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Everything Is Stories

An ongoing audio survey of individuals who have experienced transcendence and/or power of the will. No story will be considered too troubled, no atmosphere too strange.Needed: tales from the underground, the underdog, the outlaw, and the outcast. Genuine characters of all kinds welcome.Everything Is Stories explores unconventional narratives of the past and present to preserve the eccentric, the authentic, and the personal.Produced by Mike Martinez and Tyler Wray.For dialogue and more information about the project write to: stories@eisradio.org

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018 These Executions

A story of public relations and lethal injection. Michelle Lyons witnessed over 270 executions carried out by the state of Texas. At age 22, Lyons started reporting for The Huntsville Item, which gave her the opportunity to see her first lethal injection. In 2001, she became the Director of Public Information for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), a spokesperson for 110 prisons across the state. Here, Lyons talks the politics of death row, the infamous Walls Unit execution chamber, and processing her emotions death after death. Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Music by Silent Isle http://anastasiaclarke.info http://silentisle.bandcamp.com Episode 018 is sponsored by Audible. Get a free audio book of your choice at http://audiblepodcast.com/eisradio/


23 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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017 Anything For A Witness

A story of justice found within the shape of a face. Lois Gibson is considered by many to be the most successful forensic artist in the world. Using skills in art, witness interviewing, and facial reconstruction, Gibson has helped solve over 1,200 cases by sketching portraits of both victims and criminals all over the United States. In 2005, she was even placed in the Guinness Book of World Records because of her success in suspect identifications. EIS finds Gibson at her home in Spring, Texas where she tells stories of an early career in modeling, surviving a brutal attack, and her fascination with faces. Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Music by High Aura'd and Mike Shiflet http://highaurad.bandcamp.com http://editionsshiflet.tumblr.com Episode 017 is sponsored by Audible. Get a free audio book of your choice at http://audiblepodcast.com/eisradio/


30 Oct 2015

Rank #2

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002 Other Worlds

Two stories from those who challenge reality by contacting other spirits, dimensions, portals, and voids. How? Ancient mind-altering ceremonies and leaps of faith. Diego Palma is a healer. Kush is a shaman. Both are located in Peru. Their methods for spiritual discovery include medicine songs, mantras, icaros, tobacco smoke, and ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a brew made from the caapi vine and the chacruna shrub. Amazonas have used ayahuasca for centuries. When ingested, it opens the mind to cosmic possibilities.   Peter Gersten is a retired lawyer. In 1987, he sued the United States Government for UFO information. Years later, Gersten began following visions and signs which led him to Sedona, Arizona. He began to believe reality was a simulation that could be manipulated by action. On December 21, 2012, Gersten traveled to the top of Bell Rock, a butte with an elevation of 600 ft. There, he believed a portal would open that could take him to the center of the universe, but only if he jumped into it. Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray. Music By Kwaidan http://batheticrecords.com/release/make-all-the-hell-of-dark-metal-bright/ Locrian http://www.locrianband.com/ William Cody Watson http://pinkpriest.bandcamp.com/


14 Feb 2014

Rank #3

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003 As I Have Gone Alone In There

A story from someone who creates adventure in the 21st century. After surviving cancer, Forrest Fenn, a dealer of antique luxuries, hid a treasure chest filled with gold coins, gold dust, gold nuggets, rubies, and other valuable things. The treasure is said to be worth over one million dollars, and he’s only given clues to where it may be in his poetry, prose, and the occasional television appearance. In this story, Forrest Fenn is interviewed at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he shares stories from his childhood, experiences of being a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and what exactly made him want to hide a treasure. Local friends and treasure hunters also describe their encounters with Fenn and ideas of where the treasure may be found. Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray. Music by High Aura'd http://highaurad.bandcamp.com/ For more information about Forrest Fenn’s books visit http://collectedworksbookstore.com


1 Apr 2014

Rank #4

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016 Water is Wide

A story of activism at sea. For over 30 years, Peter Willcox has been a sea captain for Greenpeace, an environmental organization based out of Amsterdam. Willcox helps international campaigns against whaling, anti-nuclear activities, and global warming. In this episode, he tells his experiences of growing up in an activist family, his first protest at sea, being attacked by the French government and jailed in Russia. He also shares the history of the Rainbow Warrior, the famous Greenpeace vessel that continues to sail today.  Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Music by Villages http://villages1.bandcamp.com


21 Sep 2015

Rank #5

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011 Something Can't Be Everything

A story of consciousness, love, and magick in vintage Hollywood. Robin Baker dreamed of becoming a Hollywood starlet. As a teenager in the 60s, she became a Whisky a Go Go dancer, socializing with famous actors and musicians. After meeting and marrying Jim Baker, a World War II veteran, restaurant owner, and spiritual leader in Los Angeles, Robin’s life took a different path. With her husband, she established the Source Family, a commune with over 140 members. But when Jim changed his name to Father YoHoWha and adopted strange rules for the commune, Robin's role in the family changed forever.  Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Music by Filthy Huns http://www.NotNotFun.com Episode 011 is sponsored by Audible. Get a free audio book at http://audiblepodcast.com/EISRADIO


19 Feb 2015

Rank #6

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005 I Saw My Own

A story of hitchhiking the interstate and highways in the 1980's. At age 15, novelist Vanessa Veselka ran away from home and began living life as a hitchhiker in the United States during the 1980s. From highway to highway, coast to coast, truck stop to truck stop, Veselka experienced poverty, perversion, and a showdown with a potential serial killer. She shares her story at the MacDowell Colony for Artists where she works on her second novel, Light the Lamp With the Last of the Whale Oil (Riverhead Books). Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray. Music by Dan Svizeny https://soundcloud.com/cough-cool


30 May 2014

Rank #7

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014 But Not With Silver

A story of divine fate and segregation within the Secret Service.   Abraham Bolden was the first black Secret Service agent on the White House detail. Serving under John F. Kennedy, Bolden cracked counterfeiting cases and provided security for the President. However, the segregated 60s led Bolden from the White House to prison. In this story, EIS finds Bolden inside his Chicago home as he recounts his experiences of racial tension and why he considers himself a tool of fate.   Music by Zachary Reid https://zacharyreid.bandcamp.com/ Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray


25 Jun 2015

Rank #8

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015 Vanished Status

A story of protest and assumed identity. After anti-war protests at Washington University in 1970, Howard Mechanic became the first person arrested and charged under the Civil Obedience Act. Claiming innocence, Mechanic jumped bail to avoid prison time. He moved out West and created a new identity. For 28 years, he lived as Gary Tredway while raising a family and starting his own business. But what happens when Gary Tredway's background is questioned? Can he continue under an assumed name or will his past finally be open to the public? Music by GOG (Mike Bjella) soundcloud.com/sobasc/ deepestgate.bandcamp.com/music Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Episode 015 is sponsored by Sundance Now Doc Club DocClub.com/EIS


30 Jul 2015

Rank #9

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008 The Accidental Outlaws

A story of lawlessness while practicing organic methods. An anonymous couple live in an undisclosed part of northern California. Spearheading the back-to-the-land hippie movement, the Husband moved to the area in the early 70s while the Wife travelled the world as part of the Peace Corps. Now, the couple’s home rests off the grid where they grow a very special garden. This garden provides a peaceful and private lifestyle for the marriage. But what happens when outsiders jeopardize the couple’s way of life? Will the garden be destroyed? Or can the couple preserve their land and everything that grows within it? Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Music by Holy Gallows. Stream the new record Rêve dans un rêve: holygallows.bandcamp.com


30 Oct 2014

Rank #10

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004 Highways of the Past Journeying: ...Where Our Son Was

A story of vanishment and revelation on the road. Jon Gerwitz's son was born on April 20th, 1988 and kidnapped four hours later. In this story, Gerwitz describes the peculiar circumstances of the disappearance which includes his hometown, a lifelong friend, and the many corridors of Interstate 40. Gerwitz also explains his emotions at the time which ranged from paranoia to forgiveness. 20 years later, he wonders if the whole experience was a coincidence or miracle. Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray. Music by J.S. Aurelius ascetism.com/ www.acousmaticindustries.us/


10 May 2014

Rank #11

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023 Sulome

A story of terrorism, family, and forgiveness. For the first seven years of her life, Sulome Anderson never met her father, journalist Terry Anderson. Three months before she was born, her father was kidnapped and imprisoned by Shiite Muslim militants in Lebanon. Through hostage videos and letters, Sulome began forming an image of a perfect parent. But after his release, she soon realized Terry Anderson was not the person she imagined. Years later, Sulome began investigating the events the led to her father's kidnapping. In this episode, she tells her story of a personal journey into the Middle East and confronting the extremists responsible for her family's fracture. Photos by Sara Macel


2 Feb 2017

Rank #12

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013 Always Keep the Fire Going Somewhere

A story of compassion and saintlike devotion in the streets of New Orleans. B.B. St. Roman is the only staff member for the New Orleans Police Department Homeless Assistant Unit. Before helping the homeless, she traveled the world, recording sound for documentaries involving shamans, Buddhist monks, and Mother Teresa. And at one point, she became the tour manager for Dr. John, Louisiana musician and legend.  Now, she works full-time with the homeless. She tells her stories of Hurricane Katrina, shelter issues in the city, as well as planning and dreaming of ways to help those living in the streets.  Music by Holy Gallows. holygallows.bandcamp.com Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray


21 May 2015

Rank #13

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012 Eyes Back on the Highway

A story of travel without destination. Scooter Tramp Scotty is a writer who’s lived on the road for over 20 years. Traveling across North America on an old Harley Davidson, Scotty never stays in a single place more than two months. In this episode, we find Scotty in New Orleans, Louisiana and Harlingen, Texas where he talks about becoming a drifter, finding places to stay, and the loneliness of the road. Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Music by Destruction Unit ascetism.com/dunit Episode 012 is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free audio book at audiblepodcast.com/eisradio


9 Apr 2015

Rank #14

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019 Banished Veterans - Part 1

A story of military vets barred from the country they served. At age seven, Hector Barajas crossed the Mexico border into United States as an illegal citizen. His family soon settled in Compton, California, where Hector encountered crime, gang violence, and racial division. Hector escaped the lifestyle by joining the United States Army as a non-citizen, becoming a medic for the 82nd Airborne Division. But personal problems soon led him to honorable discharge, prison, and deportation back to Mexico. In the first episode of this two-part series, Hector chronicles the humanity of being banished, and how he seeks to return to the country he once swore to protect. Produced by Garrett Crowe, Mike Martinez, and Tyler Wray Music by Sontag Shogun sontagshogun.com Episode 019 is sponsored by Green Chef Get four free meals with your first order at greenchef.com/eis EIS is also sponsored by the Proprioceptive Writing Center. Find the arc of your story at the pwriting.org


29 Apr 2016

Rank #15