"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...

Frank Curre

On December 7, 1941, 2,403 Americans died when hundreds of Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. After convincing his mother to sign his enlistment papers, Frank Curre joined the Navy at...

Keith Sims & Melvin Pender

“You have to go back. And you’re going back to train for the Olympics.” During the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, many black athletes were called upon to protest racial inequality. Not all were able to do so. This was the...

Joe Dittmar

On September 11th, 2001, Joe Dittmar was visiting New York City from the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois. He worked in the insurance industry and had an early morning meeting at the World Trade Center. Joe was on the 105th...

Linda Kwong & Emily Kwong

Linda Kwong and her daughter Emily came to our recording booth to talk about Linda’s depression and attempted suicide. Produced by StoryCorps. Originally aired August 24, 2018, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Alfred Wilson & Susan Bro

On August 11 and 12, 2017, white nationalists from around the country gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia for a rally they called Unite the Right. They were met by counter-demonstrators who showed up to protest against the rally. Heather Heyer, 32,...

Maria Zapata & Gonzalo Zapata

On July 17, 2008, Angie Zapata — a transgender woman — was killed in northern Colorado. Angie was murdered by a man she was dating. Angie’s killer was sentenced to life in prison plus 60 years. This was one of...

Juan Romero

On June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy won California’s Democratic primary in his bid to become President of the United States. That night, after his victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Kennedy was shot in the...

John Babcock Part 2: “You’re not a man if you’re not scared; you’re not a man if you don’t cry”

Discussion of John’s relationship with his siblings and parents. We talked about the death of his father and later on, his mother. Childhood stories and memories and how his sister affected him. His life from the streets to Brookdale. He...

Etaine Raphael & Adele Levine

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, over 1600 men and women lost hands, arms, legs, and feet in battle. For nearly a decade, Adele Levine and Etaine Raphael worked side by side to ensure those soldiers would be able...

Joe Galloway & Vince Cantu

Vince Cantu and Joe Galloway, both 76, first met each other in third grade in the mile-wide town of Refugio, Texas. After they graduated as part of a class of just 55 kids in 1959, Joe left town to pursue...

Ted Klontz & Ashley Judd

When the New York Times first broke the story about Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long record of sexual harassment in late 2017, it sparked a national conversation about sexual misconduct in the workplace. In Hollywood, Ashley Judd was one of the first...

“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 —...