Episode 306: Valentines 3

Sometimes a simple question is all it takes to get someone telling a story. We begin this show by asking people to tell the story of their first kiss. Every story is the same. Every story is different. After that, changes of hearts and a deeper understanding of one's capacity to love. Then we have two glimpses into potential future realities, android love and a Valentinian Apocalypse. Have a great V Day.

 

Host: Rachel Hamburg

Producers: Aaron Thayer, Eme Akpabio, Claire Woodard, Charlie Mintz, Will Rogers, and Jonah Willihnganz

Featuring: Max McClure, Heidi Thorsen, and members of the Stanford community who told us their story in White Plaza.

Music: Daniel Steinbock, Max McClure, Fleet Street, and a spontaneous mishmash of singers who were out serenading people on the Saturday night before this story aired, in February 2009.

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Story 1: Your First Kiss

Answering our first of three questions, passersby on White Plaza tell us of their first kisses. Some kisses were awkward, some were sensational, and some were both.

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Story 2: When did you change your mind about love?

White Plazans tell of a time when they shifted their perceptions of love - sometimes shifts for the better, and often for the worse.

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Story 3: The Heart that Grew Three Sizes in One Day

For our last segment of stories from White Plaza, you'll hear of when people realized their capacity for love.

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Story 4: Falling for Androids

The winner of our Winter Story contest, Max McClure reads short fiction of attempts at love that isn't within (or even between) the narrator's own species. Will he find love in all the wrong places?

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Story 5: Apocalypse, February 14, 2023

Heidi Thorsen is the second winner of our story contest, and her tale posits the Valentinian Apocalypse of Love. Is this the big one? The one for which we've been holding our collective breaths?

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