"I said, 'This is not telephone discussion.'"

Rita Fischer (90) and Jay Fischer (65) recall the moment that Jay came out as gay.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Rita Fischer (90) and Jay Fischer (65) recall the moment that Jay came out as gay.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah

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Discovery
Identity
LGBTQ
Romance

"We didn't know he was sick..."

Elisa Seeger and her husband, Bobby Seeger, Jr. remember their son, Aidan, who died in 2012 from a genetic disorder called adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD. He is the inspiration behind "Aidan's Law", which requires mandatory newborn screening for ALD in the state of New York.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Elisa Seeger and her husband, Bobby Seeger, Jr. remember their son, Aidan, who died in 2012 from a genetic disorder called ...
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Jud Esty-Kendall, John White

Facilitated by
John White

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Legacy
Struggle
Witness

"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people..."

Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

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Military
Struggle
Witness

"We were wearing big, stinky, heavy gear."

New York City Firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen remember their first Valentine's Day together.
Recorded in New York, New York City
New York City Firefighters Sophy Medina and Thomas Olsen remember their first Valentine's Day together.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Romance
Work

"I can't believe it's been 10 years."

Kathleen Russo and Marissa Maier, widow and stepdaughter of the writer and monologist Spalding Gray, remember the day he disappeared.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Kathleen Russo and Marissa Maier, widow and stepdaughter of the writer and monologist Spalding Gray, remember the day he disappeared.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda with Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda

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Struggle

"If you need me to hold your hand, I'm there."

New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
Recorded in New York, New York City
New York City Subway Conductor Paquita Williams talks to one of her passengers, Laura Lane, about her job.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Griot
Work

"Being married is like having a color television set..."

Danny and Annie Perasa first came to StoryCorps in 2004 to share their love story. Two years later, Danny was diagnosed with terminal cancer. A week before he died, Danny and Annie sat down for one last interview.

Recently we spoke with Annie about her life today. Hear all three interviews below.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Danny and Annie Perasa first came to StoryCorps in 2004 to share their love story. Two years later, Danny was diagnosed ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
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Michael Garofalo with Sarah Kramer

Facilitated by
Katie Simon, Sarah Kramer, Nick Yulman

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Romance

"It was very easy to be patient with him."

For our 10th anniversary, we're revisiting some favorite stories.

In 2006, Priya Morganstern (L) and her sister, Bhavani Jaroff (R), interviewed their dad, Ken Morganstern, who had Alzheimer's disease.

Ken died in 2007, and his daughters recently came back to remember him.
Recorded in New York, New York City
For our 10th anniversary, we're revisiting some favorite stories. In 2006, Priya Morganstern (L) and her sister, Bhavani Jaroff (R), interviewed ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo, Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Carolyn Bancroft, Yasmina Guerda

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Growing Up
Memory Loss

"My partners and I would come to the hospital every chance we got. "

Paramedic Rowan Allen (R) talks to Bryan Lindsay (L) about the day he saved his life.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Paramedic Rowan Allen (R) talks to Bryan Lindsay (L) about the day he saved his life.
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Produced by
Katie Simon with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Eve Claxton

Themes
Growing Up
Work

"We used to go up to the torch."

Paul Bizzaro (R) and his brother James (L) remember growing up on Liberty Island--home of the Statue of Liberty.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Paul Bizzaro (R) and his brother James (L) remember growing up on Liberty Island--home of the Statue of Liberty.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Anita Rao with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Growing Up
Witness

"When you have a 19- or 20-year-old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking."

Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
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Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

Themes
Military
Work

"He's the reason I'm here. "

Constance Labetti remembers her boss, Ron Fazio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Constance Labetti remembers her boss, Ron Fazio, who died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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September 11
Struggle
Witness
Work

"We walked everyday from sunup to sunset."

Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn CORE for the March on Washington in 1963.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Lawrence Cumberbatch (R) tells his son, Simeon (L), how he traveled from New York City to Washington DC with Brooklyn ...
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Produced by
Katie Simon with Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

Themes
Griot
Witness

"I remember feeling helpless."

Nicholas Peart (L) talks about being stopped and frisked in New York City.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Nicholas Peart (L) talks about being stopped and frisked in New York City.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Dan Collison, Michael Garofalo and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Atlantic Philanthropies

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Growing Up
Identity
Struggle

"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960...
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Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

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Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Witness
Work

"When I was growing up, the emphasis was on being able to get a job."

Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Herman Blake and his brother Sidney remember their childhood during the 1940s.
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Produced by
Katie Simon with Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

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Angels & Mentors
Griot
Growing Up

"At three years of age, you just started playing..."

Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a pianist in order to join the Marine Corps.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a ...
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Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

Themes
Military
Work

"What are some of your dreams?"

John Curtis talks to his son John Wikiera, who he adopted as a baby from Vietnam.
Recorded in New York, Rochester
John Curtis talks to his son John Wikiera, who he adopted as a baby from Vietnam.
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Recorded in Rochester, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
LGBTQ

"I remember many months with no lights."

Reginald Mason remembers growing up in Harlem with his mother during the 1970s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Reginald Mason remembers growing up in Harlem with his mother during the 1970s.
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Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Jalylah Burrell

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Griot
Growing Up
Work

"At my mother's wake, someone said, 'Johnny, your teacher's here.'"

John Cruitt speaks with his former third grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, about how she helped him through his mother's death.
Recorded in Monroe, New York
John Cruitt speaks with his former third grade teacher, Cecile Doyle, about how she helped him through his mother's death.
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Recorded in Monroe, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon with Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Growing Up
Struggle
Teachers
Work