Anna Paloma Williams and Luz Kenyon

Anna Paloma Williams (32) asks her mother, Luz Kenyon (58), about what life was like for her as she immigrated to the United States from Mexico and raised her children in a new country. They also discuss the female role...

Ashley Choker and Melody Woods

Ashley Choker (38) interviews her colleague, Melody Woods (43), about her upbringing, her experience as a troubled teen struggling with substance abuse and the law, and her eventual recovery. Note: This recording has in-depth descriptions of substance abuse and domestic...

Crystal Lafontaine and Hugo Rene Alvarado Palomo

Crystal LaFontaine (24) and her boyfriend Hugo Alvarado (54) discuss their respective backgrounds and histories with drug addiction, their memories of living together in the Five Points neighborhood of Detroit, their experiences overcoming addiction, and their new home together in...

Aunt Wanda (sibling number #8)

My Aunt wanda had a few choice words for the tourists flooding Floridas beaches, Governor DeSantis and Donald Trump. When it comes to the virus she refuses to go down without a fight. Aunt Wanda has entered "Walking Dead Mode"...

Jeannine Widener’s StoryCorps interview with Michelle Nichols at the Elyria, Ohio YWCA.

I interviewed Michelle Nichols and asked her questions about her life experiences. She revealed parts of her life I was not expecting. My advice when conducting a StoryCorps interview with someone you know little about is....... "Everyone has untold stories...

Dad steals for survival

Student, Natalie Vinogradsky (15), interviews her dad, Andrey Vinogradsky (43). He shares his story and reflects on his experience about getting arrested as a hungry teen for stealing food.

Christopher Ransom and Kemali Green

Christopher (29) talks about his childhood in Brooklyn, being adopted, his involvement with the justice system and being incarcerated. He reflects on his family, missing in-person visitation and his dreams for the future.

Charlene Saner and Jose Garth

In their One Small Step conversation, Charlene Saner [no age given] and Jose Garth (38) talk about what "old school" Republicanism looks like and where public support from the government fits in with community support for neighbors in need.

Jayden Mayo and Kemali Green

Jayden Mayo (18) speaks with CHS staff person Kemali Green (28) about growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the lessons he learned from his grandfather, his experiences with incarceration and his goals for the future.

Selina X and Teronia C

Friends Selina X [no age given] and Teronia C (60) talks about how they each ended up in prison, what their sentencing was like, and what the re-entry journey looked like for each of them.

Shaquill Gibson and Kemali Green

Shaquill Gibson (21) is interviewed by CHS staff person Kemali Green (28) about growing up in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn and his community there. They also reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic, incarceration and racial justice.

“I felt like I was cheated out of my childhood”

The topic of deportation is something that’s talked about on the daily by many, but no one knows how it actually feels for a loved one that’s forcefully taken away from their home after having made a life for themselves...

A Man Who Loves His Dog

John Mark is my uncle. He has a head injury from a ladder falling on him when he was a carpenter, and he can no longer work due too diablity. He talks about the 6 months spent in jail, and...

Michael Guest and Kemali Green

Michael Guest (52) talks about growing up in Newark, the challenges he faced, his experiences on the streets and being incarcerated. He describes being at Rikers and how his family keeps him strong.

Lamique Haynie and Kemali Green

Kemali Green, CHS staff person, interviews Lamique Haynie (21) about growing up in Bed Stuy, his community and family, and his experiences with the criminal justice system. Lamique also shares talks about his plans for the future and being a...

Travis Simon and Najhim Luke

Travis Simon (31) interviews his friend Najhim Luke (23) about his life, what he's overcome and his goals for his future and his family. Najhim also shares his thoughts on the criminal justice system and what it's been like to...

Davaughntae Williams and Cameron Stokes

Davaughntae Williams (29) talks about growing up in the Bronx, leaving his home at fourteen, his experiences with incarceration and frustration trying to leave the system. He also shares his goals for the future.

Dee Armstrong and Martha Jones

Best friends Dee Armstrong [no age given] and Martha Jones [no age given] talk about Martha's career as a teacher, Dee's career as a news anchor, and what makes the two of them such great friends. They also discuss the...