Legacy the Podcast
Legacy shares stories from older generations for insight into the world today. In each episode, we highlight one extraordinary person whose story can provide context and guidance for the next generation.
Walter was convicted to life in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He spent years struggling with his reality until he realized no one was trying to get him out -- so he got to work. He was a high school dropout and barely literate so he begins with his GED, and then higher education, and then criminal law.
Paul and his wife Jane have lived an unlikely life. After both making careers as high-powered lawyers in D.C., Paul began to descend into alcoholism. What seemed like a successful family life from the outside came crashing down.
For Cecilia Hayden-Smith, her faith in God and coming out as a gay woman, are intimately tied together. She experienced many changes both socially and politically for the LGBTQ community -- and gone through many of her own. Cecilia found God in adulthood, and used her faith to fight addiction, overcome trauma, and come out.
Theresa and Patricia grew up in Maryland, during segregation, and experienced the type of racism that wasn’t overt like in the south, but was quietly ingrained within society. Understanding everyday discrimination was part of their childhood.
Jan Evans Houser is no stranger to international diplomacy. While growing up, her father was a general during the U.S. occupation of Japan following World War II. She moved to Kyoto with her family when she was…
Mary Tamaki Murakami was still swooning over pop stars and worrying about her homework when her life suddenly took a very real turn. Immediately after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, she experienced a crackdown in her own…
Your devoted host,
Michelle Harven is a journalist living in Washington, D.C., and an associate producer for the PBS NewsHour.