Stories from the Stage to Premiere Season 7 on WORLD with New Slate of Storytellers


Theresa Okokon and Wes Hazard host new episodes starting October 16 on WORLD, complete with special episodes spotlighting Native storytellers leading into Native American Heritage Month.

Stories from the Stage, showcasing extraordinary stories told by ordinary people from all walks of life, premieres its seventh season on Monday, October 16 at 9:30/8:30c. During each episode, series hosts, humorists and storytellers Theresa Okokon and Wes Hazard set the stage for the evening’s theme and welcome three amateur storytellers to perform for a live audience. 

The season features four special episodes taped in Arizona and Nebraska. Flourishing in the Desert (October 16) and All Connected (November 20) are produced in collaboration with Arizona PBS, and On Sacred Ground (October 23) and Sacred Circle (November 13) are produced in collaboration with Nebraska Public Media and Vision Maker Media

"Season 7 premieres with seven Native storytellers from seven different tribes in three states, all taped at Nebraska Public Media. At Arizona PBS, seven more storytellers share compelling stories about overcoming the odds to connect deeply with their communities," said Liz Cheng, general manager for WORLD and co-executive producer of Stories from the Stage. "Get ready to be moved, inspired and entertained as we witness the enduring appeal of extraordinary stories that define uniquely American experiences."

Connection through identity is interwoven throughout Stories from the Stage. Audiences will find humor, poignant lessons and moments of triumph in episodes such as Finding Family (December 4), Bucket List (January 8), Quest (January 22), From the Heart (February 12), Extraordinary Women (March 4), Be the Change (March 18), Belonging (May 6) and Sound Check (May 13).

Stories from the Stage is available on WORLD,, on YouTube and on the PBS app. You can find individual stories and exclusive digital content on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and more, plus take the stories on the go with Stories from the Stage: The Podcast, bringing deep dives, interviews and more from series co-creators and podcast co-hosts Patricia Alvarado Núñez and Liz Cheng. Select stories from Stories from the Stage also broadcast Fridays on PRX and GBH's globally-focused radio program The World.

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