Alicia shares the story of how she began 2020 with an extended trip to Los Angeles to test the waters for a potential move from New York City only to be forced to cut the stay short once the COVID-19 pandemic began. She describes the eerie experience of rushing back to NYC to quarantine, as well as what she’s learned from the experience.
Michael recounts a situation years ago when he purchased a vintage guitar for a great price and the series of events that followed which ultimately led to him losing the guitar and his money.
Cassie moved to Georgia from Pennsylvania and has lived in the state for over 10 years. She witnessed the growing diversity of her city and how the efforts of people like Stacey Abrams gave voice to its citizens, which led to the state turning blue in the 2020 US presidential election for the first time in nearly 30 years. She shares that, despite this win for democracy, it is not a time to relax. The country must work towards being anti-racist, from one’s self to our government leaders, before it can properly heal. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Cool Kids" by Shana Falana
Tiffany shares how she let go of a dead end relationship and aspired for bigger dreams.
After struggling to finish high school, Antonina took a break from her education to work on herself. Despite the lack of support she got at that time, she knew it was the right move for her. Now four years later, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Antonina decided she was ready to attend college and is glad she waited until she was in the right mindset to begin.
Music has always been a part of Diana’s life, but she never had the confidence to share her songwriting until she met Crow. He helped her achieve happiness both musically and romantically. When Diana experiences two great losses with less than a decade between them, she finds a way to heal and continue on through music. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "All of Me Wants All Of You (Helado Negro Remix)" by Sufjan Stevens
Amanda doesn’t have the best relationship with her father. When she was a child, he preferred partying and doing hard drugs over being a decent dad. Her parents divorced when she was very young, and she didn’t see her father again until she was in grad school. After inviting her to reconnect with him in Paris, Amanda learns that sometimes people don’t change.
Livia shares what she learned from her marriage at a young age and what she is looking for in a partner today.
Erinn talks about how gardening makes her feel connected to her grandmother as well as the others who came before her, and how it is meaningful that today her labor benefits only herself and those of her choosing.
After getting clean, Enzo worked hard to maintain his sobriety with the support of his three pillars — school, the gym, and his relationship.
Jen shares why she doesn’t trust the police and believes that they use their power and privilege to only benefit themselves and their own.
Andrew recounts his first experience with online dating which did not go as expected.
Transferring schools helped C.B. realize that everyone does not have access to the same resources and we must lend a hand towards gaining equal footing.
Stephanie talks about how second chances can change lives and how they should be extended to everyone without bias.
Megan shares the hardships of growing up with a mother who wants to be more like a friend than a parent and gives advice on how those suffering with addiction and the people who care about them can get help.
After moving into a predominantly white neighborhood almost 30 years ago, Jean and her family experienced discrimination and harassment due to the color of their skin. Jean shares how she persevered and why she still lives in the neighborhood today.
While moonlighting as a cabbie, Devon discovers that the old man who hangs outside the local grocery store with a jug of wine in his lap has more than meets the eye.
Gabriele risked his financial security during a time of global uncertainty in order to pursue his dream of becoming a professional gamer. He talks about how he prepared for this major life change and how the support of his friends and family helped ease the transition.
During a trip to New York City, Simon experiences virtual reality for the first time and becomes inspired to quit his job and found a VR business in his home country of Denmark. He discusses how people must take action quickly in order to avoid being stuck in the concept stage.
Lisa regrets when she bullied a boy in middle school in order to fit in. She discusses the importance of not judging others by their looks and being aware of how our actions could affect others. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Loving" by Katie Dey
When he was in college, Ellis went on a spontaneous road trip with a dormmate to meet the Guru Maharaj Ji. He shares his thoughts on spirituality and how humanity’s need for hope can cause one to overlook hard truths. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Aerostar" by Video Age
Becca recalls a harrowing night when teenage rebellion led to a near-death experience. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Kiss It Off Me" by Cigarettes After Sex
Greg recounts how a disdain for office work and an interest in clock and watch repair inspired him to turn a hobby into a career. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Sunshine (Back To The Start)" by Anemone
Miles reflects on being subject to a violent incident when he was in college, what he took away from that situation, and the ways in which others might benefit from a similar experience.
Betsy shares her story of getting arrested at seventeen and how she was able to come out of the situation unscathed.
Dan reminisces about a prank he pulled on his sister when they were children and how he still feels guilty about it decades later. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: "Opera" by Surf Curse
Andy shares his views on dating based on his experience and what he believes men and women desire in relationships.
While reminiscing about his time as a psychologist, Gil recalls the way he handled things with a certain patient and how he wishes he was better able to help at the time.
Lara shares how she ended up taking care of handicapped dogs and how it has become central to her life and work.
Gregory describes his idyllic family situation growing up and the shifts that began to take place as his parents’ health deteriorated.
Eleanor talks about her upbringing in South Africa and describes what she feels is different about raising children today.
Jealla shares a story of being betrayed by someone she thought was a friend and how she changed after that experience.
Laura shares the ways in which her life has not gone according to her plan and how she’s come to terms with that being okay.
Jean-Paul shares his thoughts on keeping a positive attitude and his approach to spreading positivity to others.
Jason shares his thoughts on recognizing biases and racism and the importance of using privilege to call those behaviors.
Louie describes how he came to live in New York City and mentions some of the things that have changed over the years.
Tori shares what it was like to be one of the few people of color in her high school, the behavior she regularly encountered from those around her and the actions she took to combat racism.
Andrea describes how she got started with photography, what she likes about the process and where she hopes to go as she progresses with the artform.
Darcy describes the violent abuse he survived as a child and how it altered the course of his life.
Demauni describes his reaction to meeting T-Pain when he was a kid and how the experience was different than he thought it would be.
Aleyna describes an instance where she changed herself for a crush and why she wouldn’t do it again.
Ryan describes the accident which resulted in him losing a limb and how he has adjusted to life since then.
Alex explains how he discovered that long term methadone use had affected his sex drive.
Maria shares her thoughts on why it’s important to balance being independent while also having people to rely on.
Brett recalls what it was like to grow up in the Catholic community after realizing that he was gay and how that has affected his adult life.
Zac shares why he does not believe in fairy tales and discusses the opportunity they present to teach children.
Jade describes how they would like to use art to get more people involved in politics and allow people to see new perspectives.
Ashley describes the evolution of a relationship of a friend and what it taught her about maintaining friendships with others.
Josiah describes why he enjoys trolling people in real life and how his behavior has affected his relationships with others.
Aaron discusses how he decided that he would run for public office and some of the ways in which he can help improve New York City.