Podcast

StoryCorps

Stories of the human heart. A candid, unscripted conversation between two people about what's really important in life: love, loss, family, friendship. When the world seems out of hand, tune in to StoryCorps and be reminded of the things that matter most.

Episodes

  • From One Essential Worker To Another

    May 26 2020

    While many people are staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many others are risking their health to keep the country running. This week, stories from essential workers who are navigating the pandemic one job at a time.

  • A Little Bit Of Kindness

    May 19 2020

    From helping a passenger off a city bus to delivering groceries to elderly neighbors: stories about how a little bit of kindness can go a long way.

  • So Close (And Yet, At Least Six Feet Apart)

    May 12 2020

    The StoryCorps Podcast returns this spring with 10 all-new episodes. At a time when the greatest global health crisis in a century has left many feeling anxious, isolated and alone, we'll be sharing stories of comfort, wisdom, and hope through conversations that remind us we're all still connected.

  • When You Finally Told Me

    Feb 04 2020

    Winfred Rembert, one of the only people ever known to have survived a lynching, sits down with his wife, Patsy, to talk about how their relationship has helped him deal with his painful past.

  • The Echoes Of Gunfire

    Jan 28 2020

    This week, difficult conversations between people whose lives have been greatly impacted by one thing: guns.

  • Across The Great Divide

    Jan 21 2020

    This week, conversations between strangers who don't necessarily agree on things politically, but come together to find moments of connection during their StoryCorps interviews.

  • All I Had Was Hope And You

    Jan 14 2020

    This week, we'll hear from veterans and their families as they navigate difficult conversations around deployment and the transition back to civilian life.

  • On The Brink Of Separation

    Jan 07 2020

    In this week's episode, you'll hear the difficult conversations that one family is having as they deal with the recurring threat of deportation.

  • New Year's Eve With Spencer The Possum

    Dec 31 2019

    On this episode, we hear from Bud and Jackie Jones--career taxidermists--who helped bring a unique holiday celebration to their small town of Tallapoosa, Georgia: a New Year's Eve possum drop.

  • Holiday Gifts That Can't Be Bought

    Dec 24 2019

    On this holiday episode, two stories about finding the true spirit of Christmas as the result of a surprising conversation.

  • Willie, Shig, And A Bird Named Maggie

    Dec 17 2019

    Willie Ito and Shigeru "Shig" Yabu, childhood best friends, remember being sent to separate Japanese Internment camps as kids, and how they came together to tell their story decades later.

  • We Never Spoke Of It

    Dec 10 2019

    In this episode, we'll hear about a single night that divided one family for decades; and we'll listen in on the conversations that helped bring them back together.

  • This Is Where I Leave You

    Dec 03 2019

    In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we share difficult conversations around death; how four families, who are dealing with the impending loss of a loved one, navigate the last conversations they may ever have together.

  • The Great Listen

    Nov 26 2019

    This week's episode is an excerpt from The Great Listen from NPR and StoryCorps, our new one-hour broadcast special hosted by NPR's Audie Cornish. We're bringing you stories that speak to the power of listening, especially during the holidays.

  • The Dark Before Dawn

    Nov 19 2019

    In 2015, Asma Jama, a Somali American woman, was assaulted for speaking Swahili at an Applebees in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. In this episode, how Asma found support from an unlikely source.

  • We Need To Talk

    Nov 12 2019

    The StoryCorps Podcast returns this fall with 10 all-new episodes. This season, you'll hear challenging conversations between loved ones, friends, and even people who could have easily been enemies, as they try to bridge divides and build connections where you'd least expect it.

  • No One's Going to Stop Me

    Jul 30 2019

    We've been sharing stories of LGBTQ elders all season, but for our final episode, we'll hear what the next generation has to say.

  • A Beautiful Gray In The Gayborhood

    Jul 23 2019

    In this episode, we visit an LGBT-friendly apartment building in the heart of Philadelphia's Gayborhood. Join us as we meet the residents.

  • We're Still Here

    Jul 16 2019

    In this episode, we'll hear from trans women of color, who have often been the first to stand up for equality, and the last to be recognized for their contributions.

  • A Danger To My Country

    Jul 09 2019

    This week on the StoryCorps podcast, we'll hear the story of one man's role in what we now call the Lavender Scare, and the great lengths one gay couple took to keep their relationship a secret.

  • We Are Family

    Jul 02 2019

    In this episode, stories about finding your people. We'll hear from LGBTQ folks on family — the ones they're born into and the ones they choose.

  • Remembering Stonewall: 50 Years Later

    Jun 25 2019

    In this episode, we honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising with an excerpt from Dave Isay's 1989 radio documentary "Remembering Stonewall," and we share selections from our current effort to preserve the voices of LGBTQ elders before they're lost to history.

  • A Light At The End Of The Tunnel

    Jun 18 2019

    In this episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we hear from LGBTQ people who've persevered in spite of how they were treated by family members, doctors and their religious community.

  • For the Love of Ira

    Jun 11 2019

    Growing up in the 1990s, Josh Davis was raised by two gay dads. Now a parent himself, Josh reflects on the importance of his family's lineage. We'll also hear from a gay son who refers to his father as "the patron saint of dads for sissies." In this Father's Day episode of the StoryCorps podcast, we're celebrating dads of all stripes.

  • Love and a Life Complete

    Jun 04 2019

    This week's episode is all about love — what it's like to lose it and how it's never too late to find it.

  • Pearls Of Wisdom

    May 28 2019

    Dee Westenhauser grew up in Texas in the 1950s. Even though she knew she was a girl, she always felt she had to hide it; except for when she visited her Aunt Yaya. In this episode, two stories about being seen for who you truly are.

  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    May 21 2019

    On this Memorial Day episode, we remember Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, who was the first soldier to challenge the military's ban on gay servicemembers. We also hear from LGBTQ veterans on the discrimination they faced while in the service.

  • By The Power Vested In Me

    May 14 2019

    15 years ago this week, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize marriage for same-sex couples in the US. In this episode, we check back in with some of the plaintiffs from this landmark court case, and get to know the trailblazers who came before them.

  • Our New Season is OUT!

    May 07 2019

    The StoryCorps podcast returns with 12 all-new episodes. This season, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, we're sharing the stories of LGBTQ people across the country — those who lived before Stonewall and those whose lives have been shaped by it.

  • Second Chances

    Jan 22 2019

    In our very last episode of the season, two stories about relationships that start off rocky and the reunions that lead to second chances.

  • Close Calls And Patron Saints

    Jan 15 2019

    In this week's episode, two near-death experiences and what it means to reconnect with the people who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

  • The Leesburg Stockade Girls

    Jan 08 2019

    In 1963, more than a dozen African American teenage girls were arrested for protesting segregation laws in Americus, Georgia. They spent one night in the county jail, but were quickly hauled outside the city, where they spent the next two months locked inside a stockade. In this episode, the Leesburg Girls shine a light on an overlooked moment in civil rights history.

  • Old Guitars and Purple Hearts

    Jan 01 2019

    In this week's episode, two stories of people reuniting with family treasures and the way that objects can live on long after a person is gone.

  • Santa Rick

    Dec 25 2018

    'Tis the season of reunions on the StoryCorps podcast, but we're bringing you something a little different for the holidays. In this week's episode, how one man's Jewish faith actually helped him find his spiritual calling... as Santa Claus.

  • Stubborn Love

    Dec 18 2018

    In this week's episode, a complicated reunion between a father and daughter, and a daughter's love—that exists alongside, and sometimes in spite of—her dad's mental illness.

  • A Son Always Remembers His Father

    Dec 11 2018

    After World War II, there was a radio program that reconnected people live on the air. It was called Reunion. In this episode, we'll revisit their very first broadcast, when Holocaust survivor Siegbert Freiberg was reunited with his father.

  • High School Reunion: Part 2

    Dec 04 2018

    After Dr. William Lynn Weaver's stories about integrating his high school aired on NPR, someone from the school's present reunited Lynn with his past. In part two, Lynn goes back to his alma mater for the first time in 50 years.

  • High School Reunion: Part 1

    Nov 27 2018

    Dr. William Lynn Weaver shares stories about integrating Knoxville, Tennessee's West High School in the mid-60s, and why he avoided the school for decades.

  • Barbara And Jeanne

    Nov 20 2018

    Two estranged friends reunite in a shelter and find home in an unexpected place.

  • When The World Is Exploding Around You

    Nov 13 2018

    On this Veterans Day episode, friendships forged on the battlefield and the road to reconnecting decades later.

  • I Always Meant To Tell You This

    Nov 06 2018

    What it's like to spend years searching for who you are, only to find an unexpected answer from someone you didn't even know you were looking for.

  • Reuniting (And It Feels So StoryCorps)

    Oct 30 2018

    The StoryCorps podcast returns with 12 all-new episodes about reunions—what drives us apart and brings us back together—at this moment in our nation's history.

  • StoryCorps 537: Never Say Goodbye

    Jun 29 2018

    A special announcement from our podcast team about some exciting changes ahead. Plus, a StoryCorps classic: the love story of Danny and Annie Perasa.

  • StoryCorps 536: Little Kids, Big Problems

    Jun 22 2018

    In a grown-up world, kids often have no choice but to go along with the course charted by the adults around them. This means that kids are subject to grown-up problems, often in ways they can't understand until much later in their lives. This week, we'll hear what it's like to be a kid caught up in a tangle created by adults.

  • StoryCorps 535: Remorse

    Jun 15 2018

    This week we bring you the second radio documentary from Chicago teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman, called Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse. In 1996, LeAlan and Lloyd investigated the death of Eric Morse, a 5-year-old boy dropped from a high-rise window, and uncovered the scars it left on their community.

  • StoryCorps 534: Ghetto Life 101

    Jun 08 2018

    In 1993, teenagers LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman recorded a week of their lives on Chicago's South Side. Working with StoryCorps founder Dave Isay, LeAlan and Lloyd produced a documentary they called Ghetto Life 101, one of the most acclaimed programs in public radio history. To mark the 25th anniversary, we bring you a special presentation of Ghetto Life 101.

  • StoryCorps 533: The Senator, the Photographer, and the Busboy

    Jun 04 2018

    In 1968, just moments after Robert F. Kennedy was shot, a young LA times photographer captured the scene in an iconic image that's haunted the nation for the last 50 years. Today, we remember RFK, and revisit the story of that famous photo.

  • StoryCorps 470: Send-Offs

    May 25 2018

    This Memorial Day weekend, we take a moment to reflect on the idea behind the holiday, remembering some of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces and died in combat.

  • StoryCorps 532: Lost Time

    May 18 2018

    When you spend 12 years in prison, and almost half that time in solitary confinement, how to you rebuild your relationships once you're out? In this episode we meet a man who had to try to answer that question. See his artwork at http://fivemualimmak.tumblr.com/

  • StoryCorps 531: Legacies of Love

    May 11 2018

    So much of parenting is dealing with the unexpected and having to figure things out as you go. In this Mother's Day episode, we hear from moms whose decisions left a lifelong impression on their kids.