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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.

  • We’re hitting the highway for this Valley Voices podcast - we have the winners of NEPM’s Story Slam held at Hawks and 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.
  • On this week’s Summer Shorts story from NEPM, Matthew Dicks gets some electrical encouragement to think through his new living situation.
  • Laura Porter tells us about a miracle that came out of a great adventure on this week’s Valley Voices Summer Shorts podcast.
  • This time on NEPM’s Summer Shorts Podcast, Earl Miller leads us on a journey from “just a job” to “a career with heart”
  • In this week's Summer Shorts podcast from NEPM, Nina Brand dusts an old trophy and finds herself more interested in the people who helped her win it.
  • Another personal reflection comes your way this week - Mireille Bejjani is our Summer Shorts storyteller, with her thoughts about moving to Western Massachusetts and getting comfortable.