Keeping Stories Alive

What are our obligations to a story when we tell it? What happens to a story when we write it down? How can stories change our world?

Our guest this episode is Leah Lamb, a writer, producer, and transformational storyteller. She’s worked in and produced plays off-Broadway and around the country, been a wilderness leader, an author, but centrally, is a storyteller. We’ll hear from her about her experiences, thoughts, and a pearl or two of wisdom for storytellers. And, of course, a story!

We’ll also hear a story about a band of truly incompetent thieves. We’ll explore how that story continues to change and grow in its telling, and how we change along with it. And we’ll cap the whole episode off with a special offer.


  • Introduction, and a taste of things to come.
  • Leah Lamb, who she is and how stories first came into her life.
  • Storytelling – Written or Spoken?, Leah shares her thoughts about the difference between written and spoken stories.
  • The Unexpected Power of Story, how Leah used story in her own life – and how it unexpectedly affected others.
  • Break
  • The Eggs, a story given to Leah that opens our hearts to the value of beauty.
  • The Incompetent Thieves, a traditional story that continues to evolve
  • What’s the Difference? A deeper dive into what can spring from a “simple” change in a story.
  • Pearls of Wisdom, our recurring segment of advice from this week’s guest.

Special Offer

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Contributors and Thanks

Leah Lamb
Leah Lamb

Leah Lamb is a Bay Area writer, producer and transformational storyteller who says, “Bringing meaning to our existence and using storytelling for transformation is the name of the game.” You can learn more about her work and offerings at:

Joe Eglash

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

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