Each year, we invite storytellers of every kind—poets, journalists, filmmakers, dramatists, comedians, novelists—to come to campus to tell stories on a particular theme. Join us for remarkable evenings with some of the best storytellers in America. Details below.


Gathering Release Party


Gathering Listening Party
Monday, June 1
5 – 6 pm PST
Join here: https://bit.ly/gatheringshowSSP 

What do we gain from gathering? In this episode, we’re thinking about how coming together can change us. We’ll hear about a citizen-led clean-up movement in India, a Bay Area artist who forms an unlikely friendship with a church in Colorado, and a student who experiences the power of connection at a living museum on Stanford campus.

Featuring stories produced by Tanvi Dutta Gupta, Regina Ta, and Adesuwa Agbonile. The stories feature the work of the Experience Sankofa Project (Venus Morris, Mizan Alkebulan-Abakah, Sizwe Andrews-Abakah), the artwork of Stanford professor Enrique Chagoya, and the grassroots-organized Ugly Indian Movement in Bangalore, India. Also featured in these stories are the voices of Frank Omowale Satterwhite, Jeanette Smith-Laws, Dereca Blackmon, and Persis Drell.


How I Made It: Rachel Hamburg

Friday, June 5, 1:45 PST
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This Friday, HIMI will feature Rachel Hamburg, ‘10 BA, 11 ‘MA, a podcast producer at Audible and a former SSP Senior Producer. Rachel will share an episode of the podcast “Sounds Like America,” a comedic sound collage of the US. 

Each Friday session will feature a different SSP alum or former staffer working as a professional storyteller. That storyteller will pull back the curtain on one of their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, National Geographic, Reuters, and more.


How I Made It: Will Rogers


Friday, May 29, 1:45 PST
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This Friday, How I Made It will feature Will Rogers ’09, a multimedia artist and former SSP Senior Producer. Will will share his first movie to hit 100K views on YouTube. It’s a process film Will made during the 2008-2010 recession while living and working at Earthaven Ecovillage in Southern Appalachia.

Each Friday session will feature a different SSP alum or former staffer working as a professional storyteller. That storyteller will pull back the curtain on one of their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, National Geographic, Reuters, and more.


How I Made It: Charlie Mintz

Friday, May 22, 1:45 pm PST

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This Friday, HIMI will feature Charlie Mintz, ’10 BA, ’16 MPP, a broadcast journalist and former SSP Senior Producer. Charlie will share his piece Pastor Vinnie’s One-Man Mission To Fight Homelessness. The story, aired on KALW’s Crosscurrents, is about an organization called Mission for the Homeless, and the guy in charge, Vincent Pannizzo, homeless himself, who is also an unordained pastor who preaches in the park on Sundays.

Each Friday session will feature a different SSP alum or former staffer working as a professional storyteller. That storyteller will pull back the curtain on one of their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, National Geographic, Reuters, and more.


How I Made It: Simone Stolzoff

Friday, May 15, 1:45 pm PST

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Each Friday at 1:45 pm PST, SSP will host a different Stanford alum working as a professional storyteller who will pull back the curtain on one of their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, National Geographic, Reuters, and more.

This Friday, HIMI will feature Simone Stolzoff, Journalism M.A. ‘18, a freelance journalist and writer at IDEO. Simone will share “What Happens When Prisoners Learn to Code?” a piece published in The Atlantic that follows three formerly incarcerated software engineers hired by Slack days before its IPO.


How I Made It

Friday, May 8, 1:45 pm PST

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Each Friday at 1:45 pm PST, SSP will host a different Stanford alum working as a professional storyteller who will pull back the curtain on one of their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, National Geographic, Reuters, and more.

Joining us this week is Xandra Clark ’12, playwright, actor, journalist, documentarian, performance-maker, musician, and all-around storyteller. She is the creator/writer/performer of Polylogues, an interview-based solo show about nonmonogamy — and love in all its forms. The show has two sold-out workshop runs at The Tank (2018) and Dixon Place (2019) in NYC. You can watch the trailer for Polylogues at https://www.polyloguesplay.com/trailer.


How I Made It

Friday, May 1, 1:45 pm PST

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Each Friday SSP will host a different Stanford alum working as a professional storyteller who will pull back the curtain on one of their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, National Geographic, Reuters, and more.

This Friday, former SSP Senior Producer, writer/performer, and podcaster Natacha Ruck will share how she made her one-woman stage show ““YOU’RE GOOD FOR NOTHING… I’LL MILK THE COW MYSELF.” Here’s a delightful excerpt of Natcha’s work. Natcha is also currently the Managing Editor of Duolingo’s French Podcast.


How I Made It

Friday, April 22, 1:45 pm PST
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Each Friday SSP will host a different Stanford alum working as a professional storyteller who will pull back the curtain on one of their productions for outlets like Radiolab, 99 Percent Invisible, NPR, National Geographic, Reuters, and more.

This Friday, Reuters reporter Reade Levinson ’16 will share how she made Why Sky Burials Are Vanishing in Mongolia, a documentary podcast joint-published by Smithsonian Magazine and Stanford’s Generation Anthropocene.