NPR: EMBEDDED PODCAST: ALL THE ONLY ONES
NPR: Embedded Podcast: All the Only Ones, hosted by Laine Kaplan-Levenson.
3 cover illustrations for NPR’s Embedded podcast series, All the Only Ones, where we follow trans youth in the past and present and listen to their stories.
Created with art direction from Emily Bogle, and digitally published from November 2 - November 16, 2023.
Available to listen to on NPR’s app, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Music.
EP 1: THE MISSING PIECE OF THE PUZZLE
In our first episode, we meet Zen, a Mexican-American, New Orleans native, coming into their transness, exploring its spectrum, as we learn about an historic trans person, Bernard, from Alabama in the early 1900s, fighting to be seen. They're both navigating their identities in a world that is constantly trying to define them.
EP 2: I CAN’T WAIT
In part 2, we meet Parker, a senior in high school in Columbus, Ohio. Parker is a top field hockey athlete, but as a trans person, he is faced with making a difficult decision: either pursuing his dreams as a D1 trans field hockey player in college next year, or pursuing his dreams of starting hormone replacement therapy, which could get him banned from playing. We also meet two historical trans youth of the 1960s, Vicky and Donna, both facing barriers to getting the care and treatment they need after repeatedly looking for help.
EP 3: NO MORE (GENDER) DRAMA
In the final episode of the series, we meet Christine, an 18 year old from New Mexico, shortly after starting hormone replacement therapy, as she navigates her freshman year of college. We also meet Dr. Charles Ihlenfeld, who was a physician at the John Hopkins Gender Clinic, working with many young people as they transitioned in the 1970s. We spend time with one of his patients, Joanna, whose path to transition meant hiding her past, and how in 2023, being visible can be empowering, but also dangerous.
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