Dave and I were talking about storytelling today.
If you want to hear some great storytelling, I would recommend Nate DiMeo's The Memory Palace. I recently discovered his podcast through This American Life, and so far have been impressed. Nate DiMeo's narration of obscure historical events lacks speech impediments so often heard in radio, and these 10 minute teasers leave me wanting to hunt the internet for more details.
I originally learned about John Frum my freshman year of college, through another great storyteller, Dennis Van Gerven (also my senior thesis advisor in biological anthropology). Barely 5 feet tall, he commanded a room of 500 introductory course students, opened my eyes to a global perspective on human relationships and taught me how to learn about that which we think is common sense and that which we take for granted. Maybe the story of John Frum is just a great and easy story to tell, or maybe I've just been lucky enough to hear it told eloquently twice, but regardless of how I heard it, I think you all should take a listen.
Another source for great stories:
If you have not heard The Moth on NPR I would highly recommend it! The Moth is a story telling series that provides a venue for individuals to stand up on a stage and tell stories live without notes. Visit TheMoth.org to download the podcasts.
Additionally while I was living in NYC we would go to the "How I Learned" series at Happy Endings on the Lower East Side. It was a wonderful place to hear some good stories and meet interesting people.
Does anyone know if Boston hosts events such as The Moth or How I Learned?
Thanks Justin, I'll have a listen :-)
I'm sure there are similar events in Boston...I'll keep my eyes and ears open for some.