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

S04 E02 - Afghanistan, My Neighbor

In August, over 200,000 Afghans fled their country in a matter of days, adding to the 2.5 million who left in the months prior to the Taliban takeover. But where did they go and what would be their fate? Join J.R. Jamison as he explores the past and present of Afghanistan, and shares the story of Dr. Mohammad Saber Bahrami—a man who fled the country after the Soviets invaded in 1979 and made Muncie, Indiana his new home. Later in the show, J.R. is joined by Dr. Bahrami's wife, Bibi Bahrami, the founder and president of AWAKEN, a nonprofit organization that provides key educational programs, vocational opportunities, health care services, and timely emergency assistance to women and children in Afghanistan, and works with Afghan refugees to ensure that the systems, structures, and support are in place to help them thrive in their new home. Story included in this episode – From Khwara Banda to Muncie\ Dr. Mohammad Saber Bahrami's story as told to Bibi Bahrami from A Midsummer Night's Narrative: Stories of Home, performed by Bryn Marlow Music used in this episode courtesy of Sean Ashcraft. Used by permission.

S04 E01 - Beyond the Binary

Bathrooms. Pronouns. Sports. These are a few of the topics in which transgender people have become the center of a debate on who is allowed to exist and where. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they explore Beyond the Binary and share the stories of a trans man's journey with hormone therapy; a non-binary person who found acceptance at home; and a pastor who struggled with her faith and identity before finding peace. Later in the show, they are joined by Charlize Jamieson, a transgender "book" in the Human Library.   Image – Non-Binary Pride Flag, inspired by Kye Rowan. Stories – Superman Shea Hollis Beal's story as told to Cory Ross from Facing Intolerance in Springfield, Ohio, performed by Patrick Oneal They Will Always Be My Child C.S. Hendershot's story as told to Tania Said from Facing LGBTQ+ Pride in Muncie, Indiana, performed by C.S. Hendershot Awake Pastor Avery Sledge's story as told to Kailey Mau from Facing Intolerance in Springfield, Ohio, performed by Charlize Jamieson Music – "The Dweller on Coyote Hill" by Little Glass Men Released under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive. "You Are a Child" by State Shirt Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license. From the Free Music Archive.

S02 E08 - Big Changes in Small Towns (Rebroadcast)

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. This episode originally broadcast on April 25th, 2020. 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.

S03 E09 - Covert Racism

Racism has existed for millennia, but as laws and time have passed it can now show up in covert ways. Join J.R. Jamison as he shares the stories of three women—one Black, one Muslim, and one Native American—and what their lives are like in a mid-sized Midwestern community, and he sits down with Yvonne Thompson, Director of the Human Rights Commission, to talk about what everyday people can do to combat discrimination. Stories – The Question Mark Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins's story as told to Lizz Alezetes from Facing Racism in Muncie, performed by Chandra Ford The Need to Belong: The Life of a Muslim in America Heather Gilvary Hamad's story as told to Angela Jackson-Brown from Facing Racism in Muncie, performed by Amy Leffingwell A Person Without a Story, A Person Without a Name Christine Satory's story as told to Michael Brockley from Facing Racism in Muncie, performed by Dr. Melinda Messineo Music – "Anti-Exposed Video" by Captive Portal Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive. "Candy Moon Mandala" by Dave Keifer Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive.

S03 E08 - The Invisible Poor

Poverty is everywhere, but we like to pretend it doesn't exist and could never happen to us. Yet 38 million Americans live in poverty. Join J.R. Jamison and Kelsey Timmerman as they share a story of a woman who sees home as more than a physical space, and a story of a homeless man who wants to be seen. Stories – It's Not a Shelter, It's My Home Sonya Johnson's story as told to Angie Rogers-Howell from A Midsummer Night's Narrative: Stories of Home, performed by Terry Whitt Bailey Questioning Homelessness "James's" story as told to Matt Pulford from Facing Hope in Rome, Georgia, performed by Curtis Mardis Music – "Foolin'" by Nangdo Released under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. From the Free Music Archive. "something" by airtone Released under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) license. From the Free Music Archive.

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