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 E06 - Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters (Rebroadcast)

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. This episode originally broadcast on February 29th, 2020. 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 permission from the artist.

S02 E06 - Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters (Rebroadcast)

S03 E07 - Athletes & Activism

Professional athletes, like any celebrities, have huge followings and can influence positive change; yet they are often expected to temper and censor their statements on politics, social justice, and activism. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they discuss Athletes & Activism. Stories – Momma's Boy Jessie Bates III's story as told to Mitchell Carter from Facing Social Justice in Sports Untitled Trey Moses's story as told to Thomas Deckard from Facing Social Justice in Sports Music – "Spellbound" by Broke For Free\ Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license. \ From the Free Music Archive.

S03 E06 - Hillbilly Queer

The United States is the most divided it has been since the Civil War, yet there are everyday people who are still willing to work together to find a path forward. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they explore identity and family and discuss J.R.'s forthcoming father-son memoir, Hillbilly Queer—a gripping tale of two men who see the world differently, one a gay liberal highbrow and the other a working-class Trump supporter, and their travels together to rural Missouri at the height of the 2016 election to uncover truths about their family's past.

S03 E05 - Autism in Adulthood

In the next decade, 500,000 teens with autism will enter adulthood and age out of school-based services. Adults with autism are less likely to access healthcare, have a job, or pursue a degree beyond high school. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they discuss Autism in Adulthood. Stories – One Day I'll Flap My Arms in Freedom, and No One Will Care Kyle Reninger's story as told to Jason Newman from Facing Autism in Adulthood This is My Son Belinda Hughes's story as told to Ivy Farguheson from Facing Autism in Muncie, Indiana Music – "Warm" by Cambo\ Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.\ From the Free Music Archive.

S03 E04 - Race, Tech, & the Fight for Equity

Today half of women in the tech field are likely to leave their positions by the age of 35. But in the 1970s it was even more challenging to work in the industry as a woman, and especially for a woman of color. But one organization is working to change those stats. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they discuss Race, Tech, and the Fight for Equity. Story – Sink or Swim—In Code\ Dr. Ruby Cain's story as told to Aimee Robertson-West from Facing Racism in Muncie, Indiana Music – "If I Wait" by Sunbyrn\ Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.5) license\ From ccMixter

S03 E03 - Food, Earth, & Sustainability

If all 7 billion people on Earth consumed the amount of resources as the average American, it would be as if the planet were shared with 72 billion people. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they discuss Food, Earth, and Sustainability and chat with two organic farmers who opened their own grocery store. Photo – By Matthias Ripp via Flickr Creative Commons: https://flic.kr/p/J4xXyd. Story – The Downtown Farm Stand: Muncie's Green Grocery\ Dave & Sara Ring's story as told to Becca Foerder & Bryn Marlow from Facing Sustainability in East Central Indiana Music – "Outside the Walls" by Good Old Neon\ Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license. \ From the Free Music Archive.

S03 E02 - The Best of 2020

2020 is the year that never was, but also the year that had it all: fires, floods, protests, murder hornets—a pandemic! With so much unrest and concern about the future, it's easy to overlook the good that's happened in the world. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they take a look back at 2020 and share their favorite stories from everyday people who provide inspiration despite their present-day circumstances. Photo – By Marco Verch via Flickr Creative Commons.

Presenting "Comfort and Joy": An IPR Radio Drama Retrospective

Stay tuned for the next episode of The Facing Project coming very soon, but until then, here is a special holiday gift from our home station. Indiana Public Radio aired a live re-enactment of Orson Welles' famous "War of the Worlds" broadcast on the show's 70th anniversary in 2008. The IPR radio drama has since become an annual holiday tradition at Ball State University, growing over the years as a unique collaboration among community members, Ball State faculty, and Ball State students. "Comfort and Joy, An IPR Radio Drama Retrospective" reveals the process of creating this local holiday tradition and explores why storytelling in this format - "theater of the mind" - has found such an enthusiastic audience in today's fast-paced world.

S03 E01 - Life After 60: The Golden Years

Life after the age of 60 . . . for some, they're living their best lives . . . like, skydiving with friends . . . others are searching for purpose after retirement . . . but it can also be a time of loneliness. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they take call-ins, share stories, and discuss the diversity of Life After 60 . . . the Golden Years. Photo – By Stefan Barna, via Flickr Creative Commons. Stories – Aloha Shirt Man Reflects Upon His Career Michael Brockley's story performed by Michael Brockley. Freeing the Survivor Lylanne Musselman's story as told to Jackie Harris. Performed by Lylanne Musselman. Times to Make a Difference Jay Zimmerman's story as told to Kelsey Timmerman. Performed by Larry Beck. Music – "Summer Sinners" by Jacket Thor Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive. "High Altitude Golden Sunset" by Pulse Emitter Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E02 - Dreaming in America (Rebroadcast)

The American Dream . . . Fact or fiction? For those who come to the U.S. undocumented as children, the future can seem uncertain. We share the story of Daniel, a DACA recipient whose family fled drug cartels and NAFTA trade wars in search of a better life in Oregon. And we also sit down with Janet Arias-Martinez from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C. Join J.R. and Kelsey as they discuss Dreaming in America. This is episode originally broadcast on October 26, 2019. Stories In America I Trust \ *Daniel's story, submitted anonymously through the national Facing Immigration Project.\ Performed by Edgar de Santiago. * Music Used in this Episode "Stage 1 Level 24" by Monplaisir\ Released under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication\ From the Free Music Archive.