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Stories of Elders

Stories of Elders

By Veronica Kirin
Anthropologist Veronica Kirin traveled 12,000 miles across the United States interviewing the Greatest Generation to document the high-tech revolution. This podcast shares clips from the interviews with elders and with strangers who are asked "how do you think technology is changing us?" The full study was published in the award-winning book "Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows about Technology that You Don't."
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Episode 35 — Mershon Niesner
Look for the small moments.
07:33
June 3, 2020
Episode 34 — Dagmar Booth
Stayed up all night playing Atari.
09:11
May 29, 2020
Episode 33 — Virginia Sears
Grew up on a farm during the Great Depression.
08:52
March 23, 2020
Episode 32 — Chris Smith
Built boats.
04:58
September 15, 2019
Episode 31 — Betty Segal
"When I discovered the internet... I thought I'd died and gone to heaven."
10:54
August 27, 2019
Episode 30 — Tito Francona
"[Hank Aaron] spent time with me, explaining the dos and don'ts. His team didn't like that very much."
15:51
June 7, 2019
Episode 29 – Carol Ann Lesert
"We were poor, but we didn't know it."
33:39
April 22, 2019
Episode 28 — Bones
"I don't even think I own house keys."
15:60
March 30, 2019
Episode 27 – Bettilew Turk Gaskell
"She hadn't realized the new [technology] could get the job done."
10:51
February 27, 2019
Episode 26 — Ida Mae Harris
"If you listen, you learn."
06:38
February 4, 2019
Episode 25 — Barbara “Dolly” Markess
"It's a big wide world and we all need to get along."
07:38
January 29, 2019
Episode 24 – Virginia Ann House Veren
"Politics has changed... we never saw them."
07:38
December 21, 2018
Episode 23 – Barbara Blake
Believes family used to be closer.
08:21
November 26, 2018
Episode 22 – Adrienne Bard
Worries we have more conveniences, but not more time.
08:26
November 5, 2018
Episode 21 – Charlie Rusher
Learned about slavery.
06:10
September 20, 2018
Episode 20 – Onalee Jean Cable
Native American, grew up without amenities.
06:52
September 6, 2018
Episode 19 – Adele Jones
Wrote a book to preserve memories.
09:32
September 5, 2018
Episode 18 – Bob Johnson
Rode a wild bronco to school.
04:58
September 4, 2018
Episode 17 – Emma Lommasson
Born in 1911.
07:50
March 9, 2017
Episode 16 – Ann Atkin
Grew up in the dust bowl.
13:32
February 27, 2017
Episode 15 – Gerrie Powell
Handled formaldehyde in a salon.
50:00
February 23, 2017
Episode 14 – Edwin Gould
Built spy satellites.
11:16
December 20, 2016
Episode 13 – Ray Green
Doesn't like Facebook.
20:40
December 2, 2016
Episode 12 – Pauline Attisani
Sees technology as a segregator.
08:01
December 1, 2016
Episode 11 – Richard Paquin
Built a business knocking on doors.
14:12
December 9, 2015
Episode 10 – Sister Ardeth Plattie, OP
Went to prison for protesting nuclear weapons.
17:34
December 5, 2015
Episode 9 – Juanita Laush
Co-authored the first x-ray textbook.
16:42
November 27, 2015
Episode 8 – Madison and her Urban Farm
Lives on an urban farm.
06:08
November 25, 2015
Episode 7 – David Netterfield
Shot the breeze with his grandfather.
10:51
November 15, 2015
Episode 6 – Hal Royer
Grew up in the dust bowl.
09:24
November 12, 2015
Episode 5 – HJ Smith
Midland, Michigan Born 1942 “We refrigerate our food, so we don’t have to go to the market every day… then we never see our neighbors.” HJ Smith is a former teacher and has a reputation for a steel trap mind.  Indeed, she remembers a song she heard on the radio years ago called “Kalvinator“.  In […]
04:09
November 10, 2015
Episode 4 – John Wilkes Booth
New Orleans, LA Born 1945 “[I] worked on the Saturn V.  That was a rocket and a half.” John Wilkes Booth is by far one of my favorite people.  He has a twinkle in his eye and is always trying to make someone laugh.  He is the self-proclaimed volunteer tour guide for those who came […]
08:38
November 8, 2015
Episode 3 – Hank Gamel
Rantoul, IL Born 1958 Hank Gamel is the Executive Director of Hope Meadows, a subsidiary of Generations of Hope.  He oversees the retirement community which partners seniors with foster families, and has a view of both sides of the human age.
06:06
November 5, 2015
Episode 2 – Sonee Lapadot
Pioneered for women in the automotive industry.
07:37
November 3, 2015
Episode 1 – Virgil Westdale
Was discriminated against for being Japanese American.
13:01
November 3, 2015