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

S01 E12 - The End is a New Beginning

J.R. and Kelsey reflect on Season 1 and explore the adage: When one door closes, another always opens. Stories Times to Make a Difference: A man facing the end of his life reflects on the legacy he'll leave behind. Jay Zimmerman's story as told to Kelsey Timmerman from "A Midsummer Night's Narrative: Stories of Unity in Delaware County, Indiana. A Facing Project Storytelling Festival." Performed by Larry Beck. A Shift in Perspective . . . And Ryan Reynolds: *An individual who lost the love of their life starts over in a new community. *Dallas Sanford's story as told to Jessika Griffin from "Facing LGBTQ+ Pride," a Facing Project in Muncie, Indiana. Performed by David Welty. Music Used in this Episode "sense of wonder" by fwimmygoat Released under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive. "Being" by Ryan Anderson Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. From the Free Music Archive. "New Dawn" by David Hilowitz Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence. From the Free Music Archive.

S01 E11 - Stories that Inspire Action

J.R. and Kelsey discuss Facing Project stories that have created tangible change in communities. Stories Daddy's Little Girl: A story from Georgia that inspired a kiosk to educate air travelers in the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. *Casey's story as told to Yewande Austin from "Facing Sex Trafficking: Atlanta's Dirty Little Secret." Performed by Yewande Austin. * *The Story of a Mother: *A story from Kansas that led to the development of an on-campus food pantry. An Anonymous Story as told to Autumn Snesrud from "Facing Hunger in Manhattan, Kansas," a Facing Project organized by Kansas State University. Performed by Chandra Ford. Music used in this episode "Soundboy" by 4bstr4ck3r\ Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License.\ From the Free Music Archive.

S01 E10 - The Depths of Addiction

J.R. and Kelsey discuss the impacts of addiction with a personal revelation for listeners. Stories Artificial Happiness: A man gives an honest response to what his life is like living in the throes of addiction. Devin Thorp's Story as told to Samantha Mattlin from "Facing Addiction in East Central Indiana." Performed by Carl Frost. Breaking Cycles: A woman changes her life to help her kids and, ultimately, others. An anonymous story as told to Cara W. and Jessica T. from "Behind the Faces of Criminal Justice in Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin: A Facing Project." Performed by Laura Williamson. Music used in this episode "The Decision" by Loyalty Freak Music Released under a CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication. From the Free Music Archive. "Sediment, Part 3: PIANO 3" by nordbeck Released under an Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) License. From the Internet Archive. "Effemeah Weeps" by Uncan Released under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive.

S01 E09 - Life After the Bomb

J.R. and Kelsey explore what happens when life changes in an instant. Stories When the Bomb Went Off: A woman forced from her home as a child by nuclear testing in the Bikini Islands reflects on the aftermath of that fateful day. Mary's story as told to Anna Kelley from "Facing Diversity—Marshallese Stories, a Facing Project in Dubuque, Iowa." Performed by Debby Girtman The Worst and Best Days of My Life: A man whose life changed shortly after he tucked his kids in for the night finds peace through the darkest hours. Brad Daugherty's story as told to Ruthie Shellabarger from "A Midsummer Night's Narrative: Stories of Unity in Delaware County, Indiana. A Facing Project Storytelling Festival." Performed by Bill Inman. Music used in this episode "Il y a un bout de ciel bleu" by Monplaisir Released under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication. From the Free Music Archive. "Fire Tree" by Axletree Released under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive.

S01 E08 - Empathy & Proximity

J.R. and Kelsey discuss if ignorance is bliss or if awareness is the key to happiness. Stories Ask: A mom asks people to see her daughter with autism for who she is. Dana William's story as told to Clarissa Bowers from "Facing Autism in Muncie, Indiana." Performed by Melinda Messineo. Stand Up: A man who comes out of the closet later in life stands up for himself . . . and ultimately . . . for others. Bob Carr's story as told to Meaghan Summers from "Facing Intolerance at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio." Performed by Larry Beck. Music used in this episode "The Ants Built A City On His Chest" by Doctor Turtle. Licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive.

E07 – Walk in My Shoes

J.R. and Kelsey reflect on alone time and finding the space for self-acceptance. Stories Chasing the Sunset: A man with autism and bi-polar disorder gives a peek inside of his mind and explores a friendship that helped him discover that no challenge in life is too difficult to overcome. Shannon Brown's story as told to Jamie Reese from "Facing Disabilities in East Central Indiana." Performed by Brian Meekin. Breaking a Mold that Shouldn't Exist: A college student decides that self-love is more important than letting other people define her worth. Elizabeth's story as told to Morgan McGrath from "Facing Perfection at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina." Performed by Angie Rogers-Howell. Music used in this episode "Warm" by Cambo. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive. "Finger Cut" by Vernon Lenoir. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License. From the Free Music Archive.

E06 – Finding Strength in Your Story

J.R. and Kelsey talk about how painful stories are often the ones that provide a sense of strength. Stories Dear Mom & Dad: An Anonymous Story as told to Jeff Perri from Facing Sex Trafficking in Atlanta, Georgia. Performed by Drew Vidal. You're Not Alone: Annie's Story as told to Carli Scalf from Safety in Love in Muncie: A Facing Project. Performed by Kristie Inman. Music used in this episode "Mr Brown is Outta Town" by Hammer of Hathor. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License. From the Free Music Archive. "Cloud Launching" by Little Glass Men. Licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive.

E05 – The Legacy of Stories

J.R. and Kelsey discuss the man with two spleens, the great dynamite incident of 1961, and how legacy is more than instilling values; it's valuing what's come before. Also in this episode, the two unveil an easy way to engage with The Facing Project and how to get your story featured on this show. Stories My Grandbaby: Linda Woods's Story from Neighborhood Narratives in Dayton, Ohio: A Facing Project. Performed by Chandra Ford. Remembrance of a Legacy: An Anonymous Story as told to Tessa Smith from Facing Change: Exploring Community in Northern Colorado—A Facing Project. Performed by Bill Inman. Music used in this episode "If You Won't Choose Me" by Pierce Murphy. Licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive. "Bethena (A Concert Waltz)" by Scott Joplin. Performed by Tom Pascale. Music in the Public Domain. Recording released for non-profit use from the Piano Society project. "Windswept" by Kevin MacLeod. Licensed under an Attribution 3.0 International (CC BY 3.0) License. From the Free Music Archive.

E04 – Connecting Across Difference

J.R. and Kelsey explore connecting across difference in a world divided. 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. Hearts & Homes: Katie Flesch's Story as told to Kate DeVantier from Facing Intolerance in Springfield, Ohio. Performed by Laura Williamson. Music used in this episode "my bloody beating heart" by kitchenromance. Licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive. "Bufflehead" by Chad Crouch. Licensed under an Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 International License. From the Free Music Archive.

E03 – Giving Thanks

J.R. and Kelsey discuss lessons learned from gratitude and Kelsey's latest book, Where Am I Giving? A Global Adventure Exploring How to Use Your Gifts and Talents to Make a Difference. Stories A Brothership Memoir: Kelsey Timmerman's Story as told to Michael Brockley from Mentoring in Muncie–A Facing Project. Performed by Akil Thompson. Inextinguishable, Wholly: Pat's Story as told to J.R. Jamison from Facing Poverty in Delaware County, Indiana. Performed by Debby Girtman. Music used in this episode "Summer Pride" by Loyalty Freak Music. Released to the Public Domain. From the Free Music Archive. "I Leaned My Back Against an Oak (after The Water is Wide)" by Axletree. Licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. From the Free Music Archive.

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