tenx9podcastWe made ourselves a podcast! You’ve been asking for a while, and we’ve heard you. The Tenx9 Nashville podcast was launched Summer 2017 and updates once a month with live stories from the previous month’s Tenx9 event in Nashville. You can find links to the episodes below, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

A note to explain how this page is organized. Below you will find an interview with Michael McRay on his experience starting Tenx9 Nashville Storytelling, and an introduction to the monthly event. Podcast episodes are organized by month, with the latest episodes on top. The stories in these episodes are from storytellers who have given us permission to have their stories on the podcast.

Thanks to the initiative, hard work, and expertise of Gayathri Narasimham and John Sloop for bringing this into being!

Podcast episodes

October 2017: It seemed like a good idea at the time

Introduction

Part 1 (Lily Wilson, Sally Amkoa, Leah Aknay)

Part 2 (Deepa Sundaram, Lizzy Roddy, Alex Pollack)

Part 3 (Kate Webster, Wendell McGuirk, Shana Teasdale)

Understory

September 2017: Nashville

Introduction

Part 1 (Rachel Gladstone, Matthew Kelley, Sarah Fye)

Part 2 (Dana Malone, Jeff Shearer)

Part 3 (Amberley Dziesinski, Brittany Sky McRay, Elisa Hertzan)

Understory

August 2017: Words

Introduction

Part 1 (Melissa Jean, River Jordan, Jim McKairnes)

Part 2 (Elly Haddad, Leslie LaChance, Kristen Chapman Gibbons)

Part 3 (Christy Lynch, Michael Van Kerckhove, Jeff Shearer)

Understory

July 2017: Different

Introduction

Part 1 (Irene Williams, Lynn Marie Rink, Barbara Moss)

Part 2 (Kathleen Cosgrove, Heather Lawrence, Pam Smith)

Part 3 (Kristen Gibbons, Laurie Stevens, Rebecca Haddad)

Understory

June 2017: People Move

Introduction

Part 1 (Hamish Macfarlane, Karla Vazquez)

Part 2 (Rebecca Haddad, Bhim Subedi, Gail Bonneau)

Part 3 (Pratik Dash, David McRay, Jose Quezada)

Understory

May 2017: Show and Tell

Introduction

Part 1 (Wendell McGuirk, Amber Thompson, Caren Austen)

Part 2 (John W. Heacock (JW), Irene Williams, Evert Wilbrink)

Part 3 (Christy Lynch)

April 2017: Trouble

Introduction

River Jordan

Gayathri Narasimham

Taylor Irwin

Jenny Rice


INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL McRAY, CURATOR/COHOST OF TENX9 NASHVILLE

INTRODUCTION TO TENX9 NASHVILLE


OCTOBER 2017 – IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME

From the introduction by Michael McRay, “You are in for all kinds of great stories, things that seemed like a good idea at the time.”


Lily Wilson, Sally Amkoa, and Leah Aknay are our storytellers in Seemed like a Good Idea: Part 1


Deepa Sundaram, Lizzy Roddy, and Alex Pollack are our storytellers in Seemed like a Good Idea: Part 2


Kate Webster, Wendell McGuirk, Shana Teasdale are our storytellers in Seemed like a Good Idea: Part 3


And finally, here’s the understory for Seemed like a Good Idea, from Rob McRay.


SEPTEMBER 2017 – NASHVILLE


From the introduction by Michael McRay, “Tonight is our four year anniversary theme…every September on the anniversary of starting Tenx9 we do stories about or that took place in our good Music City.”


Rachel Gladstone, Matthew Kelley, and Sarah Fye are our storytellers in Nashville: Part 1.


Dana Malone, and Jeff Shearer are our storytellers in Nashville: Part 2.


Amberley Dziesinski, Brittany Sky McRay, and Elisa Hertzan are our storytellers in Nashville: Part 3.


And finally, here’s the understory for Nashville, from Rob McRay.


AUGUST 2017 – WORDS


From the introduction by Michael McRay for this “first-ever event at Parnassus,” “Last August and this August we are very grateful to partner with the excellent folks at The Porch Writer’s Collective,” and Susannah Felts, Co-director and Co-founder of The Porch Writer’s Collective, “We are a Nashville literary center, which means we do lots of things to empower, educate, and inspire creative writers in the Nashville community…”


Melissa Jean, River Jordan, and Jim McKairnes are our storytellers in Words: Part 1.


Elly Haddad, Leslie LaChance, and Kristen Chapman Gibbons are our storytellers in Words: Part 2.


Christy Lynch, Michael Van Kerckhove, and Jeff Shearer are our storytellers in Words: Part 3.


And finally, here’s the understory for Words, from Rob McRay.


JULY 2017 – DIFFERENT


From Michael’s introduction to Different, “Consider tenx9 practice for real life…more practice for listening…where we listen and empathize without having to agree with each other, listen and empathize with people who see the world differently.”


Irene Williams, Lynn Marie Rink, and Barbara Moss are our storytellers in Different: Part 1.


Kathleen Cosgrove, Heather Lawrence, and Pam Smith are our storytellers in Different: Part 2.


Kristen Gibbons, Laurie Stevens, and Rebecca Haddad are our storytellers in Different: Part 3.


And, finally, here’s the understory for Different, from Rob McRay.


JUNE 2017 – PEOPLE MOVE (w/ TENNESSEE IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE RIGHTS COALITION)


This month’s event was co-hosted by John Sloop and Stephanie Teatro (Co-executive Director, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition or TIRRC). From John Sloop’s introduction for this month’s podcast, “…(Stephanie) talked about how important it was for people who are on the move to share their stories…”



Hamish Macfarlane and Karla Vazquez are our storytellers in People Move: Part 1.



Rebecca Haddad, Bhim Subedi, and Gail Bonneau are our storytellers in People Move: Part 2.



Pratik Dash, David McRay, and José Quezada are our storytellers in People Move: Part 3.



And finally, here’s the understory and more, from People Move.



MAY 2017 – SHOW & TELL

From Michael’s introduction to Show and Tell, “…the idea here is for folks to bring an object of significance to them, much like you do in school, and tell the true story from their lives, where their lives intersected with their object…”


Wendell McGuirk, Amber Thompson, and Caren Austen are our storytellers in Show and Tell: Part 1.


John W. Heacock (JW), Irene Williams, and Evert Wilbrink are our storytellers in Show and Tell: Part 2.


Christy Lynch is the sole storyteller in Show and Tell: Part 3.



APRIL 2017 – TROUBLE

The first stories in our podcast are from River Jordan, Gayathri Narasimham, Taylor Irwin, and Jenny Rice. As Michael McRay states in the theme introduction, the episodes below are “stories about getting into trouble, maybe as a kid or as an adult, relationships that got you in trouble…, when you began or quit feeling troubled by a place, idea, or a person …”





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