"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
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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

Themes
Discovery
Identity
LGBTQ
Romance

"When I saw him coming, I ducked around the hall and hid from him."

70-year-old Patrick Haggerty tells his daughter, Robin, about the day he first had a conversation with his father about being gay.
Recorded in Seattle, Washington
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70-year-old Patrick Haggerty tells his daughter, Robin, about the day he first had a conversation with his father about being ...
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Recorded in Seattle, Washington
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

Themes
Discovery
Family
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ

"It felt like I had a knife stuck in the middle of my brain. "

Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Staff Sergeant Jon Meadows, who suffered traumatic injuries during his last tour of duty, remembers a fallen friend.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Joining Forces

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Memory Loss
Struggle

"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

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Discovery
Growing Up
Historias
Romance
Struggle

"I met you the day before John died."

Megan Smith (R) and Lisa Garzone (L) talk about how their friendship developed after the death of Lisa's ex-husband and Megan's partner, John Joyce.
Recorded in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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Megan Smith (R) and Lisa Garzone (L) talk about how their friendship developed after the death of Lisa's ex-husband and ...
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Recorded in Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Christina Stanton

Themes
Discovery
Friendship

"I'd like to be remembered as the cowboy that could ride, run, and jump with anybody in the world."

Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
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Dean Smith, who spent 40 years as a stunt double for Hollywood Westerns, talks with his wife, Debby, and son, Finis.
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Recorded in Breckenridge, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Wisdom
Work

"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 California, Los Angeles
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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

"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
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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 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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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall with Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Identity

"You said that you were in the wrong body, that you should be a man."

Scott (R) and Les (L) GrantSmith talk about how Les' decision to transition from female to male affected their marriage. Les also interviewed his daughters, Thea and Amanda.
Recorded in California, San Diego
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Scott (R) and Les (L) GrantSmith talk about how Les' decision to transition from female to male affected their marriage. ...
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher

Themes
Discovery
Identity
LGBTQ
Romance

"He put his hands on my face like he was trying to feel was I really his son."

George Robinson tells his daughter, Katie, about meeting his biological father after searching for more than 40 years.
Recorded in Edina, Minnesota
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George Robinson tells his daughter, Katie, about meeting his biological father after searching for more than 40 years.
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Recorded in Edina, Minnesota
Produced by
Brian Reed

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

In Partnership with
Hennepin County Library

Themes
Discovery
Griot
Growing Up

"I was very strict because I was afraid kids would discover I was gay."

High school teacher John Byrne talks with one of his former students, Samantha Liebman.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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High school teacher John Byrne talks with one of his former students, Samantha Liebman.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Rose Gorman

In Partnership with
Friends Seminary

Themes
Discovery
LGBTQ

"I was in Brooklyn, New York teaching the third grade."

Sister Vincent Cecire, 94, tells her friend Sister Catherine Garry how she fell in love with baseball.
Recorded in Dobbs Ferry, New York
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Sister Vincent Cecire, 94, tells her friend Sister Catherine Garry how she fell in love with baseball.
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Recorded in Dobbs Ferry, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Carolina Correa

In Partnership with
St. Cabrini Nursing Home and Convent

Themes
Discovery
Work

"I found out what girls were..."

Jim Crane tells his daughter Missy Worden what he liked best about college.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Jim Crane tells his daughter Missy Worden what he liked best about college.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Kathrina Singh

In Partnership with
WABE

Themes
Discovery
Romance

"What do you miss most about not having a hand?"

Lanie (L) and Alex (R) Jones interview their father, Eric, about his bionic hand.
Recorded in Mamaroneck, New York
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Lanie (L) and Alex (R) Jones interview their father, Eric, about his bionic hand.
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Recorded in Mamaroneck, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Lily Percy

Themes
Discovery

"I remember being in court every day..."

Sylvia Mendez (L), 73, talks to her sister Sandra Mendez Duran (R), 59, about Mendez v. Westminster, their family's 1945 lawsuit that won Mexican-American children the right to attend white schools.
Recorded in California, Walnut
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Sylvia Mendez (L), 73, talks to her sister Sandra Mendez Duran (R), 59, about Mendez v. Westminster, their family's 1945 lawsuit that won ...
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Recorded in Walnut, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Lily Percy

Themes
Discovery
Historias
Struggle

"I wasn't afraid. I thought, 'I'm going to be cool about it.'"

Jim Krawczyk remembers seeking out the late author and recluse J.D. Salinger in the 1960s.
Recorded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Jim Krawczyk remembers seeking out the late author and recluse J.D. Salinger in the 1960s.
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Recorded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Hillary Marshall

In Partnership with
WUWM

Themes
Discovery

"I got married on the day of my 22nd birthday."

Mala Fernando tells her daughter Ashanthi Gajaweera about the early days of her marriage in Sri Lanka.
Recorded in New York, Rochester
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Mala Fernando tells her daughter Ashanthi Gajaweera about the early days of her marriage in Sri Lanka.
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Recorded in Rochester, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

In Partnership with
WXXI

Themes
Discovery
Romance

"I spotted this book that looked rather risque..."

Judge Olly Neal tells his daughter, Karama, how he discovered African American author Frank Yerby while cutting class and hiding out in the school library.
Recorded in Arkansas, Little Rock
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Judge Olly Neal tells his daughter, Karama, how he discovered African American author Frank Yerby while cutting class and hiding ...
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Recorded in Little Rock, Arkansas
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

In Partnership with
Federation of Genealogical Societies

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Discovery
Griot
Growing Up

"I just felt I was not living an honest life."

Tony Perri tells his grandson, Jeffrey about coming out as a gay man.
Recorded in New York, Rochester
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Tony Perri tells his grandson, Jeffrey about coming out as a gay man.
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Recorded in Rochester, New York
Produced by
Vanara Taing

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

In Partnership with
Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and WXXI

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Discovery
LGBTQ