Do you have a special someone in your life who does all the same things you do, but better? Are you nursing a grudge and need some vindication? On this week’s show we have epic college feuds, petty rivalries, sweet love affairs gone bitter, and the battling little voices in your own head. It's stories of conﬂict, within and without. Animosity, axes to grind, enemies and nemeses, hosted by dynamic doppelgänger duo.
Host: Charlie Mintz and Dan Hirsch Producers: Charlie Mintz and Dan Hirsch Featured: Hal Mikelson, Carmen Gray, Emily Cox, Will Rogers, Angela Castellanos, Matt Larson, Shoshana Wineburg, Jasmine Aarons, Laura Stokes, Martin Evans, Roland Greene, Tiffany James Music: Lauchlan Casey
At the core of all animosity, there is a story, usually a story of betrayal and deceit. When we remember the story, hatred crystallizes into something real. A legendary college rivalry tale has shaped Stanford's relationship with it's great nemesis across the Bay. One man re-tells the tale every year to keep the spirit (of animosity) alive.
Storytelling producers take to the streets, asking strangers to tell their personal nemesis tales. Prop 8, parents, styrofoam, ambitious conservatives... we encountered an abundance of nemeses, including ones that push people into playing more heroic roles in their own lives.
All humans are susceptible to a type of chemical warfare that assaults us at unsuspected and undesirable times. One student tells of an instinctual attraction that goes against her sense of principle and better judgement.
One may think that the concept of Satan is as tried and true as the institution of Christianity. In this story, two professors provide a more historical take on our understanding of the Angel of Darkness.
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.