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The Facing Project

Indiana Public Radio

This is the show that seeks to strengthen communities by connecting people through stories. Hosted by J.R. Jamison, each episode's theme is explored through a variety of engaging avenues, from performances of stories from different points-of-view collected using The Facing Project's non-profit story sharing model, to interviews with storytellers exploring complex topics we all face. The creators of The Facing Project and this radio show hope each episode leaves you with the courage to share your own stories and the empathy to listen to others.

Copyright © Indiana Public Radio, Ball State University, and The Facing Project

This is the show that seeks to strengthen communities by connecting people through stories. Hosted by J.R. Jamison, each episode's theme is explored through a variety of engaging avenues, from performances of stories from different points-of-view collected using The Facing Project's non-profit story sharing model, to interviews with storytellers exploring complex topics we all face. The creators of The Facing Project and this radio show hope each episode leaves you with the courage to share your own stories and the empathy to listen to others.

Copyright © Indiana Public Radio, Ball State University, and The Facing Project
44hr 35min
Thumbnail for "S05 E10 - Growing Food, Community, & Vibes in an Urban Food Desert".
J.R. sits down with four of the faces who keep the Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm and its neighborhood thriving each and every day.
Thumbnail for "S06 E06 - Writing Unexpected Plot Lines and Finding Community with Award-winning Author Samantha Allen".
J.R. and author Samantha Allen discuss the art of writing.
Thumbnail for "S06 E05 - Living and Leading Authentically with Business Executive and Author Jim Fielding".
A conversation exploring lessons on empathy and cracking the rainbow ceiling.
Thumbnail for "S06 E04 - Lessons on the Road to Peace with John Noltner".
Photography as a form of storytelling that explores the common humanity that unites us.
Thumbnail for "S06 E03 - An In-depth Conversation with Author and Hollywood Screenwriter Abdi Nazemian".
Using identity and story as a gay Iranian-American to help build empathy and understanding.
Thumbnail for "S06 E02 - Telling Authentic Stories with Author Leah Johnson".
On writing authentic stories for kids and the harmful effects of book banning in America.
Thumbnail for "S06 E01 - The Abortion Talks".
Exploring civil discourse across major ideological divides.
Thumbnail for "S05 E04 - The First Step: An in-depth discussion with Lance & Brandon Kramer (Rebroadcast)".
J.R. sits down with documentary filmmakers to discuss a man's attempts to bring people together across party lines to pass landmark criminal justice reform.
Thumbnail for "S04 E09 - The Psychology of Forgiveness (Rebroadcast)".
Think for a second about the last time you forgave someone. Was it hard?
Thumbnail for "S05 E09 - Hell If We Don’t Change Our Ways: An in-depth discussion with author Brittany Means".
J.R. and Brittany Means discuss the power of the human spirit—and the written word—to combat the most harrowing of childhood memories.
Thumbnail for "S05 E08 - A Place to Call Home".
Not every eviction is equal.
Thumbnail for "S05 E07 - Writing Tough Topics for Young Adults: An in-depth discussion with #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Glasgow".
A discussion on writing for young adults and the themes of teenage depression, addiction, and self-harm that are often covered in her sought-after novels.
Thumbnail for "S05 E06 - Searching for Peace on a Divided Island".
J.R. travels to Cyprus to explore what led to the 1974 Turkish invasion and, ultimately, the Green Line.
Thumbnail for "S04 E05 - More Than My Illness (Rebroadcast)".
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so we wanted to revisit one of our favorite episodes.
Thumbnail for "S04 E06 - Reclaiming the Disabled Narrative (Rebroadcast)".
What if the script were flipped, and those with a disability were the main characters finding their own love, adventure, and success?
Thumbnail for "S05 E05 - The Empathy Effect".
Time, culture, and climate determine if empathy grows, remains neutral, or worse—leads to anger or distress.
Thumbnail for "S05 E04 - The First Step: An in-depth discussion with filmmakers and producers Lance & Brandon Kramer".
J.R. sits down with documentary filmmakers to discuss a man's attempts to bring people together across party lines to pass landmark criminal justice reform.
Thumbnail for "S05 E03 - When Jealousy Strikes".
With jealousy being such an innate emotion, how does one turn it off or use it for good?
Thumbnail for "S05 E02 - Food for Thought".
How is food insecurity even possible when the United States is one of the richest countries in the world?
Thumbnail for "Presenting "A Chris-Mystery": IPR's Live Radio Drama".
A Christmas Eve party. A missing ring. A down-on-his-luck private eye. It’s a combination that has all the makings of a perfect mystery. Or should we say, “Chris-Mystery?”
Thumbnail for "S05 E01 - The Science of Grief".
Does grief also have the ability to change our bodies in positive ways?
Thumbnail for "S04 E01 - Beyond the Binary (Rebroadcast)".
Bathrooms. Pronouns. Sports. These are a few of the topics in which transgender people have become the center of a debate on who is allowed to exist and where.   
Thumbnail for "S04 E09 - The Psychology of Forgiveness".
Think for a second about the last time you forgave someone. Was it hard?
Thumbnail for "S03 E07 - Athletes & Activism (Rebroadcast)".
Professional athletes are often expected to temper and censor their statements despite their ability to influence positive change.
Thumbnail for "S04 E08 - Life With Cancer".
Did you know that nearly 40% of Americans will be diagnosed with some type of cancer during their lifetime?
Thumbnail for "S04 E07 - Stopping the Cycle of Addiction".
The stories of three woman from rural Kentucky whose lives have changed forever due to addiction.
Thumbnail for "S03 E05 - Autism in Adulthood (Rebroadcast)".
In the next decade, 500,000 teens with autism will enter adulthood and age out of school-based services.
Thumbnail for "S04 E06 - Reclaiming the Disabled Narrative".
What if the script were flipped, and those with a disability were the main characters finding their own love, adventure, and success?
Thumbnail for "S04 E05 - More Than My Illness".
With nearly 12% of the overall population battling anxiety or depression, mental health is still stigmatized and misunderstood.
Thumbnail for "S04 E04 - Teachers are Heroes".
Teachers and educators are facing challenges like never before, including battling misinformation, burned-out kids, parents, and of course—COVID.
Thumbnail for "S02 E11 - A Shooting in the Heartland (Rebroadcast)".
In 2019, a gunman opened fire in Dayton’s Oregon District, killing nine people and injuring 27.
Thumbnail for "Presenting "This American Carol": IPR's Live Radio Drama".
A special treat for the holidays.
Thumbnail for "S04 E03 - Life After Prison".
With an unemployment rate of over 27% for the formerly incarcerated, what does life on the outside look like for them? 
Thumbnail for "S04 E02 - Afghanistan, My Neighbor".
In August, over 200,000 Afghans fled their country, but where did they go and what would be their fate? 
Thumbnail for "S04 E01 - Beyond the Binary".
Bathrooms. Pronouns. Sports. These are a few of the topics in which transgender people have become the center of a debate on who is allowed to exist and where.   
Thumbnail for "S02 E08 - Big Changes in Small Towns (Rebroadcast)".
What do you imagine your community will be like in another generation?
Thumbnail for "S03 E09 - Covert Racism".
Racism has existed for millennia, but as laws and time have passed it can now show up in covert ways.
Thumbnail for "S03 E08 - The Invisible Poor".
38 million Americans live in poverty, but we like to pretend it doesn’t exist and could never happen to us.
Thumbnail for "S02 E06 - Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters (Rebroadcast)".
In the span of a life, you’ll interact with thousands of people but only a handful of those will impact you in such a way that changes your perspectives and ideologies forever.
Thumbnail for "S03 E07 - Athletes & Activism".
Professional athletes are often expected to temper and censor their statements despite their ability to influence positive change.
Thumbnail for "S03 E06 - Hillbilly Queer".
J.R. and Kelsey explore identity and family and discuss J.R.’s forthcoming father-son memoir.
Thumbnail for "S03 E05 - Autism in Adulthood".
In the next decade, 500,000 teens with autism will enter adulthood and age out of school-based services.
Thumbnail for "S03 E04 - Race, Tech, & the Fight for Equity".
Today half of women in the tech field are likely to leave their positions by the age of 35.
Thumbnail for "S03 E03 - Food, Earth, & Sustainability".
If all 7 billion people on Earth consumed the amount of resources as the average American, it would be as if the planet were shared with 72 billion people.
Thumbnail for "S03 E02 - The Best of 2020".
Stories from everyday people who provide inspiration despite their present-day circumstances.
Thumbnail for "Presenting "Comfort and Joy": An IPR Radio Drama Retrospective".
A gift from IPR that takes a look behind the process of creating this local holiday tradition.
Thumbnail for "S03 E01 - Life After 60: The Golden Years".
J.R. and Kelsey take call-ins, share stories, and discuss the diversity of life after the age of 60.
Thumbnail for "S02 E02 - Dreaming in America (Rebroadcast)".
The American Dream . . . Fact or fiction?
Thumbnail for "S02 E12 - Alone Together: Stories from a Pandemic".
J.R. and Kelsey take listener call-ins from coast to coast.
Thumbnail for "S02 E11 - A Shooting in the Heartland".
It’s been one year since a gunman opened fire in Dayton’s Oregon District, killing nine people and injuring 27.
Thumbnail for "S02 E10 - Living While Black in the U.S.A.".
This time, will there be change?
Thumbnail for "S02 E09 - First But Never Alone".
Half of today’s students are the first in their families to attend college. But at a time when college is more expensive than ever, how do these students succeed?
Thumbnail for "S02 E08 - Big Changes in Small Towns".
What do you imagine your community will be like in another generation?
Thumbnail for "S02 E07 - Dying to be Perfect".
A woman’s search for perfectionism leads to a battle with anorexia.
Thumbnail for "S02 E06 - Faith, Identity, and Life-Changing Chance Encounters".
In the span of a life, you’ll interact with thousands of people but only a handful of those will impact you in such a way that changes your perspectives and ideologies forever.
Thumbnail for "S02 E05 - Living to Work and Working to Live".
If you have a sudden illness and your entire life changes, what would happen with your job?
Thumbnail for "S02 E04 - Life Without A Home".
We hear from a man in who shares his life not as a homeless person. . . but as someone who happens to live. . . outside.
Thumbnail for "Presenting "Christmas Gifts": IPR's Live Radio Drama".
A special from Indiana Public Radio: Two O. Henry stories brought to life to tell a holiday story that spans generations and recreates the magic of old-time live radio.
Thumbnail for "S02 E03 - Police and Community Relations".
How do you view the police in your community? Positively? Negatively, or somewhere in between?
Thumbnail for "S02 E02 - Dreaming in America".
The American Dream . . . Fact or fiction? For those who come to the U.S. undocumented as children, the future can seem uncertain.
Thumbnail for "S02 E01 - New Beginnings".
They say girls shouldn’t go to school. And by "they", we mean Boko Haram.
Thumbnail for "S01 E12 - The End is a New Beginning".
J.R. and Kelsey reflect on Season 1 and explore the adage: When one door closes, another always opens.
Thumbnail for "S01 E11 - Stories that Inspire Action".
J.R. and Kelsey discuss Facing Project stories that have created tangible change in communities.  
Thumbnail for "S01 E10 - The Depths of Addiction".
J.R. and Kelsey discuss the impacts of addiction with a personal revelation for listeners.  
Thumbnail for "S01 E09 - Life After the Bomb".
J.R. and Kelsey explore what happens when life changes in an instant.
Thumbnail for "S01 E08 - Empathy & Proximity".
J.R. and Kelsey discuss if ignorance is bliss or if awareness is the key to happiness.
Thumbnail for "S01 E07 - Walk in My Shoes".
J.R. and Kelsey reflect on alone time and finding the space for self-acceptance.
Thumbnail for "S01 E06 - Finding Strength in Your Story".
J.R. and Kelsey talk about how painful stories are often the ones that provide a sense of strength.
Thumbnail for "S01 E05 - The Legacy of Stories".
J.R. and Kelsey discuss the man with two spleens, the great dynamite incident of 1961, and how legacy is more than instilling values; it’s valuing what’s come before. Also in this episode, the two unveil an easy way to engage with The Facing Project an...
Thumbnail for "S01 E04 - Connecting Across Difference".
J.R. and Kelsey explore connecting across difference in a world divided.
Thumbnail for "S01 E03 - Giving Thanks".
Lessons learned from gratitude and Kelsey’s latest book, Where Am I Giving?
Thumbnail for "S01 E02 - Seeing Yourself Reflected in the World".
J.R. and Kelsey talk about J.R.’s experience of growing up gay in Cowan, Indiana, and how we often find what we need in the most unlikely of places.
Thumbnail for "S01 E01 - Unity".
J.R. and Kelsey share the inspiration behind The Facing Project and why bringing people together across borders and through stories is more important than ever.

S05 E10 - Growing Food, Community, & Vibes in an Urban Food Desert

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October 28, 202338min 13sec

Ten years ago, six acres of abandoned lots in the Park Heights neighborhood of Baltimore were transformed into an urban farm, and today the American Farmers Bureau Federation has rated it as one of the top 10 innovative farms in the country. But there’s more than food being grown in Park Heights; they’re growing community and investing in the future.

Join host J.R. Jamison as he shares stories from the Plantation Park Heights Urban Farm, and sits down with four of the faces who keep the farm and its neighborhood thriving each and every day.

Photo Credit – Provided and used with permission.

Story Performances – A Safe Haven, Margie Smith’s story as told to Zion Jalloh-Jamboria. Performed by Chandra Ford; Willing to Work, Willing to Grow, Elijah Staton’s story as told to Darren Marshalleck. Performed by Khaleo Price.

Interview – Farmer Imani B, Administrative & Research Analyst for the Farm; Farmer Ayo, Arts & Humanities Program Coordinator & Vice President of the Farm; Farmer Karma, Marketing Executive for the Farm; and Santana Alvarado, Senior Project Manager for the Center for Religion & Cities.

The Facing Project Radio Show is made possible in part by Behavior Associates.