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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.

June 7, 2018
30 Mins
Episode 7

Fighting Injustice from the Inside

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.
May 25, 2018
30 Mins
Episode 6

Creating a New Type of Rehab

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.  
May 17, 2018
30 Mins
Episode 5

Coming Out in Church

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.     
May 10, 2018
20 mins
Episode 4

Marching for The Dream

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.
May 3, 2018
15 Mins
Episode 3

A Diplomat’s Wife in Cuba

  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…
April 25, 2018
30 Mins
Episode 2

Living in an American internment camp

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…
April 18, 2018
15 Mins
Episode 1

Policing the Nation’s Capital

In the first episode of Legacy, we explore a vital and often overlooked moment for policing and protests in the nation’s capital. The mid-1960s and early 1970s was a time of change, and protests had a lot to do with…
Your devoted host,

Michelle Harven

Michelle Harven is a journalist living in Washington, D.C., and an associate producer for the PBS NewsHour.