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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