"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

"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

"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
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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

"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
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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
Produced by
Michael Garofalo with Sarah Kramer

Facilitated by
Katie Simon, Sarah Kramer, Nick Yulman

Themes
Romance

"We make a very odd couple."

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

Rebecca Greenberg came to StoryCorps with her mother, Laura, to hear about the characters Laura grew up with in Queens during the 1950s.

She also heard Laura's version of her parents' courtship. It seemed fair to invite the family back so Rebecca's father, Carl, could tell his side of the story. Hear both interviews below.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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For our 10th anniversary, we're revisiting some favorite stories. Rebecca Greenberg came to StoryCorps with her mother, Laura, to hear ...
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Anthony Knight, Michael Garofalo

Themes
Growing Up
Romance

"We have solved a lot of cases going through trash."

Colleen Collins and her husband, Shaun Kaufman, talk about becoming private investigators.
Recorded in Colorado, Denver
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Colleen Collins and her husband, Shaun Kaufman, talk about becoming private investigators.
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Recorded in Denver, Colorado
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Romance
Work

"I don't think we ever had a date."

Harriet Caplan talks to her husband, Louis, about how their relationship began.
Recorded in New Mexico, Santa Fe
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Harriet Caplan talks to her husband, Louis, about how their relationship began.
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Recorded in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Leslee Dean

Themes
Romance
Struggle

"I came into the topless bar that you were bouncing."

Biologists Susan and Philip McClinton talk about the unlikely beginning of their romance.
Recorded in Cody, Wyoming
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Biologists Susan and Philip McClinton talk about the unlikely beginning of their romance.
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Recorded in Cody, Wyoming
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Sarah Geis

Themes
Romance

"We'd go to our hangout, which was Dubrow's Cafeteria."

Van Harris and his wife, Shirley, remember being young in Brooklyn during the 1940s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Van Harris and his wife, Shirley, remember being young in Brooklyn during the 1940s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Growing Up
Romance

"I'd heard lines like this before, but this time it was different."

Winslow Jackson and his wife, Dorothy, who both are living with multiple sclerosis, remember how they met.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Winslow Jackson and his wife, Dorothy, who both are living with multiple sclerosis, remember how they met.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Anthony Knight

Themes
Identity
Romance

"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

"I saw a flash of ankle and I went smack dab into the wall."

Henry Flores and his wife, Gwendolyn Diaz, talk about the first time they met.
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas
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Henry Flores and his wife, Gwendolyn Diaz, talk about the first time they met.
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Recorded in San Antonio, Texas
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Rose Gorman

Themes
Romance
Work

"We didn't really hit it off that first day."

Steven Ketcham and his wife Alexandra remember being set up by their parents.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Steven Ketcham and his wife Alexandra remember being set up by their parents.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Mike Rauch

Themes
Romance

"I looked in those big green eyes, and I was a done deal."

Peter Headen and his wife, Jacqueline, tell the story of their 40-year courtship.
Recorded in Charlotte Hall, Maryland
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Peter Headen and his wife, Jacqueline, tell the story of their 40-year courtship.
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Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Carolina Correa

In Partnership with
Southern Maryland Library in Charlotte Hall, MD

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Romance

"I felt like you were this little angel on my shoulder wherever I was going."

Scott Wall and his wife, Isabel Sobozinsky-Wall, talk about their long-distance courtship that began on New Year's Eve.
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Scott Wall and his wife, Isabel Sobozinsky-Wall, talk about their long-distance courtship that began on New Year's Eve.
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher with special thanks to Nathan Dalton at The Kitchen Sisters

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Historias
Romance

"I just fell in love with her right there."

Jim Fletcher remembers meeting his wife, MaryAnn, in first grade.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Jim Fletcher remembers meeting his wife, MaryAnn, in first grade.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Charlotte Okie

Themes
Romance

"I've lived with this for so long."

Chris Whitney tells his friend Erin Kuka about being diagnosed HIV positive early on in the AIDS crisis.
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Chris Whitney tells his friend Erin Kuka about being diagnosed HIV positive early on in the AIDS crisis.
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Eloise Melzer

Themes
LGBTQ
Romance
Struggle

"I always have a notecard in my pocket that tells me what the date is."

Gweneviere Mann talks to her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, about living without a short-term memory. Her condition results from a stroke she suffered during an operation to remove a brain tumor.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Gweneviere Mann talks to her boyfriend, Yasir Salem, about living without a short-term memory. Her condition results from a stroke ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Tomas Rios

Themes
Memory Loss
Romance

"This tall, dark fellow was singing. He had these shades on. I was like, 'Look at this guy.'"

Andrea McKnight and her husband, Jay, remember meeting as teenagers in the 1950s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Andrea McKnight and her husband, Jay, remember meeting as teenagers in the 1950s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Romance

"When I was put up as president of the student body, she created a groundswell against me."

92-year-old Martin Levin tells his granddaughters Jennifer Goebel (L) and Zoe Crowe (R) about a college classmate he didn't like.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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92-year-old Martin Levin tells his granddaughters Jennifer Goebel (L) and Zoe Crowe (R) about a college classmate he didn't like.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Laura Dobson

In Partnership with
WABE

Themes
Growing Up
Romance