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Sara Phillips (33) has a Conversation with her husband, Michael Phillips (35), about his decision to join the Army National Guard, what deployment to Iraq was like, and how his military service helped shape the person he is today.
Anthony (33) talks to Patricia (67) about his upbringing, struggling in college, joining the Military and his career in the Army.
Friends Allen Hoe (75), Paula Coughlin (58), and Hazel Diaz (36) reflect on the death of Allen's son Nainoa in Mosul, Iraq, and the serendipitous events that eventually connected Allen to Paula.
Kon Nak "Ronnie" Choe is interviewed by Julia Stern about his military service in the Marine Corps and his deployments overseas.
One Small Step partners Christopher Smith (55) and Michael Stohrer (38) talk about the separation of church and state, the role religion plays in polarization, and holding the government accountable.
Ivan Hodes (40) speaks with his conversation partner Tamekia Jackson (37) about his childhood, West Point education, commissioning as an officer, deployment to Iraq, refusing an unethical order, and remembers Thomas Martin, a classmate who was killed during his military...
Syma Mohammed (33) talks with her conversation partner Jihan Daman (53) about leaving Iraq as a refugee at age 13, her four years spent in Greece, her time in high school in Michigan, and the work she does with refugees...
One Small Step Partners, Pamela Ajhar (60) and Adrienne Brown (54), discuss their experiences having sons in the military, key issues of importance to them, and their rejection of political labels.
Jessica "Rene" Davis (39) talks with her friend Akua Jackson (42) about her upbringing in Delaware and her decision to enlist in the army. She shares memories of basic training, Advanced Individual Training (AIT), and combat, as well as some...
Roy Spann (69) and his son Anthony Spann (39) talk about how their relationship changed before, during, and after Anthony's deployment in Iraq. Anthony talks about his time serving in Iraq and how the military changed him.
Amanda Penny (42) asks Sean Penny (41) about his military time in Iraq as well as his life post war. They discuss the long road to meeting each other as they celebrate their anniversary.
Long time friends, Justice Castañeda (40) and Ben LeRoy (44), talk about how they met, highlighting Justice's journey from troubled youth, to United States Marine, to being named the Executive Director of Common Wealth Development.
Valentin Dooley (43) and friend in service Daniel "Dan" Boggs (36) exchange stories from their time in service.
One Small Step conversation partners Jay Swan (40) and Jim Enderle (64) reflect on their military service and how it affected their political views.
Leslie (35) talks to new friend Sue Clarke (71) about her years as a military spouse, raising her son, and ultimately divorcing her husband. She discusses the hardships her family endured and facing a promising new chapter of her life.
Cole Mulcahy (19) interviews his father, Scott Mulcahy (54), about his time in the Air Force, his deployments to Iraq, and his service in the Army.
Risa Gross (39) and conversation partner, Kent Berry (65) discuss how our mentality can impact our interactions in society, mental illness and identity, thoughts on the approach of the Trump administration, and the ways faith can impact view of others...
Spouses, David Nadri (57) and Behnaz Sadr (55), share the story of how they left their homes in Iran, moved to Turkey, and later settled in the United States due to religious persecution. They also talk about their daughter, Shadi,...
Alicia Barnes (49) speaks with her son Joseph "Joe" Bowman (18) about her time serving in the Navy. She shares memories of boot camp and her time at sea. She also expresses her appreciation for the organized and equitable nature...
Spouses, Melissa Smith (37) and Matt S (39), sit down for a conversation about their relationship, their experiences serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and the decisions they had to make in order to start a family together.
Hawra Alnabi (31) has a conversation with her uncle Yacoub Aljaffery (38) about their lives as refugees after fleeing Iraq, and their transition starting a new life in the U.S.
Blake Curtis (74) and Ryan Wing (39), uncle and nephew respectively, talk about their road to the military and the experiences and lessons learned from service.
Timothy "Tim" Drake (54) talks to his daughter Makenzie Dorval (29) about his service in the Marines, Army, and Air Force. He reflects on his most impactful deployments and the challenges of retiring from the military.