A Life's Story

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A Life's Story

 

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.

Richly produced and narrated by Veteran NYC radio host and master storyteller Leslie Gold “The Radiochick”, in partnership with Jam Street Media/Matty Staudt.

 

Available on Iheart, Spotify, Apple and where ever you get your podcasts.

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 Robina Asti, 99

Robina Asti, born Robert Astey was a WW2 Veteran and pilot. Her transition to female in the mid 1970's cost her everything. Robina later married a man, and was widowed at 94 years old. Denied the widow benefits she felt entitled to, she battled the very government for which she once fought.

Episode 1

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Ben Lesser, 94

For much of his life, Ben Lesser avoided talking about surviving the Holocaust, 4 Nazi death camps, death marches and the infamous death trains.

“I chose to live a normal life and kept quiet about it,” Lesser said. Now, he tells his harrowing, unforgettable story.

Episodes 9,10 and 11

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David Leddick, 91

David Leddick has been an officer in the US army, a dancer with the Metropolitan Opera in New York and creative director for Revlon for over 20 years. Authoring over 45 books in retirement,  David defies every convention about aging and lives a fun-filled and colorful life.

Episode 7

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Millie Keller, 103

We speak to Millie at work. HER work. Millie is a sharp, diligent and hardworking bookkeeper at a large,  chic bridal salon. At 103 Millie is a contemporary as anyone you know.

Episode 3

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June Aochi Berk,88

June Aochi  Berk, is a poised, well-spoken octogenarian woman with a serene sense of elegance. You would never guess her harrowing childhood in the United States during WW2, being raised behind barbed wire in a Japanese Internment camp.

 

Episode 2

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Bernie Berns, 93

Under the command of his battling parents, Bernie Burns went directly from the crib, to the stage. Good thing he was multi-talented and hilarious.   Bernie's childhood was such, that he needed to be funny to survive. As an entertainer literally his entire life, he became the King of the Catskills, when the Catskills was IT.

Episode 4

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Eleanor

Pendergraft, 86

Stricken with MS, as a single mother- her 6 children were taken and put in foster care when she deteriorated to the point she could not walk.  Jobless and hopeless, Eleanor joined a gym and went 6x a week despite having to drag herself in there with a walker and leg braces. Defying her doctor's orders and predictions, she got off her walker and canes and ran all the way to the National Senior Olympics and won a Silver medal.

Episode 5

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The Lebows 99 and 97

Married over 80 years and still delighting in each other's company, the story of the Lebows underscore the kind of devotion it takes to weather any storm. Through many challenges the Lebows have maintained their unbreakable bond. Their current challenge may be their hardest yet. 

Episode 6

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Phyllis Sinrich, 90

Raised at the time when women were told their highest calling was keeping a clean house and cooking a good meal, Phyllis seems an unlikely candidate to build the institutions so women could have big careers, manage their finances and get business loans to propel their dreams. But, that's what she did.

Episode 8

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Eddy Goldfarb, 99

An inventor of over 800 toys, no doubt you played with something that Eddy created. Eddy sunny optimism and cheerful nature were a perfect match for the industry he dominated, and helped him to overcome a series of hardships and challenges through his life. At 99 he's still cheerful, still optimistic, completely charming and still inventing. Learn more after listening at eddysworld.net

Episode 12

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Beverley Schottenstein, 94

Beverley is a grandma who was ripped off, defrauded and gaslighted by her 2 adult grandsons. Despite not always understanding all of the legal and financial moves made against her, Beverley did understand right from wrong. Once the depth of betrayal became evident she fought back and was able to put an end to the dishonesty and uncover familial betrayal of the highest order.

A 2 part Season One Finale- episodes 13 and 14

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Daphne Selfe, 93

Bonus Episode: Daphne was a working model as a young girl, but stopped all modeling when she married in her mid twenties. At age 70, after the death of her husband she made her modeling comeback and is today a top high-fashion model. She is in more demand now at 93 than she ever was at 23.

 

This bonus episode is number 15 from Season one. See more photos of Daphne in the link below.