the Post-War Era), each era presents a number of archetypes common to the time period in question. For example, the Colonial Era has the Pirate, the Backwoodsman, the River-Boat Man, and so on. The Tall Tales Era has the Occupational Hero and the Lumberjack (among others), the Wild West Era gives us Cowboys, Shootists, Scouts, Lawmen, and more. The Post-War Era has National Icons, Inventors, and others. Archetypes presented in the book include: Blackbeard, Paul Bunyan, Billy the Kid, and Nikolai Tesla.
    The book also includes descriptions of people who were associated with the archetype in question. For example,  the Blackbeard section includes Calico Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Major Stede Bonnet, and others. Paul Bunyan includes Babe the Blue Ox, Cal Bunyan, Tony Beaver, and a a number of other people. Also included are a brief listing of common cowboy terms, the lyrics to songs, quotes, historical notes, and other such material.  

  • 02:28

    Author S.E. Schlosser and Poet D.S. Scott

    in Books

    S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Sandy is the webmaster and writer of an award-winning, internationally-known web site called American Folklore that features retellings of folktales from each state. This site was created as part of a graduate study at Rutgers the State University of New Jersey in October 1997 and is used daily by teachers throughout the world in lesson plans for students of all levels. Stories from the site have also been used in college text books and in Masters level programs.

    D.S. Scott returns to our show with several new Dark Poems! When D. S. Scott was fourteen, a friend suggested he write a short story. He began writing and immediately took an interest in it. A couple weeks later he finished and was surprised to find how much he enjoyed writing it. In the years since, Scott has written in several genres but has found a particular interest in horror and suspense. He enjoys writing poetry, short stories and has started on a novel. Finding writing to be a creative outlet, he kept with it and followed his goal to publish. “He Comes In Many Forms” is D. S. Scott’s first book and collection of dark poetry. He currently lives in North Carolina with his dog, Bandit. Follow him on Facebook.

  • 01:36

    Oral Traditions

    in News

    This Sunday our BlogTalk radio program will cover the importance of carrying on oral tradition, and introduce our listeners to  our WnT YouTube Channel. Join Billie Fidlin, president of WnT and Millie Chalk, member of the Board of Directors and part of the YouTube Channel team.

    Oral tradition is the spoken relation and preservation, from one generation to the next, of a people's cultural history and ancestry, often by a storyteller in narrative form.

    Oral tradition is cultural material and tradition transmitted orally from one generation to another. The messages or testimony are verbally transmitted in speech or song and may take the form, for example, of folktales, sayings, ballads, songs, or chants. In this way, it is possible for a society to transmit oral history, oral literature, oral law and other knowledge across generations without a writing system. It often refers to the transmission of cultural material through vocal utterance. WnT has brought some of the oral tradition to life in written format through our online magazine and by then sharing a oral recording of some of those stories on our YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/WhispernThunder

    The historical marginalization of indigenous people, the dogma of stigma, the continued oppression of an entire race of people to the political and social edges of society cannot and must not continue. Telling the story begins the healing. Telling the story also begins the true understanding of a history of both tragedy and triumph.

    To read more articles & find out about us, please go to whispernthunder.org

    opening song http://youtu.be/aop1Ffep_AA by Taina Amayi

  • 01:31

    Thursday May 1st 2014 7:00 PM EDT Dr. Valerie Tarico

    in Finance

    Join Bob and I as we welcome Dr. Valerie Tarico to the show.

    Dr. Valerie Tarico, former Director of the Children’s Behavior and Learning Clinic in Bellevue, Washington, is a psychologist with a passion for personal and social evolution. In 2005, she co-founded the Progress Alliance of Washington, a collective of future-oriented donors investing in progressive change. She also is the founder of WisdomCommons.org, an interactive website that showcases humanity’s shared moral core via quotes, poetry, stories and essays from many traditions. Tarico’s book, Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, offers personal insight into how we can apply “constructive curiosity” to our most closely guarded beliefs.

    As a social commentator, Tarico writes and speaks on issues ranging from religious fundamentalism to gender roles, to reproductive rights and technologies. A primary focus is on improving access to top tier contraceptive technologies. To that end, she serves on the board of Advocates for Youth, a D.C. based nonprofit with wide-ranging programs related to reproductive health and justice.
    Tarico's first book, Deas and Other Imaginings, is a collection of stories described as "somewhere between Zen and folktales, somewhere between child's play and wisdom, somewhere between dreaming the world and healing it."

  • 00:33

    Rana Dasgupta on Melinda Talks, on YMPM

    in Youth

    Rana Dasgupta was born in the UK in 1971 and grew up in Cambridge. As an adult he lived in France, Malaysia and the US before moving to Delhi in 2000.

    His first book, "Tokyo Cancelled", was published in 2005. Narrated by travelers stuck for a night in an airport, "Tokyo Cancelled" is a cycle of folktales about our contemporary world of globalization, corporations, film stars and illegal immigrants. It was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Vodafone Crossword Award.

    "Solo" came out in the UK in 2009 and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Set in Bulgaria, "Solo" follows the life and daydreams of a melancholy centenarian, so embarking on an epic exploration of science, memory, music and failure. "Solo" has been translated into twelve languages and will be available in the US in February 2011.

    We get to discuss his now book Capital!


    "Only the most gifted writers can hold the surreal and the real in satisfying equilibrium. This elite now welcomes Rana Dasgupta to its ranks" - Time Out

    "Brilliantly conceived and jauntily delivered" - San Francisco Chronicle

    "These stories ... ah, they outdo the Arabian Nights for inventiveness. One closes the book with head spinning" - The Guardian


    "Solo is ... utterly unforgettable in its humanity" - The Guardian

    "A necessary as well as a timely novel" - Sunday Business Post

    "Weird, wonderful and warmly wise" - Daily Mail

    "This is an important work" - The Australian



  • 00:12

    Interview with Steve Pinkham - Author of More Tales from the Maine Woods

    in Books

    From his phenomenal collection of over 25,000 articles and stories of the Maine Woods, Steve Pinkham has selected more of the most exciting old hunting and fishing tales, as well as stories of animal encounters, lumbering, canoe trips and tall tales for this sequel to Old Tales of the Maine Woods. Ranging from 1845 to 1905, this book also covers the Maine Woods from Magalloway to Moosehead and Mopang to Madawaska. Most people know that Thoreau went to Maine several times, wrote eloquently about his travels and coined the phrase “Maine Woods.” Now for the reader will get to read more stories by many more known and unknown men and women who also travelled to northern Maine and wrote about their experiences of penned fictional stories set in the backwoods. Included are brief biographies and portraits of the known writers. For the unknown authors, Pinkham has included appropriate pictures. In his first volume, Pinkham included histories of each region; for this volume he has included many early bits of fascinating information for each chapter.

  • 00:31

    A Book and a Chat with Gai Z Martin

    in Books

    Gail Z. Martin is an American writer and the author of The Chronicles of The Necromancer fantasy adventure series for Solaris Books and Double Dragon Publishing.

    Gail Zehner Martin began writing fiction as a child, and says she does not remember a time when she was not enthralled with ghost stories.

    A voracious reader since childhood, she frequently chose to read books with a supernatural slant, including folktales, compilations of regional ghost stories and gothic mysteries. She credits the TV show Dark Shadows with her lifelong fascination with vampires.

    Her latest book is "The Dread" book two in "The Fallen Kings Cycle"

  • 01:29

    A Book and a Chat with Gail Z. Martin

    in Books

    Gail Z. Martin is an American writer and the author of The Chronicles of The Necromancer fantasy adventure series for Solaris Books and Double Dragon Publishing.
    Gail Zehner Martin began writing fiction as a child, and says she does not remember a time when she was not enthralled with ghost stories.
    A voracious reader since childhood, she frequently chose to read books with a supernatural slant, including folktales, compilations of regional ghost stories and gothic mysteries. She credits the TV show Dark Shadows with her lifelong fascination with vampires.
    Her latest book is "The Dread" book two in "The Fallen Kings Cycle"
    Sounds a lot of fun

  • 00:30

    IndieReview Behind The Scenes chats w/ Nike Campbell-Fatoki

    in Entertainment

    Hello Everyone! My name is Michelle Cornwell-Jordan, your host and Jamie White, my co-host is with me today as well. We are excited to speak with Author Nike Campbell-Fatoki as part of her Write Now Literary Virtual Tour!
    Nike Campbell-Fatoki was born in Lvov, Ukraine to Nigerian parents. She spent her formative years in Lagos, Nigeria, listening to stories and folktales told by her maternal Grandparents. Her fondest memories were the weekends her mother took her and her siblings to Kings Way, on Lagos Island, returning back with bags of story books.
    Presently, she is a Budget and Finance Manager in the municipal government in the Washington DC area. She is an avid reader. She loves traveling, watching movies and listening to music. She is also the Founder of Eclectic Goodies, a party favors and gifts packaging company. She lives in the Washington DC area with her husband and three sons.
    Contact: http://www.nikecfatoki.com/