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Science and religion are often pitted against one another as opposing forces. While science is defined by clear methodologies and peer-reviewed findings, religion is at once abstract and highly personal. Yet whether or not someone is a highly-devout Hindu priest or a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist, both are wielding tools in search of greater understanding. 

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Jessie Gladdek

 In the eight years since founding The Monti, a North Carolina-based storytelling organization, Jeff Polish has chosen a variety of topics for storytellers. Participants on The Monti stage have talked about their experiences around themes like "Fear," "The End of the Road," and "Humility." 

But one topic stayed off the list: God. When Polish eventually decided to broach the difficult subject of a higher power, the response was off-the-charts.

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Jessie Gladdek

When a volunteer storyteller takes the stage at the Triangle’s storytelling event, The Monti, the audience never knows what to expect. He might share a poignant tale about a complex relationship with a parent. Or she might prompt roars of laughter with the story of a first date gone wrong.

Family eating meal
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This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired in November 2014.

During the holiday season, perhaps more than any other part of the year, families embrace or reject traditions.

Family eating meal
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During the holiday season, perhaps more than any other part of the year, families embrace or reject traditions.

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For the past five years, the Monti, a North Carolina storytelling organization, has brought the stories of the area to crowds around the Triangle and Triad.

Sara Carucci
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Our series of stories from The Monti concludes today with Sarah Carucci. She now works as a graduation coach at Communities in Schools -- but she got her start in education as a teacher. Her story was recorded in front of an  audience at Motorco in Durham as a part of WUNC's American Graduate collaboration with The Monti.

American Graduate & The Monti: Jonas Monast

Sep 27, 2012
Jonas Monast
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All this week we're featuring stories recorded in front of a live audience about critical moments at school. It's part of our on-going American Graduate project, a public media initiative looking at the drop out crisis and other issues in education. Everybody has a story about a turning point at school -- sometimes it's about a big test or academic triumph -- other times it's about something a little more intimate, like falling in love for the first time. That's the subject of this story from Jonas Monast. It was recorded in front of a live audience at The Monti.

American Graduate & The Monti: Casio Noell

Sep 26, 2012
Casio Noell
The Monti

All this week WUNC during All Things Considered we're hearing personal stories about education told live at The Monti. It's a performance storytelling group that hosts events around the Triangle and in Greensboro. As a part of American Graduate Week, we're featuring stories about the drop out crisis -- and other issues with public education. Today the story of Casio Noell -- he spoke to a live audience in Durham.

School can be hard -- and often it's not the academics that makes it so challenging. As a part of our weeklong American Graduate series of stories about education -- we hear from Patty Chase of Durham. In this story told live at The Monti, she remembers one life changing moment from elementary school.

This week public radio stations across the country are taking part in American Graduate Week. It's a Public Media initiative that looks at the drop out crisis and other issues in the public schools. As a part of our coverage, WUNC partnered with the performance story-telling group The Monti for a series of stories about school. Our first one comes from Bill Kenyon -- he's a teacher from Hillsborough -- he told his story, without notes, in front of a live audience at The Monti.

Special: The Monti American Graduate

May 28, 2012

The Monti - American Graduate Special is an hour of true stories from the front lines of North Carolina’s high school drop out crisis. It's hosted by Jeff Polish. He's the founder of The Monti, a local non-profit whose stated mission is to create community through the story-telling. For this collaboration with WUNC, Jeff sought out North Carolinians with personal stories to tell about the struggles that get in the way of a successful high school education.

Hot Sauce at The Monti

Aug 19, 2011

Storytellers and story-lovers gathered for another edition of "The Monti" story slam this week. The theme was "heat." Durham resident Robert Bland's "hot" story was the winner...

The Monti's new season opens September 10th at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Featured storytellers include Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt and State of Things managing editor Lindsay Foster Thomas.

The Monti: Law & Order

Jul 22, 2011

Here's another story from The Monti story slam. It's a competition of sorts -- where randomly chosen volunteers tell 5-minute stories centered around a theme. This week's theme was "law and order." The winner was Julie MacDonald, a community college teacher who lives in Durham. Her story was recorded live earlier this week at Motorco in Durham.

The Monti Gets Romantic

Mar 25, 2011

On March 24th, the local performance story-telling group The Monti held a story slam. It's a competition of sorts -- where randomly chosen volunteers tell 5-minute stories centered around a theme. Last night, the story tellers focused on "Romance" and Amy Scott, a 4th grade teacher from Durham, was one of the crowd favorites.  This is her story recorded live at Casbah in downtown Durham Thursday, March 24th.

"Vice" at The Monti

Feb 25, 2011

Here's a story recorded earlier this week at a story slam put on by The Monti -- it's a local organization that asks people to go on stage and tell a personal story – without a script or notes. At story slams, audience members drop their names into a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute story on a theme. There are judges -- and winners and losers. This week the theme was “vices” and Dave Van Hook got one of the top scores for the night. This is his story – recorded in Durham earlier this week at The Monti’s Story Slam about vices.