State of the Human
About This Show
State of the Human, the radio show of the Stanford Storytelling Project, shares stories that deepen our understanding of single, common human experiences—belonging, giving, lying, forgiveness—all drawn from the experiences and research of the Stanford community.
Most Recent Episode
Apr 19 16
The mind’s ability to envision more than what is physically present in the world is an astounding fact of life. We’re always imagining, thinking, and living in our heads. Our thoughts and our imaginations shape how we see the world, they shape our words and our actions. This is nothing new. We’ve been doing this for all our lives. as far as we can remember. But that’s why we take a closer look and ask the question: how do our imagined lives shape our reality? What happens day to day at the frontier between the worlds we imagine and the worlds we inhabit.
Host: Justine Beed
Producers: Justine Beed and Natacha Ruck with help from Louis Lafair, Amabel Stokes, Alec Glassford, Tamu Adumer, Joshua Hoyt, Austin Meyer, Claire Schoen, Christy Hartman, Will Rogers, Albert Gehami, Jonah Willihnganz, and Jake Warga
Featuring: John Rick, Tamu Adumer, Louis Lafair, Terry Root, Louie Psihoyos, WonGi Jung, Austin Meyer, Amabel Stokes, Alec Glassford, Max Whitmeyer, Nina Donaldson, Maria Doerr, Liam Bhajan, Jeffrey Abidor, Emma Fisher, Natacha Ruck, and Jackson Roach
Music and Sounds: See storytelling.stanford.edu for full list of music and sounds used in this episode
Image via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kainkalju/5894855297
Story 1: Birth of Imagination
Description: What happened the first time humans used imagination to shape the world?
Producers: Tamu Adumer and Natacha Ruck
Featuring: Professor John Rick
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Story 2: One Quinoa Burger At A Time
Description: Can imagination help one student tackle one of the biggest problems of our time?
Producer: Louis Lafair
Featuring: Terry Root and Louie Psihoyos
Music: "T-Shirt Weather," "Little Dipper," "Pure Swell," "Funk," and "Boop" by Podington Bear
Photo via the Stanford Review: stanfordreview.org/article/is-stan…conserve-water/
Story 3: My Imaginary Girlfriend
Description: How hard can it be to break up with an imaginary girlfriend?
Producer: WonGi Jung with help from Justine Beed
Featuring: WonGi Jung
Image via StoryNight
Story 4: Double Banded Dream
Description: In this story, we venture into the land of dreams and investigate how imagination can endanger reality.
Producers: Austin Meyer and Joshua Hoyt
Featuring: Austin Meyer
Music: "Nothing Lasts" by Alexandre Desplat and "Gnossienne No. 2: Avec étonnement" and “Gynopédie No. 1”by Erik Satie
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Episodes of This Show
Jan 19 16
Rated 5 out of
Consistently engaging and worthwhile radio
This is great radio - I like the format and the range of stories on offer in every episode.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of
all of them!
Well done; very captivating. I keep checking for new episodes.
Date published: 2014-04-30