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Voice Recognition: Does how we sound determine who we are?


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What do our voices say about us? On this edition we explore voice and identity.

Lateef McLeod, our inaugural Community Storytelling Fellow, explains the everyday challenges that come with using a speech generating device. We’ll hear from someone who nearly lost their voice, and we’ll look at how voice contributes to trans women’s sense of safety and self.


  • Mya Byrne, singer-songwriter
  • Kathe Perez, creator of EVA app
  • Samuel Sennott, assistant professor of special education at Portland University
  • Bob Segalman, author “Against the Current, My Life with Cerebral Palsy”
  • April Bryant, UC Berkeley student
  • Hannah Simpson, Nika Jewell, Tela Love, 13th Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference, attendees.

Host: George Lavender

Producers: Andrew Stelzer, Laura Flynn, Jasmin Lopez

Contributing Producer: Meredith Talusan, Community Stortelling Fellow-Lateef McLeod

Special thanks to Saskia Maltz

This show features Lateef McLeod, our 1st Community Storytelling Fellow. Donate now to help this year’s class of fellows tell their stories.


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