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In today’s episode of the Parent Cue Live podcast, we hear from Greg Payne and Mike Clear, story producers of Miss Rory’s Story Emporium, an imaginative, storytelling podcast for the whole family.


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  • Start a conversation. After listening together, ask your kids what they imagined the character looked like, what they saw in their imaginations, and what they thought about the episode’s theme.


Miss Rory's Story Emporium Podcast


When you think “family movie night,” the words that come to mind are “family togetherness” and “fun.” But you know what’s missing? The word “creativity.”

There are likely movies your kids watch that you have committed to memory from opening scenes to closing credits (You know you want to belt, Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” right now. Go on. We’ll wait!). But here’s the thing about movies: The animators have done incredible jobs creating memorable scenes, which leave little room for the imagination. Instead of letting your mind paint the setting and imagine what characters look like, they’ve done all that for you.

What’s great, however, is the ever-evolving technology that often presents us with different mediums to stretch our creative minds. According to The New York Times, podcasts are “the new bedtime story,” helping listeners slip into a world far beyond the confines of their workplaces, cars, and homes.

Experiencing something together

Today’s media culture is mostly visually driven. With iPhones, Netflix, and YouTube, information is just shown to us. Podcasts allow listeners to create the world for themselves.

With that said, we’re excited to share our podcast, Miss Rory’s Story Emporium, with you guys! This podcast takes listeners inside a mysterious, yet magical bookstore where new adventures await on every shelf. Characters and listeners are literally pulled into the episode’s story (complete with dramatic audio production) where adventure and teachable moments about kindness and generosity await.

The podcast aims to help families experience something together that will help spark conversations around the themes.

“Video kind of separates families,” Greg Payne says. “You’re all watching an image, but you’re not together. Audio does that differently. You’re all participating. You’re building this world in your imagination. You’ve got conversation built in.”


Greg Payne


Greg Payne is a creative writer, video producer, and performer for Orange and 252 Basics. He has been married for 21 years. He has two daughters, a grill, a motorcycle, and a strange sense of humor. His dog loves anything from the grill. His daughters like his motorcycle. His wife tolerates his sense of humor with grace and mercy.

Mike Clear


Mike serves as the Director of Children’s Strategy at The reThink Group. Mike lives in Cumming, Georgia, with his amazing wife Crystal, who thanks to him has the coolest name ever – Crystal Clear! Together they have two amazing children: Nash and Kennedy.

Kristen Ivy - Parent Cue Live Host


Kristen is the Executive Director of Messaging at Orange, Director of The Phase Project, and co-author of Playing For Keeps and It’s Just a Phase – So Don’t Miss It. She combines her degree in secondary education with a Master of Divinity and lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children, Sawyer,  Hensley, and Raleigh, in Cumming, GA.

Carlos Whittaker, Parent Cue Live Host


Carlos is an author, speaker, and content creator living in Nashville, TN with his wife Heather and 3 kids Sohaila, Seanna, and Losiah. He is addicted to social media, his wife’s enchiladas, and is determined to have his daughters teach him to land a backflip on the trampoline by the time he is 45.

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