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"No one in the world, yes, in the world, can tell a story better than Gioia Timpanelli... In another day, another country, another gender, Gioia Timpanelli would have been a seanachie, a wandering Irish story teller, earning dinner and a bed with the magic of the word... she moves you from darkness to light and back again and startles you with gorgeous splashes of color, the glory of a parrot's tale."
—Frank McCourt

"She has the capacity to draw out the very depths of the power of myths and narrative and to take literature back to its sources before your eyes (and ears.)"
—Gary Snyder

"I love almost all storytelling, but this woman, Gioia Timpanelli, is the greatest I have heard in the art."
— Robert Bly

Story Traveler is a weekly series of five-minute stories told by Gioia Timpanelli, widely considered to be one of the world's foremost storytellers. Her unscripted stories, both contemporary and world folk tales, come from everywhere, blending ancient and modern themes, and speak to the heart and the imagination.

Story Traveler is heard on NCPR weekly as part of the 4 pm hour of Music for a Monday, and weekday mornings from time to time as part of The Eight O'Clock Hour.

Gioia won two Emmy Awards for her series of programs on storytelling, Stories from My House, which aired on PBS. She has also received the prestigious Women's National Book Association Award for bringing the oral tradition to the American public, and the Maharishi Award for "promoting world harmony wherever she goes by enlivening within the listener that field of pure consciousness that is the source of all stories." She received The American Book Award for Sometimes the Soul: Two Novellas of Sicily. What Makes a Child Lucky is her most recent novel. She makes her home in the Hudson Valley.

Story Traveler: "The Man Who Caught a Bird"

This story comes from the "The Girl Who Married a Lion and other Tales of Africa," a collection of stories from the nations of Zimbabwe and Botswana. A young man and his blind brother-in-law go hunting for birds.

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
Illustration for a 1354 edition of <em>Kalilah wa-Dimnah</em> (The Fables of Bidpai). <a href="http://treasures.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/The-Fables-of-Bidpal">Bodleian Libraries</a>, University of Oxford

Story Traveler: One source of bad information

Gioia Timpanelli tells fables from India and the Middle East: "Fables of Bidpai" and "The Kallila and Dimna," and recites a poem by Robert Bly, "One Source of Bad Information."

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
Old Growth Grapevine: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/artbycharlieasher/3953322119/"> Charlie Asher</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Story Traveler: The Good Is Never Lost

What is the good? This is an important question to ask in stories of old and of today. In this folk story heard as a child, Gioia tells us in both Sicilian and English, that the good is never determined by only one thing.

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
Three Questions: <a href="http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/File:Three_Questions.PNG">Michael Sevier</a>

Story Traveler: "The Three Questions," Leo Tolstoy

What is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times? These are the three questions...  Go to full article
<a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f1/Mampukuji.jpg"> Mampukuji </a>, an Obaku Zen Buddhist temple in Uji, Kyoto, Japan.

Story Traveler: The First Principle

This is the story of acting without doing and working with less effort. When one goes to the Mampukuji, an Obaku temple in Kyoto, Japan, they will see the words "The First...  Go to full article
Illustration for "The Lion and the Mouse," Harrison Weir, from <em>Three Hundred Aesop's Fables</em> by George Fyler Townsend, 1867. Public domain.

Story Traveler: Aesop's Fables

Gioia Timpanelli tells "The Crow and the Pitcher, ""The Wolf and the Crane," a cautionary fable about gratitude and greed, and "The Lion and the Mouse," which tells you that...  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Heaven and Hell

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Is that so?

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article

Story Traveler: Teacher and the Student

Story Traveler is the here and now of unscripted storytelling with stories from everywhere in the world--stories for the heart to hear and the mind to imagine.  Go to full article
A wild turkey shows its inner pterodactyl. Archive Photo of the Day: Edward Murphy, Vermontville NY.

Story Traveler: The Regular Life of Wild Things

For a long-time, wild turkeys were everywhere on "Turtle Island," then for a long time, they were nearly extinct. They're back again in the Hudson Valley where storyteller...  Go to full article

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