In this podcast, we visit the topic of turning and returning: how one turns away from darker points in our lives.

The Hebrew word for “repentance” is t’shuvah­, which literally means to turn (around). It implies an act of will, and also the notion of not simply turning, but REturning to a better state.

In this episode, we hear stories that open some of those darker spaces, and the ways that people might respond to that darkness. Philip Rose, our guest, will share a personal story that he uses in his transformational work; Titi Ogunnaike will share a cautionary children’s tale from the Yoruba that might remind some of us of the Brothers Grimm; and I will share a story of a very dark place from the canon of the Baal Shem Tov.

We’ll also enjoy a surprise personal snippet from Phil about being audacious.


  • Philip Rose, an introduction
  • My Mother’s Courage, by Philip Rose
  • The Singing Bow, by Titi Ogunnaike
  • How I Transform Stories, by Philip Rose
  • The Forgotten Story, by Jim Brulé
  • A Pearl of Wisdom, by Philip Rose
  • Syrup, about Saul Alinsky

Contributors and Thanks

Phil Rose
Philip Rose

Philip Rose is a counselor and storyteller with a varied history of faith communities. He tells stories from his personal life to inspire others, especially youth.

Titi Ogunnaike
Titi Ogunnaike

Titi Ogunnaike is an emerging storyteller from Lagos, Nigeria. Her plans include a North American tour where she will regale audiences with traditional folktales from Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya, dressed in the style of each country.

 Thanks to musician, producer, and mensch Joe Eglash for composing, performing, and recording our theme music.

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