Marc Moss - Transformation

Marc Moss - Transformation

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Marc Moss and is titled  “Transformation”. Thank you for listening.

Marc Moss has lived in Missoula Montana for 15 years and is the founder of Tell Us Something.

Georges de Giorgio - A Pagan Feast in Rikitea

Georges de Georgio shares his story

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Georges de Giorgio and is titled  “A Pagan Feast in Rikitea”. Thank you for listening.

Georges de Giorgio pilots a ship that lands on the Island of Mangareva, the largest island in the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. He ties his ship in the town of Rikitea. There he meets Fr. Michelle, the spiritual leader of the island’s 300 inhabitants.

Georges de Giorgio was born in a car wreck in France on the way to Italy in 1928. Georges' father moved the family to Chile at the age of 4 where he grew up working in his father's wooden ship boatyard.

In 1947 at the age of 17, Georges joined an American Expedition to Antarctica becoming the youngest person to ever spend a year there. Georges lived a month alone on the Palmer Peninsula plateau and was the first to cross the Atlantic to the Pacific by dogsled with a joint British/American party. He has a mountain named after him, de Giorgio Mountain.

Georges then spent the next 30 years sailing the world's oceans. Georges was the navigator on the ship Mischief for the famous English explorer HW Tilman. He also hunted for Sir Francis Drake’s lost treasure on Robinson Crusoe Island.

For the past eight years, Georges has worked at the Lewis and Clark interpretive Center and Cascade Historical Society in Great Falls.

Sam Martinich - The Duck Farm

Sam Martinich - The Duck Farm

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Sam Martinich and is titled  “The Duck Farm”. Thank you for listening.

Sam Martinich shares his misadventures at The Duck Farm.

Sam Martinich was born and raised in Missoula. He left to hitchhike for a few years before returning recently. Currently, he fills his time installing dishwashers and slinging burritos. In his time off, he enjoys drinking tasty beer and getting beaten up by nerds.

 

Travis Doria - 24 Notes

Travis Doria

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Travis Doria and is titled  “24 Notes”. Thank you for listening.

Travis Doria honors a beloved teacher by playing “Taps” in front of the entire student body: 2,000 people, and discovers that it’s not about him.

Travis Doria moved across the country to Missoula just two years ago.  He is enjoying the Montana lifestyle after growing up in Maryland and living in the great state of West Virginia for eight years.  He was lucky enough to convince his amazing wife Rachel to move to Montana with him.  They now live on the Southside of town with their cat Herbert.  Travis works as a forensic chemist in town and has no experience writing or telling stories.  He listens to plenty of story podcasts, which is kind of the same thing.

Angela Miller - "AUS-some Trip to Holland"

Angela Miller

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on March 21, 2017 at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Don't Look Back”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Angela Miller and is titled  “AUS-some Trip to Holland”. Thank you for listening.

Angela Miller’s son Aaron is unexpectedly different. Her journey learning why is akin to landing in Holland when her destination was supposed to be Italy.

Angela Miller is a 30-something Seattle-born Montana-transplant.  She is the mother of two wonderful boys affectionately known as the “A-Team”, and one zany Labrador.  She’s passionate about cancer awareness, autism awareness, coffee, and cookies (preferably with walnuts).  Angela recently returned to school full-time to try to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.

Geoffrey Sutton - “El Golpe de Argentina”

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This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Geoffrey Sutton and is titled  “El Golpe de Argentina”. Thank you for listening.

Geoffrey Sutton is a naive 22 year old traveling in Argentina as the Dirty War breaks out, putting him in an Argentine Military Government prison.

Geoffrey Sutton is a recognized business leader of the Arts. As a professional photographer Geoff has numerous images published. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Parade, The New York Times, USA Today, and on the cover, of two dozen magazines. As owner of Sutton West Gallery, he represented many nationally recognized artists. Geoff worked at the Montana World Trade Center as a micro business developer with artisans in rural Montana, Panama, Chile, New Zealand, and India. He is also a avid motorcyclist who traveled through China, Russia, the Middle East and many other countries, exploring the world. Geoff has also worked with many Missoula non-profits.

Gary Delp - “The Old Mill”

Gary Delp - “The Old Mill”

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Gary Delp and is titled "The Old Mill". Thank you for listening.

Gary Delp is awakened from a late night sleep by a drunken housemate who was caught in a copper theft gone wrong at the old Intermountain Lumber Mill site in Missoula, Montana.

Gary Delp moved to Missoula in 1991 to go to college. Six months later he had quit school and was living out of a backpack while hitchhiking and train hopping around the west. In 1994, he started work as a building dismantler. He owns Heritage Timber with his wife Becky, and even their three children ages three, five and six contribute to the family business by sorting nuts, bolts and other hardware. Learn more about Gary and his work at heritagetimbermt.com

Charles "Abe" Abramson - Saved by the B's!

Charles "Abe" Abramson - "Saved by the B's"

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Charles “Abe” Abramson and is titled "Saved by the "B's!". Thank you for listening.

Abe Abramson’s finds himself without a visa while he is in Taiwan. His knowledge of an infamous Missoula restaurant icon helps him leave the country.

Charles “Abe” Abramson came to Missoula -  "just for the summer" - after graduating from The University of Florida, in 1963. Three years ago, he hosted a party to celebrate his fifty year running bar tab just around the corner here, at The Stockman Bar, a tab which he opened the day he got here - and he still has never paid completely it off.

Abe has been in the real estate business here in Western Montana since returning from East Asia in 1975, where he served part of his thirty-seven years as an Air Force Officer in various Active and Reserve assignments, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel on his 60th birthday in 2003.He is a founding and continuing Trustee of The Missoula Public Library Foundation, a Mentor in Missoula's Veterans' Court, and has been on staff at The Burning Man Festival for thirteen years.

His chief guiding principle is:  "First things first - but not necessarily, in that order!"

Paula Short - “Insights from a Gypsy Childhood” (or) "On the Road With my Dad"

Paula Short - “Insights from a Gypsy Childhood” (or) "On the Road With my Dad"

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Paula Short and is titled "Insights from a Gypsy Childhood” (or) "On the Road with my Dad". Thank you for listening.

Paula Short’s vagabond father promises her that she can ride a horse for her birthday. He comes through in a surprising way.

Writer, comedian, forester, communications director, radio announcer -- these are just a few of the job descriptions Paula Short has enjoyed over the years. Paula's husband, Lem, and her children were at home the night she shared her story, unaware that she stepped WAAAAY out of her comfort zone.

The Unlikliest of Places - Audience Participation

Audience Participation

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from This edition of the Tell Us Something podcast comes to us from audience members from the “The Unlikliest of Places” Show. Attendees had the opportunity to share their “The Unlikliest of Places” stories anonymously. We selected several of those stories from a box and read them live on stage. Thank you for listening.

Greg Ragan - Finding Lions in Butte, America

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This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Greg Ragan and is titled "Finding Lions in Butte, America". Thank you for listening.

Greg Ragan moves to Montana from Michigan & his knowledge of the Detroit Lions helps him navigate Saint Patrick’s Day in Butte, America.

Greg Ragan is a 4th generation Michigander, but has been living in Missoula for 10 years. He spends most of his time cooking, playing kickball, listening to records, reading comic books, and thinking about where he will find his next taco. 

Ann Karp - Marcus

Ann Karp - Marcus

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Ann Karp and is titled "Marcus". Thank you for listening.

Ann Karp understands that “we are all better than the worst thing we’ve done”. Knowing this allows her to remain friends with Marcus, an inmate on Death Row in Georgia.

Ann Karp works at the customer service desk at the Good Food Store. She also wields a paintbrush for Sideways Gaze Signs, her window and sign art business. To learn more about Ann & her work, visit sidewaysgaze.com.


Marcus and Ann on Death Row

Gary Warchola - "120 Years Later" (or) "New York, Slovakia."

Gary Warchola - "120 Years Later" (or) "New York, Slovakia."

Gary Warchola has lived in New York and taught English in Austria. Montana keeps calling him back home. Gary studies education, and has worked as an actor, lifeguard, teaching assistant, at a renaissance fair, and played a murderer on a crime reenactment show. He would like to thank his parents for teaching him the joy of stories and adventure.

Gary Warchola travels to Slovakia in search of some family roots and a connection with Andy Warhol.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Gary Warchola and is titled "120 Years Later" (or) "New York, Slovakia." Thank you for listening.

Geraldine Carter - “Do These Bike Shorts Make My Butt Look Giant?” (or) “Nothing Good Ever Comes From Looking at Your Butt in the Mirror.”

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Geraldine Carter is a Mindset & Mindfulness Coach who focuses on helping busy, successful women trade in stress-and-overwhelm for clarity and peace of mind. She was once a 5-time marathoner, lived from a rolling duffel for 10 years, and has ridden her bicycle in more than 25 countries, including a 3-month trip from Burma to Beijing. She now lives in Missoula with her an, er 3 cats, and a little girl, where she happily ignores her expired passport and pedals at coasting speed. Learn more about Geraldine and her work at Mindfulness Coaching.

Geraldine Carter wears her bicycle shorts to a thin sheen from miles of riding. She doesn’t have a pair to spare & gets creative when trying to respect the modest dress of the Southeast Asian village where she is traveling.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on December 13, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 8 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "The Unlikliest of Places”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Geraldine Carter and is titled ““Do These Bike Shorts Make My Butt Look Giant?” (or) “Nothing Good Ever Comes From Looking at Your Butt in the Mirror.” Thank you for listening.

Allison Cox - Fork in the Road

Allison Cox - Fork in the Road

Allison Cox, 16 years old, stands at the top of a pyramid in Mexico, imagining that she is flying to another mountain across the landscape from her and that she has a giant wing covered with feathers instead of arms. She is at the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent Pyramid. She shares her dream with her host, Adrienne, who brushes it off as coincidence.  This sharing begins a long distance friendship that lasts years.

After living in Polson for 7 years before moving on, Allison Cox still considers Montana a place she calls home. Allison has been telling stories to anyone who would listen since she could talk. She even started calling herself a storyteller back in 1982 and has been traveling and sharing her tales ever since. She combined her years in public health with her love of story to edit and contribute to two books, The Healing Heart for Families: Storytelling to Encourage Caring and Healthy Families and The Healing Heart for Communities: Storytelling for Strong and Healthy Communities (Families): Storytelling to Build Strong and Healthy Communities. She was a founder of the Healing Story Alliance and edits their online journal. Allison lives with her four legged and two legged family on Vashon Island in Washington state, surrounded by gardens and woods... and water.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on September 20, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 11 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Fork in the Road”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Allison Cox and is titled “Fork in the Road”. Thank you for listening.

Tommy Peterson - Going Postal

Tommy Peterson - Going Postal

After losing his job at a small non-profit at the age of 60, Tommy Peterson eventually takes a job in which he reconnects with a customer that he had known for a long time.

Having lived in a teepee at the base of the 14,000 foot southern Rockies, Tommy Petersen moved to Missoula and the northern Rockies 25 years ago to continue mountain life, getting his graduate degree in Environmental Studies at UM. He is the editor of the conservation anthology, A Road Runs Through It with a Foreword by Annie Proulx, and on writing breaks plays soccer with the old boys at the Peas Farm field.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on September 20, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 11 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Fork in the Road”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Tommy Peterson and is titled “Going Postal”. Thank you for listening.

Becca Kelly - 6th and Van Buren

Becca Kelly - 6th and Van Buren

Becca Kelly remembers a life changing night in 2002. She was carrying a double major in Russian and German. Marina Kanevskaya, her Russian professor was killed in a hit and run accident at 6th Street and Van Bueren, and Becca remembers how this affected her.

Becca Kelly grew up in the countryside of Eastern Pennsylvania, and ended up unexpectedly settling down in Missoula a few years back. In her late teens and 20s she traveled a fair amount and discovered a love for foreign language. She still is figuring out what to do with that in Missoula MT, and in the meantime spends her time either with her 3 year old son, or focusing on the things she loves to do, like yoga, singing and playing guitar, making jewelry, and getting outside in this beautiful place we live.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on September 20, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 11 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Fork in the Road”.

Today’s podcast comes to us from Becca Kelly and is titled “6th and Van Buren". Thank you for listening.

 

After listening to the story, learn more about the accident here.

Michael Marsolek - Going for the One in a Roundabout Kind of Way

Michael Marsolek - Going for the One in a Roundabout Kind of Way

Michael Marsolek quit his job in the restaurant industry, moving 750 miles back to Montana because of a song.

Michael Marsolek is a musician and radio personality from Missoula. He is a singer, percussionist and professional Didgeridoo player and sings with the 24 voice acapella choir Dolce Canto. Michael is a founding member of Drum Brothers world percussion ensemble and has played professionally in a number of groups for more than 25 years. Every winter you will find him and his musical partner Lawrence Duncan on the road with “A Musical Dreamtime Journey”  celebrating the winter solstice season with candlelight concerts in the round. His voice is familiar to radio listeners across Montana as by day he is the Program Director for the Montana Public Radio network. He has been at his current position since the day after September 11th.  He lives with his two younger children in the Rattlesnake. Michael told a story a few years ago about his oldest daughter titled “the parenting for life plan” the update is that he is now a grandfather too.

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on September 20, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 11 storytellers shared their story. The theme was "Fork in the Road”. 

Today’s podcast comes to us from Michael Marsolek and is titled “Going for the One in a Roundabout Kind of Way”. Thank you for listening.

Shobha Rao - Ask Me Again

Shobha Rao - Ask Me Again

Shobha Rao, an immigrant from India, recalls two interactions with her peers that reminded her of when she helped her parents say "yes" to remaining in America.

Shobha Rao is the author of the collection of short stories, "An Unrestored Woman". Kirkus Reviews called An Unrestored Woman "stunning and relentless." Booklist said of the collection, “Rao’s raw and breathtaking short story collection is set against [an] epic canvas, yet her character studies are intimate.”  She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and is the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship. Her story "Kavitha and Mustafa" was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2015. To learn more about Shobha and her work, visit shobharaowrites.com

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on September 20, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 11 storytellers shared their story. The theme was Fork in the Road”. 

Today’s podcast comes to us from Shobha Rao and is titled “Ask Me Again”. Thank you for listening.

David Allan Cates - "You Are A Stupid, Naked Boy"

David Allan Cates - "You Are A Stupid, Naked Boy"

After being humiliated by a local where he was sunbathing in a strange place:  on the ground next to a dusty Nigerian cross-roads market, David Allan Cates opens a novel for the first time and falls in love with the form.

David Allan Cates is the author of five novels, most recently Tom Connor's Gift, and a collection of poetry. For 18 years he's worked as a Spanish interpreter and director of Missoula Medical Aid, a local nonprofit that sends groups of medical professionals to provide public health and surgery services in Honduras. Learn more about David and his work at davidallancates.com

This episode of Tell Us Something was recorded in front of a live audience on September 20, 2016, at The Wilma in Missoula, MT. 11 storytellers shared their story. The theme was Fork in the Road”. 

Today’s podcast comes to us from David Allan Cates and is titled “You Are A Stupid, Naked Boy”. Thank you for listening.