StoryCorps EXTRA: Traffic Stop
Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a color-blind world—and nearly lost his life.
StoryCorps 434: Listen Closely
It’s been twenty-five years since the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. So, we dug into the StoryCorps archive to bring you stories that celebrate just a few of the millions of people who gained civil rights from this landmark legislation.
StoryCorps 433: Coney Island Baby
In this episode, stories about one of the weirdest, most wonderful places in New York: Coney Island. You’ll meet a woman who spent the first six months of her life on display at a Coney Island sideshow, and the woman who lived under the Thunderbolt rollercoaster.
Michael Garofalo and Jasmyn Belcher Morris
StoryCorps 432: Coming Out Strong
June is Pride Month all across the country, and on this week's episode, we share a couple of stories about growing up gay in rural America. You'll hear two very different experiences recorded as part of our LGBTQ initiative, OutLoud. We'll also check back in with one of our participants to see what's changed since coming out to his mom.
StoryCorps 431: Sounds Like a Dad to Me
In this Father's Day episode, we'll hear a 9-year-old conduct an interview with his dad, a father and son remembering the giant of a man who came before them, and a dad who fell into his role in an unexpected way.
StoryCorps 430: Finding Home
Marine Corporal Zach Skiles served in Iraq at the start of the U.S. invasion in 2003. When he came back, he couldn’t hold a job and ended up homeless. In this episode, Zach and his dad, Scott, talk about his return home for the first time. We also hear from an Iraqi interpreter searching for a new place to call home after fearing for his safety.
StoryCorps 429: A Decade On The Road
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of StoryCorps' national mobile tour. We'll hear five stories recorded the first year we hit the road. Listen for a Sunday school teacher from Florida, a criminal who couldn't stay away from Mississippi, a California family who came from Mexico, a Pennsylvania steel mill worker, and bounty hunters from Texas.
StoryCorps 427: In The Stairwell
This is the story of a father’s grief at losing his son to a policeman’s bullet. It happened two decades before Ferguson or Baltimore and long before smartphone videos. Nicholas Heyward Sr., came to StoryCorps to remember his son, Nicholas, Jr., who was 13 when he died.
Jud Esty-Kendall with Emily Martinez
StoryCorps 426: Mom
In this special Mother's Day episode we hear from a single mom, two women who were sent to a home for unwed mothers in the 1960s, and how one mom dealt with her son coming out. Also, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay shares a story from our new app.
StoryCorps 425: Evolution
In the 1970s, Pastor David Ned was living in a rough neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the time he was nicknamed "Brave Dave" and carried a gun for protection. In an interview with his friend, Darius C. Monroe, Ned remembered a time when he had to make a decision about whether or not to use it.
StoryCorps 424: April 19, 1995
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, we're featuring two interviews from survivors. Christopher Nguyen and PJ Allen are two of the only six children at the day care center in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to survive the bombing.
StoryCorps 423: Sissy
There's an electrical power plant technology instructor at Wyoming's Casper College who stands out on campus. His name is Sissy Goodwin and he dresses in women's clothing. His wife, Vickie, didn't know he wore women's clothing when they met, but she's stood by him for the past four decades.
StoryCorps 422: His Name Is Carl
Rebecca Greenberg recently came to StoryCorps with her mother, Laura, to hear about the characters Laura grew up with in Queens during the '50s. She also heard Laura's version of her parents' courtship. It only seemed fair to invite the family back so Rebecca's father, Carl, could tell his side of the story.
StoryCorps 421: Beautiful Symmetry
Jeff Wilson sits down with his former high school classmate Tammie Baird to talk about accidentally hitting her with his car in 1984. Also in this episode, remembering Susan Silverstone Darer.
Jasmyn Belcher Morris
StoryCorps 420: TED-time Stories
StoryCorps founder Dave Isay is this year's TED Prize winner, and last week he gave a TED talk in Vancouver. In this episode, you'll hear part of that talk as well as the stories he shared with the audience.
StoryCorps Podcast 418: Guardians of the Golden Gate
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.
StoryCorps Podcast 417: Remembering Wil Smith
Today, StoryCorps remembers Wil Smith, who recorded a conversation with his daughter, Olivia, about being a single dad in college. At the time of this interview in 2012, Wil had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. He died on February 22, 2015 at 46 years old.
StoryCorps 416: Mr. McQueen Goes to Washington
Just a few years ago, 18-year-old Noah McQueen was in trouble with the law, but today he is part of My Brother's Keeper, a White House initiative for young men of color. Noah recently had the chance to record a StoryCorps interview with President Barack Obama, who wanted to know more about Noah's life.
Michael Garofalo and John White