Eileen had trouble with reading and simple math

A Lightbulb Moment: All Her Practice Added Up To Triumph
StoryCorps. September 16, 2016

She explains: “After Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, this young gentleman came up to him and asked him, ‘How did it feel to fail over 2,000 times?’ Edison said, ‘I never failed once. It was a 2,000-step process.’


Dr. Martin Couney’s premature infants

Babies On Display: When A Hospital Couldn’t Save Them, A Sideshow Did
July 10, 2015

Close to a century ago, New York’s Coney Island was famed for its sideshows. Loud-lettered signs crowded the island’s attractions, crowing over tattooed ladies, sword swallowers — and even an exhibition of tiny babies.

The babies were premature infants kept alive in incubators pioneered by Dr. Martin Couney. The medical establishment had rejected his incubators, but Couney didn’t give up on his aims. Each summer for 40 years, he funded his work by displaying the babies and charging admission — 25 cents to see the show.

In turn, parents didn’t have to pay for the medical care, and many children survived who never would’ve had a chance otherwise.

Lucille Horn was one of them. Born in 1920, she, too, ended up in an incubator on Coney Island.

I remember seeing you and thinking, ‘Don’t trust anything he says’

“I remember seeing you and thinking, ‘Don’t trust anything he says.’”
June 12, 2015

He had developed paranoid schizophrenia and was hearing voices — but he didn’t tell anyone.

John Gately of the Spokane Police Department was the officer assigned to negotiate with Sean.

They recently sat down at StoryCorps to remember that day in 2003. Sean now works to educate law enforcement on handling encounters with people in the midst of a mental health crisis.


Where is the Human Voice?

“The Human Voice” from StoryCorps
Aug 13, 2010
The great oral historian Studs Terkel was an inspiration to StoryCorps, and he was also an early participant in the project. In this animated short, he speaks out on what has been lost in modern life and where he sees hope for our future.

Inheriting … The Ability To Laugh About It

Inheriting A Rare Skin Condition, And The Ability To Laugh About It
StoryCorps. June 20, 2014

“It was easy for me to deal with because of seeing you deal with it,” she tells her dad, Phillip Lindsay, on a visit to StoryCorps in Denver. “I’ve never seen you without vitiligo, and so it’s like, that’s normal. That’s my dad.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of you for the way you handle yourself, really. My chest goes out for you.”