Life happens. We’re just the storytellers.

Welcome to Narratively Speaking, the podcast that explores the power of story in all its forms, it’s role in society and how it helps to shape the ideas we think we believe in.

Hosted by Harv, the podcast explores the thesis that the stories we hear and tell are what shapes our beliefs about the world we live in — whether they are presented as fiction, history or the daily news.

Story is important.

We spend a lot of our lives sharing, consuming and otherwise engaging in story.

But if you tell your school teacher you want to write stories when you grow up, she’ll most likely sneer and tell you to pick a real job.

Narratively speaking aims to elevate the status of story in our culture by highlighting the important part it plays in the structure of society.

A love affair with story.

I’m Harv, and I have been a growing advocate of story’s power for many years.

From my interest in writing at a very young age, to my YouTube channel “Popcorn Lobotomy”, story has always played a powerful role in my life.

I started Narratively Speaking as an outlet to explore the idea that story is not only an important part of our lives, but THE MOST important. And it should be valued as such.

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Check out our podcast episodes:

Date Title Duration
November 12, 2018 6:30 am The Stories They Tell Us About Big Brother
Years ago conspiracy theorists told us we were being watched, monitored and spied on, but how does this story of the Orwellian "Surveillance State" function to modify our behaviour as a society?
0:29:52
November 5, 2018 6:30 am Stories That Sustain The Empire
Western civilisation exhibits many characteristics of your average, garden variety evil empire. But how did we get here?
0:29:50
October 29, 2018 6:30 am The Stories We're Told As Children
The younger we are, the more the stories we are told affect us. So the stories we are told as children are the ones we'll repeat and propagate in later life.
0:29:38
October 8, 2018 6:30 am The Stories They Tell Us About Food
Diet and nutrition are important to everybody, but when you make an earnest attempt to improve your knowledge in this area, it's often confusing, contradictory and ultimately discouraging. How can we determine what diet is truly healthy for a human?
0:31:09
September 17, 2018 6:30 am Stories We Tell About Reality
Elon Musk looks like he's never toked on a doobie before, and yet he's telling us, completely sober, that we're probably living within multiple nested computer simulations, like Russian nesting dolls.
0:31:47
September 10, 2018 6:30 am The Stories They Tell Us About Mind Control
Oooh, Mind Control! It's one of those stories that is pretty hard to believe, so much so that most don't give it much consideration. But is there any truth behind the myth? Let's look at it more closely...
0:29:54
September 3, 2018 6:30 am The Stories We Tell About Our Jobs (Part 2)
The only thing worse than having a job is not having one. But what happens when robots and AI take all our jobs?
0:30:01
August 27, 2018 6:30 am The Stories We Tell About Our Jobs
The only thing worse than having a job is not having one. Why does it seem such a rarity that people are employed doing something they enjoy? Why do we feel compelled to work a job at all?
0:29:58
August 20, 2018 6:30 am The Stories We Tell About The Illuminati
The Illuminati, an all powerful, mysterious group of anonymous shadowy figures with designs on full spectrum dominance of the entire planet. But are they real, or is this just another story told by conspiracy theorists with nothing better to do?
0:29:09
August 13, 2018 6:30 am The Stories We Tell About Fame
Fame seems to be an almost irresistible attraction for many people. But why do we place value on the attention and adoration of large numbers of people, when almost every story we're ever told about fame is a negative one?
0:31:53
July 23, 2018 6:30 am The Stories We Tell About Death
Death is one of the fundamental things any self-aware sentient human has to come to grips with. But how do we do that, when all evidence seems to indicate that death is final, and there is nothing beyond? Of course, that's where story comes in...
0:28:44
July 16, 2018 6:30 am Stories We Hold Onto
Sometimes we protect our stories against all reason and evidence. But do we really need the stories that originally inspired positive ideas to be validated?
0:30:54
July 9, 2018 6:30 am We Are The Stories We Tell Ourselves
We've talked about the stories we consume, the stories we tell others, and how that contributes to the collective consciousness. But what about the stories you tell yourself?
0:28:57
July 2, 2018 6:30 am Exploring Narrative Responsibility
Should a storyteller take responsibility for their effect on the collective consciousness?
0:29:46
June 24, 2018 7:00 am The Dark Side of Story
If positive thinking can be used to improve focus and performance, what about negative thinking?
0:31:40
June 16, 2018 1:39 pm The Stories We Tell To Get Laid
Putin and Russian hacking, Roseanne cancelled and storytelling as sexual signalling.
0:31:14

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The Narratively Speaking Podcast broadcasts from Footscray, Melbourne, Australia, putting out episodes every Monday at 6:30am in a cycle of 6-weeks-on-2-weeks-off. If you’d like to get in touch, hit us up on social media! We’d love to hear from you!