The Facing Project This is the show that seeks to strengthen communities by connecting people through stories. Hosted by the founders of The Facing Project non-profit organization, J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, each month's show carries a theme and features performances of stories that follow The Facing Project's model. This podcast features extended commentary on the stories, leaving listeners with the courage to share their own stories and the empathy to listen to others.
The Facing Project

The Facing Project

From Indiana Public Radio

This is the show that seeks to strengthen communities by connecting people through stories. Hosted by the founders of The Facing Project non-profit organization, J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman, each month's show carries a theme and features performances of stories that follow The Facing Project's model. This podcast features extended commentary on the stories, leaving listeners with the courage to share their own stories and the empathy to listen to others.

Most Recent Episodes

S02 E11 - A Shooting in the Heartland

It's been one year since a gunman opened fire in Dayton's Oregon District, killing nine people and injuring 27. It was the 233rd mass shooting of 2019 . . . and one of 107 in the Midwest. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they hear from three survivors from that night, and sit down with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley to discuss A Shooting in the Heartland. Stories Like the Book of Job Dion Green's story as told to Ria Megnin. Performed by Kasaahn Johnson. Unwritten Books Tom McMurtry's story as told to Rick Gebhart. Performed by Saul Caplan Somebody's Child Jason Phillips's story as told to Whitney Bell. Performed by Chris Hahn. Music Used in this Episode "I'm What You'd Be Without Her" by Doctor Turtle\ Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. \ From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E10 - Living While Black in the U.S.A.

The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, and the subsequent protests, have brought to the forefront a renewed conversation on Black lives and the injustices BIPOC folks face each day. But this time, will there be change? Join J.R., Kelsey, and special guest WaTasha Barnes Griffin as they discuss Living While Black in the U.S.A. Stories It Shouldn't Matter\ WaTasha Barnes Griffin's story as told to Seth Carrier-Ladd from Facing Racism in Muncie Indiana. \ Performed by Amanda Hummer. Music Used in this Episode "Been On" by JBlanked\ Released under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. \ From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E09 - First But Never Alone

Half of today's students are the first in their families to attend college. But at a time when college is more expensive than ever, how do these students succeed? On this show, a first-generation student who works 30 hours a week to support her family while balancing classes shares her experience with us; and we sit down with Mary Henley, Director of Pathways to Academic Student Success at Central Michigan University, and one of the administrators who helped the student on her journey. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss First But Never Alone. Stories 47,000 Things\ An anonymous story from Facing College at Central Michigan University.\ Performed by Amanda Hummer. Music Used in This Episode "Rondo" by Pierce Murphy \ Released under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.\ From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E08 - Big Changes in Small Towns

Think about your community . . . What's changed? Was your parents' childhood different from your own? And then ask yourself . . . What do you imagine your community will be like in another generation? On this episode, a man wonders what the future will hold for his small Colorado community; and we sit down with James Fallows, a correspondent from The Atlantic and co-author of Our Towns: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Big Changes in Small Towns. Stories The Evolution of a Small Agricultural Town\ An anonymous story as told to Adam Swanson from Facing Change in Northern Colorado. \ Performed by Carl Frost. Music Used in This Episode "Beat Poets" by Snake Oil Salesmen\ Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License.\ From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E07 - Dying to be Perfect

Mr. Rogers said, "Even though no human being is perfect, we always have the chance to bring what's unique about us to life . . . in a redeeming way." But for some that's easier said than done. On this show, a woman's search for perfectionism leads to a battle with anorexia; and we sit down with Claire Mysko, the CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association and author of You're Amazing!: A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Dying to be Perfect. Stories *More Than a Vase\ ReNae's story as told to Alyssa Witbeck from Facing Depression in Cache Valley, Utah. Performed by Melinda. * Music Used in This Episode "Smiles Throughout the Sky" by Kai Engel\ Released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License. \ From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E06 - Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters

In the span of a life, you'll interact with thousands of people but only a handful of those will impact you in such a way that changes your perspectives and ideologies forever. On this episode, a young chaplain from a conservative, anti-LGBTQ background provides spiritual care to a dying woman whose wife sits at her bedside. We also sit down with the storyteller to learn where he is now. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters. Stories 20 Minutes Changed My Life\ Will Grinstead's story as told to Tom Steiner from Facing LGBTQ+ Pride in Muncie, Indiana. \ Performed by Jay Moorman. Music Used in This Episode "Run Hound" by Cellophane Sam Released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive. "Hymn for the 81%" by Daniel Deitrich Used by special permission from the artist.

S02 E05 - Living to Work and Working to Live

Imagine that you have a sudden illness and your entire life changes. What would happen with your job? On this episode, we hear a story mash up from Des Moines, Iowa: one told from the perspective of an employee whose son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, and the other from her supervisor who became one of her biggest supporters. We also sit down with Miriam Lewis, the chief diversity and inclusion officer for Principal Financial. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Living to Work and Working to Live. Stories This Disease Will Not Define Us Jaci Strube's story as told to Brandy Sexton from Beyond Face Value: A Facing Project by Principal Financial. Performed by Chandra Ford. Showing My Support Sean Dowling's story as told to Allie Windergerst from Beyond Face Value: A Facing Project by Principal Financial. Performed by Larry Beck. Music Used in This Episode "Split Even" by Drake Stafford\ Released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.\ From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E04 - Life Without A Home

More than half a million Americans experience homelessness each night. On this episode of The Facing Project we hear from a man in Fort Wayne, Indiana, who shares his life not as a homeless person . . . but as someone who happens to live. . . outside. We also sit down with Lauren Knill of The Empowerment Plan, an organization that breaks the cycle of homelessness through employment. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Life Without A Home. Stories Outside Living\ James's story as told to Danee Pye from Facing Homelessness in Fort Wayne, Indiana.\ Performed by Michael Brockley. Music Used in This Episode "Friends and Apples" by Alpha Hydrae\ Released under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication.\ From the Free Music Archive.

Presenting "Christmas Gifts": IPR's Live Radio Drama

As a special treat for the holidays, we're proud to bring you our home station's production of "Christmas Gifts", Indiana Public Radio's live radio drama broadcast on Friday, Dec. 13, live from Sursa Performance Hall. Matthew Reeder directs a cast of local talent in a live performance of this story adapted by David Little. "Christmas Gifts" brings two O. Henry stories to life. "Gift of the Magi" and "The Last Leaf" are intertwined to tell a holiday story that spans generations and recreates the magic of old-time live radio programs with community actors, musicians, and foley sound effects.

S02 E03 - Police and Community Relations

How do you view the police in your community? Positively? Negatively, or somewhere in between? Your perspective probably depends on who you are and where you live. We share the story of a police officer in Indiana who recounts his experience as a black officer working in a predominantly black community. And we also sit down with Dr. Kiesha Warren-Gordon, an associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at Ball State University. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Police and Community Relations. Stories The Other Side of the Bar: The Voices That Aren't Heard\ An anonymous story as told to Jakhari Wilbert & Elizabeth Beatrice from Facing Community Policing in Delaware County, Indiana.\ Performed by Chris Mack. Music Used in This Episode "De l'herbe sous les pieds" by Komiku\ Released under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication.\ From the Free Music Archive.

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