The Stories Alive! Podcast

The Stories Alive! podcast is a partnership between Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) and Stories Alive. The podcast is a fun, unique audio theatre experience for all ages. Each episode features three to four amazing, original stories written by elementary students. Stories Alive! brings them to life with professional actors, sound designers and musicians. Randall the Reading Rat is your host, along with his good friends, Nut, Bolt, and the Story Machine.

Episodes will be available to stream at ijpr.org as they become available, or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Just search for "Stories Alive!" podcast and please be sure to rate us!

If you have feedback on the show, or would like to contact show producer Ana Byers, write to us at ana@stories-alive.org.

“This is, by far, my and my six-year-old’s favorite podcast to listen to together. I can see his eyes light up each time they say the name and age of the author. He is inspired to write stories of his own. Very much looking forward to more episodes!”
— -Valerie and Townes from Olympia, WA

Episodes

Episode #1705: You Have What You Need

Today Caterpillar is afraid of a big change, and the Story Machine crew try to help.  Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog and Gear as to one amazing story about a young boy who finds that he is the hero he needs  in “The Black Tower” by Owen Johnson.

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episode #1704: sometimes you need a little help

"Scary" by Milo McCraken, Sofia McCraken, & Miranda O'Brian.

"Scary" by Milo McCraken, Sofia McCraken,

& Miranda O'Brian.

Today the Story Machine gang takes to the road in the Story Machine, but uh-oh, they break down! How will they get out of that situation? Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog, and Valve as we hear stories about people needing a little help, like an undercover police officer in “Baby Cop,” by Aiden Moriarty; a girl under an evil magic spell  in “Annabeth in Farensenda” by Naiya Gardiner; and a creature who can’t make a friend in “Scary” by Milo McCraken, Sofia McCraken, and Miranda O’Brian.


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Episode # 1703: Wake Up and Smell the Flowers

Rainy by Gabriella Garlovsky, age 8

Rainy by Gabriella Garlovsky, age 8

Spring is in the air, and the Story Machine gang found something exciting stuck in the Story Machine- a seed! Will it grow? What will it become? Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Gear, and Bolt as we hear stories about a farmer and a sunflower in El Girasol, by Christian Flores, 2nd grade; a unicorn searching for a magic plant in Rainy by Gabriella Garlovsky, age 8; and a platypus trying to save his forest in Diary of a Platypus by Sam Stiles, 5th grade..

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Episode #1702: A sPecial Delivery

Mi Familia by Yasmin Perez

Mi Familia by Yasmin Perez

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the Story Machine crew are celebrating all the different kinds of love there are.  Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog, and Bolt as we hear stories about a monster finding her true love in The Monster and the Human, by Kora, age 9; love keeping a family strong in Mi Familia by Yasmin Perez, age 7; two friends saving the day in Dragon Fire by Khloe Gates,  age 8; and a little dog with a huge heart in The Friend by Maille Damon-Tolleneare.

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Episode #1701: All Kinds of Brave

Dragon Girl by Elsa Finney, 2nd Grade.

Dragon Girl by Elsa Finney, 2nd Grade.

Sometimes in life something can be scary, and it is okay to be scared. Facing what is scary is being brave, and there are many different ways to be brave! Listen in as the Story Machine gang helps Puffy Tail the Squirrel change from a scary (and scared) bully to a kind, and brave, new writer. In this episode we hear a dog named Oreo face a bully at the dog park in Oreo Saves the Day, by Faith Akers, 4th Grade; a heroic turtle save her animal friends in Why Turtles Have Hard Shells by Gregory Hunter, 4th Grade; and a a big sister with a secret super power save her little brother in Dragon Girl by Elsa Finney, 2nd Grade.

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T-Rex Eats Hot Lava by Soren Carstenson, Kindergarten.

T-Rex Eats Hot Lava by Soren Carstenson, Kindergarten.

It is officially winter, and we have a mystery episode sure to warm up a chilly day!! Jack Frost is up to his old tricks, causing wintery mischief in the Story Machine. Help Randal the Reading Rat and Bolt solve the riddle before the Story Machine is covered in frost and ice! In this episode we hear a dinosaur and a robot become friends in ZAP! by Krishna Kol Am, 1st grade; a brave fairy save the day in The Fairy Kingdom and the Potion by Teah Walkup, 5th grade; and a group of dino friends deal with hot lava in T-Rex Eats Hot Lava by Soren Carstenson, kindergarten. Stream the  Stories Alive! Podcast episodes at ijpr.org or download and subscribe on iTunes.


episode #1603

Dot and the Lump in the Rug by Elsa Finney, 2nd Grade.

Dot and the Lump in the Rug by Elsa Finney, 2nd Grade.

This month...Oh no! The Story Machine is jammed with tons of stories, and Randal the Reading Rat and his friend Gear need help reading them all. Who will help?! In this episode we hear ninja dragons fighting crime in Electro the Ninja Dragon by Soren Vaughn-Brown, age 6; a tiny mouse go on an adventure in Dot and the Lump in the Rug by Elsa Finney, 2nd grade; and an alien searching the universe for a friend in Mr. Goo by Davis Willeby, age 8. Stream the episode on Jefferson Public Radio or subscribe & download it on iTunes.


Episode #1602

The Dog Who Got Lost In The Woods, by Sylvia Fox, Kindergartener

The Dog Who Got Lost In The Woods,

by Sylvia Fox, Kindergartener

Happy Halloween!! We at Stories Alive have a spooky mystery for you on our latest Stories Alive! Podcast episode: The Haunted Story Machine. In this episode, you'll hear stories about all kinds people, and creatures, helping each other! Listen in to group of pumpkins looking for a home in "The Pumpkin Patch," by 1st grader Bella Cureno; a puppy in need of help in "The Dog Who Got Lost In The Woods," by kindergartener Sylvia Fox; a Halloween poem read by our young author Sophia DiMaggio; and one creature's search for a magic cure in "The Colorless Unicorn," by Bella Jones, 2nd grade. Stream the  Stories Alive! Podcast episodes at ijpr.org or download & subscribe on iTunes.


Robo Trobo and the Awesome Talking Toilets, by Kekoa Pech.

Robo Trobo and the Awesome Talking Toilets, by Kekoa Pech.

Welcome to the first Stories Alive! Podcast! Each episode features original stories written by young authors, transformed into audio-theater for you to enjoy!  On this episode, you'll hear stories about all types of adventures, including going to a new school! Listen in to a lizard saving the day in "Sean and the Lawnmower," by 2nd grader Madison Sink; a girl using her special magic as she enters a new school in "Sadie's Inner Magic," by 11 year old Fiona Cutler, and the amazing adventure of "Robo Trobo and the Talking Toilets," by 1st grader, Kechoa Pech. Stream the  Stories Alive! Podcast episodes at ijpr.org or download & subscribe on iTunes.