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Haley Samsel (22) talks to her grandfather, Albert Fierro (74), about his family, his involvement in Haley’s life as she’s grown, and experiences with loss and grief within the family.
Thear Suzuki (47) interviews her mother, Esther Ky (81), about surviving the Cambodian genocide, living in a refugee camp, and transitioning to life in the United States when a family decided to sponsor her and her family.
Spouses Johan Daza Rivera (39) and Erin Daza Sigler (36) discuss their intercultural relationship and working together as a married couple.
Jennifer McNabb (62) tells her friend, Melanie McGarrahan Gibson (56), about her work as a prison educator. She explores the interplay of patriarchy and gender-based violence in prison systems and explains how her work intertwines with her doctoral studies.
Logan Rhind (25) speaks to his OSS partner Roselyn Almonte (29) about his political upbringing and shift away from political conservatism towards liberalism and how that shift has influenced the way he thinks about government and society as a whole.
Jeanne White (49) interviews her father Roy White (92) about his military service during WWII, living in Japan, and the people he met overseas.
Anthony Flemming (56) talks with his friend Lynn Penning (63) about his arrest for sexual assault, the police report, trial, and the series of events that led up to his arrest.
Aimee Perhach (25) speaks with her former professor and church deacon Dan Lowery (65) about his life and career.
Spouses, James Brenner (66) and Charles “Chuck” D. Jones (54), talk to their attorney William “Bill” Sheppard (77) about their case and how it lead Florida to recognize same-sex marriage.
Colleagues, Edward “Ed” Hall (57) and Henrietta Stiff Andrews (76), talk about Henrietta’s life journey from an eight year old who contemplated suicide, to a young woman studying violin in South Dakota, and now, in her retirement, being on the...
Sinta Penyami Storms (42) talks with her son Robert Hite (18) about her immigration from Indonesia, the community work she does with the Philadelphia Folklore Project, her community dance group and the preservation of her culture, the Indonesian community in...
Eric Patrick Thomas (42) and his friend and assistant Jessica June Sackman (35) talk about memorable moments from their 7 years working together at Eric’s business, EZ Awareness by Design, which creates apparel, signage, and clothing with an emphasis on...
Francis Gray (78) is interviewed by his daughter Libby Koultourides (47) about his childhood memories as a prisoner at a Japanese concentration camp in the Philippines.
Olive Coe (96) talks to her daughter, Cynthia Emmert (69), daughter Barbara Emmert-Schiller (67), and Barbara’s daughter, Olive’s granddaughter, Victoria Givens (36), about growing up with an identical twin sister, becoming a nurse, developing an educational program for hospital staff...
Brandon Lee Heard (24) speaks with his colleague Lemu Coker (38) about their life paths, dystopian science fiction closing in on reality, “spending your privilege,” and identity.
A conversation between strangers and OSS conversation partners Elena Acoba (63) and Valeria “Val” Macias (40) about their opposing viewpoints on many political and social issues.
Haley Phillips (30) and her mentee Diana Pham (19) share some of the happiest and scariest moments from their lives. They also talk about the University of Illinois, Haley’s alma mater which Diana will be attending this year.
Leslie Lynn Smith (52) and her daughter, Emily Rooker (26), reflect on their respective experiences of losing a parent at a young age and the cycles of anger and forgiveness they move through in their relationships with their parents.
Professional colleagues, Edward “Ed” Hall (57) and Dr. Jerry Cullum (73), have a conversation about Jerry’s education, most notably his Master’s degree in religious studies. Jerry also talks about his professional career as an art critic, editor, and poet in...
Theodore Lipkowski (93) talks to his friend Mike Griffin (72) about being a member of the chorus of the Lyric Opera of Chicago when it first began in 1954.
Erett Falkie (58) speaks with his friend of over 40 years J. David Dunagan (64) about his life growing up gay in Appalachia in the early eighties.
Christena J. Pyle (35), founder of the Ad Color conference, speaks with her close friend, Neisha Tweed Bell (37) being black women in the workplace, the challenges they face with showing vulnerability and wanting to transform workplace culture.
Dennis H. DeMarco (76) tells his daughter, Theresa D. Galvis (46) about his childhood in Dolgeville, New York, his time in the Navy, and his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease.
Sisters Lauren Harper (26) and Lisa Kennedy (39) discuss Lauren’s identity as a queer asexual person growing up in their hometown, Edina, MN, their family dynamics and growing relationship to one another.