Saint Louis Stories
Saint Louis Stories attends to the places and people that shape the city of Saint Louis. This podcast series captures and contextualizes the voices in and of the city so that listeners can better engage in shaping Saint Louis.
Saint Louis Stories episodes are produced by students in Saint Louis University's Writing Program and Rhetoric, Writing and Technology emphasis. Our students select and investigate a topic currently underway in Saint Louis and its surrounding environs using both primary and secondary sources (interviews, observations, background research), and then plan, produce, and distribute an audio story with this topic as its subject matter. Saint Louis Stories is hosted and produced in conjunction with the Digital Media Studio in the Computer Assisted Instruction Lab at Saint Louis University's Department of English.
Audio pushes us to treat storytelling as multidimensional. Audio stories are produced in layers: narration, interviews, ambient sounds, sound effects and music. Audio attends to the depths of stories. Audio storytelling, with its emphasis on sound, likewise tunes us to the embodied dimensions of stories. Sound hits the ear; it is storytelling that literally impacts an audience. Composing with sound intensifies storytelling.