Arc Stories

96 EpisodesProduced by Arc Stories

Arc Stories is simply stories. Imagine you're finishing dinner. Maybe you’re at a party, maybe it’s your family’s Sunday supper. You push back from the table while coffee is poured. You congregate out on the front porch because it’s cool enough now. Maybe the first sign of what’s to come is a laugh-… read more

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Episode 96 - What's Love Got to Do with It

February 14th, 2019


Two stories of how people meet and fall in love and how different those stories can be, one from childhood and another from later in adulthood.

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Episode 95 - The Things We Do for Love

January 30th, 2019


There’s no end to the list of things people will do in the pursuit of love. That’s true for the women in this episode’s stories, but for one it’s about what she does after she finds it while for the other it’s what …

Episode 94 - No Shame

January 16th, 2019


Most of us will go to great lengths to avoid embarrassment, but that doesn’t mean we’re always successful, a lesson both of our storytellers learn in …

Episode 93 - Reflections

January 2nd, 2019


The new year can be a time for reflection, and that’s true for our storytellers today, only they’re reflecting on holidays they weren’t sure they …

Episode 92 - Festive Favorites

December 12th, 2018


Three favorite holiday stories from our archives that each show even though our celebrations may not go exactly as planned, they can still be pretty …

Episode 91 - Daddy's Girl

November 14th, 2018


Episode 90 - Spooked 2018

October 31st, 2018


Episode 89 - Humiliated

September 28th, 2018


Episode 88 - Fit to be Filmed

September 13th, 2018


Two stories from our most recent live event with the Sidewalk Film Festival, each deserving to be a movie in its own right. A young man goes on a wilderness adventure with his best friend, and a young girl hits the high …

Episode 87 - Not Quite As Planned

August 29th, 2018


Episode 86 - On the Clock

August 15th, 2018


Episode 85 - Hot Summer Nights

June 21st, 2018


Episode 84 - Peculiar Clientele

June 6th, 2018


Episode 83 - Roots 2018

May 24th, 2018


A young woman comes of age as she engages a unique aspect of southern culture, and a young man learns some important lessons he realizes he missed …

Episode 82 - Lessons from Mom

May 9th, 2018


Episode 81 - Brotherly Love

April 25th, 2018


Their brothers lead our storytellers down some pretty sketchy paths, but because of their love, they hold on tight and go along for the ride.

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Episode 80 - Compromising Situations

April 11th, 2018


Episode 79 - Hell Hath No Fury

March 28th, 2018


One young woman let's a boy in her neighborhood know his time is up, and another goes to great lengths to try to secure a party invite.

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Episode 78 - #WCW

March 14th, 2018


Episode 77 - We Shall Overcome

March 1st, 2018


Two stories about growing up in the Civil Rights era, including one man's experience of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and one woman's …

Episode 76 - Two to Tango

February 14th, 2018


Our two storytellers try to make the most of many opportunities to find their own partner with whom to dance through life.

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Episode 75 - In Pursuit of Love

January 31st, 2018


Episode 74 - Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh

January 3rd, 2018


Episode 73 - Santa Letters

December 20th, 2017


Episode 72 - Tis the Season 2017

December 14th, 2017


A young girl tries to learn how to balance two different holidays, and a young man finds fame in Frosty the Snowman.

Learn more about Elizabeth …

Episode 71 - Christmas Catastrophes

November 30th, 2017


One woman tries to make her daughter's first Christmas as magical as it can be, and a father attempts to come to a compromise when it comes to Santa's presence in his house. Spoiler alert: things don't turn out that …

Episode 70 - Religion and Politics

November 16th, 2017


Episode 69 - Spooked 2017

October 31st, 2017


Episode 68 - Hauntings

October 19th, 2017


Episode 67 - Bumps in the Night

October 5th, 2017


Episode 66 - Fight or Flight

September 21st, 2017


Episode 65 - Projections

September 6th, 2017


Episode 64 - Something to Say

August 24th, 2017


Episode 63 - Thicker Than Water

August 9th, 2017


Episode 62 - Family Heritage

July 26th, 2017


Episode 61 - Family Heroes

July 12th, 2017


Episode 60 - Bad Ideas

June 29th, 2017


Episode 59 - Uncharted

June 14th, 2017


Episode 58 - New Light

May 31st, 2017


Two stories where our storytellers discover new qualities about some of their closest family members when they get the opportunity to see them in a …

Episode 57 - Word to Your Mother

May 17th, 2017


Two stories in celebration of moms and just how strong they are. One has her strength tested by her son and another by her husband.

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Episode 56 - Watch Your Words

May 3rd, 2017


Episode 55 - Roots

April 19th, 2017


Episode 54 - Man vs. Wild

April 5th, 2017


Episode 53 - Not-So-Constructive Criticism

March 22nd, 2017


Episode 52 - Rites of Passage

March 9th, 2017


Three coming-of-age stories involving fathers and sons including a son who wishes for more time with his dad, another who tries to fill in the gaps …

Episode 51 - We Shall Overcome

February 22nd, 2017


Two stories about growing up in the Civil Rights era, including one man's experience of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and one woman's …

Episode 50 - More Than Words

February 9th, 2017


Two storytellers find themselves in unexpected and ridiculous situations, one in celebration of love and the other in complete avoidance of it.

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Episode 49 - Brimming with Confidence

January 25th, 2017


Episode 48 - She Shall Overcome

January 11th, 2017


Episode 47 - Christmas Magic

December 21st, 2016


Episode 46 - The Thought That Counts

December 14th, 2016


Episode 45 - Christmas Catastrophes

December 7th, 2016


One woman tries to make her daughter's first Christmas as magical as it can be, and a father attempts to come to a compromise when it comes to Santa's presence in his house. Spoiler alert: things don't turn out that …

Episode 44 - Holiday Hijinks

November 30th, 2016


We've gone weekly for the holidays. In today's episode, one family celebrates Christmas by torturing their children to the point of tears as often as …

Episode 43 - Family Matters

November 23rd, 2016


Two stories to remind us to be thankful for our families, or at least that our storytellers should be thankful for theirs. A young man figures out …

Episode 42 - Semper Fi

November 9th, 2016


Episode 41 - Spooked

October 26th, 2016


Our special Halloween episode. One guy runs for his life when he finds himself in a real-life slasher flick, and another guy's friendly prank turns into something else when he pushes things a bit too far.

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Episode 40 - Mistaken Identity

October 12th, 2016


A woman receives a troubling diagnosis, and a guy gains new understanding about who both he and his father are following his arrest.

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Episode 39 - Go! Fight! Win!

September 28th, 2016


Episode 38 - First Things First

September 14th, 2016


Episode 37 - School Ties

August 31st, 2016


A man discovers his life-calling in rectifying wrongs perpetrated by his own family, a woman finds a quality use of her theater degree, and a girl learns she has much more support than she ever thought possible.

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Episode 36 - Lost in Translation

August 19th, 2016


One woman struggles to translate great personal tragedy for both herself and others, and a young man attempts to cross cultural barriers while …

Episode 35 - From the Heart of the South

August 3rd, 2016


Episode 34 - A Little Dose of Positivity

July 20th, 2016


One man attempts to reconcile with a childhood friend he betrayed years before, and another recounts how his experiences as a child with his grandmother prepared him for a future career.

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Episode 33 - Tragic Travels

July 6th, 2016


One man does his best to save the life of his friend when they encounter an unexpected travel companion, and another encounters disaster when trying to travel home with his newly adopted son.

Learn more about Herbie …

Episode 32 - Daddy Issues

June 22nd, 2016


Episode 31 - Flipped

June 8th, 2016


Three women have their perspectives completely flipped around: one inside an abortion clinic, another in conversation with a holocaust survivor, and …

Episode 30 - River Rats

May 25th, 2016


In honor of the summer, we're taking a trip down the river, as all good Southerners should. One young man is stuck on a boat with some of the more …

Episode 29 - Awkward Situations

May 11th, 2016


Episode 28 - Lessons Learned

April 27th, 2016


Episode 27 - Labor of Love

April 14th, 2016


A woman attempts to help another in labor, and a young man discovers his purpose in life through his interaction with a student.

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Episode 26 - Nine to Five

March 31st, 2016


One young man uses his voice and vocation to change the world for the better, and another just tries to get the job done without making too much of a mess of things.

Learn more about Shelley Stewart and the Civil Rights …

Episode 25 - Lasting Impressions

March 17th, 2016


One guy thinks he might have a chance with a celebrity crush from his childhood and another is fascinated by his classmate's glass eye.

Episode 24 - Hot Water

March 3rd, 2016


A guy gets in trouble with the TSA, and a girl finds herself in a precarious situation with an enigmatic "client."

Episode 23 - Unlucky in Love

February 18th, 2016


A guy throws caution to the wind and a girl fakes passing out, all in the name of love.

Episode 22 - How Did I Get Here?

February 4th, 2016


A woman is accosted by her date over what constitutes a chip, and a man and his son attempt to transport honey bees with disastrous results.

Episode 21 - Surprising Results

January 20th, 2016


One young man stumbles upon an unexpected horror and another develops a highly unlikely friendship.

Episode 20 - New Year New You

January 7th, 2016


A man discovers just how much better his ex is without him, and a woman attempts to overcome her delinquent past.

Episode 19 - Scary Funny

October 23rd, 2015


One man comes to face-to-face with death and another with religious fanatics.

Episode 18 - Threats and Intruders

October 8th, 2015


One guy sleeps through a home invasion white another thinks he's being "attacked" at work.

Episode 17 - Freedom Rider

September 11th, 2015


A woman has a personal encounter with the notorious Bull Connor during one of the Freedom Rides in 1961. To learn more about Catherine Burks-Brooks …

Episode 16 - Simple But Significant Moments

August 29th, 2015


A guy worries he missed an important moment, and a woman reflects on one she'll never forget.

Episode 15 - Traveling Outside the Comfort Zone

August 14th, 2015


A guy gives a cautionary tale from his experience on a greyhound bus, and a young woman warns against the troubles of traveling through Ukraine.

Episode 14 - The Mystery of Motherhood

July 31st, 2015


A woman tracks down who's attempting to steal her motherhood and a guy takes his own mother's lessons as he tries to be a mother himself.

Episode 13 - Creeper Cop

July 17th, 2015


A young woman discovers a helping hand can sometimes get a little too touchy-feely.

Episode 12 - From the Vault

June 26th, 2015


Two stories from our very first event ever. A woman and her family are haunted by a zombie squirrel and a young man almost burns down Texas. Note to listener: recordings are poor. May want to use headphones.

Episode 11 - Grand Gestures

June 4th, 2015


One man does his best to live as if he's in a romantic comedy, and another learns the lengths to which his father went to show he loved his son.

Episode 10 - Family Dynamics

May 21st, 2015


One man grows his family at a pace he definitely didn't expect, and another tries to deal with his daughter's crap...literally.

Episode 9 - Leaps of Faith

May 7th, 2015


Two women take leaps of faith, one literal, the other figurative, and in doing so, both discover something about themselves.

Episode 8 - Firsts

April 23rd, 2015


A girl gets her first kiss, another her first breakup, and a young man almost dies during his first time.

Episode 7 - Changing Perspectives

April 9th, 2015


 A camp counselor discovers there are no good or bad kids, and a grandson learns the story of his grandparents.

Episode 6 - 'Tis the Season Teaser

December 24th, 2014


One woman shares about what it's like to try to have a nice Christmas with her mother.

Episode 5 - What Really Matters

December 10th, 2014


One guy gets two chances with Taylor Swift and another quits his job to design playing cards.

Episode 4 - Family Ties

November 15th, 2014


A woman defends her sister, a son remembers his mother, and a man tells about his hero, his brother.

Episode 3 - Small Opportunities, Great Enterprises

November 12th, 2014


Two women make the most of their opportunities, one to start love anew and another to overcome heartbreak.

Episode 2 - Fears, Real and Imagined

October 29th, 2014


A camp counselor scares his campers, a woman tries to live with her fears, and a man attempts to recall what frightened his mother when he was a boy.

Episode 1 - Fighting Fathers

October 17th, 2014


A son remembers a day his dad defended him and his friends, and a father recounts how he fought for his daughter.

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