StoryCorps Broadcast: Albert Sykes and His Son, Aidan

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Race / Social Justice / StoryCorps

When I’m not cooking, eating, or making media about food, I’m an Initiatives Producer at StoryCorps. Listen to a recent broadcast I produced for NPR’s Morning Edition.

Originally broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition, and StoryCorps, on March 20, 2015.

Albert Sykes and his son, Aidan.

Albert Sykes and his son, Aidan.

“What was going through your head when you first saw me?”

StoryCorps is probably the only place you’ll hear a 9-year-old conduct an interview on a national radio program. That’s what happened when a fourth grader named Aidan Sykes sat down with his father, 31-year-old Albert Sykes, who runs an education nonprofit and mentors kids who are struggling in school.

At a StoryCorps mobile booth in Jackson, Mississippi, Aidan asked all the questions.

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The Author

Von Diaz is a writer and radio producer based in New York City. She is a self-taught cook who explores Puerto Rican food, culture, and identity through memoir and multimedia. Her work has been featured on NPR, American Public Media, StoryCorps, WNYC, PRI’s The World, BuzzFeed, Colorlines, and Feet in 2 Worlds.

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