In The Thick, September 11, 2020

In this week's Sound Off, Maria and Julio take a moment to reflect on 9/11 and its impacts that are still felt 19 years later. They talk about journalist Bob Woodward's revelations that he had been holding on to since February, that President Trump knew about the severity of the coronavirus early on. They also discuss the latest polling with Latino voters and the tragic fires that have been spreading across West Coast states. 

In The Thick, August 7, 2020

In this special ITT episode, Maria shares her story of healing from COVID-19. She reconnects with friend and actress Debi Mazar, who was a guide and support throughout her journey. Then she brings together a group of women of color including Amanda Alcántara, Futuro Media's digital editor, Elizabeth Yeampierre, executive director of UPROSE, and Stacey Monroe, a trans advocate and community organizer. They share about making it through this illness, the ancestral knowledge that carried them, and being in community with one another. 

In The Thick, June 23, 2020

This year's Pride month lands during a global pandemic and a national uprising to defend Black lives, which means the LGBTQ community of color is on the frontlines, as always. Maria and Julio speak with Elle Hearns, the executive director of the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, and Nala Simone Toussaint, founder of R.O.A.D, the Reuniting of African Descendants. They talk about the history of struggle and leadership from Black transgender women, and the importance of centering Black trans lives in the movement for justice, and in the media.

AudioFiles, December 10, 2019

In July 2019, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that would clear criminal records for over 200,000 people with marijuana related convictions and reduce punishment for possession. But, there’s one group of New Yorkers who are left out — and that’s immigrants. With over 4 million immigrants in New York State, the lives of those with prior marijuana convictions are still in limbo. Harsha Nahata and Jaime Longoria spoke with immigrants and advocates to find out why. 

Feeling My Flo, November 7, 2019

We talk to period helpers — the people who support menstruators in their lives with everything from a home remedy to a monthly sweet treat.


Susan Ahn Cuddy was the first Asian American woman in the Navy and the first woman gunnery officer teaching air combat tactics.

But her children, Flip and Christine Cuddy, didn’t know about her accomplishments until later in life. In 2018, they came to StoryCorps to remember her.

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 Marci sat down at StoryCorps to reflect on how their work is more than just a job. 

Tom Gasko has been a vacuum repairman for over 35 years. He also collects vacuums — hundreds and hundreds of them — and proudly displays them in his very own vacuum cleaner museum in a Rolla, Missouri strip mall. 

He came to StoryCorps to share his love for the machines with his husband,

Donnie Pedrola. 


Brown Girl Magazine, July 20, 2019

Growing up, Amit Patel and Martin Fulton never imagined having a wedding of their own. Fast forward to last fall, October 2018, when their interracial, interreligious wedding filled the streets of New York City. The two grooms made headlines and trended on social media as hundreds of their close friends and family members showed up to celebrate their love. They even closed down six blocks of Wall Street for the baraat, or grooms’ procession.