There are certain moments in history that define us. Moments that shape the trajectory or our whole lives — and the lives of people around us. From a seminal moment in our country’s past, to a split second in just one person’s life. What choices do we make in those moments? Are the choices even ours to make? And what ripples begin?
On this season of the StoryCorps podcast from NPR we’re going to be sharing eight stories… about eight unique tipping points that changed everything. From a child escaping the Nazis, to a blind man making history running across the country, to a White House staffer testifying against his own president.
In Safe Hands
A split second decision saved Philip Lazowski’s life during the Holocaust. On the brand new season of the StoryCorps Podcast, Philip recalls the moment when everything hung in the balance.
A Lasting Shot
In 1968, just moments after Robert F. Kennedy was shot, a young photographer for The Los Angeles Times — Boris Yaro — captured the scene in an image that’s haunted the nation ever since. In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we remember RFK and we revisit the story of that famous photo.
Watch this podcast reimagined as an animation as a part of our brand new animation season, History Lessons.
Thank God For Coney Island
In 1920, a father made a split-second decision to save his newborn’s life by taking her to an incubator exhibit at Coney Island. We meet her in this episode, and she shares how a sideshow attraction saved her life, and thousands of others, when hospitals couldn’t, ultimately changing the course of American medicine.
Seeing the Way
Jason Romero was given a serious diagnosis. But to stop running from it… he’d have to do something no one had ever done before.
The Long Way Home
Monique “Muffie” Mousseau and her partner Felipa Deleon grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota. In this episode, they share the long and sometimes painful journey of fighting for their love, their community, and their ancestors…All while making history.
To Speak Up
50 years ago, most of the nation was glued to “gavel-to-gavel” coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings that would uncover major abuses of power by the Nixon administration. In this episode – how a decision to speak up blew the lid off the largest political scandal in American history.
Same Train, Different Tracks
When a train ride to work veers into a life or death situation, two strangers become an important part of each other’s lives. Coming July 25.
Living for the Dead
On the season finale of the StoryCorps podcast, mortician twin brothers, Melvin and Marvin Morgan, look back on a life of caring for the dead.