Arc Stories

Arc Stories
True, Personal Stories Told in the Southern Tradition

108 - That’s the Way Love Goes
Feb 14 • 28 min
Two stories of dates that don’t go quite as planned. Which ends in love and which in heartache? You’ll have to listen to find out..
107 - Tis the Season 2019
Dec 25, 2019 • 29 min
Two stories about some out-of-the-ordinary Christmas celebrations, one where our teller breaks an important rule and another where our teller celebrates for the very first time.
106 - I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Dec 18, 2019 • 29 min
Two stories about families longing and looking for missing lost loved ones during the holidays..
105 - An Unconventional Holiday
Dec 11, 2019 • 29 min
Two stories about people who make the unusual choice to celebrate the holidays a little outside the norm.
104 - Good Old Fashioned Family Holiday
Dec 4, 2019 • 36 min
Two stories about some pretty unique holidays families celebrated together that seemed to only make them all the more special.
103 - See What Had Happened Was
Aug 23, 2019 • 26 min
Two stories that prove you shouldn’t judge a story just by what he seems to be about. Wait until you get all the details, and you might not believe what you hear.
102 - From the Ashes
Jun 14, 2019 • 27 min
Two stories that show how any situation, or more specifically any relationship, can be redeemed with the right perspective.
101 - For the Love
May 31, 2019 • 31 min
Two stories about the lengths we’ll go to for the people, and the places and things, we love.
100 - You’re Never Gonna Believe It
May 17, 2019 • 32 min
Two outrageous stories where one storyteller find herself stranded in a foreign land and another where our teller sheds her old skin.
99 - Better Together
May 2, 2019 • 34 min
Two stories about the unexpected challenges and cooperation needed in the journey of adoption and orphan care.
98 - Roots 2019
Apr 19, 2019 • 31 min
Two stories about the kinds of trouble we can get up to in the great outdoors.
97 - Woulda Coulda Shoulda
Apr 4, 2019
Two stories about how things should have gone a different way than they did.
96 - What’s Love Got to Do with It
Feb 14, 2019 • 34 min
Two stories of how people meet and fall in love and how different those stories can be, one from childhood and another from later in adulthood.
95 - The Things We Do for Love
Jan 30, 2019 • 24 min
There’s no end to the list of things people will do in the pursuit of love. That’s true for the women in this episode’s stories, but for one it’s about what she does after she finds it while for the other it’s what she’ll endure as she searches for it.
94 - No Shame
Jan 16, 2019 • 27 min
Most of us will go to great lengths to avoid embarrassment, but that doesn’t mean we’re always successful, a lesson both of our storytellers learn in this episode.
93 - Reflections
Jan 2, 2019 • 36 min
The new year can be a time for reflection, and that’s true for our storytellers today, only they’re reflecting on holidays they weren’t sure they were going to get through.
92 - Festive Favorites
Dec 12, 2018 • 46 min
Three favorite holiday stories from our archives that each show even though our celebrations may not go exactly as planned, they can still be pretty memorable.
91 - Daddy’s Girl
Nov 14, 2018 • 23 min
Two stories about impact father’s can make on their daughters and vice versa.
90 - Spooked 2018
Oct 31, 2018 • 36 min
Two stories about the fear and fright that can invade our lives when we least expect it.
89 - Humiliated
Sep 28, 2018 • 25 min
Two absolutely embarrassing stories that involve a prank gone wrong and a really unfortunate plumbing problem.
88 - Fit to be Filmed
Sep 13, 2018 • 33 min
Two stories from our most recent live event with the Sidewalk Film Festival, each deserving to be a movie in its own right. A young man goes on a wilderness adventure with his best friend, and a young girl hits the high seas with her dad.
87 - Not Quite As Planned
Aug 29, 2018 • 33 min
Two guys have two very important conversations with two very special women. Spoiler alert: things don’t go quite as planned.
86 - On the Clock
Aug 15, 2018 • 31 min
Two stories from our most recent live event, both about connections we can make in the workplace and the places those connections lead us.
85 - Hot Summer Nights
Jun 20, 2018 • 29 min
Two stories from our most recent live event, both about the way the summer heat tests the ties that bind our families together.
84 - Peculiar Clientele
Jun 6, 2018 • 35 min
Two stories about the craziness we can get into when simply trying to do our jobs.
83 - Roots 2018
May 23, 2018 • 27 min
A young woman comes of age as she engages a unique aspect of southern culture, and a young man learns some important lessons he realizes he missed while growing up in the South.
82 - Lessons from Mom
May 9, 2018 • 36 min
Two stories featuring the lessons moms teach us and the sacrifices they make for us.
81 - Brotherly Love
Apr 25, 2018 • 32 min
Their brothers lead our storytellers down some pretty sketchy paths, but because of their love, they hold on tight and go along for the ride.
80 - Compromising Situations
Apr 11, 2018 • 24 min
A man gives new definition to the phrase “walk of shame,” and a boy gets a whole new look at his childhood hero.
79 - Hell Hath No Fury
Mar 28, 2018 • 24 min
One young woman let’s a boy in her neighborhood know his time is up, and another goes to great lengths to try to secure a party invite.
78 - #WCW
Mar 14, 2018 • 29 min
One young woman tries to navigate the highs and lows of first love and another find herself on quite an adventurous vacation with her mother.
77 - We Shall Overcome
Feb 28, 2018 • 34 min
Two stories about growing up in the Civil Rights era, including one man’s experience of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and one woman’s confrontation with the infamous Bull Connor.
76 - Two to Tango
Feb 14, 2018 • 25 min
Our two storytellers try to make the most of many opportunities to find their own partner with whom to dance through life.
75 - In Pursuit of Love
Jan 31, 2018 • 37 min
74 - Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh
Jan 3, 2018 • 32 min
73 - Santa Letters
Dec 20, 2017 • 35 min
A young man writes one last letter to Santa, and a mom writes her kids a letter both from and about Santa.
72 - Tis the Season 2017
Dec 14, 2017 • 29 min
71 - Christmas Catastrophes
Nov 29, 2017 • 29 min
70 - Religion and Politics
Nov 15, 2017 • 36 min
69 - Spooked 2017
Oct 31, 2017 • 33 min
A young man takes a scary camp story a little too far, and a woman’s weekend on Murder Creek is tragically interrupted.
68 - Hauntings
Oct 18, 2017 • 37 min
A man and a friend dig up a skeleton from their town’s past, and a young woman confronts a ghost from her husband’s past.
67 - Bumps in the Night
Oct 5, 2017 • 36 min
A guy tries to keep trespassers from messing with the bodies in his shed, and a woman and her friends experience regret when they actually find what they were looking for.
66 - Fight or Flight
Sep 20, 2017 • 38 min
A young girl literally fights for her life, and a woman takes a stand against unwelcome house guests.
65 - Projections
Sep 6, 2017 • 27 min
A young woman pursues her hero and a young man seeks to honor his grandfather.
64 - Something to Say
Aug 23, 2017 • 34 min
A young preacher tries to convince his flock of the truth, and a young boy tries to understand his relationship with his parents.
63 - Thicker Than Water
Aug 9, 2017 • 36 min
A young woman wrestles with the veracity of her father’s stories, and a young man struggles to discover his grandmother’s affection.
62 - Family Heritage
Jul 26, 2017 • 29 min
A young woman meets her parents for the very first time, and a young man adopts his mother’s mantra.
61 - Family Heroes
Jul 12, 2017 • 35 min
One man strives to become the hero for his family, and a woman attempts to understand and live up to the legacy of her family’s hero.
60 - Bad Ideas
Jun 28, 2017 • 31 min
A young girl attempts to change the minds of her classmates while also possibly offending everyone, and a young man, not knowing what else to do, just keeps heading north.
59 - Uncharted
Jun 14, 2017 • 41 min
Three stories about navigating the uncharted waters of new job responsibilities. Each of these storytellers think they’re more than prepared only discover that’s not quite the case.
58 - New Light
May 31, 2017 • 27 min
Two stories where our storytellers discover new qualities about some of their closest family members when they have the opportunity to see them in a new light.
57 - Word to Your Mother
May 17, 2017 • 38 min
Two stories in celebration of moms and just how strong they are. One has her strength tested by her son and another by her husband.
56 - Watch Your Words
May 3, 2017 • 29 min
Two stories about how our words can actually hurt us. A young woman gets herself into a fight, and a guy gets himself cursed, all because of what they say.
55 - Roots
Apr 19, 2017 • 35 min
Two stories about the nature of the South and specifically about growing up in the great outdoors. A boy battles a chicken and a girl joins her father in going up against some honeybees.
54 - Man vs. Wild
Apr 5, 2017 • 34 min
Two stories of men who come up against hostile members of the animal kingdom. One tries to get away, and the other tries to stand his ground.
53 - Not-So-Constructive Criticism
Mar 22, 2017 • 26 min
A girl attempts to pull one over on her teacher mother, and a young man fails at avoiding an unwanted spotlight.
52 - Rites of Passage
Mar 8, 2017 • 35 min
Three coming-of-age stories involving fathers and sons including a son who wishes for more time with his dad, another who tries to fill in the gaps his dad left, and father trying to do everything possible for his son.
51 - We Shall Overcome
Feb 22, 2017 • 34 min
Two stories about growing up in the Civil Rights era, including one man’s experience of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and one woman’s confrontation with the infamous Bull Connor.
50 - More Than Words
Feb 8, 2017 • 31 min
Two storytellers find themselves in unexpected and ridiculous situations, one in celebration of love and the other in complete avoidance of it.
49 - Brimming with Confidence
Jan 25, 2017 • 25 min
One man ignores sound advice and a young woman fails to get her message across, yet both are completely assured of their success.
48 - She Shall Overcome
Jan 11, 2017 • 32 min
Two women seize unique opportunities and blaze their own paths, one to start love anew and another to overcome heartbreak.
47 - Christmas Magic
Dec 21, 2016 • 28 min
Two stories about how grandmothers can conjure up holiday wizardry like no one else can.
46 - The Thought That Counts
Dec 14, 2016 • 30 min
Two stories about how the lives of our storytellers and those around them are forever impacted by a Christmas present from their youth, but neither of them are anything you’d guess.
45 - Christmas Catastrophes
Dec 7, 2016 • 31 min
One woman tries to make her daughter’s first Christmas as magical as it can be, and a father attempts to come to a compromise when it comes to Santa’s presence in his house. Spoiler alert: things don’t turn out that well for either one.
44 - Holiday Hijinks
Nov 30, 2016 • 28 min
We’ve gone weekly for the holidays. In today’s episode, one family celebrates Christmas by torturing their children to the point of tears as often as possible, and a young man tortures himself as he searches desperately to discover if his Christmas…
43 - Family Matters
Nov 23, 2016 • 30 min
Two stories to remind us to be thankful for our families, or at least that our storytellers should be thankful for theirs. A young man figures out the family secret about his two spinster aunts, and a young woman joins her grandfather in combat to defend…
42 - Semper Fi
Nov 9, 2016 • 34 min
In honor of Veterans Day, two stories of brothers-in-arms: one separated from those he loves by war and another who discovers a new love in the midst of war.
41 - Spooked
Oct 26, 2016 • 48 min
Our special Halloween episode. One guy runs for his life when he finds himself in a real-life slasher flick, and another guy’s friendly prank turns into something else when he pushes things a bit too far.
40 - Mistaken Identity
Oct 12, 2016 • 34 min
A woman receives a troubling diagnosis, and a guy gains new understanding about who both he and his father are following his arrest.
39 - Go! Fight! Win!
Sep 28, 2016 • 29 min
A guy tries to get himself put back together again, and a woman and her daughter find themselves in completely over their heads.
38 - First Things First
Sep 14, 2016 • 27 min
Two stories of firsts, one in the pursuit of a dream and another in the pursuit of love.
37 - School Ties
Aug 31, 2016 • 34 min
A man discovers his life-calling in rectifying wrongs perpetrated by his own family, a woman finds a quality use of her theater degree, and a girl learns she has much more support than she ever thought possible.
36 - Lost in Translation
Aug 19, 2016 • 39 min
One woman struggles to translate great personal tragedy for both herself and others, and a young man attempts to cross cultural barriers while staying with a family in Japan.
35 - From the Heart of the South
Aug 3, 2016 • 37 min
A woman finds out whether or not you really can go home again, and a boy gets taken for the ride of his life.
34 - A Little Dose of Positivity
Jul 20, 2016 • 36 min
One man attempts to reconcile with a childhood friend he betrayed years before, and another recounts how his experiences as a child with his grandmother prepared him for a future career.
33 - Tragic Travels
Jul 6, 2016 • 36 min
One man does his best to save the life of his friend when they encounter an unexpected travel companion, and another encounters disaster when trying to travel home with his newly adopted son.
32 - Daddy Issues
Jun 22, 2016 • 26 min
One man reflects on what good he received from his father, and another tries to get his kids to actually do some good for somebody else.
31 - Flipped
Jun 8, 2016 • 35 min
Three women have their perspectives completely flipped around: one inside an abortion clinic, another in conversation with a holocaust survivor, and a third after a brush with death.
30 - River Rats
May 25, 2016 • 33 min
In honor of the summer, we’re taking a trip down the river, as all good Southerners should. One young man is stuck on a boat with some of the more eccentric members of his family and another is forced to whether a terrible storm.
29 - Awkward Situations
May 11, 2016 • 30 min
A woman is sent on a very important errand for a bride, and man learns his father isn’t who he thought he was.
28 - Lessons Learned
Apr 27, 2016 • 39 min
One man can’t believe what he sees on his business’s security feed, and another is forced to confront his own guilt.
27 - Labor of Love
Apr 13, 2016 • 31 min
A woman attempts to help another in labor, and a young man discovers his purpose in life through his interaction with a student.
26 - Nine to Five
Mar 30, 2016 • 36 min
One young man uses his voice and vocation to change the world for the better, and another just tries to get the job done without making too much of a mess of things.
25 - Lasting Impressions
Mar 16, 2016 • 31 min
One guy thinks he might have a chance with a celebrity crush from his childhood and another is fascinated by his classmate’s glass eye.
24 - Hot Water
Mar 2, 2016 • 31 min
A guy gets in trouble with the TSA, and a girl finds herself in a precarious situation with an enigmatic “client.”
23 - Unlucky in Love
Feb 17, 2016 • 32 min
A guy throws caution to the wind and a girl fakes passing out, all in the name of love.
22 - How Did I Get Here?
Feb 3, 2016 • 39 min
A woman is accosted by her date over what constitutes a chip, and a man and his son attempt to transport honey bees with disastrous results.
21 - Surprising Results
Jan 20, 2016 • 31 min
One young man stumbles upon an unexpected horror and another develops a highly unlikely friendship.
20 - New Year New You
Jan 6, 2016 • 28 min
A man discovers just how much better his ex is without him, and a woman attempts to overcome her delinquent past.
19 - Scary Funny
Oct 23, 2015 • 24 min
One man comes to face-to-face with death and another with religious fanatics.
18 - Threats and Intruders
Oct 7, 2015 • 17 min
One guy sleeps through a home invasion white another thinks he’s being “attacked” at work.
17 - Freedom Rider
Sep 10, 2015 • 35 min
A woman has a personal encounter with the notorious Bull Connor during one of the Freedom Rides in 1961.
16 - Simple But Significant Moments
Aug 28, 2015 • 27 min
A guy worries he missed an important moment, and a woman reflects on one she’ll never forget.
15 - Traveling Outside the Comfort Zone
Aug 13, 2015 • 33 min
A guy gives a cautionary tale from his experience on a greyhound bus, and a young woman warns against the troubles of traveling through Ukraine.
14 - The Mystery of Motherhood
Jul 30, 2015 • 31 min
A woman tracks down who’s attempting to steal her motherhood and a guy takes his own mother’s lessons as he tries to be a mother himself.
13 - Creeper Cop
Jul 16, 2015 • 13 min
A young woman discovers a helping hand can sometimes get a little too touchy-feely.
12 - From the Vault
Jun 25, 2015 • 30 min
Two stories from our very first event ever. A woman and her family are haunted by a zombie squirrel and a young man almost burns down Texas. Note to listener: recordings are poor. May want to use headphones.
11 - Grand Gestures
Jun 3, 2015 • 27 min
One man does his best to live as if he’s in a romantic comedy, and another learns the lengths to which his father went to show he loved his son.
10 - Family Dynamics
May 20, 2015 • 31 min
One man grows his family at a pace he definitely didn’t expect, and another tries to deal with his daughter’s crap…literally.
9 - Leaps of Faith
May 6, 2015 • 30 min
Two women take leaps of faith, one literal, the other figurative, and in doing so, both discover something about themselves.