Sarah Littman and Joshua Littman

Joshua Littman, 12, has Asperger’s syndrome, which is described by his mother, Sarah, as being “born without social genes.”

Josh, who can often come across as eccentric, has an obsession with animals. At StoryCorps they discuss pets, lying, friends, family, and the hardships of life.

Originally aired March 17, 2006, on NPR’s Morning Edition.