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EPISODE I: Letting Go Of His Inner Prosecutor
After a bad breakup, Lo Gwynn tattooed herself as a way to give herself new skin. She shares how tattooing saved her from a dark time in her life and created a new passion for herself.
While attending a teaching program in Israel, Ari was overcome with anxiety and depression. Not usually one to be homesick, she was confused by her new emotions. After a little over a month, she cut her planned year-long trip short and returned to New York. She revisited her therapist whom she hadn’t seen since she was a teenager and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Ari shares what it has been like living with the disorder and how it is not something to be ashamed about.
When Lee was attending grad school in Upstate New York, it was hard for him to find friends since most of his colleagues lived far from campus. After visiting a local gaming club, Lee got into a card game that connected him to a community that he is still part of today.
Omari describes how he and a friend started and ended a recording studio, what he learned from the process and how his approach might be different if he were going to do it again.
Ben made long walks a part of his quarantine routine once conditions in New York City were safe enough for that activity. On one of those walks, he was faced with a split-second decision to abandon all the caution he’d previously practiced (and which he discussed in a previous episode of 1st Person) in order to come together with strangers to take quick, collective action to save someone from self-harm. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Moon" by Bachelor
During her freshman year at university, Natasha was aimless. Her major in Economics and Politics didn’t excite her and she wanted to work in a more creative field, so she joined the student newspaper and wrote an article that earned her an award. She shares how that success gave her the confidence to pursue a career in journalism. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Only You" by Anemone
When Francisco first started working in auto insurance, a claim crossed his path that remains the wildest he’s ever heard. Despite dealing with several claims a day, it still amazes him how many different ways people can get into auto accidents.
When faced with the prospect of living with blindness, Paul turned to Eastern philosophies for a new way to perceive the world. He shares the benefits of opening one’s third eye and viewing life through varied perspectives.
In college, during the early days of YouTube, Amanda tried her hand at vlogging. With the support of her influencer friend, she gained thousands of followers and became a YouTube partner. She shares what the platform was like back then and considers returning to her channel after abandoning it years ago to pursue a career in journalism.
When Zach was in high school, he lost his friend Max to suicide. Years later, he got a stick-and-poke tattoo to honor Max. In addition to being commemorative, the tattoo serves as a reminder for Zach to appreciate those he cares about as well as cherish their times together.
Kasey is a homebody who dislikes being in unfamiliar places, so when her band A Very Special Episode went on tour for the first time, she was full of worry. Kasey shares how stepping out of her comfort zone helped her overcome her anxiety and continue her dream of performing her music for others.
Audie founded a nonprofit called Team With Love in order to help those in need.
The week before Thanksgiving 2020, Alana’s father started feeling ill. He soon discovered that he was positive for COVID-19. Not long after, the other members of Alana’s family also came down with the virus. Alana shares the hardships that her family went through while ailing and confined within their home.
Jen shares the details of her personal experience with a COVID-19 infection.
Dena works as a sexual health educator in New York City. She recounts a time when a student came to her for counseling on how to terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
Eddie shares the unsettling experience of visiting a psychic on a lark only to be told that a dark entity was following him. Soon after, strange events occurred at his apartment, from unexplained sounds in the middle of the night to objects disappearing only to be found in unlikely places.
Ashley is an elementary school art teacher at a New York City public school in an underserved area. She shares the difficulties she faced while teaching students remotely after the city locked down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After researching the benefits of veganism, Milagros decided to transition to a vegan diet. What she didn’t expect was a negative reaction from her family – especially her mother. Since meat is a central part of Peruvian cuisine and food is at the heart of every social event, Milagros’s mother worried that her daughter’s exclusion of animal products would also mean her exclusion at family gatherings.
After a visit to Nigeria, Nigel learned about the country’s rich culture and appreciated how it differed from the U.S. He shares how traveling can broaden one’s outlook, foster empathy, and lead one to appreciate things that are often taken for granted.
Ben details his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020, before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the city and local indie rock scene he’s a part of reacted to the pandemic.
When she was eleven, a tumultuous age when the need to fit in is strong due to a lack of self-confidence, Courtney befriended the “cool kids” at the local pool. When her neighborhood friends, who did not fit the ideals of coolness, asked to play with Courtney and her clique, she actively excluded them in fear that she would be rejected by the popular crowd. Years later, she still regrets her actions and shares how the experience taught her to never compromise who she is just to be accepted.
While working at a summer camp, Jeff invented a game that became popular amongst the kids. Upsetting the “bros” in charge of sports at the camp was an unexpected benefit.
When Penny was sick in the hospital, she asked Ollie not to tell her family out of worry that the news would hurt her ailing and elderly mother. But after Penny passed away, Ollie traveled to New Mexico to meet with Penny’s mother and talk to her about Penny’s final years. During this trip, Ollie learns about serendipity and how it can be found.
Joe discusses the difficulties of officiating the wedding of close friends and gives advice on how to overcome any pressure one might have while taking on a big role for the first time.
Growing up, Morgan always thought that their family was made up of just them, their mother, and their father. But when their mother passed away, they received a message from their mother’s half-sister — one that neither Morgan nor their father even knew existed — which unlocked a part of their mother’s life that they never could have imagined. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Kisses" by Lomelda
Val recalls the trauma of having bed bugs and roommates who placed the blame on her. She discusses the measures she took to rid herself of the pests, and how she exterminated the bed bugs, too. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "These Are The Days, My Friend" by It Could Be Franky
Despite experiencing traumatic events, Jennifer has always brushed them off. It was only when Jennifer finally spoke about what happened to her that she realized they affected her a lot more than she thought.
Maggie shares some of the ups and downs of parenting during the pandemic and acknowledges that even while their family’s basic needs were always met, there has been a lot to balance over the last 10 months.
Stephen detais his experience of contracting the coronavirus back in late February/early March of 2020, before lockdowns shut NYC down. He also shares how the busy Brooklyn music scene he’s a part of may have helped to spread it among his friends before people knew how serious the pandemic would turn out to be–and perhaps already was, in retrospect–along with his thoughts on the response to the crisis and how, while hard to live through, it’s confirmed why he loves the city. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Featherweight" by Fleet Foxes
Atlanta-native Kaddy describes his firsthand experience participating in Black Lives Matter protests compared to the media’s portrayal.