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Tanesha Ford presents
#US - Unique & Shared Experiences
First Person Arts believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories connects us with each other and the world. The First Person Arts Podcast is one more way we celebrate the power of the personal. Hear hilarious, ridiculous, astounding stories from real life, pulled from our events archive, plus new tales from our listeners right here. Visit firstpersonarts.org for more information about our live events or to tell your story.
October 11, 2021
"I Knew it Was Haunted"
On this episode we are talking about close encounters of all kinds. So we have stories for you about ghosts, aliens, and robbers. Join #Us for "I Knew it Was Haunted".
September 27, 2021
Repetition can be a second chance, a new perspective, or feeling like you’re stuck in groundhog day. This week we have five stories about doing something one more time, to see if the results are any diffrent. Join #Us for “Groundhog Day”.
September 13, 2021
"They Carried Me Through"
Whether it’s embracing the ones you love, a part of yourself, or the circumstances you're in. This episode will be all about holding and accepting things as they are.
August 23, 2021
Love Thy Hater
You are living your BEST LIFE and the people in your orbit cannot STAND it. Listen as these storytellers share how they learned to love their haters in the most unusual ways. How have you dealt with the haters in your life? Share your story in the comment section. Take #US with you and post pics of your summer fun on your favorite social media platform. #FirstPersonArts #Summer2021 #summerfun #FPAIs20 #20in2021
August 20, 2021
Five People. One moment - Change is Now - Dan
Dan is a Baker in Pittsburgh. However, days before the U.S. went into covid lockdown he was released from prison after being wrongfully convicted. He shares his story about working with the PA Innocence Project and all that he has done in the last 18 months, including delivering puppies, buying a home, and getting engaged.
August 19, 2021
Five People. One moment - Change is Now - John
John is a comedian and essential worker. He shares his story about dating during the pandemic and the challenges that ultimately lead to a break-up. Then we chat with him about what his job was like during the pandemic and the new value he's put on self-care.
August 18, 2021
Five People. One moment - Change is Now - Danielle
Danielle is the Production Manager at First Person Arts. She shares her story of going from living paycheck to paycheck at a retail job to graduating with honors. Then we chatted with her about her past 18 months of working from home with her son.
August 17, 2021
Five People. One moment - Change is Now - Brian
Brian Kim is a Korean American comedian that has been featured in the New York Comedy Festival. He is currently a regular at the Broadway Comedy Club and Greenwich Comedy Club in New York City and has opened for comedians such as Theo Von and TJ Miller.
August 16, 2021
Five People. One moment - Change is Now - Ellen
Ellen is a Nurse Coach with NYU Langone. She shares her story about experincing severe burnout, to the point of wanting to quit the nursing all together. But, though becoming a nurse coach she learned more deeply how to care for herself and spread that healing towards others.
August 9, 2021
"Life Goes On, Right?"
In this episode, we hear stories about how people have experienced changes in their lives. Change they manifested or change they managed. Sit by the pool, fire pit, or grill and listen to Turn, Turn, Turn. How have you navigated change? Share your story of change in the comment section. Take #US with you and post pics of your summer fun on your favorite social media platform. #FirstPersonArts #Summer2021 #summerfun #FPAIs20 #20in2021
July 26, 2021
"If I Knew Then"
Summer heat, thirst, thirsty, joy that cannot be contained, you name it! That delirious feeling comes about from big and small things. Get in where you can fit in! Has all this Summer freedom made you delirious yet? We certainly are! Take #US with you and post pics of your summer fun on your favorite social media platform. #FirstPersonArts #Summer2021 #summerfun #FPAIs20 #20in2021
July 12, 2021
"I Didn't Quite Fit In"
Out of the box thinking, pulling something out of a box, or refusing to be boxed in...Let us defy category boundaries set by others. Take #US with you as you travel down the shore or down south, or down under! #FirstPersonArts #Summer2021 #summerfun #FPAIs20 #20in2021
June 28, 2021
"In the Woods at Night"
Lots of things can be released into the wild or come from the wild. We have StorySlams in our archive about beasts, letting loose, and getting it in! It can be a wild party night, a wild hog, a wild ride... Are you getting wild this summer? Show us what you are working with! Where are you going? Who are you visiting? Are you flying? Take #US with you and post on your favorite social media platform. #FirstPersonArts #Summer2021 #summerfun
June 14, 2021
"Give It Up, Kids"
This episode is all about breaking FREE! Now with summer shining its rays Philly, we figure it’s time to let some things go. Episode 17 is all about being released. And, as we all are being released from the confines of Covid-19 and 2020, we want you to share with us how you are enjoying your summer. Where are you going? Who are you visiting? Are you flying? Take #US with you and post on your favorite social media platform. #FirstPersonArts #Summer2021 #summerfun
May 24, 2021
"Lightning has Struck"
Whether it’s Nature, Destiny, God, or Power, there are forces beyond our control that rule everyone's lives. Join us for five stories about coming face to face with these mysteries in the next episode of #US - Unique and Shared experiences.
May 21, 2021
Five People. One Moment - Vaxed Out - Tarik
Tarik is a family nurse practitioner. Besides working in a community health center, he’s been out administering leftover vaccines to homebound patients. Tarik shares with us what these efforts have consisted of and his hopes for how they might more broadly help to address healthcare inequity.
May 20, 2021
Five People. One Moment - Vaxed Out - Elicia
Elicia is the executive director of Women's Medical Fund. Initially hesitant about whether to get vaccinated, she ultimately chose to do so. Elicia breaks down her decision for us and discusses the interplay between personal and collective responsibilities and how we relate to people who make different choices than we would.
May 19, 2021
Five People. One Moment - Vaxed Out - Andrew
Andrew is a marketing coordinator for a protein shake meal replacement company. He’s generally avoided vaccines, and has struggled at times with concerns about vaccinations for his son. But now, the issue’s taken on new, greater significance for his family ever since his wife got vaccinated for COVID-19 – while he’s chosen not to.
May 18, 2021
Five People. One Moment - Vaxed Out - Ashley
Ashley is a massage therapist and she has to be vaccinated to return to work. But it wasn’t a straightforward decision for Ashley. She’s had mixed feelings and experiences around vaccination throughout her life – plus her husband has chosen not to get vaccinated.
May 17, 2021
Five People. One Moment - Vaxed Out - Alvin
Alvin is a physician’s assistant for Bebashi, a nonprofit providing health education, healthcare, HIV/AIDS support and social services in communities of color. When the COVID-19 vaccine hit the market, Alvin was initially skeptical. But after reading medical journals, he made his decision to get vaccinated.