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Lightning strikes once 6 MIN, 29 SEC

First, the story of a lightning strike. On July 27, 2014, a bolt of lightning struck Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Nick Fagnano, a 20-year-old student, died from the strike. Robert Kilroy, a chiropractor and lifeguard, was also at Venice Beach that day and was struck by the same bolt. We spoke to Kilroy and his daughter, Emily, about what changed after his shock to the system, and what – didn't.

Robert Kilroy and his daughter, Emily Kilroy
Photo by Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson (C) with Robert and Emily Kilroy
Photo by Bob Carlson

Parasite 6 MIN, 22 SEC

Writer and perennial science nerd Bryan Kett has the story of finding himself at college, and, once again, at the bottom of the social totem pole. But, for once, it was his love of biology that turned things around for Kett – at first, anyway.

Bryan Kett is a writer and storyteller who splits his time between living in Los Angeles and thinking about Chicago. He would love nothing more than to talk with you. You can email him at  to grab coffee.

A tapeworm, much like the one that lived inside cool Tim
Photo courtesy of CDC Division of Parasitic Diseases

Photo courtesy of Bryan Kett

Retreat from sanity 7 MIN, 34 SEC

Next, Sara Irving reluctantly goes on a meditation retreat. It turns out to be a bit of a nightmare – but also, somehow, exactly what she needed.

Sara Irving is a pseudonym – she asked to use one to keep her private life, private. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology, works with trauma and psychosis, and develops performance pieces with torture survivors to give them an opportunity to tell their stories. She lives in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of Sara Irving

Shock and aww 8 MIN, 4 SEC

Finally, a story of electric shocks – real, literal, electric shocks. That's how Daniel's grandfather landed a first date with his grandmother. And it was the story of that fateful date – and those fateful shocks – that gave Daniel what he needed to make a romantic plunge of his own.

Daniel Sadaña París is a writer living in Montréal. His work has appeared in BOMB, Guernica, LitHub, the Quarterly Conversation, and Music and Literature. His novel Among Strange Victims was just published by Coffee House Press. Daniel performed this story at the This Really Happened storytelling series in Montréal.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Saldaña París

Among Strange Victims

Daniel Saldaña París


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