Storycorps

5:27pm

Mon March 9, 2015
The Spiritual Edge

Storycorps: Keeping a broader perspective

BJ Miller
Teresa Kennett

Growing up, BJ Miller understood what it meant to live with a disability. His mother had polio. But until a college accident, Miller never imagined he would live out a similar fate. In college, he had an accident that left him a triple amputee.  After, he knew he wanted to use his experience to help others. Miller went onto become a doctor and is now the executive director of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco.  In this next piece, he speaks with his colleague Diane Malley about the accident.

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5:11pm

Mon February 9, 2015
The Spiritual Edge

StoryCorps: Healing the mind by way of hospice

Paul Kelley

When someone is dying, sometimes the best medicine is not medicine at all. And sometimes what needs to be healed, is not the body, but the mind. That is the kind of caretaking that Paul Kelley takes pride in doing. When Kelley began his career as a hospice worker in 1983, he knew instantly that he had found his calling.

 

"I can't fix my toilet at home, I can't fix the car, I can't do bookkeeping, I can't do computers. But I can be with someone who is dying, for some reason."

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5:45pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: One mom, two dads, and one baby

Parents Suzanne Thompson, Christopher Noessel and Benjamin Remington

For as long as she could remember, Suzanne Thompson wanted to be a mom, but she was running out of time. She thought of her friend Christopher Noessel and his partner Benjamin Remington, who always wanted to be dads, and then she had an idea that could maybe give them all the chance to be parents...together. To make sure their future child wasn’t confused, they sat down with StoryCorps and made this tape for their son, Miles, while he was still in utero. 

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5:12pm

Thu November 6, 2014
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: Learning from the dying at the Zen Hospice Project

Lisa Messano and Tracy Grubbs

Tracy Grubbs grew up fascinated, curious and also afraid of death. Her curiosity, plus her interest in Buddhism led her to volunteer at the Zen Hospice Project, a San Francisco center for the dying supported by the Buddhist community. Grubbs spoke with her colleague Lisa Messano.

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3:39pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Arts & Culture

StoryCorps: A mother remembers meeting her adopted daughter

Provided by StoryCorps

Before Laurie Brookner adopted Kate, she knew her as only as a blown-up, photocopied photograph. On the photograph was a Chinese name: Yu Mingren. Anxiously, Laurie traveled all the way to Jiangsu in China to adopt her. Soon Mingren became Kate. As Laurie held Kate in her arms, she was filled with utmost joy—mixed with a dash of sadness that her daughter would never know her Chinese birth mother. Fifteen years later, Kate and Laurie came to the StoryCorps booth at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Kate wanted to ask her mom what it was like when she saw her for the first time.

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