"I just got on that rail and turned around..."

Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Kevin Berthia talks with retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs. They met the day Berthia tried to end his ...
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Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

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Angels & Mentors
Family
Friendship
Griot
Struggle
Work

"When I first saw him, I turned him down."

Bill Jones, the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child, tells his friend Stu Maddux about his son, Aaron.
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Bill Jones, the first single man in California to successfully adopt a child, tells his friend Stu Maddux about his ...
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Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

In Partnership with
LGBTQ Historic Context Stories

Themes
Family
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"You can hear the shopping cart coming down the sidewalk."

Herman Travis speaks with his neighbor Robert Cochran about delivering food to elderly and disabled residents of his housing complex.
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Herman Travis speaks with his neighbor Robert Cochran about delivering food to elderly and disabled residents of his housing complex.
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Yosmay del Mazo

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Griot
Work

"If we left, they wouldn't have nobody."

Miguel Alvarez (L) and Maurice Rowland (R) remember caring for residents at an assisted living home, where they were a janitor and a cook, when it closed suddenly, leaving many elderly residents abandoned.
Recorded in Hayward, California
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Miguel Alvarez (L) and Maurice Rowland (R) remember caring for residents at an assisted living home, where they were a ...
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Recorded in Hayward, California
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Friendship
Legacy
Struggle
Work

"He never really spoke too much; but his love for my grandmother was amazing."

Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and grandfather -- a Korean War veteran -- who helped raise him.
Recorded in Concord, California
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Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and ...
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Recorded in Concord, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

In Partnership with
War Ink

Themes
Family
Military
Work

"I'm curious how I could have reached out to you better?"

Antero Garcia (R) talks to his former student Roger Alvarez (L) who dropped out during his senior year of high school.
Recorded in Culver City, California
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Antero Garcia (R) talks to his former student Roger Alvarez (L) who dropped out during his senior year of high ...
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Recorded in Culver City, California
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Themes
Historias
Struggle
Teachers

"People thought I was such a good friend."

Patty Woods remembers her partner, who left a lasting impact on her life.
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Patty Woods remembers her partner, who left a lasting impact on her life.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Frank Kingman

In Partnership with
outLoud Radio

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Identity
LGBTQ

"It's definitely forced us to grow up faster than we would have otherwise."

Cristina Peña and Chris Ondaatje, who have been dating since high school, remember when Cristina revealed she was born HIV positive.
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Cristina Peña and Chris Ondaatje, who have been dating since high school, remember when Cristina revealed she was born ...
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Historias
Romance
Struggle

"I'm very proud that he was my son."

Jeff Lasater tells his friend Drew Cartwright about his son Jeremiah who, after being bullied at school, committed suicide at 14 years old.
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Jeff Lasater tells his friend Drew Cartwright about his son Jeremiah who, after being bullied at school, committed suicide at 14 ...
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Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Eliza Bettinger

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Friendship
Struggle

"Me dijiste, 'Tenemos que ir a ver si encontramos algo, a ver por lo menos una foto.'"

Carmen Santos y su hermano Juan Castillo crecieron en Los Angeles pensando que su madre los había abandonado cuando vivían en Guatemala. Un día, descubrieron la verdad sobre lo que pasó.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Carmen Santos y su hermano Juan Castillo crecieron en Los Angeles pensando que su madre los había abandonado cuando ...
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Anna Berlanga

Themes
Discovery
En Español
Family

"Everybody thought I couldn't get pregnant..."

Maria Vasquez-Rojas talks with her brother, Francisco Vasquez, about being diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after finding out she was pregnant.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Maria Vasquez-Rojas talks with her brother, Francisco Vasquez, about being diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after finding out she was ...
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Eliza Bettinger

Themes
Historias
Struggle

"Ever since I was 10, I knew that I needed to be a dad."

Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
Recorded in Santa Monica, California
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Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Soo Na Pak

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Friendship
Growing Up
LGBTQ

"Did you ever give up hope?"

Josh Lampert and his father, Chuck, talk about Josh's struggle with mental illness, which began while Josh was in college more than a decade ago.
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Josh Lampert and his father, Chuck, talk about Josh's struggle with mental illness, which began while Josh was in college ...
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

Themes
Struggle

"When I asked him what I owed him, he said, 'You just pass it on.' "

Thomas Weller remembers how he got started helping strangers in need.
Recorded in San Diego, California
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Thomas Weller remembers how he got started helping strangers in need.
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Angels & Mentors

"The disconnect is huge."

Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting to civilian life after their combat deployments.
Recorded in San Diego, California
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Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting ...
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Military
Work

"What do you feel you've learned from cancer?"

Jerris Marr interviews his 10-year-old daughter Faith about surviving bone cancer on her spine.
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Jerris Marr interviews his 10-year-old daughter Faith about surviving bone cancer on her spine.
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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

In Partnership with
Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle

"My mom was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's."

Rebecca Posamentier (R) reflects on an interview she recorded with her mother, Carol Kirsch (L).
Recorded in Lafayette, California
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Rebecca Posamentier (R) reflects on an interview she recorded with her mother, Carol Kirsch (L).
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Recorded in Lafayette, California
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Kemba Bloodworth

In Partnership with
Alzheimers Association - Northern California Chapter

Themes
Growing Up
Memory Loss

"He dropped me off in the middle of the night with a $5 bill."

Bryan Wilmoth tells his younger brother, Michael, about being kicked out of the house because he is gay.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Bryan Wilmoth tells his younger brother, Michael, about being kicked out of the house because he is gay.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

In Partnership with
AIDS Project of Los Angeles

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I remember going through family albums looking for my face in old photographs..."

Diane Tells His Name talks to her daughter Bonnie Buchanan about discovering she was adopted.
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Diane Tells His Name talks to her daughter Bonnie Buchanan about discovering she was adopted.
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Jud Esty-Kendall with Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Identity

"One of the big mistakes you can make is to not believe yourself."

Big-rig driver Boyd Applegate tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon, about being a real-beard Santa Claus.
Recorded in San Diego, California
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Big-rig driver Boyd Applegate tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon, about being a real-beard Santa Claus.
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

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