The Gist: Matt Dicks on storytelling and Brian Williams’ tall tale.

From McDonald’s Manager to Award-Winning Storyteller

From McDonald’s Manager to Award-Winning Storyteller

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Feb. 5 2015 7:18 PM

The Most Interesting Man We Know

Storytelling coach Matt Dicks demonstrates why he’s a regular on The Moth and offers some tips for your bid to receive our storytelling makeover.

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Storyteller Matt Dicks onstage, finger ready.

Photo Illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Matt Dicks.

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Today on The Gist, we might have audio from Brian Williams’ helicopter being shot down. Plus, storyteller Matt Dicks tells us about how he pares down memorable moments from his life into the five seconds that are worth telling. He’s helping us train a master storyteller here on The Gist. Want to pitch your tale? Tell us your name, a little bit about you, and brief version of your story. Call 304-607-GIST (4478) with your minute-long pitch.


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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.