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Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.

79 Episodes

EXTRA: 702-706-TALK

All last season we asked our listeners to call our voicemail and tell us their stories. In this special bonus episode, it's their time to shine. Leave us a voicemail at 702-706-TALK, or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

The Phantom of the World's Fair

In 1964, a 12-year-old paperboy from suburban Long Island spent nearly two weeks hiding among the gleaming attractions of the New York World's Fair. His adventure caused a media sensation, but the world only learned half the story. If you want to leave the StoryCorps Podcast a voicemail, call us at 702-706-TALK. Or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

Nothing Left Unsaid

Jackie Miller and her son, Scott Miller, always shared everything with each other, even if it was hard. Scott knew his mother wanted to live life on her own terms, but he wasn't prepared for how she wanted to end it. If you want to leave the StoryCorps Podcast a voicemail, call us at 702-706-TALK. Or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

Peter the Wolf

Judd Esty-Kendall's father was an animal lover who filled their house with raccoons, hawks, and critters of every size. At times it was more like a zoo than a home. But there was one creature Judd's father treasured above the rest: A gray wolf. If you want to leave the StoryCorps Podcast a voicemail, call us at 702-706-TALK. Or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

The Birds, the Bees, and My Dad

Howie Gordon starred in over a hundred porn films in the 70s and 80s under the name Richard Pacheco. But his greatest role was as a father. At StoryCorps, he talked with his son Bobby Gordon about sex, shame, and dirty movies. If you want to leave the StoryCorps Podcast a voicemail, call us at 702-706-TALK. Or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

My Way

In "My Way," the new season of the StoryCorps podcast— stories from people who found a rhythm all their own and confidently marched to it their whole lives. Our first episode features a graduate of Hamburger University, one man's remarkably brave appearance on conservative radio in the 1990s, a New Yorker who took his mugger out to dinner, and more. If you want to leave the StoryCorps Podcast a voicemail, call us at 702-706-TALK. Or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

EXTRA: The Men of Montford Point

In 1942, the U.S. allowed Black men to enlist in the Marine Corps for the first time. It was during World War II, and resulted in more than 19,000 Black recruits being sent to Montford Point, North Carolina for basic training. Many of those men are no longer with us, but their voices can be heard in the StoryCorps archive. These stories are part of our Military Voices Initiative. If you want to leave the StoryCorps Podcast a voicemail, call us at 702-706-TALK. Or email us at [email protected]. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

EXTRA: I Shall Be Released

In this special episode, we're remembering StoryCorps participant Rick Abath, who talked to his wife, Diana, about being on guard during the biggest art heist in history. Rick died last month at the age of 57. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

StoryCorps Then and Now: Listen More, Shout Less

As we close out our special series celebrating 20 years of StoryCorps, hear how our One Small Step initiative is helping to facilitate a national conversation by bringing people together from across the political spectrum.

Transcribed - Published: 19 December 2023

EXTRA: Dear Mrs. Doyle

This week, we're taking a break from our special series celebrating 20 years of StoryCorps to bring you an interview recorded just days ago. It's an update to a story recorded around the holidays back in 2012, and we just had to share it.

Transcribed - Published: 12 December 2023

StoryCorps Then and Now: Mother Mary

Mary Johnson-Roy first came to StoryCorps in 2011 to speak with Oshea Israel, the man who murdered her son. In the latest episode from our special series celebrating StoryCorps' 20th anniversary, we'll share updates on a conversation none of us imagined would happen back when StoryCorps started.

Transcribed - Published: 5 December 2023

StoryCorps Then and Now: Family Pride

StoryCorps' initiatives have long helped us gather voices that are usually omitted from the historical record, like our LGBTQ+ Outloud initiative. In our continuing celebration of twenty years of StoryCorps, we're sharing some of our favorite recordings from that collection... and how a story close to our founder Dave Isay's heart helped lead to its creation.

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2023

StoryCorps Then and Now: Beyond the Booth

For most of StoryCorps' existence, we've recorded people in person at our storybooths. But on this episode of our special series celebrating 20 years of StoryCorps, we're looking back to when we stepped outside the recording booth to capture stories. Sometimes because we wanted to hear new voices... and sometimes because we had to.

Transcribed - Published: 21 November 2023

StoryCorps Then and Now: The Griot of Knoxville

As we celebrate StoryCorps' 20th anniversary, we bring you the story of a man who integrated his high school as a teenager in Knoxville, Tennessee, and how a StoryCorps listener comment helped him reckon with his past five decades later.

Transcribed - Published: 14 November 2023

StoryCorps Then and Now: On the Road

In the third episode of our special series celebrating two decades of StoryCorps, we're bringing you inside the Mobile Booth—the recording studio we built in a trailer to circle the country, capturing voices that would otherwise never be recorded. Hear some of our favorite stories from the road, and from the people who haul the trailer on a never-ending road trip.

Transcribed - Published: 7 November 2023

StoryCorps Then and Now: Love Letters

As we continue celebrating StoryCorps' 20th anniversary, we bring you two of our favorite stories that made a strong impression on our listeners, and we share updates with the participants from the last two decades.

Transcribed - Published: 31 October 2023

StoryCorps Then and Now: StoryCorps is Born

In this episode, we go back 20 years to the origins of StoryCorps–the challenges of building a recording booth in Grand Central Terminal– and we catch up with the participants from the first ever radio story we broadcast on NPR.

Transcribed - Published: 24 October 2023

EXTRA: Why I'm On This Earth

As StoryCorps' 20th anniversary approaches, we'll be looking back at important moments both in our history and the country's. This week — one more short story from our Military Voices Initiative. Sergeant Ocean Subiono tells his father, Russell Subiono, about what happened when he tried to enlist.

Transcribed - Published: 26 September 2023

EXTRA: The Kids From North Baghdad

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, StoryCorps will be revisiting some of our most memorable conversations from the past two decades. This week, we announce an upcoming special series with this short story from our Military Voices Initiative.

Transcribed - Published: 19 September 2023

Living for the Dead

There are people who help us at every stage of life –– from the moment we're born to our last breath. But at the end, who's helping us when we're gone? On the season finale of the StoryCorps Podcast, twin mortician brothers look back on a life of caring for the dead.

Transcribed - Published: 1 August 2023

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.

Transcribed - Published: 25 July 2023

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.

Transcribed - Published: 18 July 2023

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.

Transcribed - Published: 11 July 2023

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.

Transcribed - Published: 4 July 2023

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.

Transcribed - Published: 27 June 2023

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.

Transcribed - Published: 20 June 2023

In Safe Hands

Rabbi Philip Lazowski remembers a quick decision that saved his life during the Holocaust.

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2023

Turning Points

This season on the StoryCorps Podcast from NPR, eight stories about eight moments that changed everything.

Transcribed - Published: 8 June 2023

EXTRA: Living Life For Them

On this short Memorial Day episode, we'll hear from Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams, an Iraq War veteran who lost every other member of his 12-man squad.

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2023

EXTRA: Grandma's Hands

On this short Mother's Day episode, Madzimoyo Owusu came to StoryCorps with her daughter, Johannah Owusu, to honor the memory of the woman who helped shape her life.

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2023

EXTRA: The Santa Tracker

On this extra holiday episode, Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday tradition of tracking Santa Claus on U.S. military radar in 1955. donate.storycorps.org/podcast

Transcribed - Published: 20 December 2022

The Voice For My Song

What happens when paralyzing fear stops you from following your dream? In our final episode of the season...Jim Von Stein has written 8000 songs, but almost nobody has heard a single one of them...until now...

Transcribed - Published: 13 December 2022

SPECIAL: Remembering Lloyd Newman of Ghetto Life 101

In the early 90s, teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman recorded a week of their lives on Chicago's South Side. Working with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, LeAlan and Lloyd produced a documentary they called Ghetto Life 101, one of the most acclaimed programs in public radio history. In remembrance of Lloyd, who died this week, we bring you a special presentation of Ghetto Life 101.

Transcribed - Published: 9 December 2022

The Last Patients

In the second part of our Kalaupapa story, we hear how people exiled from society reconnected with family – and found a new community. donate.storycorps.org/podcast

Transcribed - Published: 6 December 2022

A Dangerous Word

In this two-part special, we remember a community of forgotten people cast out to a remote Hawaiian island.

Transcribed - Published: 29 November 2022

One Who Is Understanding

Family names bind one generation to the next. But what if that name is lost? In this episode, a grieving family learns their legacy is being kept alive by a stranger from far away.

Transcribed - Published: 22 November 2022

Seeing the Future In You

We usually lean on our elders for wisdom and support... but sometimes it's the other way around. In this episode, we hear from queer men who found acceptance in one another.

Transcribed - Published: 15 November 2022

You're My Memory

Capt. Helen Perry talks with her husband, Sgt. Matthew Perry, about the impacts of Matthew's memory loss – and their enduring love.

Transcribed - Published: 8 November 2022

Everything In Between

In this episode, we share one couple's story of love and loss under the weight of substance abuse – told through different recordings, twelve years apart.

Transcribed - Published: 1 November 2022

Ripples of Hate

In 2012, StoryCorps broadcast a conversation with a young woman involved in the murder of Mulugeta Seraw, a Black man in Portland, Oregon. A decade later, we revisit it to look at the ripples of racist violence, and a few people who fought to stop it.

Transcribed - Published: 25 October 2022

The Things We Carry

On this season of the StoryCorps Podcast, stories of the stigmas we carry, and how it feels when we set them down.

Transcribed - Published: 19 October 2022

EXTRA: Back Of The Laundromat

On this short Labor Day episode, we'll hear from sisters Suzi and Donna Wong about growing up in the back of their parents' laundry business in Hollywood, CA.

Transcribed - Published: 5 September 2022

EXTRA: The People That Nurtured Me

Growing up in the 1950s in Montgomery, AL., Rev. Farrell Duncombe or "Little Farrell," as he was known by his family and friends, had a mischievous side. In this short episode, he remembers the day he got called out by the mother of civil rights.

Transcribed - Published: 16 August 2022

EXTRA: More Than Enough Love

Growing up in the 1960s, all of the neighborhood kids wanted to be at Mary Mills' house. In this short extra, she tells her mother why.

Transcribed - Published: 19 July 2022

EXTRA: When I Was 16

In this short bonus episode, we'll hear fromMs. Betty Thompson on what led her to work at the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.

Transcribed - Published: 24 June 2022

It All Starts With A Song

Everyone's heard of James Brown and Stevie Wonder, but how about the women who helped make them who they are? For our last episode of this season, we'll get to know the unsung icons behind some of the most iconic music.

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2022

Worthy In Their Own Beauty

This year marks two big anniversaries that helped change the world of sports and society. We'll hear from some of the people who were a part of these groundbreaking moments.

Transcribed - Published: 14 June 2022

Fellow Travelers

In 2018, Tennille Moore got some bad news and was crying in a public restroom. That's when Mumtaz Champsi stepped in and asked her if she'd like to take a walk. In this episode, we'll hear about how that walk led to a StoryCorps booth and an unlikely connection between strangers.

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2022

Horses And Helicopters

In this episode, we head to the streets of South Central Los Angeles to meet a helper on horseback.

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2022

So They're Not Forgotten

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, we're thinking about sacrifice, and the bonds that form between people who literally go through war together; on the battlefield and at home.

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2022

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