Believable Podcast, Episode 3: The Dare

Mike is an aspiring writer feeling lost and confused, when his therapist makes a shocking proposition.

Believable Podcast, Episode 3: The Dare

In episode 3 of Narratively’s debut podcast, Believable, we profile Narratively’s very own Mike Stahl, a longtime writer and editor of ours. Mike tells us about the time he had just left his tenure-track teaching job in New York to follow his dream of becoming a writer. But, as many aspiring scribes can attest, breaking into the freelance business can be brutal. And the perceived failure started weighing on Mike, bringing back an avalanche of self-confidence issues he’d battled his whole life. So he went to a therapist. He had no clue what was coming.

Believable is a podcast that explores how our stories define who we are. In each episode, we dive into a personal, eye-opening story where narratives conflict, and different perspectives about the truth collide. Listen to Believable below or on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcherSpotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can find the transcript for this episode here. 


Believable, Episode 3 Credits
Lead Producer & Sound Designer: Ryan Sweikert
Host & Executive Producer, Narratively Podcasts: Noah Rosenberg
Production Assistant: Emily Rostek
Story Consultant: Brendan Spiegel
Art Direction: Vinnie Neuberg
Episode Art: Zoe Van Dijk
Special Thanks: Ula Kulpa, Julia Barton, Barb Anguiano, Judah Kauffman, Zack Dinerstein, The NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and the Made in New York Media Center for their support.