Audio Under the Stars

a summer-long audio festival

2017 Call for Stories

The 2017 season is just around the corner! We’re looking for your best short audio stories on these four themes:

Metamorphosis: Tales of Transformation and Change
We’re looking for stories of change in individuals, families, societies and nature. Think big OR small: Coming of age transformations, local stories of gentrification, national upheavals, or the impacts of global warming. Change can bring new energy and inspirations; it can also come at a cost. We’re looking for a mix of funny, thoughtful and poignant stories to illustrate how humans cope with the only certain uncertainty in life.

Skin and Bones: Life, Death, and Everything in Between
We’re looking for stories of the frailties and strengths of the human body, and how we handle sickness and health. Also, this theme could encompass life’s milestones along the journey: becoming a parent, losing a love, birthdays, weddings, funerals, and more.

From little white lies to national scandals, we want tales of skullduggery and deceit. Some lies are told for personal gain, others for protection. Are there times when honesty is NOT the best policy? We want all manner of stories about people, places and things that are not what they first appear.

Wild animals, wild places, wild adventures. Think man versus beast, the allure of the unknown, the ways we negotiate the natural world, and humanity’s struggle to find a place within it. This could also include stories of rebellion, lawlessness, and upheaval, moments when one’s inner wildness is released, as well as the battle to keep it in check.

Submission deadline is March 31st at midnight. Check out more on what we’re looking for, and send your best stories here.

That’s a Wrap for 2016


It was another incredible summer for Audio Under the Stars. Four shows, (mostly) great weather, and so many awesome folks! We had a blast sharing stories with you under the stars, and we couldn’t have done it with you. Thank you for coming, and stay tuned for details on next season’s lineup!

In the meantime, you can listen to our selection of local stories on our SoundCloud page.

Destination Unknown: Trips, Travels & Unexpected Journeys

Join us for stories of travel and transformation. We’ll explore sea voyages, hidden tunnels, big dreams, and what it means to leave it all behind.

Friday, June 17, 8-10 pm (Rain date: Saturday, June 25)

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

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New Season Starts May 27

Bad Advice & Second Chances

Friday, May 27, 2016 8-10 p.m.

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

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2016 Schedule

We’re thrilled to announce our third season of Audio Under The Stars, which will start in May and run through August at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. Based on feedback from you, we’re scrapping the idea of an indoor backup venue and instead planning rain dates for each of our shows.

Here’s what we’ve got planned:

May 27 – Bad Advice & Second Chances
(rain date June 3)
June 17 – Destination Unknown: trips, travels and unexpected journeys
(rain date June 25)
July 22 – Danger: tales of mischief and misfortune
(rain date July 29)
August 26 – Work It: stories of labor and leisure
(rain date September 2)

As always, we look to you to share your stories and the work of other talented radio-makers. Please send us your submissions:

2016 Call for Stories

Audio Under the Stars is back! North Carolina’s favorite audio garden party is gearing up for its third season, and we’re looking for your stories. Here are our themes for 2016:

Destination Unknown: trips, travels, and unexpected journeys
Tell us of a time when you went in search of something: a new place, a lost love, a chance at following a dream. Or when you set out just for fun- Where did the wanderlust take you and who did you meet along the way? We want stories of those eager for change and those longing for what’s left behind.

Danger: tales of mischief and misfortune
We’re looking for stories with an element of danger, either real or imagined. A lurking threat, a prank gone wrong, bullets dodged or imminent disaster. These could be humorous or serious; ideally stories will have a bit of each.

Work it: stories of labor and leisure
Drudgery or dream job- how do you make your money? What’s the oddest job you’ve ever taken? What would push you to walk away? At the end of the day, how do you put the world of work behind you? We’re looking for stories about any kind of work and play.

We need your help to find the best of the best. Use this form to submit a story for consideration— submit as many stories as you’d like! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016.

The ideal pieces are short and sweet, 2-8 minutes. We’ll occasionally consider pieces as long as 15 minutes, but nothing longer.

We love sound-rich stories that make us think, make us laugh, and take us to places near and far. We especially love pieces based in Durham, in North Carolina, or made by local radio producers. Share your work or work you find compelling made by someone else. We want to hear it all, even if it’s not a perfect fit for the theme. Got questions? Email us at


A Second Chance for Second Chances?

After much hand-wringing and heartache,  we’ve canceled tonight’s Bad Advice & Second Chances show due to rainy weather.

We asked and you told us the outdoor venue is an indispensable part of the magic. We agree. We also feel strongly that Audio Under The Stars should always be welcoming and open to all, so we balked at the idea of turning anyone away from an indoor venue that’s too small for all our friends.

Which brings us to another remarkable milestone. This summer our audience quadrupled. We are so honored, thrilled and grateful to have been able to share these stories and this unique experience with each and every one of you. We’ve been simply blown away by the response and support this season and we can’t wait to do it again.

So stay tuned! We’re planning more shows, including a second chance for Second Chances, and maybe even a surprise or two. We’ll also be collecting new stories all winter. If you’ve got an idea for a piece you’d like to produce, don’t wait for Spring, let us know now!

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance

August 28, 2015 True Romance show.

A huge turnout for the True Romance show.

It was a little more than a year ago when a handful of audio lovers got the inspiration to put on a listening party outside and invite the whole world.  At the time we launched Audio Under The Stars, we thought a great turnout might be us and a dozen friends, lounging under party lights. We never could have imagined how quickly our audiences would grow, or the amazing amount of support we would find in the community.  The August show drew more than 400 people, all eager to share stories of love.

One of the favorites of the night was Reema Khrais’ story of Romania and Quincy Meyers, who fell in love on a DATA bus.

Now, after an incredible second season, the summer is almost over.  There’s just one more chance this year to join us in the backyard for inspiring audio.  We’ll share stories of good intentions, bad ideas, rescue, revival, and redemption. We hope to see you there!


Who Do You Love?

Who, or what, makes your head spin and your heart beat a little faster? What makes you happiest? Where do you turn for comfort? We’re looking for your stories of love, be it passionate, romantic, platonic or idealistic.

There are two ways you can share your love story. If you have an audio piece you’ve made or heard that you’d like us to listen to, send it here.

If you have a story you’d like us to record, sign up to share your story on Saturday, August 1, at the Museum of Durham History. Drop us a line at or on Facebook  to schedule a time to talk.

All stories recorded at the Museum of Durham History will be archived at the Durham County Library and some might be featured in our August show: True Romance: Love Stories of All Stripes.

love story recording day

Are the Dog Days Really Over?

We are looking for great audio stories that (loosely) fit the theme of Dog Days: Stories of Indolence and Frenzy. If you have a story, or have heard a story you think fits, use this link to send it our way!

It’s not all lazy days and picnics. The Dog Days were once considered an evil time when “wine grew sour and dogs turned mad.” Send us the good and the bad: summer flings and overheated outbursts; stories of indolence and frenzy. Plus, dogs. We like dogs.  Submit a story>


Dog Days: Stories of Indolence and Frenzy

Friday, July 24 8-10 p.m.

Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
1317 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27705

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