changing due to religious persecution

In 2001, my dad, Rodney Barnes traveled to China to work on the movie Rush Hour 2. During his work trip, he did not expect to witness a religious persecution. He witnessed the Falun Gong setting themselves on fire for...

“A Package Deal”: Two Brothers Face Mortality Together

David Carles and his little brother, Mark Carles, are best friends. Growing up on Staten Island, the two did everything together. But in 2018, Mark’s life was upended by a cancer diagnosis at the age of 24. A year after...

“I Still Wake Up Screaming”: Memories From One of the Only Known Survivors of a Lynching

The StoryCorps archive is the largest collection of human voices ever gathered, preserving United States history as told through the voices of everyday people in this country. The recordings run the gamut of human emotion, from joy to despair and...

"We Missed Knowing Each Other:" 50 Years After Desegregation, Two Classmates Remember

On October 29, 1969, the Supreme Court ordered schools across the country to desegregate, in the little-known but milestone case Alexander v. Holmes. It was 15 years after schools had resisted Brown v. Board of Education, and most black students...

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...

‘Excitement Often Means Danger’: A Mother And Son Remember Life On The Fire Line
September 13, 2019 App Interview

Connie Mehmel was a young mother when she started fighting wildfires in Washington state, in the late 1970s. Her son, Ian, would eventually follow in her footsteps. After 42 years working for the Forest Service, Connie retired in September of...

‘It’s Such A Gift Of A Job’: Nurses Reflect On Their Work In The Intensive Care Unit
September 10, 2019 App Interview

Kristin Sollars and Marci Ebberts are nurses at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. They worked side by side in the intensive care unit for years and grew so close they’ve come to call themselves “work wives.” Kristin and...

Maya Altman and Robyn Altman

Valentine’s Day 2019 marks one year since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the deadliest high school shooting in our country’s history. Maya Altman had just stepped out of her freshman biology class when she heard gunshots....

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,...

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...