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This Holiday Season, Find Connection With The Great Thanksgiving Listen

This year the holidays are arriving at a time when many across the country are experiencing unique challenges and isolation. Now more than ever before, it is vital to encourage listening and connection between young people and their elders. You can be a part of this year’s national movement to create an oral history of the United States by recording your own stories virtually through StoryCorps Connect or in person through the StoryCorps App with an elder, mentor, friend, or someone you admire. Here are a few ways you can participate in #TheGreatListen.

 

Record a Loved One’s Stories

“If there’s something you believe in and you think is right, you just have to keep pursuing it”. This Thanksgiving, take a moment to record words of wisdom like these from the people around you for The Great Thanksgiving Listen. 

If you are unsure of how to start a good conversation, check out our list of Great Questions. You can ask a loved one any of the questions from the list or create your own, using the StoryCorps App or our new program for long-distance interviews, StoryCorps Connect.



Celebrate Voices Across Generations

As a part of The Great Thanksgiving Listen 2020, we are sharing some of our favorite conversations from people of all ages.

No More Questions!

Over the course of her life, Kay Wang was a nurse, a Bloomingdales detective, and a grandmother. In a conversation with her son and granddaughter, she reluctantly shares stories from her life.
Read the full transcript here.

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“I think it's important to capture those opportunities while you still have them in your grasp.”
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A Century-Old Family Reunion Interrupted By A Pandemic

For nearly a century, the Quanders has been gathering for a family reunion each year. In the face of COVID-19, they must reconsider how to keep their history alive.
Read the full transcript here.

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"I applied to NASA four times."
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When You Have Problems, Go To The Clouds

When Wally Funk was twenty, she got the chance to prove that females could be astronauts. While the program got shut down, she didn’t let this stop her from continuing to be a trailblazer.
Read the full transcript here.

The Icing on the Cake

Growing up, Connie Alvarez saw her parents make sacrifices to get her to where she is today. Years later, she draws inspiration from their struggles and shares this with her mother, Bianca Alvarez.
Read the full transcript here.

Double Major

As a student at Bowdoin College, Wil Smith had an unique roommate, his infant daughter Olivia. By graduation, his entire school was cheering them both across the stage.
Read the full transcript here.


Bring StoryCorps to Your Classroom

The Great Thanksgiving Listen is the perfect opportunity for students to practice their listening and storytelling skills by honoring someone in their life with an interview. We invite educators to use our toolkit to bring StoryCorps into the classroom this November.


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"You’re my favorite person to talk about space to."
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‘Why do you like space so much?’: A NASA Engineer Talks With His Space-Obsessed Nephew

If he could live on any planet, Jerry Morrison would live on Kepler 452b. He shares his love of space with his uncle Joey Jefferson, a Mission Operations Engineer at NASA.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Do you remember your first day being a teacher?"
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How One Veteran Made the Journey to the Kindergarten Classroom

When Ron Cushman came back from his deployment, he was unsure of what to do with the rest of his life. Once he became a teacher, he took off on a nearly thirty year career, in which he made a lasting impact on his students.
Read the full transcript here.

Me & You

At StoryCorps, a conversation between Jackie Miller and her son Scott leads to unexpected revelations and reflections on their relationship as mother and son.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Why are you asking these questions?"
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The Questions They’ve Always Wanted To Ask

In an interview with their father, Isaiah and Josiah Fredericks ask him about the hardest thing about being a dad, as well as why they can’t have their own rollercoaster.
Read the full transcript here.

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“...everything was dead. Like if I had landed on the moon.”
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In the US 50 Years, a Man Reflects on His Arrival from Honduras

Over 50 years ago, Roy Daley arrived in America, although it wasn’t quite what he was expecting. At StoryCorps he remembers his first Thanksgiving in the United States.
Read the full transcript here.

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Stories for Veterans Day

In recognition of Veterans Day, we are honoring those in the military community by amplifying their voices. Listen to stories from our Military Voices Initiative, our national project to record and preserve the stories of veterans, service members, and military families.

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.

Germans in the Woods

As a World War II veteran, Joseph Robertson recalls his time as an infantryman and what he refers to as the saddest memory of his life.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Farming...is about life over death rather than death over life."
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How Sheep Farming Helped an Injured Army Vet Overcome PTSD

Through farming, veteran Mickey Willenbring was able to heal after returning home, and discover new life.
Read the full transcript here.

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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

Flip and Christine Cuddy sit down to remember their mother, Lieutenant Susan Ahn Cuddy, a trailblazer and the first Asian American woman in the Navy.
Read the full transcript here.

Love Lost, And Found

After meeting in a transgender veteran’s support group, Sue McConnell and Kristyn Weed became as close as sisters. The two women share a story of courage — on and off the battlefield.
Read the full transcript here.

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“We are what we are because of our insistence on being with one another.”
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Love In The Time Of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

After marrying in 2018, couple Mike Rudulph and Neil Rafferty share the story of their relationship, and what it meant to love during the era of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Read the full transcript here.

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“You have to go back. And you’re going back to train for the Olympics.”
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Olympic Gold Medalist Melvin Pender on the 1968 Mexico Games

Veteran Melvin Pender expresses the pride he felt when seeing John Carlos’ Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics during his temporary leave from the military to compete in the Olympic relay.
Read the full transcript here.

Tom’s War

For Tom Geerdes, his road to recovery following the Vietnam War took time. He shares the experience of this journey with his daughter Hannah.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people."
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The Transition Home

After returning home from Afghanistan, Drew Pham has had a hard time adjusting to normal life again. With his wife Molly Pearl at his side, he is able to get through.
Read the full transcript here.

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"We would turn the sound on so that it sounded like tanks moving on the roads."
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104-Year-Old WWII Veteran Remembers Top-Secret ‘Ghost Army’

When Gilbert Seltzer joined the army during World War Two, he was given a top secret mission; to draw fire away from troops through coordinating misinformation, phony convoys, and even inflatable tanks to trick the enemy.
Read the full transcript here.

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Voices to Honor for Indigenous Peoples’ Day

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we’re highlighting the voices of Native American people through a few of their conversations at StoryCorps. Listen below to the stories and lives of indigenous people from all backgrounds across the country.

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.

My Father, the Giant

Thompson Williams remembers his father, a larger-than-life tribal leader of the Caddo Nation and a veteran of World War II.
Read the full transcript here.

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"I remember going through family albums looking for my face in old photographs..."
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Diane Tells His Name

Diane Tells His Name’s family is from the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota — something she didn’t know until she was an adult, after she discovered she had been adopted.
Read the full transcript here.

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“This year, I'm the age she was when she disappeared.”
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Remembering Leona Kinsey

Carolyn DeFord, a Puyallup tribal member, remembers her mom, Leona Kinsey, who disappeared twenty years ago. She is part of an epidemic of Native American women who have gone missing and never been found.
Read the full transcript here.

The Bookmobile

Storm Reyes was working full-time at a migrant work camp at age 8. She remembers the day a bookmobile arrived, and the world was suddenly at her fingertips.
Read the full transcript here.

Where I Come From

Barnie Botone looks back on the beauty and the tragedies that he and his family have experienced on the railroad.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Farming...is about life over death rather than death over life."
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How Sheep Farming Helped an Injured Army Vet Overcome PTSD

After returning from the army, Mickey Willenbring’s PTSD was so debilitating that she could no longer live in the city. This is her story of recovery.
Read the full transcript here.

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Stories for Disability Awareness Month

Disability Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to lift up the voices of those living with disabilities and share their many unique lived experiences. In recognition of this month, we dedicate our newest collection to the stories of these individuals, and their loved ones who offer their support and admiration.

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.

Leading the Way

John Washington was born blind and developed a severe loss of hearing over time. In a conversation with his daughter, John shares the pride he took in raising his children.
Read the full transcript here.

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“If you had walked away and left me there, nobody would have looked askance.”
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We Have One Heart

Yomi Wrong expresses her admiration and thanks her mom, Sarah Churchill, for never giving up on her.
Recorded in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project.
Read the full transcript here.

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"Here comes this guy into my office. Drop dead gorgeous."
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Everything We Did, We Did Together

Meaghan Starkloff Breitenstein sits down with her daughter, Colleen Kelly Starkloff, to remember her husband Max, who was left quadriplegic following a fatal car accident in his twenties.
Recorded in partnership with the Disability Visibility Project.
Read the full transcript here.

Bonnie and Myra Brown

In an interview with her daughter, Bonnie Brown shares the hopes and fears she experienced as a single mom with an intellectual disability.
Read the full transcript here.

Q & A

Sarah Littman talks with her son Joshua about everything from her experience raising a child with Asperger syndrome, to what life would be like without animals.
Read the full transcript here.

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“We looked like a very scary situation coming in there. And we turned into a party people wanted to join.”
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A Visit to the ER Takes an Unexpected Turn

When Ellen Hughes entered the emergency room with her son Walker, she recognized that she was in what looked like a scary situation. But thanks to Public Safety Sergeant Keith Miller, their group became a party people wanted to join.
Read the full transcript here.

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"I don’t know what I’d do without you. Because I cannot stand being alone."
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Brothers Living with Autism on Navigating Through Work and Life

Being born only a year apart meant that brothers Russell and Remmick could lean on each other while they navigated the working world as adults with autism.
Read the full transcript here.

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Stories to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month gives us a chance to recognize the stories, contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of Latinx people across the United States. This month, we are offering tools to help you celebrate:

Record Your Stories With StoryCorps Connect

Honor the story of a loved one in your life 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 StoryCorpsConnect.org.

Looking for more activities related to Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out a digital exhibition presented as part of our collaboration with the American Folklife Center and the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress.

Digital Artifact Exploration (PDF): Celebrate Latinx heritage by experiencing it with a Digital Artifact Exploration for Hispanic Heritage Month

Share Stories

Listen to and share stories from StoryCorps Historias, our initiative to record the diverse stories and life experiences of Latinx people in the United States. You can also find our full collection of Historias stories here.

Facundo the Great

Ramón “Chunky” Sanchez remembers how teachers at his elementary school anglicized the Mexican American students’ names. But one name stumped them all.
Read the full transcript here.

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"When Papu would talk to us it was like a king holding his court."
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They Called Him Papu

Martha Escutia and her cousin Marina Jimenez share the legacy of their grandfather, nicknamed Papu, who came to the U.S. as a Bracero worker in the 1940s.
Read the full transcript here.

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“There’s vultures circling all the time.”
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Providing Life-Saving Aid at the Border

Maria Ochoa, a 70-year-old grandmother, speaks about the many times she’s walked the Arizona desert, providing life-saving water and aid to migrants crossing the border from Mexico.
Read the full transcript here.

Yelitza Castro and Willie Davis

Yelitza Castro, an undocumented immigrant, has been cooking meals for homeless people in her community since 2010. Through this work she has gotten to know Willie Davis, who has been the recipient of many of those meals.
Read the full transcript here.

Gabe and Chris López

Gabe López, age 8, remembers when things really changed for him as a transgender kid. With his mother and friends by his side, he knew he wouldn’t have to face these changes alone.
Read the full transcript here.

Mi Abuela Panchita

Bishop Ricardo Ramierez remembers his grandmother Panchita Espitia as a formidable and wise woman. He shares her memory and the valuable spiritual lesson she taught him at the end of her days.
Read the full transcript here.

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Remembering September 11

In recognition of the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, we have put together a few stories from our September 11th Initiative, created in partnership with The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The stories below are told by survivors and those who lost loved ones on that day and in the events to follow. Their words illustrate the innumerable personal costs of this national tragedy. We hope that this collection offers a space for reflection and remembrance.

Listen to the full collection of September 11th Initiative stories, and learn more about the September 11th Initiative.

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.

She Was the One

When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life. They were engaged when she was killed at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Read the full transcript here.

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“I opened up the back door of that church to see these hundreds of eyes all staring back at me, knowing where I had been.”
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Joe Dittmar

Joe Dittmar recounts making his way back home on September 11, 2001 after surviving the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Read the full transcript here.

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"He gave me the joys of motherhood, and the pains of motherhood."
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Salman Hamdani

Talat Hamdani remembers her son, an EMT and NYPD cadet who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 as a first responder and was wrongfully accused of having terrorist links.
Read the full transcript here.

 

John and Joe

The late John Vigiano Sr., a retired FDNY captain, honors his sons — John Jr., also a firefighter, and Joe, a police detective — who were killed while saving others on September 11, 2001.
Read the full transcript here.

Sean Rooney

Beverly Eckert shares her final conversation with her husband, Sean Rooney, before he died in the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Read the full transcript here.

 

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"There's a form we fill out and it's called 'On My Death.'"
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Father Mychal Judge

Father Michael Duffy delivered the homily at the funeral of his friend Father Mychal Judge, a victim of the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Read the full transcript here.

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"People saw only a turban and a beard."
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Balbir Singh Sodhi

Rana and Harjit Sodhi remember their brother, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man who was killed in the first hate crime following the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Read the full transcript here.

Always a Family

Monique Ferrer remembers the last time she spoke with her ex-husband, Michael Trinidad, on September 11, 2001, when he called her from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower to say goodbye.
Read the full transcript here.

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Civic Duty and Connection in the Days of COVID-19

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities around the world have faced great loss and isolation. In particular, essential workers have been thrust into dangerous situations where they must risk the health of themselves and their loved ones. In this collection, we honor their efforts by sharing their stories on the front lines of the pandemic.

In addition to the voices of essential workers, this collection also highlights loved ones who have found new ways to connect with each other. Despite being miles apart, our new platform, StoryCorps Connect, allows friends and family to interview through the safety and comfort of their own homes. Read on to hear difficult and uplifting moments shared by the people around you.

Your story deserves to be heard. 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.

‘We’re Like A Lifeline’: Postal Workers
Fight Fear To Work In A Pandemic

When Evette Jourdain was struggling to get back on her feet, landing a job as a postal worker in Palm Beach, Florida seemed like a blessing. Now the job carries with it risks she never imagined.
Read the full transcript here.

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"The bravest of us right now is absolutely terrified."
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For Old Friends, Hospital Work Brings New Challenges In COVID-19

With almost 400 miles between them, nurse Josh Belser and health-technician Sam Dow talk about their decades-long friendship and how they continue to support each other.
Read the full transcript here.

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“The most difficult part of this is losing my best friend.”
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After Surviving COVID-19, A Mom And Daughter Mourn Loved Ones

At Jackie Stockton’s 90th birthday party in early March, COVID-19 broke out in her community. Two loved ones did not survive. She speaks on how she keeps faith during this painful time.
Read the full transcript here.

They Don’t See The Innocence In You

Albert Sykes talks to his 15-year-old son, Aidan, about raising three Black sons in Mississippi, why they go to protests together, and what Albert’s hopes are for his son’s future.
Read the full transcript here.

Together
At A Distance

Due to his risk of COVID-19 exposure at the hospital, Dr. Roberto Vargas has been isolating himself from his wife, Susan, and their four young kids for two months.
Read the full transcript here.

 

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"It's like pieces of a puzzle that we're just now putting together."
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After 15 Years of Incarceration, Mother is Reunited with Daughter Due to COVID-19

In their first weekend together since Nia Cosby was incarcerated for mortgage fraud, Nia and her daughter, Chalana, reflect on their love for each other.
Read the full transcript here.

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“I visited him March 8th. I just got this feeling that I needed to go see him.”
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After Losing Her Father to COVID-19, A Daughter Reflects On His WWII Service

Hannah reflects on the life of her father, Army Staff Sergeant Emilio “Leo” DiPalma, who served as a guard during the first Nuremberg Trials.
Read the full transcript here.

We Have A
Driver’s Heart

Tyrone Hampton and Frank de Jesus are New York City bus operators and close colleagues. They’ve lost dozens of fellow bus operators to COVID-19.
Read the full transcript here.

You’re Stronger
Than You Feel

Dan Flynn travels across the country to serve on the national mortuary response team in the epicenter of the pandemic — New York City.
Read the full transcript here.

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Celebrating Ten Years of Museum and Library Stories with IMLS

Since 2009, StoryCorps has partnered annually with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to celebrate and amplify the voices of their National Medal recipients. Throughout the years, we have visited countless communities, recording more than 1,700 stories, meeting innovative museum and library staff members and their communities, and learning about the exceptional community service programs these institutions have implemented.

This year, our recordings with 2019 Medal recipients brought us to nine new communities across the country. Listen to some of the voices and stories we recorded below:

 

Archie Willis III and Constance Dyson at the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN)

Archie Willis III tells his friend, Constance Dyson, about his family’s community activism and involvement in the civil rights movement. Archie’s father helped found the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jessica Mandujano and Rachel Harrington at the Meridian Public Library (Meridian, ID)

Friends Jessica Mandujano and Rachel Harrington talk about Jessica’s three-year-old son, Joaquin, who has a rare chromosomal disorder called Emanuel Syndrome. Rachel is a therapist assistant and photographer who works with children with autism and other developmental challenges. We hear first from Rachel.

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Nancy Nagle and Pat Curo at the Barona Cultural Center and Museum (Lakeside, CA)

Cousins Nancy Nagle and Pat Curo talk about growing up on the Barona Indian Reservation near San Diego and their efforts now to preserve their ‘Iipay Aa language.

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Marilyn Glover and Pearl Vanderhorst Ascue at the South Carolina Aquarium (Charleston, SC)

Friends and neighbors Pearl Vanderhorst Ascue and Marilyn Glover discuss the impacts that development and climate change have had on their neighborhood of Ten Mile, South Carolina. The two also talk about the positive changes they have made in the area as part of the Ten Mile Neighborhood Association and the role the South Carolina Aquarium has played in their conservation efforts.

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Lani Bautista Cabanilla and Ed Gillison at the San Diego New Children’s Museum (San Diego, CA)

Lani Bautista Cabanilla, Senior Manager of Programs at The New Children’s Museum, speaks to board member Ed Gillison about the museum and the impact it has had on themselves, their families, and the greater San Diego community.

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Jessica Lopez and Gina Bingham at the New Haven Free Public Library (New Haven, CT)

Jessica Lopez tells her friend Gina Bingham about her journey from homelessness to turning her life around and becoming a fixture at the New Haven Free Public Library.

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Phyllis Rosenblum and Phyllis Plotnick at the Gulfport Public Library (Gulfport, FL)

Friends Phyllis Rosenblum and Phyllis Plotnick reflect on the start of The Circle of Friends group and the improvements it has brought to the Gulfport Public Library. We hear first from Phyllis Plotnick.

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Joy Dickinson and Rick Kilby at the Orange County Regional History Center & Museum (Orlando, FL)

Friends and colleagues Rick Kilby and Joy Dickinson discuss their early and current connection with history and museums including the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Florida, where they both work.

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Mary Vardigan and Peter Granda at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (Ann Arbor, MI)

Retired colleagues Mary Vardigan and Peter Granda look back at their time working at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, doing data research and helping transition from analog to digital data.

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We’re Expanding to Six New Cities to Foster Conversations Across American Political Divides

Today, we’re glad to announce the 2020 expansion of One Small Step Communities. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, StoryCorps will provide training and production assistance to six local public radio stations across the United States. This partnership with public media stations anchors our nationwide initiative One Small Step, which facilitates and broadcasts conversations between Americans of opposing viewpoints.

Here are the stations that will be participating in One Small Step Communities in 2020:

Follow us here and sign up for our One Small Step email list for more information about recording dates and locations in these communities.

Dave Isay, Founder & President of StoryCorps said: “The pandemic has only exacerbated the deep divisions in the United States. One Small Step has proven to be a powerful intervention to help people see one another’s humanity. In 2020 when our country faces challenges unlike any other time in our history, One Small Step helps remind us of who we are, and who we can be at our best as a nation.”  

“As Americans continue to grapple with the serious issues dividing our nation and how to effect change, open dialogue has never been more vital to strengthening our civil society,” said Pat Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “CPB is pleased to support StoryCorps’ efforts through One Small Step to provide local public media stations with tools and platforms to directly engage their communities in constructive conversations about the path forward.”

Launched by StoryCorps in 2018 in response to growing division in the country, One Small Step is a nationwide project that provides people who hold different views with the opportunity to take part in facilitated and recorded conversations — specifically, to counteract intensifying political divides and to enable those who disagree to listen to each other with respect. Rather than spark additional political debates, One Small Step encourages answers to questions like, “Was there a moment, event, or person in your life that shaped your political views?” and “What scares you most when you think about the future?”

For the One Small Step Communities project, a separately funded component of StoryCorps’ One Small Step program, two members of each participating station participated in a two-day training led by StoryCorps staff. The stations will receive program support and a customized set of professional recording equipment. Stations will record conversations with community residents of differing political persuasions and selected interviews will be shared across each station’s media platforms. The project will culminate with a series of public listening events, streamed online, in fall 2020. In locations where COVID-19 social distancing requirements remain in place, stations will use StoryCorps’ remote recording platform, which pairs two people for a conversation over video and is hosted by a trained Facilitator.

Public radio stations have played an integral role in helping StoryCorps to realize its aspiration to touch the lives of every American. Since 2005, more than 150 stations in all 50 states have hosted the StoryCorps Mobile Tour, providing local access to a mobile recording booth that travels the country, reaching people of all backgrounds and providing opportunities to capture stories of communities that might otherwise go untold.

One Small Step is supported by a broad coalition of government and philanthropic institutions, including the Fetzer Institute, The Wunderkinder Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Charles Koch Institute. Additional support is provided by the Newman-Tanner Foundation.

View the media announcement here.

Stories to Reflect on for Father’s Day

Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep families apart, Father’s Day gives us a chance to appreciate the fathers in our lives. Enjoy our collection of stories celebrating father figures and the many ways they support and shape us.

A StoryCorps conversation is the least expensive and most important gift you can give to someone you can’t be with face-to-face. This Father’s Day, honor a father figure in your life using StoryCorps Connect and record his story. Learn more at StoryCorpsConnect.org.

From Our New 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.
Read the full transcript here.

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.
Read the full transcript here.

 

A Wonderful Life

Sometimes the memories may be a little 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.
Read the full transcript here.

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.
Read the full transcript here.

 

More Stories for Father’s Day

 

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"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 for each other.
Read the full transcript here.

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“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 caring for him in his final days.
Read the full transcript here.

 

Driving Lessons

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

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.
Read the full transcript here.

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