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Staff Spotlight: Tiara Evans, Manager of People & Culture at StoryCorps

About Me:

I’m a New York native coming at you from a slew of urban Queens neighborhoods that shaped my ability to be resilient, gutsy, and transparent. Additionally, I am a first-generation college graduate, a young adult of the theater, a thrill seeker, a granddaughter of a Shinnecock Native American Chief, and a survivor of homelessness. I say all of this proudly and in the spirit of intersectionality, I humbly represent and take up that space!

I’ve always had the passion to advocate for others, especially within organizations and businesses—not only as an ally but as a representative of employees’ voices. I have a degree in Psychology and I’m both a Human Resources professional and an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist practitioner. 

I truly value the human connection and thus, I continue my passion to pursue genuine and authentic connection here at StoryCorps. I thrive in environments where I can encourage, engage, motivate, coach, mentor, and support others in bringing their best selves. In the best ways, I’m both a fighter and a champion.

What is your role and how long have you been in this position?

I’m the Manager of People and Culture and I’ve been at StoryCorps just over a year and a half.

What does your job entail?

I oversee recruitment and talent acquisition, from strategy to the full employee life cycle, including the creation of job analysis. I’m also the internship program manager, supporting and providing an application-based learning environment for students and continuing professionals. In addition, I manage the Culture Club where we have the opportunity to bring multiple, dynamic perspectives together for a mix of educational and social events (e.g., Recent events include a celebration of AANHPI Heritage Month, a Pride ice cream social, and an Ofrenda (altar) in honor of Day of the Dead.) Lastly, I’m a strategic thought partner and pivotal member of the IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility) group. 

What are some rewards of your job?

The people I get to interact with. Bringing someone on the journey into the organization and seeing them take on the work, make it their own and get promoted, makes me proud and genuinely warms my heart. I love being an employee champion, mentor, and coach. 

What are some challenges of your job?

StoryCorps is great at celebrating when people move on to new opportunities, but it’s bittersweet because of the great impact they often leave. With that, comes the backfilling of those roles which can be a challenge. In HR, we have a brand new team so it’s a matter of navigating that journey to build our HR landscape together which I’m thoroughly enjoying, but it comes with its own daily challenges. 

Why should everyone record a story with StoryCorps?

People like to be heard. Recording a conversation gives autonomy and power to your voice. Sometimes everyone sharing on social media can make you feel small, but knowing your voice mattersand putting your stamp on the worldis very empowering.

What is your favorite StoryCorps story?

I love the story about a cowboy from South Central in Los Angeles. He shows kids that there is a world outside of their community, where they often feel like there is no way out. That’s my background and I believelike the cowboy doesthat we should always reach for the stars.

Pastor to Pastor: the Connection was “Mystical”

I guess you could say that Nicole Unice has taken “two small steps.”  After participating in one of the first One Small Step conversations in Richmond soon after the program’s launch, she found herself mic’d up for another session when CBS’s “60 Minutes” came calling for a segment on OSS.  

On that occasion, she was paired with a fellow pastor named Brenda, and while their politics were different, the two women discovered they had much in common—Army brats, with a  strong foundation in spirituality and patriotism.  

A Presbyterian pastor, Nicole grew up in a quintessential conservative household where the family embraced the ideals of fiscal conservatism, small government, and Christian values. As a longtime fan of StoryCorps, Nicole had used illustrations from the program in her sermons and teachings, focusing often on the spiritual formations around faith and wellness. 

In Brenda, she not only found a connection she calls “mystical,” but saw her as a font of wisdom.

“I was honored to sit with someone who is my elder, and I thought ‘I want to learn from you,’” she remembers. 

As a minister herself in Charlottesville, Brenda did pastoring to locals following the Unite the Right rally there in 2017, and it was their mutual foundations in faith where they found commonality.

With the “60 Minutes’” cameras rolling, Nicole said, “Oh, Brenda, I love what you just said about helping people find their path, because I feel such a connection there.”

Nicole says she has long been familiar with contact theory, the underlying premise for One Small Step—that  essentially,  it’s more difficult to hate people you get to know. Having grown up with a brother who was adopted from Korea, she became interested in racial conciliation and seeks ways to find common understanding among disparate people. 

“It’s the connection among hearts that I think is what’s been lost in our culture,” Nicole says. “If we can make those connections, it’s what elevates humanity.”

Stories to Celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month

The first Jewish settlers came to the United States in the mid-1600s and, since then, Jewish Americans have contributed to American culture, history, and society in a variety of ways, big and small. To celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month, we’ve put together a collection of stories — inspirational, fun, and sometimes difficult — that reflect this rich history. Take a listen to Jewish American stories of everyday families, rabbis, and even a Supreme Court Justice.


Meet the Greenbergs

Growing up in her parents’ home in Queens, New York during the 1950s, Laura Greenberg says she didn’t know what normal behavior was. She remembers her family expressing love through hugging, cursing, and oversharing. At StoryCorps, Laura sits down with her daughter Rebecca to reflect on their unconventional love language.


Two by Two

In the summer of 1946, Hunny Feller and her identical twin sister, Bunny, were waitresses at a hotel. Another set of identical twins, Elliot and Danny Reiken, worked as musicians in a band there. By the end of the summer, the two couples had become inseparable. Watch Hunny and Elliot reflect on 61 years of marriage.


Remembering Justice Ginsburg’s Words

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“When she spoke, everybody just sort of came to a hush.”
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Sharron Cohen had no idea that at the age of 25, she’d find herself at the center of a legal battle with the potential to change women’s rights forever. That lawsuit eventually came to the attention of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, and then onto the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court. In December of 2020, Sharron came to StoryCorps in Massachusetts with her son Nathan to remember the late Justice Ginsburg.


Rabbi Rubin’s Court of the Air

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Rabbi Rubin’s history on the Lower East Side dated to the early 1930s. Arriving in New York’s Jewish enclave, he was dismayed at the plight of the city’s retired rabbis, many of whom led impoverished lives. To correct this sad situation, Rabbi Rubin helped to raise money to support the House of Sages, the first institution of its kind in America, to provide retired Rabbis with a weekly stipend and a place to study.


Remembering The Mother of the Disability Rights Movement

On the day the Theresienstadt concentration camp was liberated in 1945, Yehuda Czarnoczapka and Mina met. Yehuda brought Mina a pair of shoes for her bare feet and a few potatoes to aid her poor health, winning her heart over. The two eventually moved to the U.S. to start a family. At StoryCorps, Susan and Margot Moinester talk about growing up as the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and how they honor Yehuda and Mina’s love and liberation.


Vote for Yetta

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"Vote for Yetta and Things Will Get Betta."
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In the 1964 presidential election, Republican Senator Barry Goldwater from Arizona ran against Democratic incumbent Lyndon Johnson who had assumed office following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. LBJ won in a landslide, but there was another candidate in the race who has largely been forgotten by history: Mrs. Yetta Bronstein, a Jewish housewife from the Bronx.


Santa Rick

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Meet Rick Rosenthal, a modern Orthodox Jew who also happens to be a modern-day Santa Claus. At StoryCorps, Rick explores how his religious faith actually helped him find his spiritual calling.


A Story About Survival

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"And I asked him everything that I ever wanted to ask. I asked him to tell me the real story of Auschwitz."
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Debbie Fisher’s father was a Holocaust survivor. Throughout her childhood, she would ask him questions about his time in Auschwitz, but wanting to protect his daughter from the horrors he experienced, he would only share a sanitized version of his time in the concentration camp. At the end of his life, Debbie was finally able to get him to share his painful truth with her.

This broadcast will be a part of our new animation season. Learn more here!


He survived the Holocaust Because of a Stranger’s Kindness

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"She said, ‘If they let me live with two children, maybe they'll let me live with three.'"
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In 1941, Rabbi Philip Lazowski and his family were among the Jews banished from their  village in Poland by the Nazis and sent to the Zhetel Ghetto. One day, Philip, just 11 years old, was caught alone by a German soldier after being separated from his parents and  siblings. Now 91-years-old, Rabbi Philip came to StoryCorps to remember a quick decision that changed his life.


On The Day Their Concentration Camp Was Liberated, Two Former Prisoners Found Love

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"I want us all to never forget who we are and where we came from."
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On the day the Theresienstadt concentration camp was liberated in 1945, Yehuda  Czarnoczapka and Mina met. Yehuda brought Mina a pair of shoes for her bare feet and a few potatoes to aid her poor health, winning her heart over. The two eventually moved to the U.S. to start a family. At StoryCorps, Susan and Margot Moinester talk about growing up as the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors and how they honor Yehuda and Mina’s love and liberation.


Disarming Hate

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"The last thing I wanted you to do was to be afraid of being Jewish.”
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Content Warning: This story includes mentions of gun violence.

In 1941, Rabbi Philip Lazowski and his family were among the Jews banished from their  village in Poland by the Nazis and sent to the Zhetel Ghetto. One day, Philip, just 11 years old, was caught alone by a German soldier after being separated from his parents and  siblings. Now 91-years-old, Rabbi Philip came to StoryCorps to remember a quick decision that changed his life.


Since 2003, StoryCorps has built an archive of the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered — and we want to add yours. Preserve your story for future generations by recording with either StoryCorps Connect or the StoryCorps App.

Curiosity Leads to Finding Commonalities and a Neighbor

When Alexandra Slusher heard about One Small Step at church, she knew it was something she wanted to do. The daughter of an immigrant from India, she had traveled extensively, gone to college in Hawaii, and experienced different cultures throughout her life. And so, she immediately connected to the premise of One Small Step.

“I’ve always felt that knowing people takes away the fear,” she says. “And fear is really where prejudice comes from.”

Perhaps her history as a portrait artist allows her to see the inner qualities of people; Alexandra remembers being enthusiastic at the prospect of her conversation. Talking to strangers, after all, was always something that came easily to the retired office manager and substitute teacher who moved to Virginia from New Jersey almost 40 years ago.

It didn’t take long to discover some commonalities with her One Small Step match. From the outset, they discovered they were practically neighbors, living just one block apart in rural Goochland County. She also learned that she shared a common heritage with his wife, who, like her mother, is Indian. And while she is a Christian, Alexandra has studied a variety of religions, and so she had an underlying understanding of his Buddhist faith.

Alexandra describes herself as a “democratic Republican”– a little more conservative than most Democrats.

“Once we started talking, we learned we had so much in common, even though we thought differently politically,” Alexandra says. “Perhaps the biggest commonality is that we are both intellectually curious people.”

When she returned to Seventh Street Christian Church after her conversation, Alexandra shared her experience and encouraged others to participate. The church has a history of bringing disparate voices together. At one point, she said that the head of the Richmond Republican Party and the head of the Democratic Party were in the same Sunday School class.

“That led to some really interesting conversations, and back in those days, people could have conversations without getting upset about it,” she remembers.

Through One Small Step, perhaps past is prologue.

Interested in participating in your own conversation through One Small Step? You can sign up to be paired with a conversation partner here.

LGBTQ+ Voices to Honor This Pride Month

June is Pride Month, and we’re celebrating by sharing stories from LGBTQ+ people finding peace and acceptance with themselves, their families, and the people they love — and sometimes, making history in the process. These conversations are all about finding love, your people, and your place in the world. Dive into memorable and touching stories from our LGBTQ+ community.

Is there an LGBTQ+ person in your life who you want to honor with a StoryCorps conversation? Learn how you can help them feel heard and record a meaningful conversation at StoryCorps.org/OutLoud.

An Honest Life

When Tony Perri first told his childhood priest he was gay, he was told, “be careful who you tell that to, son.” Seventeen years later, he came out to his wife and eventually his children. Tony’s honesty with his family paved the way for his grandson, Jeffrey, to live his life openly and be proud of his sexuality. The two came to StoryCorps to reflect on how Tony’s life has paved the way for Jeffrey.


Still the One

After 10 years of marriage and two children, Les and Scott were struggling. Les had a secret that caused him to fall into a deep depression, pulling away from his family. Finally, Scott confronted Les, and their family changed forever. At StoryCorps, their family talked about how they supported Les throughout his gender transition and how love served as the foundation of their relationships.


A Life of Honor

When Joseph Patton joined the Navy in 1955, he had to serve in silence. At the time, the LGBTQ+ community could not be open while in the military. Joseph remembers the pride he took in his service and the beauty and joy that love has brought to his life.


A Good Man

Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. At StoryCorps, Bryan talks with his brother Mike about what it was like to reconnect years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay.


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StoryCorps Podcast: Love and a Life Complete

Many people come to StoryCorps to have a conversation with someone who’s been meaningful in their lives. Some of our favorite interview moments come from partners and spouses — especially when they’re discussing matters of the heart.


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

In 1997, Les and Scott GrantSmiths’ marriage was on the rocks. They had been together for ten years and were raising two children. But Les was hiding something: although he was born female, he felt like a man in the wrong body.


The Saint of Dry Creek

As a teenager, Patrick Haggerty began to understand he was gay — something he thought he was hiding well. One day, he learned that his father could see him more clearly than he realized.

 


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StoryCorps Podcast: We’re Still Here

A collection of stories from trans women of color, who have often been the first to stand up for equality, and the last to be recognized for their contributions.


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"That was the only thing we could do to legalize our relationship."
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Loving Unconventionally

Walter Naegle recounts to his niece Ericka what it was like falling in love with the iconic civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, in a time where marriage between two men was impossible.


A Life Worth Living

MJ Seide never thought that she would live a happy, fulfilling life. Then she met her future partner, who at the time had been married to a man and raising children.


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After Facing A Difficult Coming Out, One Couple Changed A Mother’s Heart

Leslye Huff and her partner, Mary Ostendorf, met in 1983. Leslye was open about her feelings for Mary, while Mary felt less comfortable with public displays of affection and had not told many people in her life about her sexuality, including her family.


Growing Up Gabe

Chris López always knew there was something different about her youngest child, Gabe. Assigned female at birth, Gabe felt like he was a boy.


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StoryCorps Podcast: No One’s Going to Stop Me

Many of our LGBTQ+ stories center the voices of elders. Let’s look to the future, and hear what the next generation has to say.


Love Lost, and Found

Sue McConnell and Kristyn Weed are best friends and Vietnam-era veterans. Although they didn’t serve in the war together, they share a story of courage — on and off the battlefield.


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“He would sit and tell us what it was like to be gay in 1890.”
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Remembering a Gay Icon in Mother Bryant

At 82 years old, Alexei Romanoff came to StoryCorps with his husband, David Farah, to remember the person who taught him to be proud of who he is.


The Door She Opened

At the age of 63, Dee Westenhauser came out as a transgender woman. She remembers growing up in El Paso, Texas in the 1950s, and the one person who made her feel like herself.


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"In high school when I first started wearing make-up, my family didn't notice."
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Pink Lipstick, Fur Coats, and Authenticity

Kiyan Williams had a conversation with their friend Darnell Moore about growing up feeling different from other kids and grappling with his family’s expectations. Today, Kiyan works with LGBTQ+ youth in New York City.


New Ad Campaign Highlights Local Participation in One Small Step

From May 9-11, One Small Step (OSS) team members visited Wichita, Kansas where — among other activities — they met with partners and local community advisors, hosted a focus group of OSS participants, and gave key local supporters a sneak preview of the new OSS advertising campaign that launched in all three Anchor Communities this week, including Wichita.

Research conducted on behalf of StoryCorps indicates that Wichitans who are aware of OSS — those who have seen our campaigns and messages or who have participated — report being more confident that civil cross-partisan conversation is possible and they are more hopeful about the future than those who are not aware. Additional research shows that after listening to a One Small Step conversation, people are 50% more likely to engage with someone from the “other side.” The advertising campaign will feature video spots that will run on connected TV and YouTube, as well as digital, social media, and print ads that will run in the major local daily newspapers.

The campaign features real OSS participants talking about why they took “one small step” and what participating in the program has meant for them. Leigh Okies with I/D.W, a creative agency whose studio designed the campaign, shared more about the strategy and philosophy behind it.

“We set out to feature real people, not actors, in each of the Anchor Communities, and asked one question, ‘What did you take One Small Step for?’ It’s a simple framework that helps elicit an authentic answer,” Leigh said. “While we want people to apply to be matched for a conversation, we also know from the research and principles of contact theory that simply seeing others taking part in conversations can shift our perceptions of what’s possible.” The campaign also features snippets of real OSS conversations and video testimonials. “All the participants we reached out to were so passionate about One Small Step and eager to be a part of the campaign,” she said. “Sharing their experiences helps others see that they can have these kinds of conversations too and it doesn’t need to be too hard or scary.”

“Anchor Communities have developed a lot of local pride in their OSS program,” she continued. “To see leaders in these cities — and the communities overall — actively participate in OSS is a great way to see how this effort can be scaled more broadly.”

History Lessons: StoryCorps Animated Shorts

Get ready to dive into a new animation season that pays tribute to the defining moments that have shaped our history as we know it today. We’re bringing history to life like never before, showcasing the defining moments that have shaped our world today through the eyes of the people who lived them.


The Echoes of War

In early 1943, U.S. Army Sergeant Harrison Wright was drafted into World War II. When the war ended, he was stationed in a small village in Belgium near the border with Germany. At StoryCorps, he talks to his grandson, Sean Guess, about the honorable way he paid tribute to his fallen comrades on such a momentous occasion.


The Busboy (Coming 6/6)

On June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy won California’s Democratic primary in his bid to become President of the United States. That night, Senator Kennedy delivered his victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where 17-year-old Juan Romero was working as a hotel busboy. Juan came to StoryCorps to remember the tragic historical event that followed and how it impacted his life.


The Room (Coming 6/14)

Debra Fisher’s father, Oscar — a Holocaust survivor — was imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp when he was a teenager. Growing up, Debra longed to learn her father’s story, but he protected her from his painful memories and only shared the sanitized version of his reality. At StoryCorps, Debra reflects on the moment her father finally opened up about the truth of his experience.


Role Models (Coming 6/22)

Now a Reverend, Farrell Duncombe was once a mischievous young boy. Growing up in 1950s Montgomery, Alabama, he had role models who kept him in line, including his father, the pastor of their church, and his Sunday school teacher, Rosa Parks. Farrell went on to become a public school band teacher, then principal, and later, pastor of his childhood church. At StoryCorps, Reverend Farrell reflected on the people who nurtured him and the humility he felt standing at his father’s pulpit.

Did you watch our last animation season?

Listening to Mom: StoryCorps Animated Shorts

Mother figures are the unsung heroes in our lives who provide us with guidance, support, and unconditional love. Whether it’s a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a stepparent, or a mentor, these individuals have shaped us into the people we are today. In our “Listening to Moms” animation season, we hear stories that honor these individuals and reflect on maternal figures and what they mean to us. Watch a season dedicated to celebrate and recognize the remarkable contributions of all the mother figures who have played a vital role in our lives and to express our gratitude for their unwavering support and love.


Joyce’s Neighborhood

Mary Mills grew up as an only child in the 1960s in a quiet neighborhood near Santa Monica, California. Although Mary didn’t have siblings to play with, she was never lonely. There were plenty of children nearby, and they all wanted to be at her house where they would hang out with Mary… and her mom, Joyce Carter Mills. At StoryCorps, Mary brought her mom to tell her why she was “the mom every other kid wanted.”

Listen to Joyce and Mary’s story on the StoryCorps Podcast.


Lessons from Lourdes

Lourdes Villanueva grew up a daughter of migrant workers. Her family was constantly on the move, which prevented Lourdes from receiving her high school diploma. Despite the odds stacked against her, Lourdes was determined to complete her education all while balancing working in the fields and parenting her children. At StoryCorps, Lourdes sits down with her son Roger, who reflects on how his mother’s dedication inspired him.


Meet the Greenbergs

Growing up in her parents’ home in Queens, New York during the 1950s, Laura Greenberg says she didn’t know what normal behavior was. She remembers her family expressing love through hugging, cursing, and oversharing. At StoryCorps, Laura sits down with her daughter Rebecca to reflect on their unconventional love language.

Learn more about our upcoming animation season History Lessons!

Michael Garofalo Joins StoryCorps as Chief Content Officer

We are pleased to announce that Michael Garofalo is returning to StoryCorps as Chief Content Officer effective May 1. This new position will oversee both the Production and Animation departments and Michael will work closely with Marketing & Communications, Development, Programming, and StoryCorps Studios to shape and align the organization’s vision and content as we move forward into new creative territory and seek new audiences, communities, partnerships, and other opportunities. As the organization’s editorial lead, this role ensures that all content meets the highest standards of artistry and craft, journalistic integrity, diversity, cultural competency, and mission alignment. Michael will report to StoryCorps CEO Sandra Clark.  

Michael began his career at StoryCorps where he developed and refined StoryCorps’ signature style and sound. Over the course of 15 years, he built and ran the Production department, produced and edited hundreds of NPR broadcasts, and launched the StoryCorps podcast, hosting more than 500 episodes. His work on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks garnered both a Peabody Award and a Columbia-DuPont Award. 

As a freelance editor and producer, Michael has developed shows—and led production teams—for a variety of clients and partners outside of public media. As an Editorial Audio Fellow at Kickstarter, he launched Just the Beginning, a narrative podcast about how creative ideas become real. At Religion of Sports, he edited the long-form sports and culture series Crushed, False Idol, Man in the Arena, and Rough Housing. Most recently, he led the development of a new show about animals for Novel, Europe’s largest independent podcasting house.

Michael is also an experimental musician weaving electronics, field recordings, found sounds, and narrative into his music

Celebrating AANHPI Voices

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities encompass a wide range of cultures, hardships 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 AANHPI 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.


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“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.


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"I thought that my best friend was lost forever."
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An Ocean Away

Born in Hong Kong, Pak Yan and Joe Chan were inseparable as kids, but when Joe was in the 6th grade, his family moved to the U.S. The friends lost touch for 38 years until Pak tracked Joe down. At StoryCorps, the two friends reflect on their reunion, picking up where they left off.


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. 


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“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.


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“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


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“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.


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"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.


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“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.


From the Archive

David and Sophie Wong

David Wong talks with his daughter Sophie about how his life has unfolded since he immigrated from China in the 1940s.


Gloria Park and Julia Kim

Gloria Park talks with her daughter Julia Kim about creating meaning in their personal lives, ideas around home, and self care.


Julia Tinker and Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker

Julia Tinker and her mother Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker talk about their respective Japanese American identities. They also discuss Carlene’s experience in an Amache internment camp, dealing with racism, and returning to Amache as an adult to help preserve the history of those interned.


Phu Van Huynh and Phu Huynh “Sam”

Phu Van Huynh talks with his brother Phu Huynh “Sam” about his experience being incarcerated for 25 years. The two brothers talk about apologies, their family, their past gang involvement, and how Phu Van is helping to better his community after getting out of prison.


Al Pola and Mani Mahadevan

Al Pola connects with Mani Mahadevan over their experience as immigrants and discuss topics like cultural identity, police perceptions of the public, and racism.


Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal and Jason Yap

Joselyn Geaga-Rosenthal tells her son, Jason Yam, about her arrival to the United States, including the trip by ship, and about her political awakening in the U.S.


Jake Van Yahres and Jason Spellman

Jason Spellman and Jake Van Yahres discuss how growing up around Charlottesville, Virginia and attending Virginia Commonwealth University influenced them.


Billy Taing and Jill Hanhong

Cousins Billy Taing and Jill Hanhong discuss Billy’s upbringing, the changes that led him to gang life and the crime that changed his life.


Cecilia Chung and Annalise Ophelian

Cecilia Chung is interviewed by friend and colleague Annalise Ophelian. Cecilia talks about moving to San Francisco in the 1980s, being a trans woman, and the unconditional and supportive love from her family.


Veronica Seymour and Marian Atkins

Marian Atkins shares her mother’s life story with her daughter, Veronica Seymour. She survived WWII as a child in Japan, immigrated first to Taiwan, then to the U.S. She later passed away from dementia.