About the High Stakes Podcast
Every Monday, professional storyteller Sage Tyrtle brings you true stories that matter, the moments from her city she wants to share with you, and stories from her own strange life. In the coming months, you’ll hear true stories from people like Manmeet Dhoa – a strip of red cloth is all it takes to put her father’s life in danger. Bridget Cann’s act of kindness ends in a state-mandated psychiatrist appointment. And one thousand people were meant to show up. Marsha Shandur was the only one who did.
Twice a month, I send out a brief email including storytelling tips, advance notice of my upcoming performances, and workshop opportunities. If you’d like to be included on this list (and only this list: two emails, twice a month) please sign up by clicking here.
Come see my live storytelling show, High Stakes Storytelling, in downtown Toronto. Learn more.
Quirky Quiz 1.1: “Robots DO need a special diet, or they can’t pee!”
Every Monday, High Stakes features true stories. But today, join Sasha in Australia, Will in Wales, Shelly in Texas and Sage in Toronto for games like Story Rugby, Just a Minute – and a LOT of laughter. Which bird has an Australian accent? How can you buy a ticket to Analog Land? What’s the target audience for Cuttlefish Ice Cream? The answers to these questions and more in today’s Quirky Quiz. listen
The Red Ink Dripped Evil
Natalie Zed tells us a true story. Her calligraphy set should have been labeled “Fast Lane to Eeeeeeeeevil”. listen
Striking a Match
First, Sage Tyrtle brings you a moment from her city as the storm strikes. Then, Nishtha (Nishtha’s Blog) tells a true story – trying to impress her baby sister was a TERRIBLE idea.
What the Future Has to Tell Us
Usually we hear true stories. Today, a story we MIGHT be hearing – far, far into the future.
The Very Last Place She Wanted To Be
We begin with a moment from my city that I want to share with you, and then Martha Chomyn tells us a true story – it was the very last place in the world that she wanted to be. listen
Two Diaries: One True, One For Her Mother
Today, Bridget Cann tells us a true story. Her school principal was NOT prepared for that question at all. Then comedian Martha Chaves tells us a true story. Growing up in Nicaragua, she kept two diaries – one true, and one for her mother to read. listen
Dressing in Rags to Escape
Today, Fatima Farooqi tells us her mother’s true story. They dressed in rags to cross the border.
Exploring Strange Lands
Today, I tell a true story. I am not religious in any way. So when my friend Tatiana asks if I want to visit a Megachurch, the kind that’s the size of a shopping mall, I immediately say yes because I am fascinated. I will be an explorer to strange lands, and Tatiana – who grew up going to these churches but like me is not religious – will serve as my translator. Come with me. listen
Not Who He Pretended to Be
Today, Hayley Kellett of the Making Box tells a true story. She’d been with him for a long time before she realized that everything she thought she knew – his name, where he was from, who his parents were – was imaginary. listen
“You try, Missus. It cost nothing to try,” the woman said, offering the lipstick, but she was wrong – because by painting her lips Anna’s mother changed the direction of her life. listen
Becoming a Father 8 Weeks Early
Will McGree spent eight hours a day for months staring at a plastic box, until something magical happened. listen
Times Were Different Then
Climb the Hebron Hills with Sarah Abusarar, find out how in 1948 two little boys changed their school forever.
Rescued Factory Farm Chicken
Kite tells the true story of living with a rescued factory farm chicken. Then, we get to hear the story from her partner’s point of view.
Bunny Dressed in Army Gear
Rob Lewin tells us a true story – he was filled with optimism and rainbows. Until the bus doors opened.
Sam’s Mother Has Called the Police
Bridget Cann tells us a true story. Her act of kindness ends in a state-mandated psychiatrist appointment.
Ten Things I’ve Learned From Living As A Short Man With Scoliosis
Ken Hall talks about ten things he’s learned from living as a short man with scoliosis.
Frank and Olive
Hugh Cotton tells a true story about his grandfather. She gave him a ring. Neither of them had any idea how far that ring would travel.
Nikki Atkins tells the true story of seeing her mother perform a miracle – literally.
Duck and Cover
My mom, Kite, was born in 1946. She was one of many kids who knew “Duck and Cover” had to be absolute nonsense.
Playing the Long Game
Kate Southey tells the story of a woman who discovered that moving to Africa to save her marriage was the biggest mistake of her life.
Encounter With a Jealous Goose
Among other stories, Nikki Atkins tells a true story of the goose who was jealous of her mother.
In Love With a Haunted Puppet
Rob Hills tells a true story about the difficulties of falling in love – with a puppet.
Split Level Love Part 2
The second half of Kate Southey’s true story of sexy suburban intrigue.
Split Level Love Part 1
Kate Southey tells us part one of a true story about the seamy underbelly of English suburbia. Guys, it is NOTHING like Upstairs, Downstairs.
1970s Online Love
Find out what online dating looked like in the 70s, from a 102 year old man.
What’s your name?
A true story from Jess Beaulieu. Her choice of a fake name gives her secret powers.