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NPR’s new series All The Only Ones explores the lives of trans youth, past & present


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In NPR’s new series, All The Only Ones, host Laine Kaplan-Levenson will unearth the little known and often neglected history of trans youth in America. The series will follow the lives of young transgender people today and travel back in time to the turn of the 20th century, where listeners will meet some of the earliest trans youth documented in American history.

Moving between past and present, the series will show the parallel experiences trans youth have faced for over one hundred years. We will enter their worlds and see through their eyes how new legislative attention on trans issues really feels, and how they think this moment is impacting their lives now and will in the future.

The first episode in this three-part series will be available on November 2nd in NPR’s Embedded podcast feed. The first two episodes will be available for Embedded+ subscribers. Subsequent episodes will be published Thursdays at 7 am ET.

All Things Considered will also air a segment highlighting stories from the series.

Listen to the trailer HERE.

“The subject of trans youth has dominated the country’s culture, media, and politics – from gender affirming medical care to sports, young people are in the spotlight and at the center of new legislation that questions their very existence,” said Kaplan-Levenson. “This presents a need for more comprehensive documentation of that existence, of trans stories and lives not being an anomaly of the past, present or future. This series is meant to move beyond the noise of the current moment, a moment where people all over this country, conservatives and liberals alike, are fixated on what’s being positioned as the cultural hot button ’issue’ of the moment. It moves beyond that debate to ask: Why don’t we know more about trans kids and their history, and what will happen when we do?”

“With our podcast Embedded and with narrative storytelling, that’s our mission: Embedding in a community, and into people’s lives, to better understand what they’re experiencing at a very human level,” said Irene Noguchi, executive producer of NPR’s Enterprise Storytelling Unit, which includes Embedded. “Laine and the team have done something really special: Turning the mic to trans youth with teens today like Parker, or peeling back archival pages of written histories from decades ago like Bernard’s.

”Spending over a year thoughtfully crafting these stories of trans youth has given these forgotten voices the care they deserve,“ said Cher Vincent, senior supervising producer of NPR’s Content Development Team which helped develop and oversee the series. ”During this moment of turmoil, very few have taken the time to hear from trans youth themselves, or shed light on their pain and triumphs as Laine does in this series"

To hear early episodes of All The Only Ones, subscribe to Embedded+ at https://plus.npr.org/embedded

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