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The Stories: Our archive of past stories is below all this writing.

The Storyboard: The people who help make the show happen is at the link

The Idea Behind the Show Is Right Here: 

San Antonio is a city of stories.

Texas Public Radio launched Worth Repeating to find and share these stories. San Antonio is 300 years old. But unlike its contemporaries: Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, and New York, this city's stories are largely unknown. TPR wants to help change that by getting its residents to tell their stories and recognize how important they are even if they don't read like a movie script.

During our season once a month, 7 storytellers will have 7 minutes to tell a true story from their life around a common theme.

Think This American Life or The Moth, but sourced from your friends and neighbors. Public Radio tries daily to educate San Antonio about the world, now we want San Antonio to tell us about itself and its people. 

To submit your story, or to rat out a friend you think would be great, click here and send us an email.

New Dates and Themes!

Listen Back To Season One:

 Season Two:

Season Three:

  • 09.05.17 | After All This Time: Stories of looking back, monumental endeavors, and lost loves
  • 10.10.17 | Because How I Am Stories of where we came from, identity and more. [This is a special show that will take place at The San Antonio Museum of Art as part of their Exhibit "The Latino List"
  • 11.07.17 | Secrets & Rumors: Stories of...You Guessed it, Both Secrets and Rumors
  • 12.12.17 | Obsessions
  • 02.06.18 | Cheaters: stories of grifters, cons, rubes and enforcers.
  • 03.06.18 | As Luck Would Have It: stories of bad and good luck and how to get it
  • 04.03.18 | Tricentennial: stories of the city, builders, dreamers and doers

Roberto Martinez

Christmas abroad sounded like a great idea. But the 72-hour flight, followed by an eight-hour train to a small (9 million people) town in central China, followed by another train ride to Shanghai, sort of bummed Tiffany Paddock out.

The whirlwind journey took a happy turn, maybe, when Tiffany deduced her long-term and long-distance boyfriend was going to propose.  What would she say? And when would she be allowed to sleep?

This story was recorded for Worth Repeating September 4, 2018 at Brick. The theme was "Alien."

Roberto Martinez

Of course, San Antonio is the friendliest city in the country. 

While residents puff their chests about how easy and accommodating the city is, it was anything but for 18-year old UTSA student Jessica Elizarraras. Now the food writer for the San Antonio Current, Jessica says she struggled to fit in back then. Despite being from Brownsville, she found herself confronting a culture that was familiar but foreign.

Fiesta? Cascarones? Puro? All things she had to learn about, and sometimes accept as out of reach.

Roberto Martinez

A cardboard box of possessions and a heart filled with yearning to see her young son and family, were all that Siliva Alcaraz took with her when she crossed the border from Piedras Negras. She was on her way to rejoin her family and get her green card, but she couldn't have expected that she was really starting a whole new life in San Antonio.

And in classic San Antonio style, her introduction to the city was through the international ambassador program known as The San Antonio Spurs.  Listen to this sweet story of perseverance and try not to cry.

Roberto Martinez

Victoria Pool was thrilled to get her first job in education. But that first faculty meeting, where teachers discussed what and how they would teach the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" took an abrupt turn when it came to light that Victoria had never read it. 

When asked condescendingly how this could be possible, she replied in-kind, "I'm sorry, I was probably getting high or skipping school. But don't worry, I understand racism."

Hilarious, well told, and heartfelt, be sure to listen to this Worth Repeating story.

Roberto Martinez

Emily Stone was doing research in a place that even the most conservative of descriptions would be called paradise.  She was splitting her time between the outer islands of Yap in Micronesia, and she loved it right up until she didn't. 

Language, basic competencies and everyday annoyances started to make her feel isolated. Then famed movie director James Cameron showed up.

This story was recorded for Worth Repeating September 4, 2018 at Brick. The theme was "Alien."

Roberto Adrian Martinez

Jim Beal spent decades as a journalist and a few more as a musician. He has a surplus of stories about the city's numerous artists. This one takes place in early 90's. It features one of San Antonio's biggest cultural icons, a writer from Spin magazine and a shedding cat.

Roberto Adrian Martinez

   In the spring of 1938, noted journalist and novelist Graham Green wrote of San Antonio that he had never  seen such opulence set immediately next to such abject poverty.

Roberto Adrian Martinez

Bekah McNeel was born and bred in San Antonio. She said of her story that it's so San Antonio that you could "wrap it up as a taco and eat it for breakfast."

Fundamentally it is a love story, and every great love story has a castle. This castle just happens to be a fixture of one of San Antonio's oldest neighborhoods.

This story was recorded April 3 at Brick for the Worth Repeating show with the theme "Tricentennial."

Roberto Adrian Martinez

 Fifty years ago, the city of San Antonio held the World’s Fair. The event brought the global attention, investment -- resulting in Hemisfair downtown -- and even some royalty. Anastacio Bueno was there.

Roberto Adrian Martinez

Mike Sutter is a food writer for the San Antonio Express-News, and his story tonight is all about discovering the City through food. Back in 2016 he quipped that he wanted to replicate a series of taco reports he had done in Austin down here. The project would mean he ate at a different taco joint every day for 365 days.  Be careful what you wish for.