Your Audio Selfie — Nathan Manske on Being Honest with Others

Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 6:08 am

Your Audio Selfie — Nathan Manske on Being Honest with Others

“If I can’t tell people why we are doing this, how can I expect others to share their stories?”

Nathan Manske is the founder and executive director of I’m From Driftwood, an oral history project that collects written and video stories from members of the LGBTQ community. He started this endeavor in 2009 after seeing a photograph of Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S., holding a sign that read, “I’m From Woodmere, N.Y.” (Manske grew up in Driftwood, Texas.)
A year after starting I’m from Driftwood, Manske launched Your Audio Selfie project, we ask one question. I asked him how collecting these stories changed him. He tells this story about visiting a small town in Oklahoma, confronting his fears, and coming to terms with being honest and open about his project with others he encountered on the road.

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is senior producer at On Being. Lily studied English Literature and Film Studies at Florida International University. She has worked as an associate editor at MovieMaker magazine, and as a producer for StoryCorps and NPR’s “All Things Considered” on the weekends, where she produced the series “Movies I’ve Seen A Million Times.” Her work has also been featured on NPR’s Latino USA, WNYC’s Soundcheck, and Esquire. In 2012, she received the Religion Newswriters Association Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award for her profile of four Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

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