Why we tell stories

Check out Sonya Collins’ latest post, Why I tell stories, at the USC Annenberg Reporting on Health member blog. It’s a great reminder of why we do this work, the different paths we’ve taken to get here (in Collins’ case, teaching English to Hispanic and Chinese garment workers), and the revelations — sometimes embedded pearl-like inside a single off-hand remark — that have inspired us along the way.

She also offers a link to photographer-filmmaker Phillip Batta’s compelling, artfully minimal, short video pieces, Tangerine Conversations, in which speakers’ faces are never shown but their stories of vulnerability and transformation nevertheless get under our skin, like their fingers in the fruit they are peeling as they talk.