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We're Turning One, Getting #Storied, And Listening To Johnnyswim At SXSW!

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Story by story, NPR brings you the world, through great storytelling and rigorous reporting. Whether it's news, arts and cultural programming, or music, the art of storytelling lies within our foundation.

As a passionate and growing community of NPR fans, we at Generation Listen are handing over the mic to you – our communty – to share your personal experiences and reveal how a series of "I" stories can connect us in curious and unexpected ways.

Can we find the common strands that knit together our singular experiences? Every story told is a new way to look at the world.

As we mark our one year anniversary as Generation Listen, we're celebrating with a storytelling event on Sunday, March 9, unlike anything you've seen before:

#Storied. Four storytellers. Seven minutes. One shared experience.

Hosted by Matt Thompson, NPR's Director of Vertical Initiatives (and Mischief), #Storied will be an intimate gathering showcasing ideas through four very different lenses.

Our storytellers include:

  • Jesse Thorn, host of Bullseye
  • Adam Braun, Founder of Pencils of Promise
  • Erica Berger, freelance journalist and founder of CatchPool and Mileage
  • Anneke Jong, entrepreneur, storyteller, and creative strategist at the Google Creative Lab

Following our inaugural story slam will be an acoustic performance by the soulful, funky pop duo of Johnnyswim.

Follow us on Twitter: @NPRGenListen. Video highlights from this event will be posted here, so check back with us!

Meet Our Storytellers

  • Jesse Thorn

    Jesse Thorn
    Courtesy of Jesse Thorn

    Jesse is the host and producer of Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and the co-host and producer of Judge John Hodgman. He's also the proprietor of MaximumFun.org.

    He founded The Sound of Young America in 2000, while a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2007, the show began to be distributed by Public Radio International, making Jesse the youngest national host in public radio history. The show became Bullseye in 2012, and is currently distributed by NPR.

    In addition to his work at MaximumFun.org, he hosts and helps produce Put This On, a video series and blog about men's style. He also hosted The Grid, a culture recommendation program on IFC.

    A native of San Francisco's Mission District, Jesse lives in Los Angeles with his wife, son Simon and two dogs.

    Follow him on Twitter @jessethorn.

  • Erica Berger

    Erica Berger
    Courtesy of Erica Berger

    Erica works at the intersection of journalism and technology, where she builds web products and writes stories aspiring to make media and the world better. This past week, she launched CatchPool, a new and easy way to discover quality content on the internet. As co-curator and founder of mileage (media), she loves helping good people who split time between NYC, LA, SF, and London better connect. This past year, she was honored as one of Forbes 30 Under 30, is the current NYC co-ambassador for the Sandbox Network, and was recently appointed to NPR's new millenial board, Generation Listen. Originally a Chicagoan, she now resides in Brooklyn, New York after spending 4 years in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California.

    Follw her on Twitter @GoodBerger.

  • Adam Braun

    Adam Braun
    Courtesy of Adam Braun

    Adam is the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has built more than 150 schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America and delivered over 12 million educational hours in its first four years. PoP was founded with just $25 using Braun's unique "For-Purpose" approach to blending nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.

    Braun began his career in finance, until he met a young boy begging on the streets and asked him what he wanted most in the world. The answer- "A pencil." He then traveled through 50+ countries to focus on educational systems and eventually left a dream job at Bain & Company to launch Pencils of Promise.

    Braun was selected as one of the first ten World Economic Forum Global Shapers and has been featured at the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, Google Zeitgeist, Mashable's Innovation Index and Wired Magazine's 2012 Smart List of 50 People Changing the World.

    Follow him on Twitter @AdamBraun.

  • Anneke Jong

    Anneke Jong
    Courtesy of Anneke Jong

    Anneke Jong is an entrepreneur, storyteller, and creative strategist in New York City. In her role at the Google Creative Lab, she works on some of the most fun creative projects in the tech industry and beyond. Before Google, Anneke was on the founding team of Bread, a digital advertising startup acquired by Yahoo in 2013. She writes and speaks on topics related to technology trends, digital marketing, new media, entrepreneurship, storytelling, and women. She's written for Forbes, The Daily Muse, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Business Insider. As a performance storyteller, she has performed at The Moth, TEDx, the National Storytelling Conference, and on the NPR show "Snap Judgment." Find more on her blog: www.annekejong.com.

    Follow her on Twitter @annekejong.

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