Promises can be made about almost anything. From promising to be a knight of God, to promising to talk about sex… to promising to stay together until death do us part. In this show, eight different promises are made. Some are kept, many are broken. But even when broken, these promises changed something. Because even a failed promise has the power to change the world.
Host: Nina Foushee
Producers: Nina Foushee, Hadley Reid, Christy Hartman
Featuring: Nina Foushee, Will Hamilton, Liz Matus, Professor Jorah Dannenberg, Hadley Reid, Don Reid, Holly Russell, and Matt Rothe
Release Date: 16 July 2014
Music used during transitions: Chris Zabriskie, Kevin MacLeod, A Smile for Timbuctu, The Kyoto Connection
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Intro Story: Nina, from Tucson
Nina tells the story of a promise she made to remember where she comes from, Tucson Arizona.
Producers: Nina Foushee and Christy Hartman
Featuring: Nina Foushee
Music: Chris Zabriskie
Image courtesy of Nina Foushee
Story 1: Knight of God
At the age of 13, Stanford Junior Will Hamilton made a promise to Pir Vilayat Khan. He’s the former spiritual leader of Sufism.
Producer: Nina Foushee
Featuring: Will Hamilton
Music: Arizono Kazuhiro, The Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, Marty Erlich, and Kei Engel
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Story 2: A Cold Walk
Stanford Senior, Liz Matus makes a promise to herself after a cold winter walk across her hometown of Cedar Rapids.
Recorded at Activist Story Night at the Haas Center for Public Service in March, 2014
Featuring: Liz Matus
Image courtesy of Liz Matus
Story 3: Ella
Stanford Philosophy Professor Jorah Dannanburg reveals a promise he made to care for an enormous dog named Ella– A mastiff who likes to eat shoes and couches.
Producer: Nina Foushee
Featuring: Jorah Dannenberg
Music: Podington Bear
Story 4: ‘Til Death
Hadley Reid tells us about a time when wedding vows were only the beginning of another promise.
Producer: Hadley Reid
Featuring: Don Reid PhD 1981 and Holly Russell 1978
Music: Chris Zabriskie, Edoardo Romani Capelo
Image courtesy of Holly Russell
Story 5: How the Tractor Ruined Farming
Matt Rothe, a lecturer at Stanford, shares two broken promises. One’s an unspoken societal promise. The other’s the promise of technology, specifically, the tractor.
Producer: Erik Olesund, MSc 2014
Featuring: Matt Rothe, MBA 2007, Lecturer at the School of Earth Sciences and at the d.school (Hasso Plattner Institute of Design)
Music: Antony Raijekov, Blear Moon, Chris Zabriskie, Mountain Range), Jason Shaw, Arizono Kazuhiro
Image courtesy of Matt Rothe