At StoryCorps, we like to focus on holding spaces for conversations between all kinds of people: best friends, family members, colleagues, and even strangers. A lot of interviewees cross decades together as children interview parents, grandparents chat with grandchildren and as stories are passed down from generation to generation. We wanted to highlight some of the voices of younger generations with conversations all about roller coasters, planets, and future dreams for a better tomorrow.
Eyes on the Stars
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded seconds after takeoff, claiming the lives of the entire crew. Carl McNair honors the memory of his brother Ronald E. McNair, who was a physicist on board. Read the full transcript here.
Q & A
Six-year-old Jerry Morrison is obsessed with outer space — so of course, his favorite person to talk to is his uncle Joey Jefferson, a Mission Operations Engineer at NASA. Read the full transcript here.
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. Read the full transcript here.
In 2015, 9-year-old Aidan Sykes came to StoryCorps in Jackson, Mississippi, to ask his father, Albert, a few important questions. Read the full transcript here.
My Dream For You
A Roller Coaster, A Minivan, and Lots of Laughs
Isaiah Fredericks and his younger brother, Josiah, made the most of their StoryCorps conversation with their dad as they asked almost any and every question they could think of. Read the full transcript here.
I’m A Kid Myself
Ten-year-old Kaitlyn Sever interviews her mom, Lynne Lande, where they talk about their dreams for the future and true love, of all kinds. Read the full transcript here.
“Every Brain Is A Little Bit Different…”
Ida Cortez, 10, talks with her mom, Kim Wargo, about her dyslexia, and how she wishes people understood more about how it’s not an “illness”, but rather a “difference”. Read the full transcript here.
Wise Beyond One’s Years
Melva Hightower and her young nephew Tyler Hightower exchange stories of strength and struggle across a generational divide. Tyler recalls childhood teasing, and Melva the loss of a dear friend to AIDS. Read the full transcript here.
Every Minute Of Every Day
Ten-year-old triplets Maddy, Zoë, and Nick Waters have spent their entire lives together, sharing everything from a birthday to a bedroom. They came to a StoryCorps MobileBooth to ask each other their burning questions. Read the full transcript here.
No One is 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. Read the full transcript here.
My Sister’s Keeper
Mitchel Watterson, 10, talks with his mother, Debbie, about being a big brother to his sister Bridget who is deaf, and some of the ways he has helped support her and make her life better. Read the full transcript here.
“It Shouldn’t Be Scary To Be Who You Are”
Parents and children often come to StoryCorps to share the most important moments in their lives. That’s just what 12-year-old Kaysen Ford had in mind when they came to StoryCorps with their mother, Jennifer Sumner. Read the full transcript here.
Love and Unicorns
Anna Freeman discovered that the best moments are the ones you don’t plan for, when she sat down with her 8-year-old daughter Brianna and asked what seemed to her to be a simple question. Read the full transcript here.
Reflections on Love and Family
Mason Best seems to have a lot on his mind. At 12 years old, he already has a lot of thoughts on life and love. Mason came to StoryCorps at his local Boys Club in Queens, NY. He decided to invite his mom, Roseann Smith, to sit down for a conversation. The duo got right to the serious stuff. Read the full transcript here.
Share your story. StoryCorps Connect makes it possible to interview a loved one remotely and then upload it to the StoryCorps Archive at the Library of Congress. Learn more at StoryCorpsConnect.org.