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

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.

E02 – Seeing Yourself Reflected in the World

J.R. and Kelsey talk about J.R.'s experience of growing up gay in Cowan, Indiana, and how we often find what we need in the most unlikely of places. Stories 1. Becoming Limitless: No Tengo Limites: Josephina Flores's Story as told to Ana Gomez from Facing Access to Higher Education in Los Angeles, California. Performed by Melinda Messineo. 2. More Than My Chair: Morgan's Story as told to Sammy Voors from Facing the Future Beyond High School in Ada, Ohio. Performed by Jo Robertson. Music used in this episode • "coelum" by Kai Engel Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive • "Scattered Light" by David Hilowitz Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive

E01 – Unity

J.R. and Kelsey share the inspiration behind The Facing Project and why bringing people together across borders and through stories is more important than ever. Stories 1. The Anger is Mine: Richard McKinney's Story as told to Tom Steiner from Facing Racism in Muncie, Indiana. Performed by Drew Vidal. 2. From Khwara Banda to Muncie, Indiana: Mohammad Saber Bahrami's Story as told to Bibi Bahrami from Facing Home in Muncie, Indiana. Performed by Bryn Marlow. Music and production by Sean Ashcraft.

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