The Stoop Storytelling Series Podcast Finds a New Home with Your Public Studios

WYPR’s podcasting platform, Your Public Studios, will add The Stoop story series podcast to its roster starting August 8, 2022.

The Stoop Storytelling Series is a Baltimore-based live show and podcast that features “ordinary” people sharing the extraordinary, true stories of their lives. Since its founding in 2006, The Stoop has featured the stories of more than 2,500 people on stage, including notable citizens such as Congressman Elijah Cummings, Thread creator David Simon, activist DeRay Mckesson and Senator Barbara Mikulski. Hosts Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler added a podcast in April 2016, capturing the spirit of live shows through weekly episodes featuring stories and narration.

The Stoop story series podcast has a long track record and a loyal following, and we are thrilled to welcome Jessica and Laura and all of their fans to the Your Public Radio family,” said LaFontaine E. Oliver, President and CEO of Your Public Radio. “At WYPR, we work every day to share the stories of our local Baltimore community with our listeners. While bringing The porch internally at Your Public Studios, we will be able to say even more about these first-person testimonials.

Over 100 episodes of The Stoop story series podcast – which had an average download of 14,000 per month in 2021 and to date has been downloaded nearly 1,500,000 times – will be hosted with Your Public Studios, with new episodes released every two weeks. The porch is familiar to WYPR listeners. Some stories air on Fridays around 9:50 a.m. during On the fileand on disk lead producer Maureen Harvie will also help produce The Stoop story series podcast.

Host Laura Wexler shares: “We are delighted to formalize what has already been a wonderful partnership with Your Public Radio. We also encourage Your Public Radio listeners to share their stories on The Stoop stage. After all, our motto is: “Everyone has a story. What’s yours?'”

Your public studios host all podcasts sourced from WYPR, as well as podcasts from local independent producers and other local partners and organizations looking for quality podcast production and on-demand audio. The Stoop story series podcast and all podcasts hosted by Your Public Studios are available on major podcast platforms, wypr.org and yourpublicstudios.org.

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