Oral history/Audio


Joey has produced audio for NPR’s Hearing Voices, San Francisco’s KALW radio, Project Homeless Connect, and the San Francisco Night Ministry. He’s conducted hundreds of oral histories with a broad range of narrators and from 2009-2011 served as director of the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society’s Oral History Program.

Projects include:

  • Polk Street Stories (listen here), an hour-long radio documentary produced with Jay Allison at transom.org and distributed nationally through NPR’s Hearing Voices.
  • With Yale University’s LGBT Family Histories Project, conducted oral histories with leaders of the GLBT families movement in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
  • As director of the Oberlin College LGBT Oral History Project, conducted 70+ oral histories and incorporated them into a thesis-length paper and a permanent, multimedia archive currently being maintained by the college administration and used as a teaching resource in Oberlin classrooms.
  • With the Brooklyn Historical Society’s School of Inquiry Oral History Project, recorded “life histories” from roughly 60 precocious six-year-olds.
  • As director of Polk Street: Lives in Transition, recorded and interpreted more than 70 oral histories in relation to contemporary neighborhood change and conflict through a multimedia exhibit; radio documentaries; historical narrative; and a series of neighborhood dialogues and events, including an oral history listening party (pictured).
  • A core organizing committee member of Groundswell: Oral History and Social Justice and an organizer of the second annual Groundswell gathering in Ossining, NY, 2013.