In the nearly two decades that StoryCorps has been building an archive of American voices, we’ve never seen a year quite like 2020. From a global pandemic, to worldwide protests as a result of the ongoing fight for racial justice in the U.S., and a presidential election that permeated all parts of our democracy, many of us are reflecting on the very nature of change; what it means to adapt, confront challenges, and, perhaps above all, keep going.
On this season of the StoryCorps podcast, we’re bringing you stories from people who have lived through great change — historical moments but also personal ones — and found some perspective along the way.
People like 90-year old Kenneth Felts, who, amidst quarantine, decided it was time to confront a truth he’d been hiding for more than 60 years.
Ken’s openness was a jumping off point; an opportunity for him to have even more in depth conversations about things that were below the surface. So a few months later, Ken sat down for another remote StoryCorps conversation with the one other person in his life who helped him feel comfortable in his own skin.
Since coming out in early 2020, Kenneth’s life has changed dramatically. Host Kamilah Kashanie checked in with him to discuss Ken’s new perspective on life and how, even at 90, he has so much to look forward to.
Top photo: Artwork by Lindsay Mound.
Middle photo: Kenneth Felts and Rebecca Mayes who recorded their StoryCorps interview in Arvada, CO in July 2020. Courtesy of Kenneth Felts and Rebecca Mayes.
Bottom Photo: Kenneth Felts and David Smith during a training session. Courtesy of David Smith.
Released on December 8, 2020