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.
Bombs, Brands, and Ballet: How Change Brings Youth
This week Leslie sits down with David Leddick, an enthusiastic 91-year-old Navy Veteran who has lived enough life to fill three episodes. From Naval officer to ballet dancer to advertising big-wig, David’s life has taken many twists and turns. He shares with us how he stumbled upon each of those twists and turns, and how his last 30 years have been his best years yet.
Why Love Endures
This week Irwin and Judy Lebow share their 80-year-long love story with Leslie. Through those years, the Lebows have endured thousands of miles of distance, a war, unexpected loss, and financial hardships. While it wasn’t easy they stuck through it together. This is a story about how a life full of struggle can create an unbreakable loving bond.
Defying the Odds: Racing Towards Life
This week we meet Eleanor Pendergraft, a senior Olympian who turned the power of saying, “You’re wrong,” into the race of a lifetime. From a young age, Eleanor’s life was full of adversity. An abusive father, a no-good husband, job loss, and finally a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis that left her practically immobile, Eleanor shares her journey with Leslie on how she overcame each one. She was able to get back on her feet, both literally and figuratively, to have a beautiful life and become the senior Olympian that she is.
From Childhood Pain to Catskills Fame
This week, the King of the Catskills joins Leslie Gold to tell us about his life story. Born Bernard Horowitz, Bernie Berns started his life of entertainment young and eventually rose to fame in a place that was a breeding ground for comedic geniuses. Like most child entertainers, life was anything but normal. We hear the stories about his family, what life was like working in the Catskills as a kid, and about the time he appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. There’s more to Bernie than just his comedic schtick, and we find out that there was more to his life than becoming a household name.
A Century of Positivity and Dedication
This week Leslie sits down with Millie Keller, the 103-year-old bookkeeper of Zola Keller Bridal Shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She walks Leslie through her century-long journey and recalls the ups, downs, smiles and tears that she's had along the way. Millie’s story is one of self-sufficiency and determination, which is something that can be hard to continue when you've lived for more than 100 years. But with Millie’s story, we see that living with a truly optimistic outlook can bring you a peaceful, healthy and long life.
Finding Optimism in the Face of Discrimination
June Aochi Berk, a Japanese-American historian, sits down with Leslie Gold to share her story of resilience and optimism after experiencing one of the most atrocious acts of civil rights violations in U.S. history. As a young girl, June and her family were forced from their home and taken to an internment camp leaving behind everything she ever knew. While her story is devastating, it is familiar to many families in America. June shares with us what it was like living in the internment camps, growing up during a time where everyone thought of you as an enemy, and how she found light in such a dark situation.
This podcast is well written and so well delivered. The lives featured are all very inspiring and interesting.
LOVE this podcast!
Episode 3 with Bernie Berns has been my favorite so far. What a character! Each episode has a “life lesson” to be learned from those being interviewed. Leslie does a fantastic job and asks insightful questions. Highly recommend this podcast.
The subjects of these podcasts shine a light of hope in these trying times. They remind us that difficult struggles can also strengthen us and take us to a place of fulfillment and inner peace. You can’t help but to be left with a sense of hope and resolve to be a better, resilient person.