"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.
Cristina Peña and Chris Ondaatje, who have been dating since high school, remember when Cristina revealed she was ...
Recorded in
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.
Jeff Lasater tells his friend Drew Cartwright about his son Jeremiah who, after being bullied at school, committed suicide at 14 ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Eliza Bettinger

Themes
Friendship
Struggle

"It was a really wonderful, amazing world that came crashing down."

Stefan Lynch Strassfeld talks to his friend Beth Teper about growing up with gay parents in the 1980s.

To see a photo of Stefan's aunties, click here.
Stefan Lynch Strassfeld talks to his friend Beth Teper about growing up with gay parents in the 1980s. To see ...
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Eloise Metzer

In Partnership with
Anti-Defamation League

Themes
Growing Up
LGBTQ
Witness

"I remember wishing I would wake up a boy."

August Faustino and his friend Chris Elardo talk about being transgendered men.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
August Faustino and his friend Chris Elardo talk about being transgendered men.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jackie Goodrich

Themes
Discovery
Identity
LGBTQ

"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 California, Los Angeles
Maria Vasquez-Rojas talks with her brother, Francisco Vasquez, about being diagnosed with ovarian cancer shortly after finding out she was ...
Recorded in
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 California, Santa Monica
Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
Recorded in
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Soo Na Pak

Themes
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.
Josh Lampert and his father, Chuck, talk about Josh's struggle with mental illness, which began while Josh was in college ...
Recorded in
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 California, San Diego
Thomas Weller remembers how he got started helping strangers in need.
Recorded in
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 California, San Diego
Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting ...
Recorded in
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.
Jerris Marr interviews his 10-year-old daughter Faith about surviving bone cancer on her spine.
Recorded in
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 California, Lafayette
Rebecca Posamentier (R) reflects on an interview she recorded with her mother, Carol Kirsch (L).
Recorded in
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 California, Los Angeles
Bryan Wilmoth tells his younger brother, Michael, about being kicked out of the house because he is gay.
Recorded in
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.
Diane Tells His Name talks to her daughter Bonnie Buchanan about discovering she was adopted.
Recorded in
Produced by
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 California, San Diego
Big-rig driver Boyd Applegate tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon, about being a real-beard Santa Claus.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

Themes

"My day starts at about four o'clock..."

Big-rig driver Boyd Applegate tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon, about volunteering at the polls nearly every Election Day for 20 years.
Recorded in California, San Diego
Big-rig driver Boyd Applegate tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon, about volunteering at the polls nearly every Election Day for 20 years.
Recorded in
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

Themes
Work

"I should have died at age 19."

Special education teacher Ken Rensink tells his friend Laurel Hill-Ward how surviving a near-fatal car crash has influenced his teaching.
Recorded in California, Chico
Special education teacher Ken Rensink tells his friend Laurel Hill-Ward how surviving a near-fatal car crash has influenced his teaching.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Dana Glass

Themes
Identity
Struggle
Teachers
Work

"The last picture she saw was one of me."

Shelli Wright and her son, Graham Haggett, remember his grandmother Sandra Lee Wright, who was killed on September 11, 2001.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
Shelli Wright and her son, Graham Haggett, remember his grandmother Sandra Lee Wright, who was killed on September 11, 2001.
Recorded in
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Alejandro De La Cruz

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
Growing Up
September 11
Witness

"When I came in 1966, nobody knew about who a Sikh was."

Surinder Singh (L) and his son Rupinder (R) talk about their lives as Sikhs in the U.S. and Canada.
Surinder Singh (L) and his son Rupinder (R) talk about their lives as Sikhs in the U.S. and Canada.
Recorded in
Produced by
Anita Rao and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
Struggle

"I worked harder than I have ever thought of working."

Three stories about student mentors called "Chasers" who do whatever it takes to get their kids to class.
Recorded in California, Pasadena
Three stories about student mentors called "Chasers" who do whatever it takes to get their kids to class.
Recorded in
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher, Jud Esty-Kendall, Anita Rao, Brian Reed & Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher

Themes
Friendship
Historias
Struggle
Teachers

"My mind is so damaged."

Marco Ferreira talks to his wife, Wendy Tucker, about surviving a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2008.
Marco Ferreira talks to his wife, Wendy Tucker, about surviving a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 2008.
Recorded in
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Struggle