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Honor Military Voices for Memorial Day

Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to remember those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. We’ve put together a collection of stories from veterans, service members, and their loved ones to help us reflect on their lives, contributions, and sacrifices. Listen to their voices below.

Honor a veteran, service member, or military family member in your life today through StoryCorps conversation. You can record in person using the StoryCorps App, or remotely using StoryCorps Connect.

The Last Viewing

In 2005, Allen Hoe’s oldest son, Nainoa, was killed in action in Iraq. Not long after on Memorial Day, he had a chance encounter with a stranger that brought them both unforeseen comfort.

“I would listen and then pray for their strength.”
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“I Took an Oath to Respond to the Needs of My Nation”

Army Major Ivan Arreguin, a military chaplain, tells his wife, Aileen, what it was like to provide medical support in New York City in April 2020, during the height of COVID-19.

“These folks have made the ultimate sacrifice and the least we can do is take care of them.”
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An Airline Worker Finds His Calling Honoring The Military’s Fallen

Brian McConnell, who’s been an airline worker for close to four decades, told his wife, Nora, about how he found his calling providing support to fallen service members with the Delta Honor Guard.

"He was talking about this feeling that he had that he was going to die."
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In Memory of Diego Rincon

George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes, remember their son, Army Private First Class Diego Rincon, who received U.S. citizenship after he was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2003.

1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

In 2005, Marine Lance Corporal Travis Williams and his squad went on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. He was the only member of his team to make it back home.

The Nature of War

Specialist Justin Cliburn was deployed to Iraq in 2005. While serving in Baghdad, he formed a friendship with Ali and Ahmed, two boys who lived near his compound.

“I don't see him as a symbol. In some way that takes him away from me.”
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In Memory of Army Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman

Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman was the first American soldier killed in combat during the War in Afghanistan. His brother, Keith Chapman, and his mother Lynn honor Nathan’s memory.

“Because she was Asian, they wouldn’t accept her. Mom said she didn’t care; she enlisted anyway.”
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Remembering One Tough Veteran: Lieutenant Susan Ahn Cuddy

Flip and Christine Cuddy remember their mother, Susan Ahn Cuddy, the first Asian American woman in the Navy and the first woman gunnery officer teaching air combat tactics.

Pearl Harbor, Tattooed on Your Soul

On December 7, 1941, over 2,000 people died when Japanese fighter planes attacked Pearl Harbor. On that day, Frank Curre, then a teenager, was serving aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee.

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Public Radio Stations in Chattanooga, TN and Five Other Cities Named One Small Step Radio Station Hubs

Each year, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, StoryCorps partners with public radio stations, known as One Small Step Radio Station Hubs, to develop their own One Small Step program in their communities. In addition to five other cities, we’re excited to partner with WUTC in Chattanooga, TN. Read the press release (pdf).

”Chattanooga is becoming bigger and denser every day and every effort is being made to make it a more tolerant and inclusive city,” Will Davis, Faculty and Outreach Manager at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga said. “One Small Step embodies our community’s goals.”

Davis continued, “With One Small Step, we want to make new friends and make a difference. We’re going to abandon our egos, listen to each other, and care. We want to be part of an empathy revolution.”

WUTC is based at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where students are very interested in One Small Step, according to Davis. “Today’s student population is more diverse than ever and they really want to get the respect thing right,” he said. “I’m looking forward to leading the charge to make our One Small Step efforts student-centered, as well as community-based.” 

This year, we’re also excited to bring One Small Step to WDET, in Detroit, MI; KSUT, in Ignacio, CO; Georgia Public Broadcasting radio stations across the state of Georgia; WHQR, in Wilmington, NC; and WTIP, in Grand Marais, MN. Our partnership with each station includes training and production assistance to help expand the impact of One Small Step in these communities. 

Trained station staff members will facilitate and record conversations between community residents of differing political persuasions, and selected interviews will be shared across each station’s media platforms. Stations will also team up with a variety of community organizations to spread the word, and will collaborate with StoryCorps to match participants and record conversations through the end of the year. The project also includes a series of public listening events, streamed online. 

Learn more about the recording dates and locations in these communities.

Stories to Reflect on for Father’s Day

Father’s Day offers us a chance to recognize the role that dads and fatherhood have played in our lives. Enjoy our collection of stories celebrating father figures and the many ways they support and shape us.

What would you like to share with a parent or guardian in your life? This Father’s Day, honor a father figure and record his story. You can record in person using the StoryCorps App, or remotely using StoryCorps Connect.

From Our Animation Series, Father Figures

Double Major

When Wil Smith enrolled as a freshman in college, he brought an unusual roommate with him — his infant daughter. Wil and Olivia look back together on their days as college roommates.

Leading the Way

John Washington, 95, was born blind and with a severe loss of hearing. He sat down with his eldest child for a conversation about the pride he takes in his kids and to laugh over some of their childhood hijinks.

A Wonderful Life

The memories may be hazy, but the feelings are clear. Ken Morganstern, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years before this conversation with his daughters Priya and Bhavani, discusses his most important legacy — his loving family.

My Aunties

Stefan Lynch remembers the community of gay men – lovingly nicknamed his “aunties” – who helped raise him, the dark days of the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, and the lessons that he learned from this powerful family.

More Stories for Father’s Day

"When you and I communicate with each other, we can do it by beats."
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A Father-Daughter Beatboxing Duo on Making Music

Ed Cage has been beatboxing to his daughter Nicole Paris since before she was born. They talk about their shared love for the art, and each other.

“I remember feeding him; watching him close his eyes with each spoonful.”
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For a Father’s Last Meal, the Main Ingredient Is Love

Sisters Estela and Candi Reyes remember their father, Juan Reyes, and the love they shared through food while caring for him in his final days.

Driving Lessons

Muhammad Faridi talks to his father about what it was like to grow up as the son of a NYC cab driver. Though he was once embarrassed, Muhammad now takes pride in his father’s work.

The Saint of Dry Creek

When he was a teenager in a rural town in the 1950s, Patrick Haggerty began to understand he was gay. After performing at a school assembly, he received some life-changing advice from his dad.

“Some of my earliest memories are of us playing his video games.”
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He Created His Destiny

Anderson and Karen Lawson remember their father, engineer Gerald Lawson, and how his pioneering spirit influenced their childhood in 1970s Silicon Valley.

"He always seemed so grateful for living."
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A Gentle Giant

Libby Stroik talks about finding a kindred spirit in her grandfather, Harry Golomski, and about her treasured memories of their quiet mornings in rural Wisconsin.

Daddy’s Lessons

Arguster and Lebronze Davis grew up on their family’s farm in Wetumpka, Alabama in the ‘50s. They remember life on the farm and the many lessons of their dad, Ben Davis.

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Giving Thanks to Teachers Everywhere

Over the past few years, educators of all kinds have risen to many challenges, both new and old, while teaching and supporting students. Trust us, we see all your hard work and know how much you mean to your community. Even during tough times, teachers everywhere are lighting up minds and spreading knowledge.

To show your appreciation to a teacher in your — or your child’s — life, listen and share from our selection of stories from teachers of all backgrounds. Then, #ThankAnEducator by recording a memory using our self-directed tools. These expressions of gratitude (and funny classroom anecdotes!) will be archived in the Library of Congress.

Get Inspired by Listening to Their Stories

Here are some animations on the theme of — you guessed it — the impact educators can have.

Lessons Learned

From the first roll call of the 1964 school year, Dr. William Lynn Weaver was targeted and harassed by the faculty of his previously all-white high school. Then a former teacher stepped in and saved his life.
Read the full transcript here.

Making It

Noe Rueda tells his high school teacher Alex Fernandez about how as a child, he used his entrepreneurial talents to help his family make ends meet.
Read the full transcript here.

Thank An Educator by Recording a Memory

StoryCorps wants to spark a moment of gratitude for the educators who have been working tirelessly to adapt to our collective new normal while supporting and teaching students of all ages and needs. #ThankAnEducator using StoryCorps Connect, our remote interview platform. StoryCorps Connect interviews allow you to have meaningful conversations and preserve them at the Library of Congress through video conference technology. You can learn more and get the conversation started today at storycorps.org/thankaneducator.


Explore a Collection of Interviews from the 2021 State Teachers of the Year

Notes about CCSSO’s National Teacher of the Year Program: The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)’s National Teacher of the Year Program is the most prestigious teacher recognition program in the country. These exemplary educators used StoryCorps Connect to reflect on the year, share wisdom, reconnect with the teachers who shaped them, and show a lot of gratitude for the work educators across the country do day in and day out.

Kim Stock and Chris Stock

Kim Stock, the 2021 Delaware Teacher of the Year, and her older brother talk about what it means to be a highly effective teacher… and learn about each other in the process

John Arthur and Kathy Anderson

John Arthur, the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and one of four National Teacher of the Year Finalists, talks with his 9th grade English teacher, Kathy Anderson, about her career in the classroom and how she inspired him to become a teacher.

Jennifer Wolfe and Audrey Miller

Jennifer Wolfe, the 2021 New York Teacher of the Year, interviews Audrey Miller, who teaches Digital Technology and Communications at Oceanside High School. Together they talk about teaching, why they love it, why kids need teachers especially now in the era of COVID sequester, and what it takes to be an effective teacher for kids today.

Alisa Cooper de Uribe and Mary Trinidad Uribe Tolar

Mary Trinidad Uribe Tolar talks with talks with her sister-in-law, Alisa Cooper de Uribe about her teaching career in New Mexico. Mary shares how her experience as a student in the Mexico City area inspired her to foster students’ love for learning in classrooms that ranged from kindergarten to the university level. Alisa shares how Mary’s encouragement and foresight laid the foundation for her own work in education, which includes being named the 2021 New Mexico Teacher of the Year.

Donnie Piercey and Jeff Heil

Donnie Piercey, the 2021 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, listens to his friend Jeff Heil reflect on his 25 year career teaching students in a homeless shelter in San Diego.

Analyn Palugod and Marites Del Castillo Garcia

Analyn Palugod, 2021 Guam Teacher of the Year, reconnects with her favorite and former third grade teacher Marites Garcia.

Lachanda Garrison and Joshua Garrison

2021 Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year Lachanda Garrison interviews fellow educator and husband Dr. Joshua Garrison for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Kristi Borge and Linda Marsh

Kristi Borge, the 2021 Montana Teacher of the Year and a multi-grade teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in southwest Montana, visits with her supervisor and mentor Linda Marsh, who is the Beaverhead County Superintendent of schools.

Lori Miki Kwee and Jen Moku

2021 Hawaii Teacher of the Year Lori Miki Kwee has a conversation with Jennifer Moku, who she describes as a school librarian, colleague, and good friend. Their conversation spans many topics, including gratitude and inspiration.

Ashley Adamson and Victoria Travis

Ashley Adamson, the 2021 Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, speaks with her co-teacher, Victoria Travis, about their shared co-teaching experience, their early teaching inspirations, and so much more.

Q&A With StoryCorps CEO Sandra M. Clark

Since assuming the CEO position at StoryCorps in February, Sandra Clark has been commuting from her home in Philadelphia to StoryCorps’ Brooklyn headquarters each week. We sat down with her to hear more about how she’s settling into her new role and the appliance that is bringing new-found joy to her favorite hobby.

What attracted you to apply for this position?

Throughout my whole career, I’ve always focused on spaces where certain voices aren’t seen or heard, and elevating and amplifying those voices. There are people in our organizations and our communities who have a lot of knowledge and wisdom, but often they aren’t seen or asked what they think. In journalism especially–which is my background—many of those voices aren’t always represented. 

That’s why StoryCorps means so much to me. It’s dedicated to the idea that everyone’s story matters and the organization has a solid track record of lifting up the stories of people who aren’t typically represented in most media. What I love is that people from all backgrounds come to us to share their stories—we offer a rare space to absorb humanity. We all experience our families, lives, work, and communities differently. StoryCorps is of, by and for the people and since two of my passions are community and connection, I am personally interested and professionally committed to helping StoryCorps expand its profile and become a force for personal and community transformation. 

What have you learned about StoryCorps since starting as CEO a few months ago?

Since coming to StoryCorps two months ago, I have spoken to almost everyone on staff one-on-one. 

Through these conversations, I’m learning that StoryCorps staff are incredibly passionate about connecting people through the power of listening and they are deeply invested in StoryCorps’ mission. As CEO, this is a wonderful foundation. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone a little personally and learning about what each person does to make StoryCorps the special organization it is.

As you start to settle into this new position, what are your priorities and what do you hope to accomplish?

StoryCorps’ time is now and I look forward to working with staff to secure an enduring future for this extraordinary organization, dedicated to capturing the voices of everyday people. One of my goals is to have StoryCorps become a household experience more broadly, especially in diverse communities. I can’t say enough about how moving and transformative it is to hear the stories of everyday people. So far, about 600,000 people across the country have recorded their stories with us. I also want to create more educational opportunities in primary and secondary schools to help foster compassion, justice, and the ability to really listen, in the next generation.

I’m also excited to continue raising the visibility of our One Small Step initiative, which combats the current culture of toxic polarization, one conversation at a time and I hope more Americans recognize that they can be part of the solution simply by participating.

As we approach our 20th anniversary in 2023, it’s also important for StoryCorps to grow revenue streams like our StoryCorps for Hire program and focus on expanding our community of individual supporters. We also need to do a better job telling our own story and I look forward to doing this work as part of an upcoming brand refresh project. Finally, it’s important for me to build on our internal culture of “people first” and ensure that every employee feels seen, heard, and valued.

Now that you’re commuting to Brooklyn every week, what’s your favorite neighborhood spot to grab a bite?

I don’t have a favorite spot yet. I love discovery so I’ve been walking through lots of neighborhoods and exploring this wonderful international food scene. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Hopefully the world is opening up a bit so I’m looking forward to live theater and live music. Experiencing the creativity of other people is a real joy. And I love cooking, something I got from my dad, who was from Louisiana. I admit to having just discovered the air fryer, which delivers every time. My dad would not approve.

In Wichita, One Small Step Takes Hold

Located in south-central Kansas, Wichita is a mid-sized city with an active business community. When StoryCorps first proposed making Wichita an Anchor Community for One Small Step, we were fortunate to connect with Damon Young, Chief Business Officer at the Kansas Leadership Center and the 2022 Wichita Chamber of Commerce Board Chair.

Young first met StoryCorps Founder and President Dave Isay at a Rotary Club meeting. He immediately saw the potential for One Small Step to help bridge divisions in the local community and the potential role businesses could play to help elevate this work.

Young invited Isay to speak at the Chamber luncheon to share more about StoryCorps, the power of listening to one another’s stories, and to discuss One Small Step and why it’s important for the business community to be involved in this effort.

At the March Chamber luncheon, Young remarked, “Toxic polarization and isolation grow when they’re ignored, and they feed off of each other.” He sees clearly the role of debate in today’s society to help overcome toxic polarization. “Reasonable voices running away from debate only elevate unreasonable ones.” Young believes that leaning into each other’s stories can help us find common ground.

Grounded in contact theory, ​​which suggests that strangers from different social and cultural groups can come to like and accept one another when they have repeated opportunities to interact, One Small Step helps bring people together for one-on-one conversations.

According to Lisa Gale, StoryCorps’ Chief Program Officer, “Wichita’s enthusiasm to participate in One Small Step was off the charts.” She said, “there is real pride that their city was chosen to do this work and they’re embracing it, thinking of ideas on how to spread the word and get more people involved.”

The efforts in Wichita are providing StoryCorps with on-the-ground insight about how best to bring One Small Step to other communities. “The ground game is incredibly important to our success,” Gale said. “Our community outreach efforts are not ‘cookie cutter.’ Each community is different. Wichita is an incredibly dynamic small city, oriented in a particular way to do this work. We have champions like Damon in this effort, and we can leverage the lessons from our outreach in Wichita to expand One Small Step efforts in other cities.”

In addition to Wichita, Oklahoma City, OK; Richmond, VA; and Fresno/Central Valley, CA are Anchor Communities for One Small Step in 2022. For each city, StoryCorps engages a local public relations firm to secure media coverage and connect us with the community, creates a Community Advisory Group, implements localized advertising and promotional campaigns, engages with partner organizations and individuals, and brings the community together with special events.

Stay tuned for more news from our One Small Step Anchor Communities.


Photos from Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce by Milt Mounts / Essential Images Photography

Celebrating AAPI Voices

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities encompass a wide range of cultures and lived experiences, and each one is an important part of the American narrative. Their stories are American stories, and their voices deserve to be heard. That’s why we’re highlighting a few of the stories from our AAPI participants, to help people find connection and understanding by amplifying their words.

Whose voices do you want to see included in the narratives of Asian American and Pacific Islander history? By sitting down with someone you love for a StoryCorps conversation, you’re showing them that their stories matter and preserving them for generations.

StoryCorps Connect makes it possible to interview a loved one remotely and then upload it to the StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress.

No More Questions!

Strong-willed Kay Wang allowed her son and granddaughter to ask her a few brief questions about her adventures in life — from disobeying her mother and rebuffing suitors while growing up in China to late-life escapades as a detective for Bloomingdale’s.

“When I buy a new book, I don’t start reading the first page. I smell it.”
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A Love Story in 10,000 Books

Alagappa Rammohan has amassed enough books over the course of his life to fill a small library. He shares his love of the written word with his daughter, Paru Venkat, and his plans to donate all of his books to his hometown in India.

Lola’s Work

Kenneth Tan celebrates the life of grandmother, Crescenciana Tan, whom he called Lola. He remembers Lola’s hard work and unwavering commitment to her family. 

“She wasn’t like the mothers of my friends...she lived and breathed dancing.”
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My Mother the Performer

In the late 1930’s, dancer Dorothy Toy debuted on Broadway with her partner Paul Wing. It capped years of hard work on the Vaudeville circuit and launched them to stardom. Decades later, her daughter Dorlie came to StoryCorps to remember her mother’s life and legacy.

Driving Lessons

Muhammad Faridi talks to his father about what it was like to grow up as the son of a NYC cab driver. Although he used to be embarrassed to talk about his family, Muhammad learned to be proud of his father’s work.

“If I’m in front of a blank sheet of paper with a pencil, I find such solace.”
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From Internment to Disney

Willie Ito dreamed of becoming an animator, but his dreams were put on hold when his family was sent to a Japanese American internment camp. At StoryCorps, Willie reflects on his internment and his career as an animator at Disney

“It wasn't your typical home. But it was a home for us.”
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Growing Up in the Hollywood Laundry Business

“We lived in the back of the laundry in Hollywood. It wasn’t your typical home. But it was a home for us.” Sisters Suzi and Donna Wong lived minutes from big movie studios, but a world away.

"It was all about saving a life and not taking a life.”
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A Purple Heart Vet on What It Means To Be a “Hero”

U.S. Army veteran Richard Hoy tells his daughter, Angel, about serving as a medic during the Vietnam War.

“Because she was Asian, they wouldn’t accept her. Mom said she didn’t care; she enlisted anyway.”
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Remembering One Tough Veteran: Lieutenant Susan Ahn Cuddy

Susan Ahn Cuddy was the first Asian American woman in the Navy and the first woman gunnery officer teaching air combat tactics. Her children, Flip and Christine, remember her as a tough, yet loving mother.

Stories to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Whether Mother’s Day is a happy or difficult day for you and yours, we’ve pulled together stories of motherhood in many different forms to offer you joy, peace, understanding, and a chance to think about the mother figures in your life and what they mean to you. As we approach Mother’s Day, enjoy three brand-new animations from our new season, “Listening to Mom.”

This Mother’s Day, give a mother figure in your life the gift of StoryCorps conversation and record her stories for generations. You can record in person using the StoryCorps App, or remotely using StoryCorps Connect.

New Animation Season: Listening to Mom

Stories that reflect on the mother figures in our lives and what they mean to us.

Lessons From Lourdes

Lourdes Villanueva grew up a daughter of migrant workers. Her family was constantly on the move, preventing Lourdes from receiving her high school diploma. Despite all the odds stacked against her, she was determined to earn her GED before her children received their high school diplomas. At StoryCorps, Lourdes sits down with her son Roger, who reflects on how his mom’s achievements inspired him.

Joyce’s Neighborhood

Growing up, Mary Mills didn’t have siblings to play with, but she was never lonely. At StoryCorps, Mary sits down with her mother Joyce to reflect on sharing her with the neighborhood kids.

Meet the Greenbergs

For Laura Greenberg, hugging, cursing, and oversharing were ways in which she and her family expressed love. At StoryCorps, she sits down with her daughter to reflect on their unconventional love language.

More Stories of Motherhood


Joshua, who has Asperger syndrome, asks his mother a few questions that have been on his mind.

Gabe and Chris López

Gabe López remembers when things really changed for him as a transgender kid. With his mother by his side, he was never alone.

“When I did get back home, my son didn’t recognize me.”
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Coming Home From the Corners of the World

Ever since Dr. Lora Koenig and Dr. Zoe Courville met in the middle of the Greenland ice sheet, their friendship has helped them navigate the challenges of their climate research work and parenting.

"Nobody wanted to work with me."
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Climbing to the Top at ConEdison

Monica Harwell was the first woman to climb electric utility poles for ConEdison in New York, installing power lines dozens of feet in the air. She tells her daughter, Andrea Cleveland, about the challenges she faced.

A Mother’s Promise

Maria Rivas and her teenage daughter Emily prepare for the possibility of Maria returning to El Salvador if she is forced to leave the U.S.

Bonnie and Myra Brown

Bonnie Brown talks with her daughter Myra about living with an intellectual disability, and the powerful bond that the two of them share.

"I spent eight hours a day putting hooks into bungee cords."
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MIT and Parenting, One Week at a Time

Mechanical engineer and MIT graduate Noramay Cadena tells her daughter, Chassitty Saldana, about what it was like to raise her while she was studying.

“When I took you home, I didn’t know how to feel.”
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Not a Fairytale, Not a Failure

April Gibson, 33, talks with her teenage son, Gregory Bess, about how she felt when he was born.

Alice and Ibukun

Alice Mitchell was 14 when her mother died unexpectedly, just two weeks after giving birth to her youngest child, Ibukun Owolabi. Ten years later, the siblings discuss losing their mother for the first time.

Me & You

Jackie’s life changed when she and her husband adopted their son, Scott. She shares with Scott for the first time what led her to make that decision. They reflect on their love for one another.

“I struggled with, maybe I should have stayed away.”
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Uncovering Family Secrets

Lisa Bouler Daniels tells her biological brother Benjamin Chambers what it was like to learn about her birth mother after she passed away.
Warning: The following story discusses sexual assault.

"I heard her say, 'Don’t you be no sad mama for my grandbaby!'"
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Walking in a Mother’s Legacy

Sada Jackson sat down to learn about her late mother through her mom’s best friend, Angela Morehead-Mugita.

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Interviews from the Archive: Early Recordings

When StoryCorps launched in 2003, our first recording booth was located in New York’s iconic Grand Central Station. Later followed a booth at the World Trade Center, and another in Foley Square, in downtown Manhattan. And, as a result, for the first few years of our existence, StoryCorps stories were the stories of New York. Here we share a few interviews from the early years of StoryCorps. Listen to participants eagerly talk about their lives, their relationships, their histories, and, in many cases, the city that they called home.

Want to add the stories of your life to the StoryCorps Archive? You can record a StoryCorps conversation now in person through the StoryCorps App, or virtually with StoryCorps Connect. Don’t wait to share a meaningful conversation with someone you love, and preserve it for years to come.

The Art of Choosing a Name

Zoe Mizuho tells Hugh Ryan about his quest for self-naming and transitioning to his life as a man.

A Fool to Fall in Love WIth You

A mother and daughter, both actresses, share a captivating conversation about their time in New York and Venezuela, and the great loves of their lives.

A Life Centered Around the Water

When Denise was just 15, Julia Taylor swam from Coney Island to Staten Island. Now 94, she tells her granddaughter Denise about a life on the water, and how a canoe helped her meet the man she later married.

Being My Mother’s Mother

Helene Broomer speaks with daughter Rachelle about the experiences that have informed her life, including being a child of a Holocaust survivor, surviving breast cancer, and being agoraphobic.

The Life That Preceded You

Just before his 90th Birthday, a New York native is interviewed by his son, to preserve his life stories for the future generations of their family.

What You Learn in Life

Virginia talks to her son Charles about her experience in the work force, and working as a teacher with a teacher’s union.

The Longer I Live, the More I Can Enjoy

Douglas Sur interviews his mother, Maureen Mei Ling, about her experiences growing up in China, happy and frightening moments from her childhood, and her philosophy on life.

To Improve Your Dancing, Improve Your Living

Kathryn Adisman interviews her friend and former dance teacher, Mary Anthony, about her life and her many teachings.

Learning to Live Together

Kibo Yamashita interviews his parents, Hiroyuki and Maria, about having the same birthday, their first date, and being a multiracial couple.

There’s No License to Raise a Child

Tricia Nelson interviews her parents, Horace and Carol, about their decision to marry and immigrate to the United States at a very young age.

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Staff Spotlight: Jasmyn Morris, Executive Editor at StoryCorps

This entry kicks-off a new blog series that will spotlight our hard-working staff, from all different corners of the organization, who put the “corps” in StoryCorps.

A headshot of StoryCorps Executive Producer
A headshot of Jasmyn Morris, Executive Editor at StoryCorps.

About me

I went to college for broadcasting and only ever wanted to make radio. I got my start in 2006, working as a reporter for an NPR member station in upstate New York and never looked back. Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family (I’m the mother of a toddler!) and I serve on the board of my identical twin sister’s animal sanctuary, Mockingbird Farm Animal Sanctuary. I also try to make music and art when I can.

What is your role at StoryCorps?

As executive editor, I oversee all of our audio content, including our broadcasts on NPR and our podcast.

How long have you been at StoryCorps?

In July, I’ll have been here for 12 years. I started as an associate producer and worked my way up to producer, then lead producer, senior producer, and now executive editor. 

What is a typical week like for you?

I work with our Production team to put out one (sometimes two) national broadcasts a week and two seasons of the podcast per year. So in a given week, I’m editing the producer and senior producer on the broadcast, and overseeing development of the podcast. In general, I co-lead the department and make sure our content meets the highest of editorial standards.

Can you give an example of a time when world news made you change course on either the podcast or a national broadcast?

In February, we were working on a broadcast that was almost finished, but on Tuesday of that week, I knew the Russian invasion of Ukraine was likely and I was thinking: “What Ukrainian voices do we have in the StoryCorps archive?” I wanted to be prepared with a timely story that could be meaningful to both the participants and our listeners. So I searched and found Halyna Hrushetsky’s story. I flagged it for Annie Russell, one of our senior producers, who then assigned it to one of our interns, Max Jungreis. He made a quick cut of Halyna’s story, so we could hear more of what she talked about in her interview.

On Thursday morning, when it was clear the invasion was happening, we made the call to push our previously scheduled broadcast so we could air this one. It was a very fast turnaround. We produced it and fact-checked it in a day—a process that usually takes weeks. But it was a powerful story and very timely, so we were honored to make it happen.

Two people sitting across from two people recording a conversation.
Photo (c) Brian Mogren. Jasmyn with Facilitator Gaspar Caro during an interview with Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel in Minneapolis in 2011.

What’s most fulfilling about your job?

Working with our amazing team in Production: I have the most collaborative, thoughtful, smart, and kind colleagues. Also the participants. In my current role, I don’t get to speak with them as much as I used to, but I do get to help others make the beautiful, lasting work that StoryCorps is known for. 

What’s most challenging about your job?

The most important thing is that we get it right for our participants, who are sharing intimate, sometimes vulnerable, parts of their lives with us.

Why should every American do a StoryCorps interview?

There’s something special that happens when you take the time to talk with someone you love and like [StoryCorps Founder & President] Dave Isay says, “The microphone gives you license to say the things that you want to say but never have the chance.” I’ve heard this from participants time and time again. After a loved one has passed, that StoryCorps recording is such a balm because you’ve documented their story for posterity. To have their voice preserved in the Library of Congress is such a special thing.

What is your favorite StoryCorps story and why?

I would have to say Mary Johnson and Oshea Israel’s story. I had the pleasure of recording their conversation back in 2011 and their remarkable relationship still sticks with me today.

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