The Gist: storytelling champ Matthew Dicks helps a dad prepare the tale of his autistic son.

Autism and One Dad's Storytelling Strategy

Autism and One Dad's Storytelling Strategy

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 21 2015 7:22 PM

The Present Tense (and Other Storytelling Secrets)

Listen in as The Moth champ Matthew Dicks coaches a dad on how to talk about life with his autistic son.

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Storyteller Matt Dicks on stage, finger ready.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo Courtesy Matt Dicks.

Listen to Episode 262 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, professional storyteller Matthew Dicks is here to coach our winning listener Frank Kennedy. We’ll hear stories from Frank’s life raising an autistic son, and hear ideas for how to better integrate them into a larger story. For the Spiel, a story of Kansas punishing people on welfare leads to an amazing stat.


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