Episode #18: R&R / How to Care for Hyacinths / Fate and Starlight / The Man Who Shot Stonewall Jackson

This four-part episode focuses on stories of war and combat and the various effects it has on the psyche. With Memorial Day right around the corner, we figured it was the perfect time to run these stories, some of which are written by veterans. Claude Smith ("R&R") leads off the episode, followed by Clayton Bradshaw ("How to Care for Hyacinths"), Christine Estopare ("Fate and Starlight"), and Gary Beck ("The Man Who Shot Stonewall Jackson"). As a warning to our listeners, all but one of our stories grapples with suicide in one way or another and deal with some mature content and themes.

Episode #17: A Meandering Blue / Boy

Our Mother's Day episode! Listen to a story about an expecting mother trying to enjoy a last summer's day with her tween son ("A Meandering Blue" by Amy Ballard, www.amyballard.com) and another about a boy's constantly evolving relationship with his mother and step-mother ("Boy" by Carole Glasser Langille). Rate and review us on iTunes! Slow down and listen up.

Episode #14: The Chelmites Look for Justice / Feathers

Tune in for modern re-tellings of classic folk and fairy tales by Edna Garte ("The Chelmites Look for Justice") and Warren Rochelle ("Feathers")! Be sure to check out our latest feature on Bookstr (https://www.bookstr.com/article/storytelling-retold-the-art-of-fiction/3350) and sign up to receive SHS episodes in your inbox (secondhandpodcast.com/newsletter).

Episode #13: Lavender / Flowers for Madame

In this week's episode, Alice Kouzmenko ("Lavender") and Yermiyahu Ahron Taub ("Flowers for Madame") tell stories about the strangers who come into our lives uninvited, at home and abroad. Find more of Yermiyahu's work on his website www.yataub.net. Do you have a story for us? Check our guidelines (secondhandpodcast.com/guidelines) and submit your story!

Episode #12: The Art of BODYCOMBAT / Somehow Always Getting it Right

Emily Roese ("The Art of BODYCOMBAT") and Carol Guess and Elizabeth Colen ("Somehow Always Getting it Right") explore empathy, obsession, and intimacy in today's episode. Find more of Carol Guess's writing at carolguessbooks.com and find Elizabeth Colen's latest book, What Weaponry, at blacklawrence.com. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (secondhandpodcast.com/newsletter) and review us on iTunes!

Episode #11.5: Eating Spaghetti in Brooklyn, 1978 [Extended] / Intrusion

Hear the full version of Sally McElwain's story, "Eating Spaghetti in Brooklyn, 1978"! The first page and a half of her story was missing from the original recording but we bring you the full version in Episode 11.5. This episode was meant to be about empathy, but it's more about one person getting some insight into another person’s life, for better or for worse. Sarah ("Sally") McElwain of Writers Read NYC (writersreadnyc.com) reads her story "Eating Spaghetti in Brooklyn, 1978" and Nancy Beck reads husband Gary Beck's (garycbeck.com) story "Intrusion."

Episode #11: Eating Spaghetti in Brooklyn, 1978 / Intrusion

This episode was meant to be about empathy, but it's more about one person getting some insight into another person’s life, for better or for worse. Sarah ("Sally") McElwain of Writers Read NYC (writersreadnyc.com) reads her story "Eating Spaghetti in Brooklyn, 1978" and Nancy Beck reads husband Gary Beck's (garycbeck.com) story "Intrusion."

Episode #8: Angel's Choice / Silent Night / Secret Santa Club

Dianalee Velie shares two Christmas stories from her short story collection, Sole Proprietorship: Women in Search of Their Souls, available on Amazon! And Kathy McMullen reads her own "Secret Santa Club" featuring the Mulberry family. Find out more about Dianalee at dianaleevelie.com/ and Kathy at neighborsnorth.wordpress.com. Happy holidays! Slow down and listen up again soon.

Episode #3: Old Man / Lilith the Bigfoot / The Wailer

Three stories in our third episode! We deal a lot in the unknown, from the mysterious people in our lives, to the mysteries within ourselves and all around us. Pete Stavros's fast-paced "Old Man in the Coffee Shop Writing in His Journal (I Forget)", Laura Copan's funny "Lilith the Bigfoot", and Lisa Heidle's emotional "The Wailer" pack a punch in this three story episode. Thanks for slowing down and listening up with us!

Episode #0: Demo/In Crickets, We Trusted

Second Hand Stories is a podcast dedicated to combining the powerful tradition of oral storytelling with works of fiction submitted by our listener community. In this demo episode, we provide an example of how a typical episode will be set up so our writers and listeners know what to expect. The submissions process is now open, check out our guidelines page for details. Happy writing! Slow down and listen up.