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Washington, DC - Odyssey

  • Busboys and Poets 5th and K 1025 5th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

Every good story is about the decisions we make and the journeys we take. From escaping the wrath of Katrina to waging a hormonal war, join us for a night of odyssey.

Hosted by Shane M Hanlon and Maryam Zaringhalam.

Stories by:

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Rod Corriveau leads National Institutes of Health (NIH) planning efforts that establish research priorities toward preventing and treating Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias in the United States. He is also responsible for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) research portfolios. Before becoming a scientist, Rod twice represented Canada in the Junior World Speed Skating Championships.He was an Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.

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Morgan Givens is a storyteller and performer based in Washington, DC. He has performed at Story District's Top Shelf, Creative Mornings DC, Little Salon and a host of other storytelling events throughout the city and along the East Coast. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Upworthy, Buzzfeed and participated in a panel at the 2017 AFI Documentary Film Festival Forum, titled Hear Me Now: The Art of Nonfiction Podcasting. Morgan is the creator and host of the podcast Dispatches, and uses his podcast to explore the intricacies of identity, culture, and the complicated nature of human interaction.


Lizzie Peabody is named after a tugboat on the Mississippi River. She's a southerner by birth, northerner by aspiration, and currently dwells in the middle. She graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in English & Interdisciplinary studies, and wrote her thesis on the social effects of public school architecture on civil rights era desegregation. She spent four years as a classroom teacher before beginning work in audio production and podcasting. Her own show, Your Story Here, features disarmingly intimate interviews with strangers, and has been featured in DCist, 730DC, The Washingtonian, and Podster Magazine. 



Jason Rodriguez is a writer, editor, educator, and applied mathematician. Jason spends the first half of his day developing physiological models of human injury. In the evenings, Jason creates educational comic books about American history, systemic racism, and physics. On the weekends, Jason tends to visit conventions, museums, libraries, and festivals in order to talk about the unparalleled joy of comic books, and how that joy can spark a desire to learn and create in kids. Jason lives in Arlington, VA on the rare occasion when he’s home.  

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Jenny Splitter is a science, food and health writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, New York Magazine, and other outlets. She has been a storyteller since 2012, performing for audiences at the 9:30 Club, the National Gallery of Art, the Birchmere, and that one episode of the Risk! podcast. She is also featured in the new documentary Science Moms. In her spare time, she enjoys carving intricate ice sculptures and growing her own heirloom wheat. Just kidding, she has two children.   

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