After Giving Up Baby, Reunion Sparks Second Chance at Motherhood

Janie Bush was just 19 years old in 1968 when she discovered she was expecting a child. After careful consideration, she decided to give her daughter up for adoption. In 2014, Janie came to StoryCorps in Dallas, Texas with her...

From Internment to Disney, a Japanese American Artist Draws Strength Through His Work

Willie Ito was a wide-eyed little boy when he first saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in technicolor at his neighborhood movie theater in San Francisco. That’s the moment he realized he wanted to be an animator. But Willie’s...

Loving — but Leaving — the Military
September 23, 2019 App Interview

Retired Colonel Denise Baken enlisted in the Army in 1975 , following in her father’s military footsteps. She’d go on to serve for nearly three decades. At StoryCorps, Denise told her children — Richard and Christian Yingling — about her...

Swept Away: Falling for the Man with 600 Vacuums
September 10, 2019 App Interview

We love a good love story here at StoryCorps. But this one? It sucks … just not in the way you might think. Tom Gasko has been a vacuum repairman for over 35 years. He also collects vacuums — hundreds...

A Guest in My Home Country

Dinah and Renee talk about Sivia, Renee’s traveling grandma. They also chat about what is means to be “Hakka” and “Farang” at home

A Woman Providing Life-Saving Aid at the Mexico-Arizona Border Shares Her Story

Maria Ochoa is a 70-year-old grandmother who has walked the Arizona desert well over 100 times providing water and aid to migrants who have crossed the border from Mexico. The humanitarian aid she and other Tucson Samaritans provide is legal,...

Heidi Onion for Stonewall OutLoud, Part 1

Heidi talks about growing up, feeling like she always had a “boy’s brain,” her first love, coming out in her 20s, and becoming a police officer and self defense instructor.

Ancestry DNA Gave My Mother a New Family

When most people order a DNA test kit, they expect to find that they are less Irish than their family claimed to be. My mother, on the other hand, accidentally uncovered her biological father and discovered a new Jewish identity.

Mickey Willenbring

Mickey Willenbring has always been a fighter. She grew up being shuffled between her family on reservations in the upper Midwest, family on the West Coast, and in the foster care system. The Army called to her as a way...

98 years of African American history.

Merrill Cooper, 98 years old African American from south Virginia with a high school diploma retired as International Vice President of transport workers union of America

Interview with Aidan Yoo: Being Korean-American

This interview talks about Aidan’s experiences learning Korean and his advice for someone struggling to embrace his/her cultural identity.

Joseph Jones III, Verna Hollis, Diane Bowens, Shirley Green-Reese, and Carol Barner-Seay

“Being in a place like that, I didn’t feel like we was human.” In July of 1963, a group of African American protesters were arrested during a series of non-violent, anti-segregation demonstrations in Americus, Georgia. More than a dozen girls,...

Paru Venkat and Alagappa Rammohan

“When I buy a new book, I don’t start reading the first page. I smell it.” At StoryCorps, we’re used to hearing tales of love. But here’s one of a different sort: a love letter to the written word. Meet...

Jeanne Satterfield & Barbara Parham

“I remember seeing your face and I was shocked.” Longtime friends Barbara Parham and Jeanne Satterfield remember reconnecting at a place neither one of them expected to be — the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter — and taking their next...

Barnie Botone

“I knew it was going to be hard and I knew I’d be different, but I knew I could compete with any of ’em.” Barnie Botone recalls his 34-year career working on the railroad. Produced by StoryCorps. Originally aired December...

Adam Roseman and Rick Rosenthal

“Don’t tell anybody that you saw Santa buying tools for the elves at Home Depot.” There are many ways to celebrate the holidays. While some light the Hannukah candles, some decorate Christmas trees. And for some, well, they do a...

Larry Dearmon & Stephen Mills

“One reason I love you so much is you know what I went through and you don’t feel threatened.” Larry Dearmon and Stephen Mills first met during the height of the AIDS epidemic. At StoryCorps, they looked back on the...

Identity and Culture Essay

Interview with my grandma about events in her life that made her who she is today.

Experiences can Shaped Your Identity

Louise, a college scholar, woman, also my older cousin. She talks about her personality was different from now to she as a child, that was because of during her life till now. The experiences before and after she came to...

Finding Identity

This interview is about how Tatiana Miranda’s life during childhood has changed as she moved to the United States