16 episodes

A 99-year-old WW2 veteran turned transgendered widow fights discrimination from the very government for which she fought. A 103-year-old goes to work as she has every day for decades. an 86-year-old woman waves her Senior Olympics medals at the medical community who wrote her off. A Holocaust survivor of 4 Nazi death camps endures unimaginable horrors yet rebuilds his life from being a walking skeleton to a life of happiness and love. These are just a few of the complex, moving and powerful stories profiled in A Life’s Story.  A Life’s Story shines a light on the lives of special octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centenarians who have done, and are still doing astonishing things. Many have been participants in important chapters of history. Every episode is an intimate and remarkable profile, concluding with the insight that can only come from those who have seen it all.   Produced and narrated by veteran NYC radio host and master storyteller Leslie Gold “The Radiochick”, in partnership with Jam Street Media/Matty Staudt.

A Life's Story Jam Street Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

A 99-year-old WW2 veteran turned transgendered widow fights discrimination from the very government for which she fought. A 103-year-old goes to work as she has every day for decades. an 86-year-old woman waves her Senior Olympics medals at the medical community who wrote her off. A Holocaust survivor of 4 Nazi death camps endures unimaginable horrors yet rebuilds his life from being a walking skeleton to a life of happiness and love. These are just a few of the complex, moving and powerful stories profiled in A Life’s Story.  A Life’s Story shines a light on the lives of special octogenarians, nonagenarians, and centenarians who have done, and are still doing astonishing things. Many have been participants in important chapters of history. Every episode is an intimate and remarkable profile, concluding with the insight that can only come from those who have seen it all.   Produced and narrated by veteran NYC radio host and master storyteller Leslie Gold “The Radiochick”, in partnership with Jam Street Media/Matty Staudt.

    The World's Oldest Supermodel - A Life’s Story "Fable"

    The World's Oldest Supermodel - A Life’s Story "Fable"

    In this special bonus episode of A Life's Story, we follow the story of Daphne Selfe. Born 1928 in London, she became a model after winning a magazine contest shortly after her 21st birthday. In this episode, we chronicle her journey, what ultimately led to her returning to the industry in her 70's, and how she became and remains a professional model to this day.
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    • 32 min
    Defrauded Grandma Strikes Back - Part 2

    Defrauded Grandma Strikes Back - Part 2

    This week on the final episode of the two-part season finale of A Life’s Story, we hear the gripping conclusion to the story of Beverley Schottenstein's, a 94-year-old woman who was defrauded by her two grandsons. We get deeper into how her family betrayed her, stole everything from her, and pushed her to her absolute limits until she finally found justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    • 50 min
    Defrauded Grandma Strikes Back - Part 1

    Defrauded Grandma Strikes Back - Part 1

    Lies, fraud and just plain ripped off. This week on the first episode of the two-part season finale of A Life’s Story, our host Leslie Gold sits down with Beverley Schottenstein, a 94 year old woman who was defrauded by her two grandsons. From stealing property, to using her wealth to establish careers, they eventually began siphoning off large amounts of cash to increase their own wealth, unknown to Beverly at the time. When they were finally confronted, they accused their grandmother of having dementia, telling her that she was mistaken and essentially didn’t know what she was talking about. Even her son, the boy's father, piled on and was critical of Beverly. But that didn’t dissuade her from putting up a fight and standing up for herself. Hear the remarkable story of resilience, wealth, family dysfunction and doing what you believe is right versus what you believe is wrong. With the help of her caregiver and granddaughters, Beverly is able to make a stand and fight back against her grandson's blatant theft and put a stop to the betrayal. Leslie leaves no stone unturned as we also get to hear about Beverly’s childhood, what it was like growing up and how she came to meet her husband, Alvin. From being a teenager to becoming an adult, get a first hand look of how she was able to become successful and when she first started to notice red flags with her finances. We get to listen to the story of a kind old lady pushed to her limit, and despite not always understanding all of the legal technicalities of her grandson’s fraud, she knew it was wrong, and that didn’t sit well. Find out how she was able to put an end to the dishonesty and uncover familial betrayal of the highest order. 
    00:00 - Intro 02:51 - Interview with Beverly Schottenstein
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    • 41 min
    The Joyful Inventor

    The Joyful Inventor

    This week on A Life’s Story we speak with Eddy Goldfarb, the 99 year-old toy inventor! From being a part of WWII in the US Navy to inventing the much beloved Yakity Yak Talking Teeth more than 60 years ago, Eddy has lived life to the fullest. Even as a child he knew he wanted to be an inventor, tinkering in high school and sending off ideas to different companies. Despite facing adversity, hear how Eddy has handled his troubles with grace and hopefully we can learn something from his positive outlook along the way.  
    To learn more about Eddy, go to: eddysworld.net 
    00:00 - Intro 02:25 - Interview with Eddy Goldfarb
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    • 53 min
    Surviving the Holocaust - Part 3

    Surviving the Holocaust - Part 3

    This week we hear the end to the inspiring story of how Ben Lesser survived the Holocaust. After 7 years of persecution and torture, Ben is finally liberated. Now an orphan, having lost everything he knew and loved, Ben tells us about his journey back to life and how he found something he thought was gone forever. 
    00:00 - Intro 02:30 - Interview with Ben Lesser 
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    • 35 min
    Surviving the Holocaust - Part 2

    Surviving the Holocaust - Part 2

    This week is the second installment of a special three-part series about Ben Lesser, a survivor of the Holocaust. From Poland to Czechoslovakia to Hungary, Ben and his family were able to evade Nazi persecution for nearly five years. Listen as he recalls the experience of being captured and getting sent to Auschwitz, becoming a prisoner and laborer, at the age of only 15. 
    00:00 - Intro 02:26 - Interview with Ben Lesser
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Margo x 2 ,

My favorite series of all podcasts

SO great! This is a beautifully done, well produced series of incredible stories. Leslie is a great interviewer who enhances- but doesn’t get in the way of the stories. I have simply loved so many of these episodes.

belly87651244 ,

Chippendale

I don't have any audio on this episode. Wondering if I'm the only one..

Aspetuck ,

Fabulous story teller

Leslie is an amazing storyteller and has tremendous skill in bringing a story to life.

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