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7 Minute Stories w/ Aaron Calafato

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Aaron Calafato uses 7 minute story vignettes to share his memories, explore his psyche and attempt to make sense of the world.

178 Episodes | 2018 - 2022

S2 E39: Season Finale: The Prayer

June 9th, 2022


At some point in most of our lives, we have this conversation with the unknown. 

Talk to you in September for Season 3 of 7 Minute Stories!

Story created & performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

S2 E38: Prejudice Against Italians?

June 2nd, 2022


An unexpected visitor came to my house on a Sunday afternoon and you won't believe what he said.

Story created & performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Additional Vocals: …

S2 E37: Say Anything w/ Cori Birce

May 26th, 2022


This week, my fiance Cori Birce gives her take on the classic movie Say Anything.

Episode Direction by: Aaron Calafato & Rob Montague 

Special Guest: Cori Birce

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Music: thomas j. duke

S2 E36: The Toxic Decades w/ Rob Montague

May 19th, 2022


A continuation of last week's story. This week, filmmaker Rob Montague talks about the toxic elements of 80s and 90s pop culture.

Here's a clip …

S2 E35: She looked like Alicia Keys

May 12th, 2022


I've always considered myself a romantic but how much of this quality is truly my own? And/or how much of it is just a product of watching 80s & …

S2 E34: Halley's Comet

May 5th, 2022


In 1986, a famous comet became the steward of one of my most precious memories.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Additional Vocals: Cori Birce

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S2 E33: The Blue Plastic Bag

April 28th, 2022


The terrifying but meaningful journey of a blue plastic grocery bag.

Story created & performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

S2 E32: Vince Carter featuring Joe Leo

April 21st, 2022


What do you do when you have a chance to meet your hero? My friend Joe Leo faced that exact situation when he found himself on the same basketball court as NBA All-Star Vince Carter.

Episode and Story Direction by: Aaron …

S2 E31: The CM Punk Difference w/ Chris Maffei

April 14th, 2022


Chris Maffei, Podcast Production Manager for, shares the reason why he wanted to be CM Punk growing up.

Episode Direction by: Aaron Calafato

Special Guest: Chris Maffei

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: …

S2 E30: Wrestling is a Love Story

April 7th, 2022


My love letter to professional wrestling...

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Additional Vocals: Cori Birce

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S2 E29: 7 Minutes of Contemplation

March 31st, 2022


Things would be better if we were less reactive and more contemplative.

7MS Created by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Music: Ken …

S2 E28: Stand-up

March 24th, 2022


Every journey is made up of a million little moments, but there's usually one domino moment that makes the whole thing possible.

Story performed by: …

S2 E27: Room Service

March 17th, 2022


Sometimes if you have big dreams, you have to do weird jobs. Today, I’ll take you inside the star-studded world of doing room service at a Holiday …

S2 E26: Emails to the Other Side

March 10th, 2022


Ten years after my grandfather passed away, I decided to send him an email on the other side...

Story created & performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Additional Vocals: Cori Birce

S2 E25: The Address Book

March 3rd, 2022


There is a place where faded memories and forgotten people live forever. In this episode, we examine an ancient text called: The Address Book.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: …

S2 E24: VR Storytelling with Elijah Allan-Blitz

February 24th, 2022


In this special guest episode, award-winning director Elijah Allan Blitz talks about the transformative power of Virtual Reality storytelling.

Special Guest: Elijah Allan Blitz

Story Direction: Aaron Calafato 

Audio …

S2 E23: The Bed & Breakfast Redux

February 17th, 2022


Last year Cori & Aaron booked a stay at a bed & breakfast, but they didn't count on it being haunted. In this special episode, we present both Part 1 & 2 of this story together.

Story Direction: Aaron …

S2 E22: Dr. Mann

February 10th, 2022


I didn't think I could relate to an astronaut stranded on a foreign planet in another galaxy. However, it ends up we may have more in common than I …

S2 E21: Warheads

February 3rd, 2022


Some wars never seem to end. This one has been going on for nearly 30 years...

S2 E20: Mrs. Brown

January 27th, 2022


A story for all the elementary teachers out there, and one in particular, who literally helped shape the direction of my life.

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S2 E19: The Date

January 20th, 2022


George is on his way to the most important date of his life with Marie. The only problem is, no matter how long he drives, he can never seem to get there…

S2 E18: The Brick Walkway

January 13th, 2022


I didn't know Doril Tetrick well, but I do know he was my grandfather and we built something together...

Story created & performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

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S2 E17: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas feat Frank Ivy

December 25th, 2021


Merry Christmas! Enjoy this classic rendition by Frank Ivy.

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S2 E16: The Man and the Birds, a Christmas Tradition

December 23rd, 2021


A 7MS Christmas Tradition. A story by an unnamed author titled The Man and the Birds.

S2 E15: Heroes Get Remembered But Legends Never Die

December 16th, 2021


A film festival, The Sandlot, and the weekend we hung out with Art Lafleur.

*RIP Art Lafleur 1943-2021

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Music Contributor: thomas j. …

S2 E14: The Cult Leader

December 9th, 2021


A fascination with cults and the dangerous road one must travel to become a cult leader.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

S2 E13: Thanksgiving Sides!

November 25th, 2021


We attempt to wrangle our kids in one room to ask them what they’re thankful for. Then, Cori and I have to decide what Thanksgiving sides will make …

S2 E12: The Time Capsule (7MS Team Pick)

November 18th, 2021


While cleaning my garage I discovered a box of essays that I wrote as a child. In this episode, I’ll recite a few of them for the first time in decades.

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S2 E11: All Hornets Go to Heaven

November 11th, 2021


This week: An intense rivalry with a hornet, a death chamber, and a quest for salvation.

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S2 E10: Door to Door Salesmen

November 4th, 2021


A rivalry with a door-to-door salesperson ends in an embarrassing fashion.

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Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

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S2 E9: Do you Believe in Ghosts?

October 28th, 2021


A simple question to my future wife elicits an unexpected ghost story. 

Happy Halloween! 

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S2 E8: The Last Blockbuster

October 21st, 2021


A chance viewing of a documentary triggers a vivid memory of renting movies at Blockbuster. 

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S2 E7: A 7 Minute Journey with Mark Metry

October 14th, 2021


Mark Metry is an author, podcast host, and TEDx keynote speaker. But once upon a time, Mark suffered severely from social anxiety. In fact, he says …

S2 E6: SeaWorld

October 7th, 2021


This week, a race against Shamu and insight into the world of a captive orca.

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S2 E5: Aaron's Movie Marathoners Appearance

September 30th, 2021


Today's episode features a 7 Minute Segment from an appearance Aaron made on the Movie Marathoners Podcast. Marathoners is a fellow member of the …

S2 E4: Semi-Soulmates

September 23rd, 2021


Two unsuspecting people find themselves on a cosmic collision course. 

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S2 E3: Missing Person

September 16th, 2021


A search for a missing person and my love of mozzarella sticks culminates with a surprise ending.


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S2 E2: Batman and Robin

September 9th, 2021


A pair of legendary superheroes, a heroic story, and a surprise ending.

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S2 E1: America

September 2nd, 2021


Season 2 of 7 Minute Stories starts today! This episode: I join an unlikely sports team and find America in the process...

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Introducing 7 Minute Stories Season 2

August 19th, 2021


The second season of 7 Minute Stories is almost underway and that means more weekly adventures from Aaron Calafato and more.

7MS Season 2 officially launches on Thursday, September 2nd wherever you find podcasts!

Original …

Episode 136 - 7 Minutes with Nina Turner

July 22nd, 2021


Nina Turner explains why rocking the boat is synonymous with positive social change.

More about Nina Turner

Story Production: Aaron Calafato 

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Music Contributor: thomas j. …

Announcing Season 2

June 24th, 2021


7 Minute Stories is going to a season-based format. Season 2 starts in September 2021!

Episode 135 - 7 Minutes with Jay Crawford

June 3rd, 2021


Sports journalist & anchor Jay Crawford shares a deeply personal story about his father, post-season baseball, and the virtue of optimism.

Story Production: Aaron Calafato 

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Music …

Episode 134 - Field of Dreams (7MS Team Pick)

May 27th, 2021


The intersection of the iconic movie and a legendary baseball game with my dad. A primer for next week's episode featuring Jay Crawford.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete …

Episode 133 - Announcement & Mini-Story

May 20th, 2021


Aaron shares a special announcement, previews the next few weeks on 7MS & tells a mini-story that reveals a special guest.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Special Logo Design: Alex …

Episode 132 - 7 Minutes with IN-Q

May 13th, 2021


A unique and inspiring 7 minutes with the award-winning poet, multi-platinum songwriter & best-selling author. 

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Episode 131 - Remembering Olympia

May 6th, 2021


Over 10 years ago I had a conversation with Olympia Dukakis. What she said changed the course of my life.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Music Contributor: …

Episode 130 - Lorenzo and the Apple

April 29th, 2021


On the first day of 3rd grade I discovered a forbidden fruit…  

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Podcast Coordinator: Cori Birce

Music Contributor: thomas j. duke

Episode 129 - 7 Minutes with Maurice Benard (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2021


Part 2 of my conversation with actor, Emmy winner, best-selling author and mental health advocate Maurice Benard.

*Watch Maurice Benard's Show "State of Mind" on YouTube

Episode 128 - 7 Minutes with Maurice Benard (Part 1)

April 15th, 2021


Part 1 of my conversation with actor, Emmy winner, best-selling author and mental health advocate Maurice Benard.

Story produced by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Podcast Coordinator: Cori Birce

Creative …

Episode 127 - Sonny Corinthos OR Sonny with a chance of Aaron

April 8th, 2021


The story of how a one of a kind soap opera character made an unexpected impact on my life.   

Story concept & performance by: Aaron Calafato 

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Music Contributor: …

Episode 126 - The Great Escape Part 2 : The Reunion

April 5th, 2021


In 2001, Anthony tried to escape a final exam. Now, he comes face to face with the teacher he's been running from for over 20 years.

Story by: Anthony Vorndran 

Story Producer: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Episode 125 - The Great Escape

April 1st, 2021


In 2001, a young man escapes taking a final exam in high school. 20 years later, he's still on the run!

Story told by: Anthony Vorndran

Story Producer: …

Episode 124 - The Secret Antenna

March 25th, 2021


It all started with a painful divorce, a gift from my father and National Public Radio.

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Episode 123 - Captain Kirk

March 18th, 2021


Our neighborhood needed a hero. On this evening, only one man could do the job.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original …

Episode 122 - The Bed & Breakfast Part 2

March 11th, 2021


The finale of the Bed & Breakfast saga. How our stay at a potentially haunted B & B changed my relationship with ghosts.

Story: Aaron Calafato 

Direction: Aaron Calafato & Cori Birce

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Episode 121 - The Bed & Breakfast Part 1

March 4th, 2021


Cori and I thought it would be simple to book our first Bed & Breakfast experience. We were categorically wrong.

Story: Aaron Calafato 

Direction: …

Episode 120 - Born in the USA

February 25th, 2021


What do Van Jones, Bruce Springsteen and a humanist author from the 1980s have to do with the future of America? Let's find out!

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Episode 119 - NYC

February 18th, 2021


There's a reason why they call it "The Big Apple", and after years of pretending, I finally admit why it's not my favorite fruit.

Episode 118 - Lost in Translation

February 11th, 2021


Flirty text messages, a Pastor and Blockbuster. If that's not a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Podcast Coordinator: …

Episode 117 - Robin Hood

February 4th, 2021


The story of how Robin Hood met Wall Street.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: Pete Whitehead

Podcast …

Episode 116 - I'm Positive. I Love You...

January 28th, 2021


A couple gets an unexpected result from a positive COVID test.

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Episode 115 - The Last Episode of the Year

December 31st, 2020


In this episode, we learn more about my future wife Cori Birce as we wrap 2020 and look to brighter days in 2021.

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Episode 114 - The Night Before Christmas

December 24th, 2020


Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year. In this episode, I share some of my favorite traditions and read a Christmas classic!

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Original Poem by: Clement Clarke Moore

Audio …

Episode 113 - The Snowman

December 17th, 2020


In the winter of 1990, I witnessed a famous childhood story come to life.

Episode 112 - Breakfast for Dinner

December 10th, 2020


33 years ago I had a meal that I can’t stop thinking about to this day.  

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

Audio Production: Ken Wendt 

Original Art: …

Episode 111 - The Blizzard (7MS Classic)

December 3rd, 2020


Sometimes snow is good. Sometimes snow is bad. The snow during this particular road trip in the early 90s was unforgettable.

Story performed by: Aaron …

Episode 110 - The Wallet

November 26th, 2020


A young man finds a wallet on the side of the road and discovers something money could never buy.

Story performed by: Aaron Calafato

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Episode 109 - Taco Bell: An American Portrait

November 19th, 2020


A story about Taco Bell and suburban youth.

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Episode 108 - Mumford's Son (7MS Classic)

November 12th, 2020


This is what happens when you combine the most important performance of my life and a chance intersection with Mumford & Sons...

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Episode 107 - A Farewell Address

November 5th, 2020


Someone has to say farewell, and then, all we’ll have left is each other....

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Episode 106 - Scary Stories

October 29th, 2020


To celebrate Halloween, I recite two of my favorite tales from the classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

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Episode 105 - The Spaceflight

October 22nd, 2020


On May 22, 2053, two childhood friends embark on an improbable galactic journey. 

-Musical contribution from Anthony Vorndran

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Episode 104 - How To Get A Park Bench

October 15th, 2020


My fiancé Cori and I become obsessed with dedicating a park bench to ourselves, but neither us of expected this outcome.

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Episode 103 - Who is James Park?

October 8th, 2020


An empty park bench and a mysterious man help me uncover a secret about my humanity.

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Episode 102 - A Mental Health Conversation

October 1st, 2020


In this episode I give a special thanks and some audience shout-outs. Then, I speak with Monica Mlinac. Monica serves as the Executive Director of Stark, Summit and Portage County programs for Ohio Guidestone. OG is one …

Episode 101 - The Confession

September 24th, 2020


There is something I haven’t told you about myself. In fact, I’ve been hiding it for nearly 30 years…

Episode 99: A Conversation with TJ Duke

September 10th, 2020


In this special episode, I talk with TJ Duke (Musician and Cloud Nothings Bassist) about his musical process, our latest 7MS collaboration and …

Episode 98 - The Legend of Ali

September 3rd, 2020


What do a mysterious deer, a legendary wiffle ball tournament and a Joni Mitchell song have in common? As it turns out, everything.

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Episode 97: Sonny Corinthos

August 27th, 2020


The story of how a one of a kind soap star inadvertently solidified one of the most important relationships of my life.

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Episode 96: The Apartment

August 20th, 2020


I knew something was wrong when we arrived at our new apartment, but I could never imagine what would happened next.

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Summer Break

July 16th, 2020


An announcement about the 7 Minute Stories schedule, plus exciting news and updates!

Episode 95 - Field of Dreams

July 9th, 2020


A story about a father and son, a baseball game in Cleveland and the meaning of America’s Pastime.

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Episode 94 - Break on Through to the Other Side

July 2nd, 2020


A harrowing story about how destroying my own basement plumbing brought me closer to the ghosts of our ancestors. 

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Episode 93 - An Act of God, written by Meg Jakary

June 25th, 2020


During a global pandemic, a trip to the store to buy toilette paper requires divine intervention.

*This story was written and submitted by a listener (Meg Jakary) & recited by host Aaron Calafato*


Episode 92- The Bronx is Burning

June 18th, 2020


One of my first real acting gigs was for a 2007 ESPN Mini-Series titled, appropriately, The Bronx is Burning. Well, this story takes you behind the scenes of that very acting gig gone awry.

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Episode 91 - The Gettysburg Address, Common People & Heart-Soul Agreement

June 11th, 2020


This episode is multimedia story in three parts:  

Part 1 "The Gettysburg Address" by President Abraham Lincoln, recited by Aaron Calafato  

Part 2: A …

Episode 90 - 7 Minutes of Reflection

June 4th, 2020


This week, I'd like to offer 7 minutes of reflection. I know I'm going to be using it. Please use it as you will. There will be an original score …

Episode 89 - The Gun (7ms Team Favorite)

May 28th, 2020


When I was 13 years old I went to visit a new friend. Before going out to play in the woods he took out a gun. What happened next felt like life and …

Episode 88 - The D-Day Prayer

May 21st, 2020


On June 6, 1944 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt , led a nation caught up in the turmoil of World War II, in mass prayer. In honor of Memorial …

Episode 87- Surprise Music Episode

May 20th, 2020


First, audio producer Ken Wendt discusses how he's taken some of the strange noises Aaron Calalafato makes when telling stories, and turned them into music. Then, you get to listen to one of those original …

Episode 86 - The Potato Bar

May 14th, 2020


Little did I know that a delicious potato bar would be the setting for one of the most formative experiences in my high school career. 7MS Merch:

Episode 85 - Stories in a Box (7MS Team Pick)

May 7th, 2020


My grandfather taught me much of what I know about the art of storytelling. Years after his death, I disovered he’d kept stories of his own hidden away. In this episode, we find out why... *The 7ms team picked this …

Episode 84 - Rooster: A Guest Story by C.W. Schultz

April 30th, 2020


A trip to the Philippines, 30 plus hours of insomnia and a merciless rooster. What happens next, only writer C.W. Schultz can tell you in this …

Episode 83 - Growing Up in the Rearview (Remastered)

April 23rd, 2020


This is one of the first 7 minute stories I ever told. It’s also one of the most personal... This episode explores all stages of my daughters life, …

Episode 82 - The Tornado

April 16th, 2020


At midnight, just as I was about to fall asleep, an alarm went off on my phone. It said: A TORNADO IS IMMINENT. SEEK SHELTER NOW! Make sure to give 5 stars & review this podcast! 7ms merch 

Episode 81 - Life in a House

April 9th, 2020


I had 7 minutes before I needed to come inside and put my kids to bed. Just enough time to discover something incredible radiating from inside of my house. Make sure to subscribe & rate this podcast 7ms Merch -

Episode 80 - The Time Capsule

April 2nd, 2020


While cleaning my garage this past weekend, I discovered a box of essays that I wrote as a child. This episode, I’ll recite a few of them for the first time in decades. Subscribe & 5 Star this podcast! 7ms Merch:

Episode 79 - Stop and Smell the Roses

March 26th, 2020


A memory of the ocean, a hot cup of coffee and peculiar rodent named Jerry help me attain a brief moment of enlightenment. Remember to subscribe …

Episode 78 - 7ms Classic: The Amish (COVID-19 Intro)

March 19th, 2020


In this episode Cori and I address the COVID-19 Pandemic and how the 7 Minute Story team is approaching it. Then, we feature a classic episode called The Amish. Remember, take a few seconds to subscribe & rate this …

Episode 77 - Pale Blue Dot (Classic Story Remix)

March 12th, 2020


After receiving some unexpected inspiration from the late, great Carl Sagan, I’m compelled to share it with one of the most important people in the galaxy… 7ms Merch

Episode 76 - Something's Lost but Something's Gained OR The Legend of Ali and the Wiffle Ball

March 5th, 2020


A legendary wiffle ball tournament and an unexpected misfortune merge into one of the most memorable days of my life. 7MS Merch

Episode 75 - Japan: A Guest Story by Anthony Vorndran

February 27th, 2020


This is the first guest 7 Minute Story performed and submitted by a listener! It just so happens that he’s also my lifelong friend. In this episode, Anthony Vorndran recalls a life-changing trip to Japan. The only …

Episode 74 - Rage on the Turnpike

February 20th, 2020


On a hot summer day in 2008, a traffic jam on the Jersey Turnpike turns into a violent encounter. Get your 7ms merch -

Episode 73 - Larry King and the Pretzel Rods

February 13th, 2020


An unexpected visit to my grandmother’s old house triggers a vivid memory that shaped the way I look at the world. Get your 7ms merch:

Episode 72 - Special Guest: Nina Turner

February 6th, 2020


Nina Turner is a former Ohio State Senator and the current Co-Chair of the 2020 Bernie Sanders Campaign. In 2016, I interviewed Nina and our conversation has stuck with me. It was emotional, authentic and refreshing. …

Episode 71 - The Rookie of the Year

January 30th, 2020


A story about my father, our broken family, America’s pastime and how an iconic 90s film and its star became a reoccurring motif in my life. Get your 7ms t-shirt 

Episode 70 - The Interview

January 23rd, 2020


In 2009, things were at an all-time low. Then, I had an interview with the potential to change everything… 7MS Merch -

Episode 69 - Heard it Through the Grapevine

January 16th, 2020


The possibility of rock immortality hinges on my band’s performance at a very special high school talent show. 7ms merch at

Episode 68 - The Spotlight or A Love Letter to Richard Greenberg

January 9th, 2020


Jealousy and rage get the better of me when I’m not given the lead role in a College Theatre production. Luckily, the work of playwright Richard …

Episode 67 - The Last Story of the Year

December 26th, 2019


In this last episode, I give a special thanks to our 7 Minute Story team and audience. Then, we round out the year with a replay of the very first story of this series called "The Cruise".  Be a part of the 7MS …

Episode 66 - A Christmas Story with no Author

December 19th, 2019


Every Christmas Eve, I listen to a beautiful story recited and made famous by radio legend Paul Harvey. It’s called “The Man & the Birds”, and …

Episode 65 - The Yoga Class

December 12th, 2019


In 2008, I reluctantly attended my first yoga class in New York City. Ten years later, it’s an experience I can’t seem to forget.

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Episode 64 - Guest Storyteller: Mr. Klaus

December 5th, 2019


To usher in the Christmas season, I wanted to share a guest story from a man who is the closest thing to the real Santa you’ll ever come across. His name is name Mark Klaus. I interviewed Mark a couple years ago, and in …

Episode 63 - A Thanksgiving to Remember

November 28th, 2019


Hosting at my house for the first time triggers a poignant memory of Thanksgiving past. Be a part of the 7 Minute Stories community!

Episode 62 - (Flashback Episode) The Perfect Day

November 21st, 2019


The Perfect Day was one of the earliest episodes of our podcast series (Episode 9). It’s also one of my personal favorites. Description: It’s the kind of day you live for. The kind of day millions have never had. Be a …

Episode 61 - The Bus Ride

November 14th, 2019


A deeply personal story about a challenging time in my life, taking the city bus and the life lessons I learned along the ride. Be a part of the 7 Minute Stories community!

Episode 60 - Special Guest: Matt Fish

November 7th, 2019


A conversation about my love of grilled cheese sparks restaurant entrepreneur Matt Fish to talk about his inspiration for the popular MELT bar and …

Episode 59 - Halloween Special: The House in the Woods

October 31st, 2019


I was always skeptical of ghosts, but living in this house made me question everything.

Episode 58 - Me, Cameron Crowe and the Myth of Elizabethtown

October 24th, 2019


In pursuit of my dream, I drove down to Louisville, KY to audition for a Cameron Crowe film. What transpired became a story of mythic proportions.

Episode 57 - Special Guest: Bill Squire

October 17th, 2019


In 2018, I did an interview with comedian and radio personality Bill Squire. In this 7 minute segment from that conversation, we discuss how comedy can be a vital platform to explore racism in America. More about Bill …

Fan Favorite (Episode 16 - Lady of Maine)

October 10th, 2019


Please enjoy this fan favorite from early on in the 7 minute Story podcast series! How much do I love storytelling? Well, it was 2012 and I was …

Episode 55 - Sunday Sauce

October 3rd, 2019


A tasty Italian-American tradition triggers an identity crisis.

Episode 54 - Dream until your dream comes true

September 26th, 2019


A story that starts with a dream of becoming an actor in New York City, and ends with a surprise twist involving an unexpected guardian angel...

Episode 53 - My way on the highway

September 19th, 2019


A story spanning three generations, guided by the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Eric Clapton, all culminating with an emotional tirade at a local …

Episode 52 - Guest Storyteller: Dennis Kucinich

September 12th, 2019


In 2018, Dennis Kucinich was running to become the next Governor of Ohio. During that busy campaign, I sat down with him for an interview. This special episode of 7ms features the most compelling 7 minutes from that …

Episode 51: Barnes & Noble: A Love Story

September 5th, 2019


Why do the places where we spend our time mean so much to us? In this story, I explain how a trip to a local Barnes & Noble with my girlfriend became a launching pad for our love story.

Special 50th Episode

August 29th, 2019


This episode breaks format a bit & features a 21 minute conversation between my girlfriend & life partner Cori Birce and I. We reflect back on the last 49 stories, a growing audience, our life together, and …

Episode 49 - Jump on the roof

August 22nd, 2019


This story is about an intriguing man named Ernie. I met him in the summer of 2000 while working a summer job. Our chance meeting gave me insight …

Episode 48 - Me, Paul Harvey and the Farmer

August 15th, 2019


After a turbulent few weeks in America, I took a long drive to search for answers. What I discovered rejuvenated my faith in mankind.

Episode 47 - That's not my friend anymore

August 8th, 2019


Standing over a friend’s casket triggers an internal struggle about consciousness and the soul. Enjoy 7 minute Stories? Keep the story going.

Episode 46 - Remember his face

August 1st, 2019


After crossing paths with a homeless man, a chance conversation leaves us both changed forever. Full transcript of 7ms Episode 46:

Episode 45 - Special Guest: okPANTS

July 25th, 2019


During this 7 minute segment, the artist & creative okPANTS, talks about what motivates him to make a life out of making art. Find out more about okPANTS and his work here:

Episode 44 - Where do the memories go?

July 18th, 2019


Where do our memories go after we die? To navigate this question, I explore two very personal memories and then speculate where they may exist …

Episode 43 - Stories in a Box

July 11th, 2019


A drawer full of written stories reveal something about my grandfather I never knew… Enjoy 7 Minute Stories? You can support it here:

Episode 42 - Guest Storyteller: Van Jones

July 4th, 2019


For this special 4th of July episode, i’m sharing a 7 minute segment from an interview I did with Van Jones in 2017. I thought it was compelling …

Episode 41 - The Crayon Emergency

June 27th, 2019


The story of a how boy’s curiosity and love of crayons ended in a medical mystery that bewildered an entire emergency room. Help keep the story going by supporting 7ms at

Episode 40 - Guest Storyteller: Nina Domingue

June 20th, 2019


In this 7 minute segment I talk with actor, director, playwright & educator Nina Domingue. In it, Nina investigates how the beginning of her …

Episode 39 - The Lockout

June 13th, 2019


One moment it was a beautiful Fall day, the next, my two-year-old daughter was trapped inside our house. It was a day that would defy logic and …

Episode 38 - Special Delivery

June 6th, 2019


A wasp attack, the morning of 9/11 and an anthrax scare. This was just my first few weeks of college and my initiation into the real world... Help …

Episode 37 - TCBY: A Love Story

May 30th, 2019


The story of how a journey to find a rare frozen yogurt flavor gave me another chance at love. Support 7 Minute Stories at

Episode 36 - Guest Storyteller: Shannon Cason

May 23rd, 2019


This episode features the first official guest to the 7ms Podcast. During this 7 minute segment I talk with fellow storyteller Shannon Cason. We dive into Shannon’s creative process, what inspires some of his stories …

Episode 35 - Mumford's Son

May 16th, 2019


The tale of how a hazardous storytelling performance and a chance intersection with a popular musical group taught me how to connect with an …

Episode 34 - The Pale Blue Dot

May 9th, 2019


After finding out the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy are on a collision course, I nearly panicked. But then, after some serendipitous …

Episode 33 - The Yellow Bird

May 2nd, 2019


The story of how a little yellow bird taught me life lessons about mortality, perseverance and grace. Please remember to subscribe and rate 7 Minute Stories Thanks to this episode's special musical guest: Frank Ivy

Episode 32 - The Backseat

April 25th, 2019


A broken family. The backseat of a car. No control. Sometimes, during a difficult transition, an unlikely hero will emerge to help you see it through.

Episode 31 - The Hunter

April 18th, 2019


Thousands of years ago, humans explored uncharted terrain as hunters and gatherers. Now, in the year 2019, I come face to face with an equally daunting task…

Episode 30 - Me and Gary V

April 11th, 2019


I looked down at my phone and saw that Gary Vaynerchuk's account liked one of my comments on Instagram. What happened next would send me into a …

Episode 29 - The Guitar God

April 4th, 2019


A quest to become the greatest rock guitar player on the planet all culminates into one life-altering audition.

Episode 28 - The Injury

March 28th, 2019


What started out as an exceptional day on the basketball court ended in a hilarious trip the to the emergency room... 

Episode 27 - We are all Witnesses

March 21st, 2019


What started out as a heated religious debate between two kids on an elementary school playground, turned into an attack from an unusual …

Episode 26 - Becoming Donatello

March 14th, 2019


It was 1990, I was 7 years old and I was anticipating the release of greatest film ever made: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not only this, but I …

Episode 25 - The Train Incident

March 7th, 2019


On a bright Fall day in 2009, what started out as usual train commute from Eatontown, New Jersey to Manhattan, transformed into a crime scene. I had …

Episode 24- Chinatown

March 1st, 2019


When I got a call from Jack Nicholson’s executive assistant at 1:00am in the morning, It felt like a “surreal” experience... More at:

Episode 23- The Tryout

February 21st, 2019


Years of commitment and preparation led me to this moment. What started as a tryout for my middle school basketball team, transformed into an …

Episode 22- The Lineup

February 14th, 2019


When I was 10 years old I spent a summertime at a makeshift daycare. One afternoon there, while playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on NES, I committed an …

Episode 21 - The Fish

February 7th, 2019


At the age of 5 I watched a BBC documentary about the life of fish in the ocean. Days later, I witnessed what I can only describe as a ghost appear in my bedroom. Both experiences united to form an existential crisis …

Episode 20 - The Night-Night Rules

January 31st, 2019


I don’t know if it was divine intervention or just coincidence, but whatever it was, it gave me the strength to make a promise to my daughter that I don’t intend on breaking… If you are enjoying #7minutestories consider …

Episode 19 - The Gun

January 24th, 2019


When I was 13 years old I went to visit a new friend. Before going out to play in the woods he took out a gun. What happened next felt life and …

Episode 18 - The Dream

January 18th, 2019


The night my grandfather slipped into a coma, he came to me in a profound dream… More at:

Episode 17 - The Blizzard

January 9th, 2019


It was the early 90s and I was a pre-teen. I was in sitting in my grandparents car and the weather outside started to change in a way I had never …

Episode 16 - Lady of Maine

December 20th, 2018


How much do I love storytelling? Well, it was 2012 and I was booked to perform one of my monologues at a theater in Portland, Maine. The only catch …

Episode 15 - Over the River

December 13th, 2018


I looked at the world differently when I was a child. But when did things change? I remember it was the mid 90s and I went to visit my grandmother in …

Episode 14 - The Ice Cream Sandwich

December 7th, 2018


The second grade. An elementary lunch room. A purple silk shirt. A blossoming new love. History would be made as I courted an older woman for the …

Episode 13 - The Cherry Tree

November 29th, 2018


The myth of George Washington and the cherry tree made an big impression on my life. But as a young boy, when a police officer caught me vandalizing …

Episode 12 - The Amish

November 22nd, 2018


I sat at a traffic light and looked at the world falling apart around me. So, I turned my car around and drove until all I saw was corn fields and the Amish. I had found a new possibility. Maybe even a new home. More …

Episode 11 - The Phone Call

November 14th, 2018


I was 30 years old when my daughter was born. Shortly after, I received a phone call from my dad that forecast what the next 30 years may be like. …

Episode 10 - The Fight

September 25th, 2018


When I was younger I fought a lot. This time, however, felt different than the rest. I was in over my head and would experience the true power, …

Episode 9 - The Perfect Day

September 5th, 2018


I woke up and something was different. From the moment I opened my eyes it seemed like it would be one of those days where nothing could go wrong. …

Episode 8 - The Nest

August 27th, 2018


It was the largest yellow jacket nest I've ever come across. It was man versus nature and I had to protect my home...

Episode 7 - Growing Up in the Rearview

July 25th, 2018


This episode explores the journey of driving my daughter home from the hospital after she was born and then through years of car rides looking into the rear-view mirror and seeing all the stages of her life.

Episode 6 - Emails to My Dead Grandfather

July 5th, 2018


My grandfather and I were very close. One day, several years after he passed away, I saw that his gmail account profile was active. So, I decided to email him...

Episode 5 - The Thirty-Five Year Train Ride

June 30th, 2018


For the last thirty five years I've heard the sound of a train out my window. It's seems that I've been following it my entire life. Next month, I'm …

Episode 4 - The Summer of Peter Jennings

June 22nd, 2018


A remixed version of a story Aaron did during the 2016 Presidential Election that is more relevant that ever. This episode cleverly explores the transformation of the news into pure entertainment, a nostalgia for Peter …

Episode 3 - The Audition

June 15th, 2018


After getting off a train at Penn Station and taking in New York City for the first time, I began the odyssey of my first acting audition at the Actors Equity Center.

Episode 2 - The Car Accident and the Crucifix

June 7th, 2018


In episode two I explore a recent car accident I was involved in. The impact took me on a journey that started with a mild concussion and ended in …

Episode 1 - The Cruise

May 30th, 2018


Welcome to episode one of #7minutestories! A young man who is afraid of boats takes his first carnival cruise shortly after Hurricane Katrina rips …

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