7 Minute Stories

7 Minute Stories

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Aaron Calafato uses 7 minute story vignettes to s…
27 - We are all Witnesses
Mar 21 • 7 min
What started out as a heated religious debate between two kids on an elementary school playground, turned into an attack from an unusual suspect… More at https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/
26 - Becoming Donatello
Mar 14 • 8 min
It was 1990, I was 7 years old and I was anticipating the release of greatest film ever made: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Not only this, but I actually believed I was a turtle and had every intention to reveal my true identity to an elementary school…
25 - The Train Incident
Mar 7 • 8 min
On a bright Fall day in 2009, what started out as usual train commute from Eatontown, New Jersey to Manhattan, transformed into a crime scene. I had always loved being on trains. On this day, I would have rather been anywhere else… More at…
24- Chinatown
Feb 28 • 8 min
When I got a call from Jack Nicholson’s executive assistant at 1:00am in the morning, It felt like a “surreal” experience… More at: https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/
23- The Tryout
Feb 21 • 7 min
Years of commitment and preparation led me to this moment. What started as a tryout for my middle school basketball team, transformed into an experience that would shape my entire career. More at: https://www.7minutestoriespod.com
22- The Lineup
Feb 14 • 7 min
When I was 10 years old I spent a summertime at a makeshift daycare. One afternoon there, while playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out on NES, I committed an unintentional crime which was followed by a memorable interrogation. *Note: This episode is a throwback.…
21 - The Fish
Feb 7 • 7 min
At the age of 5 I watched a BBC documentary about the life of fish in the ocean. Days later, I witnessed what I can only describe as a ghost appear in my bedroom. Both experiences united to form an existential crisis that would shape my future… If you are…
20 - The Night-Night Rules
Jan 30 • 7 min
I don’t know if it was divine intervention or just coincidence, but whatever it was, it gave me the strength to make a promise to my daughter that I don’t intend on breaking… If you are enjoying #7minutestories consider supporting us with a donation:…
19 - The Gun
Jan 24 • 8 min
When I was 13 years old I went to visit a new friend. Before going out to play in the woods he took out a gun. What happened next felt life and death… Story created & performed by Aaron Calafato Original art by Pete Whitehead…
18 - The Dream
Jan 17 • 8 min
The night my grandfather slipped into a coma, he came to me in a profound dream… More at: https://www.7minutestoriespod.com
17 - The Blizzard
Jan 8 • 8 min
It was the early 90s and I was a pre-teen. I was in sitting in my grandparents car and the weather outside started to change in a way I had never seen. As we started our drive from Columbus to Cleveland I knew the odds were not in our favor… More at:…
16 - Lady of Maine
Dec 19, 2018 • 8 min
How much do I love storytelling? Well, it was 2012 and I was booked to perform one of my monologues at a theater in Portland, Maine. The only catch was I had to drive nearly 16 hours and endure one of the most unsettling nights of my life. More at:…
15 - Over the River
Dec 13, 2018 • 7 min
I looked at the world differently when I was a child. But when did things change? I remember it was the mid 90s and I went to visit my grandmother in rural Ohio. Her only rule was that I didn’t ride my bike past the gray house… More at:…
14 - The Ice Cream Sandwich
Dec 6, 2018 • 7 min
The second grade. An elementary lunch room. A purple silk shirt. A blossoming new love. History would be made as I courted an older woman for the first time… More at: https://www.7minutestoriespod.com
13 - The Cherry Tree
Nov 28, 2018 • 8 min
The myth of George Washington and the cherry tree made an big impression on my life. But as a young boy, when a police officer caught me vandalizing a house in my neighborhood, the impact of that myth would be put to the test. More at…
12 - The Amish
Nov 21, 2018 • 8 min
I sat at a traffic light and looked at the world falling apart around me. So, I turned my car around and drove until all I saw was corn fields and the Amish. I had found a new possibility. Maybe even a new home. More at: https://www.7minutestoriespod.com
11 - The Phone Call
Nov 13, 2018 • 7 min
I was 30 years old when my daughter was born. Shortly after, I received a phone call from my dad that forecast what the next 30 years may be like. Story created & performed by Aaron Calafato Intro & Outro: Cori Birce Audio Production: Ken Wendt
10 - The Fight
Sep 24, 2018 • 7 min
When I was younger I fought a lot. This time, however, felt different than the rest. I was in over my head and would experience the true power, utility and lasting effect of violence.
9 - The Perfect Day
Sep 5, 2018 • 7 min
I woke up and something was different. From the moment I opened my eyes it seemed like it would be one of those days where nothing could go wrong. Was I right? Or, was this all a dream?
8 - The Nest
Aug 27, 2018 • 7 min
It was the largest yellow jacket nest I’ve ever come across. It was man versus nature and I had to protect my home…
7 - Growing Up in the Rearview
Jul 24, 2018 • 7 min
This episode explores the journey of driving my daughter home from the hospital after she was born and then through years of car rides looking into the rear-view mirror and seeing all the stages of her life.
6 - Emails to My Dead Grandfather
Jul 5, 2018 • 7 min
My grandfather and I were very close. One day, several years after he passed away, I saw that his gmail account profile was active. So, I decided to email him…
5 - The Thirty-Five Year Train Ride
Jun 30, 2018 • 7 min
For the last thirty five years I’ve heard the sound of a train out my window. It’s seems that I’ve been following it my entire life. Next month, I’m moving to the city where all began. Only this time, something is different…
4 - The Summer of Peter Jennings
Jun 21, 2018 • 7 min
A remixed version of a story Aaron did during the 2016 Presidential Election that is more relevant that ever. This episode cleverly explores the transformation of the news into pure entertainment, a nostalgia for Peter Jennings and a call to action for…
3 - The Audition
Jun 15, 2018 • 7 min
After getting off a train at Penn Station and taking in New York City for the first time, I began the odyssey of my first acting audition at the Actors Equity Center.
2 - The Car Accident and the Crucifix
Jun 7, 2018 • 7 min
In episode two I explore a recent car accident I was involved in. The impact took me on a journey that started with a mild concussion and ended in the inside of an EMS vehicle next to the very person who hit me.
1 - The Cruise
May 29, 2018 • 7 min
Welcome to episode one of #7minutestories! A young man who is afraid of boats takes his first carnival cruise shortly after Hurricane Katrina rips through the Gulf coast.