Storytelling… it’s like the new rock n’ roll. Following on the success of The Moth (whose podcasts are also on Public Radio Remix), storytelling events are popping up all over the country — and they’re getting more and more local. In Boston, where PRX is located, MassMouth features local storytellers at venues around the city, and gives workshops for newbies. London has a new storytelling series called The Spark, also on PRX.
The one I’m excited about this week is Tales from the South. Tales from the South is a live storytelling event featuring authors and storytellers exclusively from Southern states — Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama to be specific. There’s something special about hearing Southern accents on public radio, maybe because so many popular public radio personalities are trained to use the most neutral-sounding intonation they can. Don’t be put off by the lengthy introductions (I usually just fast-forward), these southern stories are really delightful. In this one, Judith Waller Carol sees her austere father dance for the first time. And in another, a writer finds herself (along with all the neighborhood children) searching for her neighbor’s finger in his backyard, while he waits for it at the hospital.