Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life



The Greatest Songwriter You’ve Never Heard Of

You probably don’t know her name, but you definitely know her songs. Rose Marie McCoy was the woman behind smash hits by Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and more – but most people have never heard of her.


Identical Strangers

Paula Bernstein and Elyse Schein met for the first time when they were 35 years old and found they were “identical strangers.”


Burma ’88: Buried History

On August 8, 1988, university students in Burma sparked an uprising against the military dictatorship.


Shirley Chisholm: Unbought and Unbossed

50 yrs ago, Shirley Chisholm was the first woman of color in Congress. She too was told to “go back from where you came from.”


Remembering Robben Island

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada served more than 2 decades in prison alongside Nelson Mandela. Kathrada died this week, at the age of 87.


The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

In 1966, a young Marine took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him into the Vietnam War.