7 Minute Stories w/ Aaron Calafato

7 Minute Stories w/ Aaron Calafato

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Aaron Calafato uses 7 minute story vignettes to share his memories, explore his psyche and attempt to make sense of the world.


65 - The Yoga Class
Dec 12 • 8 min
In 2008, I reluctantly attended my first yoga class in New York City. Ten years later, it’s an experience I can’t seem to forget. Be a part of the 7MS Community: https://7minutestoriespod.com
64 - Guest Storyteller: Mr. Klaus
Dec 5 • 12 min
To usher in the Christmas season, I wanted to share a guest story from a man who is the closest thing to the real Santa you’ll ever come across. His name is name Mark Klaus. I interviewed Mark a couple years ago, and in this 7 Minute Segment, he explains…
63 - A Thanksgiving to Remember
Nov 28 • 8 min
Hosting at my house for the first time triggers a poignant memory of Thanksgiving past. Be a part of the 7 Minute Stories community! https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/
62 - (Flashback Episode) The Perfect Day
Nov 21 • 9 min
The Perfect Day was one of the earliest episodes of our podcast series (Episode 9). It’s also one of my personal favorites. Description: It’s the kind of day you live for. The kind of day millions have never had. Be a part of the 7 Minute Stories…
61 - The Bus Ride
Nov 14 • 8 min
A deeply personal story about a challenging time in my life, taking the city bus and the life lessons I learned along the ride. Be a part of the 7 Minute Stories community! https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/
60 - Special Guest: Matt Fish
Nov 7 • 8 min
A conversation about my love of grilled cheese sparks restaurant entrepreneur Matt Fish to talk about his inspiration for the popular MELT bar and grilled. Be a part of the 7 Minute Stories community https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/
59 - Halloween Special: The House in the Woods
Oct 31 • 8 min
I was always skeptical of ghosts, but living in this house made me question everything.
58 - Me, Cameron Crowe and the Myth of Elizabethtown
Oct 24 • 8 min
In pursuit of my dream, I drove down to Louisville, KY to audition for a Cameron Crowe film. What transpired became a story of mythic proportions.
57 - Special Guest: Bill Squire
Oct 17 • 8 min
In 2018, I did an interview with comedian and radio personality Bill Squire. In this 7 minute segment from that conversation, we discuss how comedy can be a vital platform to explore racism in America. More about Bill at https://billsquire.com/
Fan Favorite (Episode 16 - Lady of Maine)
Oct 10 • 8 min
Please enjoy this fan favorite from early on in the 7 minute Story podcast series! 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…
55 - Sunday Sauce
Oct 3 • 8 min
A tasty Italian-American tradition triggers an identity crisis.
54 - Dream until your dream comes true
Sep 26 • 8 min
A story that starts with a dream of becoming an actor in New York City, and ends with a surprise twist involving an unexpected guardian angel…
53 - My way on the highway
Sep 19 • 8 min
A story spanning three generations, guided by the sounds of Frank Sinatra and Eric Clapton, all culminating with an emotional tirade at a local coffee establishment.
52 - Guest Storyteller: Dennis Kucinich
Sep 12 • 12 min
In 2018, Dennis Kucinich was running to become the next Governor of Ohio. During that busy campaign, I sat down with him for an interview. This special episode of 7ms features the most compelling 7 minutes from that conversation. In it, Mr. Kucinich talks…
51: Barnes & Noble: A Love Story
Sep 5 • 8 min
Why do the places where we spend our time mean so much to us? In this story, I explain how a trip to a local Barnes & Noble with my girlfriend became a launching pad for our love story.
Special 50th Episode
Aug 29 • 23 min
This episode breaks format a bit & features a 21 minute conversation between my girlfriend & life partner Cori Birce and I. We reflect back on the last 49 stories, a growing audience, our life together, and looking to the future. You may recognize Cori’s…
49 - Jump on the roof
Aug 22 • 8 min
This story is about an intriguing man named Ernie. I met him in the summer of 2000 while working a summer job. Our chance meeting gave me insight into his tragic past, helped me overcome a secret fear and would ultimately impact both our lives forever.
48 - Me, Paul Harvey and the Farmer
Aug 15 • 8 min
After a turbulent few weeks in America, I took a long drive to search for answers. What I discovered rejuvenated my faith in mankind.
47 - That’s not my friend anymore
Aug 8 • 6 min
Standing over a friend’s casket triggers an internal struggle about consciousness and the soul. Enjoy 7 minute Stories? Keep the story going. https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/support
46 - Remember his face
Aug 1 • 7 min
After crossing paths with a homeless man, a chance conversation leaves us both changed forever. Full transcript of 7ms Episode 46: www.7minutestoriespod.com/episode-transcripts/46
45 - Special Guest: okPANTS
Jul 25 • 11 min
During this 7 minute segment, the artist & creative okPANTS, talks about what motivates him to make a life out of making art. Find out more about okPANTS and his work here: http://www.okpants.com
44 - Where do the memories go?
Jul 18 • 8 min
Where do our memories go after we die? To navigate this question, I explore two very personal memories and then speculate where they may exist outside my own brain.
43 - Stories in a Box
Jul 11 • 8 min
A drawer full of written stories reveal something about my grandfather I never knew… Enjoy 7 Minute Stories? You can support it here: https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/support
42 - Guest Storyteller: Van Jones
Jul 4 • 11 min
For this special 4th of July episode, i’m sharing a 7 minute segment from an interview I did with Van Jones in 2017. I thought it was compelling because the crux of our conversation still speaks to the current state of division we find ourselves in as…
41 - The Crayon Emergency
Jun 27 • 8 min
The story of a how boy’s curiosity and love of crayons ended in a medical mystery that bewildered an entire emergency room. Help keep the story going by supporting 7ms at https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/support
40 - Guest Storyteller: Nina Domingue
Jun 20 • 9 min
In this 7 minute segment I talk with actor, director, playwright & educator Nina Domingue. In it, Nina investigates how the beginning of her artistic journey triggered an experience of self-discovery. Follow Nina on Instagram at…
39 - The Lockout
Jun 13 • 8 min
One moment it was a beautiful Fall day, the next, my two-year-old daughter was trapped inside our house. It was a day that would defy logic and define me as a father…
38 - Special Delivery
Jun 6 • 9 min
A wasp attack, the morning of 9/11 and an anthrax scare. This was just my first few weeks of college and my initiation into the real world… Help keep the story going. Support 7ms at https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/support
37 - TCBY: A Love Story
May 30 • 8 min
The story of how a journey to find a rare frozen yogurt flavor gave me another chance at love. Support 7 Minute Stories at https://www.7minutestoriespod.com/support
36 - Guest Storyteller: Shannon Cason
May 23 • 9 min
This episode features the first official guest to the 7ms Podcast. During this 7 minute segment I talk with fellow storyteller Shannon Cason. We dive into Shannon’s creative process, what inspires some of his stories and something we hope the storytelling…
35 - Mumford’s Son
May 16 • 7 min
The tale of how a hazardous storytelling performance and a chance intersection with a popular musical group taught me how to connect with an audience. Help keep the story going and become a patron of 7 Minute Stories:…
34 - The Pale Blue Dot
May 9 • 8 min
After finding out the Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy are on a collision course, I nearly panicked. But then, after some serendipitous inspiration from the great Carl Sagan, I made a discovery I had to share with one of the most important people…
33 - The Yellow Bird
May 2 • 9 min
The story of how a little yellow bird taught me life lessons about mortality, perseverance and grace. Please remember to subscribe and rate 7 Minute Stories Thanks to this episode’s special musical guest: Frank Ivy https://www.frankivy.com/music Help us…
32 - The Backseat
Apr 25 • 8 min
A broken family. The backseat of a car. No control. Sometimes, during a difficult transition, an unlikely hero will emerge to help you see it through.
31 - The Hunter
Apr 18 • 8 min
Thousands of years ago, humans explored uncharted terrain as hunters and gatherers. Now, in the year 2019, I come face to face with an equally daunting task…
30 - Me and Gary V
Apr 11 • 8 min
I looked down at my phone and saw that Gary Vaynerchuk’s account liked one of my comments on Instagram. What happened next would send me into a spiral of excitement, regret and reflection. Learn more about 7 Minute Stories at…
29 - The Guitar God
Apr 4 • 8 min
A quest to become the greatest rock guitar player on the planet all culminates into one life-altering audition.
28 - The Injury
Mar 28 • 8 min
What started out as an exceptional day on the basketball court ended in a hilarious trip the to the emergency room…
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.