Pop-Up Stories

A mobile storytelling project from WKAR at Michigan State University and community partners.

Abrams Planetarium Pop-Up Stories crowd photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR and the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University celebrated the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon with a weekend of activities July 19-21. Hundreds of people gathered at the planetarium to mark the occasion with events that included a return of WKAR's Pop-Up Stories.

In case you missed Pop-Up Stories on July 19, we've collected them here. Enjoy!

Tom Sampson photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

Last week, WKAR hosted a Moonfest Pop-Up Stories event at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium, where people gathered to discuss Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.

One of our storytellers was Tom Sampson, who was serving in Vietnam on July 20th, 1969.


Jackie Payne photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR/MSU

WKAR’s Moonfest Pop-Stories event last week at the Abrams Planetarium included Jackie Payne’s story of planning a wedding, as the Apollo 11 mission was taking place 50 years ago.


Apollo 15 astronauts photo
NASA

Last week’s MoonFest events at MSU’s Abrams Planetarium celebrating the first steps on the moon 50 years ago has us remembering the Apollo space missions.

Forty-eight years ago this week, Apollo 15 launched. It was NASA’s fifth mission carrying astronauts to the surface of the moon. It’s especially important in Michigan history because all three astronauts aboard had ties to the state.


Neil Armstrong photo
NASA

Last week, WKAR and MSU’s Abrams Planetarium celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first steps on the moon with MoonFest, a weekend of events including a return of WKAR’s Pop-Up Stories. One of those stories was told by the planetarium’s program assistant, John French.


A Jackson man who has spent his live giving to others learns to receive in this week’s Pop-Up stories feature.

Amanda Pickney

Have you ever been overwhelmed and someone’s kind words gave you the strength to keep going?

Amanda Pickney

Our Pop-Up Stories Public Storytelling events are intended to be community connectors that invite the public to share their experiences on a topic at hand. 


On this edition of Current State: New pipeline protection plans; Bird Scooters land on sidewalks & impound lots; MSU students rally for Indonesia; Little Rock Nine member Ernest Green; Studying political polarization 1973-now; Plastics in our Great Lakes; dental health and a Jackson teacher's "Random Act of Kindness."

  

Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We are excited to host our next Pop-Up Stories event for the first time in Jackson!  It will be this Thursday at 7 pm at the Ella Sharp Museum. The theme is "random acts of kindness." Click here to sign up. Meanwhile, here's a story from our last event in Meridian Township.


microphone with Pop-Up stories button pins
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We are excited to host our next Pop-Up Stories event for the first time in Jackson!  It will be this Thursday at 7 pm at the Ella Sharp Museum. The theme is "random acts of kindness." Click here to sign up. Meanwhile, here's a story from our last event in Meridian Township. 


Pop-Up Stories Storyteller
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We are excited to host our next Pop-Up Stories event for the first time in Jackson!  It will be this Thursday at 7pm at the Ella Sharp Museum. The theme is "random acts of kindness." Click here to sign up. Meanwhile, here's a story from our last event in Meridian Township.


Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thu., Aug. 23, 7pm at Ella Sharp Museum | Have you committed or benefited from a "random act of kindness?"

Pop-Up Story: ‘I Have Always Loved School’

Jun 26, 2018
Storyteller Robin Pizzo
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s live storytelling event “Pop-Up Stories” happens every other month, and our next one is this Thursday June 28th at the Meridian Township Farmer’s Market. The theme will be “growing pains.” Here’s Robin Pizzo telling a story at our last event, where the theme was “education.”

 


Pop-Up Story: ‘Lessons In Anger’

Jun 25, 2018
Storyteller Jim Schultheiss
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

WKAR’s next Pop-Up Stories is this Thursday June 28th at the Meridian Township Farmer’s Market, and the theme will be “growing pains.” Here’s storyteller Jim Schultheiss telling a story at out last event where the theme was “education.”

 

 


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