"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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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Eliza Bettinger

Themes
Historias
Struggle

"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

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

Facilitated by
Alejandro De La Cruz

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Themes
Growing Up
September 11
Witness

"We were prepared for people to be unhappy, but we couldn't believe our eyes."

Karen Slade, Eric "Rico" Reed, and Arthur "Sonny" Williams of radio station KJLH remember the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
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Karen Slade, Eric "Rico" Reed, and Arthur "Sonny" Williams of radio station KJLH remember the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Kevin Oliver. Special thanks to Dr. Phylis Johnson

Themes
Griot
Witness
Work

"Nos dijo, 'Quiero que caminen sin zapatos porque los perros son muy buenos en detectar las pisadas'."

Blanca Alvarez le cuenta a su hija Connie Alvarez sobre el dia en que cruzo la frontera sin documentos para llegar a los Estados Unidos desde Mexico.
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Blanca Alvarez le cuenta a su hija Connie Alvarez sobre el dia en que cruzo la frontera sin documentos para ...
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Nadia Reiman

Themes
En Español

"What was it like becoming a parent to my sister and I overnight?"

Phil Donney talks with his aunt Abby Leibman about raising Phil and his sister, Laura, after their mother was murdered.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Phil Donney talks with his aunt Abby Leibman about raising Phil and his sister, Laura, after their mother was murdered.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Beatriz Colonia & Eloise Melzer

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle

"I've never seen you turn anybody away."

Paul Crowley (L) talks with his friend and fellow veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza (R), who calls himself "Dreamer," about the free haircuts he gives in a VA Hospital parking lot.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Paul Crowley (L) talks with his friend and fellow veteran Anthony Bravo Esparza (R), who calls himself "Dreamer," about the ...
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Eloise Melzer

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Military
Work

"I am happier now without my voice than I've ever been with my voice."

Rene Foreman, who survived cancer of the esophagus, tells her daughter Michelle about speaking through an electrolarynx.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Rene Foreman, who survived cancer of the esophagus, tells her daughter Michelle about speaking through an electrolarynx.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman with Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Anaid Reyes

Themes
Identity
Struggle

"Mother told me we would be spending the summer in the South."

72-year-old Ellaraino (R) tells her friend Baki AnNur (L) about meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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72-year-old Ellaraino (R) tells her friend Baki AnNur (L) about meeting her great-grandmother for the first time.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Marquita James

In Partnership with
KPCC

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"I can remember things that occur in my heart much better than things that occur in my head."

Robert Patterson, who has Alzheimer's disease, speaks with his wife, Karen.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Gaspar Caro

In Partnership with
Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Memory Loss
Struggle

"They'd come in limping and they would literally leave walking."

Carlos Mosqueda tells his daughter, Cindy, about how his father healed people in their East LA home.
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Carlos Mosqueda tells his daughter, Cindy, about how his father healed people in their East LA home.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Alejandro De La Cruz

In Partnership with
KPCC

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Growing Up
Historias

"I just thought I was going to go to a gym and get in the ring and fight."

17-year-old amateur boxing champion Seniesa Estrada talks to her father and coach, Joe Estrada, about how she got started in the sport.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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17-year-old amateur boxing champion Seniesa Estrada talks to her father and coach, Joe Estrada, about how she got started in ...
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Lily Percy

Themes
Growing Up
Historias

"My aunt started telling us that my Mom had this disease..."

Charles Jackson remembers the day he found out that his mother had Alzheimer's disease.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Charles Jackson remembers the day he found out that his mother had Alzheimer's disease.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Naomi Greene

Themes
Memory Loss
Struggle
Wisdom

"It's the thing I've worked at hardest in my life."

George Caywood talks to his daughter Gina about raising a family while battling depression.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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George Caywood talks to his daughter Gina about raising a family while battling depression.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by


Facilitated by
Piya Kochhar

Themes
Struggle
Produced by


Facilitated by
Jackie Goodrich

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Struggle

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

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

Facilitated by
Jackie Goodrich

Themes
Discovery
Identity
LGBTQ

"The jobs change; managers change; I still stay there."

100-year-old Arthur Winston tells his great-grandnephew, Eric Givens, about working for 72 years.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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100-year-old Arthur Winston tells his great-grandnephew, Eric Givens, about working for 72 years.
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Facilitated by


Themes
Griot
Wisdom
Work
Produced by


Facilitated by
Jackie Goodrich

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Romance

"He said, 'When the border patrol changes shifts, you're going to run.'"

Blanca Alvarez tells her daughter, Connie, about crossing the border from Mexico to the United States.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California
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Blanca Alvarez tells her daughter, Connie, about crossing the border from Mexico to the United States.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jackie Goodrich

Themes
Historias
Struggle
Witness