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Next to Normal Story Slam


Next to Normal Story Slam is a monthly storytelling event held at the McLean County Arts Center. People tell personal stories that revolve around a chosen theme. It is an opportunity to listen, connect and share. Segments are periodically shared on GLT's Sound Ideas.

Amidst the everyday details of our life, there are stories. Next to Normal lies the extraordinary.

Story Slam: My Hip-Hop Education

May 20, 2019

Stefen Robinson is a father, partner, musician, teacher, and revolutionary. He's also a pretty rad dude.

Tristan speaks
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This is the season for graduation speeches. Here is one, of sorts, from a Next to Normal Story Slam at the McLean County Arts Center. Story Slam stories are true experiences and from the heart.

The latest Next To Normal Story Slam is about getting schooled, stories about education in the classroom and out.

Story Slam: Schooled By Her Students

May 10, 2019

People learn in classrooms. They learn from parents. They learn from friends. Sometimes painfully, they learn from life.

Stories told in the Next to Normal Story Slams each month at the McLean County Arts Center are often funny. This one not so much.

It shows in a scary way that teaching can be full of the unexpected. Chris Belt is an English teacher at Normal Community High School. Seven years ago Belt was in school when a troubled teen took a classroom hostage and a shooting incident happened.

backlit branches with shadows on a wall.
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Many people will be flying for the holidays. Here's a story about airplanes, the way they used to be, taken from a recent Next To Normal Story Slam held at the McLean County Arts Center and produced by Devon Lovell.

Kathy Davis is a former flight attendant. She's writing a book about her 35-year career called "Coffee, Tea, or Peas."

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Here's a story of change, of resisting change, fearing change, realizing change, and then accepting it.

A studio picture of storyteller Brenda Huber
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The Fourth of July holiday is all about mom and apple pie, as well as the nation's founding. Here is a different story of motherhood.