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Published on December 22nd, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Black Storytellers Present Season 7 of ‘Stories from the Stage’

Hosted by Wes Hazard and Theresa Okokon, the renowned national storytelling series, Stories from the Stage (formerly WORLD Channel), commences its seventh season amidst a backdrop of significant dreams and extensive journeys. The series, fostering the belief that amidst challenging times, our commonalities outweigh our differences, debuts with two captivating episodes featuring individuals dreaming expansively and traversing vast distances.

Theresa Okokon - Stories from the Stage

Theresa Okokon – Stories from the Stage

Wes Hazard - Stories from the Stage

Wes Hazard – Stories from the Stage

Diverse Narratives of Aspiration and Exploration

The compelling tales showcased in the initial episodes encompass the remarkable experiences of individuals such as genocide educator and author Karen Kersten. Kersten recounts her poignant journey in seeking out the nuns who sheltered her Holocaust survivor mother from the clutches of the Nazis. Additionally, the narrative delves into the life of Zalaikha Wahid, a former medical student from Bunker Hill Community College who fled Afghanistan during the Taliban regime’s ascension.

 Stories in Focus

Unveiling Struggles and Triumphs

The stories further encompass a spectrum of human experiences: a Littleton author and social worker’s profound expedition into the heart of Colombia, the emotional turmoil experienced by South Portland resident KiM Capone-Sprague, and the relentless efforts of Global Arts Live and 585 Arts, Inc. CEO Connie C. Chin in mastering the Chinese language.

Capturing Musical Magic

Later in the month, a compilation episode celebrates magical musical moments featuring acclaimed personalities such as singer-songwriters Melissa Ferrick and Jeffrey Foucault, alongside attorney, author, and podcaster Jason Prokowiew.

Episode Highlights for January

  • Bucket List (Monday, January 8, 9:30 p.m. Eastern): Featuring stories of personal dreams and introspection shared by Connie Chin, KiM Capone-Sprague, and Keith Serry.
  • Quest (Monday, January 22, 9:30 p.m. Eastern): Unveiling narratives of courage and dreams realized by Zalaikha Wahid, Karen Kirsten, and Meg Stafford.
  • Sound Check (Monday, January 29, 9:30 p.m. Eastern): Exploring the role of music in shaping identities through the tales of Melissa Ferrick, Jeffrey Foucault, and Jason Prokowiew.
Zalaikha Wahid as seen in WORLD’s Stories from the Stage episode Quest (photo credit Patricia Alvarado Núñez)

Zalaikha Wahid as seen in WORLD’s Stories from the Stage episode Quest (photo credit Patricia Alvarado Núñez)

Multiple Viewing Options

Audiences can catch Stories from the Stage on various platforms including WORLD, YouTube,, and the PBS App. Additionally, individual stories and exclusive digital content are available across social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and the WORLD YouTube Channel. For podcast enthusiasts, Stories from the Stage: The Podcast offers in-depth discussions, interviews, and highlights selected by series co-creators and podcast co-hosts Patricia Alvarado Núñez and Liz Cheng.

Experience Beyond Television

Selected stories from the series are also broadcast on Fridays on The World, a globally-oriented radio program from PRX and GBH. The upcoming episodes are set to air weekly until June 2024.

About WORLD Channel

WORLD, dedicated to sharing the best of public media in news, documentaries, and programming, champions original series that amplify the voices of underrepresented communities. Recognized with prestigious awards such as the Peabody Award and the National News and Documentary Emmy Award, WORLD operates across multiple platforms to engage audiences in understanding global conflicts, movements, and cultures.

Sustaining Support

Funding for WORLD is made possible by esteemed organizations including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Produced by GBH in partnership with WNET and distributed by American Public Television (APT), WORLD is carried by 194 member stations, reaching 77% of US TV households.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, Media and SEO Consultant, Journalist, Ph.D. and retired combat vet. 2023 recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Partner at THM Media Group. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the United States Press Agency and ForbesBLK.

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