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Real Stories MKE

Ex Fabula connects Milwaukee through real stories by presenting Community Collaborations, Storytelling Workshops and StorySlams. Each week on Real Stories MKE, hosts Kim Shine and Joel Dresang present a selection of stories on a theme — all told by community members during our live events.

  • Whether you are moving to a different neighborhood or a different country, there is always an element of risk when you leave the familiar for the unknown.
  • Breasts are a source of life and nutrients for our babies but they can also be a source of sickness and fear for those who get diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Roommates can become our closest friends or our worst nemesis
  • Sports can lead to teamwork or competition, build determination or anxiety, and contribute to a healthy or unhealthy lifestyle.
  • Luck is a constant wild card; it’s the element of risk that’s involved in everything that we do. Some people don’t believe in luck, but they do believe in karma or fate.
  • We’re highlighting stories about mental wellness as part of Ex Fabula’s work to deepen the narrative around depression and mental health. Thanks to the brave storytellers Andrea Ruffier, Cate Miller and Corey Fells.
  • As a storytelling organization, Ex Fabula believes that when more individuals speak up, we can all learn from each other and grow in understanding. This episode explores the act of speaking up and its consequences via three stories from Amanda Panciera, Margaret Henningsen, and Kerri Grote.
  • In 2019, Ex Fabula collaborated with Milwaukee Art Museum on a Slam connected with their exhibit “Serious Play: Design in MidCentury America.” This episode features 3 stories from that Slam, told by Sarah Carter, Mel Miskimen, and De’Shawn Ewing.
  • While utopia literally means “no place”, eutopia means “good place”. This episode features stories from our November 4, 2021 Slam, when Leah Anderson, Murali Vedula, Nubian Star, and Kelly Shafer were among the community members sharing personal stories about eutopia.
  • Death isn’t always easy to talk about, but our approaches to death and dying say so much about who we are.
The hosts of "Real Stories MKE" are Joel Dresang and Kim Shine.