Listening is way more than just paying attention, and this week's show explores how. To find out just what listening can do to us, we eavesdrop with a cochlear implant, learn what crying babies teach us about music, find out how silence can be full, how God enters our thoughts, and ask what a single moment of being listened to can achieve. We're finding out what happens when we listen to sounds we never expected to, when we take our listening where it's never been.
Rachel Kolb could never just overhear. She was born deaf, but it wasn't one-on-one communication that was hardest -- it was with groups. Then one day, she managed to listen to something she never expected to hear.
Featuring: Rachel Kolb
Producers: Charlie Mintz, Victoria Hurst, Rachel Hamburg
Nigerian investigative journalist and Stanford Knight Fellow Musikilu Mojeed has a very specific definition of what it means for people to listen: government taking action. His long quest to bring down one of Nigeria's most corrupt politicians shows hard it can be for that version of listening to happen -- and also, the power of being listened to.
The Storytelling Project is supported by the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford Introductory Studies, Stanford Continuing Studies, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.