The Voice of the Child of Divorce

A Francis Lewis student, Xiaoyu Lin (14) interviewed her cousin Josie Lin (27) about her past and childhood of her parents’ divorcement that impact her and shaped her identity. She is also trying to send out a message that this...

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...

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...

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...

Alan Stepakoff & Josh Stepakoff

“The last thing I wanted you to do was to be afraid of being Jewish.” Josh Stepakoff talks with his father, Alan, about surviving a shooting at a Jewish day camp when he was six years old. Produced by StoryCorps. This...

Jennifer Sumner & Kaysen Ford

“It shouldn’t be scary to be who you are.” Kaysen Ford, 12, reflects on some of the most important moments in his life with his mother, Jennifer Sumner. Produced by StoryCorps. Originally aired October 26, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Abraham Guzman & John Torres Jr.

John Torres Sr. grew up in the Bronx and fell in love with Lucha Libre, the freestyle wrestling popular in Mexico. He found fellow enthusiasts at the Bronx Wrestling Federation, where a motley crew of men — plumbers, lawyers and...

Allan Ganz & Rosalyn Ganz

Every summer, the town of Peabody, Massachusetts is serenaded with the familiar strains of “Yankee Doodle.” It’s the sweet sound of Allan Ganz’s ice cream truck. Ganz has worked as an ice cream man for more than seven decades. He...

Spencer Katzman & Allan Fuks

Allan Fuks is the son of Russian immigrants. He grew up all over the place: in New York City and Northern California, before finally landing in suburban New Jersey. But no matter where he went, the taunting and bullying at...

Russell Wadsworth & Remmick Wadsworth

Russell Wadsworth, 28, and his brother Remmick, 27, have been inseparable their entire lives. They both have autism, and as kids, they had trouble with social interactions. But being just a year apart meant that they always had one another...

“Nobody tells you what to expect after getting shot.”

On the morning of August 10, 1999, a white supremacist opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon at a Jewish day camp in Los Angeles. Five were wounded, including six-year-old Josh Stepakoff, who was shot in his leg and hip, and one...

“Everybody was very quiet when they buried Mr. Spanish.”

Maggie Marquez and Jessi Silva grew up in the desert town of Marfa, Texas in the 1950s. At the time, segregation of Latino and white students was not legal. However, Marfa’s school system — like many others in the Southwest —...

“My father was the keeper of the temple of knowledge.”

During the 1940s, custodians who worked for the New York Public Library often lived inside the buildings they tended. In exchange for cleaning and keeping the building secure at night, the library provided an apartment for the custodian and their...

Gina’s Life

I ask Gina questions about her childhood leading up to her future plans.