In episode #23, Sam sits down with Paul to hear about growing up in Richardson, baseball, THE WEST WING, his time in Uganda, and his work now as a manager of a cafe. Then later on in the show, we have a drop in guest. What? All that, along with a new ad, and an intro song that made Sam tear his vocal chords.
Sam kicks off STORIES WITH SAM v.2.0 with his friend Carrie. They discuss her upbringing in Texas' Golden Triangle, her experiences in college and seminary, and how she wound up a pastor in Austin. They also talk about the ups and downs of working in ministry together, and what they think about auto correct on phones. All that and a word from a new sponsor, on this week's STORIES WITH SAM!
It's the first ever live STORIES WITH SAM! All the regular parts of an episode are here. But there's also occasional clapping, muffled laughter, music, and an extra story from an earlier guest. Then Shane Blackshear sits down with Sam to discuss his early life as the son of a mayor, his twenties as a church planter, and how he wound up now hosting his own great podcast. There are also two exciting announcements at the beginning and OMG there's so much in this episode!
Jessica shares about growing up in Ohio and Texas, Saturdays at the skating rink, and how she became a teacher. There's also great discussion about how Jessica's found herself in China the last few years, and how Sam once rapped at an Earth day assembly while going through a NKOTB phase.
In episode 16, Sam has his first in auto conversation! Javi sits in Sam's car and discusses parenting, his work as a special education assistant, and the hilariously awkward messages he left on his wife's phone when he first asked her out. All that, and a new ad to get you ready for the winter, on this week's STORIES WITH SAM!
In episode 15, Sam sits down with Dan to discuss his life in academics and the corporate world, growing up in Texas City, and how even in his early 60's he's still not sure what comes next. Tune in to hear Sam badly rap an intro song, then stick around for the great discussion with Dan.
Sam and Chelsi discuss what life was like for her growing up as a black woman in Mississippi, what her pursuit of a PhD in Anthropology has entailed, and lessons learned in the last few years since her father's death. She also drops quite a surprise at the very beginning of the episode, and there's an amazing new sponsor!
Sam and his daughter Ada discuss her last year of school, what she's going to be up to this summer, and some of what she can remember about life so far. There are also life changing discussions about LIV AND MADDIE (really!) and whether or not God plays guitar and/or wears sunglasses. All that, plus an ad relevant to the increasing temperatures, and details on the first live STORIES WITH SAM!
Sam and Alvin talk about what it was like for Alvin to grow up with a strong single mother, play football in high school, and think he was going to be a minister. They also discuss what life looks like now that Alvin's a husband, father, and successful banker. All that, along with a new sponsor and a teaser about something exciting coming up for STORIES WITH SAM.
In episode 8, Sam sits with Tim on his back porch and discusses things like canoe building, stumbling into your vocation, wrestling singlets, the death of Tim's father, and the funny way his decade old desire to build a school and medical clinic in Rwanda is now playing out. All this, and a new ad from our friends at Bookpillow!
Sam talks with Ed about his work with the Community First Village, his past experience as a youth minister, and how he wound up in Austin. They also talk about action movies and THE KARATE KID... a lot. All of that, and another new sponsor, on Episode 6 of STORIES WITH SAM.