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Valley Voices

Our podcast features the outrageous, funny and heartwarming true stories told by your friends and neighbors at Valley Voices Story Slam events throughout western Massachusetts.

Valley Voices Story Slam is presented by New England Public Media and the Academy of Music Theatre.

Latest Episodes
  • This month, we’re sharing the first episode of NEPM’s new podcast, The Secrets We Keep. Produced and hosted by NEPM reporter Karen Brown, the five part series explores how secrets both reflect our world and affect those caught inside them. Find the full series on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. For photos, transcripts and more, visit nepm.org/secrets.
  • A little bit of everything this time around for Valley Voices Story Slam podcast. That's why we called it Pot Luck! Angela Grout, Josh Simpson and Angela Combest were the winners of NEPM's fourth story slam of our ninth season. Enjoy!
  • This time on NEPM’s Valley Voices Podcast, we bring you great stories on the theme Missed Connections, all told at The Drake in Amherst. Sarah Zurieck Brown is still thinking about what might have been at the zoo, Ruthy Woodring holds out hope as she picks up trash, and Josh Simpson winds up with his wife because she called the wrong number.
  • We’re hitting the highway for this Valley Voices podcast. We have the winners of NEPM’s Story Slam held at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield. Amy Dryansky ran away from home, Amy Heflin ran through the Texas night, and Dennis Warren ran a hitchhiker into Oregon in the ‘70s.
  • NEPM presents our 9th season of Valley Voices Story Slams - now in podcast form! Here are the winners of this season's first slam, held at the Marigold Theater in Easthampton. David Bulley, Dave Fromm and Julia Mitchell tell us about a mystery they each encountered in their own life.
  • Jacob Nelson from CISA drops by to "take over" NEPM's Valley Voices podcast - he brought some great stories from Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture's "Field Notes" storytelling event to share with us.
  • Andrew Shelffo looks back on his life as a runner and notices how his attitude affects his pace.
  • Sarah Wisby takes a good look back at what the color black represented in her punk adolescence.
  • Liz Varney is a social worker who takes some time to look back on what a particular case meant in her career.
  • A sweet first kiss turns sour as Lauren Crigler gets a lesson on the different ways boys and girls get treated in middle school.