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Story Slam: The Moon And Lunacy

Hear five stories about the moon and lunacy from people in Bloomington-Normal.

Ron Hardy tells us a story about the time many years ago when he tried LSD at his own New Year's Eve party. Kristy Zimmerman shares a trip to Mexico about being afraid and overcoming fear. Mark Austill has a story of leading an everyday reasonable life of lunacy. Karla Bailey Smith speaks of losing love and finding new affection under the light of the full moon. And Devon Lovell shares a mystical moonlight experience from a Next to Normal Story Slam.

Lovell has taken to organizing story slams in Bloomington-Normal recently. People get up in front of a small crowd and tell a series of stories from their lives. They have to be true. They have to be personal. And they have to relate to a theme of the evening.

Recently, Lovell paired the stories of these Bloomington-Normal residents with an an art exhibit called "Lunacy" at the McLean County Arts Center, based on the moon and the lunacy it inspires.

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From the connection between love and the moon and the madness that love can inspire, the next storyteller focuses on the other things that can drive us mad and explore the line between lunacy and sanity or where the sane appear mad and the mad, rational. Here is Mark Austill telling us about how we lead lives of ordinary expected lunacy.

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You are listening to stories told recently at the McLean County Arts Center in an event organized by Devon Lovell. The theme is the moon and lunacy. To further ask the question about what is real and what is not, here is Ron Hardy with a long strange trip.
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Kristy Zimmerman brings us back to the theme of the moon and love or maybe how the moon helps you find your stuff. This is about a trip to Mexico where she faces her fears.

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WGLT News Director Charlie Schlenker grew up in Rock Island and graduated from Augustana College. He has spent more than three decades in radio.