The Website Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease in which red blood cells are unable to properly carry oxygen throughout the body because of their distinctive crescent-like, or sickle, shape. The condition causes severe episodes of pain and fatigue, and it can lead to damage to the eyes and other organs. Sickle cell anemia […]

The Waiting Room

February 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The Project The Waiting Room is a social media / documentary hybrid that tells the story of a county “safety-net” hospital in Oakland, California. To view, visit:

Robert Patterson, who has Alzheimer’s disease, speaks with his wife, Karen on StoryCorps. To hear the 3-minute interview, visit: Since 2006, StoryCorps’ Memory Loss Initiative has supported and encouraged people with various forms of memory loss to share their stories with loved ones and future generations. To date, the Memory Loss Initiative has collected […]

Chernobyl Legacy

October 26, 2010 | Leave a Comment

About the Project On April 26, 1986, at 1:23 a.m., the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, in Ukraine. The explosion, described by the United Nations as “the greatest environmental catastrophe in the history of humanity,” released thousands of tons of radioactive material. Seventy per cent of the radiation fell […]

About the Audio Documentary Thembi was 19 when Producer Joe Richman first met her in 2004 in South Africa. From 2004 to 2005, she recorded her daily life, altogether capturing over 55 hours of content. Joe Richman worked with her to edit this down to 22 minutes. This piece was broadcast on National Public Radio […]

About the website What is it like to live till 100? Eight men and women, aged 99 to 103, speak about their century of life. To view their stories, visit: This multimedia presentation accompanies the article “100 Candles on Her Next Cake, and Three R’s to Get Her There,” by Jane Brody for the […]

About the Audio Documentary We spend our entire lives setting up a sense of community. Jobs, families, homes, neighborhoods. But what happens in the twilight of our years? When old age forces us to make a change? When we pull up a lifetime of roots and settle into a new—and final —place? Presbyterian Homes is […]

About the Audio Diary Josh has Tourette’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and involuntary verbal outbursts. According to the National Institutes of Health, over 100,000 Americans have the syndrome. Josh Cutler is a sixteen-year-old with the syndrome, who lives in New York City. This is his audio diary. “It feels like there’s […]

16-Year-Old Rocky Talks About Emotional Battle with Weight Samr “Rocky” Tayeh is 6 foot 1 and weighs 393 pounds. At 16 years old, he is dangerously overweight. Obesity is an epidemic in the United States, affecting toddlers, teens and adults alike. Rocky is a Palestinian American who lives with his parents and siblings in Brooklyn, […]

Confronted with the chance to interview his mother at a StoryCorps booth, Joshua eschewed the prepared questions many participants rely on, and instead created his own. His questions touch on everything from his mother’s past to how she really feels about him.

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